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MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION

ManipalHospitals • May 21, 20180 Comment

Kidney Transplantation is the best solution for any serious complications of the kidneys. Yet, in our country, there is a gross mismatch between the demand and availability of healthy kidneys. This is partly due to several misconceptions and a general lack of awareness regarding this life-saving treatment. Let’s clear some of the most common misconceptions and replace them with proven facts: My

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What Is HIPEC And How Does It Work?

ManipalHospitals • May 18, 20180 Comment

Known by the shorter and much easier to remember acronym HIPEC, Hyoerthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy actually constitutes one half of a two-part surgery in which it is combined with cytoreductive surgery. This treatment is used for patients who have an advanced tumour which is isolated in the peritoneal or the belly region. Initially, when there is a disease spreading in the peritoneum, do

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KIDNEY STONES: CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

ManipalHospitals • May 16, 20180 Comment

Kidney stones or renal calculi are solid deposits of crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, which typically occur in the kidneys, but can also develop in other parts of the urinary tract such as the bladder, urethra and the ureter. These stones can form in different sizes and are extremely painful. Our kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and generating urine. Kidney stones a

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EPILEPSY

ManipalHospitals • May 15, 20180 Comment

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures, which are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain. It occurs when the brain sends out wrong signals to the body. These seizures cause a temporary disturbance in the communication between the brain cells. The severity of seizures depends on the individual. The exact cause of the seizures is unknown, a

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ENDOMETRIOSIS: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

ManipalHospitals • May 14, 20180 Comment

What is Endometriosis? The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus is called endometrium. Endometriosis is a disorder where this tissue grows outside the uterus rather than inside it.  This is usually confined to the lower abdomen, or the pelvic region, such as the ovaries, lymph nodes, peritoneum and the fallopian tubes, but in rare cases, may spread beyond the pelvic organ.  This displac

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Breastfeeding: Facts And Fiction

ManipalHospitals • May 9, 20180 Comment

Breastfeeding is nature’s way of giving infants a perfect food to fuel their physical and mental growth. This topic has gained a lot of traction in recent years, what with reams of online pages dedicated to eulogizing its benefits. While these are valuable sources of information, much of it can also end up confusing mothers. Let us clear the air and separate facts from fiction. Myth 1: Freque

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

ManipalHospitals • May 3, 20180 Comment

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting women’s endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating various body processes by secretion of hormones. • It usually affects women during their childbearing years which adversely affects their ability to have a child. • Women with PCOS may experience irregular menstrual cycle

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9 TIPS TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

ManipalHospitals • April 27, 20180 Comment

Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers in the world. It is almost always curable when detected and treated early.  Now that summer is upon us, it is time to be aware of some of the precautions that we can take to prevent the onset of skin cancer. The right sunscreen: Just picking a random sunscreen off the shelves of a supermarket is not enough. Look for details like a broad range

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NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER EXPLAINED

ManipalHospitals • April 24, 20180 Comment

Neuroendocrine cancer is a rare form of cancer, but one which has gained a lot of coverage in the news in the recent times, with a prominent Bollywood actor reportedly being afflicted with this condition. Endocrine cells are those that produce and release hormones. A neuroendocrine tumor originates in the body’s neuroendocrine system which consists of the hormone-producing endocrine cells and

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Everything You Need To Know About Liver Transplant

ManipalHospitals • April 20, 20180 Comment

The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver is an important component of the digestive system.  It is located below the diaphragm on the right side of the abdomen. It performs a variety of functions, including the production of bile, which helps in absorption of fats, fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol, detoxification of the blood, processing of nutrients, and producing proteins whi

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What You Need To Know About Bone Marrow Transplantation

ManipalHospitals • April 16, 20180 Comment

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue located inside the bones which produces the blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. The marrow also contains unspecialized Hematopoietic Stem Cells. These cells can turn into many other types of cells such as bone marrow cells or any type of blood cells. Some cancers can prevent these stem cells from developing normally. Bone Marrow Transplan

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Lung Cancer: Types, Progression, Symptoms And Treatment Options

ManipalHospitals • April 12, 20180 Comment

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal growths, or cancers, in the lungs. Most of the lung tumours are malignant, i.e. they spread throughout the body by destroying the healthy tissues around them. This process by which tumours spread to other parts of the body is called Metastasis. When this happens, the original tumour in the lung is called the Primary Tumour, and the tumour in othe

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All You Need To Know About Bariatric Surgery

ManipalHospitals • April 9, 20180 Comment

Being overweight is no longer treated as a mere lifestyle issue. Today, obesity is considered as nothing short of a disease, and a very dangerous one at that, as it is often a precursor to a host of other complications, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and many others. Bariatric surgery resets the set point of the healthy weight in a person. Essentially, it helps bring back the patient from

