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Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

“We have family history of leukemia and Doctor says that the growing baby in my womb is at the risk of Leukemia. I was much worried about but then my midwife told me to save the cord blood for my baby as Cord blood can use to treat the Leukemia effectively,” Says Elizabeth. She adds “I don’t have any idea what the cord blood banking is and why should I go for it. But I got wondered when I go through the cord blood banking and its benefits and arrange for saving cord blood of my baby for his healthy life.” She further adds “Saving my baby cord blood through Cord blood banking is like health insurance for my baby and peace of mind for me and my family.”

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Elizabeth is a lucky mother who saves the cord blood of her baby on the time and ensures her baby’s health. Are you prepared to save the cord blood of your upcoming baby and get peace of mind? Just like Elizabeth, every expecting mother ought to go for cord blood banking especially if they have a family history of cancers, leukemia and much other disease. The cord blood has the potential to treat more than 80 health conditions which are otherwise untreatable through conventional means.

Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

Just like Elizabeth, you might too, have many questions in your mind regarding the cord blood banking and its benefits. Here is the explanation of “what it is” and “why you should”.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is simply the blood that is found in the placenta and umbilical cord of newborn baby. Unlike the blood in our blood vessels, cord blood has Stem cells which make the cord blood valuable. These stem cells are natural precursors of other blood cells including Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and can turn into these cells if transfuse into the baby with blood disorders.

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking is an emerging trend in health care industry. Cord blood banking involves the collection of cord blood from the newborn baby’s placenta right after birth and storing it carefully. This meant to preserves all its properties and keeps the stem cells in cord blood alive for its potential medical use in future. However you may donate it to those in needs. From collection to storing, whole process is safe and painless.

Why Should I Look for Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood is considered as Gold Mine to treat many Blood disorders, immune disorders cancers as well as some metabolic disorders. Currently, more than 80 health disorders can be treated with Cord blood and researches are still in progress and shows that the cord blood can be beneficial to deals with 200 health disorders. Cord blood is rich in stem cells which can transform into any of the blood cell which are affected by disease and thus results in successful treatment of diseases of Red Blood Cells i.e. Sickle Cell Anemia and diseases of White Blood Cells i.e. Leukemia. Treatment of these disorders is however not possible through conventional ways and required sometime requires transplant of health tissues or bone marrow.

Which Disease is actually treated with Cord Blood?

As stated earlier, to the date, there are more than 80 health conditions in the treatment of which, cord blood shown efficacy. However researches are in process to find out other health conditions which can be treated with cord blood cells in near future. Here is a list of disease that currently treated with Stem Cell in Cord Blood.

Blood Disorders Treated with Cord Blood

  • Leukemia (and its types)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Thalassemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia

Metabolic Disorders treated with Cord Blood

  • Sanfilippo syndrome
  • Krabbe disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I
  • Hurler Syndrome (MPS-IH)
  • Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS)
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Disorders of Nervous System treated with Cord Blood

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Autism

Conclusion

To have peace of mind and to ensure your child’s health, you have to go for cord blood banking at any cost. The proven efficacy of cord blood and the stem cells in it make the cord blood a gold mine to treat many untreatable conditions without being harming the baby. Ask your doctor about how and where to store the cord blood of your upcoming child for future.

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WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

7th April is celebrated as World Health Day and this year the World Health Day is dedicated to “Food Safety” by World Health Organization under the slogan of “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe”. The theme of “Food Safety” for the annual World Health Day this year is selected based on the data of Food born disease that reveals the importance of a safe food campaign.

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WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

Why Should We Worry About the Food Safety?

Based on the statistics and data collected from different countries of world including Developed, Developing and underdeveloped countries, there are more than 200 diseases that can be caused by contaminated food and water as the food and water can be easily contaminated with chemicals and pathogens. Collectively there is an estimated 582 million cases of different foodborne and waterborne enteric diseases occurs every year causing 3.5 million death worldwide with highest occurrence in underdeveloped countries of Africa followed by Asian countries. The most affected age group from Foodborne diseases are children under the age of 5 years (WHO). So there is a strong need to have a food safety awareness campaign worldwide.

How can it be prevented?

