Dr. Rachna Pande

Teenagers and sex

A teenage is between an adolescent and adult, where the body is physically maturing but the mind still remains immature and inexperienced in worldly matters. This is also the age when one can develop skills and carve out a good future. Due to surge of hormones at this stage, there is a very strong...

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:40 PM

What do you know about insulin therapy?

Diabetes, once considered as a disease of the affluent west, has now emerged as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries as well.  Rapid urbanisation, lack of physical exercise, obesity, high calories diet, mental tension and worries or hereditary factors, are...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:24 PM

Is my daughter’s cycle normal?

Dear Doctor, My teen daughter gets her period once every two months or so. And when it comes, it so heavy, lasts about eight days with severe cramps.  I’ve never heard anyone in my family talk about irregular menstruation. Is this normal? Is there medical assistance I can get her?...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tonsillitis; painful throat

Tonsils are located in the throat, part of the pharynx in the throat and nose, where they serve as first line barrier against infectious and harmful agents entering the body. They are part of the immune system of the body, i.e. system which helps fight against diseases in the body. ...

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 8:10 PM

Do I have a UTI infection?

Dear Doctor, Of late I’ve had pain in my abdomen and the need to pee often. The urine is usually never really there and there’s a sensation that comes with it. Is this some sort of infection?  I’ve heard of UTIs. Is this the case?  What causes them? Monica  ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:06 PM

Children and alcohol

Some adults who love taking alcohol during celebrations give a small amount to the children around.  Many of the households where elders drink alcohol have some stored in the house as well. Little do they realise that it is then easily accessible to children as well, who are attracted to it as...

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:45 PM

Why is my mother losing her memory?

Dear Doctor, My mum is becoming overly forgetful of late. She seems to forget even things you are sure she won’t. She is 72 years old and her memory has always been okay as she most of time reminds me and my siblings of things. We are worried about her. What should we do? Noella Dear Noella...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Loss of appetite; causes and treatment

It is because of our appetite that we eat food, feel satiated and energetic to carry on our daily work.   But when a person loses appetite and interest to eat anything, it becomes worrisome as he/she begins to feel weak. Loss of appetite or anorexia is a distressing condition for any...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

When will my baby’s umbilical stump heal?

Dear Doctor, My son is now two weeks old and the umbilical cord fell off when he was about eight days old. However, it looks like the wound has refused to heal. I have tried to keep it dry at all times but it is still a wound. What can I do? Sandy Dear Sandy, Accept my heartiest congratulations...

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The use of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. It is very useful for overall health of the body.  It was discovered in 1922. But its components and multiple advantages were discovered much later on. It is found abundantly in natural products, i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Free oxygen...

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:33 PM

How effective is the IUD?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been thinking about birth control after the birth of our second child. However, after the nauseating side effects I suffered the last time I used birth control pills, we are considering other options. I am particularly interested in IUD. I’ve heard it is...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Beware of gallstones

Gall bladder is one of the vital parts of the body, located below the liver.  It produces bile that helps in metabolising fats in the body. Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are concretions formed due to abnormal constituents of bile. They can form in the gall bladder or anywhere in...

Monday, January 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

When does ovulation take place?

Dear Doctor, How can I tell that I am ovulating? My friend says there are symptoms but I don’t think I have ever experienced any.  Lyn Dear Lyn, Ovulation is the process of release of an egg on a monthly basis and is part of the reproductive system of a woman.  If the egg meets...

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to get rid of mental tension

In multiple ways, modern amenities have made life very comfortable for people. But together with physical comforts, it has also brought the problem of mental tension.  Mental tension has emerged as one of the major killer diseases of the modern world.  It disturbs mental peace,...

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 11:07 PM

What do you know about kidney stones?

24-year-old John (not real name) developed severe pain on the left side of his back. The pain was excruciating, so his family had to rush him to the hospital. Examinations revealed that he had stones in the left kidney. Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts that form inside the...

Monday, December 24, 2018, 12:59 AM

What are ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, What does it mean if you have cysts on your ovaries? I’ve heard people talk about this but I’m ignorant about the subject. Is it dangerous? Mutesi Dear Mutesi, Ovaries are part of the reproductive system of a woman. They are two in number located on each side of the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I cope with morning sickness?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child and it has only been a few weeks but I feel sick all the time. I thought it should just be morning sickness but I find myself sick throughout the day. I can’t stand the smell of many things, including food, and so I do not eat much as I...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 8:06 PM

Tonsillitis: Painful throat

Tonsils are located in the throat, part of the pharynx in the throat and nose, where they serve as first line barriers against infectious and harmful agents entering the body. They are part of the immune system of the body, that is, system which helps fight against diseases in the body. ...

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 10:07 PM

Can I breastfeed with cracked nipples?

Dear Doctor, My baby girl is three days old and I’m having trouble breastfeeding because my nipples are cracked. It is so painful. I used nipple cream as recommended by a friend but it didn’t work. Also, is it even okay to try to feed a baby with cracked nipples? What causes this and...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:01 PM

Importance of antioxidants

Oxygen is the basic element for all functions of the body. During various functions, oxygen interacts with body compounds to produce highly unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are also generated by the cells of the body’s immune system while they inactivate various...

Friday, November 23, 2018, 6:12 PM