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What makes your medicine less/hyper effective?

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Sometimes it is observed that a few medicines do not work as anticipated. Many times the eating and the drinking habits may impact some drugs. Therefore, it is always advised to consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication for the first time to check if there is anything that should not be taken during the period of medication.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit can affect over 50 drugs by changing the way certain cells in the gut take in and move medication through the body.

Image result for Things that can impact the effect of your Drug!For example, drug composition such as fexofenadine (Allegra) for allergies turns to be less effective while some other drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor) which are meant to lower the body cholesterol becomes too strong for the patient upon eating Grapefruit.

Milk

Milk makes it harder for the human body to process certain antibiotics. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium present in the milk along with the casein in it serve as the reason for this effect.

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Therefore, it is advisable to take the antibiotics only after consulting a medical practitioner to ensure the foods and/or beverages that a patient should stay away from.

Licorice

Licorice is used by many people as an herbal remedy for proper digestion, whereas some people use it as a food additive to enhance the flavor.

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However, a chemical substance present in Licorice called as glycyrrhizin is capable to weaken the effect of some drugs such as cyclosporine, used by people who have undergone an organ transplant.

Chocolate

Dark chocolates have the capacity to weaken the effects of drugs taken for calming down or making the patient sleep such as zolpidem tartrate (Ambien).

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Chocolates also act as a power booster for some stimulant drug compositions, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin). Similarly, consumption of dark chocolates raises the blood pressure to a dangerously high level, if any patient is using MAO inhibitor, which is an antidepressant.

Iron Supplement

Supplement of Iron has the capacity to lower the effects of levothyroxine (Synthroid), a drug used to cure hypothyroidism.

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Generally, it is advised not to take a multivitamin containing iron along with levothyroxine.

Alcohol

Usually, alcohol makes certain drugs less effective, e.g. certain drug composition used for the treatment of blood pressure and cardiac disorders.

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It can also make other drugs stronger than they should be or it can even cause dangerous some side effects.

Coffee

Coffee intake can weaken antipsychotic drugs such as lithium and clozapine, however, it boosts the impact and also causes side effects in many others drugs, which include aspirin, epinephrine, used to treat serious allergic reaction; and albuterol taken by an inhaler for treating breathing disorders.

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It may also make it difficult for the patient’s body to take in and use iron.

Antihistamines

These compositions help in curing the sneezing and runny nose caused by allergies, however, some of them are capable to effect the medication for high blood pressure less effective and may increase the patient’s heart rate.

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Talk to your doctor about other ways to manage your allergies if you take blood pressure medicines.

Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs)

These drugs control seizures in people who suffer from epilepsy. However, AEDs sometimes make birth control pills less effective to prevent pregnancy.

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According to some research results, it can also make many other drug compositions stronger and cause potentially serious side effects.

Vitamin K

Those who take warfarin, a drug used to treat and prevent blood clots must be aware of the amount of vitamin K intake. Vitamin K has the potential to make the blood thinner and less effective and put the patient at a higher risk of a dangerous blood clot.

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Broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, parsley, and spinach are some of the common foods with high vitamin K content. So, it is advisable to eat the same amount of these foods every day so the level of warfarin in the blood stays the same.

Ginseng

This can also lower the effects of warfarin. And it can also make the patient more likely to have internal bleeding if the patient takes the blood thinners heparin or aspirin, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

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Additionally, for MAO inhibitor users, ginseng leads to headaches, hyperactivity, sleep problems, and nervousness.

Ginkgo Biloba

Many people use this herb to prevent high blood pressure, dementia, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and other conditions; however, there is no research that has proven that this herb is for the treatment of the aforementioned conditions.

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Ginkgo Biloba is capable of weakening the effect of the drugs used to control seizures, which include carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, and Tegretol), and valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote, and Stavzor).

Take as Directed

Last but not least, only around 50% of the medication is taken as prescribed by medical practitioners. People often take medicines less than is required, sometimes consume it at any random time keeping big gaps between the doses, all of these habits may weaken the impact of the drugs.

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Therefore, it is advised that a patient must ensure and understand the treatment plan and follow the doctor’s instructions thoroughly.

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Belladonna: One of the Common Drugs in Homeopathy

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Belladonna is a common drug extracted from the leaves and roots of a medicinal plant called Atropa belladonna, commonly called as Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade.

