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If you have a heart attack and call the government-run EMRI ambulance, chances are that you will land up in the care of the most experienced cardiologists in the country. A group of doctors here has put together a unique technology-powered ‘System of Care’ to make sure every heart attack victim in the state gets treated in time.
Using 3G technology, smart phones and tablets with GPS systems, doctors on board Stemi India, a non-profit project, have forged partnerships with big and small, private and government hospitals across Tamil Nadu to treat heart attacks within the window period of two hours — no matter how remote the patient’s village or how low his bank balance.
Health officials issued a statewide alert over swine flu on Sunday evening with the wake of the death of a 70-year-old farmer near Coimbatore due to the suspected H1N1 virus and four patients having tested positive for the killer virus in Chennai in only a few days, which took the number of cases to 11 in the state. The state health department has advised people with symptoms of cold, cough and fever to consult doctors. It is not a reason to panic but a cause of concern for us.
Taking good care of your health can reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting the flu. The key is to keep your immune system strong by following these simple guidelines.
GERIATRIC HOUSECALL PROGRAMME is launched mainly to help the deserving elderly (70 and above) with the restricted mobility (60 and above) or to manage the acute medical problems. The Doctors residing in the particular area will attend the elderly who reside in the same locality.General Physicians or geriatrician will be involved in the programme. Physiotherapist and Psychologists have also committed to serve for this good cause.
Blood is essential for life. It carries oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. Blood also fights infections and heals injuries. Therefore, disorders of the blood largely affect overall health. Many blood diseases are congenital and are due to inherited genetic disorders. Some acquire in response to some kind of stress in the body. Blood diseases or blood disorders are sometimes referred to as different from blood-borne diseases, disorders carried in the blood. It is very important to understand the symptoms of common blood disorders and seek medical help at the right time.
Mumbai based tech entrepreneurs Dr Abhishek Sen and team is gearing up to bring their innovative anemia detector, ToucHB to the market.
Every morning, when Vishnu tries performing the Chakrasana (wheelpose), he loses balance. The seven-year-old knows how to practise the asana, but the problem arises when he tries to bend his body in the pose. Learning yoga as part of school curriculum is important, but equally important is the way it is taught. So if your ward is attending his weekly or daily yoga classes in school, it’s your duty to check whether he is practising the asanas (postures ) without errors.
Yoga experts believe if the asanas are not practised correctly, they would not serve the purpose and there could be complications. To avoid this, many suggest the state government standardise yoga for all schools. “In many schools, yoga is taught for the sake of teaching. The trainers should not mix the styles of different yoga experts. If they do, it will confuse the students. And that’s what is happening in many schools. This situation can be changed only if there is uniformity in teaching yoga in schools,” says Ganapathi Ramakrishnan, a senior yoga practitioner, who had even approached the government to press his point a couple of times in 2011
Filmmaker M. Nehru’s, 35, documentary on schizophrenia victims in Tamil Nadu showcases not just their plight but also casts light on his commitment as he spent three years interacting with them and their families for the project. The 36-minute documentary titled Theruvil Irakkum Kudhiraigal (Dying Street Horses) talks about the lack of awareness among the public, superstitions about mental illness and ill-treatment of victims.
In the land of abundant sun, Indians suffer from vitamin D deficiency. There’s been a set of studies to prove this, but new research suggests this deficiency, which can lead to life threatening emergencies in young population, has not led to protective bio-adaptation over time.
After their first systematic study of blood serum in 2000, which showed more than 75% of healthy people studied in northern India had vitamin D deficiency, researchers have now shown that though our skin has darkened while adapting to tropical climate, there is no bio-adaptation to this deficiency. In other words, the dark skin, which prevents ultraviolet rays mediated vitamin D to be formed in the body, does not lead to over-expression of vitamin D receptor, a hormone that regulates calcium levels in the body.
For someone who has been the face of acupuncture, both medically and on television, Dr M Muthukumar is surprisingly open about his ‘art’, “I have been doing this for 28 years now and I still believe that there is much to be achieved,” he says with a smile. After an exceptionally well-received paper on his research about ‘diabetes treatment with acupuncture’, presented at an acupuncture conference in the Orient last year, he has been invited to deliver the same at Jerusalem International on Integrative Medicine. “This is a great honour for me,” he says with a touch of pride and adds, “Normally they only give people 10 minutes to talk, but they have given me 20 minutes!” With over a hundred patients coming in everyday to avail treatment for various problems at Dr Muthukumar’s Institute of Acupuncture and Hospital, he still holds one principle before treating a patient, “I will not take any case that can be cured with allopathy. Only ‘failures’ come here and the results have never disappointed,” he reveals. “I was an allopathic doctor for 13 years so I know how difficult it can be to believe more in some needles than drugs and technology,” he says understandingly. Yet, faith that they will be cured, is of the essence, he adds.
One in 750 children are born with a cleft lip or palate globally. In an effort to create awareness and raise funds towards corrective surgery for such children, fifty-two-year old extreme athlete David Grier recently completed a marathon run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
David, a trustee and ambassador of the ‘Miles for Smiles India Challenge’, took up the extreme challenge of covering over 4,000 km, which he completed within 93 days. This is nothing new for the man who had run 4,200 kilometres along the Great Wall of China in 2006, 3,300 km along the South African coastline in 2008 and a 2,700 kilometres in Madagascar.
Apollo Transplant Institutes have become the busiest solid organ transplant programmes in the world, having conducted 929 liver,kidney and heart transplants during 2011.
Addressing the media on this occasion, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Our aim at the Apollo Transplant Institutes is to be the best centre for transplantation in the world.”
The Shirodhara is a special treatment, where medicated oil is poured on the forehead and head in a systematic manner. This is said tocure paralysis, psychiatric and neurological ailments. Diseases of the head and neck and specifically facial paralysis call for Shirovasthi.
Practiced for over 5000 years, shirodhara massage originates from India and is based on the ancient principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Translated from the Sanskrit as a holistic healing science, Ayurveda aims to harmonise the body, mind, senses and soul.
Ayurveda may be an ancient Indian therapy but its appeal is thoroughly modern. This holistic system of diet, herbal remedies and massage has been a big hit with thousands of celebrities, spa-goers and harried workers all around the world, looking to regain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
There is a huge shortage of organs in India and patients die while on the waiting list as they do not get an organ on time. A brain-dead person’s organs can give a new lease of life to at least nine patients suffering from organ failure.
Around 7.85 million people suffer from chronic kidney failure in India. At present, in India, the approximate prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is 800 per million population (pmp), and the incidence of end-stage kidney disease is 150-200 pmp. Nearly 3,500 transplants are done annually as against the need for 210,000 kidney transplants.
With 230 instances of organ donations from October 2008 till now, Tamil Nadu is the undisputed leader in organ donations in the country. A total of 1,318 organs and tissues have been harvested. These have saved many lives. Yet, these figures are nothing but a tip of the huge iceberg of demand for organs.