Cervical Cancer Spreading At Alarming Rates In India

Cervical-Cancer Hospitals in Bangalore

Cervical cancer cases in India are increasing at an alarming rate, so much so this monster is known to take 200 lives of women in India, on a daily basis. Over 60,000 deaths have been accounted during the year 2015 itself. It is thus, one of the most common cancers in women in India alongside breast cancer.

FACTS ABOUT CERVICAL CANCER
Human Papolloma virus or HPV causes Cervical cancer. It usually effects women in the age group of 40-65, but 55-65 is the age group with highest associated risks. The virus is easily transmitted through skin to skin contact and not just sexually, which is a myth many of us believe in. In 90% of the cases, the immune system takes care of clearing the virus. The remaining 10% whose bodies are not able to create the antibodies needed to kill these invaders get affected by Cervical cancer. Also, no test is still available for knowing whether your body has the ability to create the antibodies required to defeat the cervical cancer virus or not. The rural areas bear the brunt more so due to failure in doing checkups and ignorance.

Well, it has been also found that women don’t really seem to be willing to take the vaccine available for cervical cancer. In India, its majorly because most of them don’t know about it or because of the cost factor. Well, the side effects also are a major concern for people with numerous myths surrounding the condition doing rounds, already. One such myth is infertility. Though, against the myth about the side effects of cervical cancer, lies the fact sheet of over 200 vaccinated cases that proves no serious long term side effects of the vaccine. Another fact being that over 65 countries have included this vaccine as a part of their health program already. The awareness levels are also less, even though there has been a lot of effort in the area for the past three decades.

TREATMENT & PREVENTION
As mentioned vaccines for cervical cancer are already available and as per experts one of this vaccines is 99% effective in prevention in young women. It’s the nonavalent, but it has yet to see the light of day in India. But, the bivalent and quadravalent vaccines are readily available and provide around 70% protection against the earlier mentioned nonavalent which offers 90%. The world health organization has recommended the vaccine for age groups of 9-13 years old girls due to its immunogenic ability at this age.

In a nutshell, cervical cancer is a deadly condition in women and India needs to have an action plan against it. Each one of us is responsible for our family and kids. So, go ahead and shield your girls against this deadly disease by vaccinating them early on. The HPV virus has the ability to stay in the body of a woman for a decade before it turns cancerous therefore it is advisable to do a pap smear test on a regular basis for detection of any symptoms, early on. For women not eligible for vaccination it is advisable to take up the Pap smear test after a certain age on a recommended basis.

RRMCH conducted Cervical Cancer  awareness programs

Career in Physiotherapy in India – Promising or not?

With pollution clogging up the air and chemicals degrading the quality of vegetables and greens, increased stress levels due to constant workloads, early age strokes, accidents while commuting, lifestyle diseases like obesity and more are taking a toll on people. Rehabilitation is slowly and steadily gaining importance in the healthcare sector. These days most of the multi-specialty hospitals have a rehabilitation centre with qualified Physiotherapists for treatment and therapy.

Physiotherapy Colleges in Bangalore

Experts are already forecasting the immense possibilities for expansion and growth of Physiotherapy. The career is definitely a promising one, considering the fact that even people have realized the potential of physiotherapy in significantly improving quality of life by working on body mobilization.

But, before you decide to take your plunge into this field which for sure offers total work satisfaction and is miles away from being monotonous in nature, you need to sit down and think about flip-side of the coin. You need to be aware that this career involves working with people of all ages and mental as well as physical disabilities or challenges. From kids to elderly, mentally challenged to accident victims, general populace to criminals, anyone for that matter could be your patient. Dealing with all kinds of people also means dealing with their tempers. So, primarily you need to have loads of patience and ability to keep calm during stressed times. It is a bit of physical work also because you need to demonstrate the exercises or body moves to the patients. This could be physically draining at times as well. So, take your decision about pursuing the career only after contemplating on these facts.

After giving it a thought, if you still feel passionate about pursuing the career, go ahead. Depending upon your interest you may either go for a Bachelors in Physiotherapy, Masters in Physiotherapy or you many are interested in doing research of taking up teaching as a profession. A doctorate is always advisable. In the US and UK, there is a high demand for Physiotherapists compared to India where the sun seems to be shining on this profession though its only into its initial growth phase. So, taking up a doctorate or a specialization in the field in an overseas university definitely would open doors to umpteen opportunities overseas for this profession. Even the payscale oversees is significantly high compared to India.