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Everything You Need To Know About Kidney Transplants

ManipalHospitals • April 6, 20180 Comment

Kidneys are fist-sized, bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine which are indispensable for the proper functioning of the human body. They perform the critical function of regulating the body’s salt, potassium and acid levels, and expelling the wastes and excess fluids from the body in the form of urine. What is Kidney Transplantation and what is the eligibility criterion for don

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Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Transplant

ManipalHospitals • March 30, 20180 Comment

Heart transplant, also known as Cardiac transplant, is a surgical process in which the damaged or diseased heart is replaced with a healthy heart from a donor. It is used to treat the most serious cases of heart disease when all the other options such as medication, lifestyle changes and less invasive procedures haven’t been successful. The patient’s medical condition is thoroughly evaluat

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Life-Saving Steps In The Event Of A Heart Attack

ManipalHospitals • March 27, 20180 Comment

Heart attacks are becoming increasingly common in our country. According to the Indian Heart Association, 50% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age and 25% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age, with the urban population being three times more susceptible than people living in villages.  Given such disturbing statistics, it is prudent to know so

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Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Arrest

ManipalHospitals • March 23, 20180 Comment

A Cardiac Arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest is a sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, where the heart suddenly stops pumping blood to the body, usually because of a problem with the electrical signals in the heart. When this happens, the brain is deprived of oxygen due to which a person may become unconscious. Although it is widely confused with a heart at

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Here’s How You Can Reduce Your Blood Pressure

ManipalHospitals • March 21, 20180 Comment

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are several measures you can take to ensure your health condition doesn’t worsen, including lifestyle changes, medications and many more. Here are some ways by which you can bring those numbers down: The DASH diet: Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypert

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Sciatica: An Overview

ManipalHospitals • March 20, 20180 Comment

Sciatica refers to a back pain caused due to an irritation with the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that originates in the spinal cord in the lower back region and extends down the back of each leg.  Sciatica pain is usually felt from the lower back through the thighs to below the knee. Causes and Risk Factors of Sciatica The causes of sciatica are: Herniated or slipped disc: Injurie

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8 Ways To Avoid Back Pain At The Workplace

ManipalHospitals • March 19, 20180 Comment

If your work involves you spending a major part of your day slouched over your computer in a chair, or hectic movements and lifting loads, you’re probably familiar with the sensation of back pain and other spine-related problems. Here are some tips to avoid this painful condition:   Walk Around: Get up, stretch and walk for about a minute or two regularly, preferably every half

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All You Need To Know About Scoliosis

ManipalHospitals • March 16, 20180 Comment

Scoliosis is a sideward bend of the spine which usually occurs in children, but can also sometimes affect adults. A normal spine is curved on the top of the shoulder and at the lower back. When a person is affected with scoliosis, his/her spine is bent sideways in a “C” or an “S” shape. Even so, it is actually a complex three-dimensional condition. When there is no specific cause, it is re

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An Ode To The Abode Of Health

ManipalHospitals • March 15, 20180 Comment

I, Dr Ankita Patil was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in January 2017. I had also undergone a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) in June 2017.  I was fortunate to have got Dr. Mallikarjun Kalashetty as my treating Hematologist.  To me, Dr. Mallikarjun is synonymous with GOD. In dealing with such a life threatening disease which required a long course of treatment, he has given me

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9 Tips To Keep A Healthy Spine

ManipalHospitals • March 9, 20180 Comment

Back pain affects millions of people worldwide, and is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor. Aside from the pan, this condition can make our lives miserable and render us incapable of accomplishing even simple, routine activities. Here are 9 tips to maintain a healthy spine and a strong back: Maintain a good posture: Be it while sitting or standing, keep your back straight

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7 Early Treatments For Lower Back Pain

ManipalHospitals • March 5, 20180 Comment

Most of us are familiar with this sensation. We’ll have been playing a sport, or lifting a heavy object as part of the household chores. Soon, we start experiencing the pain in our lower back due to a pulled muscle and find it difficult to move or stand up. Backache is one of the most common problems. It can affect people due to a variety of reasons: ageing, workouts, travelling, or even lifting

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TIPS TO TACKLE BAD BREATH

ManipalHospitals • February 26, 20180 Comment

Few things can match the humiliation and that results from a bad breath. Known in medical parlance as Halitosis, the foul odour can be a result of a variety of factors: oral cavities, poor oral hygiene, bacteria on the tongue or between the gums and the teeth etc. What makes it worse is people often don’t consume enough water to flush out the bacteria feeding on remnants of off in the mouth. Dr

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9 Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer

