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The Burden of Infertility; What you need to know

...with a baby or without, you are valuable, you are whole and you matter...

Recent data available shows that nearly 50 million couples worldwide experience infertility and nearly 50 percent of gynecology outpatient consultations in countries all over the world are infertility related.

Many homes continue to experience the agony of childlessness and the accompanying turbulence that comes with infertility in some parts of the world. While some couples enjoy the privilege of becoming parents, the same is not the case for many who continue to hope they will one day experience the joy of parenthood.

Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a clinical pregnancy despite having frequent, regular (up to 3 to 4 times in a week) unprotected sex for at least a year. The inability to become pregnant or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth is considered, primary infertility. On the other hand, the inability to become pregnant or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live …

Nurses Week: The Angels called Nurses

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity taking a place beside the Physician and the the Priest...- William Osler
National Nurses week in the United States , May 6th-12th Thriving in one of the hardest professions in the world, being in the front line on a daily basis attending to patients' issues with care, patience, a nurturing smile (in the midst of toughness) and trusting demeanor is more than enough reason to celebrate nurses, not just in the U.S but globally.

The ridiculous assumption that nursing is just an alternative for those who found it too hard to be doctors has become an incentive for nurses to show how much of a difference the skill set of nurses make in the care of patients. Nursing can truly be considered the backbone of the healthcare system.
"What will I do without nurses?"
Those were often my words as a medical student and intern! Yes I argued with nurses on a number of occasions, but I learnt a  whole lot from nurses over th…

E.Coli infection linked to romaine lettuce claims one life

Sadly, on Wednesday May 2nd , the CDC reported that one person has died in California from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region in the United States.This is the first known fatality from the outbreak.
The CDC also reported 23 additional cases of illness from 10 states, bringing the total number of cases 121 since March. Kentucky, Massachussets and Utah are the new states with reported cases.
There are concerns that the strain of E.Coliidentified is particularly virulent and and associated with more complications and hospitalizations.

World Asthma Day 2018: Chronic but Manageable

Never too early, never too late, it's always the right time to address airway disease.

Tuesday, May 1st 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the World Asthma Day. The  World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Medic-ALL joins the rest of the world in this effort towards raising awareness on a manageable chronic disease and support people with asthma and organizations dedicated to providing education to ensure improved quality of  lives for everyone living with asthma



Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

Precaution is better than cure 

There seems to be clear evidence showing that cell phone radiation is linked to cancers based on Draft technical reports on cell phones and health concern released by the The National Toxicology Program(NTP).
Cell phones are known to emit a form of non-ionizing radiation (radiofrequency energy), from their antennas. Tissues nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy. It is known that ionizing radiation such as x-rays can increase cancer risk but there has not been substantial  nor consistent evidence to show that non-ionizing radiation has a similar effect.
The NTP (The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Chronic Carcinogenicity Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation) recently  released its Draft Technical Reports Peer Review on cell phones and health concerns based on 10 years of research.

Highlights of the report as summarized by experts:
 1. Exposure to cell phone radiation led to an increase in certain types of tumors in the brain …

Latest: More E.Coli cases linked to Romaine Lettuce

Thirty-one more persons from 10 states  have been reported ill from the romaine lettuce infection, taking the count to 84 cases (41 hospitalizations) from 19 states since the last update on April 18, 2018.

Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota make up the 3 additional states with cases.
According to the CDC website, age of infected persons range from 1 to 88 years and most recent illness started on April 12, 2018. 
Due to the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC , illnesses that occurred in the last couple of weeks might not have been reported.

For now, taking necessary precautions and checking the source of your lettuce is strongly recommended.
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Outbreak: Eat your Greens, Beware of Lettuce

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you never blame the lettuce- Thich Nhat Hanh

Fifty-Three cases of Escherichia coli infections across 16 states in the United States, linked to romaine lettuce consumption led to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing warnings to consumers last week.
All the lettuce contaminated with the E.coli O157:H7 strain has so far been traced to Yuma, Arizona and the public are advised not to buy or consume any lettuce except it has been confirmed that it was not grown there. The warning includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

Although no deaths have been reported, 31 of the 53 cases of E.coli infections required hospitalization.  The infected states include Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska.
Escherichia coli O157…