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India’s first Edentulous Support Society Launched in Pune

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City Doctor Dr. Vijay Tamhane avows to bring better quality life to 62 million toothless Indians

The Edentulous Support Society (ESS), India’s first and only support group for edentulous people, today launched its support services for the edentulous patients in Pune. The support group will conduct seminars and workshops to educate patients afflicted with edentulism on their condition, and the means available to them to recover from their condition to a great extent.

The first of these seminars is being held at Ramkrishna More Sabhagruha Pimpri-Chinchwad on Saturday, 4th July, 09. The support group also has Edentulous Support Society Website (www.essindia.org) and Helpline (02030785050) to help guide the patients for support and guidance, and to identify best dental solutions associated with reduction in psychological distress and dentally disabling symptoms.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Vijay Tamhane, Founder Director, Edentulous Support Society, said, “Edentulism is the condition of being toothless as a result of tooth loss due to various reasons .Over 19% of the population in India today is edentulous, and these people regularly face the adverse repercussions of a little known, yet extremely detrimental medical condition. The Edentulous Support Society, through the launch of this support group, aims to educate and thereby enable patients afflicted with edentulism to realize that this is a serious medical disability, and give them choices of ways in which they can overcome their condition.”

He further added “Edentulous people today are surviving in the face of extensive disability. These people who cannot chew properly survive with worse health than others, as due to their inability to eat normally; their lives are interspersed with long stretches of hunger punctuated by a rare full meal. Therefore it becomes more imperative and necessary to aid and care for these adults who are edentulous. This support group aims to reach out to more than 1 lakh edentulous people by 2010 by opening counselling centres, appointing dentist affiliated with ESS. This is an initiative which is taken to bring succour to millions of people who are suffering from edentulism”.

Edentulous Support Society is supported by group of eminent dentists & prominent people from society who are dedicating their personal energy, time and money in the exercise.
Edentulous Support Society (ESS) has been the first support group with a vision to alleviate edentulism and enable a community with the choices of a better living. The support group is extremely committed and focused to improve quality of life for edentulous people by reaching them through awareness & guidance on prevention and treatment of edentulism. Edentulous Support Society will equip affected community with better knowledge and hence prepare them for choosing better options for dental treatments

For more details on edentulism and ESS kindly visit website: www.essindia.org

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23 June, 2009 at 10:13 pm

The Indoor Monsoon Workout by Namita Jain

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If you thought that you would not be able to keep fit due to monsoon. Here’s some great news. Renowned fitness expert Namita Jain offers you ten effective exercises that can be done at home.

This indoor workout is an ultra-effective workout that converts your home into a gym. Get into the fitness groove and watch the body shape-up and the inches slip away. Follow this workout plan and get fitter this monsoon.

Working out at home has definite advantages over working out in a gym. You don’t have to bother about the rains, haul a gym bag around, swap sweat with your companions, and wait in the line to use equipment or worry about traffic on the roads.

Home Gym Rules

Feel the benefits of working out in the comfort of your own home. Follow these rules to get the most from your workouts.

  • Schedule your workout: Treat your workout like a regular appointment. Plan for your workout in your daily planner otherwise you’ll always find excuses to dodge your exercise session.
  • Dress appropriately: Jeans or rubber slippers are not appropriate attires for exercising. Wear shoes and your comfortable workout clothes so that you’ll be serious about your workout session.
  • Tell your family this is your time off: This is not the time to help around household chores. Make it a rule: this is your time and space to look and feel good.
  • Don’t answer the phone: What else are answering machines for? Whatever it is can wait until your workout session is over.
  • Switch on music that you enjoy: Music makes workouts more enjoyable and you don’t realize how time slips by.
  • Keep a workout log: Nothing is more motivating than success. An exercise diary gives you a documentation of your accomplishments.

The Home Strength Workout

Warm-up: Start with a 5 minute warm-up by walking/ marching briskly.

Frequency: Thrice a week, on alternate days.

Home props : Two 500ml water bottles (As you get comfortable with the exercises, use dumbbells to increase resistance), a chair, a wall, a carpet or mat, a bath towel

Home strength workout: Here are 10 exercises to get you in shape

Home prop: Two water bottles

  1. Bent-over rows (works the mid-back) – Stand tall lean slightly forward from your hips. Hold water bottles in each hand. Keeping elbows slightly bent, slowly, lift your hands squeezing your shoulder-blades and then lower. Do two sets of 12-16 counts. (see picture below)


  1. Waist bends (works the waist) – Stand tall with water bottles in each hand. Bend from your waist to the right and return back to the upright position. Repeat 12-16-counts and switch sides.