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In homeopathic medicine practices, Belladonna was prescribed as a topical medication for pain and inflammation by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician known as the father of Homoeopathy.

Belladonna helps in treating colds, hay fever, arthritis pain, bronchospasms caused by asthma or whooping cough, hemorrhoids, colic, irritable bowel syndrome, motion sickness, nerve disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

However, one should not take belladonna if he/she suffers from below diseases/disorders.

  1. If a person is having kidney problems.
  2. If there is any blockage in the urinary tract or if a person finds difficulty in urinating. One should also share with the doctor if the patient suffers from hiatal hernia or reflux disease or enlargement of the prostate.
  3. In the case of blockage in intestines, or ulcerative colitis caused by toxic megacolon.
  4. If a person is having glaucoma.
  5. If a person is suffering from myasthenia gravis or weakness in the skeletal muscles.
  6. Prior to taking the medication, one should inform the physician if he or she feels numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
  7. The physician should be aware of the patient suffering from any liver disease, thyroid problems, high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat, or any type of cardiac disease.

Common Side effects

Many times some side effects may occur. These may be less serious side effects; however, the patient must consult the doctor in case he/she feels uncomfortable. Here are some of the less serious side effects.

  1. Headache, dizziness, weakness or nervousness;
  2. Blurred vision, large pupils, or sensitivity of the eyes to bright light
  3. Nausea, bloating, heartburn, or constipation
  4. Changes in taste
  5. Difficulty urinating
  6. Decreased sweating
  7. Nasal congestion, stuffiness, or a dry mouth.

Other serious side effects that seek immediate medical attention include.

  1. Any allergic reaction such as swelling of lips, tongue, or face
  2. Difficulty in breathing, closing of throat, or hives
  3. An irregular or fast heart rate
  4. Rash or flushing
  5. Severe eye pain

Belladonna is usually sold as an herbal supplement. However, there are no regulatory standards for manufacturing many of the herbal compounds. Therefore, some of the supplements available in the market are found to be contaminated with toxic substances or other drugs. Hence, it is always advised to purchase such herbal/health supplements from a reliable source to mitigate the risk of contamination.

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Canadian International School hosts ‘The Terry Fox Run’ : The Marathon of Hope for Cancer Research

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In the memory of a young hero who fought cancer, and helped others along the way

Entire proceed of around 3 lakhs will be sent to the Terry Fox Foundation


Canadian International School (CIS) hosted its annual Terry Fox Run in association with the Terry Fox Foundation at its campus in Yelahanka, Bangalore. The event raised around
3 lakhs which will be sent to the Terry Fox Foundation. The run is conducted in the memory of Canadian athlete and cancer patient Terry Fox who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). The run at CIS saw over 1500 participants from across schools, colleges, corporates, and hospitals across Bangalore.

Over 40 years ago, Terry Fox was eighteen years old and he was first diagnosed with cancer.   Due to the nature of his cancer and the treatment available at the time, his right leg was amputated. Terry had a vision, he wanted a world without cancer and decided to run across the country to make a statement and collect funds. He embarked on a run aptly titled the ‘Marathon of Hope’ to raise funds for cancer research. Although he succumbed to the disease, his legacy lives on.

“It was another successful Terry Fox Run hosted at CIS. Through the years, the support and participation for this cause have grown exponentially and it is truly remarkable to see the passion our participants show while supporting Terry’s dream of a cancer-free world.” said Ms. Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School.

 “Cytecare Cancer Hospitals is committed to supporting and advancing cancer research in India. Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and does not discriminate between age, gender or socioeconomic status – it affects all of us. Terry Fox’s story is fundamentally a human story of impossible strength and perseverance that enabled him to overcome obstacles and physical challenges. This empowering story resonates with all of us and we hope it motivates people to find hope in impossible situations” said Mr.  Suresh Ramu, CEO & Co-founder, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals.

 “Terry Fox was an inspirational figure for all of us. The run was a great success and a great platform to raise awareness for cancer research,” said Dharsh Nagrani, Grade 9 student.

“It was a pleasure to participate in the Terry Fox Run organized by Canadian International School. For a disease like cancer, an initiative like this run is a phenomenal platform for cancer awareness in the society. Research across the globe has enabled some exciting new ways for early diagnosis and personalised medicine in cancer. At C-CAMP, we have some exciting innovations for early cancer diagnosis and therapeutics being built by startups and we look forward to engaging with society and hospitals like Cytecare to more productive outcomes.” said Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO and Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), an initiative of Dept of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

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Jynneos: A Prevention for Smallpox and Monkeypox in Adults

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The contagious disease

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease transmitted from animals to humans. This disease is caused due to an infection from monkeypox virus called variola virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus, which causes symptoms similar to, however milder than, smallpox.

