Archive for May, 2016

World No Tobacco Day, Quit today

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

“Just one puff won’t make a difference”..

“After all you must try everything once at least”..

“Come on don’t be a loser”..

Haven’t we heard these lines amongst young adults, especially during college days?
It’s the thrill to try something new, copy a friend or peer pressure which makes them try their first cigarette. Little do they realise that many times a onetime thing turns into a habit and sometimes an addiction. Surprisingly most people start having their first tryst with tobacco in their late teens. The average age of initiation of tobacco use in India is 19 years and three months.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. Across the world various events are conducted to raise the awareness about the hazardous affects of tobacco consumption. Tobacco currently leads to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of passive smokers – exposed to second-hand smoke. Tobacco includes not only cigarettes but also gutka, hookah and e-cigarettes.

This year on World No Tobacco Day World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on all countries to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products. It means to prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on the packaging. The brand name and the product name can be displayed but only in a standard colour and font size. This reduces the overall attractiveness of the product.

The estimated number of tobacco users in India is 27.5 crore, with 16.37 crore users of smokeless tobacco, 6.9 crore only smokers and 4.23 crore users of both smoking and smokeless tobacco. A number of organisations, including the Indian Medical Association, have appealed to the Delhi government to observe a dry tobacco day on May 31 by completely banning sale of all tobacco products on that day.

All smokers are aware that smoking is bad for their health but they often downplay the gravity of the issue.

Some benefits of quitting smoking:

  • Immediately after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure, which is abnormally high while smoking, begin to return to normal.
  • Within a few hours, the level of carbon monoxide, which reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, begins to decline.
  • The workload on the heart is decreased and cardiac function is improved.
  • Food tastes better, and your sense of smell returns to normal.
  • Within several months of quitting, you experience significant improvements in lung function.
  • In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke is halved.
  • In five years, many kinds of cancer, including lung, larynx, mouth, stomach, cervix, bladder, show decline in risk, and that decline approaches the risk of someone who has never smoked.
  • Within 10 to 15 years, risk of lung disease, including bronchitis and emphysema, are decreased.
  • Conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, thyroid conditions, hearing loss, dementia, and osteoporosis are positively affected.
  • Nerve endings in the mouth and nose begin to regenerate, improving taste and smell.
  • Medications may work better, enabling some to be taken in decreased doses.
  • You’ll have decreased risk for impotence and infertility.
  • Years will be added to your life: people who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely than those who continue to smoke to die from smoking-related illness.

We have given you enough reasons to quit smoking, haven’t we?
So if you have been thinking of quitting, today is the day. There are many NGOs and counselling centres available to deal with the withdrawal symptoms of smoking. It’s the best decision for yourself and your family, Quit today.

KDAH remove the world’s largest kidney tumour!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

It was a routine patient visit when doctors at KDAH met Arnesh Kumar last December. The patient from Patna had approached our team with complains of severe abdominal pain, weight loss and weakness. He had been unwell for the past six months and was consulting a doctor in Patna. The preliminary tests were already conducted and he was diagnosed a huge malignant tumour in his left kidney. The doctors in Patna refused to operate him as it was a complex surgery to undertake.

Dr TB Yuvaraja, the head of robotic surgery and consultant uro-oncologist and his team successfully operated on the patient on 29th December 2015. It is only now that we have realised that the team at KDAH created a world record of removing the largest tumour (6.9kg) from a patient’s kidney. The earlier record was for 5.018kg. We are in the process of applying for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is a great achievement for Dr. Yuvaraja’s team and we are looking forward for KDAH’s name in the coveted book of records soon.

At times laparoscopy is conducted for tumours but owing to the size it wasn’t possible in this case. The doctors opted for a open surgery. It was a major surgery wherein the doctors blocked the artery to avoid excess bleeding. The diseased kidney had to be removed.

Apart from Guinness Book of World Records KDAH is also planning to send the details of this accomplishment to international and national medical journals. Colleagues from the medical fraternity have also commented on this feat of KDAH. Dr Sujata Patwardhan, head of the department of urology at KEM Hospital, said, “I am not aware about such a big tumour ever being removed.”

We are glad that our team of experts could be of immense help to the patient in his crucial time. Such challenging cases give doctors an opportunity to explore their potential completely. We look forward to serve all patients with utmost care and expertise always.

All about Ergonomics

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

“Slip disc at the age of 30 …..are you serious ?”

Have you heard this from your friends or colleagues?
It is sad but true that in today’s day and age young adults are falling prey to many diseases at an early age. One of the main reasons for this is our

sedentary lifestyle as compared to older generations.

In the fast paced world where we live; laptops and computers are indispensable from our lives. You may be at office, a student working for a project, or using the laptop for leisure . But are you maintaining a correct posture? Is your chair supporting your back good enough? Do you get tired at the end of 4-5 hours? Ask yourself these questions , they are really important – we tell you why.

Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them. An ergonomically correct office work station will help you avoid fatigue and discomfort – isn’t that every working person’s dream!

Studies claim a bad posture at work not only causes back and shoulder pain but on a long term causes improper digestion, increased stress levels and headaches too. Some simple yet crucial changes in your work posture can help your joints and muscles stay fit .

Here are some simple tips to make working hours sail smoothly :

  • Choose a chair that supports your spinal curve. Adjust the height of your chair to suit you.
  • Always ensure that your arms are supported at all times. The lack of this will strain your neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Make sure your head is positioned comfortably above the neck support, it should not strain forward while working.
  • No slouching please. Slouching puts more pressure on the discs and vertebrae of your back. Move your chair as close to your work as possible to avoid leaning and reaching. Make sure to “scoot” your chair in every time you sit down.
  • The monitor should be at one arms distance from you with the top no higher than the eye level. The keyboard should be directly in front of the monitor so you don’t have to frequently turn your head and neck.
  • The keyboard and the mouse should be close enough to prevent excessive reaching which strains the shoulders and arms.
  • The feet should not be dangling when you are seated. If your feet don’t comfortably reach the floor use a footrest or lower the keyboard and chair.
  • Multitasking with your phone and computer? Please avoid talking on the phone by balancing it between the shoulder and neck.
  • Take steps to control screen glare and make sure that the monitor is not placed in front of a window or a bright background.
  • Make it a habit to rest your eyes periodically for several seconds by looking at objects at a distance to give your eyes a break.

So are you ready to implement these minor changes at your workstation? Trust us, the effort is worth every bit.