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WHO gives nod to first-ever malaria vaccine “Mosquirix”

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WHO gives nod to first-ever malaria vaccine “Mosquirix”

Health officials in Africa are confident and hopeful that the first-ever malaria vaccine ‘Mosquirix’ approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will “dramatically change” the way the continent of 1.3 billion people combats the lethal disease.

The new malaria vaccine is a ‘game-changer’ in combating the disease which accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in Africa.

In Nigeria, which consists of the world’s highest cases of malaria with 27 per cent of the total global malaria toll, officials said that they hope Africa’s most populous country will get priority when the distribution of the vaccine begins.

The disease took the lives of at least 3,86,000 people in the continent in 2019, which accounts for 90% of the global tally, with six African countries accounting for more than half of the malaria deaths across the globe, as per the WHO report.

Meanwhile, the Mosquirix vaccine, that comes years after continued failure in finding a solution for protection against the disease, has minimal efficacy of about 30% in cases of severe malaria. However, it brings a ray of hope for African countries where people hardly have access to bed nets or other preventive measures.

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Are obesity and asthma connected ?

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Are obesity and asthma connected ?

Obesity:

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn’t just a medical problem that increase the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

Asthma :

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow an swell and may produce extra mucus.

The connection between obesity and asthma :

  1. Obesity an asthma share common genetics, common in utero conditions, or common predisposing dietary factors( foods high in sugar, diet poor in vegetables etc).
  2. Obesity leads to a reduction in lung volume and tidal volume which in turn promotes narrowing of the airway.
  3. There is low risk associated with breastfeeding in both obesity and asthma conditions.
  4. Changes in adipose-derived hormones, like leptin an adiponectin, may enhance the inflammatory state of obesity.
  5. Obesity is a state of low-grade systemic inflammation that may lead to the exacerbation of asthma.
  6. Diseases like dyslipidemia,gastroesophageal reflux,sleep- disorder breathing,type-2 diabetes,or hypertension that are associated with obesity, may exacerbate asthma.
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Here are causes for tooth decay and its treatment options

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Here are causes for tooth decay and its treatment options

Tooth decay:

Tooth decay occurs due to a buildup of plaque on a tooth.plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that forms on teeth.when a person eats sugary or starchy food, the bacteria in the plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.it is disease known as caries or cavities. As the tooth gets eaten away, tooth decay sets in.Tooth decay naturally looks black and can give the appearance of a black tooth. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to serious health problems, including brain or heart infections.

Causes for cavities:

  1. Bacteria –Both gum disease an tooth decay are cause by bacteria
  2. Sugars
  3. Plaque
  4. Para function
  5. Certain medical condition

Treatment options include:

  1. Fluoride treatments
  2. Fillings
  3. Crowns
  4. Root canals
  5. Tooth extractions
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Do you know about Type 1 Diabetes and its symptoms?

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Do you know about Type 1 Diabetes and its symptoms?

Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction ( when a body attacks itself by mistake). This reaction destroys the cells in the pancreas that makes insulin,called beta cells.This process of destroying of beta cells can go on for months or years before any symptoms appear. It is a serious condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is too high because your body attacks the cells in your pancreas that makes the insulin due to which you can not produce any insulin which is required to live.

Symptoms:

  1. Feeling thirsty
  2. Feeling tried
  3. Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Itching around the genital area
  6. Urinating more frequently than usual
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