6d ago| Star Health

Urgent action is needed as acute malnutrition threatens the lives of millions of vulnerable children

United Nations agencies are calling for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable children in the 15 countries hardest hit by an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis.

6d ago| Star Health

Consider your child’s exposure to indoor air pollution

Indoor air pollution is a serious problem in developing nations because of stoves, secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, bacteria, cleaning products, and more. These sources release volatile compounds. The most studied indoor air pollutant is nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These pollutants can harm women and small children who spend most of their time at home.

6d ago| Star Health

Living in a toxic society

Once a wise man said, “One fake friend is more dangerous than 100 enemies.” True friends will always find a way to help, but toxic and fake friends will always find an excuse. Today, a toxic social environment causes more harm to our health, happiness, and wellbeing. People who make us feel bad, or insecure about ourselves can create a toxic environment.

2w ago| Star Health

Catch Cortisol if you can!

Cortisol is widely known as the body’s stress hormone. Chronic stress harms our mind and body. “It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”

2w ago| Star Health

Cervical cancer prevention

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally, with an estimated 604 000 new cases and 342 000 deaths in 2020. About 90% of the new cases and deaths worldwide in 2020 occurred in low- and middle-income countries. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer is mainly transmitted through sexual contact and most people are infected with HPV shortly after the onset of sexual activity. More than 90% of them clear the infection eventually.

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Managing winter Asthma

For many people, Asthma attacks may happen more often in the winter. The common cold and flu are both more likely to strike in the winter and can lead to asthma flare-ups.

Eating and staying healthy in old age

Nutrition deserves special attention as people reach an older age and is essential for good health. Healthy ageing is associated with physiological, cognitive, social, and lifestyle changes that influence dietary intakes and nutritional status. The process of ageing involves changes in every tissue and all vital organs.

A new approach to treating resistant hypertension

Many patients have resistant hypertension, which isuncontrolled byavailable drugs and behavioural interventions.

Helplessness is deeper than sadness

Feeling helpless is like ‘pearls are of no value in a desert’ . Trying to hide pain increases powerlessness. Helplessness can sometimes feel psychologically paralysing. It creates a sense of being unable to act or react to a negative situation. It may be associated with anxiety, phobias, and loneliness. It  is easier to say, ‘My head is spinning’ than to say, ‘My heart is broken.’  People often feel helpless.

Dopamin detox, the reality

The book ‘Dopamine Detox’ has become popular. A chemical messenger, dopamine,  is produced in the brain. It plays a role in our body movement, memory, and motivation. Dopamine levels are associated with neurological diseases.

Arsenic-contaminated water associated with antibiotic resistance in children, study finds

In rural Bangladesh, areas with more arsenic in the drinking water have more antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli in the water and in the stool samples of children than areas with less arsenic. This is according to a new study by Mohammad Aminul Islam of Washington State University and his colleagues, which was published on December 8, 2022, in PLOS Pathogens.

FIFA and WHO marked International Human Rights Day with anti-discrimination message

On the International Human Rights Day (December 10), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) both talked about how discrimination has no place in football or in society.