The Health experts from World Health Organization listed four key points for on food safety, following which you can make your food safe and stay away from Foodborne diseases. Here is how you can save yourself from foodborne diseases

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1. Clean

Keep cleans Your Hands First:

  • Keep clean not only your food but your hand first. Contaminated hand is a major source of transmission of Foodborne diseases.
  • Before touching food, make sure that your hands are clean.
  • Clean your hands according to rule of 20/20 that is; wash your hands for 20 sec with soap water and dry it for 20 second before cooking or eating food.
  • Wash hands frequently before and after handling food especially the raw meat and vegetables.

Clean Your Food:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water until any visible soil remove.
  • Use safe and clean water as well to wash your food.

Keep Clean Everything Else:

  • Keep clean your kitchen counter, chop boards, utensils and knives before using them.
  • Wash them frequently with tap or soap water before and after using them.

2. Separate

Separate the Cooked and Raw Food:

  • Don’t mix ready to eat food or meat with raw food or meat, keep them separates while storing or preparing meal. It can be a source of cross contamination of Germs which is the major way of transmission of foodborne diseases.
  • Don’t even mix raw vegetable and fruits with the washed one.
  • Organize the Food Storage in your fridge. Keep raw meat in the lower shelves while vegetable and fruits in upper shelves.
  • Keep your food covered all the time in fridge.
  • Never put back cooked meat in cold or fridge.

3. Cook

  • Cook poultry, meat and seafood thoroughly. This will reduce the risk of food poisoning and other foodborne diseases.
  • Cook the meat until they reach the temperature of 75 0C.
  • Before cooking frozen meat or poultry product, defrost it completely.

4. Chill

Keep your food at safe temperatures:

  • Meat, fish, vegetables, poultry and dairy products are meant to be kept chilled so keep this kind of food in refrigerator at 5 0C as soon as possible after you purchased them.
  • Put cooked food in refrigerator within 2 hours after you cooked them.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator at relatively high temperature or in cold water, never deforest food at room temperature in your kitchen. Sudden change in temperature may cause bacteria to grow and may cause food poisoning.
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Kidney Damaging Habits and Way to Overcome Them

Kidney Damaging Habits

Kidneys are among the vital body organs that not only filter and purify our blood from waste products but perform many other tasks such as to maintain homeostasis of our body, maintain fluid-elector lye balance and enhance the formation of Red Blood Cells. Therefore to stay health, we need health kidneys.

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On the occasion of World Kidney Day, Here are some kidneys damaging habits and health tips to overcome those habits to keep our kidneys healthy

01. Not drinking adequate Water

Kidney Damaging Habits

You may have notice that the color of Urine becomes darken when you don’t stay well hydrate. This indicates that our kidneys requires sufficient amount of water in blood to function properly. As all of you know, the main function of kidneys is to remove waste products from our body that are the end products of metabolism of food; especially protein, and drugs. To do this crucial job, kidneys need to have sufficient blood supply. In case if we don’t drink enough water or remain dehydrated, the volume of blood decreases (called hypovolumia) which results in insufficient supply of blood to the vital organs, kidneys are one of them. The low blood supply results in improper functioning of kidneys and lead toward kidney damage.

Health Tip: you may heard or read that 8 glass of water a day is enough but The National Kidney Foundation suggests to drink at least 12 glasses of water a day to keep your kidney healthy.

 

02. Ignoring the Urge to Void, Long term bladder full

Kidney Damaging Habits

It is best to void earlier when you feel the urge to void. Retaining urine in bladder, along with many other urinary tract problems such as infection and incontinence, can damage your kidneys too. Our bladder has the capacity to stretch and accumulate up to 600 ml of urine at a time. Although you may feel the urge to void when the urine in bladder reaches 250 or 300 ml, retaining urine for long times in your bladder can increase the pressure on your kidneys and will eventually lead to incontinence and failure.

Health Tips: Don’t keep it for long. Listen to nature calls, don’t delay it. Empty your bladders as soon as you feel need to void.

