Each year is a new beginning, but at the same time ,a continuation of the past.2014 was an year of healthy and unhealthy happenings in the Health World.Ebola was the key factor that haunted the year. The worst ever epidemic of Ebola virus disease, mainly affecting three countries in west Africa beginning in Guinea in December, 2013, the disease then spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of mid-December, 2014, more than 18 000 cases have been reported, resulting in more than 6500 deaths
The Health community was shocked by another incident in which the HIV research community mourned the loss of six of their colleagues who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on July 17.Wars and conflicts continued to rage the world in 2014 .Syria and Gaza still bleed without panacea.An outbreak of enterovirus D68 in the USA and Canada has caused severe respiratory illness in children. This was another health hazard of 2014.
Along with all these unhappy incidents, 2014 has put in many a positive steps.
Global discussions about how to tackle climate change have been heating up in 2014.In exciting news for reproductive medicine, 2014 saw the first successful livebirth after uterine transplantation in a patient with absolute uterine factor infertility. 2014 could be remembered as the year in which the fight against antibiotic resistance finally started receiving the attention it deserves.
Tomorrow's Health will be defined through the past experiences, new experiments and through the collaboration of world health care community.Hope 2015 will be a healthy year .
Bell peppers, commonly known as capsicum, come in a variety of colours- with green, yellow and red being common in India. They can be cooked in many ways- stuffed with a filling of your choice, simply roasted over a fire and garnished with salt and pepper, cut up into a snazzy salad or even simply as a pizza topping. Here are some health benefits of bell peppers.
-Bell peppers contain the chemical compound capsaicin, which helps in controlling diabetes and cholesterol. They even ease inflammation.
-Red bell peppers are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant and also aids in the absorption of iron.
-Bell peppers are low in calories- a single bell pepper contains only about 30 to 40 calories, which makes it a great snack option for those who are on a diet.
-They are also a good source of lycopene, which helps lower the risk of prostrate, bladder, pancreatic and cervical cancers.
Celebrations often call for never-ending sweets and confectioneries and other eatables. And if you want to check with your weight, it becomes quite tough to handle with things. Consume a very little amount of calories in small portions of eatables and always stay hydrated in order to stay fit in the midst of any celebrations.
- Check your total calorie intake. Take a step back when you get closer to your maximum calorie intake value.
- Eat small portions as completely declining sweets or fried food can be difficult. Simply taste the sweets rather than eating to your heart's content.
- For a great snack on the run, take a small handful of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, or pecans. Research shows that when people munch on nuts, they automatically eat less at later meals, eventually less intake of fat.
GOOD NEWS to the patient who had a Stroke. A Novel drug delivery system using Gelatin nanoparticles has been discovered. These are tiny balls of gelatin that can be used to deliver the medication directly into the brain across the blood brain barrier. University of Illinois researchers and colleagues in South Korea, led by research scientist Hyungsoo Choi and professor Kyekyoon "Kevin" Kim, published details about the gelatin nanoparticles in the journal Drug Delivery and Translational Research.The research team had found it effective and could increase the treatment window when drugs embedded in gelatin nanoparticles was delivered into the brain for the stroke treatment. Gelatin is easily absorbed by the body and is classified as "Generally Recognized as Safe" by the Food and Drug Administration. These gelatin nanoparticles are administered through the nose, which routed directly into the brain through olfactory nerve cells, bypassing the biological fence called Blood Brain Barrier. But delivering the drug at the site of damage is yet a major challenge.Usually treating a stroke victim within three hours of the incidence is very crucial. Researchers found that, with this delivery technique, the efficiency was same even after six hours of the incidence of stroke. This study was conducted in the Rats using the drug osteopontin, which helps to reduce the inflammation and prevent brain cell death during the stoke.
1. Unicef and du team up for school pupil health education drive
School children are the target of a new, healthy living initiative being set up by the United Nations Children’s Fund, in partnership with du. Launched after the success of Unicef’s pilot School Health Education project last year, the pilot project addresses the challenges of delivering health education to pupils.
2. Machine learning reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders
Researchers from engineering, biology and medicine teach computers to ‘read the human genome’ and rate likelihood of mutations causing disease, opening vast new possibilities for medicine.
3. Ajman university offers first aid courses for families
The Gulf Medical University (GMU) in Ajman is offering training courses in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to women and families at discounted rates.
It is no doubt that Milk is a great nutritious food, and it serves as a source of amino acids and minerals which are essential to bone health.
Historically, milk was given to contamination by bacteria from other animals that could cause severe illness in humans. This remains the case with raw (unpasteurized) milk. The death of a Victorian toddler this week is a stark reminder of these risks.
Pasteurization involves the process of heating the product to 72°C for 15 seconds. This traditional way was originally employed to destroy bacteria in wine and beer that caused these products to spoil. It was quickly realized that this process could also be applied to milk to destroy harmful bacteria, and make milk safer for human consumption. or these reasons, raw milk continues to have a far higher risk of causing illness. So Pasteurization remains an effective step in ensuring that we can continue to enjoy safer, nutritious milk.