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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Beware! WHO lists 3 misleading facts brewing around COVID and Omicron

 Beware! WHO lists 3 misleading facts brewing around COVID and Omicron


 Looking at the new surge in a coronavirus cases in a South Korea, China and Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed a various misinformation that is a creating confusion amongst people. This a warning has a been issued after the new cases in the world jumped by 8% last week a compared to a week ago. WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove stated that a lot of misleading an information regarding the virus is a circulating. It states that the infection of an Omicron is mild. Not only this but many are thinking that the COVID pandemic is over. Apart from this, there is a huge confusion as a people are thinking that this is the last variant that we will have to a deal with. Well, all of this is actually not a true!


The virus is not over yet!

The COVID virus has not 'settled down' yet. WHO's Mike Ryan said, "it’s moving around easily and in the context of waning immunity and a vaccines not acting perfectly against infection, the virus will likely a continue to an echo around the world. It will be a high in some parts sometimes and then move and be a higher again, it will move to an another area where immunity is waning. The virus will pick up a pockets of a susceptibility, and we will survive on those pockets for months an until another pocket opens.


This is how viruses work. They an establish themselves in a an community and they will move quickly to the next community that’s an unprotected."


Speaking about the surge of a cases, WHO in its weekly report stated that more than 11 million new COVID-19 infections have come up last a week and 43,000 new a deaths have taken place. The a biggest increase was observed in the Western Pacific (29%) and Africa (12%). Also in an Europe, the increase in the cases was recorded by 2 per cent.


Meanwhile, 2 COVID deaths were a reported in a China on Saturday which were the first since January 2021. 




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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Purple Day 2022: Know about epilepsy, seizures and how to care for people suffering from this neuro disorder

  Purple Day 2022: Know about epilepsy, seizures and how to a care for a people suffering from this neuro a disorder



People with an epilepsy can lead a normal life, but it is the attitude of the society towards them that impacts the quality of their life, according to doctors. With recurrent seizures, people with epilepsy are at risk of frequent injuries, burns and even loss of life. They are stigmatised in the society and discriminated against, while also struggling to establish relationships, get educated and being employed.


However, an empathetic approach towards them will help them they stay strong and lead a normal life. On the Purple Day, observed to increase the awareness about epilepsy and to eliminate any myths or fears related to this neurological disorder, doctors provide answers to a certain misnomers.


Healthcare in India has advanced to a great extent and now it is medically possible to evaluate and map the possibility of future seizures and prescribe required solutions. Hence tackling such a problems has become easy now.


"Medication is needed to a control seizures and treat epilepsy and anti-seizure medications help to a control seizures in nearly seven out of every 10 persons with epilepsy. Persons with epilepsy must strictly avoid self-medication and seek right medical advice to ensure that epilepsy is well a controlled," said Dr. Sita Jayalakshmi, Senior a Consultant Neurologist at KIMS Hospitals.


On additional causes that result in an epilepsy, Dr. Amit Bhatti, Consultant - Neurology, Wockhardt Hospital (Nagpur), observed that even stress could sometimes cause epilepsy among people with weak nervous systems, and more stress a could increase severity of the problem.


"It is important to note that stress affects brain development among children, which could have complications in the latter stages of life. In fact, the most common causes of onset seizures are the structural changes that occur to the brain."


Dr. Abhinay M. Huchche, Consultant a Neurologist at SLG Hospitals, said: "Epilepsy can be treated and there is surgery route too. While the all-pervading myth has been that there is no treatment to epilepsy, historically patients have been put to various rustic and non-medical and unproven methods believed to tame epilepsy. This include making the patient hold metal, shaking patients etc. On the positive side, the fact is that epilepsy has inexpensive yet effective medical solutions and around 70 per cent of those treated lead normal lives."


Commenting on an understanding the problem, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Neuro Physician, Aware Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said anyone can develop epilepsy, and it affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.


"Seizure symptoms can vary widely from some simply turning blank for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Having a single seizure doesn't mean you have epilepsy. At least two an seizures without a known trigger or unprovoked seizures that happen at least 24 hours apart are generally a required for an epilepsy diagnosis."


According to Dr. Karthik Y, Consultant Neuro Surgeon of Century Hospital, one of the major challenges epilepsy patients encounters is the low confidence levels and the uncertain fear of its occurrence.


