Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeism

The condition also negatively impacts quality of life. Medical practitioners surveyed feel that peppermint oil is a safe and better treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms. Over 3,000 patients and 300 medical practitioners participated in the survey

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeismA study conducted by the Heart Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national health NGO has revealed that about 5 to 10% of the population surveyed experiences symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation or incomplete evacuation. Yet, a majority of them do not seek medical help. The study aimed […]

“Every child will now get rotavirus vaccine,” assures Dr Harsh Vardhan

The union government is committed to ending morbidity and mortality in children due to diarrhoea by 2022

“Every child will now get rotavirus vaccine,” assures Dr Harsh Vardhan“The Health Ministry has drawn an ambitious plan under the 100-days agenda of the newly elected government, wherein it has been decided to provide Rotavirus vaccine to every child across all 36 states and UTs by September, 2019.” This was stated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare while speaking on […]

#NationalDewormingDay: Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to do

Globally, India bears the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), parasitic worms which live in the intestine. These worms consume nutrients which are meant for the human body

#NationalDewormingDay: Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to doWorm infections are rampant among children and they have been adversely affecting their physical as well as mental growth. Worms are a common cause of anaemia and they may also cause intestinal obstruction. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the intensity of the threat caused by worm infections in India. In India 22 crore […]

Know how to safeguard your child this monsoon

Rain has created havoc in Mumbai, and illness in children also begins to increase during this time as they are suddenly exposed to a huge fluctuation in the temperature and humidity and thus a considerably larger number of germs that the body has to fight against

Know how to safeguard your child this monsoonExperts are witnessing cases of viral fever, dengue, malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections in children, and have also warned that even leptospirosis cases may come up. Hence, experts suggest parents to take care of children by making the house mosquito-proof, ensuring adequate hydration, giving them boiled water, and avoid eating street food. Mumbai may come […]

Tackling common illnesses in monsoon

Dr Upasana Sharma, Head, Emergency and Trauma, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares her insights about the monsoon-related ailments, its symptoms, and its prevention

Tackling common illnesses in monsoonEnjoying the first showers of the season, eating at roadside stalls, and playing in puddles, is how many of us wish to be associated with the monsoon. However, it is a busy time for doctors, as the season brings with it a multitude of illnesses; Prompt examination and treatment is of utmost importance. It is […]

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children, study finds  

Scientists have discovered that the rotavirus vaccine reduces the likelihood of children being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Rotavirus causes a severe gastrointestinal illness characterised by diarrhoea and dehydration. It is rarely fatal in developed countries but can be deathly in low-income countries

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children, study finds  The authors of the current study looked at almost 1.5 million insurance records of American children born after 2001, who were followed for periods ranging from 1 to 16.5 years, depending on their year of birth and registration with the insurance firm. Among completely immunised children, the risk of type 1 diabetes went down by […]

All you need to know about lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance, a digestive disorder that makes a person unable to digest lactose or the main carbohydrate in dairy products, is surprisingly becoming more common in adults

All you need to know about lactose intoleranceAccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 65 per cent of the human population suffers from it after infancy, developing the reduced ability to digest lactose. Defined by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (USA) as “a condition in which you have digestive symptoms – such as […]

IMA Nagpur launches book to raise awareness on rotavirus

Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus. It is the most common organism that causes diarrhoea amongst children which may lead to hospitalisation and death

IMA Nagpur launches book to raise awareness on rotavirusThe virus accounts for 40% of hospitalisations due to diarrhoea amongst children in India. It is responsible for nearly 32.7 lakh outpatient visits, 8.72 lakh hospitalisation and 78000 death annually in India of which 59,000 occur in the first two years of life. There is no specific treatment for rotavirus diarrhoea. It can be prevented […]

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health experts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States have issued a warning against washing raw chicken before cooking. They warn of the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to other food or utensils and developing food poisoning at home

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health expertsThe CDC estimates that approximately a million people become ill after eating contaminated poultry. According to the CDC, this is because “Chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops,” and many people are unnecessarily increasing their risk of illness by not following simple preventative hygiene steps. They warn that […]

Hottest summer in Pune leads to a rise in gastro cases

As Maharashtra is reeling under a severe heat wave, Pune is bearing the brunt of the heat. As the mercury soars, doctors in Pune are witnessing a rise in gastroenteritis cases

Hottest summer in Pune leads to a rise in gastro casesThis year, Pune is witnessing its hottest summer. With a continuous rise in temperature, the hospitals are full as gastroenteritis-related cases are on the rise. Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and intestines, caused by bacterial toxins or viral infection. Doctors are seeing many patients with vomiting and diarrhoea-related ailments. Dr Abhijit Lodha, a Physician […]
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