Zika Virus – What you need to know

What is Zika? Zika is a type of virus. Zika virus is closely related to the dengue virus. Like dengue Zika is also spread mainly through mosquito bites, Aedes mosquito. Zika has occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Since May of 2015, there has been an outbreak happening in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The virus has also been found in Thailand, Australia, the United States  and China. Most of the infection has happened to people who have travelled to countries where the virus is found. What are...

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Rabies Outbreak in Malaysia

1st October 2015 The Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services has reported an outbreak of rabies among dogs in three states in Northern Malaysia: Perlis, Penang and Kedah. There have been 12 people reported to have been bitten by dogs but fortunately none of them got infected with Rabies. Singapore has been rabies free since 1953.   How do you get Rabies? Most people get infected with Rabies via dog bites. The saliva of infected animals contain the Rabies virus. Animals that are infected with rabies are usually very agitated and...

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Pain during Sex

Pain during sex – Shall we talk about it? Dyspareunia or painful sex can be very distressing to couples. The pain can be experienced just before (superficial), during or after (deep) sexual intercourse. This can happen to both sexes, but it is usually more common in women. Unfortunately many people who suffer from this condition do not seek medical attention and suffer in silence. Not only it can potentially affect the relationship with your partner, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition that may potentially cause...

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Penile Discharge – Should I be Worried?

Warning: this article includes graphic image some readers may find disturbing. Abnormal discharge from the penis is something that many men are terrified of. Unlike women, men do not normally have spontaneous discharge from the genitals. So when this happens, men naturally get extremely anxious and paranoid. Almost always, they would relate this to diseases they are most terrified of such as HIV and cancer. “Do I have HIV?”, “Do I have cancer?”, “What should I do?”, “Is it curable?”, “Where did I get this...

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How to Spot and Help a Suicidal Person

Recently there was a story in the local news about an old lady who had to go through the unthinkable ordeal of her grand-daughter committing suicide then, shortly after, her daughter (the mother of the girl who killed herself) committing suicide too. The young girl was only 16 years old and decided to kill herself because she scored 2 B’s instead of her usual straight A’s. Her mother blamed herself for her daughter’s death because she was putting too much pressure on her daughter to do well in school. So much so that she decided to kill...

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