HARLEY STREET MEDICAL CENTRE MADE IT TO THE LIST OF GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL®
Through hard work, persistence, and dedication in offering the highest levels of safe and effective care to our patients, we are honored to have earned Joint Commission International’s Gold Seal of Approval®
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Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name “monkeypox” , although humans and monkeys are not the definite reservoir( rodents possibly?)
The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The majority of the cases are asymptomatic but here are some common symptoms that may develop in the infected patients:
Muscle aches (56%)
Swollen lymph nodes(71%)
Rash ( 97%)
From animals to humans, monkeypox is transmitted either by a bite (scratch), in direct contact with body fluids, sores on an infected person or with materials that have touched body fluids or sores – such as clothing or linens.
In humans it is transmitted with direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.
At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can spread through semen or vaginal fluids.
Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where it occurs).
Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal.
Isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk for infection.
Practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. For example, washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients.
Smallpox Immunization( not available for general public in US)
Supportive care mostly –
Adequate hydration, fever/ local infection / symptomatic management.
Tecovirimat (also known as TPOXX)
Brincidofovir (also known as Tembexa)
Cidofovir (also known as Vistide)
“This article is just for educational purposes only”
At the time of writing the article, the monkeypox 2022 outbreak has grown to about 911 confirmed cases and scores more under investigation in 29 countries, with the highest number of patients 225 in United Kingdom. United Arab Emirates have 8 cases at the moment. Source: CDC2022 Monkeypox and Orthopoxvirus Outbreak Global Map
Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problems, injuries, loss of productivity, and even greater risk of death.
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Determining the risks posed by insufficient sleep is complicated. Medical conditions are slow to develop and have multiple risk factors.
Short-term problems can include:
Relationship stress. It can make you feel moody, and you can become more likely to have conflicts with others.
Lack of alertness. Even missing as little as 1.5 hours can impact how you feel.
Excessive daytime sleepiness. It can make you very sleepy and tired during the day.
Impaired memory. Lack of sleep can affect your ability to think, remember and process information.
Quality of life. You may become less likely to participate in normal daily activities or exercise.
Greater likelihood for car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving accounts for thousands of crashes, injuries, and fatalities each year.
If you continue to operate without enough sleep, you may see more long-term and severe health problems. Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential issues include obesity, depression, immunity impairment, and lower sex drive.
Treatment for sleep deprivation
The most basic form of sleep deprivation treatment is getting adequate sleep, typically 7 to 9 hours each night.
This is often easier said than done, especially if you’ve been deprived of precious shut-eye for several weeks or longer. After this point, you may need help from a sleep specialist who, if required, can diagnose and treat a possible sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders may make it difficult to get quality sleep at night. They may also increase your risk for the above effects of sleep deprivation on the body.
The following are some of the most common types of sleep disorders:
obstructive sleep apnea
circadian rhythm disorders
restless leg syndrome
To diagnose these conditions, you may need a sleep study. This is traditionally conducted at a formal sleep centre.
Suppose you’re diagnosed with a sleep disorder. In that case, you may be given medication or a device to keep your airway open at night (in the case of obstructive sleep apnea) to help combat the disorder so you can get a better night’s sleep regularly.
If you’re experiencing mild, occasional problems with sleep, try these simple strategies:
Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
Keep your bedroom calm, dark, and quiet.
Get enough natural light significantly earlier in the day. Try going for a morning or lunchtime walk.
Stop watching TV and turn off any bright lights for 2 hours before heading to bed. Use a blue light filter on your computer or smartphone.
Get enough physical activity during the day. Try not to exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
Don’t eat or drink within a few hours of bedtime; avoid alcohol and foods high in fat or sugar in particular. Don’t consume caffeine late in the day.
Relax and clear your mind in the evening, relaxing bath, reading a book, meditation…
Work with your health care team to identify obstacles to good sleep, including other medical conditions.
How to assess your sleep quality?
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)
The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) is a self-report questionnaire that assesses sleep quality over a 1-month time interval. The PSQI measures several aspects of sleep, offering seven component scores and one composite score. The component scores consist of subjective sleep quality, sleep latency (i.e., how long it takes to fall asleep), sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency (i.e., the percentage of time in bed that one is sleeping), sleep disturbances, use of sleeping medication, and daytime dysfunction. Each item is weighted on a 0–3 interval scale. The global PSQI score is then calculated by totalling the seven component scores, providing an overall score ranging from 0 to 21, where lower scores denote a healthier sleep quality.
Go to our website to fill up our Pittsburg questionnaire and know your sleep quality. Visit our clinic for more detailed information on how to improve your sleep.
At Harley Street, we care for you. Whether you are coming to see your doctor or continuing your cosmetic/dermatologic routine, you will go through the same safety path as any patient. (Pre-screening tent).
All staff from all departments are respecting the DOH guidelines on the usage of proper PPE and sanitizing protocols.
In the UAE, many doctors believe that the problem is on the rise, especially amongst children. Some say that the issue is also pronounced in adults during the Holy Month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.