Home prop: A chair

  1. Leg extension (works the front of the thigh) – Sit in chair, abs in. Extend left leg until level with hip. Hold for 2 seconds, repeat with the other leg. Do 2 sets of 12-16 counts on each leg.
  2. Chair dips (works the triceps) – With your back to a chair, position your feet in front of you. Grip the edge of the chair and bend your elbows so that you descend towards the floor. Use your triceps to push back up to starting position. Do 2 sets of 12-16 counts. (view the below picture)


Home prop: A wall

  1. Wall sit (works the hip and thighs) – Lean with your back against the wall. Bend your knees forming a 90-degree angle and lower yourself as though you are sitting on an imaginary chair. Hold in this position for as 30 to 50 seconds.
  2. Wall press-ups (works the front of the shoulder, chest, triceps) – Stand tall facing the wall. Place your hands on the wall (keeping them wider than shoulder-width apart). Bend your elbows as you bring your chest closer towards the wall and then return to starting position. Do 2 sets of 12-16 counts.

Home prop: A carpet or mat

  1. Chest flys (works the chest) – Lie on a carpet or mat with your knees bent. Hold the water bottles in your palms, arms extended over the chest and elbows slightly bent. Open your arms to the sides, until elbows are aligned with the shoulders; and then slowly return back up. Do 2 sets of 12-16 counts.
  2. Crunches (works the abs) – Lie on your back with your knees raised at a 90-degree angle and your lower back pressed gently down on the mat. Keeping your chin off the chest, lift yourself up, contracting the abs and then lower down. Do 2 sets of 12-16 counts. (see the below given picture)


Home prop: A bath towel –

  1. Leg stretch (leg stretch) – Lie on a mat or carpet. Extend the right leg up and place a bath towel around your right foot. Hold the ends of the towel and straighten your leg. Hold for 10-30 seconds and then switch legs.
  2. Arm stretch (arm stretch) – Extend right arm and bend the elbow, drop the hand behind your head. Hold the towel in your left hand and then bend the elbow behind your back. Hold the towel with your right palm. Hold for 10-30 seconds and then switch arms. (see picture as given below)


The Indoor Cardio-Workout Options

Staircase climbing – Walk up the stairs take the elevator down. Walking down the stairs puts a strain on the knees. So it not recommended.

March/jog on the spot- March on the spot or jog in place. You could do both as well.

Skipping – Skipping is convenient and an effective way to burn calories. If you have a knee or back problem avoid skipping as it is a form of high impact exercise.

7-Day Workout Plan

Monday: strength workout

Tuesday: cardio workout

Wednesday: strength workout

Thursday: cardio workout

Friday: strength workout

Saturday: cardio workout

Sunday: Rest/ relax

Eat nutritious foods that you enjoy. Eat three or more pieces of fresh fruit and salad each day, vary their colour as much as possible.

Avoid large meals. When you consume five to six small, healthy meals every day, your body needs more calories to break down the food, thereby helping to raise your body metabolism.

Sit down and eat slowly. Eat slowly, to give your body time to release the enzymes that tell your brain you’ve had enough. The slower you eat, the sooner you’ll be satisfied.

Cut back on your salt intake. The body requires only ½ to 1teaspoonful of salt per day. Excess salt consumption can cause water retention and high blood pressure.

Don’t overeat if you are stressed out. Avoid eating as an antidote to emotional pain. Whether it is alcohol, drugs or food, excess of any kind leads to weight gain. This, in turn, triggers off higher stress levels, and becomes a vicious cycle.

Keep yourself hydrated. Eat foods with high water content, such as watermelon, oranges, pineapples, tomatoes and cucumber. Drink plenty of water – 8 to10 glasses per day is considered adequate.

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18 June, 2009 at 12:05 am

BAXTER ADVANCES TO FULL-SCALE PRODUCTION OF A/H1N1 VACCINE

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Anticipates Delivery As Early As July

Baxter International Inc. announced recently that it has completed testing and evaluation of the A/H1N1 influenza virus and is now in full-scale production of a commercial A/H1N1 vaccine using its Vero cell culture technology. Baxter received an A/H1N1 strain from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center] in early May and is diligently working to deliver a pandemic vaccine for use as early as July.

