1st December - World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was first celebrated on 1st December 1988. The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996 and took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign in 1997 and since then it focuses on communication, prevention and education. More than 25 million people have died of HIV between 1981 and 2007 and about 33.2 million people are living with HIV since 2007.
details Thursday, 01 December 2016

What causes pneumonia and how it can be prevented

In 2009 World Health Organization launched World Pneumonia Day to raise awareness of pneumonia and its impact on society, to promote pneumonia prevention and treatment worldwide. Since then World Pneumonia Day is annually held on November 12. Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. It is characterized primarily by inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs. Regularly pneumonia begins with an upper respiratory infection (an infection of the nose and throat) also known as the common cold. If the symptoms are ignored, the infection is getting worse.
details Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November 17 - WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

World No Tobacco Day is held every year on the third Thursday of November and aims to raise awareness and to inform people about the dangers of using tobacco and the risks of being a passive smoker. Smoking is a major problem in the modern society. It was found that smokers die 10-15 years earlier than nonsmokers, and one out of two people dies from a disease caused by smoking.
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October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20. „ World Osteoporosis Day” was launched on 20 October 1996, by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by the European Commission. According to World Health Statistics, in the world there are about 200 million osteoporotic patients. It has been calculated that in every 30 seconds a person suffers from an osteoporotic bone fracture.
details Thursday, 20 October 2016

Headaches - causes and treatment

Headaches are one of the most common and universal human ailments. Each of us suffered from a headache. Usually, when we face this pain we prefer to ignore it or, at best, to grab a pill to "postpone" it. Most of the times this method works, but not always. It’s important to know what to do in such cases and if the headaches persists we should see a doctor.
details Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Functional Bowel Disorder

Functional Bowel Disorder is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain and other symptoms in the absence of serious diseases. People started talking about this disease during the Second World War, but only in 1993 the World Health Organization officially recognized its existence and has introduced a special diagnosis for it.
details Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The doctor’s advice: A holiday in an exotic country? Don’t forget about vaccination!

Before going on a trip, we pay attention to many things: things to put in the suitcase, places we would like to visit, what are the prices in the country we visit etc. It is also important to take care of our health when we travel. There are certain countries and regions, especially exotic ones, where the risk of infectious diseases is very high. Therefore, before a journey, it’s good to find out more about the potential risks of infection and to consult a doctor. The prophylactic measures recommended by a doctor may include vaccination or administration of certain medicines.
details Thursday, 14 July 2016

How to protect yourself from hot weather?

Summer brings with it high temperatures. But heat excess and the sun can damage your organism. Most frequent consequences of heat days are weariness, dehydration, heat-stroke and hyperthermia. Also, when temperature is high, bacteria gather much quicker inclusively in products and there is a risk of food poisoning.
details Monday, 27 June 2016

Blood transfusion: between the past and the present

Blood transfusion is the oldest form of transplant through which blood is taken from a compatible donor and introduced through specific methods to a recipient. Transfusion is made to heal certain conditions or to prevent major loss of blood from the body in case of an accident, which can lead to death.
details Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Obesity – the 21st century disease. How do we maintain a normal body weight?

Obesity is a problem that is increasing worldwide. Several large-scale studies show that about 33% of the adult population on the globe is obese, equivalent to more than 1 billion people. Obesity is a condition that involves the accumulation of excess body fat (over 25% of normal body weight). In most cases, it is caused by excessive consumption of calories, lack of physical activity and genetic predisposition and sometimes, obesity appears on the background of endocrine or mental disorders or specific medication use.
details Friday, 20 May 2016

What is hepatitis? How to prevent infection with this disease?

Hepatitis is an infectious disease which causes liver inflammation. It is a serious disease because it affects many functions of the liver, such as producing bile, regulating the chemical composition of blood or eliminating potentially harmful substances from the bloodstream.
details Sunday, 15 May 2016

Thyroid diseases: signs and symptoms you shouldn't ignore

The thyroid is the largest gland of the human endocrine system, which plays a key role in the growth and harmonious development of the organism. This gland is located in the neck and is responsible for stimulating cellular activity: protein synthesis and intestinal absorption of glucose, reducing the concentration of triglycerides, cholesterol and phospholipids, increased heart rate and force, etc.
details Thursday, 21 April 2016

Balkan Pharmaceuticals supports World Health Day

Health is a major concern for all of us. Maintaining health is important for reducing the risk of developing diseases and disorders that can disturb the normal functioning of the body. Over time, medicine has evolved considerably, so that is why, now there is available a wide range of medications, interventions and tips that help keep a good mental and physical condition. Research and progress in this direction are supported and encouraged by the institutions and international medical organizations.
details Thursday, 07 April 2016

