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Copper can help combat Swine Flu

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Another method to prevent the spread of H1N1 virus. The International Copper Association Ltd. has provided the following details.

Copper touch surfaces have self-sterilizing properties that can prevent the spread of H1N1 virus

 

The recent threat of Swine flu has emerged as the most important health concern in India and has triggered the need to use the most protective and efficient measures to reduce its spread in public places. While we have been advised to be alert, wash our hands regularly, avoid crowded places like cinema halls, shopping complexes, malls etc. International Copper Promotion Council (India) would also like to educate the public about the capability of Copper to combat the spread of the H1N1 virus.

A recent UK study1 has found that copper touch surfaces can significantly reduce the concentration of Influenza A virus on them, raising hopes that it may also be effective against other strains of the virus. The research found that 75 percent of Influenza A are knocked out in 1 hour on a copper surface and almost completely in 6 hours. The work, which was led by Professor Bill Keevil from the University of Southhampton, was presented at the BIT Life Sciences’ 2nd Annual World Summit of Anti-virals in Beijing on July 18. The findings are timely given the current Influenza H1N1 ( more commonly known as Swine Flu ) pandemic currently sweeping the world. But even more common forms of flu are a major global health issue.

The role of surfaces in spreading influenza is now well known. In fact it has been shown that once surfaces are contaminated, fingers can transfer viral particles to up to seven other clean surfaces. Professor Keevil makes it clear that preventing the spread of any strain of Influenza is a very complex process and no one option is likely to be 100 percent successful. “There is no single answer to controlling the spread of pathogenic microorganisms,” Prof Keevil
et al state in the paper. The current study shows that copper surfaces may contribute to the number of control barriers able to reduce transmission of the virus.

H1N1 virus appears to be transmitted the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

 

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the registration of antimicrobial Copper alloys, with Public Health Claims acknowledging that Copper, Brass and Bronze are capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria. Copper and Copper alloy surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of (specific) bacteria within two hours, and continue to kill more than 99% of (these) bacteria even after repeated contamination. Therefore, it has been recognized that the use of Copper touch surfaces in hospitals, educational institutions, public buildings, public transport and food preparation areas can reduce the spread of harmful infections.

Copper and its alloys are available in a variety of forms like door handles, grab rails and bathroom fixtures etc. which are regular touch surfaces and can work to demonstrate reduced build-up and transfer of infectious pathogens.

Mr. Ajit Advani, Dy. Regional Director Asia, International Copper Association Ltd. & CEO, International Copper Promotion Council (India) said: “In India, we have known about the protective properties of Copper since the vedic ages. This has now been corroborated by modern Science. Use of this wonder metal in public touch surfaces can go a long way in reducing the spread of infections such as Influenza”.

Dr. Anu Kant Mital, Associate Professor & Head of Department, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, and President Indian Association of Biological Psychiatry said, “Touch surfaces such as Taps, Door handles, Railings etc. are the first portals of entry for any infection into the pool of becoming The Epidemic. This is especially significant in our country as we have a large population and the numbers that would be involved in the touch and spread model are mind boggling. In this context The Anti-Microbial or more descriptively put Self Sterilizing (self cleansing) properties of COPPER, established scientifically and accepted by the authorities world over now,( that we have known since eons) would be heaven sent. All the surfaces that are touched by thousands daily, if made of copper would not be aiding the spread of any infection, especially like the H1N1.”

Note:
The use of a Copper alloy surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control (hygienic) practices including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.


 

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23 August, 2009 at 8:24 am

Busting Swine Flu Myths- Dr. Mukesh Batra

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The death toll thanks to the H1N1 viral flu is increasing. Famous homeopath Dr. Mukesh Batra talks about homeopathy treatment for the disease.

