Dr. Rachna Pande

Cholera – Can kill with,” motion”

Deaths due to, “cholera”, in one of the African countries have been much in news since the past 2 months or so. In fact small outbreaks of cholera do occur in communities living in poverty and with no access to clean potable drinking water. In India, outbreaks occur at times of festivals or...

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial infarction   known as heart attack in loose terms is an acute life threatening condition and treated timely it is a curable condition. Myocardial infarction occurs due to cutting of blood supply to the heart acutely thus causing damage to the heart muscle on affected side....

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

HIV and Neuromusculoskeletal Problems

Janet (fictious name ), a HIV affected teenager, started having pain in the knees and stiffness, which made walking difficult. All the tests done, revealed no specific abnormality.  She was diagnosed to be suffering from myopathy due to HIV. After physiotherapy and treatment, today she is able...

Sunday, April 19, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: Ooops – so embarrassing

That would be the feeling of any   woman who suffers from itching in the private parts of her body, i.e.  genitals or anal region. In company, she has to silently suffer because she cannot lower her dignity by scratching in public. Privately, she also suffers. Scratching such a...

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: CHICKEN POX

Chicken pox is a disease entity caused by Varicella zoster virus. It is a highly contagious illness. In case of a case occurring in the family, there are high chances of other members getting infected. The epidemiology of Varicella infection has changed over the past 2 decades. Previously what was...

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: Hydatid cyst disease

Hydatid cyst disease can mimic many other diseases in the body. This may necessitate various diagnoses which may delay treatment. This delay can create chronic complications and may also be fatal for the affected person. Hydatid cyst disease is an infection affecting liver and lungs. It is caused...

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: The innocent alcoholic

It was yet another case similar to the other 2, which I had earlier seen. They were young boys barely in their teens, suffering from alcoholic liver disease. I presumed that these were street boys left out loose or boys, “spoilt” by “bad company”. But the precise information which I received was...

Saturday, March 7, 2009, 12:00 AM

Yoga: Useful for holistic health

More often than not, whenever physical exercise is discussed, the focus is on the high cardiovascular kind of activity that usually leaves one out of breath and drenched in sweat.  But did you know that physical well being can be achieved through a seemingly calm and easy physical routine?...

Monday, February 2, 2009, 12:00 AM

Good health through vegetarian food

The term,”vegetarian food”, refers to food that such as vegetables, fruits, grains and cereals, milk and milk products.  This is in contrast to, “non – vegetarian” food which includes meat and animal products. There are many advantages of vegetarian food over non vegetarian food. Considering...

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 12:00 AM

Health: Typhoid fever

Typhoid is a malady causing high fever, prostration and even death due to its complications. It is caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.The germs implicated are Salmonella Typhi and paratyphi. Illness usually develops about 3 to 21 days after ingestion of the...

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Angina pectoris: Are you listening to your heart?

With the increase in prevalence and deaths due to heart diseases, world over, it is necessary to increase awareness. This is particularly more important in developing countries. Here the incidence of these diseases is rising steadily due to changing life style factors and people being...

Friday, November 7, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Chronic Gastritis: Could your stomach ache be something more serious?

One of the most common reasons people seek medical aid in different hospitals is chronic gastritis. Chronic gastritis means inflammation of the inner layer of the stomach. I have seen young, old and adolescents suffering from this problem. Men and women are equally affected. Symptoms There is...

Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:00 AM

The dangers of being too thin

Obesity is harmful to one’s health. Equally harmful is over dieting or self starvation. This is particularly true in case of young women. Many adolescent and teenage women tend to skip meals or remain underfed to become slim or reduce body weight. This kind of dieting is more harmful than being...

Friday, October 24, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: How to overcome that obesity

Obesity is a state of excess body fat in the body. Once considered a sign of affluence, it is now regarded ungainly in the aesthetic sense and cause of many diseases. In majority of cases, cause for obesity is the imbalance between amount of calories consumed and spent. There are many factors...

Sunday, September 7, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Blocked up?

Constipation is the state of inability to pass stools. It may be absolute when one is not able to pass stool at all or relative when stools are passed with difficulty. Constipation is not only a problem by itself but gives rise to many other health related problems. One suffering from constipation...

Friday, August 29, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: The bane of a woman’s life

What is a urinary tract infection? Our urinary system is devised to expel waste products from the body, via urine. Small amounts of bacteria are always present in it. But when the bacteria become more than 105 per millilitre of urine, infection is said to be present.  The infection may be...

Friday, July 11, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: What’s behind the pain in your chest?

Chest pain is an ambiguous symptom which occurs due to a wide range of causes. It can be a psychosomatic complaint or something more sinister. Muscular pains can occur in the chest due to excess work, trauma or exposure to cold weather. Young adults particularly men can develop pain at the...

Saturday, July 5, 2008, 12:00 AM

Beware of cosmetics you use

Various kinds of products have been used for centuries by men and women alike for enhancing their beauty. Traditionally local herbs were used for this purpose. With advancement of technology, many chemical preparations have also been manufactured for cosmetic use. These include many kinds of...

Monday, June 30, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Life after tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a chronic multisystemic disease. Lungs are the main target organs but it can also affect any organ of the body, commonly the brain, abdomen, kidneys, and adrenal glands being involved. A person may recover his health completely after finishing antitubercular chemotherapy but all are...

Saturday, June 21, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Learn how to limit work stress

Development and modernization have increased the number of physical comforts for man. There are machines of all kind to reduce physical work: coolers, heaters, better transport, and faster communication. But this development has brought about is negative consequences also. There is increased...

Saturday, June 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

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