Tuberculosis: Everything you need to know about this disease

According to medical statistics, annually, more than 8 million people around the globe get tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which attacks the lungs. This disease is manifested by chest pain, chronic cough with streaks of blood, sputum, fever, chronic fatigue, night sweats and weight loss. The disease occurs against a background of low immunity. The main risk factors which weaken the body are poor feeding, poor hygiene, insufficient rest, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and stress. Some chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, increase the risk of infection with tuberculosis. Closed, damp and unventilated rooms, also represent a high risk of contamination with tuberculosis.
details Thursday, 24 March 2016

How do we regain vitality after winter?

After a winter with low temperatures, where most of us were accustomed to spend more time inside the house, with the start of the warm season, our body starts to feel some changes. During winter, the energy level drops, skin and hair can become dehydrated, also, from the cold and from the sedentary lifestyle that we lead, some people are predisposed to gain weight, on a background of a high-fat diet.
details Monday, 14 March 2016

How to get rid of insomnia? Tips for a peaceful sleep

Sleep has many benefits on the human body. Rest strengthens the immune system, improves memory, performance, help maintain body weight, combat stress etc. However, several statistics show that every third person in the world suffers regularly from sleep disorders; insomnia increasingly is becoming a common disease. Insomnia is characterized by having trouble falling asleep and can manifest itself in many forms: restless sleep, multiple awakenings during the night, total lack of sleep.
details Monday, 29 February 2016

Migraine: causes, symptoms and treatment

The migraine is a chronic condition characterized by headaches of moderate to severe intensity, that occurring periodically. Usually, the pain gets worse from physical effort and can last from 4 to 72 hours and is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise. According to the doctors, the causes of emergence and development of migraine are a mix between genetic factors and environment ones. Almost 2/3 of the people suffering from migraine have at least a relative with the same condition.
details Thursday, 11 February 2016

Balkan Pharmaceuticals advises its customers to purchase only original products

Annually, at a global scale, there are produced hundreds of billions of dollars counterfeited goods. According to experts' estimates, counterfeit products represent 5-7% of world trade. Among these there also can be found pharmaceutical preparations. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 50% of the medicines sold online are counterfeited. If initially counterfeiters were focused on expensive drugs such as pills for weight loss, steroids, psychotropic or erectile dysfunction drugs, afterwards, the counterfeiting has spread to other types of preparations: antibiotics, oncological, inflammatory drugs, pharmaceutical products for the treatment of diabetes, including insulin.
details Sunday, 24 January 2016

How to treat joint pains in winter

Low temperatures and high humidity in winter may cause discomfort for people suffering from rheumatic diseases. Among these conditions are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, fibromyalgia, the symptoms of which worsen during the cold season, especially among the elderly people. Receptors in the bones become more sensitive because of the cold and humidity, thus causing worsening pain, swelling or redness of joints, temporary or stable loss of mobility of that area
details Tuesday, 12 January 2016

How to avoid food poisoning during winter holidays

Winter holidays are an opportunity to spend more time with our family and meet up with friends. During Christmas and New Year, we are giving each other gifts, we are taking a break and we enjoy our time with our loved ones. Most of us, to the delight of guests, usually prepare hearty meals for holidays. The various delicious dishes tempt us, and without realizing it, we tend to exaggerate in the consumption of food or alcoholic beverages.
details Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What is bronchitis and how it can be treated

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways that affects the lungs and windpipe and can occur after a cold or flu that was inadequately and untimely treated. In the first phase, this condition manifests as a dry cough, and then evolves into a stronger cough. Typically, this is more intense in the morning, and once the disease progresses, the cough is maintained throughout the day and in particular during the night.
details Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tonsillitis: symptoms and treatment

Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils and of the throat pharynx. Most often this condition occurs due to flew infections or bacteria such as staphylococcus, pneumococcus and meningococcus. Symptoms of tonsillitis caused by viral infections differ from those of bacterial tonsillitis. If viral angina has a slow start with low fever, without pus and sore throat with low intensity, then tonsillitis caused by bacteria starts suddenly with high fever, chills, throat pus and headaches.
details Monday, 16 November 2015

Antibiotics: How do we use them?

