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All About Rheumatoid Arthritis
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation in joints. Inflammation is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic (ongoing) arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as both hands, wrists, and/or knees). This symmetric multiple joint involvement helps distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis.
Measures to Reduce Bone Loss in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis. The use of prednisone further increases the risk of bone loss, especially in postmenopausal women. It is important to do risk assessment and address risk factors that can be changed in order to help prevent bone loss.
Habits Which Are Harming The Eye
With the changing world, our habits are continuously changing. Gone are the days when you would wake up early in the morning and go outdoors for many hours and sleep early. Our diet consisted of mustard oil, non refined grains etc.
Why Should We Donate Blood?
There can be no service bigger than the gift of life. A blood donation truly is a ‘gift of life’ that a healthy individual can give to others in their community, who are sick or injured.
It takes less than an hour of one’s time, where a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into individual components, which can help save multiple lives.
In The Times of COVID-19, Donating Blood is More Essential Than Ever
Blood donation is an essential health service, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood and blood components have a shelf live. We can’t just keep a lot of it and save it for later – we need to have a regular, fresh supply for patients, who need it.
Do's & Dont's During Pregnancy
Having a child is akin to celebrating life itself and some might even say, it is the very embodiment of life itself, but before anticipating the unending joys your child will bring, you need to be well aware of how you handle your pregnancy in order to ensure the safest future for your soon to be bundle of joy.
Acute congestive glaucoma
In case one experiences such symptoms, one should move to bright light and immediately show an eye specialist. Once the eye doctor examines and confirms the diagnosis, he will immediately start medicines to lower the eye pressure and perform a laser procedure called Yag Peripheral Iridotomy or PI.
An important message for the newly delivered mothers | COVID-19
Situations like these are difficult to eradicate and prevent in the times to come. So rather than just struggling with the changes outside, it is important that we make some major changes inside the body. And this especially is relevant for the newly born munchkins, who have just arrived in the world.
Coronavirus & Kidney Disease
Covid-19 is a type (strain) of coronavirus. A virus is a very tiny germ that can cause an infection and can only replicate in a living host (humans or animals). When we say tiny, this new coronavirus is 80-140 nanometre in diameter.
Squint in Children
Squint is misalignment of the eyes, where the two eyes are pointed towards different directions. The misalignment may be constant for a few, while it may be intermittently occurring for some others. The deviation of the eye may be in any direction - inward, outward, upward or downward.
SMILE Vs Lasik
SMILE is a minimal invasive technique in which a key hole of 2mm size is created on the corneal surface and a lenticule is extracted to correct the vision. In the ReLEx SMILE procedure bio mechanical strength of cornea is better preserved. The SMILE procedure is also the simplest and easy to perform. Once the keyhole incision is made, the doctor removes the lenticule to change the shape of the cornea.
Eye Care Measures for Our Changing Lifestyles
With our changing lifestyles a new plethora of eye diseases have cropped up. An understanding of these with a few lifestyle modifications we can ensure continued health of this very precious part of our body – our eyes. Our eyes work very hard for us and deserve some attention and care.
Effects of Coronavirus on Heart Patients
In this unimaginable time, the entire world in limbo, medical facilities stretched to the hilt and frontline workers (medical and non medical) are putting their lives on the line each day, they go out to battle the common enemy: Coronavirus (Covid-19). The world today, naturally, is taken in and has taken up one common task
Thyroid and Women Health
The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland that covers the front of the windpipe and is present beside the Adam’s apple. The basic function of the thyroid gland is releasing the thyroid hormone: responsible for regulating the metabolism, energy and growth of (in essence) every part of the body. The thyroid gland is responsible for the secretion of certain hormones like Thyroxine(T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin.
Ways to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 at Workplace
Coronavirus cases have hit India and the numbers are increasing each day, employers and employees alike are concerned about how the virus may spread through the workplace, while most of the workplaces are shut, essential services like hospitals, medical shops, petrol pumps, and convenience shops are still open. Detrimental respiratory illnesses can normally spread through sneezing, touching objects with contaminated hands, and touching your face after touching contaminated objects, according to experts.
Social Distancing is Important, Best Thing To Do is Stay Home!
