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Not all myths are far from the truth

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health Myths|

It is common to hear people say that one should drink eight glasses of water a day? But have we ever taken a step back and thought about why such a specific figure exists? The reason for the number 8 appearing so frequently is due to the measurement of the glass. Eight glasses of water add up to about 2.5 litres of water; a 1945 study on how much water is required to be taken by people on a daily basis found that a person should be consuming 2.5 litres of water a day to stay healthy. The truth of the matter is that people didn’t heed to what the study found and focused on that one line. The study actually went on to say that people should have 2.5 litres of water per day and that water can either be taken in its purest form or in the form of foods and drinks. Experts have found that people drink about 80% of water while the other 20% is got from foods and beverages.   So what is the exact amount of water a person should be drinking? Some experts believe that we should drink how much our body expects; so in other words, drink every time you are thirsty. But if you are looking for exact numbers; a study found that the amount of water depends on which gender you belong to. A man on an average day should drink 3.5 Litres of water and that women should have 2.7 litres of water every day. The amount of water one should have every day is only one such myth in a long list of myths. For example, some people wrongly believe that if you stay in a cold place, you will get cold. Infection is caused due to the rhinovirus through contact or being in the vicinity of an affected person. It is ridiculous to think that some people believe that someone who lives near the equator is less likely to contract cold than someone living in a hill-station. The only thing going against people living in colder locations is that the rhinovirus finds it challenging to infect in hot climates due to the average body temperature being higher than normal. So what we are trying to say is that every myth has some point of origin. Some myths are closer to the truth, while some are far from it. So the next time you hear “useful advice”, learn to take it with a grain of salt.

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Three things everyone should know about HIV

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health|

1. HIV vs AIDS There was a time when HIV positive and AIDS used to be taboo words. And to an extent AIDS still remains as a taboo word. But the world of medical science has greatly evolved and advanced to the point where people across the world live a healthy life with HIV. So how are these two different? AIDS is a collection of illnesses that occur due to the immune system shutting down. And HIV is the virus that causes the immune system to shut down leading to different illnesses to affect the body. Over time patients with HIV have been treated successfully to the extent where they can live healthy lives without having to face death or marginalisation. 2. HIV is not a super villain It is actually quite the contrary; HIV is really not that strong of a virus. The media overhyped the wrath of HIV, calling it a super virus that can be transmitted through sex. There are so many holes to just that story; for starters, for one person to give HIV to another while sex, there should be a cut in the vaginal wall because HIV needs to be present in the bloodstream to survive. It is not resistant to the exterior environment and cannot be transmitted through saliva either; which thoroughly debunks the popular myth that HIV can be transmitted through kissing or if a healthy person uses the same utensils as them. The problem with news like this is that all of a sudden everyone becomes an expert. And the icing on the cake is the myth that stated that HIV could be transmitted even if a condom was used; the truth of the matter is that the only way transmission can occur is if the condom broke. 3. Normal Life 1996 is a critical year in the history of HIV. It was the year that scientist found that a combination of three anti-retroviral drugs can be combined to reduce the effects of HIV drastically. The drug was aptly called HAART, and it decreased HIV-related deaths by 80%. These days it would be unfortunate to die due to HIV, with treatment being so readily available. If the infection is found out soon and if the patient is given the appropriate anti-viral treatment, they can expect to live a normal and long life. The common theme that we have noticed is that once a cure or treatment is found; the media loses the interest of the disease or virus. So if at all you do feel you have somehow contracted HIV; remember it is not the end of the world. As long as scientific advancement is a part of society, we should be optimistic about our chances.

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