In India as a physiotherapist you may get to work in private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, defence establishments, sports and fitness centres, as private consultant to corporates, private practice at your own clinic or with the government hospitals, old age home, mental healthcare centres and more. The work timings are generally good and flexible to an extent. The good part is this profession does not require working during odd hours of the night, etc. So, you get ample time to spend with your family.

Well, Physiotherapy is a challenging field but it is interesting and self satisfying as well. If it interests you a lot and you want to work for serving people and augmenting their health and fitness levels, then this profession is the right choice for you.

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation Technology For Limb Rehabilitation Post Stroke – The Possibilities

vagus vagal nerve stimulation

Vagus Nerve Stimulation or VNS has already got a green signal from the Food and Drug Administration of USA for conditions like epilepsy and depression but the latest reports confirm its utilization in rehabilitation of the limb for stroke patients. Many of us are aware of the fact that over 80% of people who’ve recently got a stroke find significant difficulty or weakness on one side of their body. With Paralysis or Hemiparesis, there is high possibility that the patients have to live with it for the rest of their lives. It has also be observed that oral drugs have not been so effective in reducing the impairments. This is when VNS technology experiments were carried out on patients with significant arm weakness post stroke.

The test include 20 patients randomly divided into two groups and observed over a period of six weeks in Glasgow, Scotland. One group was kept entirely under rehabilitation while the other was provided VNS treatment alongside rehabilitation.

VNS treatment for stroke patient involves implanting a device surgically below the collar bone of the patient. It does the task of delivering stimulation to the vagus nerve.As per the experimental data available, VNS activates structures in the brain stem, thus causing a release of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine or acetylcholine. This temporary activation of the neurotransmitters in turn helps the brain to be more receptive with the physical therapy exercises during physiotherapy rehabilitation sessions.

The results where encouraging because the latter group that was provided the VNS treatment seemed to show an average 9% improvement. Individual variation did persist but overall it proved to be effective as it improved the motion and strength of their stroke affected limb. Thus, the results of VNS for limb rehabilitation of stroke patients seems to be quite promising and has also received a positive response from the doctors as well. It looks like, the coming times will definitely shed light on its full fledged utilization in limb rehabilitation of stroke patients.
None the less, it is a ray of hope in the direction of improvement of quality of life of the stroke patients who live through the fear of arm weakness and dependency for their lifetime.

Contact to best neurologist in Bangalore India

Source : http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/876351#vp_1

Health Checkups in India – The Good, The Bad and Beyond

RRMCH - Master health check ups

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We the people of India have undergone a significant change, particularly speaking about the way we deal with personal healthcare. The changing times have brought about a transformation that is apparently a necessity to stay informed about self health. Well the proverb, Prevention is better than cure, holds true and the good news is – today, people are taking preventive steps in order to stay in the pink of their health, It includes preventive measures like regular or routine health checkups as well, though it usually around 35-40 years of age that they start doing checkups. Contemplating this news, how good it really is, depends upon a few points, actually. As we come across different multi-specialty hospitals offering health packages of different types and costs, we also come across the variety of tests that need to be carried out. While some of the tests are mandatory or rather relevant, we might not be aware that some of them may cause bodily harm due to radiations. Therefore the statement.

The responsibility here lies on the hospitals and healthcare setups that offer such tests or packages. Scan through the health packages and you will find tests including X-rays, mammograms, CT Scans and more. The fact is that the tests need to be more targeted based on age, gender and need. International guidelines need to be followed but the truth of the matter is that Hospitals and healthcare centres are already showing a blind eye to the these guidelines. Here is India, there are a lot of fallacies about helathcare checkups. One of them being, the more the number of tests under a healthcare checkup list, the more is the reliability of the hospital and better the service. Beyond managing the health of the people, the hospitals also seem to have turned the so called community service affair into a full fledged business.

Internationally though, the norms, regulations and guidelines are highly stringent. The type of tests to be included in health checkup plans, the people to be targeted based on gender, agegroup and more, the repetition of the tests, etc. needs to be in accordance to the guidelines put in place. As mentioned before one of the common example of the same would be inclusion of X-rays and CT Scans under routine tests in India. On the flip side, internationally asymptomatic tests like X-rays or CT scans are not advisable at all due to the radiation harms they present to the people.

Even tests like mammography and pap smear are listed under healthcheckup plans for women in India. Apparently, visit the webpages of the best hospitals in India and to your surprise of shock, you would see these tests listed under their health checkup packages already. Even children are not spared. Routine X-rays on the name of wellness checks have become a common sight at pediatric clinics and hospitals. This is not just bad news, but sad news and is definitely putting to risk the lives of common people.

