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How To Find Out What’s Making Your Stomach Hurt Using This ‘Belly Map.



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Abdominal pain is extremely common and everyone at one point of their lives will experience this discomfort.  While most causes are trivial and don’t seek medical attention, abdominal pain can also indicate a serious illness, too. Therefore, knowing how to recognize the signs and when to visit a doctor is of utmost importance.

Whether it’s stomach cramps, sharp pain, or stomach ache, the abdominal pain may stem from different causes. Some of them include:

  • Stomach virus

  • Ulcers

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Hernia

  • Constipation

  • Indigestion

  • Gallstones

  • Kidney stones

  • Gas

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Food poisoning

  • Food allergies

  • Endometriosis

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Urinary tract infection


    You need to contact your health care provider if your pain is severe or accompanied with any of the symptoms below:

    • Inability to pass stool

    • Painful or unusually frequent urination

    • The abdomen is tender to the touch

    • Vomiting

    • Fever

    • The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen

    • Dehydration

    When you start feeling abdominal pain and cramps, try to find the potential root cause.  Sometimes, something as simple as an upset stomach could be the trigger, which is manifested by inflammation of the stomach lining and the intestine and can be a result of eating or drinking in excess.

    As already mentioned above, a virus or allergy reaction to certain foods may also be the cause of the simple stomach ache.  Excessive alcohol intake as well as excessive consumption of fatty foods are also likely to irritate the stomach.

    When it comes to pain in the lower abdomen, or the pelvis, the pain usually occurs during periods in women. However, a bowel problem or a problem with the reproductive system – the uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries, could also be the cause.

  • Signs suggesting that the pain may have something to do with the bowel include:

    • Pain associated with pooing

    • Loss of blood when you poo

    • Bloating

    • A change in the bowel pattern

    As for pain caused by a problem with the reproductive system, the most common conditions which are known to cause abdominal pain include fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and problems associated with the early stage or pregnancy like ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.

    There is a thing called “belly map” which also helps determine the potential cause and helps you know whether it`s time to visit a doctor or try to solve the issue on your own. Check it out


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Usual triggers of Schizophrenia




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The exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research suggests a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors can make a person prone to developing the condition.

Some people may be prone to schizophrenia, and a stressful or emotional life event might trigger a psychotic episode. However, it’s not known why some people develop symptoms while others don’t.

 Things that increase the chances of schizophrenia developing include:Genetics

Schizophrenia tends to run in families, but no single gene is proved to be responsible. It’s more likely that different combinations of genes make people more vulnerable to the condition. However, having these genes doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop schizophrenia.

Evidence that the disorder is partly inherited comes from studies of twins. Identical twins share the same genes. If one twin develops schizophrenia, the other twin has a one in two chance of developing it, too. This is true even if they’re raised separately unlike in the case of unidentical twins.

While this is higher than in the general population, where the chance is about 1 in 100, it suggests genes aren’t the only factor influencing the development of schizophrenia.


Brain development

Studies of people with schizophrenia have shown there are subtle differences in the structure of their brains. These changes aren’t seen in everyone with schizophrenia and can occur in people who don’t have a mental illness. But they suggest schizophrenia may partly be a disorder of the brain.


Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages between brain cells. There is a connection between neurotransmitters and schizophrenia because drugs that alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain are known to relieve some of the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Research suggests schizophrenia may be caused by a change in the level of two neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin. Some studies indicate an imbalance between the two may be the basis of the problem. Others have found a change in the body’s sensitivity to the neurotransmitters is part of the cause of schizophrenia.

Pregnancy and birth complications

Research has shown people who develop schizophrenia are more likely to have experienced complications before and during their birth, such as: low birth weight, premature labor, lack of oxygen (asphyxia) during birth

Stress triggers

Triggers are things that can cause schizophrenia to develop in people who are at risk. The main psychological triggers of schizophrenia are stressful life events, such as: bereavement, losing your job or home, divorce, end of a relationship, physical, sexual or emotional abuse

These kinds of experiences, although stressful, don’t cause schizophrenia. However, they can trigger its development in someone already vulnerable to it.

Drug abuse

Drugs don’t directly cause schizophrenia, but studies have shown drug misuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or a similar illness. Certain drugs, particularly cannabis , cocaine, LSD or amphetamines, may trigger symptoms of schizophrenia in people who are susceptible.

Three major studies have shown teenagers under 15 who use cannabis regularly, especially “skunk” and other more potent forms of the drug, are up to four times more likely to develop schizophrenia by the age of 26.


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Quick rise in young people with Type 2 diabetes is alarming




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Hundreds of young people are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, a 41% rise in just four years.

The condition occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

It is often linked to obesity and is most commonly seen in adults, where it can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease and strokes.

Some 715 people under the age of 25 received treatment for the disease in England and Wales during 2016/17 and 78.6% of them were obese.

The number of cases is up from the 507 registered in 2013/14, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

But the true number may be much higher, as the RCPCH recorded only those young people being treated in paediatric units, not by a GP.

Professor Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: “A rise in Type 2 diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite.

“It’s also concerning that we might not be seeing the full picture.”

The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, said more support was needed, especially for obese children and ethnic minorities, as almost half of those treated in 2016/17 were black or Asian.

Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “These figures are a sad indictment of how we have collectively failed as a society to tackle childhood obesity, one of the biggest health challenges we face.”

She called for “urgent action”, saying: “Type 2 diabetes can be a lifelong debilitating illness and these figures will only multiply if we delay.

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