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 […]

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 […]

5 steps to help prevent digestive problems as you age

Ageing puts the body at higher risk for an assortment of health ailments and conditions. With age, many bodily functions slow down, including your digestive tract it just might not work as efficiently or as quickly as it used to

5 steps to help prevent digestive problems as you ageThe tummy aches you may have had as a child can evolve into a long list of digestive problems as you age. They’re annoying, but the good news is that things like acid reflux and constipation are irritations that you can treat. Often, simple lifestyle changes will do the trick. “Many older adults fixate on […]

When should you throw away your leftovers?

Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Be sure to eat them within that time. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately

When should you throw away your leftovers?Refrigeration is the most important invention in the history of food. But while commercial and home refrigerators have only been used for the past 100 years or so, people have long used cool natural environments to store foods for extended periods. Temperature is important for controlling microbial growth. Just as we find food wholesome, bacteria […]

Women’s health: Key signs and symptoms of HIV to watch out for

Given the importance of early detection, it is beneficial to keep an eye out for symptoms associated with the virus. Here are five common ones that occur in women

Women’s health: Key signs and symptoms of HIV to watch out forFlu-like symptoms During the weeks following the infection of the virus, the initial signs may present themselves similarly to that of flu — these would include headaches, tiredness, a sore throat, and a low-grade fever somewhere around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The fever may also be accompanied by night sweats i.e. hot flashes of excessive and […]
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