Obviously, there is nothing more important than your health. It affects your quality of life, your mood, your happiness and the way you act to other people and feel about yourself. It is, therefore, beneficial to know as much about your health as conceivably possible. Not just for your own benefit, but also for the people who live and learn around and from you. If you feel that you do not know as much about medicine as you should do, here are our top facts you ought to know to get you clued up fast:

 Urinary tract infections are more common than you think

Many people hear the words ‘urinary tract infections’ and instantly fit them in to the category of ‘women’s problems’ and leave it at that. Although, contrary to what many people believe, both sexes see their risk of getting a urinary tract infections increase as they grow older. Men over 50 have an enlarged prostate which can trap urine, whereas women produce less oestrogen which strengthens the urinary tracts protective lining.

 Clinical trials are important

Clinical trials, medical trials and HMR bridging studies are at the forefront of most medical advancements that you could possibly think of. They attempt to find, treat and cure all types of medical problems and diseases. Clinical research organisations test whether new forms of drugs work effectively or not and how safe they are for human consumption or use.

 Severe disease often triggers trauma

Doctors have discovered that people who suffer from severe diseases can show signs of PTS disorder a year after being diagnosed. The study found that over half of breast cancer patients showed one of more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder 12 months after their diagnosis. Therefore, the study suggests that all people with life-threatening illnesses should seek psychological support.

 Street light hampers sleep quality

A study found out that bright lights (such as street lamps) can dangerously affect your quality of sleep. People who live with excessive amounts of light from a street light will find that it has negative effect on their sleep and are more likely to sleep for a shorter amount of time and suffer from increased daytime fatigue.

CPR is unbelievably important

When you think that the person you are with is not able to breathe on their own accord, begin CPR instantly and do not stop until a medical professional arrives, even if this means that you have to go on for numerous hours. You are not performing CPR to have the person you are performing it on to miraculously wake up and make out with you; like in this movies. We do this to sustain the most important bodily function—the circulation of oxygen to the brain—until we manage to get that person to a hospital.

 Don’t stop prescriptions early

If you are receiving medicine for a disease or infection, the type of medicine or antibiotics your doctor has given you and the length of time you are taking the medicine should be based on the best evidence possible to that GP at the time. Just because you may start to feel a bit better or see a small improvement in symptoms, does not mean that the infection has disappeared. Your GP has had years and years of training and has access to the latest evidence. Make sure to always follow their advice!

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