Cancer is not just a single disease but multiple diseases of a single name, so the obvious reason for people to get scared of. What makes it scarier is its late detection. Most of the cancer gets detected when its already spread to other parts of the body, which is called Metastatic until then it doesn’t show any symptom.
Our body is a machinery and all the organs are interconnected to one another in some way or the other. We breathe in and breathe out to keep our body living and healthy but never for once do we think how hard the lungs work to keep up with the respiratory function. We take our body for granted most times and we realize its importance only when it starts breaking down. Since breathing is a part and parcel of our living, we seldom take care of our lungs intentionally and realize its importance only when we face some respiratory issues. When our lungs are not functioning properly we also face some serious heart problems.
With the pollution increasing at the fastest pace, it is not surprising that more and more people are visiting the doctor’s clinic complaining of bronchitis and breathing issues. Breathing in the toxic pollution results in progressive lung diseases called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The most common of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Most of the people with COPD suffer from both these conditions.
2018 is coming to an end and with the advent of the New Year, it is time to set new resolutions. But if one of your New Year resolutions is quitting alcohol, you might want to read this article before taking a decision. Some recent news had been making claims that a pint of beer or a glass of wine a day shortens lifespan. Such claims have dampened a lot of spirits who love their celebratory drink at Christmas or New Year. But these are some partial conclusions made. What we are here to discuss today is how much alcohol is too much alcohol and how can we drink while not harming our health as well.
Did you think your home is the safest place on earth because there is no pollution? Well, it’s time that we burst the bubble for you! A report by the WHO reveals that 4.3 million people die worldwide due to pollution inside the house. Respiratory diseases, stroke, lung diseases, cancer, and stroke are as much caused by indoor pollution as by outdoor pollution. Deodorants, house cleaning sprays, detergents, hair sprays, air fresheners, furniture polish, indoor paints, cooking methods, and dust are responsible for the decline in indoor air quality. It also lies in our actions to bring down the air pollution and improve the quality of breathing air in the vicinity of our homes. We can plant some greenery in a few corners of our home to purify the air within.
Aren’t we all relieved after we reach our home because the vicinity of our home is safe and free of pollution? But we are absolutely wrong. There are many types of pollutants lurking in our home and is unknowingly harming our health. It is important that we understand the critical health problems these pollutants pose and take necessary precautions.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside
If you thought tuberculosis was ‘a thing of the past’, think again! As per the global standards, it is the second biggest killer caused by a single infectious agent. 1.8 million people die worldwide from tuberculosis while 10.4 million people fall sick affected by the disease. Although we have come a long way since the mid -1980s when TB was termed a Global Emergency by the WHO, still there are millions of people getting affected by the disease each year.
One of the most common childhood conditions, pneumonia is fairly common affecting 150 to 156 million kids worldwide. While in the US, pneumonia is manageable and not deemed as a life-threatening disease, but in developing countries where there is still a dearth of modern treatment options, pneumonia is life-threatening to children. As per the reports by the WHO, a child loses a life every 20 seconds due to pneumonia and it sums up to 16% of all juvenile deaths under 5 years of age.
A common misconception is that if a person has lung cancer, he/she is a very heavy smoker. But today, we are going to break the myth and prove that a person who is a non-smoker can very much be affected by lung cancer. Did you know that in the US, lung cancer is the 6th common cause of death among non-smokers? Going by the overall statistics, 10 – 15% of the lung cancer cases occur in non-smokers and 2/3rds of those non-smokers are women. It has been found out that 20% lung cancers in women occur in those who have never smoked even one cigarette. And the percentage is comparatively higher among Asian women.