Antibiotics are a group of drugs that are prescribed in the treatment of infectious diseases caused by bacteria. These substances destroy or inhibit the growth of pathogenic microbes within the body. Used properly, antibiotics help in treating the condition. But if they are administered when it is not the case, they can have less positive effects for the body. For example, some people treat a simple cold with antibiotics as bacterial and viral infection can sometimes have common symptoms. But by doing this it aggravates the situation, because antibiotics weaken the immune system and the body becomes more vulnerable.
details Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Breast cancer: signs that you should not ignore

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops in breast tissue and is an asymptomatic disease than can occur both to women and men. Annually in Moldova about 900 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 600 of them are put through surgical treatment. The causes of breast cancer are different. The risk of developing the disease increases with age. Thus, a woman of 50 years is 3 times more likely to get breast cancer than a woman who is under 30 years. If there is family history of breast cancer, the probability of developing the disease is also higher.
details Monday, 26 October 2015

The discovery that revolutionized medicine. Curiosities about anesthesia

Until the discovery of anesthesia, pain during operations was calmed down with various substances such as opium, alcohol, mandrake or decoction of hashish. The results, however, were insignificant. The patient felt pain anyway, making him to move uncontrollably. In helping the medic came 4-5 persons, which kept the patient steady throughout the intervention. The revolution in surgery occurred on October 16th 1864, when American dentist William Thomas Morton made the first operation under general anesthetic. He utilized ether in order to extract a patients tooth without pain, not before experimenting the substance on animals.
details Friday, 16 October 2015

How do we keep a healthy heart?

The heart is the most important muscle in the body. It pumps blood throughout the body so that oxygen and nutrients are distributed to all organs. However, like any other organ, the heart can be affected by various diseases and disorders that are often fatal. These can include arterial hypertension, heart failure, heart attack, myocardia, angina, etc.
details Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How to guard against virosis?

In autumn, once the weather gets colder, the risk of viral infections increases. This happens because the body is accustomed to high summer temperatures and the transition to lower temperatures and higher humidity is sudden. Consequently, the body's immunity to viruses weakens, thus the people are more exposed to virosis. The first symptoms of cold are fatigue states, sneezing, coughing and a stuffy nose. Also fever, headaches, muscle pain, or irritation of the nose or eyes may occur.
details Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How to protect yourself from the heat if you have heart conditions

For most of us summer time is one of the periods that we can hardly wait as it allows us to escape from our daily routine. But, for people with heart conditions, summer is not necessarily a joyous occasion. Exposing us in the sun and high temperatures, our body activates compensatory mechanisms such as sweating, a process that is designed to regulate body temperature. Instead, for the persons with heart conditions, this mechanism is less developed.
details Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Do not stress your body. Eat right during summer time

In summer time we tend to choose a new and exotic country, in order to keep us relaxed and well rested. But, often this also means a change in our diet. Such a sudden change can cause major stress for our body when some elementary rules are not held during our diet: food excess, alcoholic drinks or spicy dishes.
details Monday, 10 August 2015

Fungal infections and perspiration - a harmful environment for feet

In warmer times all odors become more persistent. Because of perspiration and other external factors, we feel different body odors. One of them may come from the feet, which is not only unpleasant, but also embarrassing. The feet are the natural environment for the millions of bacteria that develop on the basis of sweat and skin cells exfoliation. Residues of these bacteria are those which give foot odor. One of the reasons may be tight shoes where the foot is unable to breathe, which leads to the growth of bacteria.
details Tuesday, 28 July 2015

What is gastritis and how do we prevent it?

Common among students and people with a busy schedule, gastritis is a common digestive system disorder, which untreated or treated superficially, can be dangerous by its irreversible complications. Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation or erosion of the stomach mucus, caused by external or internal factors. It can be acute - occurs suddenly - or chronic - it installs gradually.
details Monday, 13 July 2015

How to face the stress at work?

Each one of us is subjected to tension or unpleasant situations at work, school or family. Financial problems, couple problems, busy schedule at work or lack of time, can cause stress appearance. But stress itself is not necessarily harmful. Held under control, it is sometimes welcomed, because it helps you keep focused, alert and energetic. But if it is in excess, the stress affects health, labor productivity, relationships with family, friends and in general, the quality of life.
details Wednesday, 24 June 2015

How to avoid food poisoning during summer time

Food poisoning is a condition caused by the consumption of food or drink contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites. In summer, due to high temperatures, such microorganisms multiply very quickly in perishable foods. The main symptoms occurring food poisoning are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
details Monday, 08 June 2015

How we keep diabetes under control

Diabetes is a chronic disease that leads to increasing blood sugar levels. This happens because the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to convert sugar from consumed food into energy. The inability of the body to produce insulin or use it inevitably leads to raising blood sugar.
details Monday, 25 May 2015

