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5 TIPS ON LIVING WITH ASTHMA

5 TIPS ON LIVING WITH ASTHMA IN INDIA

Lets begin with some good news for asthma patients. The life expectancy of asthma patients is no less than any other normal human being, upto 80 years on an average. So, if you are a child, a teen, youngster and you have to live with it, atleast be happy that its not cutting off your life span. Yes, there are a lot of issues like breathing difficulties and more that you come as package deal with the condition, but working around the same can be of great help, certainly.

STAY AWAY FROM TRIGGERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

If you have been an asthamatic for a long while, you are sure to know the triggers that give you attacks. It could be dust mites, smoke, cockroaches, nitrogen oxide emissions, warm blooded pets, etc. If you’re not , you simply need to keep a check on your eating habits, exercise, weather conditions, surroundings and observe. You will soon figure out the triggers that are most likely give you attacks. Once you know them, try to stay away from them or avoid them as much as possible. Stay alert. Stay safe.

TIPS ON LIVING WITH ASTHMA

THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS FOR THE RIGHT TREATMENT

When you have asthma, the diagnosis matters a lot. The right diagnosis can help you out with the correct therapies and regimen to avoid the occurrence of attacks. Improper diagnosis is just beating around the problems and not getting to the heart of it. So work closely with your doctor across seasons so as to help yourself the apt treatment.

TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS REGULARLY AND CORRECTLY

Sometimes, we tend to pay less attention in the process of using inhalers which are an integral part of an asthamtic’s life. As stupid as it may sound, the truth is some of us don’t even know whether we are using the inhaler optimally. The medication from the inhalers has to reach the bronchial tubes to be effective enough and for that to happen, taking the medication properly is important.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

As they say a stitch in time saves nine, once you have asthma, taking care of yourself is important and could help you keep away from asthma attacks to a great extent. Simple precautions like using a scarf and keep yourself warm during cold weather, staying away from highly polluted areas or traffic and taking medications on time and reaching out to the doctors sooner in case of problems would certainly ease your life.

Pollution in India is taking a toll, particularly metro cities that are densely populated, not to forget the recent smog issues faced by New Delhi, one of its kind to see. This is definitely going to up the asthma patient count drastically. In order to deal with pollution or with asthma life long,  following certain routines and taking needed precautions to avoid it, is a highly advisable.

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Visit by Professor Sheldon M. Schuster

Prof. Sheldon M Schuster, President of Keck Graduate Institute, CA, USA paid an official visit to Vydehi Campus on March 17, 2017. His visit included the Medical College & Hospital, Vydehi School of Excellence and Vydehi Museum to name a few.

Why Drinking Ample Water Is A Good Idea During Summer?

Why Drinking Ample Water Is A Good Idea During Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and this is the time when health and fitness issues start coming into the picture. But, like they say, there’s always a way out, same is the case here too. To beat the scorching summer heat, one ultimate solution to numerous health and fitness problems definitely is – drinking ample of water. Well, we all know that 8 glasses of water a day is what the health specifics say, but the more, the better always.

Our body is made up of water mostly if not fully, 60% to be precise and makes use of water for every physiological process besides lubrication purpose. Considering the extensive usage of water by our body, it is apparently proven that water is an integral part of our system and its functioning. Let us run down some of the remarkable benefits that this natural resource called water offers to humankind.

CLEARS HARMFUL TOXINS - Starting the day with a warm glass of water coupled with honey or lemon is the best way to get rid of all the toxins out of your body. It is known to be one of the most effective ways to detox and is recommended by many fitness experts.

BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM - Drinking water regularly helps the immune system of the body fight against conditions like kidney stones, heart attacks, digestive disorders, skin disorders, cancers, influenza and more. Consider water as booster dose to the body every single day.

HELPS IN WEIGHT LOSS - Weight gain or loss is much associated with metabolism of the body. Drinking ample water increases your metabolism to an extent and helps you lose weight. Studies have shown impressive figures with over weight and obese people consuming 1 -2 litres of water daily.

PROTECTS FROM DEHYDRATION - The scorching sun is all set to suck out the energy from your body resulting into fatigue, at times back pain and migranes too. So, regular intake in the body keeps you rehydrated, up and active.

AVOIDS CONSTIPATION – Water aids the digestion process just like a catalyst. It helps the body break down the complexities of the food and absorb the nutrients. It also avoids constipation issues by softening the stool.

RELIEVES AND AVOIDS PAIN – Water is the best preventive measure to avoid bodily issues like cramps, back aches as it keeps the whole body lubricated. It also is a great remedy on problems like headaches, migranes caused due to dehyrdation.

Above all, water keeps you fresh and activated throughout the day and has many more benefits associated with it other than the afore-mentioned few. So, if you want to stay fit and active try to sip in a lot of water throughout the day and stay away from health issues – that too at almost no cost.

What’s more, you can even Drink and Drive!….:)

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Autism in Women – The Difference

Autism in Women

Though Autism effects men and women both, international studies show that the number of women diagnosed with Autism is as many as 5 times less than that of men. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder that hampers social behavior. People with ASD find significant difficulty in communication and interaction socially. Their interests are also limited in nature with keen interest in some particular subject/ subjects. They also display repetitive behavior and unusual responses to anger, affection or distress. These are simply a few of the symptoms that people with Autism show. On the flip-side, these people are more intelligent on an average and have the abilities to excel in subjects like mathematics, science, art or music.