Master health checkups or any other checkups need to be devised for the benefit of the people and not for business sake. Undeniably, looking after your health and taking preventive measures through checkups is always a good idea, but to be informed about the procedures and the tests that are actually required is undoubtedly need of the hour. We always have trusted the doctors and hospitals on issues related to health, but times have changed and its high time to be well educated and informed about individual health checkups.

So, go for routine health checkups but at the same time check everything you need to know about health checkups before you do. Stay informed. Stay healthy

Rajarajeswari Hospital in Bangalore provides master health checkups with affordable prices

Top 5 Apps To Monitor Your Health the Smart Way

One of the most common diseases in India and across the globe is the cardiovascular or heart disease. Under this definition are listed umpteen health issues related to the heart like heart infections, plaque deposits in the arteries, coronary artery disease and more. The conditions are usually a result of chocked arteries. On the brighter side though, certain changes in lifestyle like exercising, balance diet and more can help you improve your health condition and prevent further damage to the heart.

HEART HEALTH MONITORING APPS
By the way there is another good news in the regard. With the onset of mobile applications, managing hearth health is now just a few taps away. There are different apps available in market for free and also chargeable basis for download. These apps come with numerous facilities for tracking your heart health and improving it as well. Here is a run down some of the apps that you can download for monitoring your heart health on a regular basis.

1. INSTANT HEART RATE

INSTANT HEART RATE

One of the most commonly used app, instant heart rate can be used for tracking your heart rate accurately. You simply have to place your index finger on your phones camera and in not time get data on your Heart Rate. Further, you can also view a real time chart showing your heart rhythm pace. It works on the similar technique that oximeters use. Heart fitness results are simple– fitter the heart, lower heart rate.

Use – Measuring heart rate, Monitoring Cardio workout, Realtime PPG graph
Price – Free
Note – Camera with a flash facility for best results. For flash less camera provide good lighting

2. I- CARE HEALTH MONITOR

I- CARE HEALTH MONITOR

This app is designed for measuring blood pressure and heart rate primarily. It also comes with an added advantage of measuring respiratory rate, pulse wave, oxygen, vision, hearing, lung capacity, color blindness and more. To use it, press the screen using your finger. Then place your index finger on the rear camera and hold until the measurements flash on screen. It accuracy rate is very high as well.
Use – Blood Pressure, Heart rate, Blood Oxygen, blood lipids measurement & much more
Price – Free
Note – Test multiple times for better results as deviation in BP are possible for precise value indication.

3. MY PLATE CALORIE TRACKER

MY PLATE CALORIE TRACKERThey say prevention is better than cure. The same holds true for hearth health too. Hearth health is associated with lifestyle as well. One of the factors within the lifestyle that affect heart health is diet. Eating healthy and balance food can help avoid heart related issues and also help in improving heart health. My plate is a user friendly application for tracking the calories you take in on a daily basis including food and water. It comes with a bar code scanner for finding and tracking food at speed. It also provides you with a customized foods, meals and calorie goals besides keeping track of your weight.
Use – Monitor & manage macro nutrient consumption, track food, water, calories, weight & more
Price – Free
Note – Nothing in particular

4. PULSE POINT

PULSE POINT

This app comes with the ability to provide life saving assistance to people during heart attacks. It provides notification to the application users who have specified that they are trained in CPR. The tracker apparently uses location based services and sends CPR need alerts to the selected people or people in vicinity. It uses a sofisticated location based service and directs the said people to the location of need as well. This app is not as popular in India right now but globally it is working very well. It also is a virtual window to 911 communication centres, thus providing emergency activity access in real-time. It is currently covering hundreds of communities as well as cities abroad.
Use – Emergency CPR notifications to trained application users
                                                 Price – Free
Note – Nothing Specific

5. KARDIA BY ALIVECOR

KARDIA BY ALIVECORAn FDA Cleared and most clinically validated App, it allows you to track EKG in no time and share it with your doctor. You can also track your exercise patterns, sleep, dietary habits, shortness of breath and more. Further it provide EKG analysis and consultations of cardiologist that are certified. This app is a smart way to monitor heart health and avoid strokes by sharing the results with physician.
Use – Alert users against potential heart problems on the basis of analysis
Price – Not free
Note – Requires Kardia mobile
These are just a select few of the numerous heart health monitoring applications                                                            available for androids and iphones. You can just log on and select the one that best fits                                                  your needs and requirements and take a vital step in the direction of preserving and                                                       improving your heart health.

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