Posts Tagged ‘Conditions and Diseases’

Dr.Prabhakar Shetty on asthma and more

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With a masters in respiratory medicine and specialised training in Inteventional Bronchoscopy, Dr.Prabhakar Shetty deals with complicated bronchoscopy procedures.

His special field of interests includes asthama, sleep medicine, non-Invasive ventilation and airway diseases.

Dr.Shetty answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

sir i have pain in middle chest since last 6 month it arise more whenever i turn ,bent, age is 27 year,what should do me pls. suggest me thanks.
The pain u r describing seems more muscular so maybe simple analgesics like Paracetamol and avoiding lifting heavy weights will help..get your Vit d3 levels checked and consult a doctor if ur pain still persisits


All you need to know – A heartbeat away!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

The number of elderly people and nowadays young people developing heart failure is increasing. Before we look at what leads to heart failure, it’s necessary for us to understand what exactly heart failure is. The general notion is heart failure means that the heart has stopped working or will eventually stop working.

Heart failure is a condition in which a weakened heart is unable to pump the normal amount of blood carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Heart failure cannot be termed as a disease but is a chronic syndrome that generally develops slowly.

If the heart failure is mild, it may not significantly affect a person’s lifestyle and day-to-day living. On the other hand, severe heart failure can affect a person’s every move and can be fatal. Thus the severity can range from a very mild heart failure to a severe heart failure.


Top 10 causes of abdominal pain in children

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Tummy pain or abdominal pain is one of the most common medical complaints encountered by parents world-wide. The causes of abdominal pain in children are many, but a parent needs to be observant to see whether the child needs prompt medical attention or is it a mild problem which can be managed at home. Below are some of the common reasons for ‘stomach pain’ in children.

Top 10 causes of abdominal pain in children

The food connection: Eating excessive quantities of junk food like chips and cake or food allergies (nut, wheat and milk allergies are common in children) are the most common reason for abdominal pain.

Infections: Viruses like rotavirus and bacterial infections like typhoid are some of the examples of infection leading to stomach ache. It may be accompanied by fever, vomiting and loose motions.


Yoga Q&A: Yoga poses for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Yoga expert, Vipul Ijari answers Sify readers’ questions on yoga for health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.

This week’s answer:

Hi, i am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since 4 months.this disease started from my finger joints when i ws in seventh month of my pregnancy. after delivery it spread to other joints my baby is 2 months old and i am on breast feeding.kindly suggest some yogasana for my condition.i shall be very thankful to you.
Manjeet Kaur
Dear Manjeet,
Long term and sustained maintenance of a positive frame of mind is absolutely crucial.

Involve mind and body in routines, activities, hobbies and work.

Medication should be administered without any lethargy, as from the onset of the disease there is a therapeutic window of 2 to 3 years, which allows medicines to act more effectively. In absence of adequate medication in first 4 to 5 years irreversible joint damage sets in.


1 hour of watching TV shortens your life by 22 mins

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Sitting on the couch and staring at the idiot box could be taking years off your life – 4.8 years to be exact, scientists have warned.

Australian researchers have found that for every hour of television viewed by a person over the age of 25, their life expectancy is reduced by 22 minutes, reported.

The study was based on an average six hours viewing per day, compared to a person who watches no television.

Using data from the National Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, the researchers generated life-expectancy tables based on the viewing habits of average Australians.

The results were alarming.

“TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking and obesity,” the study found.


World Arthritis Day: Move to Improve

Friday, October 12th, 2012

World Arthritis Day is celebrated each year on 12 October to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and the medical community. It also aims to ensure that patients are aware of the support network available to them.

This year, the theme of World Arthritis Day is move to improve which focuses on the benefits of physical activity for people with arthritis.

Even though it may seem that arthritis can be too painful for you to move, physical activity is the best way to keep arthritis pain at bay. Add more movement to your daily life – include doing tasks in the house, playing with children, cleaning the kitchen counter, walking the dog and grocery shopping – and you will benefit in a number of ways:

Exercise provides stronger muscles and bones
Gives better joint mobility
Reduces pain
Decreases disease progression
Helps in weight loss


Diabetes quiz: Get your facts right

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Are you one of those people who thinks he is predisposed to diabetes? Or do you think you are sure of the symptoms and can guarantee you don’t have it? Here’s a simple quiz you can take to assess your awareness of the disease.

1. Diabetes is a condition where
A. Blood glucose is too low
B. Blood glucose is too high
C. The body stops making blood glucose

2. People can have different types of diabetes
A. True
B. False

3. You can control your blood glucose level if you
A. Make healthy food choices and are active every day
B. Maintain a healthy weight
C. Take your medicine, if needed
D. Check your blood glucose
E. All of the above

4. People with diabetes can eat sweets and desserts
A. True
B. False


Childhood obesity could erode fertility later

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A sharp spike in childhood obesity may more than damage overall health — it could be disrupting the onset of puberty and erode the ability to reproduce, especially in females, according to a study.

Human bodies may be scrambling to adjust to a problem that is fairly new. For thousands of years of evolution, poor
nutrition or starvation were a greater concern, rather than an overabundance of food.

“The issue of so many humans being obese is very recent in evolutionary terms, and since nutritional status is important to reproduction, metabolic syndromes caused by obesity may profoundly affect reproductive capacity,” Patrick Chappell,  assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and study author, was quoted as saying in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology.


Daily ‘relaxing’ booze may up risk of liver disease and cancer

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Many people usually take a few drinks when they get home from work to relieve their stress.

But the charity, Drinkaware, has warned that daily intake of booze could be a health disaster.

It found that 62 per cent use alcohol as a stress reliever every night with one in three licking their lips at the thought before they even get home, the Daily Express reported.

A third of men and nearly half of women who drink at home admit they regularly drink above the daily guidelines.

Experts warned that this puts many at risk of liver disease and cancer.

Source: ANI

Image: Getty Images

Orthopaedics Q&A: Home remedy for plantar fasciitis

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.

This week’s answers:

1. From last several months I am getting severe pains in left leg heel. On examing by famous “orthopadics Dr. He suggested to use MCR chappal. Even after use of chappal the heel gets continues pains. Even X’ray shows no infection. could I suggest what are the better treatment. I am 64 years old. But Dr said Aging is not problem

From your history i think you should be having Plantar Facitis. You can keep your feet in hot water every night. you should use MCR / MCP slippers inside and outside the house.You can try ultrasound treatment for your heel with a physiotherapist.


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