To enrich individual’s life, there is a wide range of passions and goals. In order to perform daily life and activities efficiently, the power of living is vital for all age groups. Nevertheless, health-related problems in different stages of life might act as a potential barrier to delay on achieving the goals. Various stages of life including kids, teenagers, working men, working women and the elderly need different activities and aspects of healthcare. Both physical well-being and mental health are relatively intertwined. Regardless of age and gender, to remain healthy, a good balance must be generated from both sides. Subsequently, life potential and strength will be completely fulfilled in all ages.
Child development refers to the sequence of physical, thought, language and emotional changes that occur in a child from birth to the beginning of adulthood, aged around 15. Different phases of child development need different healthcare plans, therefore it is important for all parents to pay additional attention to those changes, allowing their children to have appropriate growth and development.
Infections can significantly diminish child growth and development in all aspects. Vaccination is a highly effective mean of preventing certain infectious diseases in children. Generally, basic vaccines are usually safe while serious adverse reactions are considerably rare. Children are highly recommended to strictly follow routine immunization programs in different age ranges. Not only boosting immunity to reach the optimal level that acts efficiently against infections, but vaccination also helps reducing disease severity and endemic spread. Essential vaccines in children include hepatitis B vaccine, DPT vaccine (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis), IPV vaccine (inactivated poliovirus), PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and influenza (flu) vaccine.
Executive functions or shortly called EF are defined as the cognitive abilities needed to control thoughts, emotions and actions. Executive functions help children developing their acquired skills of decision-making, problem solving, teamwork, adaptability and being aware of emotional changes. When children have opportunities to develop executive functions, it results in self-regulation skills and lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for proper child development in the future.
To pursue the worthy goals in life, teenagers and early adults aged 15-22 are potentially driven by their dreams. Different lifestyles and desires result in different healthcare needs. Regardless of individual’s goals, taking great care of health is always essential to make those dreams come true. Due to an unintentional ignorance, health-related problems might unavoidably arise such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and allergy. Particularly for inherited diseases e.g. cancer and cardiovascular disease, early screening and genetic testing are highly advised. Early diagnosis largely helps to enhance the chances of successful treatment while decreasing severity and complications.
Since cancer might strike anyone at any time without warning signs, early screening and detection can largely help enhancing the chances of being cured in case that cancer is eventually diagnosed. Early detection refers to measures that can be taken to diagnose cancer as early as possible even without presenting signs and symptoms, when the disease is easiest to treat. Improved awareness is the key component to catch cancer at its earliest stage. Regular screening and early detection programs are recommended for breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and liver cancer as well as lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Working age is the range of ages at which people are typically engaged in work to achieve their career goals and professional commitments. It typically sits between the ages of 23 to 39. Work-related factors e.g. being overstressed and lack of proper sleep increase the risks of developing a wide range of health problems. The prevention of work-related symptoms and diseases is a high priority in working age groups. To ensure that the optimal health status could be reached, regular health-check ups remain essentially important.
A premarital checkup acts as the first line of defense for a couple’s happiness. It primarily helps a couple identifying abnormal conditions such as genetic abnormalities, transmissible and infectious diseases, allowing relevant treatments to be provided in time. More importantly, a complete premarital fertility screening can detect possible abnormalities that lower the chances of pregnancy. Fertility issues can be addressed as early as possible without the unnecessary biological, psychological, social and emotional trauma associated with barrenness. In addition, women are highly recommended to receive HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine that helps protecting against certain types of HPV that can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer.
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Migraine is one of the most common neurological disorders that has been found in up to 20% of the total population worldwide. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop migraine due to hormonal fluctuations such as before or during menstrual periods. Besides hormonal impacts, there are a number of migraine triggers including stress, sleep insufficiency, environmental stimuli e.g. strong odors, sunlight, temperature changes, pollution, and high tyramine food e.g. aged cheese and cured meats as well as drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Migraine can cause severe throbbing headache or pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to stimuli such as bright lights, loud noises and strong smells. Since migraine attacks can last for few days, it largely interferes with daily life and activities, resulting in impaired quality of life. Preventive treatment significantly helps reducing disease severity. CGRP monoclonal antibodies act specifically to prevent migraine attacks at its origin in the brain. These medications are highly suggested in patients who have chronic migraine without clinical responses to prior treatments. In addition, these medicines can be used safely in the long term according to its current safety profiles.