ManipalHospitals • February 21, 20180 Comment

Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers in the world. It is almost always curable when detected and treated early. Now that winter has ended and summer is upon us, it is time to be aware of some of the precautions that we can take to prevent the onset of skin cancer. 1. The right sunscreen: Just picking a random sunscreen off the shelves of a supermarket is not enough. Look for detai

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Diet Tips For Chemotherapy: What To Eat During Cancer Treatment

ManipalHospitals • February 7, 20180 Comment

While following healthy eating habits is always recommended, what a person eats assumes a greater significance while undergoing treatment for cancer. Undergoing chemotherapy puts the body under a lot of strain, and making the right choices when it comes to food can help reduce the side-effects or symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation. The aim is to provide enough energy to the body to heal itself

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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

ManipalHospitals • February 2, 20180 Comment

Known by the shorter and much easier to remember acronym HIPEC, it actually constitutes one half of a two-part surgery in which it is combined with cytoreductive surgery. This treatment is used for patients who have an advanced tumour which is isolated in the peritoneal or the belly region. Initially, when there is a disease spreading in the peritoneum, doctors used to opt for conventional trea

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Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Stages And Treatment Options

ManipalHospitals • January 30, 20180 Comment

Breast Cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death, and also the most common cancer among women. It is a malignant tumour that forms in the lobules or the ducts of the breast. The cancer cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably and affect the healthy breast tissues, and an also affect the lymph nodes present under the arms. These lymph nodes help the cancer move to other parts of the bo

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11 Tips For Living Better With Migraine

ManipalHospitals • January 22, 20180 Comment

Migraine is a chronic disorder where the person experiences frequent headaches. These may be moderate or severe in intensity. Although it is not a threat to the life of an individual, it can adversely interfere with day-to- day activities. While there is no uniform treatment for migraines, here are some coping tips for living with the chronic pain so you can live a better life despite migraines.

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Tips To Control Type 2 Diabetes

ManipalHospitals • January 16, 20180 Comment

Diabetes is no doubt a serious health condition, but it is by no means the end of the world. Maintaining a healthy diet is always important, and even more so when a person is suffering from diabetes. In this condition, the blood sugar is already high, so it is important to have a diet plan that will work with the body and not spike the blood sugar levels. The way to tackle it is simple: follow a

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14 Best And Worst Foods For Your Liver

ManipalHospitals • January 12, 20180 Comment

The liver performs many essential tasks such as secreting bile juice to help in digestion, breaking down toxins resulting from alcohol, medications and metabolism. A healthy liver is essential for our overall well-being. Let us have a look at what to take and what to avoid to keep our liver in optimal health: Green Leafy Vegetables: Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Spinach, Dandelion and a host

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What You Need To Know About Bone Transplantation

ManipalHospitals • January 10, 20180 Comment

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue located inside the bones which produces the blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. The marrow also contains unspecialized Hematopoietic Stem Cells. These cells can turn into many other types of cells such as bone marrow cells or any type of blood cells. Some cancers can prevent these stem cells from developing normally. Bone Marrow Trans

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20 Tips To Stay Healthy In Winter

ManipalHospitals • January 8, 20180 Comment

Winter is here, and at present we are in the thick of it. The arrival of the cold season heralds the onset of festivities such as Christmas and New Year. But, as we indulge in merry-making, let’s not forget to take adequate measures with respect to our wellness routine to respond to the changes the chill brings. The cold weather can make us quite inactive, which in turn leads to a weakened immu

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7 Common Causes Of Anxiety And Ways To Deal With Them

ManipalHospitals • December 28, 20170 Comment

We experience a wide range of emotions during the course of our daily lives. Some, like happiness and excitement, are pleasant, while others, such as anger or anxiety, are not. Anxiety is a common emotion which affects nearly everyone. We can become anxious for any number of reasons. First, what is anxiety? It is an emotion which can be caused by a number of factors like a mental or physical

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All You Need To Know About Leprosy

ManipalHospitals • December 24, 20170 Comment

Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, with the first known written reference dating back to 600 B.C. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by the slow-multiplying bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It affects the nervous and immune systems, leading to severe sores and nerve damage in the skin and causing disability and disfiguration. It is more common tropical and subtropi

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10 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

ManipalHospitals • December 21, 20170 Comment

Who doesn’t love holidays? The prospect of fun-filled days spent with friends and relatives, merry making, and of course, the sumptuous food and drinks brings cheer to everyone. However, after the festivities come to an end, one thing manages to stay with us, and that’s the disturbing amount of weight we seem to gain, thanks to all the feasting and lounging around. We don’t realize it during

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What Is Asthma And How To Treat It?

