Frequently Asked Questions

What is content optimization?

At LifeHugger, 'content optimization' is often about making small modifications to parts of the available content or updating outdated content. When viewed individually, these changes might seem like incremental improvements, but when combined with other optimizations, they could have a noticeable impact on the site's user experience. Editors of the optimization team scan through published content and make changes where vital to keep the information updated. The changes will be made when necessary and  the original contributor will be notified of all significant changes.

What rules govern content optimization?

The content optimization at is a constructive process and adheres to specific guidelines.

  • Content alterations, if any, will be conveyed to the respective publishers.
  • The author/publisher of the original content will not be changed during optimization.
  • Members can suggest improvements on any content using its 'Talk' page.
  • 'Site editor/s' refer to the member/s of the current panel of editors for

Each content type is published under different copyright licenses and have different rules of optimization.

  • Mnemonics: All mnemonics on the website can be improved and expanded. The editors can modify mnemonics as and when found necessary. This is mostly based on comments received for the mnemonic on its 'Talk' page. Editors add a new mnemonic as an 'Alternate mnemonic' or replace an old mnemonic if the new one is finer. The old mnemonic will be added to the 'Talk' page for reference.
  • Slideshows: The powerpoints are optimized by the moderators at the initial review and the animation, layout and effects on the slides will be streamlined for better user experience. The information on the slides is not modified by the editors in most cases. The author can upload an updated version of his powerpoint anytime and place a comment in its 'Talk' page so that the slideshow can be synchronized with the new powerpoint. Also, on the 'Talk' page, registered users can suggest amendments, upload images or slides which can improve the slideshow. The changes will be made to the next fortnightly release of the slideshow. The renovations help to keep up with the recent advances. Maintainers for a slideshow, if required, are chosen from graduates who have contributed to the optimization.
  • Images: These generally require no alteration and if any modification of the textual description of an Image is necessary it may be done by the site editors.
  • Wiki pages: As of now, only the site editors can create or modify the wiki pages.

You can contact Lifehugger with any questions or comments about the guidelines.


Who can use LifeHugger?


Anyone qualified in medicine or related fields can use Lifehugger to publish content.


As most of the content is added by the community of professors, medical practitioners and medical students it would mainly serve educational purposes. And if visitors can find answers to what you are looking for from here we will be happy it happened.

What do I need to do to sign up for this site?
  • You can register at the 'Create new account' page.
  • After you complete and submit the form, we will send an email to the address you provided. Clicking on the confirmation link will complete the sign up process.


Why should I Log in?
Log in to gain full access to all the features at LifeHugger. 
  • Create, upload and share- mnemonics, powerpoints, images and videos.
  • Download listed powerpoints.
  • Comment and rate your favourite content on LifeHugger.
  • Interact with the community.
  • Take online tests and more.
What can I publish ?

Lifehugger currently supports the following content types and file formats:

 Audio Podcast : mp3 files can be uploaded.

 Image : jpeg, png, svg and gif files can be uploaded.

 Mnemonic : Can be typed in using the 'Mnemonic' submission form.

 Powerpoint : pps, ppt, pptx, ppsx files can be uploaded. As of now, we only accept new powerpoints by graduates for better compliance with HONCode.

 Video : Videos from Google Videos, Metacafe, Vimeo and You Tube can be embedded.

 Test   : Users can take online Tests.

 Page  : These are wiki pages and can be edited by members of  Volume.

Do I need to create an account to publish content?

 Yes. As content is published in the publisher's name all users need to sign up with a valid email address before publishing content on LifeHugger. Creating an account is free and easy. Register now.

Do I need to register to access content on lifehugger?

No. LifeHugger is a free access website. All content is free to be viewed.

Does all the content I submit get published?

No. The content goes through a routine moderation process before getting published. This will help to keep a check on quality of all new content. You will receive updates via email from the moderator regarding the content soon after the process. Please create or upload your content and allow a week for the submission to be approved. You will be updated when the content is published. You can see the people currently on the moderator panel here.

How do I add content?

Mnemonics: After logging in, navigate to the medical mnemonics affiliate home page. There you will find an 'Add a Mnemonic' link in the right sidebar. Click on the link and you will be presented with the mnemonic creation form.

Powerpoints: After logging in, navigate to the medical powerpoints affiliate home page. There you will find an 'Add a Powerpoint' link in the right sidebar. Click on the link and you will be presented with the powerpoint creation form.

Image: After logging in navigate to the medical images affiliate home page. There you will find an 'Add an Image' link in the right sidebar. Click on the link and you will be presented with the image creation form.

Video: After logging in, navigate to the medical videos affiliate home page. There you will find an 'Embed a Video' link in the right sidebar. Click on the link and you will be presented with the video embed form.

Wiki page: As of now Wiki pages can be created and edited only by Volume editors. 


My confirmation email doesn’t arrive.

 Please follow the steps below to resolve this issue.

The confirmation email is sent immediately on registering for LifeHugger. It will usually be available in your inbox in few minutes. If you cannot find it in the 'Inbox' of your mail application,

  • Check your email application's spam or junk folder or filter. 
  • Check that you are trying to log in from the exact email address you registered with. A common error is registering with an incorrect email domain (e.g., is not the same as In addition, keep in mind that email addresses never begin with a "www" prefix.
  • If you cannot login still, try creating an account with the correct email address once more to confirm that you have used it for signing up. If the address is already registered you will see a "The e-mail address is already registered" message on the screen.
I get an error using the link in the confirmation email.

Please follow the steps below to resolve this issue. 

  • If you are unable to log in, please copy and paste the full URL (web address) of the link that you received in the confirmation email into your browser.
  • If you're still having trouble after the above steps, please click here.


My username is already taken.

Please follow the steps below to resolve this issue.

  • This happens if you or another user have already registered with the same username. While trying to sign up the following message will appear  on the screen in an info box,  "The name toms is already taken."
  • You can use a different username to sign up for LifeHugger.
  • If you are still having trouble after the above steps please click here.



It says my email address is already taken.
  • This happens if you have already registered with the same email address. While trying to sign up the following message will appear on the screen in an info box, "The e-mail address toms@gmail is already registered."
  • If you have lost the password, you can request for a new password here.
  • If you are still having trouble after the above steps please click here.
I want to change my password for this site.

Please follow the steps below to resolve this issue.

Already registered user,

  • The password can be changed at anytime from the 'My life' page.
  • Click the 'Edit' tab on the top the page and set your new password in the fields that will be displayed.
  • If you're still having trouble after the above steps, please click here.

Just registered user,

  • If you are are new user and setting the password for the first time you can access the 'My life' page by clicking on the link in the confirmation email sent to you at the time of registration.
  • Then you can proceed to the 'My life' page and change password as described above.
  • If you're still having trouble after the above steps, please click here.


I get a 'You are missing some Flash content that should appear here' message.

'You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly. Sorry, for the inconvenience.'

This notice appears on lifehugger pages containing 'flash' elements when there is no flash player installed on your system. A flash player is required to view podcasts, powerpoints and videos on lifehugger. Once any flash player is installed, the message will be replaced by the flash element/s available on the specific page. Get the latest version of the adobe flash player here.

I cannot add content; the editor panel appears blank.

 If you are seeing no editor panel  (the long board with controls for adding styles like boldface, italics etc. to content) in the content creation form it is probably because you are using an old version of Internet Explorer to access In most cases the editor panel will appear by simply 'Refresh'ing the page. If you're still having problems after following the above steps, please click here.

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