‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

At the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Lalith Satkunam highlighted about spasticity. He stated that this affects the patient’s quality of life. He said if people are not able to do their daily activities because their muscles are impaired, it will impact society as a whole since it hampers a person’s productivity and this affects the workforce in the long run

He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in […]

India to host South East Asia’s 1st ever NeuroRehabilitation conference

World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) is all set to host it's 10th World Congress in India from 7th-10th February. This is the first time that the conference is being held in South East Asia. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmal Surya, founder of Epilepsy centre and a renowned name in the world for neuro rehabilitation and the president of WCNR said, it’s a big step for neurological experts as there is a larger need to ponder over these issues and find plausible solutions. This is also the first time for South East Asia where a multidisciplinary team is coming together revolving around patients in the centre. About 1,500 delegates will be present at the conference including 150 international experts and 750 presentation papers will be discussed

Epilepsy in our country is a major problem. India is the capital of head injury. Neuro infection is largely increasing. Some neurological conditions are present from birth (congenital), some hereditary (genetic) and others have a sudden onset due to injury or illness, such as a head injury or stroke, or a cancer of the brain […]

Early menopause linked with heart disease and stroke risk

Women undergoing natural menopause before the age of 47 were found to have a greater risk of problems than those experiencing it later, being at a 33% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, with an increased risk of both coronary heart disease and stroke

Early menopause linked with heart disease and stroke riskWomen who go through early menopause are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke, research suggests. A study led by the University of Oxford also found a strong link women’s reproductive health and her risk of cardiovascular problems. Women who began their periods early, or who had pregnancy complications such as stillbirth, or who […]

Migraine interlinked with increased risk of developing heart disease  

The study findings stated that when compared with people who did not experience migraine, migraine patients were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke over 19 years of follow-up

Migraine interlinked with increased risk of developing heart disease  Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for […]

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heart

Researchers found that when compared with people who never smoke, smoking about one cigarette per day carries 40 to 50 % of the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The findings challenge a widely held view that smoking just a few cigarettes per day is ‘relatively safe.’

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heartA BMJ report on the review — led by Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London in the United Kingdom — reveals that even if you smoke around one cigarette per day, your risk for stroke and coronary heart disease is “much greater than expected.” He and his colleagues calculated that the risk from […]

Stroke: A leading cause of disability in urban India

With over 1.5 million cases of stroke reported in the country each year, the incidence has increased by a staggering 17.5% during the last 15 years, says study. Despite availability of excellent health care services, increased awareness regarding prevention and identification of stroke symptoms, stroke remains a leading cause of disability with urban India at one-and-a-half times at greater risk than rural India

Stroke: A leading cause of disability in urban IndiaMultiple studies over the past have revealed that stroke is a huge problem in the country. Now, a Bangalore based study revealed that male versus female incidence is 2:1, i.e., men are at greater risk than women. It also concluded that stroke is no more a disease of the elderly; it has now become more […]

Consuming coconut oil can lower heart disease risk

Researchers found that consuming it for just 4 weeks can lower risk of heart disease. The participants who ate coconut oil in the study saw the biggest rise in good cholesterol (HDL levels) with an average of 15%

Consuming coconut oil can lower heart disease riskConsuming coconut oil daily for just four weeks may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, suggests a recent study. Researchers Kay-Tee Khaw and Professor Nita Forouhi from the University of Cambridge conducted the study on 94 volunteers between the ages of 50 and 75, none of whom had a history of heart disease […]

Hearing loss has a greater impact on life than cardiac disease, stroke and cancer

Hearing loss leads to isolation, less interactive communication with others and this leads to loneliness, which is known to have a negative health impact equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day

For many years, it was clear that my father was becoming hard of hearing. Normally gregarious and the life of the party, he became increasingly withdrawn because he couldn’t hear well enough to partake in conversations around the table. He began to walk with a shuffling gait. He was declining in front of my eyes. […]

Doctor dies in front of patient after working for 18 hours straight

Respiratory illness specialist Zhao Bianxiang, 43, was found without a pulse after collapsing while visiting a patient. She had started her shift the night before at 6pm and continued with her rounds without resting

A doctor collapsed in front of her patient and tragically died after suffering a stroke at the end of an 18-hour shift. Respiratory illness specialist Zhao Bianxiang, 43, was found without a pulse after collapsing on 29th December. She was declared dead after 20 hours of rescue efforts. She died from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which […]
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