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Smallpox was caused by the variola virus which was transmitted from person to person through direct contact via contaminated mediums such as air, fluid, etc. By 1980, smallpox was eradicated worldwide after a global vaccination campaign. Therefore this deadly contagious disease no longer occurs naturally.

Jynneos: A prevention

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States has approved the Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, for the prevention of smallpox and monkeypox diseases in adults or human beings over 18 years of age. This is the only currently FDA-approved vaccination for the prevention of monkeypox disease.

According to Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, “Following the global Smallpox Eradication Program, the World Health Organization certified the eradication of naturally occurring smallpox disease in 1980. Routine vaccination of The American public was stopped in 1972 after the disease was eradicated in the US and, as a result, a large proportion of the U.S., as well as the global population has no immunity.”

Further, he added, “Therefore, although naturally occurring smallpox disease is no longer a global threat, the intentional release of this highly contagious virus could have a devastating effect. Today’s approval reflects the U.S. government’s commitment to preparedness through support for the development of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and other medical countermeasures.”

Jynneos: The Vaccine 

Jynneos is a suspension for the subcutaneous vaccine based on a live, modified Vaccinia Ankara, MVA-BN, which is incompetent of replicating in the body, however at the same time capable of eliciting a potent immune response. Jynneos vaccine was developed by Bavarian Nordic A/S in partnership with the U.S. Government to prevent people from smallpox. It also prevents the people with weak immune systems or who are at high risk or had adverse reactions to previous smallpox vaccines and is based on replicating vaccinia virus strains.

Some of the Side Effects

The most common adverse effects associated with Jynneos include pain, redness, swelling, induration, and itching. Similarly, systemic adverse reactions include muscle pain, fatigue, headache, nausea, myalgia, and chills. Serious adverse effects include Crohn’s disease, sarcoidosis, extraocular muscle paresis, and throat tightness. However, only 0.05% of the subjects reported such serious adverse reactions. Further, Cardiac adverse impacts of special interest were reported in 0.08% of the subjects who received Jynneos and included tachycardia, electrocardiogram T wave inversion, electrocardiogram abnormal, electrocardiogram ST-segment elevation, electrocardiogram T wave abnormal, and palpitations.

Thus we can conclude that side effects are very rare and we have a safe medicine for Monkeypox and Smallpox.

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Aster DM Healthcare to run and operate its 4th Hospital in Bengaluru in partnership with Karnataka Lingayat Education Society

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The Company is introducing two new hospitals in the city of Bengaluru. The third 350-bedded hospital is coming up in Whitefield, Bengaluru in the next 12-18 months. First 150 beds would be made operational by April 2020. It would also have a dedicated mother and child block.

The fourth hospital to be introduced in association with Karnataka Lingayat Education Society (KLE) would be a 600 bedded multi-specialty quaternary care facility

Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest integrated healthcare service networks in the GCC and the third-largest healthcare company in India, is growing its presence in the Karnataka region with the introduction of two new hospitals. For its fourth hospital, to be named as Aster KLE Hospital, the Company has entered into an agreement with KLE Society, which is recognized as a trusted healthcare provider, and runs over 270 institutions across Karnataka and Maharashtra and Delhi. A 25-year lease deed agreement was signed with Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Society.

The 600 bedded hospital to be located next to KLE Dental College near Yeshwantpur on Tumkur NH Highway Road, would be Aster’s 15th hospital in India and part of its global network of existing 25 hospitals, 115 clinics, and 231 pharmacies. The hospital is scheduled to begin operations in April 2024.

Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing director of Aster DM Healthcare said, “We are looking forward to the launch of the new hospitals. The establishment of the third and fourth hospitals in Bangalore cements our promise to offer path-breaking medical technology and treatment, making quality healthcare easily accessible to the people in the region. The expansion is also a part of our efforts to strengthen and diversify our operations in the State where we already have two operational hospitals.”

