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International Left-Handers Day: Separating Facts From Myths About Lefties

Medic-ALL (08:13:2017)Happy Left-Handers' DayLet the Real left handed folks. "please Stand up"! 
Forget what the world thinks of you, to be special,  means to be uniquely different, and that is exactly what left handed people are.

There are a lot of beliefs and myths about left handed people or "lefties" as they are fondly called. This beliefs range from how this handedness plays a role in their behaviors and level of intelligence to whether it's a genetic trait or not.

Today, August 13 marks the International Left-Handers day, a day set aside to celebrate the 11% of people (that's about 836,000,000 out of the 7.6 billion) in the world who have the amazing ability to use their left limbs for tasks that most of the general population can only carry out comfortably using their rights limbs.

Facts show that about 13% of men are left-handed , while it's 10% in women. Even though we seem to live in world designed for "right-handers" , today repr…

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…

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, moderation is key! eve…

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…

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