Now there are questions raised on the fact whether Autism has anything to do with gender and the research in the direction is already on. Many theories have been presented in the matter which harp upon the fact that were ignored. Here is a run down some reasons for less diagnosis of Autism in Women –

MALE ORIENTED RESEARCH – Based on the fact that case of Autism have been high in boys, the study or research on it mainly revolved round male characteristics. There is almost no data on autism research dedicated to female gender.

OVERSIGHT OR NEGLIGENCE – Usually, males are the ones who receive more attention in childhood as compared to females, because of their disruptive nature. This on the other hand might cause oversight or negligence to the girl child with Autism symptoms.

LESS SEVERE SYMPTOMS COMPARED TO MALES – there are studies about girls having less severe symptoms compared to boys, because in general that are known to be introvert as compared to the boys and its socially acceptable as well.

SOCIAL INTERESTS IN GIRLS ARE AS USUAL – When compared with boys who develop keen or critical interests in unusual subjects like train time table for example while in girls is more or less about dolls, celebrities and more. So, girls with autistic symptoms cannot be easily pointed out.

FEMALES TEND TO MASK THE SYMPTOMS – The girls are usually more adjusting in nature and autistic girls might even repress their behavior even more, which would avoid making them the center of attraction.

Gender autism studies taken up in the recent past suggest that women exhibit different symptoms than males with autism.

Here is a run down these symptoms

  • Shy or Passive Behavior
  • Prefer Direct Interaction with others
  • Better imagination and linguistic ability
  • Interests around people and animals
  • More social imitation skills
  • Experience high anxiety and depression levels
  • Experience heavy stress in teenage and make few friends

Many of the symptoms are not really helpful and hence it results in under diagnosis in Women, Particularly. There have also been instances where women have been diagnosed with Autism post their 40’s due to the aforementioned factors. But, the coming times seem to shed more light on the topic so that the diagnosis could be done as early as possible so as the treatment.

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WORLD KIDNEY DAY AWARENESS 5K MARATHON RUN

WORLD KIDNEY DAY AWARENESS 5K MARATHON RUN
The Nephro-urology department of Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre organized a 5KM Marathon run to create awareness on Kidney Diseases and Obesity as a contribution towards their World Kidney Day activities. The 5KM run was flagged off by the popular Kannada Film Star Dr Shiva Rajkumar. Many enthusiastic runners including students, faculties and head honchos from the Institute participated in the Kidney awareness run. Merchandise like T-shirts were also distributed to all the participants for Kidney Awareness.  The 5KM marathon that started around 5.30 am on March 9, 2017 and concluded late in the morning, was a grand success.

5K MARATHON RUN 

Osteoporosis in Women in India – Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Osteoporosis in Women in India – Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Aging is the one process, we as humankind have no control on and with aging brings along many health issues as well. Our body weakens gradually and becomes vulnerable to diseases, illnesses and health conditions. Depending upon the body type and lifestyles, it varies. Osteoporosis is one such condition which is very common amongst women in India. Particularly, after menopause when bones start turning weak and start losing density through vitamin D, Calcium and Mineral loss.

Osteoporosis
The condition when bones become extremely porous, fragile and are subjected to fractures easily, is known as osteoporosis. There is a certain imbalance between the old and new bones in this condition. Though Osteoporosis is more prevalent in elderly people, it is more common in women than men. The reason being that the hormone called estrogen is responsible for maintaining bone density in women. After menopause, estrogen levels drop considerably in women and thus decrease the bone density as well. Over 25 million people in India are known to suffer from this condition and the sad part is there are not specific symptoms other than pain or disability for early detection of the condition.

Risk Factors

  • Old Age is a major risk factor
  • Genetic influence
  • Small body frames and thin people
  • Women post menopause
  • Poor diet habits
  • Addictions like alcohol, smoking and more
  • High dosage of drugs, medicine and steroids

Diagnosis
As mentioned earlier unless a bone injury or a fracture is occurred, detection of osteoporosis is not really possible. An X-ray of a fractured bone helps in detecting the condition, though not with high accuracy. For best diagnostic results, Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is a better choice. The actual score of the patients bone density is compared with the permissible range available. Usually for bone density test, the normal range is between 0-1. If the bone density in the range (-1 to -2.5) its osteopenia and if it is below minus 2.5 then it definitely is osteoporosis.

Treatment
After knowing the root cause of the condition, the treatment is decided. But, it is not generally possible to eradicate the disease completely. Various suitable medications are provided by the consulting doctor to reduce bone density loss and for strengthening the bones as well. Alternatively, treatments and therapies like testosterone and hormone replacement treatment, stem cell therapy also offered. Vitamin D and Calcium supplements are also prescribed by doctors of treating osteoporosis.

Prevention
Though, age is a major factor in Osteoporosis and it is more common in women, the easy way out is putting in all efforts to prevent the same. The first big step in the direction is adopting a healthy lifestyle that is a blend good diet and exercises. Evening walking and jogging is a good addition to your lifestyle. Consume a diet that is rich in Calcium and Vitamin D. Smoking and drinking is a habit with women as well, and is better avoided or kept to bare minimum.

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Inauguration of DKA Oncology Block – VOICE

Vydehi Oncology Institute and Center of Excellence(VOICE), Introduced a new radiation zone, a dedicated Oncology OPD-DKA Block, State of the art paediatric wing and a hybrid world class operation theatre complex.