WHO raised the pandemic alert level to phase 6, indicating a global influenza pandemic involving the 2009 A/H1N1 strain. Baxter is in contact with WHO and other global public health authorities regarding the pandemic. A number of national public health authorities have existing pandemic agreements with Baxter that allow them to place orders for a vaccine now that a pandemic has been declared by WHO. These

public health authorities will be evaluating their needs to determine their orders for vaccine supply. Despite the company’s existing obligations to supply vaccine under a pandemic phase 6 alert, Baxter is also committed to working with WHO to allocate a portion of the company’s commercial production to address global public health issues deemed most urgent.

 Using its Vero cell technology, Baxter has received European Medicines Agency (EMEA) approval for a mock-up pandemic vaccine called CELVAPAN, the brand name for the company’s pandemic vaccine. The qualification, development and manufacturing processes used in gaining mock-up licensure for CELVAPAN apply as the company uses this new influenza A/H1N1 virus strain to produce a pandemic vaccine. The CELVAPAN EMEA licensure supports fast track approval of a pandemic vaccine containing the A/H1N1 virus strain. Baxter will submit the A/H1N1 vaccine for approval upon completion of initial manufacturing runs.

Baxter’s research and development, manufacturing capabilities and pandemic planning expertise allow the company to efficiently develop candidate vaccines against potentially emerging influenza viruses. Baxter believes that its Vero cell technology can be used to safely and reliably produce a vaccine in response to this global public health issue. It is possible that Baxter’s Vero cell technology may offer advantages, in that it may allow more rapid production and delivery of pandemic vaccines.

 

 


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15 June, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Bajaj Allianz Launches Invest Plus and revolutionizes the Insurance market YET AGAIN!!!

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Bajaj Allianz once again revolutionizes the life insurance industry by launching Invest Plus – a traditional plan that offers transparency and flexibility of ULIPs with minimum guaranteed investment returns, which is guaranteed at the beginning of the year itself. This is the first of its kind traditional plan that offers upfront minimum guaranteed investment returns at the beginning of each year and an guaranteed maturity value so that customers can feel protected at all times and plan their investments without any worries.


Kamesh Goyal,
Country Manager, Allianz & CEO, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, said, “Invest Plus offers guaranteed benefits in these uncertain times. The USP is the transparency of a ULIP product in a traditional product. The Minimum Guaranteed Investment Return works towards the benefit of the customer as he gets an upfront minimum guaranteed rate of return. This would be beneficial irrespective of market conditions as he is equally compensated by a Guaranteed Return.”


“This is the first traditional insurance plan which offers unmatched flexibilities and transparency similar to a ULIP. Flexibility of choosing life cover is another benefit offered to customers” commenting on the product Anil Singh, Head Product Development, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance.

Minimum Guaranteed Investment Return stands for a rate of return which is declared at the beginning of each financial year itself and promises to offer the customer the same return for the year irrespective of the market scenario. Like, for the current financial year 09-10 it is 7%.

Another unique feature of Invest Plus is that it offers Guarantees like Guaranteed Maturity Value (GMV) and Guaranteed Investment Return (GIR), GIR is declared at the beginning of each financial year and GMV is equivalent to the total regular premiums paid till maturity date.

Flexibility Features:

  • Flexibility to pay additional premium when every you like- Gain upto 121% credit on Additional premium paid
  • Flexibility to decrease premiums as per choice.
  • Flexibility in choice of amount of life insurance cover

Advance Features:

  • Refund of up to 100% of cost of insurance cover paid
  • Take a loan against the policy
  • Loyalty Addition from 11th policy year onwards to enhance the accrued maturity value by an amount equivalent to 10% of each Net Premium paid.

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15 June, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Dr. Mukesh Batra felicitated with the “Pride of India Award” and a Gold medal by the Institute of Economic Studies (IES)

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India’s acclaimed homeopath, Dr Mukesh Batra, Founder & CMD, Dr. Batras’ Positive Health Clinics has been honoured with the “Pride of India Award” for his
dedicated contribution to field of healthcare and medicine in India and overseas, along with a Gold medal. He was specially invited to participate in the prestigious “Indo Thai Economic Co-Operation” seminar organized by Institute of Economic Studies (IES) at the Hotel Grand Sukhomwit, Bangkok, where he was conferred with the award. The award was presented to him by Mr. Korn Dabbaransi, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.  

