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  • Sumanta 8:25 PM on September 26, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Heterozygous, , Medicine, Thalassemia, Trait   

    Why some people don’t get malaria? 

    Malaria is one of the most fierce epidemic around the world for ages. The tiny mosquitoes carry the protozoans of various types of malaria are no less accusable than any nasty ruler on earth who kills massive number of humans. However, few people all over the globe are found to show some sort of resistance to this deadly disease.

    Who are these lucky ones? Well they are the individuals who carry genes of certain diseases, namely thalassemia or sickle cell anemia. In both of these disease conditions, some people are found to be carrier (or in medical term ‘heterozygous’) of the disease and don’t get the disease (thalassemia or sickle cell anemia) fully. These carriers are found to to be resistant to malaria and are not affected seriously. Heterozygotes of thalasemia or or sickle cell anemia are also sometimes referred as ‘traits’.

    This is an unique play of mother nature, she gives a specific gene to cause a disease, and on the other hand protects the same individual from another disease.

    "When spraying, don't chase the mosquito,...

    “When spraying, don’t chase the mosquito, use as directed and control malaria.” World War 2. Selected by Kathleen.

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too.

  • Sumanta 7:23 PM on September 12, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Medicine, , , , Size,   

    Male with small testicles are better fathers 

    This is an era when many young men and women are choosing to hunt their life partner over the internet. There are plenty of such matrimonial websites available all around the globe. What do you think today a bride wants to know about her future husband, before she chooses her finally? Besides the grooms social profile they also take interest about his educational credentials, job and economic profile. In addition to this, now a days various health related information are sought of, particularly the sexually transmissible diseases like HIV. Interestingly, in future some more amazing criteria may looked for in the groom and the one we are talking about here is the grooms testicle size.

    Confused? Well let me explain. Recently, evidences by anthropologists found that men with small sized testicles are more caring than men with big testes. May be a old saying holds true – all that is big might not be better. When these men with small testes were showed their children’s picture, fMRI scans of their brain (fMRI i.e. functional-MRI, a new type of MRI scan that looks into blood’s moving pattern in brain) revealed increased activity in certain regions in brain. Since, women mostly look for a husband who will be caring to her kids, it’s likely in future such a criteria may be sought of in a groom’s credential. The size measurement shouldn’t be a headache, a ultra sonographer can provide most details of its topography like weight, volume, size etc.

    Finally, there is one issue in regard to this which might not comfort men. It’s yet to be proved if being a caring father decreases the testes size or smaller testes size makes a male a caring father. It’s still in stage of- egg or chicken, which came first?

    Read an excerpt in this regard:

    A link between the size of a father\’s testicles and how active he is in bringing up his children has been suggested by scientists.

    Researchers at Emory University, US, said those with smaller testicles were more likely to be involved with nappy changing, feeding and bath time.

    They also found differences in brain scans of fathers looking at images of their child, linked to testicle size.

    via BBC News – Testicle size ‘link to father role’.

    A link to another interesting article related to fMRI- Viewing pain

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too.

  • Sumanta 12:35 AM on May 29, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Medicine, Nursing   

    Career in healthcare 

    English: Fill the Gap!

    Fill the Gap!

    Many people believe that healthcare professionals (like doctors etc.) who help decrease their sufferings by means of providing treatment  are like angels or sometimes even compared with god although they are purely humans and themselves too prone to illness and sufferings. Yes they serve mankind hence they are health workers.

    Choosing to be a part of health care providing family can be a decision boosted since our childhood although at any part of life we can really take part to serve the humans but certain issues are there which should be considered to be a health care professional. Currently in most part of the globe where a scientific way of medicine practice is followed there are certain standard paths to follow to be a health care professional.

    Apart from certain alternative medicine streams mainstream medicine have certain requirements to be fulfilled to be eligible to serve human health and those are obtaining certain certifications from the medical regulatory authorities.

    Whatever the profession you may choose to be in – a doctor or a nurse or a physiotherapist or some other type of health profession getting certified by the respective boards of the country where one intends to practice is mostly a compulsory requirement. This certification process is important probably because todays health care involves a lot of education and scientific training hence just the will to serve mankind without those training might not be of much worth.

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