Dr. Prabhakar Kore, Chairman of KLE Society, Member of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka said, “It has always been our effort to bridge the gap between modern facilities of diagnostics and treatment, including super specialty services, at affordable costs to people in remote areas and places where there is a dearth of these facilities. KLE Society has a long history of providing transformative healthcare, education, and research and will continue to do so with this association with Aster DM Healthcare. The launch of the new hospital will be a vital blend of infrastructural, medical and technological excellence.”

“We have received very good reception towards our existing hospital facilities in Bangalore, enabling us to expand our footprint with the development of Aster KLE. This project in Yeshwantpur suburb area is also based on an asset-light model similar to Aster CMI and Aster RV Hospital and is sure to address healthcare concerns of patients in an around the region” said Mr. Sreenath Reddy, Group CFO, Aster DM Healthcare.

Dr. Harish Pillai, CEO, Aster India said, “Aster KLE Hospital will be the fourth unit in Bangalore to join the existing13 hospitals across India and increase our bed capacity to 4643. Currently, we are serving 2 million patients in India annually and with the added capacity through the two new hospitals in Bangalore and diversified service offering through the Aster laboratories and clinics, we would be able to extend the best medical practices including diagnostics, curative, rehabilitation, and preventive services to as many patients as possible. Our world-class facilities at the hospital units in Bangalore are equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic competency. The launch of Aster KLE Hospital is a step further to fulfilling our commitment – We’ll treat you well. We are committed to more investments in Bangalore and our India operations will be headquartered in the same city.”

Commenting on the introduction of the new hospital, Dr. Nitish Shetty, CEO, Aster Hospitals, Bangalore, said, “Aster KLE Hospital will be one of the largest units under the Aster DM Healthcare banner in Bangalore. It will cover crucial medical specialties under its Centres of Excellence with Cancer Care, Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Liver Care, Organ transplant, Orthopaedics, Urology, Nephrology, among others, along with the latest, state-of-the-art medical technologies and equipment.”

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Significance of Informed Consent!

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What Is Informed Consent?

When medical practitioners provide information to a patient about a particular treatment or test in order to help the patient understand and decide whether or not the patient wants to undergo such treatment or test or what to choose among the available medical options, then the consent so obtained is termed as informed consent. So, technically, the process of understanding the risks and benefits of treatment is referred to as informed consent.

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Basic rules of Informed Consent

  1. The first thing that an informed consent takes into account is the moral and legal premise of patient autonomy: As a patient, one must have the right to take decisions about his or her health and medical conditions.
  2. The patient must provide his or her voluntary, informed consent for medical treatment or tests and procedures. The legal term used for failing to obtain informed consent before the treatment or test or procedure on a patient is called battery (a form of assault).
  3. For many kinds of communications or interactions with the doctor or physicist, implied consent is assumed.
  4. For more invasive tests or treatments with significant risks or alternatives, the patient is asked to provide an explicit (written) consent.
  5. Under a few circumstances, there are exceptions to the informed consent principle. The most common exceptions are these:
    1. An emergency, where medical care is required immediately to prevent serious or irreversible harm.
    2. Incompetence, where the patient is unable or not in a condition to provide permission or refuses for testing or treatment.

Components of Informed Consent

There are four components of informed consent:

  1. The patient must have the ability or capacity to take the decision.
  2. The medical practitioner must disclose information regarding the treatment, test, or procedure in a questionnaire along with the expected benefits and risks, and the probability of the benefits and risks associated with the procedure.
  3. A patient must comprehend the relevant information.
  4. A patient must voluntarily grant consent, without coercion or duress.

Decision-Making Capacity

The Decision-making capacity, in legal terms the competency is one of the most important components of informed consent. The patient (not others) must have the capacity to make decisions.

The sub-components of decision-making capacity are as follows:

  1. The ability of the patient to understand the options or procedures.
  2. The ability of the patient to understand the consequences of opting each of the options or procedures.
  3. The ability of the patient to evaluate the personal cost and benefit of each of the consequences and relate them to his or her own values and priorities.

If the patient is not capable of meeting the above components, there comes the role of the other people with the patient including family members, court-appointed guardians, or any authority as determined by state law. They may act as “surrogate decision-makers” and take a decision for the patient.

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Having decision-making capacity does not really mean that a patient will always make “good” decisions or decisions that the medical practitioner agrees with. Similarly, making a “bad” decision does not mean that a patient is “incompetent” or does not have decision-making capacity.

