EYE mis-MATCH

Iris colour develops during the first few months after birth. Melanin which is the colouring agent determines how dark the eyes will become. The less melanin expressed in the iris, the lighter a person’s eyes look. That goes both ways. Well sometimes, the concentration and distribution of melanin isn’t uniform, which leads to a condition…

Tummy Trouble

When it comes to stomach pain, finding the cause of your tummy trouble can be harder than solving an advanced Sudoku. Use this symptom decoder to help decipher what’s up with your gut. 1. Acid Reflux What it is: Aid flowing backward from the stomach up into the throat. It affects 20 percent of adults…

Fainting 101

Fainting is or has become a common phenomenon in our society. It happens to almost everyone around including friends. I’ve always seen it as something peculiar to some people because of their medical condition, but not until I became a victim. Fainting which is medically referred to as syncope or in a layman’s term faint,…

What’s My Colour?

Albinism is a rare genetic expression that leads to little or no melanin production. It is as a result of a defect in one of several genes that produce or distribute melanin. No matter what race or ethnicity someone with albinism is, their skin and hair appear white because of a lack of pigment.

Skin Bubble

A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. It starts as a hard, red, painful lump usually about half an inch in size. Over the next few days, the lump becomes softer, larger and more painful. Soon a pocket of pus forms on the top of the boil.

Travel Sickness

Motion sickness otherwise known is a nausea caused by motion, especially by traveling in a vehicle. It occurs as a result of sensory organs sending mixed messages to the brain for processing which causes dizziness, light-headedness and sometimes vomiting. For example, an airplane traveller cannot see turbulence, but his or her body can feel it.…

Let’s talk about the appendix

The appendix doesn’t seem to have any specific purpose, say the doctors as judged by an absence of side effects following appendectomy – the surgical removal of the appendix. Well, I guess it was just a preception. Either ways, many studies are being carried out to understand why this came to be; could it be…