For the past few weeks many of us have started to stay indoors, self-isolating, ‘socially distancing’ ourselves in an attempt to stop the spreading and contracting the ‘SARS-CoV-2’(severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) previously known as Novel Corona Virus. Sadly, the number of cases is significantly increasing with each passing day. We currently There are numerous questions that are running through peoples’ minds like when will all of this be done, when will we get back with our regular daily activities like going to work, socialising etc.
Pack Action Packed Tiffin
The old sayings “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or “eat your breakfast like a king” are not unmerited to say the least. Our bodies, especially those of our children require a proper and substantial amount of nutrition after fasting for over nine to ten hours (from dinner the night before to breakfast the next morning).
Everything About PCOD
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is also known by other names; Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Stein Leventhal Syndrome. This is a fairly common disease that occurs in women who are at a reproductive age; they can bear children, roughly between the ages of fifteen to forty four. What is common amongst all cases of PCOD is erratic and irregular menstrual cycles and imbalances;
All You Need To know About COVID19
Today, we are faced with the greatest challenge the world has seen in over a generation: Coronavirus or COVID19. It’s everywhere and in everything and the world has come to a standstill. This article will course over a few salient facets of the virus and help dispel some of the many myths that are now associated with it.
Cervical cancer is a cancer that occurs in the cervix, which is a hollow cylinder connecting the lower part of the uterus to the vagina. Most cases of cervical cancer develop in the cells on the surface of the uterus. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death in women in the developing world.
Experts Opine On Cancer & CoronaVirus
Clinical data on the Wuhan Virus (COVID-19) is not enough, experts are still learning about the Virus each passing day. Nevertheless, recent studies suggest that people with chronic diseases like compromised immune system, and people suffering from cancer are at an increased risk of getting the virus than others.
Safe Cookware to Use
In today’s day and age, owing to social media and information; new topics seem to come up on healthy living and habits. Recently health authorities all over the world have rallied for banning single use plastic and plastic containers like water bottles and containers are now required to be of a certain grade. If food containers are of concern then surely the way food is cooked should also be equally important.
Everything You Need To Know About Hepatitis
Hepatitis in general refers to inflammation of the liver. This may or may not result in jaundice which refers to yellow discoloration of eyes, urine and skin of the patient. There are many causes of hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is caused by a virus. Viral hepatitis can either be acute (lasting less than 6 months) or chronic (lasting more than 6 months). Viral hepatitis can be spread from person to person.
All You Need To Know About Fibroids
Abnormal tumour growths that develop within or on the uterus are known as fibroids. Even though fibroids are non-cancerous or benign; they can still swell up and grow large leading to intense abdominal pain or heavier than usual menstruation and in some cases, they cause no pain or difficulty at all. The reasons or causes for developing fibroids are yet unknown though it seems they develop during the time women can have children or childbearing years.
Importance of Kids Vaccination
Like the saying “prevention is better than cure”, vaccination is better for sure. Once upon a time not long ago, diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, German measles or rubella, whooping cough or pertussis, tetanus, mumps, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and rotavirus used to be common and claimed millions and millions of lives as there was no cure.
Skin Care Home Remedies
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently amended the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Bill , 2020, which seeks to ban any adverts that promise fairer glowing skin (fairness creams), drinks that increase the height of children , anti-ageing creams, hair revival or anti greying products to name a few. For years and years, products like Ponds fairness creams have mislead generations of people;
In an age of social mania (or media), buzzwords and trending topics like a “keto diet” or “veganism” often appear or tend to trend across various channels. This is solely due to the fact that today, more than ever before, people are taking note of what they put into their mouths and how it affects their health and being.
Upon entering puberty or just before; the bodies of both adolescent boys and girls undergo changes on their way to becoming full grown adults. These changes manifest differently for the sexes. Girls begin menstruating around this age, also called bleeding or a period. Menstruation normally occurs (for girls and in turn women) once every month
Kidney Failure Management and Options
The primary function of the kidneys is cleansing blood within the body by excreting waste products (toxins) and extra fluid from the body, passed out through urine. Once complete kidney failure occurs, dialysis or kidney transplantation are the only options available.