In simple terms, Decision-making capacity, or competency means that a patient can understand and explain the options, their implications, and provide a rational reason why he or she would decide on a particular option instead of the others.

Disclosure

In order to make a decision and provide informed consent by the patient for the treatment or tests, the doctor or health care service provider must disclose enough information to the patient or surrogate decision-makers of the patient, so that they can make an informed decision. Also, it is not required or expected that the patient or the surrogate decision-makers would receive every detail of the test, treatment, or procedure.

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However, the information that would be expected by a reasonable person to make an intelligent decision must be passed to the patient or the decision-makers. Such information includes the risks and probability of each of the risks and the benefits. Further, any questions related to this should be fully explained, in language and terminology that the patient or the decision-makers can understand.

Documentation of Consent

For various tests and procedures, such as routine blood tests, X-rays, and splints or casts, consent is implied and no written documentation of the consent process is obtained. However, for various invasive tests or for treatments where significant risk is associated, the patient should be provided with a written consent form and a verbal explanation, both preferably in the patient’s native language.

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The following sub-components should be discussed and included in the written consent form.

  1. A description or explanation of the medical condition that demands the test, procedure, or treatment.
  2. A description or explanation of the purpose and benefits of the proposed test, procedure, or treatment.
  3. A description or explanation of the proposed test, procedure, or treatment, including potential complications or adverse consequences.
  4. A description or explanation of alternative treatments, procedures, or tests, if any, and their relative benefits and risks.
  5. A discussion of the consequences of not accepting the test, procedure, or treatment.

If the above components are not included in the form, then the patient should request this information.

Last but the most important aspect of the consent form is it should be signed and dated both by the doctor and the patient or the surrogate decision-makers (for minor patients parents should sign). You may also ask for a copy of the signed consent form.

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Chelox therapy, Laser therapy & Chelation Therapy

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Recently, one person was admitted to a well-known nursing home at Pune, due to severe chest pain. He had an earlier attack in 2012 and was under treatment. The doctors now suggested Angiography.

Upon undergoing Angiography at multi-specialty Hospital Doctors diagnosed multiple blockages for which Angioplasty was ruled out and instead, suggested ‘Bypass Surgery’.

That evening, he was brought home as the doctor suggested his heart is very weak, bypass could be performed only after 10 – 15 days.

Meanwhile, after discussing the matter with relatives and close friends, fresh information came from a family friend.

A new treatment is known as-“Chelox therapy, Laser therapy & Chelation Therapy” has been introduced into the Indian medical theatre.

With this therapy, a patient who has to undergo by-pass need not do so.

Instead, the patient is given about 30 bottles of IV fluids in which certain medicament are injected. The medicine cleans the system and removes all blockages from the heart and the arteries. The number of bottles given may increase depending upon the age-factor and health of the patient.
Cost per bottle may be around Rs.1300/-.

Currently, only a few doctors in India specialize in this field

One of them is DR.Vikrant Laate. In Pune.

He has a list of patients who had to undergo by-pass from major hospitals; but, instead of after undergoing the new treatment, they are absolutely fine and are leading a normal life. Without or minimum medicine.

Dr. Vikrant Laate
Suvish Holistic Wellness Centre,
Swargate,
PUNE.

Mob: +919970970770, 9975170399.

This treatment has been done at Chennai Anna Nagar Neomed HOSPITAL also.

This helpful medical article curated from the web.

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Research studies confirm Ayurvedic treatments help kidney ailments

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Two separate studies published in Internation journals by Indian researchers have confirmed benefits of using ‘Punarnava’, an Indian herb, for kidney ailments. The extract from the plant can help with both preventing and managing kidney disease, said researchers, and added that one can definitely help slow the disease’s progression and treats its symptoms and complications by using formulations containing ‘Punarnava’ and a careful diet.

According to a case study conducted in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) which has been published in the World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Sciences, a woman kidney patient was given Punarnava based syrup for a month. It was found that the creatinine level and urea level in her blood had gone down significantly to a healthy level. Not only this, but her hemoglobin level had also improved. Hence, it was concluded that Punanrva based drugs not only make the kidney’s health but also improves the hemoglobin level.

Similarly, another study published in the Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research too talked about the efficacy of Punarnava based herbal formulations including lotus leaves, patharchur, and other major herbs when given to the subjects. It was found that the drug had helped in maintaining a histological parameter of kidneys, apart from reducing high levels of uric acid and electrolytes, The study said that “the syrup (Neeri KFT) is a potent neuroprotective formulation, protecting kidneys from nephrotoxins including oxidative damage induced by lead acetate.”

