Crackers over 85 decibels can lead to hearing loss

Generally, crackers with more than 85 decibels (dB) can lead to hearing loss. If our ear is exposed to loudness level exceeding 80 dB over more than 8 hours continuously, it can lead to a temporary threshold shift. However, even one time exposure to sound exceeding 100 dB can lead to a permanent damage to the auditory system

Crackers over 85 decibels can lead to hearing lossIt’s time for celebrating Diwali with beautiful lights and crackers around. It will be helpful to know more about the adverse effects of crackers on the ears during this Diwali. It is important to know this, because our ears are too sensitive to loud sound exposure. The hair cells in the inner ear tend to […]

This Diwali, dazzle with these useful skin and hair care tips

The festival of Diwali is an occasion that is close to the heart to millions of Indians. People start preparing for the celebrations weeks in advance, but as the day approaches, one should bear in mind a few important points to enjoy the festivities at their best. Dr Sharmila Patil, Consultant Skin Specialist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund talks about the various steps one could take in order to keep their skin and hair in good condition during this festival season

This Diwali, dazzle with these useful skin and hair care tipsWhile you slave over getting your house, your clothes and your sweets ready, don’t forget to spenda little time making yourself look good. The anticipation of a wonderful festival will bring a glow from within, but you also need to work on the outside. Dr Sharmila Patil, Consultant Skin Specialist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund has put […]

Binge! Celebrate a guilt-free Diwali

Diwali, the festival of light is celebrated in India & all over the world with great vigor and joy.  It is one of the main festivals related to Indian culture. The main highlights of this festival are the lights, fireworks, and decorations, said Khyati Rupani, Founder and Head of Balance Nutrition

Binge! Celebrate a guilt-free DiwaliPopularly known as the festival of lights, Diwali brings immense joy. However, this happiness turns into guilt after having festive sweets and savouries mindlessly. “Our area of concern begins when the richly prepared sweets and dishes start appearing making it very difficult to keep weight in check during this season. We end up consuming extra calories […]

Diwali: Special diet tips for diabetics

Diwali is a time when varieties of mithai, fried food is served and it becomes difficult for any individual especially a diabetic to take care of his/her diet. Food during Diwali is traditionally sweet. Sugar and ghee are present in many of the foods which means, they are often highly calorific and the sugar will raise blood glucose levels quickly. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and it is very important to take care of the dietary intake to maintain good control

Diwali: Special diet tips for diabeticsThe results of a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and long working hours have become worrisome. And diabetes, which is known as the silent killer, happens to be the most dangerous of them all, plaguing millions across the world. It not only puts people at the risk of obesity, heart disease and a stroke, but also triggers an […]

A TO Z guide for a safe Diwali

The Supreme Court has recently passed a directive to ban the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital to curb potential rise in pollution and health issues during Diwali. However, other cities and metros will continue to indulge in the festive celebrations with fireworks. Dr Sandeep Gore, Consultant and Head, Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, tells you how to handle medical emergencies in a time of distress

A TO Z guide for a safe Diwali“With the festival of light drawing closer, emergency services are gearing up to tackle medical emergencies. Always have a first aid box handy while bursting crackers, this should consists of – Band-Aids, gauze pads, crêpe rolled bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol, thermometer, sanitizer and distilled water for cleaning […]

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 […]

‘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 […]