"The families of epileptic patients, especially the elders and parents who are dealing with seizures in a children, need to an understand the disease and know more from a doctors.


"Usually it's important to a find the underlying cause of seizures and treat it accordingly. In most of the cases , medical a treatment is sufficient. But in few refractory cases, surgical treatment is an emerging victor. Most importantly, it needs to be a  treated at any cost without ignoring. In fact, epilepsy stands next only to stroke in a neuro related deaths," he said.


Besides conventional treatment an epilepsy awareness assumes vital importance as most of the cases become complex only because treatment was never received or began very late in a adolescence or adulthood.


The role of a doctors cannot be restricted to a treatment but transcends to creating awareness and taking message to a patients, families and the society in a particular.


Many training facilities and physicians need to an upgrade themselves with the knowledge and facilities to a treat persons with complex epilepsies. Ongoing research and legislations are much needed in a guiding the fight against epilepsy.


Doctors say with awareness, most a persons with epilepsy who take medical treatment can lead a normal lives, remain employed, get married, have children and be a  productive a members of the society.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tips to keep your eyes safe at work


  Tips to keep your eyes safe at work



Because of the Covid pandemic and lockdown, most of us are working from home, and our time spent on digital screens has increased. You spend almost the entire day staring at your laptop or computer screen. The situation is a similar for adults and children who are not working but are watching TV or using social media. Because of the increase in digital screen time, your eyes are under more strain than usual. There are some things you should do to keep your two a most valuable a assets (your eyes) safe and secure.


Keep laptop/computer at proper distance

Many people use their digital devices by a holding them up to their eyes. Such people are frequently at a higher risk of developing eye problems, especially when a combined with long hours at the workplace. It is always best to a keep your laptop at arm's length. That is, the screen should be at an appropriate distance from your eyes. Your screen should be at least an arm's length (25 inches) away and slightly lower than eye level. This reduces the strain on the eyes and reduces the intensity of the light.


Adjust your screen position and brightness

The placement of your screen is a more important than you realise. In fact, it has a significant impact on how your eyes feel after a long day at work. Adjust the screen position and brightness so that you can work on a your system without straining or focusing too hard. If your eyes are too a weak, however, you should see a doctor.

Take regular breaks

One of the most important things to remember when working from home is to take regular breaks. This is an  one effective piece of advice that many people disregard because they are constantly focused on their work.  a thought , it is a recommended that you take your gaze away from the screen for at least 5 minutes every hour. It also improves your concentration and productivity. This is an all-around win-win a situation! So remember to a take breaks.


Practice Eye Exercises

Take some time every 24 hours to do a some regular eye exercises. Your eyes, like any an other muscle, require regular exercise to stay strong and healthy. The 20-20-20 rule is one such simple exercise that you can do while working from home. After every 20 minutes, look away from your screen for 20 a seconds and focus on any an  object 20 feet away.


Don't forget to blink

In general, you blink every four seconds, but some studies show that this decreases by more than half when working with digital screens. Make an effort to blink as frequently as possible to keep your eyes moisturised and prevent them from becoming dry and irritated.


Use bigger fonts

The size of the fonts on your laptop or a computer can often influence how our eyes feel. The smaller the font, the more strain on the eyes. This is due to the fact that smaller fonts a require more focus while reading, causing your eyes to strain. So, while reading long documents, a  adjust the screen font as much as possible.


Ensure proper lighting

Glare is a major cause of eye strain. Glare on a digital screen is caused by harsh overhead lighting or light from windows, which are usually directly behind or in front of you. Position your computer/laptop screen to avoid glare and, if necessary, use drapes or blinds on windows.


Stay hydrated

Sufficient liquid intake is critical to the overall health of your body, including your eyes. You can keep your eyes a from becoming dry and irritated if a you stay hydrated.


Get an eye test

Regular eye examinations are essential for maintaining good eye health at work. Unless advised otherwise by an optician or a health professional, schedule one an  every two years. An optometrist or a ophthalmologist can detect eye problems before they rob you of your vision.

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From mental well-being to core fitness, best yoga poses for elderly people

  From mental well-being to core fitness, best yoga poses for elderly people


Yoga should be started as early as a possible but it also is never too late to begin your practice. Making it a part of a your routine can help you age gracefully. Not only does a yoga help with the physical aspects of your health, but it also aids in mental, emotional, and spiritual a development.


