Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural way

Gout was popularly known as the king’s disease in the times of yore, for its prevalence among the rich classes who consumed expensive high-purine foods like alcohol and meat, not easily affordable to the poor. Today, these foods are common in the diet and portions need to be watched closely in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural wayThis is to especially prevent diseases like gout, provided you are already at risk due to other factors such as age, bad dietary habits, alcoholism, obesity, medications containing salicylate and lead exposure, among several other pre-exising conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is precipitated by uric acid produced after the breakdown of chemical compounds called […]

How medications can affect your balance

Medications can be lifesaving by performing critical tasks such as keeping blood sugar at safe levels, hearts thumping rhythmically, and moods afloat. Yet side effects and interactions between drugs (both prescription and non-prescription drugs) may increase your fall risk in numerous ways

How medications can affect your balancePrime examples include blurred vision, dizziness or light-headedness stemming from low blood pressure, drowsiness, delirium, and impaired alertness or judgment. Some medications may affect the inner ear, spurring temporary or permanent balance disorders. Often, problems stem from the sheer number of medicines you take, rather than a single drug. According to a national health survey […]

Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

It is important that the patients understand, that chemists are not allowed to dispense medications like antibiotics, pain relief medications, anxiolytics etc. without a doctor’s prescription. The reason is that chemists may have an understanding of the drug and its actions, but lack the clinical skills and lack understanding of the effects of a particular drug on the body

Do not self-medicate, warn doctorsWith the winter approaching, self-medication becomes a major concern for doctors. Often it is the friendly chemist, friend or patient themselves who suggest self-medicating based on the common symptoms. Needless to say, it is completely inappropriate to take medications without proper medical consultation. For one, most of the winter illness are mild illness, caused by […]

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6

If you are a parent, you've likely been up at night with a coughing child or one that's just plain sick. In an effort to help your child breath and feel better, you may have reached for over the counter cough and cold remedies. Doctors say these remedies rarely relieve the symptoms of a cold and can have dangerous side effects in children

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6Recent research in the BMJ found that certain cold remedies may not help young kids with nasal symptoms and could even cause harm. A paediatrician stated that parents shouldn’t give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to kids under six years old. Instead, remedies like rest and hydration can help soothe symptoms while a cold runs […]

Are you always feeling thirsty? Know the reasons behind it

Excessive thirst is usually not a serious problem. But in some cases, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. Here are some possible reasons to explain it

Are you always feeling thirsty? Know the reasons behind itAre you constantly feeling parched? While it is nothing serious in most cases, excessive thirst could indicate an underlying health problem in some cases. Dehydration “The main reason people feel thirsty is because they are dehydrated, they are not drinking enough water,” Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., a family doctor at One Medical in Phoenix, Arizona. She […]

Both behavioural treatments and drugs can equally treat urinary incontinence

Both behavioural and drug treatments can be effective in treating women for urinary incontinence, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and they may work even better in combination.

Both behavioural treatments and drugs can equally treat urinary incontinenceBladder training, biofeedback and other behavioural therapies may work even better in combination with drugs Researchers analysed data from 84 randomised trials that looked at a variety of treatments for stress and urgency incontinence. Non-drug treatments, usually aimed at strengthening the pelvic floor or changing behaviours, included bladder training, biofeedback, acupuncture, education, weight loss, yoga […]

Taking inspiration from tortoise shells, doctors develop pill to deliver insulin

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a way for diabetics to administer insulin orally, potentially doing away with the need for painful daily needle pokes in the near future

Taking inspiration from tortoise shells, doctors develop pill to deliver insulinA research team has developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing the injections that patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have to give themselves every day. About the size of a blueberry, the capsule contains a small needle made of compressed insulin, which is […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

NPPA recovers Rs 827 crore from pharma companies

Since inception of NPPA till February 2018, 1,763 demand notices (including suo-moto deposits) have been issued to pharmaceutical companies for their having overcharged patients on the sale of formulations at prices above the ceiling price notified by NPPA

NPPA recovers Rs 827 crore from pharma companiesThe National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) monitors the prices of scheduled and non-scheduled formulations on regular basis. It also keeps a check on pharmaceutical companies who overcharge consumers. When such instances occur the NPPA issues notices to the companies responsible for overcharging Recently information was divulged in the Lok Sabha, about pharmaceutical companies overcharging consumers […]

Switching medications? Consult a doctor

As per a recent study, none of the five most commonly prescribed diabetes pills in India that combine metformin with other medicines have gone through rigorous testing meeting standards laid out by the WHO. It suggests that Indian patients taking these combinations should discuss with their clinicians before making a switching to a different agent

Switching medications? Consult a doctorAbout 8 months ago, Lekha Shah (name changed) was given medicines to control her heart beat which was unusually fast. However after many dosages, the heartbeat couldn’t be controlled. That’s when the doctor grew puzzled. “A detailed check-up revealed that the pharmacist gave her a wrong drug by misreading the name of the medicine. This […]