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Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Understanding Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

PNH or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria is a rare and acquired disease of the blood which is also called Marchiafava-Micheli syndrome. The potentially fatal disease is not inherited genetically but develops in the body over time. It can affect both males and females and is not particularly age specific. However it is very rare and is seen […]

What Is Milk Thistle?

The Milk Thistle is a type of flowering plant that has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. Its name comes from the plant’s leaves which contain a milky liquid and look as if they have been spotted with white. Nowadays, the plant is used as a natural way to protect the liver, ensure […]

What Is Sickle Cell Anemia

What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease. As the name suggests it is a form of anemia which is caused due to a mutation gene which makes the red blood cells of the patient contract and look like sickles. The abnormal cells are not as flexible as the regular red blood cells. They get stuck […]

Did Combined Drug Intoxication Kill Whitney Houston

Did Combined Drug Intoxication Kill Whitney Houston?

Though originally thought to have died from alcohol overuse or the overdose of illegal drugs, it now seems that the death of singing diva Whitney Houston may have had more to do with prescription medications. It was legal prescription drugs rather than the illegal variety that could have killed Whitney Houston, since a number of drugs […]

sitting is so bad

Why Sitting Is So Bad for You?

When you’re sitting down, you’re not exercising; so sitting is bad for you. But sitting is bad for more reasons and it is bad even for those who are otherwise active and fit, says recent research. It isn’t just that the lack of exercise is bad for you; it is sitting itself that is bad […]

Wine: Good or Bad for Health

Wine: Good or Bad for Health?

Wine certainly has something of a cache as being a refined and genteel beverage to drink, but is wine good for us or bad? Why wine could be bad for us A recent report about a UK government warning says that wine increases risk of mouth cancer. Having more than the recommended daily limits is thought to triple […]

6 Blood Clotting Disorders

6 Blood Clotting Disorders You Should Know About

Hemophilia Of all the blood clotting disorders hemophilia is the most common. Here the blood does not clot in the normal space of time but for much longer. The primary reason is the lack or low levels of blood clotting factor VIII or clotting factor IX. It is an inherited and genetic disorder but in […]

Conduct Disorder in children

Conduct Disorder in children

A psychiatric condition which has been on the increase for the last few years is conduct disorder in children. This is a mental disorder in which the child has a tendency towards extremely violent behavior. There is no single set of signs or symptoms rather it is a group of behavioral and emotional problems that […]

A recent BBC article spoke of the potential increase of neurological and progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. The number of people afflicted with these conditions is likely to rise due to an aging population it is being warned. In another report relating to health issues created by the older demographic, a Canadian report speaks of more people being diagnosed with cancer due to an aging population. The study spoke of an increase of over 2% over a 10 year period that owes itself to better screening and cancer detection methods as well as increased incidence due to cancer’s propensity to target older people. Aging Population Problems The good news is that people are living longer because of better overall health and care, but the bad news is that there are more people being diagnosed with cancer as well. What is population aging? Better health care and higher standards of living have increased global life expectancy of people so that people are living longer today than ever before in history. At the same time effective birth control techniques and declining fertility rates mean that birth rates are declining the world over. This means that the average age of population is now higher than at any point before now. So we have populations that have a greater proportion of older people and fewer younger people, giving rise to some unique health challenges. While population aging can be seen as a triumph of medical and health services, it also presents unique new challenges. The health challenges of population ageing Health experts have long warned about the need to be prepared for a sharp rise in the number of people diagnosed with cancer or with degenerative diseases such as dementia due to aging populations. The incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes and so on also rises with age. The number of debilitating conditions increases as people get older, and there is also the increasing chance of problems such as falls and other accidental injuries. However experts also have reassuring things to say about aging; that so long we remain active and continue to have healthy diets and lifestyles, there is reason to believe that we can be healthier longer into old age; that we can keep infirmity at bay for longer. Awareness of leading healthy lifestyles is critically important for aging populations because living longer makes sense only if good health accompanies a longer lifespan.

Problems of an Aging Population

A recent BBC article spoke of the potential increase of neurological and progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. The number of people afflicted with these conditions is likely to rise due to an aging population it is being warned. In another report relating to health issues created by the older demographic, […]