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03. Consuming too much sodium/Salt

Kidney Damaging Habits

Along with removal of waster products from our body, maintaining water-electrolytes balance is another job that our kidneys perform perfectly if don’t alter by us. We can stress our kidneys by taking too much electrolytes especially sodium which is found in table salt. By taking more slat than the recommended amount (more than 2,300 mg per day), we may disturbed the normal and proper functioning of our kidneys and will keep them busy more in excreting out the excessive sodium from our body which will lead to kidney damage.

Health Tip: Take the recommended amount of salt that is 2,300. In case if you have diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or any chronic kidney disease, the recommended amount of salt per day for you is 1,500 mg per day.

04. Too much protein

Kidney Damaging Habits

As stated earlier, our kidneys remove waste produce of food especially of protein from our body. If your food is rich in protein or in case if you consume red meat and poultry products more, then your kidneys have to work harder and perform additional and tough task to remove excessive nitrogenous waste products from your body which may deteriorate kidneys functions and can lead to kidney damage.

Health Tip: Don’t eliminate proteins from your diet. Proteins are the crucial elements of our nutrition required for formation of new tissues and proper functioning of body cells. The daily recommended amount of protein intake is 56 grams. Don’t seek the total amount of protein form meat and poultry products, use green leafy vegetables instead.

05. Pain-killer abuse

Kidney Damaging Habits

Pain killer medication or analgesics are often OTC (over the counter) medication that one can take without doctor prescription as and when required. Many people use pain killer medication in high dose and more frequently that result in dysfunctions of many organs especially the liver and kidneys. Researchers found that taking pain killer medication for long time reduces blood supply to the kidneys which results n kidney damage.

Health Tip: Use non-pharmacological pain management strategies instead of using kidney damaging pain killer medications. Always use suitable pain killer medication that is prescribed by physician.

Kidney Damaging Habits

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Impotence awareness Program on World Impotence Day

Impotence

14 February is not just the Day of Love or Valentine’s Day but it is the National Impotence day. On the occasion of national impotence day here we have an Impotence awareness program for those who can’t enjoy their sexual life and also for those who don’t want to be the sufferer of impotence.

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What is impotence?

Impotent is a form of erectile dysfunction in which a person can’t get adequate penile erection necessary to complete sexual activity or intercourse.

It is one of the common men’s health disorders affected 1 in 10 men worldwide under the age of 40, half of the men between the ages of 40 to 70 years, and 70 in 10 or 70% of men aged 70 or above. In America there are 18 to 30 million men affected with impotence or some other form of erectile dysfunction. Although it is an estimated incidence of Impotence; the exact incidence rate of impotence in not known as many countries and cultures don’t report if they have impotence.

 

How Erection occurs. The Physiology of Erection

Before understating the pathophysiology or occurrence of impotence, we must know the anatomy and normal physiology of Erection.

Penis is composed or erectile and spongy tissues. Main structures in penis include Corpora Cavernosa; two cylindrical shape structure made up of erectile tissues run along the shaft of penis, Corpus Spongiosum; made up of spongy tissues, lies under the Corpora Cavernosa contain urethra, the Glans penis made Corpus Spongiosum and Tunica Albuginea; a stretchy membrane which is a covers the above discussed structures. These structures have rich blood supply through arteries, special venous drainage system, all under control of nerves supply from spinal cord.

Erection occurs when corpora cavernosa become engorged with blood as a result of sexual stimulation, both visual and tactile. In the presence of sexual stimulation, parasympathetic nervous release acetylcholine, which, in turn release of nitric oxide from endothelial cells. Nitric oxide acting as vasodilating agent cause dilation of the smooth muscle of the arteries. This results in filling the corpora spongiosum and cavernosa with blood. The ischiocavernosus and bulbospongiosus muscles also compress the veins of the corpora cavernosa, limiting the venous drainage of blood. Both the rich blood supply and blockage of veins drainage results in increase pressure in Penis which leads to Erection.

Next: What Causes Impotence

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7 Leading Causes of Obesity That You should Know

7 Leading Causes of Obesity That You should Know

Obesity or over weight is not just the beauty concerns but it is rather a complex disorder which involves excessive amount of fat in body. If you are obsessed, it means that there are too much fat or lipids accumulated in your body. A person can be said obese if his or her weight is 20% more than the average or reference weight for the same highest and age.