The IES is one of the premier research-oriented and awareness-promoting organizations conducting studies in various problems relating to the Indian Economy with the help of eminent academicians. IES is committed to improve the economy through its activities in holding conferences, seminars, group discussions etc., on the issues of contemporary business and economic interests in various parts of the country.

The “Indo Thai Economic Co-Operation” seminar attended by more than 200 representatives from Asia highlighted the Current Economic Recession in Asia. Dr. Batra was a keynote speaker and gave a speech on Healthcare and Recession.

 In the recent past, Dr. Batra was felicitated with
“Retailer of the Year” title at the Asia Retail Congress’09 and was appointed as Honorary Homeopathic Consultant to His Excellency Shri S. C. Jamir, Governor of Maharashtra for a period of 5 years.

 Commenting on these recognitions, Dr. Mukesh Batra, said, “All of us at Dr. Batra’s® are extremely delighted to receive this prestigious award – as it recognizes the immense efforts of our team, which today includes over 300 doctors, in creating a success story that is virtually unparalleled. We pioneered the concept of health retailing in the homeopathic healthcare segment.
and for revolutionizing the wellness segment with our holistic approach towards homeopathy . In our attempt to innovate the discipline, we identified ways in which Homeopathy’s holistic approach could also revolutionize the wellness segment. This led to us bringing about a paradigm shift in the general perception towards homeopathy in India and worldwide and the recent accolades are a testimony of our success in this endeavour.”

 Over the past 27 years, Dr. Batra’s® have been successful in creating acceptance for the holistic approach of homeopathy which treats the individual rather than the disease and has brought about a paradigm shift in the perceptions of people towards homeopathy. The effective use of technology has further enabled Dr. Batra’s® to provide pioneering health solutions not only in the field of medicine but also in the broader wellness sector.

 

Homeopathy brings back the fun in the rainy season

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After the scorching summer heat, the monsoon showers come as a welcome relief. However, with unprecedented rains all over the country over the past few years, there is an increasing danger of a host of illnesses.

Here, Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and CMD, Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd writes about some of the common monsoon maladies along with a little information about what Homeopathy has to offer in the treatment of these conditions.

Fungal infections: Fungal infections are common during the monsoons because of constant dampness and the possibility of coming in contact with filthy water. The moisture present in the environment helps the fungi to grow and thrive, especially in skin folds such as the groins or between the toes.

Medication:
Chrysarobic acid 6C, 5 pills taken twice daily can help to treat generalized fungal infections. Merc Sol 30C, 5 pills twice daily is recommended for fungal infection in the groins.

Respiratory Allergies: Due to temperature changes and poor hygienic practices that are common during the monsoons, conditions like a runny nose, sneezing, headache, and recurrent throat infections tend to be rampant.

Medication:
Natrum Sulph 6X can be given to treat allergic affections due to dampness.

Asthma: Allergic asthma is more severe in its intensity and frequency during the monsoons because of weather changes and the associated dampness in the environment. Dust mites and pollens also tend to irritate the airways and cause them to tighten, making air exchange difficult and leading to breathlessness. The efficacy of homeopathic medicines has been confirmed by clinical studies.

Medication: A randomized double-blind trial conducted on patients with allergic asthma showed that improvement appeared within 1 week of starting homeopathic treatment and persisted for up to 8 weeks. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted in the University of Glasgow showed that over 80% of asthmatic patients on Homeopathy showed improved results.

Amoebiasis: This is a very common problem during the monsoons, as the parasite Entamoeba histolytica, which is responsible for it, tends to survive for longer under warm and moist conditions. It enters the body through contaminated food or water and produces diarrhoea or dysentery with blood and mucus.

Medication:
Aloe Soc 30C is known to be helpful to treat amoebiasis.

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is a general term that refers to infections (bacterial/viral) of the gastrointestinal tract. It gives rise to several problems such as stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting, causing loss of body fluids that in turn lead to dehydration. Children are usually affected. Unhygienic surroundings, contaminated water and food items, and overcrowding are the known culprits. Avoid eating at unhygienic places and drink boiled water to keep gastrointestinal infections at bay.