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As age increases, people aged between 40-54 usually pay attention to their work-life balance while making careful decisions in certain issues covering work, personal life and family. As time passes, body begins to deteriorate and becomes more susceptible to develop a variety of diseases especially chronic conditions. Emerging health problems vary among individuals depending on several factors such as lifestyle, diet, stress and genetic factors. In order to maintain an optimal health, lifestyle modification and health checkup remain crucial.
A wide range of diseases and conditions in this age group might include Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), chronic constipation, rheumatoid, benign tumor of a woman’s uterus (myoma uteri), gallstones, sleep disorders, diabetes, obesity and coronary artery disease as well as cancers e.g. breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. If abnormal sign or symptom arises, medical assistance must be sought as soon as possible in order to receive accurate diagnosis and timely treatments. Besides these chronic diseases, aesthetic and dental concerns might be the issues. Invisalign involving wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that help shifting teeth into the proper position and dental Veneers designed to cover the front surface of teeth also help to improve the appearance, resulting in more confidence in everyday life.
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Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Since certain complications during pregnancy can unexpectedly arise at any time, a comprehensive pregnancy care provided by expert specialist, known as MFM (Maternal-Fetal Medicine) is vital. During pregnancy period, a comprehensive antenatal care and screening of high-risk pregnancy performed by MFM specialists largely help to detect and prevent early health problems in mothers and babies. It also allows MFM specialists to promptly treat neonatal crisis and severe complications such as preeclampsia and preterm labor. A comprehensive pregnancy care promotes benefits for both mother and baby, resulting in a complete fetal development. The sooner in pregnancy good care begins, the better for health of both mother and baby.
The common goal for seniors, aged from 55 to 72 is to live happily with their family after spending the whole life for working and travelling. Nevertheless, their health conditions caused by degenerative diseases might be an obstacle for achieving their goal. Comprehensive annual health checkup is highly important since it largely helps to detect abnormal signs that potentially develop to a number of diseases. In order to enhance the success rate of treatment and prevent serious complications, early detection plays a crucial role. If chronic conditions are eventually diagnosed, instructions made by physicians must be strictly followed. Common conditions that are typically found in this age group include root canal problems, diabetic retinopathy (diabetes complication affecting eyes and vision), peripheral artery disease, cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke and memory disorder as well as colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. In addition, to boost immune functions in the elderly people, certain vaccines e.g. influenza vaccines, pneumococcal vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine and herpes vaccines are highly suggested.
Glaucoma is one of the common eye diseases. It is the result of damage to the optic nerve, a vital part for good vision. As this nerve gradually deteriorates, blind spots can further develop in the visual field. Although the cause remains unknown, this nerve damage is strongly related to increased pressure in the eye. Many types of glaucoma might not produce warning signs in an early stage. A change in vision could be noticed when the condition becomes advanced. If left untreated, glaucoma can eventually cause blindness. Since chronic forms of glaucoma can destroy vision before any signs or symptoms are apparent, being aware of risk factors is crucially important. Apart from increasing age, genetic involvements, having had eye injury, using excessive eyedrops containing steroid, one of the major factors is having high internal eye pressure; known as intraocular pressure. The signs and symptoms of glaucoma vary depending on the type and stage. Nonetheless, acute glaucoma usually affects one side of the eyes with presenting single or multiple symptoms including eye pain, eye redness, blurred vision, tear over-secretion and halos around lights. If eye pressure is elevated, it is highly recommended to use prescribed medications and follow the treatment plan strictly. Although the damage caused by glaucoma is irreversible, regular checkup and effective treatments help slowing or preventing vision loss, especially if it is caught in its early stages.
Besides other chronic conditions, heart valve disease is also typically found in the elderly. In heart valve disease, one or more of the four valves in the heart do not properly function, either to close or to open. As a result, this condition causes the disruption of the blood flow through the heart to the body. Among different valve conditions, mitral valve disease is the most common type, occurring when the mitral valve does not work properly, allowing blood to flow backward into the left atrium.
If left untreated, heart valve disease can lead to fatal complications such as sudden death. Primary treatments of heart valve disease include 2 options; valve replacement and valve repair. Valve replacement can be conducted by using either mechanical valve or biological valve while minimally invasive valve repair surgery is performed through a small incision, often using specialized surgical instruments. More importantly, in order to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes, the vital factor regardless of surgery types is highly experienced and well-trained interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeons.
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