Category Archive: Editorial

May
30

Water Hygiene

Safe water is an essential commodity for prevention of most water and food-borne diseases like diarrhea, typhoid and jaundice. These diseases are 100% preventable. All of them can be lethal if not prevented, diagnosed or treated in time. Transmission of parasitic infections can also occur with contaminated water. Here are a few tips: i.     …

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May
29

Understanding child abuse

.      Child maltreatment is defined as intentional harm or threat of harm to a child by a person who is acting in the role of a caretaker. ii.     Health care providers should care for children iii.    Four types of child maltreatment are described: a.      Physical abuse b.   …

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May
28

Jaslok hospital advises doctors against prescribing Ranbaxy drugs

Jaslok Mumbai hospital has put up a notice advising its doctors to avoid prescribing drugs manufactured by Ranbaxy Laboratories. This comes a fortnight after Ranbaxy Laboratories agreed to pay a $500-million penalty to US authorities for “selling adulterated drugs” in the American market. It is not known whether the two are linked, reports TOI. In 2008-09, the …

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May
27

Fever

Fever does not mean presence of infection. There are many situations where fever can come without infection and need no antibiotics. i.      Sepsis is a clinical syndrome of results from dis-regulation of inflammatory response to an infection. The temperature is between 36 to 38.30oC. Heart rate is often more than 90. ii.   …

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May
25

Vaccination for elderly

The best gift to your grandparents is to get them vaccinated if they have not been vaccinated earlier.   Annual influenza or flu vaccine is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older. Pneumonia vaccine should be given to all adults aged 65 years and older. Tetanus Toxoid should be given to all irrespective …

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May
25

Do not ignore warning signals

Often people ignore warning signals and do not address them until they fall ill, often with grave consequences. Here are certain rules that you should follow.   Never ignore any symptom or sign, which has occurred for the first time, unexplained or unusual. If you run and then get exhausted, this exhaustion is understandable. But …

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May
24

Govt reconstitutes MCI, ex-DGHS to head Board of Governors

The government today approved the reconstitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with former Director General Health Services R K Srivastava replacing K K Talwar as Chairman of the Council’s Board of Governors. “The formal notification in respect of the MCI reconstitution would be issued tomorrow by the Health Ministry,” a top Ministry official told …

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May
24

Do not ignore warning signals

Often people ignore warning signals and do not address them until they fall ill, often with grave consequences. Here are certain rules that you should follow.   Never ignore any symptom or sign, which has occurred for the first time, unexplained or unusual. If you run and then get exhausted, this exhaustion is understandable. But …

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May
23

How to make bones strong

Bones are empty and in a typically adult male, the whole skeleton weighs less than 3 kg. Everyone builds bone up to the age of 30, and then, the process of bone resorption begins. It is, therefore, important for children to build strong bones so that they are not susceptible to fractures when they grow …

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May
22

Preventing heat disorders

During summer, susceptible children and adolescents can develop heat stroke, which can even lead to death if not identified and treated in time. The heat index is more important than the atmospheric temperature. A 42 degree temperature may feel like 46 degree if the heat index is high. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun when the …

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