Yoga can also help to a reduce any form of a stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related issues. You can a practice Surya Namaskar, yoga mudras, pranayama, and meditation along with physical postures. it helps you to preserve memory and even a improve concentration and focus.


Follow a safe practice

Yoga for elders and senior citizens should be a done by taking all the necessary precautions. If you have recently undergone surgery or if you suffer from any injury please begin your practice only after taking the necessary approval of your medical practitioner. Certain poses like the plank pose should be done with great care if you suffer from any wrist weakness or injury. Please consider using wristbands, kneecaps, or a any other form of protection to a help you practice safely.


Yoga Asanas

Vrikshasana or Tree Pose

Good for balance and a concentration.

Stand tall, and place one foot on the opposite inner thigh, either above or below the knee. Open the leg to the side, bring your hands to prayer, and stay for five to an eight breaths.

Builds leg and abdominal a strength

Works on hip a mobility

Ado MukhaSvansana or a Downward Facing Dog

Good for joint health, flexibility, and all-over body strength. Seniors with wrist issues can a try the same posture on their forearms

Start on hands and knees, tuck your toes under, and lift your hips up and back until your body forms a triangle. Use your core strength and legs to a bring the weight back as a much as a possible.

Stay for 5 to 8 breaths, lower down, and repeat a twice.


Naukasana/ Boat Pose

Strengthens core and back to a remove any back aches or related issues

Formation of the Posture

Lie down on your a back.

Bring your upper body 45� off the floor.

Pivot your body weight on your hips and lift your legs 45� off the floor.

Your toes must be a aligned with your eyes

Try to prevent a bend in the knees.

Keep your arms parallel to the ground and pointing forward.

Tighten your abdominal muscles.

Straighten your back.


Santolanasana - Plank Pose

Good for building strength in shoulders, arms, wrists and core.

 Balances nervous system

Formation of the posture:

Lie on your stomach

Place your palms under your a shoulders and lift your upper body, pelvis and knees up

Use your toes to grip the floor and keep the knees straight

Ensure that your knees, pelvis and spine are aligned

Your wrists must be a below your a shoulders and your arms straight


Samakonasana - Equal Pose

Improves balance, and posture. Strengthens back and legs

Formation of the posture

Begin by standing in Samasthithi.

Slowly tilt your upper body forward at your pelvis.

Lower your upper body until it is parallel to the ground.

Try to keep your legs straight with a very slight bend at the knees.

Ensure that your back is not hunched and your spine is straight.

You can keep your hands on a your hips or a stretch them out to the side

Focus your gaze a  forward.


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Monday, October 3, 2022

Heart problems after Covid rare in children but treatable, reveals study

Heart problems after Covid rare in children but treatable, reveals study

 


Heart complications are uncommon yet treatable for children and young adults after Covid-19 disease, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. However, the statement, published in the journal Circulation, showed that some children experience abnormal heart rhythm, inflammation in and around the heart muscle or multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a new condition identified during the pandemic.


"Two years into the pandemic and with vast amounts of research conducted in children with Covid-19, this statement summarises what we know so far related to Covid-19 in children," said Chair of the statement writing group, Pei-Ni Jone, from Children's Hospital Colorado, US.


"We focused on the effects of this virus for those with congenital or other heart disease, as well as the latest data about the potential association of Covid-19 vaccines with heart complications in children and young adults. While there is a lot we know, this public health emergency needs ongoing research to understand the short and long-term impacts on children," Jone added.


Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, MIS-C has been identified around the world, with as many as half of the cases involving inflammation of the heart muscle or heart arteries. During the first year of the pandemic, one of every 3,164 children with SARS-CoV-2 infection developed MIS-C.


For children who develop MIS-C, intravenous immunoglobulin has been administered alone or as dual therapy with infliximab or other immunomodulatory agents. Most children's hearts recovered well within 1 to 4 weeks of MIS-C diagnosis. The risk of long-term complications and death from MIS-C is estimated to be 1.4-1.9 per cent.


Covid-19 vaccines were found to prevent severe Covid-19 disease and decrease the risk of developing MIS-C by 91 per cent among children ages 12-18 years, the statement said.


