Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Health: Finding out about insulin

Diabetes once considered to be a disease of the affluent west is now emerging in developing countries. Rapid urbanisation, changes in life style and diet, mental tension and worries, are some of the many factors responsible for this increase. Long term complications of diabetes include damage to...

Saturday, May 31, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: A pain in the back

Pain in the back or backache is a troublesome condition which can be bad enough to stop you from working. The causes for backache are many depending on the age and gender of the person. In children and young adults, the backbone is very flexible. Only some kind of injury can affect it, causing...

Saturday, May 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: Occupational lung diseases

A variety of organic or inorganic dusts   can directly cause lung diseases either through direct inhalation or due to allergy. This occurs frequently in certain occupations involving chronic inhalation of the dust or fumes or spores or allergy to them. Farmers working for long times in...

Saturday, May 3, 2008, 12:00 AM

Neuropathy in a diabetic

Neuropathy or involvement of nerves is the commonest complication of diabetes. The nervous system is a common target organ normally damaged by diabetes. In spite of good diabetic control, neuropathy does occur in majority of cases. Only the intensity of symptoms would vary with the diabetic control...

Saturday, May 3, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: The less talked about effects of alcohol

If one takes alcohol regularly, body cells get habituated to it and the body begins to crave it. The danger is that slowly one can become addicted. Drinking of more than 21 units weekly for men and more than 18 units for women is said to be unsafe. One unit contains approximately 9 grammes of...

Saturday, April 5, 2008, 12:00 AM

Health: What are Rickettsial infections?

Shedding light on a dangerous disease Rickettsia are gram negative micro organisms which stay in the intestinal canal of arthropods like ticks and lice. They are transmitted to human beings via excreta of the insect being deposited on skin or bite of the vector. They can also be transmitted by...

Friday, March 28, 2008, 12:00 AM

Life after tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a chronic multisystemic disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is spread by droplet infection, i.e. germs are expelled from the patient’s mouth while speaking, coughing or sneezing, and enter the lungs of a person opposite through inhalation. Lungs are the main target...

Thursday, March 6, 2008, 12:00 AM

HIV/Aids and neuromusculoskeletal problems

Janet (not real name), is an HIV/Aids infected teenager. She started having pain in the knees and stiffness, which made her walking difficult. After many tests, there was no specific abnormality.  She was diagnosed with myopathy due to HIV/Aids. She was given pain killing drugs and...

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

Yoga can soothe your diabetes

Science of yoga is an ancient form of doing exercises in India and is said to be useful for both the mind and body. Yoga has also been projected as a therapeutic tool both to maintain positive health and cure chronic diseases like diabetes. Obese persons manage to loose weight which is a...

Thursday, February 7, 2008, 12:00 AM

Domestic violence: Get out of this vicious circle of hell

Some recent issues of The New Times I have had the chance to read, have stories about domestic violence in one form or another. A child hit seriously by his father, a wife beaten to death by husband - it is appalling to find that domestic violence is as prevalent here as anywhere else in the world...

Friday, January 18, 2008, 12:00 AM

Prevention of mother to child transmission – PMTCT

Between 21.4–25.7 million adults live with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. 87% of HIV-positive children of the world also live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these innocent children get the disease from their mothers who are affected by HIV. In 20-40 % of cases, transmission occurs in-utero during...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

Self-medication a deadly mistake for HIV-positive patients

I once had a patient who tested positive for HIV. This person had started self-medication in a bid to cure the disease in the early stages. “From where did you get the medicines?” I asked. They answered that an acquaintance had shared their medicines. This may not be an isolated case. Out of...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 12:00 AM

What is happening to our girls?

The above statement was a caption below a photograph in a write up regarding education of girls in one of the recent issues of The New Times. I would like to ask the same question in another context. Recently, a high school student was brought to hospital complaining of pains and aches. A...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 12:00 AM