Benefits of Blood Donation
One of the most important things that one should know is that there is no substitute of human blood. There is a constant need for blood and blood products in the healthcare industry for numerous scenarios, for instance trauma, where a large amount of bleeding happens and there is requirement for blood, cardiac surgeries, organ transplant surgeries etc.
Everything About Piles - It's Symptoms & Treatment
Piles or haemorrhoids are basically swollen veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. They occur internally (within the rectum) or more commonly; externally (outside the rectum). A fairly common disease with around fifty percent of all adults reportedly experiencing some form of symptoms before the age of fifty, India reports about twenty million cases a year.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms & Risk Factors
It has been found that Vitamin D deficiency impacts more than just bone mass, and most diseases may have its footprint. In contemporary times it is advised that while treating any disease, a Vitamin D assessment should be included in the tests prescribed by the doctor. Addressing Vitamin D deficiency may notably improve the treatment.
It is common to hear of people suffering from “stomach aches”, this is something fairly innocuous and no alarm bells go off. The pain is experienced between the chest and pelvic area; the abdomen and is therefore called abdominal pain.
Common Neurological Disorders
Often dreaded, neurological conditions are no more untreatable in today’s modern era. In fact, more than 40 percent of all the neurological conditions are curable, and a lot other are treatable. The common ones in Indian subcontinent include Migraine, Stroke, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
Why Regular Health check-ups are important
In the United States, it is almost every citizen pays an annual visit to her/his primary health care specialist. A single, trustful and long-lasting association between a person and general physician is a culturally syncretic phenomenon in countries like the US and Canada even if countries like Costa Rica and Colombia boast of far more affordable and accessible health systems.
How smoking can affect your Heart Health
It is a well-known fact by now that smoking is harmful for health. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death across the globe. Most of tobacco consumption has shifted from developed nations to developing nations in last few decades. India is home to about 12% of the world’s smokers and around 35% of adults in India smoke tobacco.
When Should You See an Orthopedician for Knee Pain
It is very common for people to experience some form of knee pain now and then; the pain could be owed to over exertion due to exercise, a knock because of impact and at times simply due to normal wear and tear or cold weather. More than 80 percent of knee pain cases are common and go away within a day or two, in most cases a sufficient amount of rest or a nice cold compress does the trick.
Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease
Quite simply put, coronary artery disease or CAD is the leading cause of death globally, and unlike other diseases that occur predominantly in either men or women; this disease occurs equally. India alone reports upwards of ten million fatalities per year! The disease is mostly attributed to the build up and deposit of “plaque” on the walls of our arteries
Signs of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer amongst women globally and in India. It claims the highest number of lives (amongst women) out of all forms of cancer. Even men can get breast cancer though the occurrence is much rarer.
Everything About Stroke
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off. Also known as a “brain attack”, strokes occur when vessels in the brain get ruptured or bleed out, meaning oxygen is not provided to brain cells due to lack of blood; these cells are extremely sensitive and begin to
Heart Bypass Surgery
Heart bypass surgery, also known as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery; is meant to restore or improve the flow of blood into your heart. Using blood vessels taken from another part of the body, the surgeon “bypasses” damaged or clogged up arteries of your heart
Eye Care for Kids
Parents naturally care for their children right from the day they are born; in fact, the care for a child begins with the onset of pregnancy. Mothers and fathers take immense care and precaution in order to ensure a healthy happy child is welcomed into the world.
Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s disease is a neural degenerative disorder in which brain cells begin to die progressively; this leads to loss of memory, cognitive thinking and ability, speech disorders and ultimately the ability to perform even simple tasks. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia (which is a syndrome, not a disease). The disease is named after Dr.Alois Alzheimer, who in1906, observed considerable changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unknown mental ailment that recorded symptoms of memory loss, speech impairment and erratic behaviour.
Importance of Heart Checkup
The benefits of regular health check-ups are well documented and backed by health experts all over.What could be the harm in detecting any potential harm we might go through before it happens? Simply none whatsoever. Similarly, heart check-ups especially designed to determine the functioning and condition of one of the most, if not the most important organs of our body.
