Dr. Rachna Pande

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

Tapeworm infestation can be dangerous

Tapeworms are one of the helminthes, which after entering the human body affect the health in many ways. These cestodes (tapeworms) are basically of two types, taenia saginata and solium. Taenia saginata or beef tapeworm as it is commonly known enters the human body through consumption of under...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 12:00 AM

Management of HIV infection

Somebody was very desperate after knowing the seropositive status for HIV. This person had started self medication in a bid to cure the disease in the early stages (as per the patient’s definition, the stage when   tested positive).  “From where did you get the medicines”? ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 12:00 AM