World AIDS Day 2018: 4 Reasons Which Stop People From HIV Testing

The theme of World AIDS Day 2018 is “Know Your Status”, which stresses on the importance of knowing one’s HIV status in order to fight against the disease. December 1 is observed as World AIDS Day. This day is meant to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, a disease which destroys the immune system and makes the body prone to various diseases and infections. The idea behind World AIDS Day 2018 is to show solidarity towards all the people who are living with AIDS and also remember those who died because of AIDS. The theme…

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World Breastfeeding week: More women are breastfeeding in India than before

More mothers in India are now breastfeeding their babies, especially within the recommended one hour of birth, than a decade ago, government data shows. If compared globally the percentage may seem low, but there has been a significant improvement in breastfeeding practices among both rural and urban Indian women. According to the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 that was released last year, 41.6% children under 3 years of age were breastfed within one hour of birth in 2015-16 as compared to 23.4% in 2005-06. Close to 55% of country’s children are exclusively breastfed,…

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Breastfeeding may cut heart attack, stroke risk in mothers : study

A study claims that, breastfeeding is not only healthy for the baby, but also reduces the mother’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life. Among mothers who breastfed each of their babies for two years or more, heart disease risk was 18 per cent lower and stroke risk was 17 per cent lower than among mothers who never breastfed, researchers said. Breastfeeding is not only healthy for the baby, but also reduces the mother’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life, a…

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