Insomnia – what to do to alleviate this problem

There are two types of insomnia depending on their cause. Chronic primary insomnia and insomnia resulting from poor sleep hygiene, depression or a generalized anxiety disorder. Primary insomnia can be defined as dyssomnia characterized by difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep and/or not having sufficiently restful sleep, with changes in...

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How to identify a stomach ulcer?

Stomach ulcer: what is it? A stomach ulcer Or gastric ulcer is a type of peptic ulcer. A peptic ulcer is a kind of wound that appears on the mucosa, which is the inner layer of the upper digestive tract. This ulcer can be located in the first part of the small intestine, being called a duodenal ulcer, or in the stomach, a condition we will discuss...

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Low platelet count: what does it mean?

Low platelet count: causes, symptoms and treatments Thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count, is a condition that can be a sign of several diseases or problems. Platelets are cells or cell fragments from the marrow, also called megakaryocytes, that circulate in the blood. They contribute to blood clotting, which means preventing bleeding and blood...

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know what it is and how it can be treated

A sciatica or sciatica is pain affecting the sciatic or ischiatic nerve (the longest nerve in the body, extending from the lumbar spine to the feet). In general, this discomfort is due to inflammation or compression of the nerve roots, which are present in the lower lumbar region. The main cause results from an intervertebral disc herniation that...

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How to overcome constipation and maintain a healthy bowel movement?

A constipation is a frequently occurring bowel disorder with no apparent cause, which may be due to several factors simultaneously. Also known as constipation, constipation is characterized by partial or complete blockage of the bowel, resulting in straining to defecate, low frequency of defecation, hard stools, or apparently incomplete defecation. The...

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Gastric Reflux: How to treat it?

O gastric reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease is the involuntary passage of stomach contents – usually hydrochloric acid – into the esophagus in the absence of vomiting. This event is common in healthy adults and is not synonymous with disease, except when the body’s defense mechanisms fail and the episodes are chronic and...

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What is Bell’s palsy?

A Bell’s palsy refers to a paralysis affecting the facial nerve or peripheral region of the face. As a result, the person is temporarily unable to move the paralyzed side of the face. Thus, the most obvious signs of this problem usually appear upon awakening and consist of a one-sided, asymmetric smile and an eye that does not close easily. At...

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The pandemic and youth mental health

The confinements imposed to contain the covid-19 pandemic are having a strong impact on the mental health of young people. Child psychiatrist points out the most common problems and offers clues to better understand – and solve – the problem. Concerned about the life that is slipping away from them and the future that awaits them, young...

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everything you need to know about this infection

O measles Measles is a viral infection, characterized by red patches on the skin, fever, cough, conjunctivitis and runny nose. It is usually a mild disease, but in some cases it can be severe and even fatal. Since the measles vaccine is included in the National Vaccination Plan (PNV), the disease is currently less frequent in Portugal, although...

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