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Although not a disease itself, obesity can lead to more serious disease or disorders. The more you obese and overweight the more there are chances to get disease particularly cardiac diseases, Hypertension or High Blood Pressure and Diabetes mellitus. But don’t worry; obesity is not an incurable disorder it is rather can be treated by simple means without medicines. In this article we are just focusing on what makes you obese and then we’ll try to cover the topic on how to overcome obesity.

Why do people become obese?

There are too many reasons a person become obese. Here we have selected the most common leading causes of obesity which including but not limited to:

01. Eating too much or consuming too many calories

There is a well defined range of calories a person should take based on the age, sex and activity level. But if someone takes more calories than the required range, it will eventually lead to the obesity. Along with eating more, eating high calories diet like those contain fats and carbohydrates, is another common reason of obesity epically if someone has sedentary lifestyle.

02. Have a lazy or sedentary lifestyle or Physical inactivity

You may be at risk of developing obesity if you have sedentary life style. Watching televisions, sitting on computer, playing video games, using remote controls to on or off fan/lights after coming from office will result in less calorie consumption by body leading to obesity.

03. Not getting proper Sleep

On an average, there is 8 hours sleep required for body and mind to work properly. In case if you don’t get enough sleep (either low in quality or quantity) or have Sleeplessness you become overweight soon. The link between obesity and improper sleep, your body inner homeostasis and hormonal balance will disturb which leads to obesity.

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04. Endocrine or hormonal disorders

Proper hormones are required for proper growth and metabolism. In case if you have any hormonal imbalance due to some hormonal deficiency or excess like that in Thyroid disease or Adrenal Disease, the food particularly lipid metabolism will affected which results in over accumulation of fat in your body hence leads towards the obesity.

Diabetes mellitus; which is an endocrine disease, too in which there is no or less production of insulin from endocrine part of Pancreas gland, is another common cause of obesity. In Diabetes mellitus, the body cells do not get enough glucose and thus signals the brain which perceived as hunger and the patient’s are eating more then the usual and required

05. Use of Certain medications that make patients put on weight.

Obesity can be side effect of certain medicines, especially of those which alters the hormonal balance of body and build up fat in body. There are many medicines which build up fat in body make patient obese but some of those medicines are Steroids; not only the anabolic steroids but those which use to treat Asthma, Allergic reaction, inflammation (joint inflammation) and contraceptive or birth control pills or injection as these pills or injection contains Estrogen and Progesterone.

Both these listed types of medication can interfere with normal metabolism of food particularly the lipids and enhance the accumulation of fat in body.

06. You are more prone to be Obese if You have obesity gene

Researchers at University College of London found a gene an FTO and its connection with Obesity. The individuals who carry FTO genes are tend to overeat and more likely to eat food rich in fat and energy. This faulty gene FTO make 1 in every six people to eat more, reported in research. People who carry FTO gene are less likely to fade up and lack the feeling of fullness or satiety after eating.

However the research didn’t explain and understand well that how this particular gene FTO drives the behavior of a person to eat more and become obese.

07. Lower rates of smoking (smoking suppresses appetite)

Well sounds awkward but those who quit smoking gains weight. The research being conducted and published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that “Among people who stop smoking, the average weight gain is between 6 and 8 pounds while roughly 10 percents of people who stop smoking gain up to 30 pounds or more weight.” However not every person gains weight after they stop smoking, so quit smoking doesn’t confirm that you’ll become obese but chances are there.

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Acupuncture, Ancient Therapy But New Hope In Modern Era

Acupuncture, An Ancient Mystery or Best Therapy

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of therapy which is now used as a form of alternative medicine, originally Chinese practice evolved over thousand years ago in ancient China (about 2500 B.C). Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques. These techniques (to stimulate specific body points) can includes insertion of fine needles (that are manipulated by hands or electrical stimulator) trough skin or applying pressure over these specific parts, usually done to achieve cure from certain diseases, relieve pain or anaesthetize the patient (as in surgery).

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The word Acupuncture us taken from Latin “Acus” meaning “Needles” and “Punctura” meaning “to puncture” (Wikipedia)

How Acupuncture done?

