What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia syndrome is unknown, however, several factors have been associated with this condition and this has led to several hypotheses and theories relating to the condition and its cause. Some of the possible causes include:- In a large majority of patients there is no explainable cause of the condition and it develops on its own. Physical […]

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Schizophrenia Causes

The exact cause of schizophrenia is not currently known, and it is thought to occur as a result of various genetic, physical, psychological and environmental risk factors. In this way, some people are more likely to be affected by the condition due to genetic and physical susceptibility but a particular life event, usually stressful or emotional in nature, triggers the […]

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Storing Breast Milk

Handling breast milk is important for mothers who use the breast pump to feed their babies. It is vital that complete hygiene is maintained. Simple measures like washing hands before expressing and keeping the instruments and bottles and nipples clean goes a long way in making the practice a success. Collection of breast milk Breast milk is collected by pumping […]

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Breastfeeding and Diet

A healthy diet is as important for a breastfeeding mother as it is for a pregnant mother. However, no special diet is needed for lactating or breastfeeding mothers. Most women do not need to “eat for two” as they did during their pregnancy believing extra calorie intake would be good for their unborn baby. Most recommendations state that women who […]

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Breast Anatomy

Understanding the anatomy of the breast is important in understanding how it makes milk. Making breast milk involves both the brain as well as the breast. Several hormones are responsible for making and continuing to make breast milk. The breast is a modification of a cluster of glands. There are several parts of a normal breast:- Glandular tissue This is […]

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Breastfeeding Twins or Multiples

Feeding twins, triplets or more is special but may be a challenge. It is vital that the mother is educated regarding the benefits of breastfeeding her babies. Twins and triplets may often be preterm and low birth weight. They may have had a difficult delivery as well. This makes breast milk more beneficial for them to catch up on their […]

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What is Acne?

Acne or pimples is a skin condition that usually affects adolescents or teenagers but may affect an individual at any age. It leads to spots and boils over the skin of the face, forehead, neck, back and chest. The spots may range from blackheads and whiteheads that are mild and painless to severe boils or pustules that are inflamed and […]

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Tonsillitis Complications

Tonsillitis often resolves within three to four days, with fever and other symptoms usually subsiding within a week. In some individuals however, the symptoms do not improve or may even worsen after this time. Some of the complications of tonsillitis include: Recurrent tonsillitis In some individuals, tonsillitis occurs repeatedly every time they develop an upper respiratory tract infection. This is […]

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What Causes Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain or belly pain can occur due to several underlying pathologies. While some of these are minor and do not lead to serious damage, some may be a symptom of a life-threatening underlying condition. Image Credit: P Stock / Shutterstock.com Classification according to severity The causes of abdominal pain may be classified according to their severity and level of […]

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Prevention of cot death

Cot deaths or Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is rare especially after six months of age when the babies are little more physically mobile. In spite of the small risks, cot death is a devastating occurrence and rates can be reduced by simple preventive and precautionary measures. Preventive strategies for cot deaths include (1-7) – Changing the sleeping position – […]

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