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How to Check for Anemia

Do you always feel tired and weak even if you look healthy? Maybe you’re suffering from the most common blood disorder called anemia which results from the lack of red blood cells in the body.

What is Anemia?
To understand the significance of red blood cells, remember that one of its functions is to take the oxygen from your lungs to the various organs in the body and to take the carbon dioxide from those tissues to your lungs. If you have few red blood cells for this gas exchange, there is a chance of losing blood and the loss of red blood cells. If the person has other health problems, there is also a risk of hypotension or very low blood pressure.

What Causes Anemia?
According to researchers, anemia can be caused by hemolysis (or destruction of your red blood cells), decreased production of red blood cells, and blood loss. Each of these causes are more likely to occur due to various factors such as a pre-existing health condition or genetic condition, nutritional deficiency, physical trauma, infectious diseases, and chronic illnesses.

What are the Symptoms?
You may be anemic if you have the following symptoms: fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, pale skin, headache, cold hands and feet, chest pain, and arrhythmia. Some mild forms of anemia do not have obvious symptoms, but others can also damage other organs in the body because of lack of enough oxygen supply to function normally.

What are the Tests?
To determine if you have anemia, you need to have a complete blood count or CBC test that will check the level of hematocrit and hemoglobin in your blood. The CBC will additionally determine the size of your red blood cells or mean corpuscular volume, which might be an indicator of the cause of the condition. It will also check your platelet count and the number of red and white blood cells.

The normal levels can vary among different ethnic groups, but the doctor can explain to you what is considered a normal count. Other tests may be recommended if your CBC results show you’re anemic in order to determine the damage the condition has done to other organs and to point out the specific cause or rule out other health problems.

What are the Treatments?
Depending on the type of anemia you have, the treatment aims to address iron deficiency, blood loss, and to stop bleeding, if any. By the end of the treatment, you should have enough red blood cell count or hemoglobin to supply oxygen to different parts of the body. Your doctor in Singapore will advise you to make changes in your diet, add supplements (such as iron, B12, folic acid, and vitamin C), and to take your medications regularly.
The medications will address any existing complication brought about by anemia. However, if your condition is severe, the doctor will recommend blood transfusion or bone and marrow stem cell transplant. Surgery will address complications such as bleeding of anemia has damaged certain organs.

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5 Health Benefits of Getting Pedicures

When scheduling appointments that are beneficial for your health, a pedicure would probably be not on your list since you only see it as a spa service indulgence that you treat yourself to. Well, guess what? A pedicure is worth a lot more than that. Other than beautifying your nails, a pedicure also offers the following health benefits.

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  1. Prevents Infections. If you don’t get to moisturize your feet daily, then a pedicure would serve as an excellent source of moisture. Keeping your feet moisturized from time to time is what prevents cracks from causing any infection. To ensure that your feet gets its much-needed hydration in between your pedicure appointments, use foot cream products like Weleda Foot Balm.
  1. Stops and Removes Callouses. Giving your feet some extra moisture also helps in removing and preventing callouses. Although it is our body’s way of protecting itself, callouses eventually breaks down and causes ulcerations or sores, which you surely don’t want to have.

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  1. Encourages Healthier Lifestyle. Although it has a somewhat indirect effect, getting foot massages actually helps in enhancing your circulation. Experts explained that once you feel better about your feet, you’ll also feel encouraged to workout therefore, improving your body’s circulation.
  1. Improves Joint Health. Other than your nails, your joints also get to experience several benefits after getting a pedicure. Through the foot massages オンライン カジノ included in your pedicure, your joints are placed in a full range motion, thus decreasing its stiffness. Soaking it in warm water also aids in relieving stress on joints, as well as in temporarily subsiding any joint pain.
  1. Keeps Ingrown Nails in Check. Having ingrown nails can be really a pain. If left unchecked, it can lead to something worse that you’ll need to undergo a minor surgery to remove your nail. So have your toenails done regularly not only to keep them clean from disease-causing germs, but to also keep yourself from getting the pesky ingrown nails.

Getting a pedicure isn’t just beneficial for your nails, but for your entire feet as well. So ensure that you get to pamper your feet every once in a while to keep them in tip-top shape.

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6 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays an integral role in keeping our body healthy as it enhances the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals, like iron, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and zinc.

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Furthermore, studies have shown that this vitamin also has something to do in prevention of health conditions, like heart diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and cancers. Making sure you’re getting your daily dose of Vitamin D will keep diseases at bay and helps maintain your health at its best condition.

1.       Fatty Fish

Fatty fish contains good fat and is a good source of Vitamin D. Common options include, trout, tuna, mackerel, and—the top hitter—salmon. Just half a fillet of salmon already makes a daily recommended allowance of Vitamin D for a person.

2.       Milk

Almost all kinds of cow’s milk are fortified with Vitamin D, but cheese and ice cream are not. Generally, eight ounce of milk contains over 100 IUs of the vitamin, and six ounce of yogurt has 80 IUs.

3.       Orange Juice

Lactose intolerant? No problem. Get your dose of Vitamin D from orange juice. A cup of fortified orange juice provides more Vitamin D than a cup of milk. Minute Maid and Florida Natural Orange Juice are some of brands you can check for Vitamin D fortified juice.

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4.       Eggs

Eggs are among the most convenient ways to get Vitamin D. They are commonly part of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, オンライン ブラックジャック as well as dessert recipes. However, it’s not recommended to get your daily Vitamin D from eggs alone as it is also loaded with cholesterol.

