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 […]

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 […]

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’

The biggest concern right now is about the game's accessibility across the Internet. Parents should talk to their children and create awareness about malicious content online. Teachers and counsellors in schools and colleges must give children time when they approach them wanting to speak to them about any problem

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’Last week a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor terrace of his building in Andheri, Mumbai. Police investigations are probing the role of an internet game as the driving force behind his death. The game is named Blue Whale. Why is the name Blue Whale associated with such a game – […]

What is digital pathology? Here’s what you need to know

In essence, digital pathology extends the limits of microscopy, enabling students, educators, researchers, and clinicians to share tissue samples. Images sent or shared over the Internet or through specific analysis software open the path to a new and exciting microscopy tool ensuring optimal patient treatment

What is digital pathology? Here’s what you need to knowFrom simply remotely viewing patient slides, to consulting specialists real time within India and other parts of the world – the applications of digital pathology are endless. Until the advent of this technology, histological slides and photographs the primary ways images seen under a microscope lens could be shared with others. Digital pathology eliminates some […]

Should all IVF babies have a paternity or maternity test?

Mix-ups are extremely rare but not impossible and the worry if the baby is indeed our own is understandable. If there is reason to believe that there may have been a mix up, the patient will be within their rights to get a DNA test done. DNA testing involves taking swabs from the mouth of the baby and the parents and sending it to a specialised genetics testing lab.

Should all IVF babies have a paternity or maternity test?The biggest worry in every IVF patient’s mind is the possibility of a mix up in their eggs and / or sperms and /or embryos with someone else’s, meaning that the baby that they are carrying is not their own. When a woman naturally conceives, the fertilization occurs inside her body and there is a […]

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 […]

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 […]