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How Can I Protect Myself and Loved Ones Against Varicella or Chickenpox?

The best way to prevent varicella or chickenpox is to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, immunization against the varicella virus gives you complete protection against this highly contagious disease, especially if you received the recommended doses.

In children, the varicella vaccine is typically given in two doses. The first dose is given when they are between 12 and 15 months old, and the second dose is given when they are between 4 and 6 years of age. However, if your child missed these doses, know that he can still have them. The catch-up two varicella vaccine doses are typically given to unvaccinated older children at least 3 months apart when they are between 7 and 12 years old and at least 4 weeks apart when they are older than 13 years old.

What does ALT (SGPT) test reveal about your liver function?


Your liver is a highly vital organ and performs many essential functions for you. It aids in digestion of food by producing a fluid called bile. It helps in removal of waste products and other toxins from your blood and produces proteins and cholesterol. It is beneficial to know about liver function tests which consist of tests checking the function of liver including your bilirubin, albumin, prothrombin time and those for liver damage for checking liver enzymes.

Knowing the role of Vitamin D for strong, healthy bones


Are you getting enough Vitamin D from various sources? It is highly essential for you to maintain your Vitamin D levels, no matter at what stage of life you are. Vitamin D has many important jobs in your body. It keeps your bones strong, your muscles use it to move and nerves need it to carry messages throughout your body. Let’s review the role of Vitamin D in maintaining your bone health.

TSH - the lows and the highs – what does it reveal about your metabolism?

You might want to know about the origin of Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is produced by the pituitary gland in your brain after stimulation by another hormone called Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) from hypothalamus. TRH then triggers the pituitary gland to release TSH. TSH causes the thyroid gland to form two hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) which help control your body's metabolism.

Live a better life with Diabetes – know the role of HbA1c


HbA1c is measured as a percentage and provides an overview of your average blood glucose control for the past few months. Hemoglobin, the protein found in your red blood cells, carries oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body. It also links up with sugars such as glucose (glycation) as they enter your red blood cells. The more glucose in your blood, the more hemoglobin gets glycated. As your red blood cells die and get replenished every three months, HbA1c gives the measure of your blood sugar over that time.