World Liver Day: Spreading awareness about liver disease and liver cancer

Patients with liver disease suffer from many disabling symptoms and also have a high risk of death due to the disease. Patients with liver failure may need a liver transplant to save their lives, which is a very major surgery

World Liver Day: Spreading awareness about liver disease and liver cancerApril is the month chosen to spread awareness regarding liver disease and April 19 is celebrated as World Liver Day. Liver disease is increasing and is one of the most common diseases in the world. Figures by the World Health Organization (WHO) attribute more than 2 lakh deaths in India due to liver disease every […]

Here are foot care guidelines for diabetics while travelling

Diabetes affects the nerves and gives rise to insensate feet. Lack of sensation makes the feet more prone for injuries, trauma, infections etc. While traveling demands a lot of walking, one needs different footwear for long hours and in case of absence of any immediate medical aid, it can precipitate injuries and thereby infections

Here are foot care guidelines for diabetics while travellingWhen its summer time, its travel time. Thousands of people across the country will pack their bags and zoom off to the destinations of their choice. One wants to travel to enjoy, seeing new places and being with their family and friends. Enjoy, of course, but a word of caution for all diabetics. If you […]

How can women with PCOS improve their chance of pregnancy?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the common endocrine disorder in women and a leading cause of infertility. It is estimated that about 8-10% of women in the reproductive age are affected by PCOS. Often women do not realise that PCOS is the underlying problem of their infertility

How can women with PCOS improve their chance of pregnancy?PCOS: An infertility issue PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is the most common endocrine disorder in women and a leading cause of infertility. It is estimated that about 8-10% of women in the reproductive age are affected by PCOS. Often women do not realise that PCOS is the underlying problem of their infertility. Do all women […]

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sector

The government is still not taking enough efforts to provide good 'accident and emergency services' to the society. The doctors still do not have good ambulances and trained manpower to man them. Internationally this job is done by paramedics, but back home, we are still discussing if paramedics can give an injection legally

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sectorDeath, serious illness and accidents: situations which create complete emotional turmoil are often witnessed in hospitals. It is natural to feel mournful, frustrated and helpless when one loses a loved one. Unexpected incidents make the emotional trauma more profound. Even an iota of doubt about the adequacy or correctness of treatment can further trigger the […]

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ support

Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results for their kids post diagnoses. They need to ensure accountability by asking for reports and notes and documented plans for intervention. Everything must be measured as per individual child’s need

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ supportAwareness around autism and the fact that it can show phenomenal improvement is gaining ground. Now, we need to focus on authentic evidence-based scientific measures available for treating children diagnosed early. Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results. They need to ensure accountability […]

Administration and government responsible for divide between patients and doctors

By projecting that doctors only want security, we are falling into the trap as people have been made to think that we are at fault – and now we want protection. As doctors, we need to rephrase our demands

Administration and government responsible for divide between patients and doctorsI think it’s unfortunate that the recent events have been turned into a Doctors vs Patients battle – at least in government-municipal hospitals. Patients are aggrieved because they did not get the support they expected. Their unhappiness starts from the shoddy registration desk (reception doesn’t exist), running around for forms for hours, terrible infrastructure, no […]

Charity begins at home, doctors need to step up and lead

All doctors (government or non-government) should understand that ‘healthcare’ is their kriya because they are being remunerated for that. It would be heartening if each doctor decides to undertake additional ‘karma’ as per their core competence

Charity begins at home, doctors need to step up and leadHealth is the most important asset of any living being.  The medical profession evolved as a distinct profession to safe guard this ‘treasure’ and suggest remedies when things go wrong. Healthcare is undoubtedly the noblest of all profession. However, in recent years, rampant commercialisation and privatisation of healthcare sector is the biggest challenge that society […]

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag Kashyap

A disheartened Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi pens an open letter to film director Anurag Kashyap on his PIL protesting the health warning regarding smoking

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag KashyapDear Anurag Kashyap, You have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the current censor board notification that mandates certain warning in movies with smoking scenes. As a long-time admirer of your talent, I am truly dismayed. While it’s estimated that tobacco will kill one million Indians this year alone and 3000 deaths […]

Three types of depression women are likely to suffer after delivery

A point to be noted is that these disorders are more common in subsequent pregnancies. So you need to be vigilant when she is pregnant the next time

Three types of depression women are likely to suffer after deliveryDo you’ll remember the movie “Abhimaan” starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bahaduri? Just try to recollect the condition of Jaya Bahaduri in that movie. After her so called abortion she starts remaining aloof, doesn’t talk much, and has disturbed sleep and also avoids social interaction. This condition comes under a category of disorders called post-partum […]

Lack of awareness leading to cervical cancer in Indian women

Indian women face a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. As a part of its prevention, there is an urgent need of awareness programmes to motivate women to get screened routinely and ensure follow-up treatment

Lack of awareness leading to cervical cancer in Indian womenCancer of the cervix means cancer occurring at the mouth of uterus. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer found in Indian women. India has a population of approximately 365.71 million women above age 15, who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. As per recent estimates, approximately 1,32,000 new cases have been diagnosed […]