Faulty lifestyle can cause heart ailments

You're probably already aware that your lifestyle plays a role in your risk of heart disease (and heart attacks), but perhaps you've not yet taken it to heart. Dr.Sameer Pagad, Consultant Cardiologist, K J Somaiya Hospital Superspeciality Centre, tells you how a bad lifestyle can affect your heart

Faulty lifestyle can cause heart ailmentsWhile family history and age are contributing factors that cannot be controlled, there are several lifestyle influences that may cause heart disease. Factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol level, diabetes, smoking, weight, and exercise, can be modified to improve the condition and strength of the heart muscle. In many cases, heart disease can be managed […]

A woman’s guide to breast cancer

Since, the month of October is the breast cancer awareness month, Dr Reshma J Palep, consultant general and breast cancer surgeon, Mumbai shares some vital tips. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. So, women should go for regular check-ups after the age of 40, advises Dr Palep

A woman’s guide to breast cancerBreast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumour that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumour is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. As […]

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive season

During the festive season, we tend to forget all the cares and worries of life and along with this we may also forget our usual diet which we follow. Unfortunately, during this time we not only witness an increase in newly detected cases of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle disorders, but also the worsening of blood of people with diabetes

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive seasonFestivals in India are mostly associated with fasts and feasts whether it is Navaratri followed by Dussehra and Diwali or Ramzan followed by Eid. Festivals include rituals which involve fasting, as well as visiting friends and relatives which involve feasts. Markets are filled with sweets, and other food items which are rich in fat, sugar […]

‘Breastfeeding is beneficial to both mother and child’

Studies say that those mothers who successfully breastfeed in the first 24 hours are less prone to depression that may occur due to hormone changes and other factors like poor sleep, tiredness and pain caused due to stitches. Breastfeeding also helps the uterus to contract thereby aiding in its return to its natural position in the pelvis

‘Breastfeeding is beneficial to both mother and child’It is a well-known fact that breastfeeding is essential for a newborn baby and that the mother’s milk is the best source of nutrition, aiding in sturdy growth and development of the child. It is not for nothing that we say that ‘Breast milk is the Best milk’. However, what many of us do not […]

Not all that bleeds is piles

Patients have to be evaluated by a clinician, specifically a surgeon, who can ascertain the exact cause of bleeding, investigate and then treat it. One must also refrain from using alternate medicine remedies without consulting a clinician so as not to miss lurking malignancies, assuming “It’s only piles.”

Not all that bleeds is pilesAs a surgeon, one of the commonest problems that I treat regularly is bleeding in stools. Largely, my patients are females who have been self-medicating themselves due to ignorance of their own health issues and awkwardness of being examined by a male doctor. When questioned about their problems most of them would reply, “Doctor I […]

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’

Dementia is a mental health problem that shall increase in the years to come. On this World Alzheimer's Day, let us pledge to fight dementia and never to forget those who cannot remember

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’Dementia is a complex condition characterized by memory loss on one hand and deterioration of intelligence and personality on the other. Whenever I see patients with dementia I always think of someone who has been so productive in life, deteriorating as the brain shrinks with ageing. We all have known somebody with dementia. We have […]

Is your child emotionally intelligent?

Emotional intelligence is the 'something' in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Raising emotionally intelligent kids can decrease their future chances off psychiatric illnesses like stress, depression, anxiety and drug use, says Dr Mansi Jain

Is your child emotionally intelligent?Imagine your child being able to articulate his/her feelings into words instead of throwing a temper tantrum; he/she was able to understand and communicate to you that he/she is upset, but understands why you had to suddenly cancel your plans of taking him/her to the zoo, instead of howling and breaking his/her toys. Isn’t this […]

Birth control is not purely a woman’s responsibility; men too have means to prevent pregnancies

When it comes to birth control, women usually stick to the pill or the partner uses a condom during coitus; there are however alternatives to prevent pregnancies. Birth control is not purely a woman’s responsibility; men too have means to prevent pregnancies

Birth control is not purely a woman’s responsibility; men too have means to prevent pregnanciesContraception, is a well-known form of birth control, it is a measure taken in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, temporarily or permanently.The ideal and most used contraceptives are widely acceptable, inexpensive, simple to use, safe, highly effective and require minimal maintenance or supervision. Birth control is not purely a woman’s responsibility; men too have means […]

Here’s how you can avoid workout related injuries

There are no shortcuts. Both the young and old are now appreciating the need for fitness and making a beeline to the nearest gym in full earnest. Age plays a vital role in determining one’s response to exercise and also propensity towards injuries.

Here’s how you can avoid workout related injuriesConcepts about fitness are constantly evolving over time. I still remember my first gym workout which was way back in 1990. It was a modest set up where I used to do a 2-3 hour whole body workout as many days a week as possible. This was followed by drinking ‘nimbu paani’ before going to […]

POCSO Act: Know your rights when protecting your child

This act deals with child abuse with great sensitivity. Under this act, only senior female police officers are supposed to investigate the matter. The police are normally not supposed to visit the house but in case they do so they have to be in plain clothes and not in uniforms. The child is not supposed to be called again and again to police station. The child cannot be kept for a long period of time in the police station

POCSO Act: Know your rights when protecting your child  “Doctor, you stood behind us like a rock when we felt all else had failed and showed us the way forward to get justice!” said a 42-year-old man. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter, aged 11, with tears rolling down their eyes. While most of the doctors get their share of appreciation while doing […]
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