Why Do Joints Hurt More in Winters
Joints are the areas in our body where bones meet and come together. Babies are born with about 270 bones and over the course of ageing these reduce to approximately 206 by the time of adulthood; this makes it difficult to calculate how many joints a human body really has. This makes the study of joint pain harder still.
What is Retinal Detachment Surgery
Retina surgeries are most commonly needed to correct a retinal detachment , which is literally the retina separating itself from its attachments to underlying tissue due to which the retina stops receiving oxygen. Retinal breaks, holes and tears occur due to diseases such as high myopia and other eye diseases and are the cause of retinal detachment.
World Cancer Day
Every year the 4th of February is observed as World Cancer Day . Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control(UICC), its theme this year is “I Am and I Will”. World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.”
What is Knee Replacement Surgery?
The replacement of an ailing or injured knee with an implant is known as knee replacement surgery. Also known as knee arthroplasty, this is the last line of treatment where total joint replacement occurs and is usually preceded by other first line treatment options such as physical therapy, knee braces, walking sticks and medication. Weakening of the knees is most commonly attributed to arthritis; both osteoarthritis (caused by breakdowns in joint cartilage and foundational bone) and rheumatoid arthritis (a prolonged autoimmune disorder which affects the joints primarily).
Save Yourself from Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) rank amongst the world’s most common infections and approximately 8 million people are infected every year. These infections become more recurrent with age; they occur easier in women but men get them all the same. UTIs happen when bacteria infect the kidneys, bladder and tubes in the urinary tract.
What is Epilepsy - It's Causes & Treatment
Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder is a non-communicable disease caused due to disturbed or irregular nerve cell activity in the brain which leads to seizures. Epilepsy affects people of all ages; nearly 50 million people suffer from it across the world: making it one of the most common non communicable neurological diseases. It can be caused due to genetic disorders or in some cases through trauma or injury to the brain.
Everything You Need To Know About Corona Virus
This is not a warning! Along with the first case of coronavirus being confirmed in our very own state of Kerala (a medical student who returned to Thrissur from Wuhan), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared the new virus a “public health emergency of international concern”. The virus has been detected in 21 other countries according to the WHO.
All About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the commonest cancer in males and is leading cause of cancer deaths in the world, among both men and women. There are two broad types of lung cancer, namely small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for about eighty percent of all cases of lung cancer.
What is Cataract?
Also known by the name of Lens Replacement Surgery, cataract surgery is the surgical removal of the natural or “crystalline lens” of the eye when it develops a cataract (an opaque screen that obfuscates vision). Cataracts can blur vision and may increase the glare emanated from lights, they develop when proteins in the eye begin clumping together and prevent the lens from transmitting clear images to the retina (and eventually to the brain via the optic nerve).
Hip Joint Replacement
The hip joint is found within the area below the waist and above the legs on either side of the body or simply the hip. The hip joint is comprised of a ball-and-socket. Bone and cartilage make up the socket, while the ball or femoral head is placed at the top of the thigh bone.
Everything You Need to Know About LASIK Surgery
Laser in-situ Keratomileusis or LASIK Surgery is the most widely used laser corrective surgery for treating myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness) and astigmatism. The basic premise of all laser corrective surgeries is reshaping the tissues of the cornea (the cornea comprises of five thin and transparent layers of tissue) which refracts and focuses light, thereby calibrating your eyes to process better what they see aka vision.
All About Cervical Cancer - It’s Symptoms & Treatment
The cervix (uterine) is located at the end or lowermost part of the uterus. It is a cylindrical shaped canal made up almost entirely of fibromuscular tissue. The functions of the cervix include allowing the flow of menstrual blood into the vagina from the uterus and administers sperm flow into the uterus from the vagina.
What is Breast Cancer? It’s Symptoms & Treatment
Cancer happens due to unregulated cell growth. Unregulated cell multiples limitlessly without feedback inhibitions. Breast cancer develops in breast cells. Usually, the cancer forms in either the lobules (the glands that produce milk) or the ducts (the pathways that bring the milk from the glands to the nipple) of the breast. Breast cancer can also be found in the fatty tissue or fibrous connective tissue within the breast. If left undetected and untreated: the cancer can spread very quickly and invade other healthy breast tissues and thereafter travel to lymph nodes (a primary pathway that help the cancer cells move to other parts of the body) and spread throughout the body.
