Dr. Rachna Pande

Beware of metabolic syndrome

Modern technology and lifestyle trends have made life very comfortable for men. But on the other hand it has given rise to many health-related problems, which are preventable. Metabolic syndrome is one of them. Metabolic syndrome is the term coined for the combination of problems which occurs...

Monday, July 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why does my baby snore?

Dear Doctor,My two-year-old daughter started snoring. It’s been a month and the snoring keeps getting louder. Sometimes she sounds like she is having difficulty breathing. But she doesn’t have the flu. Does she have nasal problems that need to be checked out? I’ve tried giving her...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

How noise pollution affects your health

The level of noise has increased in the world, along with development. Ring tones of mobile devices, sounds emanating from radio, television, computers, loud speakers, music systems, sound by traffic, sounds of construction works, machines, electronic devices and human conversations, among others,...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I deal with my baby's cold?

Dear Doctor,My three-week-old baby recently caught the flu from his two-year-old sister. I spend sleepless nights watching over him. I, however, would like you to recommend something that will help his blocked nose. He has difficulty breathing through his mouth. Everything I’ve read online...

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why herpes zoster is a common problem

Herpes Zoster, (shingles or zona) is an infectious illness, where a nerve or nerve root is affected causing severe burning pain on the affected part of the body. It is a viral infection caused by the chicken pox virus, i.e. the varicella zoster virus. One may have infection with chicken pox early...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Is it menopause causing my voice to become hoarse?

Dear Doctor, I recently noticed change in my voice as it is becoming hoarse. Now that I have begun my menopause, should I take it as the cause or is there need to seek medication. Harriet Dear Harriet, Change of voice and hoarseness is indeed a symptom of menopause, which is often overlooked....

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Strengthen the mind with yoga

The international yoga day has just passed by on 21st June. The purpose of it is to remind people of the importance of yoga in our daily lives. It is useful not only for physical fitness but mental health also. Urban life styles have created much stress in minds of majority people, the result of...

Monday, July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain is mostly linked to heart problems and is frightening to the individual, whenever it occurs. It can be due to multiple causes, harmless in most cases. Muscular pains can occur in the chest due to excess work, trauma or exposure to cold weather. Young adults particularly men can develop...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I handle my toddler’s eczema?

Dear Doctor, My two-year-old daughter was born with eczema and for the last couple of weeks, it has been unbearable. I’ve visited doctors who gave us medicine but nothing seems to help with the itching. She has wounds on her body as a result from the scratching and it doesn’t look good...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Osteoporosis is preventable

Osteoporosis is the process of thinning of bones and commonly occurs with advancing age. It starts insidiously. One is not aware of it till he starts developing pain over limbs, back or suffers from fractures, without any apparent injury. As osteoporosis starts, the bone starts getting soft and...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I prevent breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I am 22 years old and I have a history of breast cancer in my family. I lost two of my aunts to it. My question is, how often should I go for breast cancer check-ups and what should I look out for on my own? Pauline Dear Pauline, Having breast cancer in the family is a strong risk...

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of tobacco

The World No Tobacco Day was market recently. But considering the harmful effects of tobacco, everyday should be a “no tobacco day”. As per the Global Health Observatory data(GHO), in 2015 over 1.1 billion people worldwide smoked tobacco, prevalence being more in men Though tobacco use...

Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

What’s behind my delayed menstruation?

Dear Doctor, I am 25 years old and have never been pregnant. However, my period is late by about three weeks and this has never happened. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Can a test sometimes be wrong? Or is my body going through random changes? Sandra Dear Sandra, Amenorrhoea...

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

How hypertension affects the nervous system

Hypertension or high blood pressure has grown in epidemic proportion around the world. It is affecting not only individuals from affluent western countries, but also those living in third world developing countries.  Urban life styles, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, use of alcohol and...

Monday, June 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I control a heavy menstrual flow?

Dear Doctor, I am 20 years old and have always had a heavy menstrual flow. I don’t normally get cramps but my flow makes me uncomfortable and I’m afraid of leaving the house when I get a period. I use pads but I’ve tried so many and none is thick enough. I have to change my pad...

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why children should never take alcohol

It was shocking to see a young boy, merely 16 years having deranged liver function. On examination and with investigations, he was found to have liver cirrhosis. The underlying cause for liver cirrhosis being alcohol, which he had consumed since five of age. Later on, I came to know that young...

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I deal with anaemia during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child but after my first antenatal visit last week, I was told that I am anaemic. I was given medicine and also advised to eat more vegetables. The problem is, even the sight of them makes me want to throw up. I tried eating some broccoli yesterday and I...

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of sitting continuously

For centuries, the chair has been used for every single human activity like sitting, eating, reading, writing, working and even like a commode for passing stool. During waking hours, one spends majority of time sitting on a chair. The office workers tend to sit continuously 8-10 hours on a chair....

Monday, May 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

When does menstruation resume after child birth?

Dear Doctor, It’s been one year and four months since I gave birth to my first baby. However, my period has never returned. I’m still breastfeeding and my friends say that that is what is delaying it but I feel like it has been too long. Is this normal? What’s the normal time for...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Lose weight naturally

Due to modern urban life styles and increasing affluence, obesity has become a major health problem in developed as well as developing countries Not only one looks ungainly due to being overweight but also carries risk of many chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and...

Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:00 AM