Medication:
Arsenic Album 30C, 5 pills taken thrice daily can help to treat diarrhoea or vomiting and to prevent further fluid loss from the body.

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is common during the rains in tropical countries like India.  These bacteria are carried by water contaminated by rat’s urine and faeces. Flooding after heavy rainfall helps to spread the bacteria around.  Human beings get infected by drinking contaminated water or when their eyes, nose, or any open wounds come in contact with contaminated water. In humans, it causes a wide range of symptoms similar to flu such as fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, and musculo-skeletal aches. In severe cases, it can cause jaundice and lead to liver damage.

Cuban medical researchers have successfully prevented the annual outbreak of Leptospirosis in Cuba among a population of 5 million people across two regions using Homeopathy in both 2007 and 2008. A population of 2.5 million was prescribed homeopathic medicines that brought down the incidence of infection to less than 10 people with no fatalities. Earlier, conventional treatment of the population with a vaccine had yet resulted in thousands of infections and a number of fatalities and that had cost the exchequer nearly USD 2 million. The homeopathic solution on the other hand cost just USD 2,00,000, only 10% of the previous expenditure. This goes to prove that homeopathic medicines are not just effective but are cost-effective too.

Medication: On request

Malaria: Malaria is an infectious disease that spreads through the bite of mosquitoes.  Since stagnant water and dampness favour the breeding of mosquitoes, there is a rise in the number of malaria cases during the monsoons. Every year, there are approximately 350–500 million cases of malaria. Fever with chills followed by sweating is characteristic of malarial fevers. These days, there are increased cases of chloroquine-resistant malaria. Malaria can be prevented by taking precautions like avoiding marshy or stagnant-water areas, wearing full sleeved clothes and using mosquito nets or mosquito repellents.

Medication: Clinical studies have proved that the homeopathic neem (Azadirachita Indica) preparation is effective for the reduction of malarial attacks in highly endemic areas for Plasmodium falciparum. Other medications on request.

The monsoons wash away the pollution in the atmosphere to rejuvenate your entire being, enabling you to breathe in a whiff of fresh air, a rarity these days. Get healthy and stay healthy using the goodness and power of Homeopathy, a holistic healing science that treats you and not just your disease by boosting your immunity. With your defences strong, you can rejoice in the rains without being concerned about diseases at the back of your mind. So, you don’t need to stop yourself from walking or playing football in the rain. Have a happy monsoon!

This is an article by Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and CMD, Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd

Graphical Fantasy Cricket from Dream11.com

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World’s 1st Graphical Fantasy Cricket Game to tap into $4.48 billion global market

To provide users with a complete Fantasy Cricket experience, Dream11 Gaming Pvt. Ltd. has launched Dream11.com, which offers the World’s 1st Graphical Fantasy Cricket Game. With the currently going on T20 World Cup, Dream11.com offers cricket enthusiasts an opportunity to create their Dream11 by selecting their favourite cricketers from across the world, in a graphically rich user interface and earn points depending on how those cricketers perform in real life matches.

While Dream11 users compete with each other for the top spot on the leaderboard, features like Live Scores, News Updates, Player Profiles, Statistics and Standings assist them in managing their virtual teams. On Dream11.com users can challenge competitors as well as connect with friends over cricket using the Dream11 Web Messenger, Scraps and other community features. For more discerning consumers, the widget-based Web 2.0 portal will soon offer personalization tools which will enable them to customize content on their home pages.

Commenting on the idea behind Dream11.com and the potential of Fantasy Cricket as an industry, Harsh Jain, Founder & CMD, said, “Dream11.com was conceptualized to provide users with an exceptional Fantasy Cricket experience. Fantasy Sports is a huge market globally and considering the packed upcoming cricket calendar, we believe that the time is just right for Indian audiences to connect with Fantasy Cricket. We assure our users of the best ever Fantasy Cricket interface and pledge our commitment to constantly innovate in this category. “

Fantasy Sports is a $4.48 billion industry in the U.S. and Canada alone, with an estimated number of over 60 million active players worldwide, some of who have been playing the game for over 9 years spending about 5.2 hours per week managing their teams, and an average of 34 minutes per day “thinking” about fantasy sports.

With cricket fans all geared up for the tournaments, Dream11.com, currently in Beta, provides an ideal platform to enjoy the simulated thrill of the sport by providing its users a chance to live their cricket fantasy.

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14 June, 2009 at 10:52 pm