One or more small metal needles are inserted at precise points along 12 pathways or channels (known as meridians) in the body, Traditional Chinese medicine explains that stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi (vital life force) through channels known as meridians while Western practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue which boost the activity of body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.

 

How Acupuncture Works?

Current scientific research indicates that these traditional forms of therapy or acupuncture cause release of natural opiates, blockage of pain-signal transmission, thus more effective than placebos in the relief of certain types of pain. Although there is no histological or physiological correlates has been found for qi.

Is it Safe to Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is considered as safe when administered by well-trained practitioners with sterile needles and has been accepted and supported by USNIH (United States National Institutes of Health),NHS (National Health Service) of the United Kingdom, WHO (World Health Organization), and NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for certain conditions.

When Acupuncture is recommended?

Being a common form of therapy, Acupuncture is recommended for symptomatic relief from a variety of conditions and disease including but not limited to:

  1. Headaches
  2. Migraines
  3. Low back pain
  4. Fibromyalgia
  5. Labor pain
  6. Menstrual cramps
  7. Osteoarthritis
  8. Tennis elbow
  9. Dental pain
  10. Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

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There is a report on use of acupuncture as anesthesia prior to surgical procedure in China. Anesthetic effect of acupuncture was achieved by blocking certain spinal nerves and thus reduce or no sensation.

Is there any risk or side effect of this procedure?

Although Acupuncture stimulate the natural body self-recovery mechanism, it has some side effects which is mainly the result of unsterilized needles which include

  • Infections (usually local)
  • Punctured Organs
  • Punctured blood vessels
  • Plural rapture
  • May result in bleeding especially if used by unqualified practitioner

Some form of acupuncture stimulate labor, may cause premature delivery if used in pregnant women.

Conclusion:

One of the oldest forms of therapy, Acupuncture is a reliable form of therapy which acts by activating the body natural mechanism to combat diseases or overcome pain. Acupuncture can be a hope for those who tried other form of therapy for their chronic pain and failed.

If you want to try and take benefits of this old traditional Chinese form of therapy, find a trained therapist in order to gain maximum benefit and prevent the potential side effects.

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Know The Important Facts About Ebola That Matters

10 Must Know Ebola Facts

10 Must Know Ebola Facts

Important Facts About Ebola [source: en.wikipedia.org]

01. What is Ebola?

 Ebola disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola is a severe viral disease caused by an RNA virus, the Ebola virus.

The first case of Ebola disease or Ebola hemorrhagic fever was reported in Democratic Republic of Congo at 1976. The disease is widespread in West Africa with 14, 413 victims are reported till to date, half of these are died short after the appearance of sign and symptoms of Ebola disease.

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Ebola disease is the major health concerns for many Governments around the world for which they developed strict planning to prevent Ebola outbreaks in their countries.

02. How Ebola transmitted

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Ebola Transmission to Human [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Although it is known that human is not the natural host of Ebola virus but it is not totally clear that which specie is the natural host for Ebola virus and how the disease is transmitted to human. Scientist believes that the virus of Ebola disease is transmitted to human by contact with wild infected animals. A group of scientists believe that this disease might spread from chimpanzees, forest antelopes, or cynomolgus monkeys by having contact with them or by eating their brain while most of other believes that the virus is transmitted from fruit bats by their bits or eating their meat as food (bushmeat).

During outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the person to person spear of disease can occurs as a result of direct contact with the infected person’s (or the one who died from the disease) body fluids including blood, semen, sweat, vomit, spit, feces and urine. The entry points for the virus to the body of host including mouth, nose, eyes, skin breakdown & cuts, open wounds and abrasion.

Contact with contaminated objects (medical equipment, syringes, needles) and infected animals can too transmit the Ebola virus to healthy host.

