Dr. Rachna Pande

How chemicals are affecting human health

As technology has rapidly progressed in the past 60 to 70 years, chemicals are being extensively used in industries, agriculture and even homes. They have been beneficial in multiple ways, but now, more and more health hazards are also being linked to these chemicals by scientific studies. The...

Monday, June 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Home birth: Is it safe?

Dear Doctor, I have watched videos of women having home births and I am confused. How safe is this? Can a woman actually arrange for this? What are the risks that women should be aware of before trying this out? Margaret Dear Margaret, Home birth is where a woman gives birth at home, at the end...

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Advantages of fat for the body

These days there is greater awareness about health hazards of obesity, as compared to a decade or so before. As a result, many people have resorted to measures to, “eat healthy” and exercise. But many in their zeal forget that every food substance has some benefits for the body and...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Do you know about pedal edema?

Sometimes individuals develop swelling over feet, known as pedal edema.  It becomes worrisome and generates anxiety. It can be due to multiple causes. Timely detection and treatment of underlying cause cures it. Normally, plasma volume inside the body is kept constant by various forces. Any...

Monday, May 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

I am scared of child birth

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and almost due. The pregnancy has been pretty smooth but I can’t shake off the fear of child birth. I have been so worried lately that my appetite went down and I lost some weight. Any tips on how I can prepare myself mentally for what is to...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

How effective is breast self-examination?

Dear Doctor, How often should I go for a breast cancer check-up? I feel like self-checking is not as effective. Maria Dear Maria, Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and second highest among prevalence of all cancers globally. If detected late, it may have spread to other parts of...

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Women and asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of lungs (tubes that bring air in and out of lungs).  It is manifested by repeated episodes of cough, wheezing, breathlessness, and feeling of tightness in chest. World Asthma Day (first Tuesday of May), is a day created for generating...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why won’t my new-born sleep?

Dear Doctor, My new-born doesn’t seem to sleep at all during the night or day. The slightest noise and she is awake. We are now in our second week and I could really use some sleep. She doesn’t cry much, just doesn’t sleep the way new-borns are supposed to. What’s happening...

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of standing for lengthy time

Standing is a natural posture for an individual. Standing makes one feel energetic and active and aids one in moving. Many persons the world over have to stand for long hours, continuously, for their work. These include traffic police men, teachers, surgeons, labourers and etcetera. ...

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 7:44 PM

Why have I failed to conceive?

Dear Doctor, I have been trying to conceive in vain, yet this is my second year in marriage. Is there anything to worry about as I have done all the tests, yet they all confirmed I was fine? Alice Dear Alice, You have not mentioned your age. Did you use any contraception before? There are...

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Muscular pain: How to control it

Every individual must have experienced sore limbs, stiff or painful to touch or on movements of limbs, sometime or the other. Muscular pains are a common problem, though the underlying causes may vary. Depending on the underlying cause, a person may have few episodes of pain, or it may last longer...

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1:00 PM

What’s behind my constant headaches?

Dear Doctor, I have constantly had mild headaches for the past few months. I also experience strong sensitivity to light and sound, and this is at times accompanied by nausea and vomiting. What could be causing this? Diana Dear Diana, How old are you? How long does the headache last? Are there...

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to care for someone after a stroke

Stroke is a sudden neurological deficit in the body occurring due to   blood supply being cut off in part of the brain and causing damage to that part.  Blood supply is cut off due to either a clot blocking the cerebral artery or arteries (blood vessels of brain) or due to bleeding...

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:39 PM

Should I go for a pap smear test?

Dear Doctor, For so many times, I have come across articles urging women to go for pap smear tests, however I have been reluctant to go for one because from what I have heard the experience is a discomforting and painful one.  How relevant is this test anyway and could there be any other...

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Nephrotic syndrome: Understanding causes and symptoms

Nephrotic syndrome is a disease where the kidneys are damaged and are unable to hold back proteins.  Proteins in variable quantity are passed in urine daily. Protein deficiency commences in the body due to this loss. It is a non specific disorder which can occur in children as well as adults...

Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:55 AM

When does breast feeding get easier?

Dear Doctor, I am nursing my two-weeks-old baby. However breast feeding is not as easy I thought it was. These first few weeks have been really tough, I have no appetite, I also have little supply of milk and I am still having trouble getting my baby on the latch. The entire process is painful and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Symptoms and causes of liver cancer

1 A 55- year-old woman developed a loss of appetite and started feeling nauseous. Her condition persisted in spite of the medication she received for over 4 to 6 weeks. When she went to hospital for consultation, she underwent a clinical examination, and to her shock, she had liver cancer. Liver...

Monday, April 1, 2019, 2:24 AM

How soon do menses resume after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, How soon can a woman expect her period after giving birth? My sister hasn’t had hers in eight months. And it shows no signs of coming, yet a friend got hers in less than two months. What is considered a normal period? Dear Molly, Pregnancy and child birth depend on the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Gender-based violence

International Women’s Day is marked every year on March 8. Today, women are no longer the frail, vulnerable gender of our species. They have proved themselves in every field. Yet cases of physical abuse of women still occur, in both poor as well as affluent families, the world over. Gender-...

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:33 PM

Is severe cramping normal after miscarriage?

Dear Doctor, My sister suffered a miscarriage and has been in and out of pain ever since. There are painkillers she was given after she was discharged, and advised to go on bed rest, but it is now almost two weeks and the pain still keeps her up at night sometimes. Is this expected? Stella Dear...

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 AM