Disturbed Meal Cycle Can Affect Your Bowel System and Digestion
The fundamental requirement for a healthy, comfortable and life of general wellbeing, is a good and nutritious diet. The normal meal food cycle is culturally distinct and signifies different meanings for different populations.
A Circular on Smoking
You should definitely think more than twice if you’re a smoker or a non-smoker. Is it safe to assume that every smoker in the world knows well and truly the actual harm it causes them and others around and why they should quit smoking?
Tooth sensitivity and home remedies
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common reasons for which people visit a dentist. It is a sudden & sharp sensation, which is felt on the teeth when they are exposed to air, cold or hot liquids and even sweets. There are multiple reasons, which leads to tooth sensitivity.
What and What Not to Eat After KTP
Good nutrition and a balanced diet go a long way in disease prevention and betterment of life in general. It is beneficial for humans to adhere to a well-defined diet plan with a well- rounded intake of carbs, proteins, healthy fats, minerals and fibres.
What smoking does to your body
Smoking is probably the worst form of addiction, owing to its deteriorated effects on health. Cigarette smoke contains more than thousands of harmful chemicals apart from nicotine, soot and tar, which has the potential to affect almost all the organ systems of the human body and leads to various types of cancer.
Life after Kidney Transplant
At the time of discharge your nephrologist, transplant surgeon will counsel the patient, donor and the family regarding the strict compliance of medications and regular follow up.
For a successful kidney transplant outcome most, the important thing is disciplined lifestyle and stent removal after 2 weeks of discharge.
All about Kidney Transplantation
In kidney transplant, a healthy kidney is placed from a healthy living donor or a brain dead (Deceased / Cadaver) donor. After transplant most of the time the patient is discharged after 1 week and donor is discharged after 3 days. Patient has to take medications regularly and strictly follow advice of nephrologist and follow a healthy lifestyle. One has to check his maintain his blood pressure and sugars and do regular investigations as advised by the doctor.
Common myths and facts around Cataracts
Fact Cataract cannot spread from one eye to another. It is the clouding of our natural lens, which happens after injury, with age, high blood sugars etc.
What is Bone Bruise?
Bones are tissues that continuously break and rebuild in tiny amounts. It is extremely important to keep the bones healthy, they provide a frame to the body, protects vital organs and helps one walk or run. Bones normally reach their peak bone mass by the age of 30.
Common Soccer Injuries
Soccer injuries are can either be acute or collective. Acute injuries are traumatic in nature andare caused by a fall or a blow. Cumulative injuries happen when repetitive stress on a muscle, joint, or connective tissue starts gradually worsening aches and physical impairment. Knowing about such injuries is the first step to stopping them.
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling (inflammation) in some joints. It often affects one joint at a time, but may affect a few or even many. The large toe is most often affected, but gout can also affect other joints in the leg (knee, ankle, foot) and less often in the arms (hand, wrist, and elbow). The spine is rarely affected.
Winters & Pollution Risk for Cardiac Patients
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. India is facing an epidemic of coronary heart disease. In countries like India the disease is starting and affecting younger population
Labour and Delivery
Pregnancy and childbirth is a wonderful journey and being knowledgeable and flexible will empower you and your spouse to gracefully welcome the little bundle of joy to the world and the long wait of nine months is over. Your bags are packed for the hospital and you have a birthing plan discussed with your doctor. While you are getting ready for the big day, we will discuss some basic terms and management of labour and delivery.
Kidney stones are extremely common urinary tract disorder, it affects men twice than women and possibility increases after the age of 40. Risk of kidney stones may be less, but can’t be completely avoided in children and teenagers. Stone disease is in the form of hard deposits of minerals and salts. These deposits may seem like little stones and normally vary in size.
Bladder or urinary bladder is kind of hollow muscular sac, situated at the base of the pelvis in the lower abdominal area.It’s connected side by side with Ureters (Tube that pass urine from both kidneys to bladder). The other side bladder is connected with Urethra
General eye care
With our changing lifestyles a new plethora of eye diseases have cropped up. An understanding of these with a few lifestyle modifications we can ensure continued health of this very precious part of our body – our eyes...