03. Symptoms of Ebola

Symptoms of Ebola Disease

Symptoms of Ebola Disease [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Like most Viral diseases, the initial symptoms of Ebola disease are quite similar to common cold or flu i.e. headache, body aches, muscle ache, sore throat, intense weakness & exhaustion and fever, making Ebola difficult to diagnose. Later it affects gastrointestinal system and patient develops diarrhea, vomiting, severe gastrointestinal pain, altered liver and kidney functions

This course of disease is followed by goriest part when the disease turned into hemorrhagic fever and the victim started internal bleeding, have bloody diarrhea, vomit blood, develop bruises as well as spontaneous bleeding from eyes, ears and the skin turned into blisters. Not all but most of the cases died shortly once the disease turned to hemorrhagic fever due to cardiovascular collapse and shock.

The incubation period of the Ebola disease, means the time it took to develop sign and symptoms of disease after being infected with virus is 2 to 21 days.

04. Ebola Vaccine

Ebola Vaccine

Ebola Vaccine [source: flicker.com]

Till to date, there is no any vaccine exist to prevent people to become infected with Ebola disease but governments are looking for the prevention of disease by funding public health officials and sinking millions of dollars for the research and development process of vaccine. Trials of vaccine on human are underway however animal study show positive progress. Some vaccines tried on monkeys have shown great results and prevented the monkeys to become infected with Ebola virus and even cure some already infected monkeys. But for now you have to follow the preventive measured and guidelines as instructed by government to lower the risk of infection.

05. Treatment of Ebola

Treatment for Ebola

Treatment for Ebola [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Currently there is no specific treatment or cure for Ebola, only supportive symptomatic treatment can be given to the patient according to the symptoms. This including the painkiller medicines, initiation of IV fluid replacement, administration of supplemental oxygen and initiation of inotropic support to maintain blood pressure. All these measures make the patient comfortable and improve the chance of patient’s survival but cannot cure the illness completely.

However there are some experimental medicines tried over the infected cases which show effective results. The medicines were mostly the blood serums (having antibodies) from animal exposed to and survived Ebola.

06. Current Outbreak

Current outbreak Ebola

Current outbreak Ebola [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Although Ebola virus was first appeared in 1976 in Democratic Republic of Congo, current outbreak of disease is most intense and widespread, infected 14, 413 persons mostly from countries of West Africa including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia with additional cases reported in Senegal, Nigeria and reached to Spain, Mali and United States Mali. Among these 14, 413 victims of Ebola disease, half are died due to complication of the disease.

07. Ebola in America

Ebola is now not only limited to the Central or West Africa. Its roots reached to America and the first case reported in August 2nd, 2014 where a 33 year old doctor Kent Brantley returned back to America from Liberia infected with Ebola. Luckily the case was treated successfully, survived the disease and released virus free.

08. Proton down Lab Ebola Experiment

Proton Down Lab Ebola Experiment

Proton Down Lab Ebola Experiment [source: pixabay.org]

As most of people think and reflected in Hollywood movies, many of the diseases were thought to be results of secret research experiments by some “Bad Doctors” or Government agencies to use them as biological weapons, there is an incident happened in Proton down Lab for applied Microbiology in England on 5th November, 1976 where during research on Ebola virus, a researches pricked his thumb with contaminated needle. The researcher ill few days later helps the scientist familiar with the nature of disease, providing initial data about the disease and let them know how much dangerous the diseases is.

09. Quarantine and Pre – Post Travel screening are important

Ebola Isolation

Ebola Isolation Bed [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Are you about to travel to an Ebola suspected region? First let go through the preventive measures or guidelines issue by the government. There is a strict screening process which you have to face if you were in the Ebola suspected region and returned back to your country. If you are positive with the symptoms of Ebola, you may be put in isolation (Quarantine) from other for several days till you get free from virus. This might not help you but may prevent others in your country to get infected with Ebola.

10. How Ebola gets its Name

Ebola Named After Ebola River

Ebola Named After Ebola River [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Last but not least, after all terrible facts and information on Ebola disease, here is some interesting information about the disease name. The disease got its name after the Ebola River as the disease first appears in a village of Democratic Republic of Congo close to Ebola River.

