Secondhand and parental smoking: Saving the kids and the unborn.

Introduction Most people who are not active smoker,s but resides with a smoker, will end up having almost equal risks as the active smoker. Secondhand smoking is explained in simple terms as the inhalation of the smoke from a burning end of a cigarette, and/or the smoke expelled by someone who is actively smoking. About 14 million American kids are subjected to secondhand smoking, many of whom are aged 3-11 years. Before now, many people believed that the harms that come with smoking were limited to the smoker, but recent…

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Geriatrics: Improving health care for the aged.

Geriatrics is a medical sub specialty that deals with the welfare and pathologies of old age, the medical care and management of aging people, and the maintenance of their quality of life. Though relatively new, this field is a very important aspect of healthcare due to the delicacy and sensitiveness of the aging phase of human life, and the apparent scientific neglect of the challenges faced by people living in this phase. The word geriatrics was derived from “geron”, a Greek word meaning “old man”, and was made popular by…

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Sleep Paralysis: What you need to know about night hags.

Introduction Your eyes are open, you are sure you are awake, yet your body (except probably your extremities of fingers and toes) remains unmoved even when you wished to. This is sleep paralysis, a rare sleep disorder that occurs when the brain temporary paralysis your muscles to prevent you from acting out your dream and the sleeper wakes up, at the transitional moments- verge of falling asleep or while about to wake up. It more commonly happens when you sleep in a supine position and can be accompanied by hallucinations,…

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How to deal with your phobia

Phobia is a specific and profound abnormal fear of a particular place, thing or event. This should not be confused with our natural human safety instinct, which is an inherent fear and avoidance of detrimental situations or some anxiety disorders which rather comes as a generalized aversion. Phobia can have a lot of triggers, mostly past personal experiences or by past experiences of people around us (by witnessing or by hearing). It has also been demonstrated in other animals, and in most cases, it is acquired. In phobias nomenclature, the…

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How hormonal changes affect you at menopause

General overview Menopause, otherwise climacteric, in simple terms, is a special phenomenon occurring in women and signifying the ultimate end of menstruation, just the opposite of menarche, which is the beginning of menstruation. In most cases, it is also the natural end of reproductive life. The age of menopause varies substantially among several populations and can be affected by genetic and environmental factors. However, menopause will usually occur between the ages of 45 to 55 years. What happens at menopause? During a woman’s lifetime, she is expected to shed about…

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Penis captivus- Can a couple get stuck during sex?

General Overview This is a rare but disturbing occurrence that is still a mystery to a lot of people. How can two partners get stuck during intercourse, a supernatural act or just mere science? Just as the name implies, penis captivus is a rare or rather, poorly reported, awkward experience during sexual intercourse where the man is unable to free himself at the supposed end of sex. Though most documented cases are hearsay, there are still enough publications with evidence to prove the reality of penis captivation. How it usually…

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