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By Laila Abdel Malak

AstraZeneca vaccine: Why are some countries suspending the use of AstraZeneca vaccine ?

Reports have shown that some people who’ve taken the AstraZeneca vaccine had developed blood clots. Thus, a number of  countries have temporarily suspended the use of this vaccine knowing that there are no proves that the vaccine was responsible for that. The first country that halted the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was Denmark after discovering blood clots in people who took it. One participant has developed several blood clots upon receiving the first shot then died after 10 days.  Shortly afterwards, Bulgaria, Norway, Thailand, Congo, and Island have also suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine .  Norwegian authorities declared that four of its citizens, who were the under age of 50, resulted in an unusual low number of blood platelets after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similarly, both Netherlands and Ireland also declared that they will temporarily suspend the use of that  vaccine. With respect to France, its president Emmanuel Macron announced that his country w
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How to stop smoking

 Congratulations ! As you’re reading this article then you made the first big step towards becoming tobacco-free. . Most smokers don’t even think of quitting smoking as they believe that it’s a really hard mission.  Unfortunately, this is true... The nicotine found in cigarettes is a very powerful addictive drug. However, you are able to overcome all the cravings through following a proper approach.  Strategies to be followed: Put the date.  Set a day on your calendar when to stop smoking. An important tip is to tell your family and friends that you decided to become tobacco-free on that day so that you can hold responsibility towards this decision in front on them. Throw away all your cigarettes. You won’t be able to stop smoking if your are still surrounded by cigarettes here and there. You should throw away all the cigarettes and anything related to them like lighters and ashtrays. Get support.  Most of the ex-smokers who succeeded in quitting was due to the help of their friends an

Salt Pregnancy Test at home

There are lots of DIY pregnancy tests that are getting online resurgence. One of these tests is the Salt Pregnancy test.  Although medical experts declare that these types of test are not accurate, but many bloggers and YouTubers say the opposite.  Whether it’s accurate or not, let’s explain how does this test work. The salt pregnancy test requires two ingredients only which are salt and urine . You’re supposed to mix these two ingredients together in a clean bowl.  The supporters of this test claim that if the woman is pregnant, then the salt will react with a hormone called HCG. This hormone (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) enters the bloodstream and the urine of a pregnant woman after the embryo implants in her uterus. HCG is the same hormone that is detected when using the medical pregnancy tests that are brought from drugstores.  How to detect if the salt pregnancy test is positive? After mixing one or two tablespoons of salt with a sample your morning urine, you are required to wai

Food to avoid when pregnant

Pregnant women should be very aware of what they eat and drink during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the mission will be tough if you are a big fan of sushi or coffee. Thankfully, what you’re allowed to eat exceeds what you should avoid.  So in order to stay healthy, you have to pay close attention for your food and beverage during pregnancy.  There are some types of food that pregnant women should completely avoid, while other types can be rarely consumed. Below is the list of the food and beverages that should be avoided or minimized while pregnant. High mercury fish: It is a highly toxic element that might harm the nervous system, immune system, and kidneys. Thus, pregnant women should avoid eating large marine fish because they contain high levels of mercury that cause many developmental problems for children. Raw or uncooked food: Raw or uncooked food (fish, meat, eggs...) can lead to severe bacterial infections like Salmonella, Listeria, and Vibrio. These infections might also affect

Food for babies growth during pregnancy

Your baby’s essential source of nourishment is a reflection of what the mother eats and drinks during pregnancy.  Thus, health experts highly recommend that the pregnant women should include a healthy variety of food and beverages in her diet.  By this, she will be able to provide all the essential nutrients that her baby needs for his/her growth and development. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a mother to be  has to take more folic acid, calcium, protein, and iron because of its below benefits. Folic acid: Folic acid is considered as vitamin B that is essential in preventing neural tube defects which are birth defects in the baby's spinal cord and brain. As food sources, folic acid can be gained from leafy green vegetables, cereals, pastas, bread, beans, and citrus fruits.  Calcium: Calcium is a crucial mineral for building the baby’s bones and teeth. The lack of consuming calcium during pregnancy will make the baby absorb it from his/her moth

Can Breastfeeding Moms Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Although breastfeeding women were excluded from the initial clinical trials on the Covid-19 vaccine, but still experts recommend that they receive the vaccine. Most health experts advise that nursing women receive the coronavirus vaccine. But still it is better to consult the healthcare provider to know the benefits as well as the risks of taking the vaccine.   In most cases, pregnant and nursing  women are excluded from the vaccine clinical trials because experts don't  understand the risks for babies. These babies can be affected through their mom’s breast milk.  When the breastfeeding women takes the Covid19 vaccine, she will potentially gain protection from either getting the coronavirus or will have less severe symptoms if she got the virus.  By comparing other vaccines on nursing moms, it reflected that the antibodies produced by the vaccinated mom pass through her breast milk and may provide protection for her baby. However, if you’re still confused whether to take the vacci

Can pregnant women take the Covid-19 vaccine?

There are still not enough data and research whether the coronavirus vaccines are safe for pregnant women or not. This is because Covid -19 vaccines have been granted an emergency use authorization before making clinical trials on pregnant women.  Pregnant women were not included in the initial clinical trials; but now the trials on both pregnant and breastfeeding women are ongoing. However, we can mention a small study published on the 25th of March in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The study found that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and effective during pregnancy. It also states that the vaccines may provide protection for the babies. This small study that included 131 participants showed that the pregnant women who got the COVID-19 vaccine produced similar antibody levels like others who were not pregnant. On the other hand, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that pregnant women shouldn’t take the Covid-19 vaccine onl