“Herbal formulations in Neeri KFT can be an alternative to dialysis to some extent. In fact, because of limited options in allopathy for kidney treatment, which is witnessing increasing trend due to changing lifestyles, now the emphasis is on Ayurveda drugs,” said Professor KN Dwivedi, Head of Department, Department of Dravyaguna, BHU.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a global epidemic. Nearly 850 million people are known to suffer from kidney diseases from varied causes, worldwide. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes about 2.4 million deaths per year and is among the top five causes of deaths worldwide. India contributes to around 10% of the CKD burden of the world. The estimated prevalence of CKD is 1 in 10 (10%)  in India. The most common cause of Chronic Kidney disease in India is Diabetes mellitus, which contributes to around 55-60% of CKD.

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Mediclaim can’t be rejected if original bills are lost: Here’s why

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In a relevant order, a consumer forum has held that if an individual has lost their original bills but can provide the duplicate bills, their Mediclaim then cannot be rejected by the insurance company.

According to a report in Times of India, A Mumbai doctor, Satyapriya Dhabuwala suffered from a brain hemorrhage in 2012, the district forum had ordered New India Assurance Co Lt and Health India TPA Services (I) Ltd, to pay Rs 2.21 lakh compensation (reimbursement of Rs 1.71 lakh and rest as interest and costs.)

The forum observed that Dhabuwala had been purchasing the insurance policy since 2004 and also renewing it by paying the annual premium. Over the order of the consumer forum, Rupam Asthana, CEO, Liberty General Insurance Firm had said, “In absence of an original bill the consumer should not suffer in the era of technology, the insurance firm should investigate the case with the hospital bills itself.”

INSURANCE: Critical illness cover can add to Mediclaim
Critical illness health insurance pays a fixed amount if you get any of the diseases listed in the insurance. This benefit amount is not linked to the costs one incurs. The diseases are defined in the policy wordings and buyers should take comfort from the fact that these definitions are supervised and standardized by the insurance regulator. The insurance is terminated once a claim is paid and cannot be renewed. These insurances may be bought as standalone individual plans or as riders to life insurance.

Critical illness differs from standard Mediclaim in three ways. The critical illness benefit is fixed per illness, whereas Mediclaim covers actual hospitalization expenses. Critical illness pays if you suffer a specified disease, whereas Mediclaim covers hospitalization costs for any illness. Critical illness terminates when you claim whereas Mediclaim can be renewed life-long even if you make a claim. For these reasons, we suggest buying critical illness as second, supplementary insurance, only after we have your basic health insurance in place.

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Rajasthan: Gross carelessness in delivery, baby’s body splits into two

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In case of gross negligence during the delivery by medical personnel in the government hospital of Ramgarh district Jaisalmer, a newborn baby’s body was split into two, when medical staff pulled it out with brute force during delivery.

The, Human Rights Commission Chairman Prakash Tatia has taken congizance of the case and has sought factual report from Jaisalmer SP and CMHO till February 11. Health Minister Raghu Sharma has also directed a probe into the matter and has sought the report in 7 days.

Incidentally, in this heartbreaking episode, the woman’s delivery was done by two male nurses in the Ramgarh Hospital. One nurse  allegedly yanked at the child’s feet and the other tried to deliver the child forcefully resulting in the child’s trunk separating from the head, sources said.

The medical staff did not tell the family and the woman was referred to Jaisalmer. From there, she was sent to Jodhpur to Ummed Hospital, where the head of the baby was taken out by doctors and only then the case of this negligence was revealed.

After the shocking disclosure, the woman’s husband filed a case against the hospital staff at the Ramgarh police station, sources said.

According to information received from Ramgarh, Diksha, wife of Trilok Singh Bhati, was taken to the hospital three days earlier when she was in labour.

When the male nurses reportedly blundered during the delivery of child, they made the cardinal sin of not informing the parents of the case and instead, referred the matter to the Jaisalmer hospital. The patient and the family were not informed about this, and Jaisalmer Hospital referred the matter to Jodhpur hospital saying that a dead child was born  but the umbilical cord was left behind.

