Many pregnancies are unplanned, and most couples do not seek pre-pregnancy advice. This translates into some conceptions occurring in the absence of optimal health, sometimes leading to avoidable pregnancy complications. In an ideal situation, all pregnancies should be planned, with pre-conceptual advice being part of routine care.
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The quality of healthcare in our part of the world is very variable. If you know how to judge, you will easily find health facilities that routinely provide optimal care. If you end up in health facilities more by default rather than deliberate choice, you are likely to end up with mediocre care. Yes, there are universally prescribed standards by which health facilities should abide by. But many don’t, they are in it for the business, everything else comes second.
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We live at an age where women’s healthcare should be at its best. But a disproportionate number of medical errors and complications still occur. Some women will end up with real harm, or even death. There is still more to do to ensure better outcomes and safety. And processes must always be in place to redress matters when things go wrong.
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A new and sobering report on obesity is just hot off the press. The main take home message is that obesity is bad news for anyone and everyone. The obese are unwittingly limiting their longevity by up to four years. If that’s not reason enough for you to watch your weight, then you have a far bigger problem once you add up all other negative health effects of obesity.
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You may often wonder how doctors make decisions about treatment recommendations. It is not unusual for you to be suffering from the same condition as someone else| but both of you get very different recommendations. Ever wondered why this tends to be the case? Many factors tend to influence how you get treated.
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