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April, 2011

Facts About Hemophilia


Hemophilia is one of the most common bleeding disorders in which the blood does not clot normally. A person suffering from Hemophilia bleeds for a longer duration than a normal healthy individual. The blood sample of a hemophilic person shows lack or complete absence of a group of proteins known as the clotting factors. There are various types of clotting factors, which in association with blood platelets are responsible for normal blood coagulation or clotting. The overall signs and symptoms of Hemophilia may vary based on the clotting factor and the site of injury or bleeding.


Hemophilia is mostly manifested in males, due to a disorder in the (X) chromosome. If the (X) chromosome contains the infected gene responsible for causing Hemophilia, then the male is hemophilic; a hemophilic male inherits the infected (X) chromosome from the mother.

In females, there are two (X) chromosomes, meaning there is a backup (X) chromosome, even if one is affected. Females are usually the carriers of Hemophilia disease, which may be passed either from the mother or father.


In general, there are two types of Hemophilia, A and B. In the former case, the clotting factor VIII is present in minimum amounts or totally absent; whereas in the latter case, the blood clotting factor IX is present at a very low level. About 90% of Hemophilia cases are of type A.


There are several effective treatment options for Hemophilia, but no cure to date. When injured, some hemophilic patients may require injection of a clotting factor in order to stop bleeding.


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World Health Day

By: RxSolutions

Healthcare Marketing Communications Agency


On the 7 of April each year, the world celebrates World Health Day, and this year the WHO has adopted the theme of “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow”. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not a new problem but one that is becoming more dangerous; urgent and consolidated efforts are needed to avoid regressing to the pre-antibiotic era.


What drives antimicrobial resistance?

Inappropriate and irrational use of medicines, poor infection prevention and control practices, and insufficient research and development on new products, provides favorable conditions for resistant microorganisms to emerge and spread. For example, when patients do not take the full course of a prescribed antimicrobial or when poor quality antimicrobials are used,

resistant microorganisms can emerge and spread.


WHO’s response

The WHO is engaged in guiding the response to AMR through:


• Policy guidance, support for surveillance, technical assistance, knowledge generation;

• Essential medicines quality, supply and rational use;

• Infection prevention and control, and Laboratory quality assurance.


The WHO calls on all key stakeholders, including policy-makers and planners, the public and patients, practitioners and prescribers, pharmacists and dispensers, and the pharmaceutical industry, to act and take responsibility for combating antimicrobial resistance.

Weight Loss Psychology


Below are three common psychological problems you may encounter when trying to lose weight, along some tips on how to overcome them.


Not Knowing How Weight Loss Will Benefit You: Whether we want to lose 5 or 50 kilos, we need to change our eating habits and several other lifestyle behaviors as well. Making these changes may not be difficult in the first period, because our initial enthusiasm usually gives us sufficient motivation. However, within 2-3 weeks, our “new” eating pattern starts to interfere with our regular lifestyle and, unless we are prepared for this, our desire will start to fade. To overcome this problem, we need to know the exact reason behind trying to lose weight, and a clear idea of how it will benefit us.


Trying to Be Perfect: Wasting time to be perfect only leads to increased guilt and failure. Instead, accept that you are going to make mistakes, and don’t let them distract you when they happen; see them as a learning experience.

For example, if you massively overeat, don’t wake up the next morning in a fit of depression. Instead, savor your experience, and appreciate that you have made an important discovery; too much eating makes weight loss more difficult. By reacting like this, you will avoid guilt and find it much easier to return to your diet.


Treating Your Diet as a Race: Dieters who expect to lose weight very fast, are psychologically unprepared when their body refuses to behave in this fashion. To overcome your impatience and maintain steady weight loss, stop thinking of your diet as a race and see it as a journey. This reduces anxiety and gives you more “breathing space” to settle into your new eating habits.


Before you embark on another “new” diet, set aside some time to think through these psychological problems and then watch the kilograms disappear!



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World Meningitis Day


World Meningitis Day is celebrated on April 24 of every year through the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO); founded in 2004 to raise awareness about the disease, provide education, raise funds for the research and development of vaccines and treatments as well as providing aid to families already affected by the disease.


Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. These bacteria usually live harmlessly in the back of the throat. Most of us will carry them at some stage in our lives without

becoming ill, and they help us build up natural immunity (protection against the disease). Occasionally, these germs get past the body’s defenses and cause infection.


High fever, headache and stiff neck are the classic symptoms of Meningitis. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, confusion and sleepiness.


These symptoms can develop in a matter of a few hours or over the course of 1-2 days, so it is important to seek medical care immediately if Meningitis is suspected.


Meningitis is a global killer, affecting millions of people every year around the globe. There are several vaccines that protect against this disease, but not everyone has access to them. Global access and raising awareness of symptoms is needed so that treatment can be sought swiftly and effectively which will result in survival of infected people.


Adhere to the recommended routine childhood vaccination schedule and get your children vaccinated as soon as possible. Make this World Meningitis Day a day of action.

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