Posts Tagged ‘womens health’

Breast and prostratic cancers are common in India: Dr. Vasishta

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


Dr. VG Vasishta is the founder & CEO of SBF Healthcare & Research Centre Pvt Ltd. Wg Cdr (Dr) VG Vasishta (Retd) joined the Army Medical Corps as a specialist medical officer with a passion to serve the country. However, the best in him was reserved for something better. He was instrumental in designing and implementing clinical studies to evaluate the use of Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Fields (SPMFTM) in treatment of arthritis and Cancer.

In the last seven years Dr. Vasishta has treated over 5000 cases (both cancer and arthritis patients) using this therapy. SBF Healthcare has centers in Bangalore and Mumbai and are the only centers that offer the modality of treatment pioneered by him.

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


4 steps to thinking healthy revealed

Monday, March 17th, 2014

crop1_240X240_17MAR14Intuitive healer Inna Segal in her book ‘The Secret of Life Wellness: The Essential Guide to Life’s Big Questions’ has highlighted four steps that can help you in your aim to think healthy.

Segal said that many people have a complicated relationship with their looks, shaped by past hurt, fear, guilt, anger or frustration, but that could be repaired in four steps, which all work to confront negative emotions and change the way one thinks, reported.

First step is that one should focus on improving their confidence, standing up for themselves, setting better boundaries and question their motivation.

Step two is releasing the emotion, for example when one has identified the feeling, they should try to physically release it. One technique is to do exercise like running, boxing or dancing.


How yoga benefits breast cancer survivors

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

saf_240x240_mar4A new study has found that yoga can benefit women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as it regulates stress and fights fatigue.

The research has found that patients, who participated in yoga exercises that incorporated controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan, experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation of stress hormone cortisol.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, revealed that Women in the yoga group were also better equipped to find meaning in the illness experience and it can benefit cancer patients by comparing their experience with patients in an active control group who integrated simple, generic stretching exercises into their lives.


Flaxseeds help fight cancer: Dr. Namita Pandey

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

doc_02_240x240_mar3Dr. Namita Pandey, a Consultant Breast Oncosurgeon at IOSPL, Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai has years of experience handling numerous cases in breast cancer at Hiranandani (Mumbai), Tata Memorial (Mumbai), Indo American Cancer Hospital (Hyderabad), Apollo Hospital (Hyderabad) and GKNM Hospital (Coimbatore).

She takes care of the Comprehensive Breast Clinic where all breast related issues like lactational disorders, nipple discharges, breast pain, non-cancerous lumps, breast cancer prevention counseling, patient education, breast cancer survivorship programs and cosmetic aspects of breasts are dealt under one roof.

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


‘Eating for two’ causes excessive weight gain

Friday, February 28th, 2014

art_01_240x240A new study has found that overweight or obese women, who think that they are “eating for two”, are more likely to experience excessive weight gain while pregnant.

Cynthia Chuang from Penn State College of Medicine studied the attitudes and habits of women who gained appropriate weight and those who exceeded guidelines.

Participants in the study were asked about their diet habits, experience with morning sickness and physical activity habits during pregnancy.

Those who gained the appropriate amount of weight stuck to a meal plan and chose foods carefully. These women also had little or no increase in the amount of calories they consumed during pregnancy and exercised as much or more than they had before the pregnancy.


Now dental cavities are infectious too!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Triglycerides-why-they-matter_240x240_25feb14A new study has revealed that tooth decay is not only the most common chronic childhood disease, but is infectious too.

According to the study by researchers at University of Louisville School of Dentistry, mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons.

According to Liliana Rozo, tooth decay can have a detrimental effect on a child’s quality of life, performance in school and success in life.

The disease can cause pain, inability to chew food well, embarrassment about discolored or damaged teeth, and distraction from play and learning.


Moderate physical activity can cut stroke risk in women

Monday, February 17th, 2014

saf_01_240x240A new research has found that moderate-intensity physical activity like brisk walking or playing tennis is enough to reduce the risk of stroke in women.

Sophia Wang, the study’s lead author and professor at the Beckman Research Institute in Calif., said that she was surprised that moderate physical activity was most strongly associated with a reduced risk of stroke.

More strenuous activity such as running didn’t further reduce women’s stroke risk and moderate activity, such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario, Wang said.

The study found that moderate exercise also helps offset the increased stroke risk seen with postmenopausal women taking menopausal hormones, but not completely.


Yoga enhances gynecological health: Dr. Sharma

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Dr_02_240x240Dr. Himani Sharma has completed her Diplomate National Board (New Delhi) Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2007. For further training and experience she joined as Senior Registrar in Public Hospital at Mumbai and later also worked at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

She has over 6 years of successful clinical experience after post­graduation. Her clinical specialities include maternity antenatal care, painless delivery, hysterectomy, myomectomy, infertility counsellings, treatment of polycystic ovarian disease, menstrual disorders and menopausal disorders.

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

Dear Doctor, I am trying for 2 child since last 1 year, but not been able to conceive. My age is 40 and have regular periods. Kindly advice
Considering the age and as you have already tried for one year, you and your husband both need to get infertility work up done.


Want stronger babies? Increase Vitamin D intake

Friday, January 17th, 2014

food_03_240x240_jan10Researchers have suggested that babies are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body while they are pregnant.

In the research vitamin D levels were measured in 678 mothers in the later stages of pregnancy.

When the children were four years old, grip strength and muscle mass were measured. Results showed that the higher the levels of vitamin D in the mother, the higher the grip strength of the child, with an additional, but less pronounced association between mother’s vitamin D and child’s muscle mass.

Lead researcher Dr Nicholas Harvey, Senior Lecturer at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton said that these associations between maternal vitamin D and offspring muscle strength may well have consequences for later health; muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before declining in older age and low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures.


Tips for exercising outdoors in winter

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

saff_3_240x240_jan07An exercise science professor has compiled seasonal fitness tips to keep individuals fit, inspired, and warm during the winter months

Dr Heidi Freeman, PhD, program director of exercise science and wellness management at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said that once chilly weather arrives, the temptation to skip outdoor exercise routine can often be very strong, however, the cold weather does not have to mean an end to outdoor exercise, and it certainly shouldn’t intimidate exercisers.

She has listed out some ways which can help people brave cold during their exercise routine:

People should dress in layers, which they can remove as soon as they start to sweat, then put back on as needed. First, put on a thin layer of synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which draws sweat away from your body; and avoid cotton, which stays wet next to your skin. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. Top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.


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