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Signs of Strokes and What to Do

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Elzanne Amao Strokes are one of the most debilitating health problems that can affect a person. Strokes are caused by reduced blood supply to your brain due to blocked arteries or a burst blood vessel. These interruptions deprive the brain of oxygen, causing the stroke Who is most at risk? Anyone can suffer a stroke. However, there are different risks that can increase an individual’s chances, and one can distinguish between controllable and uncontrollable risks. Some uncontrollable factors that can heighten the risk of a stroke include: Age: although strokes are more prevalent amongst people older than 65, it’s not…

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5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor On Your Next Visit

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Has this ever happened to you: you walk out of the doctor’s office after a check-up, get into your car and on your way home you think of a long list of questions you should’ve asked your doctor? Apart from the fact that a doctor’s visit can be expensive, you owe it to yourself to take responsibility for your health and make the most of the time you spend with your doctor during your annual check-up. In preparation for your next check-up, start by keeping a health diary. Write down everything that concerns you about your health so that you…

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5 Best Health Apps For Women

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Elzanne Amao Now, more than ever before, we have access to thousands of apps and other means of technology to help us live healthier lives. We have found five apps which will help you stay connected with your health on various levels: Daily Yoga                                                                                                                …

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What to put in your Personal Health Record when pregnant

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When Lindi was 7 months pregnant with her first baby, her obstetrician closed down his practice to move overseas.  This was extremely inconvenient and nerve racking for Lindi who didn’t have any record of her care over the last months. She couldn’t recall what her vital sign readings said, what her lab results were and what some of her scans have looked like. She wished that she had her own copy of her records. If you are pregnant, here’s what you should tracking: Blood pressure Your blood pressure readings provide a guide of how well your pregnancy has been progressing…

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Tips for stress-free travel when you’re pregnant

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Staff writer Are you pregnant and need to travel? Hitting the road doesn’t have to be a nightmare; here are some tips on how to make your journey easier and more enjoyable. Air travel Check the airline’s policy about air travel during pregnancy and consult with your doctor before embarking on air travel, even if you have done it before. If possible, opt to travel in the middle of your pregnancy, this is when you’re likely to feel your best, and the risks of miscarriage and premature labor are the lowest. Get plenty of sleep the night before you leave,…

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How to get that famous pregnancy glow

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Staff writer Every pregnant woman wants to have that gorgeous ‘glow’ that people often talk about. If your skin isn’t quite dewy and radiant, here are some tips to get you looking fabulous. Drink plenty of water Apart from flushing out toxins from the body as well as maintaining sufficient amniotic fluid, water will keep your skin dewy and moist and help your skin stretch.  Aim for eight glasses of water daily because if your skin is not getting enough water, it will feel dry, tight, flaky and more prone to wrinkling.  Skin care regiment If you are prone to…

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Everything you need to know about your baby and medical aid

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When planning the costs of having a baby, most parents focus on the medical costs associated with childbirth, so it can be a rude awakening to encounter complications at birth which require medical care. Why babies need medical aid Complications can range from a simple case of jaundice, to immature lungs, infections and so on. If your baby develops a serious condition after delivery, they may have to go into neonatal ICU or other specialized care; this will sharply increase pediatrician costs. If you don’t have medical aid, you will have to pay out of pocket, or take your child…

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Over 35 and having a baby? Here is what you need to know

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Staff writer 35 is often quoted as a threshold for having a smooth pregnancy. However, most doctors agree that if you are generally healthy, you can still have a good pregnancy. However here are some things you need to be aware of. Conceiving The biggest obstacle for women age 35 or older may be getting pregnant in the first place. You’re born with a limited number of eggs and fertility rates begin to decline gradually at age 30, more so at 35, and markedly at age 40. Even with fertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization(IVF), women have more difficulty…

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Everything you want to know about baby scans

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Staff writer Most expecting parents look forward to getting scans on visits to the doctor, because this where they get the first glimpses of your baby, which is hugely exciting. However, as thrilled as it is to see your baby, the doctor does the scan to check your baby’s development. What is the purpose of baby scans?                                                                                      …

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Pregnant? 5 easy steps to great sleep tonight

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Staff writer Many women find that sleeping comfortably becomes elusive when they’re pregnant, especially towards the end of the pregnancy. If you’re struggling to get your Zzz’s, here are some things you should be doing. No late night snacking Avoid eating within two hours of bedtime so you can snooze better. A balanced supper with filling carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta will keep  blood sugar levels up and help prevent headaches, hot flashes and the need to nibble on unhealthy snacks. Drinking a glass of warm milk may help bring on sleep. To get the best sleep, stay off fried foods,…

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