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Dr. Rachna Pande

How can I get rid of migraines?

DEAR DOCTOR, I can’t seem to find any painkillers that ease my constant migraines. I get migraines from time to time and try to sleep them off but sometimes the pain is so intense, I opt to swallow a painkiller, only they don’t seem to help much. What can I do? TONY DEAR TONY...

Monday, October 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Constipation is a correctable functional problem

A  young girl of around 20 years of age was hospitalised for severe abdominal pain.  Due to the pain, she was unable to eat and was feeling nauseous. After inquiries, I came to know that she had not passed stool for over a week- she was constipated.  Prior to this however,...

Monday, October 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Life is full of opportunities

LIfe is a set of actions, and every action is an open door to many more opportunities.  Although these opportunities are endless, many people are blind to this reality. What they don’t know is that opportunities can be people you meet every day. These people can be sources of...

Friday, October 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Trying to conceive after miscarriage

DEAR DOCTOR, I have been trying to conceive after losing my first pregnancy, but it has been over six months now without results. Could it be a problem caused by the previous pregnancy? I am worried.   DIANA DEAR DIANA, I am sorry for your loss. The loss occurred in which month of...

Monday, September 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gorilla trekking: Trip down memory lane

This year Kwita Izina, (naming ceremony of baby gorillas), was held on September 24 amidst restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hence, making it difficult for many to attend. But Kwita Izina, brings back memories of the two wonderful memorable trips I had visiting the gorillas in their...

Friday, September 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Should one take painkillers for menstrual cramps?

DEAR DOCTOR, Is it okay to take painkillers for cramps? My sister does so and I feel like this is something she can cope with without medication. How do I get her to stop medicating herself? JUSTINE DEAR JUSTINE, Does your sister get cramps in the legs while walking or is it cramps in...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:23 PM

How can I reduce antibiotic side effects?

DEAR DOCTOR, I recently got a throat infection and was given antibiotics, but they really make me feel sicker. Is this normal. I sweat a lot and feel nauseous. What can I do to feel better? ALLAN DEAR ALLAN, How long have you had throat infection and what were the symptoms? Was it...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

What you should know about chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is the most common cause for chronic cough, particularly in middle aged and elderly people. It occurs due to chronic inflammation of the medium and large airways of the lungs which transport air both ways in the lungs, and is part of the lung diseases grouped as COPD (chronic...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

What is good cholesterol?

DEAR DOCTOR, How do I monitor cholesterol levels? What is good or bad cholesterol? Any specific diet you can recommend to maintain this? ARTHUR DEAR ARTHUR, Cholesterol is a type of organic molecule present in the blood. It is important for many physiological functions inside the body,...

Monday, June 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Beware of COVID-19

In spite of advancement in modern medicine, to the extent that kidney, heart transplants have become a routine affair, still, medical science has been unable to contain and stop infectious diseases from occurring in totality. The outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Can you get pregnant on your period?

Dear Doctor, How likely is it to get pregnant on or around your period? If so, how does it come about? Dinah Dear Dinah Usually, a period is considered to be a safe time to have sex, for someone who doesn’t want to get pregnant.  The chances of fertility are considered low...

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Is smoking more harmful to a woman?

Dear Doctor, I have been smoking for six years now. My friends tell me all sorts of stuff. Is smoking really more dangerous for a woman than it is a man? How so?  Anne Dear Anne, Smoking is not at all healthy for men or women.  Nicotine is the main ingredient present in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Breast cancer: What should I look out for?

Dear Doctor, I am 23 years old and worried about breast cancer as it runs in my family. I haven’t had any check-ups yet. Should I start now? How often should I go and what signs should I look out for? Sarah Dear Sarah, Breast cancer does tend to occur due to hereditary factors...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

What are risks of standing in front of microwave?

I have heard that standing near a microwave and absorbing the radiation it emits can cause serious damage to a woman’s health. How true is this? Pam Dear Pam, Microwave ovens are really very convenient for cooking and heating precooked food. Use is economical both in terms of time...

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I fix bad teenage body odour?

Dear Doctor, My teenage daughter sweats so much and her sweat smells bad no matter what. She takes regular baths, uses deodorant but after a brief walk, it gets worse. Why can’t it go away permanently? Liz Dear Liz, How long has your teenage daughter had this problem? Has it been...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why do I feel bloated during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to be gassy during pregnancy?  I constantly feel bloated, gassy, and sometimes, it is hard to control which can be embarrassing. What causes this? Will it stop eventually? Hanifah Dear Hanifah, Is this your first pregnancy? If not, did you have a similar...

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I make menstrual distress bearable?

Dear Doctor, My breasts really swell during my period and I get the worst cramps. I try to avoid work during those days but I have an inconsiderate boss. What can I do to make my ordeal more bearable? Annet Dear Annet, Sorry to hear about your suffering and the boss being inconsiderate...

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

HIV and contraception

December 1 is “WORLD AIDS DAY”, a day to spread awareness about AIDS. The theme for 2019 is ‘Know Your Status’. This implies broadly, whether one is positive or not, if positive, what is the stage and the effort an individual makes in preventing further transmission of the...

Monday, December 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my compliments...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 11:00 AM

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

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