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Whats in your cup of coffee?

Humanity runs on coffee - Unknown

In the midst of all the addictions our world has to offer, coffee is one that has certainly stood the test of time across generations. Coffee has become both the "waker" and "day-starter" for most in different parts of the world.
But seriously speaking..whats in that cup of coffee?
Of course, the active ingredient , Caffeine, which is a stimulant that acts in the brain by blocking an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine.  Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world today, taking only about 15-20 minutes to get into the bloodstream, reaching its peak level in 30-60 minutes and effects lasting up to 6-10hours. 
A cup of Coffee is more than just black water with a rich smell. A single cup of coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
Certainly it has it benefits, but as with everything in life, mo…

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Treadmill vs Outdoor running

"Runs end, Running doesn't" - Nike
Treadmill running vs Outdoor running
Sounds like a debate we've either heard or been involved in before. Certainly both are worthy "heart-healthy" exercises that are tremendously beneficial to the muscles and the body as a whole.
They are in fact the same kind of activity in different settings! But yea ,there's more!

People will tell you that running outdoors improves stability by forcing you to navigate ever-changing terrains while others will claim that a treadmill forces you to sustain speed and performance levels that might other lag outdoors.
Ultimately, both settings surely have their pros and cons based on the training needs and goals of the individual.

If you can enjoy a good run and multitask while at it, why not? 
Treadmill running does provide a good an effective avenue to exercise and maximize your indoor workout time. The same way the airport escalators propel you, the treadmill probably propels you…

Don't Miss A Stroke! Save a Life

One out of Six people will suffer a Stroke during their lifetime!

A Stroke or Cerebrovascular accident is caused by an interruption in the blood supply to the brain resulting either from  the bursting of a blood vessel or the blockage of a vessel by a clot.

The major symptoms of a stroke include a sudden weakness of usually one side of the face, arm or leg (could involve all at once), numbness, confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech; it could also cause a difficulty seeing with one or both eyes; difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; severe headache with no known cause; vomiting; fainting or unconsciousness.
One of the key ways to "save a life" or help facilitate timely medical attention in someone suffering from a stroke is to know what a stroke looks like by becoming familiar with the symptoms listed above. Such knowledge will enable you "act fast" to save a co-worker, friend, or relative. Although stroke risk increases wi…

Athritis: Challenging the Pain!

Physical activity-even if you don't lose an ounce you'll live longer, feel healthier and be less likely to get cancer, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. It's the closest thing we have to a wonder drug. - Tom Frieden

An approximate staggering 350 million people (young and old) worldwide suffer from some kind of athritis! Call it a global epidemic if you like, but even more intriguing is the role that regular exercises and maintenance of optimal body weight can play reducing the risk of developing athritis and towards attaining a "pain-free life".
What is Athritis? It is the inflammation of any joint that is commonly associated with pain and stiffness. 

Though there are more than a 100 types of athritis (CDC 2016) each with its own causes, symptoms and complications.
Osteoathritis and rheumatoid athritis are 2 of the most common types.
Osteoathriritis(OA) is the most common joint disorder worldwide which occurs due to aging and wear and tear on a joint that could …

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…