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Are You At Risk of Dengue Fever? Learn How To Prevent It

Dengue Prevention Tips

Dengue Fever is a tropical viral disease caused by Dengue Virus, vector born in nature transmitted by Aedes Aegypti Mosquito (having characteristics zebra like black and white marking on body). The disease outspreads in the season of winter as the mosquito grow best at temperature between 250C to 350C affecting 400 million people yearly (CDC). The disease is more common in densely populated urban areas of Southeast Asia (Pakistan, India and China)

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Currently there is no definite vaccine available at market against Dengue Fever (although there are 6 vaccines in the process of preparation) thus the only preventive way is to “Fight the Bite” by keeping the mosquito away or by limiting the number of mosquito by reducing their habitats

Aedes Aegypti mosquito, unlike female anopheles mosquito of Malaria is active more at daytime rather than night and bites more at dusk and dawn. Thus the following preventive measure should be taken more seriously at that specific time

01. Awareness of Dengue  Fever and Prevention

Dengue Awareness

Dengue Awareness source

  • The first and prime important step to prevent and eliminate dengue from your community is that you must have awareness about what the disease is, when it spread, how the disease occurs, who is responsible for, who is transmitting the disease and how it can be prevented. Take part in Dengue awareness campaign or health education seminars on Dengue to have better understanding or disease and it prevention

 02. Clothing Help Fight the Bite

Wear Protective Clothing

Wear Protective Clothing source

  • Try to cover much of your skin by wearing loose-fitting, light colored clothing (as dark color especially black and blue attract mosquito) during day time or when going outdoor, to protect from mosquito bit.
  • Don’t wear half sleeves shirts or tights as mosquito can bit through tight fitting clothes.
  • Wearing shoes (boots) with socks is ideal than wearing sandals or open shoes

03. Use Some Good Mosquito Repellent

Wear Mosquito Repellent

Wear Mosquito Repellent source

  • Use a good mosquito repellent (those containing Picaridin or DEET are thought to be best) on the exposed areas of your skin including hands & feet, cuff & collars to keep away the Aedes aegypti (Vector of Dengue).
  • If you don’t want to wear mosquito repellent all the day, apply it at least in dawn and dusk.
  • Note: Use these repellent in infants and babies with caution and should not be used in child under two months of age.
  • A traditional way to get rid of mosquito and keep them away from you is to keep Ocimum tenuiflorum or tulsi plant in the room. Tulsi plant is a natural mosquito repellent.

04. Mosquito Killer Works Best

Use Some Mosquito Killer

Use Some Mosquito Killer source

  • Use a good mosquito killer coil, mat or plug-in devices containing liquid insecticide to kill mosquito. Application of liquid insecticide spray directly on the mosquito kill mosquito effectively. Place mosquito coil or apply spray neat the entrance to the room or home such as doors or windows.

 05. Mosquito Net Keep the Vector away

Mosquito Bed Net

Mosquito Bed Net source

  • Although the Aedes aegypti is more active during day time, but still sleeping under mosquito bed net helps to avoid mosquito bit at dawn.
  • Make sure that screens or net over the doors and window are in good conditions and have no hole or space to let mosquito enter the room.

06. Vector Control! Just Eliminate the Mosquito form Surrounding

Guppy Fish

Guppy Fish source

  • Vector means the Dengue transmitting mosquito (Aedes aegypti). This mosquito breeds in stagnant water standing in water storage containers, vases, bowels, old tyres. Don’t let the water stand in these places. Try to keep your environment clean and dry.
  • Frequently changes the water in vases, bowels and tanks. Cover water containers, bamboo pole holders, cans and buckets as these all are potential sites for dengue mosquito breeding.
  • Stagnant water, if not possible to cover or dry, pour kerosene oil to make a thin layer over water prevent the mosquito breeding.
  • In swimming pools or larger water tanks which cannot be cover or put kerosene oil in, the vector control can be achieved using Guppy fish (a small mosquito eating fish). Just release some Guppy fishes into the tank and they will eat the dengue mosquito larva.

07. Isolate the Infected Person

Isolate the Dengue Infected Person

Isolate the Dengue Infected Person source

  • Infected person can be a source of dengue act as a reservoir from where the mosquito can take the germs (dengue virus) and transmit it to you. If (unfortunately) one of your family members is Dengue positive, limit him/her to a separate room and strictly prevent the infected person from mosquito bit as the patient can transmit the virus to mosquito which can be then transmitted to anyone else in the family.
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