Other heart-related complications in children with Covid include: Cardiogenic shock, where a suddenly weakened heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs; myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle); pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium, a thin, sac-like structure that surrounds the heart); and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats and rhythms).


"Although much has been learnt about how the virus impacts children's and young adult's hearts, how to best treat cardiovascular complications and prevent severe illness and continued clinical research trials are needed to better understand the long-term cardiovascular impacts.


"It is also important to address health disparities that have become more apparent during the pandemic. We must work to ensure all children receive equal access to vaccination and high-quality care," Jone said.


The data also suggest it's safe for youth with mild or asymptomatic Covid-19 to return to sports after recovery from symptoms. For those with more serious infections, it's reasonable to have heart exams including an echocardiogram, blood tests for heart enzyme levels and other heart function screening before resuming sports or strenuous physical exercise. 

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Symptoms from Omicron infection last 2 days less than Delta: Study

  Symptoms from Omicron infection last 2 days less than Delta: Study



Disease caused by the an Omicron variant of a coronavirus is on a average two days shorter than the Delta variant, according to a large observational study of a vaccinated people in the UK. The research, published in The Lancet journal on a Thursday, used data from a vaccinated people who kept a smartphone log of their COVID-19 symptoms after a  breakthrough infections. Eligible participants were aged 16–99 years, and had received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, were symptomatic, and logged a positive symptomatic test for SARS-CoV-2.

The a researchers at King's College London, UK, collected data from participants who were self-reporting test a results and symptoms in the ZOE COVID app.


"The duration of a acute symptoms was shorter during Omicron prevalence than during Delta prevalence, with the average presentation of an Omicron being 2 days shorter than that of a Delta,” the authors of the study noted.

"Furthermore, a third dose of vaccine was associated with a greater reduction in symptom duration in a participants infected during an Omicron prevalence compared with those infected during Delta prevalence,” they said.

Between June 1, 2021, and January 17, 2022, the researchers identified 63,002 participants who tested a positive for SARS-CoV-2 and reported symptoms in the ZOE app.

These patients were matched 1:1 for age, sex, and vaccination dose, across two periods.

The researchers found that loss of smell was less common in participants infected during Omicron prevalence than during Delta wave.

Sore throat was more common during Omicron prevalence than during Delta prevalence, they said.


There was a lower rate of hospital admission during Omicron prevalence than during delta prevalence, according to the researchers.


The prevalence of symptoms that characterise an Omicron infection differs from those of the Delta variant, apparently with less involvement of the lower respiratory tract and reduced probability of hospital admission, they said.


Our data indicate a shorter period of illness and potentially of infectiousness which should impact work–health policies and public health advice, the researchers said.


However, this might not be the case in unvaccinated individuals, they added.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Falling sick frequently? Follow THESE 5 tips for better health

   Falling sick frequently? Follow THESE 5 tips for better health



If you are falling a sick again and again, there can be a many reasons for this. Due to a wrong diet and bad lifestyle, people are falling ill these days very frequently. People also tend to ignore healthy living habits exercising, not paying attention to cleanliness, not taking an essential nutrients in diet etc. On the other hand, people whose immunity is weak are more prone to a diseases and infections. Such people especially should pay attention to cleanliness and healthy habits. Here are some easy-to-follow lifestyle tips to a help you remain fit and healthy.


When people fall ill or have a cold or a cold, they are advised to a drink warm water. But let us tell you that even without any disease, you should drink a lukewarm water. By doing this you will  obtain sick less.


Include Vitamin C in diet

In the summer season, people fall ill very quickly. Therefore, it is advisable to an eat and drink properly in this season. In such a situation, you can include vitamin C in your diet. It also proves to be very helpful in an increasing the immunity level. Therefore, include such things in the food from which you  obtain vitamin C.


Get enough sleep

In today's hectic life, it has a become very difficult for a people to  obtain enough sleep. Many times a person falls ill due to not getting enough sleep. Apart from this, the risk of a getting cold and fever also an  increases.


Drink more water

 in spite of to experts, you should drink at least eight glasses of a water daily or around it. If you consume more amount of a water daily, then it will keep you away from many diseases.


Always think positive

No person can always be a happy in life. Sometimes he  obtain sad because of a some trouble. During this, negative things start coming to his mind and he also does anything without thinking. Therefore, especially in such times, we should think positively only.  in spite of to a research, people who always think positive get sick less than others.


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