ManipalHospitals • December 18, 20170 Comment

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by the narrowing and inflammation of the airways in the lungs which results in a recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Due to inflammation, the walls of the lung passages swell and the openings fill with mucus. This makes it difficult for a person to exhale. Asthma belongs to a class of lung conditions called the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dise

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10 Useful Tips To Survive The Cold And Flu Season

ManipalHospitals • December 14, 20170 Comment

It is that time of the year again. The monsoons have passed and the winter season is now upon us. Taken together, this is also the time when people tend to get sick the most, what with the incessant rains and the cold weather wreaking havoc on our health. Wouldn’t we want to be adequately prepared to combat the erratic season and the health complications it brings along? Read on to know some sim

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Diabetes And Bariatric Surgery

ManipalHospitals • December 13, 20170 Comment

Overweight and obesity, as we know, is a huge problem worldwide. More and more people of all ages are now obese or overweight all over the world. Obesity affects people of all ages and all socio-economic groups. Apart from the physical problems that obesity brings with it, there are a number of medical problems that occur which lead to the decrease in quality of life and ultimately reduced life-sp

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Obesity: A Growing Epidemic

ManipalHospitals • December 11, 20170 Comment

According to a report by WHO in 2014, 39% of adults aged above 18 years are overweight and among them 13% are obese. The numbers have been increasing exponentially since 1980. Obesity has now become a global epidemic. In both developing and developed countries, obesity is a major cause of poor health and life-threatening health conditions. Even in a low and middle-income country such as India,

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9 Tips To Manage Mental Health In The Workplace

ManipalHospitals • December 7, 20170 Comment

A significant portion of our adult life is spent in the workplace. Therefore, our physical and mental well-being at our workplace is of utmost significance. A positive mental health is not only beneficial for the health of the employees but also benefits the company by boosting their productivity. Unfortunately, mental health disorders often go unnoticed. If left untreated, it can damage an indivi

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9 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer

ManipalHospitals • November 30, 20170 Comment

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. It is a life-threatening affliction and at the very least, will significantly reduce the quality of life of the patient. Although this cancer cannot absolutely be prevented, you can reduce your risk of developing this disease. Here are some tips you can follow to reduce the risk of breast cancer: Eat a healthy diet A healthy die

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5 Health Benefits Of Regular Exercise

ManipalHospitals • November 29, 20170 Comment

Contemporary lifestyle habits and choices lead to a very sedentary mode of living. You can now enjoy a comfortable life without having to exert ourselves too much. However, your body is not built to be inactive and requires regular exercise and physical activity to function properly. Your body is obviously sensitive to your habits, and physical exercise provides you with a large number of benefits

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7 Common Foods That Can Improve Your Sleep

ManipalHospitals • November 27, 20170 Comment

Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep.  Lack of proper sleep caused by an unhealthy lifestyle affects your health drastically leading to mental and physical disturbances. To make the condition worse, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and external lights—including those from electronic devices—disturb

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10 Benefits Of Bariatric surgery

ManipalHospitals • November 20, 20171 Comment

Bariatric surgery is a gastrointestinal surgery to treat obesity. It is not a cosmetic procedure. Bariatric surgery helps very obese people to lose a lot of weight and improve their health. Most weight-loss operations limit the amount of food that fits in the stomach, which makes the person feel full after eating very little. People undergo this type of surgery if other weight loss methods fail or

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6 Health Complications Every Woman Must Be Aware of

ManipalHospitals • November 2, 20170 Comment

It is an accepted fact that a woman is the backbone of every family. How often has it happened that our mothers fall ill and the whole house becomes a complete mess. Women's health related issues must be addressed quickly. A healthy woman ensures that the family stays healthy. Recent studies have shown that women face twice the amount of health issues faced by men and most of the issues require

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9 Steps To Reduce The Risk Of Lung Cancer

ManipalHospitals • October 31, 20170 Comment

Lung cancer refers to an abnormal growth of cells in the lungs. It is the second most common cancer in both men and women and is one of the leading causes of death. In the early stage, lung cancer does not show any signs or symptoms, therefore, the disease is often detected at an advanced stage. Signs and symptoms The signs and symptoms of lung cancer include: Persistent or intense coughin

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10 Early Signs Of Depression

ManipalHospitals • October 30, 20170 Comment

Depression is not, as many people seem to think, merely a feeling of being upset or "blue." It is a severe medical condition that has real neurological causes and effects. However, many of the symptoms of depression are hard to decipher as they are subtle and will not seem too removed from the behavior of someone having a bad day. However, if these symptoms last for an individual around two weeks

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7 Common Eating Habits That Lead To Excessive Hair Fall

ManipalHospitals • October 24, 20170 Comment

Hair fall is an embarrassing affliction that affects many individuals and leaves them insecure about their appearance. While genetics play an important role in hair health and balding patterns, another important and overlooked factor in hair growth is your choice of diet. Hair growth is linked to the presence of certain nutrients in the body and a concentrated presence of these can adversely affec

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