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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. The 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 he 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 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 and stay away from health issues – that too at almost no cost.

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Autism in Women – The Defference

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.

Prevent Cancer By Including These 5 Spices In Your Diet

Well, there has been quite a development over the years in the field of cancer, but what could be better than doing stuff that helps you keep away from it? Cancer is one of those medical conditions that is still under the process of finding a sure shot cure. Though India houses some of the best cancer hospitals, treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, cell transplant and more are simply ways of fighting against the dreaded cancerous cells, stopping their manifold growth and increasing life span. There are numerous people in the world living with the condition and many who have succumbed to it. Well, going by the saying, Prevention is better than cure, lets talk about some simple Indian spices (yes, you read that right) that play a significant role in lowering the risk of different types of cancers in humankind.

Here’s listing out 5 Indian spices, a regular addition of which in food can lower the risk of cancer to an extent, as per studies.

saffron helps prevent cancer1. SAFFRON - It’s rightly said that size does not matter and Saffron proves this saying perfectly. This little thing has the ability to decrease the tumor size to half. Amazing and true as it contains the primary cancer fighting element known as Crocetin. It is a natrual carotenoid dicarboxylic acid primarily responsible for fighting cancer. It offcourse is most expensive of the spices, but is power packed with cancer killing cells.

2. TURMERIC - it is a hoturmeric-Ausehold name in India for centuries now. Every spice box in an Indian home has a permant place for this spice. The haldi milk whenever one has cold or cough is a common houseremedy with grand mommies. True to its name, it’s also the fore runner when it comes to fighting cancerous cells. Studies have already proved that turmeric has the ability to retard the growth of cells causing various cancers like melanoma, brain tumor, prostate cancer, leukamia, pancreatic cancer and more. It contains Polyphenol Curcumin that kills the cancer breeding cells, while preserving the healthy ones and thereby boosting Apoptosis (cell suicide). In treatment procedures like Chemotherapy and radiotherapy, even the healthy cells are harmed with the cancerous ones causing probable side-effects.

3. CINNAMON - This spice hcinnamonas found its way through the Indian spice ecosystem to the homes ofIndians and is extensively used in many Indian gourmet preparations. Known to enhance the flavor of every dish it is a part of, a teaspoonful of this spice per day in your diet is enough to keep the cancer creating cells at bay. It actually blocks the new cells from forming, thereby reducing tumorous growth. Now, adding it to your diet is no big deal, just sprinkle some on your breakfast creations like pancakes or start your day with cinammon flavored tea. Easy ain’t it.

Fennel-4. FENNEL - Fennel consists of a consitutent called Anethole, responsible for fighting and curbing the invasive activities of cancerous cells. It’s arsenal is made of antioxidants and phyto-nutrients just enough to defeat the deadly cancerous cells. Furthermore, it cuts off the the enzymatic regulated activities responsible for multiplication of cancer cells.

cumin-Ab5. CUMIN - Loaded with Thymoquinone, a coumpund that restricts the reproduction of cells responsible for prostate cancer, cumin is one soldier of a spice against cancer besides being full of anti-oxidants and aiding digestion.

 

Now that you are aware of the 5 spices that are your soldiers against cancer, include them in your regular diet and do your bit to stay away from cancer.

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Urologist in Bangalore – Finding The One

urologist in bangalore

Searching for Urologist in Bangalore ?

Though, there are numerous urologists in Bangalore, finding the one that is best for you, requires you to have a few vital points on your checklist. Also, there are various factors that would be influencing your choice. Here is a sneak peak into a few points you would want to consider while you are looking for an urologist in Bangalore.

Urologists deal with infections related to the urinary tract. These are bacterial infestations, congenital abnormalities, reproductive system disorders, surgical and non-surgical problems. Urology includes various sub disciplines and deals with care of physiological systems and numerous organs. You’ll even find a few specialists in the sub disciplines as well. Here is a run down the sub disciplines in urology.

Endurology – This branch of urology is into urinary tracts close manipulation and includes surgical procedures with minimal invasion. The process involves insertion of small cameras and instruments to the urinary tract.

Laparoscopy – It is the branch of urology that uses Robot assisted surgery for organs like kidney, ureter and prostate. Though, it is a costly affair and has been creating controversies for the same reason across continents.

Neurology – Conditions leading to abnormal urination and even the control of genitourinary system are dealt with in Neurology.

Pediatric Urology – This branch of urology deals into children’s urologic disorders like under developed genitalia, enuresis and more.

Andrology – Dealing into the male reproductive system, Andrology is about erectile dysfunction, male infertility and more.

Reconstructive urology – As the specialized discipline of urology, it deals with function and restoration of the genitourinary tract.

As far as finding an urologist in Bangalore is concerned, it is not easy to choose one urologist from the list of good ones, but as mentioned earlier when you have your checklist of priorities in hand, it certainly eases your task a lot.

LOCATION

Apparently, you would not exactly know how much time your treatment takes. You might have to get admitted to the hospital or might have to make frequent trips. So, it is advisable that while looking out for a Urologist, try to shortlist the good ones but those in a area near to your residence or workplace so that commuting to and fro is hassle free.

GENDER

Urologists specialize in urologic conditions and hence feeling comfortable to talk is one of the major concerns. This is when you need to think upon whether you want to go with a male or female specialist. It is solely individual decision depending upon personal comfort levels, though.

CREDENTIALS

Credentials are one of the main concerns. The qualifications, experience and the reputation of the urologist matter most. So, research a bit about the qualifications, the expertise of the doctor and his reputation in general before you shortlist.

REFERALS

If you know some one from amongst your friends or colleagues who know a good urologist, then you could add them to your shortlist as well. If the doctor is testified by some one you know well, nothing like that.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Now, if you think that you might need to avail hospital services as well, then its better to choose the doctors with hospitals as well. Though, you need to visit the hospital and check out the facilities in terms of staff and other amenities personally.

BUDGET

We all know the fact that everything finally it boils down to mullah. So, alongside the other relevant points, budget is also one to be kept on mind. But, it is advisable not to make budget the only criteria. If the doctor is really good but is charging little higher than the others, better go for him/her.

After you shortlist some three to five, select the final one that suits your needs the most.

Inaugural function of Preventive Gynaec Oncology wing,VIMS & RC

Inaugural function of Rural Health Centre, Kannamangala. and  Preventive Gynaec Oncology wing,VIMS & RC took place on 26th June in the campus. The Honorable Health Minster of Karnataka, Shri U.T. Khader  kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the function. Dr Shri. Prakash K.S., Vice Chancellor, RGUHS was the Guest of Honour. There was an address by the President of Association of Gynaec-Oncologists of India (AGOI), Karnataka ckapter, Dr. VidyaMani Lingegowda, along with a scientific session by the AGOI members. It closed with a Vote of Thanks

Inaugural function of Rural Health Centre, Kannamangala. VIMS & RC

Inaugural function of Rural Health Centre, Kannamangala. and  Preventive Gynaec Oncology wing,VIMS & RC took place on 26th June in the campus. The Honorable Health Minster of Karnataka, Shri U.T. Khader  kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the function. Dr Shri. Prakash K.S., Vice Chancellor, RGUHS was the Guest of Honour. Ther was an address by Shri U.T. Khader, who is the  Honorable Health Minster of Karnataka and an address by Dr Shri. Prakash K.S., Vice Chancellor, RGUHS along with an address by Mrs. Kalpaja Delavoi, the director of VIMS and RC. It closed with a Vote of Thanks