Simple exercises for healthier eyes

Nowadays it’s a very common thing to see people with tired eyes because of intense work at a computer. Statistics indicate that every third person on the planet has problems with their eyesight. The massive amounts of information that we absorb daily require constant effort from the eyes, which normally tend to get tired. Many eyesight problems appear specifically because of increased tension in the eyes. Relaxing them is vital even to people with great eyesight. Symptoms such as dryness, redness and decrease in long distance sight typically appear after long periods of intense work. Relaxing the eyes is especially necessary to those who have bad eyesight.
details Monday, 04 May 2015

Skin protection during summertime

Spring and summer months are a time when it’s normal that people spend more time under direct sunlight. Nevertheless, excessive exposure to the sun in this period can have negative consequences on our skin. Direct sunlight carries a considerable amount of ultraviolet radiation which significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Considering this, it is important to know all the moles on your body, as melanoma causes certain outgrowths or impurities on the skin which are very similar to moles.
details Wednesday, 29 April 2015

How prolonged sitting can cause back pain

In today's world, it is a common thing to spend a lot of time working or having fun in front of the screen. In most cases, we think that by doing so we become more productive, yet there is a significant price for such a way of life. Recent studies have shown that prolonged sitting has significant negative consequences. German scientists indicate that prolonged sitting may increase the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. In addition, the risk increases with every two hours spent sitting.
details Friday, 27 March 2015

Spring avitaminosis

Winter has fallen behind, and in its place came the long awaited spring. Nature begins to revive, and with it – we, humans. It is already a known thing that, after winter, the majority of us are weak, anaemic and lack key vitamins. Vitamin deficiency can have unpleasant consequences such as weakening the immune system, which in turn can lead to other diseases. To prevent vitamin deficiency we must diversify our diet. This requires increased amounts of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Fruits and vegetables should be varied, as each has a particular group of vitamins.
details Friday, 13 March 2015

How to stay beautiful and healthy during the winter

Winter is the season which usually causes problems for the beauty and the health of the body. But with proper diet and a special care, you can maintain a great physical shape during the winter: with a healthy body, fresh complexion and beautiful hair.
details Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Proper nutrition during the holidays

All of us are usually preparing intensively for the the winter holidays. Especially, we cook a lot of dishes for the New Year's eve. But such meals can negatively affect our organism. Mostly, this happens because of the large amount of caloric food with high fat content. Most at risk of having such problems are people who have been fasting. The stomach, being accustomed to a period of abstinence, simply fails to proceed the food, which, in consequence, can lead to severe digestive complications. Hereinafter, we propose you some simple tips by which you can enjoy your holiday meal without problems.
details Friday, 26 December 2014

How to prepare for a healthy winter

Many people experience the same problem every winter: the cold. And this is because after the warm period of the year our body "is relaxing" and our immunity is at low levels. Therefore we are more exposed to different viruses and catch colds quicker. Bellow we present you several advises that will help you keep away colds and stay in shape.
details Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What are the erectile dysfunctions?

The erectile dysfunctions, also called the impotence, is the inability of a man to have an erection, in order to have a normal sexual relation. These disorders should not be confused with other causes of the incapacity to have sex (for example, the lack of sexual desire, etc.). This problem manifests itself in various ways. Thus, some men are not able to have even an erection, while other may have a single very short erection.
details Friday, 07 February 2014

The price of depression

According to the World Health Organization, currently over 450 million people suffer from mental illness or disabilities, most of them living in developing countries. About half of mental illnesses begin to manifest before 14 years. Approximately 20% of children and teenagers throughout the world suffer from diseases related to mental health or other related issues.
details Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Heat and cardiovascular diseases

The heat registered during summer increases the incidence of heart attacks in people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Both temperature above 35 °C, as well as humidity of more than 70% are factors that can aggravate heart disease. The heat and the heart The human body is programmed to maintain a temperature up to 37 degrees Celsius for optimal performance. If body temperature increases even with a degree, it will try to cool the body by sweating and dilation of blood vessels. Through evaporation, sweat cools the body as a result of enlargement of blood vessels, the heart beats faster and the blood pressure decreases.
details Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Ahchoo!: How to fight against the allergies

Allergy is a specific reaction of the body under the action of some factors (germs or substances), called allergens. The person may come into contact with allergens directly, through the skin or indirectly, through mucosal organs or the blood system. In response, the immune system produces an increased amount of antibodies (immunoglobulin E) that contributes to the detection of allergens and subsequent treatment of allergy.
details Tuesday, 14 May 2013