5.       Certain Mushrooms

Most mushrooms are grown in the dark, so make sure to find those that are grown in ultraviolet light as these are the types that contain Vitamin D. Shiitake and portobello mushrooms are among the types that contain good amount of Vitamin D.

6.       Cereals

If you want crunch on your Vitamin D food, look no further than cereals. Pair it with fortified milk and a glass of orange juice for an instant boost of Vitamin D.

Apart from taking care of your health, Vitamin D fights general fatigue, joint pain, and low mood. Add these Vitamin D-rich foods to your diet and feel the instant lift it gives to your mood, energy, and health.

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How to Take Care of Your Kidneys

Kidneys are important in the body because it clears toxins. If our kidney fails, we will not survive long.  Here in Singapore, there was a study conducted at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in 2011. According to the study, 24 Singaporeans patients who needed dialysis declined dialysis because they cannot afford it or their family said no. We all know that if dialysis is not considered, the patient will surely die sooner than expected.

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If the kidney is dysfunctional, it is crucial that you consider dialysis. Dialysis will serve as your synthetic kidney that can get rid of toxins. If you are young with healthy kidneys, it is important that you know how to take care of it. The first thing that you need to do is determine that things that can harm your kidney. You should know that being obese will compromise the kidney. Consumption of artificial sweeteners, sodas, candies, fluoride and many more can also compromise your kidney.

Now that you know the things that can harm your kidney, the next thing that you need to do is learn how to take care of your kidneys. Here are some tips that you can consider:

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  • Healthy eating: Experts will tell you to get rid of unhealthy eating like chips, sodas and many more. You should always bear in mind that nothing can go wrong if you practice and observe healthy eating. You have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise: Exercise can also reduce your risk of acquiring kidney related illness. Regardless of your disease, you have to establish an efficient protection or guard. Exercise will serve as your best protection or guard against unwanted illness.
  • Hydrate: You know that you heavily rely on sodas and other salty foods. If you cannot stop it, you should at least hydrate. You need to drink a lot of water so your kidneys will not be overwhelmed with toxins. If you can stop drinking sodas and eating salty foods, do that before it is too late.
  • Do not smoke and drink: Smoking and drinking can damage your kidneys. You have to remember that it does not only affect the lungs (for smokers) and liver (for drinkers). The activities that you do can influence your kidneys at the end of the day.

If you think that something is wrong with your body, you have to go immediately to your doctor and submit to series of tests. If it is found out that you have problematic kidneys, be thankful because it is diagnosed and detected early. You will not suffer its severity because at the onset you did your best to stop or curb it.

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Treatments for Excessive Sweating

You do not go out always because you are conscious of your excessive sweating. If you are born with excessive sweating, you think that it is a hopeless case. That is not true. There are many treatments that you can consider here in Singapore. You have to be cautious though for some side effects. You need to trust the experts.

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There are some Singaporeans who excessively sweat, if they have the money, they can simply consider the following things:

  • Botulinum toxin A injections: There are injections provided for you. The injections are called Botulinum toxin A. It can hamper excessive sweating but it is expensive. It also involves risks like temporary paralysis of muscles. If you are ready to spend about S$ 2000 for your excessive sweating, you should consider the injections. Hyperhidrosis1
  • Oral medications: For those that cannot afford the injections, dermatologists will recommend oral medications. Oral medications include オンライン カジノ glycopyrrolate. Glycopyrrolate is an agent that can effectively block the receptor nerves. Possible side effects include constipation, palpitations, dry mouth and blurry vision.
  • Surgical treatment: As if injections and medications are not enough, you can also consider surgical treatments. The surgery is called Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy. In the procedure, it involves general anaesthesia and surgery. The results of the surgery are permanent and instant.

Before you consider such treatments, you have to see your dermatologist first so they can make a diagnosis, evaluate your case and make recommendations. Do not self-medicate yourself because you might be putting yourself at risk. You have to be hopeful that your condition will get better as you go along with your treatments.

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What You Need to Know about Malaria

Original Title: A.funestus_1.50sRGB The scientists at the NTU (National Technological University) are positive that their research can lead to the development of a malaria vaccine within 5 years. The vaccine will be low-cost and it can help save lives of millions of people.

Malaria is transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes infected with a parasite. Malaria is widespread in subtropical and tropical regions. If you want to know more about malaria, you can refer to this:

Symptoms

Malaria is characterized by recurring high fever, sweating and chills. Other signs include diarrhea, headache and vomiting.

Transmission

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If you are bitten by a mosquito infected with a parasite, you will be infected. It will first stay in your liver then it can proceed to your bloodstream. A mother can infect her unborn child. Malaria can be transmitted when you share needles with other infected people or blood transfusions.

Test and Diagnosis

It is important that you go to your doctor at once. If you have symptoms and you recently travelled to a malaria infected region, you should submit to blood tests. Blood tests will determine if you have malaria, what parasite caused your symptoms and which drug is resistant to the parasite.

Treatment

The drugs and the duration of the treatment will vary depending on the type of parasite you obtained, age and the severity of the symptoms. There are common drugs that you can take per doctor’s advice. Some drugs include Aralen, Malarone, Qualaquin, etc.

Prevention

When you go to a certain place, you have to look for malaria advisories. You need to tell your doctor beforehand so he/she can give you drugs. To date, there are no vaccines developed yet. If NTU will be successful, it will be the first.