Dr Ravindra Sankhala,  doctor at Jawahar Hospital in Jaisalmer was informed by the Ramgarh hospital staff that the woman delivered a child, but the cord is left inside. At one o’clock at night, Dr Sankhala tried to remove the umbilical cord, but when he sensed something is amiss, he decided to first stabilize the health of the woman and then referred her to Jodhpur.Doctors at Jodhpur’s Umaid Hospital got to know about the botch-up during operation and informed her husband, who then approached police.A case was filed under IPC sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety) against two staffers of the Ramgarh hospital.

Diksha said that when she was brought to the hospital for childbirth, there was no doctor there, nor were any female nurses present. Only two male nurses were on duty there she said before speaking of her ordeal.

She said the male nurses told her to leave for Jaisalmer Hospital after the botch-up.

Police have started the investigation by registering the case. When the medical staff were interrogated, the police were handed over the part of the body. Today the police has conducted the post-mortem of the child’s head and body at Ramgarh hospital.

Health minister Dr Raghu Sharma said the incident was unfortunate and such things will not be tolerated. “I have asked district CMHO to investigate the matter and file the factual report within 7 days. Strict action will be taken against those who would be found guilty.” he said.

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Medanta, Medicity, sets a new record ! 98 year old Iraqi citizen is healthy after coronary cardiac surgery !

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Medanta, Medicity, sets a new record ! 98 year old Iraqi citizen is healthy after coronary cardiac surgery ! pic Jagran n FB
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There was a time three decades ago when cardi vascular surgeries in India were next to impossible rather extremely negligible and majority of the heart patients needing urgent surgeries either went abroad to US incurring large expenditures or resigned to fate.

The rich, affluents and the politicians under government support went abroad for complex heart surgeries thus enhancing their life spans. I fondly remember late H. N. Bahuguna had gone to cleveland n Houston USA and got operated for his serious heart ailment twice but was hard lucked and met his sad end in 1989 during his second surgery in 1989 .

Today heart surgeries are very commen in India and almost all the government and private hospitals are fully equipped with the latest techniques n hi tech machines and cardio vascular surgeries have become very common with extremely high success rates in a package from 1.5 to 3.5 lakhs differing from hospital to hospital. Planting of stents clearing the blockages in heart arteries is a common phenomena these days where as few decades ago the mortality rate was too high with heart patients dying of cardiac arrests for want of surgeries and planting of stents.

But despite all this performing heart surgeries on senior citizens above the age of 70, 80 or even above it, is still a highly ( usually) challenging task which the cardiac surgeons usually avoid depending upon the physical, mental and psychological conditions of the old aged patients whose heart muscles usually become weak and therefore not prone for successful heart surgeries.

In India cases of heart transplants have also been successful which are rare. But despite all these odds and highly challenging surgeries of heart of the octogenerians or patients with more age, the Gurugram hospital Medanta, Medicity, a multispeciality hospital, owned by a renowned cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan has successfully conductd a heart surgery on a 98 year old patient of Iraq who’d come here for treatment clearing his four blocked heart arteries, thus making history for the first time.

According to Jagran a 98 year old patient of severe heart ailment suffering from blockages in four arteries namely Mohammed Kadim Sayeed was successfully operated in Medanta, Medicity a super speciality hospital, specilized in cardio vascular surgeries. Being an overaged patient nearing 100, it was really a herculean task for the surgeons to conduct the heart operation of Sayeed with four heart arteries blocked.

According the globally renowned heart surgeon Naresh Trehan, Medanta has established a record of sort by conducting this 100% successful coronary by pass heart surgery on a 98 year old patient clearing his all the four arteries of the blockages which led to acute chest pains to the patient. Trehan said conducting surgery on a 98 year old patient is a highly risky proposition in which chances of success and survival are very negligible.

He assured that after this successful surgery of 98 year old Iraq citizen Mohammed Kadim Sayeed the patient is completely healthy and in sound physique. It may be recalled that the 72 year old Dr. Naresh Trehan is a Padma Shri recepient and also the recipient of several other coveted awards.

He graduated from the Kings Medical College, Lucknow and thereafter went to US for higher medical studies. Dr. Trehan served as a cardiac surgeon in US for several years until the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi requested him to come to India ans serve the countrymen. He conducted several successful surgeries in Escorts, Okhakala, New Delhi before establishing the Medanta, medicity super speciality hospital in Gurugram. Dr. Trehan gives concessions to poor patients who can’t afford for their critical surgeries.

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