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Advantages and Disadvantages of Coffee
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Coffee

Coffee has an illustrious history of mixing cultures, science, art, and even techniques. Like any additive in life, it has its benefits and its drawbacks. So here's a closer look at the extent of how good or bad it is.  WHAT IS COFFEE? Coffee is generally known as a brewed drink or beverage that is prepared from roasting coffee beans. These beans originated from a genus of plants known as Coffea. These berries undergo an extensive process to give us the result of a distinct aromatic coffee drink. The term "coffee" has different sources for its etymology. It is understood to be borrowed from the Dutch who called it koffie, the Turks who called it kahve, and the Arabs qahwah.  Reportedly, the earliest evidence of coffee drinkers was in Yemen in the 15th century. Since then, their popula...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Tea
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Tea

Tea is among the most popular social drinks in the world. There is some type of this drink for every occasion - be it organic, green, black, oolong, cold brew, or milk teas. In other words, it is popular and widely consumed. But have we considered its effects on our health? Here's a look at its benefits and possible risks. WHAT IS TEA? Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared with cured leaves of an evergreen shrub called Camellia sinesis. It is, by far, the most widely consumed beverage in the world - second only to water, maybe. They are divided into these different varieties based on certain unique characteristics and also on how it is processed.  There are six main types of teas - white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and fermented. White is wilted and unoxidized, yellow is unwilted a...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Healthy Food v. Junk Food
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Healthy Food v. Junk Food

Food is a topic every person out there has an opinion about. The fad of the season, newly discovered superfoods, fresh op-eds on the next big diet - these are regular occurrences in every possible media. Similarly, the healthy food v. junk food discussion has been going on for a long time. From doctors and nutritionists to concerned mothers, everyone has their take on what is right and wrong. So let us look at the benefits and drawbacks of healthy and junk foods. THE HEALTHY FOOD v. JUNK FOOD DEBATE Healthy foods and junk foods are polar opposite concepts. The healthy food v. junk food has been intense. Generally the former is seen as having positive effects on one's body while the latter is seen as an unhealthy food option. But on the face of it something seems a certain way but do we h...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Abortion
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Abortion

Abortion has been a subject of debate and controversy in many societies throughout history. Pro-life (anti-abortion) and pro-choice advocates (advocates for legal access to abortions) have their justifications for their stand. However, abortions are quite common even in places that consider them illegal. So, let us look at the arguments for and against abortion. WHAT IS ABORTION? Abortion is the delivery or expulsion of the human fetus prematurely before it is capable of sustaining life. It is the ending of a pregnancy at any period of gestation (the period between conception and birth) short of the full term. About 56 million induced abortions (deliberate steps taken to end a pregnancy) occur on an average worldwide every year. It is among the safest procedures in medicine if done by a...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Privatization of Healthcare
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Privatization of Healthcare

There has been considerable interest in the growth of private sectors across nations. The lure of profits, better infrastructure, and performance has made it very prominent over the years. Similarly, privatization of healthcare has been in contention for quite some time.  But is it beneficial as a structure or does it solely work for profits? Let us weigh the advantages and disadvantages of privatizing healthcare. THE CONCEPT OF HEALTHCARE Healthcare is the service of providing medical aid for the purpose of maintenance or improvement of health. These services are provided by healthcare professionals who are formally trained. For instance, doctors, surgeons, physicians, nurses, and psychologists are some examples of healthcare professionals or providers. A healthcare system requires well...
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Keto Diet
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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Keto Diet

Over the years, we have witnessed a steady increase in the healthy food revolution. People are enthusiastic about trying out the latest food trends and diets. One of the many diets that have gained traction recently is the keto diet. Keto or ketogenic diet has been advertised to be effective in very quick and rapid weight loss among dieters. But is it a good diet to follow or is it just another extreme fad? Let us look at its pros and cons. WHAT IS A KETO DIET? The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate and fat-rich dietary plan that was originally in use to treat specific medical conditions. Now, the prominence of this diet has emerged as a popular low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss. This diet restricts the amount of carbohydrate-rich foods in the body and replaces it with fat-rich foo...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Vaccines
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Vaccines

In the span of a few months, we have witnessed the coronavirus pandemic change the landscape of the whole world. Difficult questions about global health and the disparities it poses have come to the forefront. It has become clearer than ever that investing in health means investing in our economy. One of the ways of safeguarding our health has been with the use of vaccines. They have helped in reducing many infectious diseases like smallpox, influenza, polio, etc. Let us look at the effectiveness as well as the problems attached to the use of vaccines. WHAT ARE VACCINES? Vaccines are a biological material or preparation that induces a specific immune response in humans or animals to an infectious disease. Vaccines work because the body's immune system knows how to protect itself from dis...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Clinical Trials
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Clinical Trials

There has been a recent surge in new-age diseases everywhere. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across nations. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it yet. While the death toll increases because of this pandemic, we are still waiting for a vaccine that could potentially save millions of lives. Research and clinical trials to find a solution are moving at breakneck speed because only a vaccine can prevent any further damage. Over 35 companies and institutions are racing to find the answer. So, this begs for us to look at how important the field of medical research is. WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL? Clinical trials are a type of clinical research that studies new treatments and tests and evaluates their effects on human health outcomes. Studies are done on participan...