 

Swine flu is creating panic all over the world and there are many myths, misconceptions, and rumours going around that are only making matters worse. Under these circumstances, it is therefore important for people to stay calm and composed so that they act responsibly and appropriately. Many think that a vaccine for swine flu will do the trick and protect against the virus. However, the truth is that no one can be sure about this because viruses are known to mutate easily, thereby rendering such a vaccine useless. Some scientists are even afraid about the possibility of another mutation taking place when the swine flu virus H1N1 comes into contact with the Bird flu virus H5N1. This again is just a remote possibility and not a certain outcome. People were under the impression that just because bird flu spread by eating infected poultry, swine flu could spread by eating infected pork. It is now confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that that it is safe to eat hygienically cooked pork. The amount of protection offered by masks is also not very clear. Although they could definitely reduce the likelihood of contracting the infection, they cannot really assure complete protection. Thus, it is safer to avoid coming in close proximity with patients with flu-like symptoms. Another trend is closing down schools, colleges, or other institutions to prevent the spread of the disease and advising people to stay at home. This, however, is not a feasible option and is hence not recommended. The biggest solace is the fact that the infection seems to be moderate in intensity in majority of the patients with only a small section, especially those with underlying pathologies or poor immunity, succumbing to the disease.

 
 

With so much of uncertainty around, giving Homeopathy an opportunity to prevent or treat the disease makes perfect sense for two reasons. Firstly, disease causing organisms can never get resistant to homeopathic remedies because homeopathic medicines do not target the causative organisms directly. They stimulate the body’s defences instead to attack and overpower the invaders. Secondly, being free of adverse side-effects, homeopathic medicines can be safely administered in infants, pregnant women, and the aged. Knowing that conventional medicines are strong, aggressive, and at times even invasive, it goes without saying then that Homeopathy should ideally be the first line of treatment. As homeopathic medicines themselves behave like vaccines by modulating the immunity of an individual, these should be immediately employed in the meanwhile before a successful swine flu vaccine actually enters the market. Antiviral preparations should be used only if the desired curative response is not seen in spite of homeopathic treatment. In acute illnesses like flu, patients usually respond very fast to Homeopathy; and therefore, a homeopath can easily tell within a day or two following the commencement of treatment whether the disease is responding positively, progressing, or heading towards complications. All said and done, one thing is for sure. In pandemics like these, the patient has to be closely monitored by the treating physician, irrespective of his or her specialization, so as to ensure that an unnecessary delay in treatment never occurs. In fact, an approach in which Homeopathy is boldly backed by conventional medicine, where the latter is used wisely and not indiscriminately, seems to be the way to go!

 
 


 
 

What does homeopathy have to say about swine flu?

The fact that diseases are not caused by the mere presence of disease-causing organisms in the internal or external environment, but rather due to the weakening of the body’s defence mechanisms, has always been recognised by homeopathy. Therefore, while the use of antibiotic and antiviral preparations can be rendered useless if the organism gets resistant to them by undergoing a mutation, this can never happen with homeopathic remedies because unlike medicines from other medical systems that target only the disease-causing germs or aim to offer symptomatic relief, homeopathic medicines act upon the immune system and restorative energies of the body so that it heals itself. Other systems simply suppress symptoms and treat the body in parts, whereas homeopathy recognises the body as a unified whole and confronts the problem from deep within. Thus, swine flu for homeopathy is just another type of flu that can be treated by stimulating the immune system to overpower the virus. 

 
 

Which homeopathic medicines should be taken to treat the disease?

In the past, various flu epidemics such as the Spanish flu and bird flu have been successfully treated and prevented by homeopathic remedies like Gelsemium, Bryonia, Influenzinum, and Oscillococcinum. These could certainly be of value even in the prevention or treatment of swine flu. In homeopathy, remedy selection depends upon the disease manifestation and not merely the diagnosis; therefore, the prescription varies from case to case. During epidemics, however, since the disease symptoms are more or less similar in most of the cases, a single remedy may help to treat the disease. Such a homeopathic medicine is termed the ‘genus epidemicus.’ The theory of vaccination borrows from the isopathic concept of homeopathy where medicines prepared from the causative organisms (isodes) or affected tissues themselves (nosodes) are used to treat the same or similar diseases in the same or other patients. Preparing an isode or nosode of the swine flu virus is another option that homeopathic pharmaceutical companies could consider in the prophylaxis or therapeutics of the disease. 

 
 

What precautions should be taken by the affected person?

The affected person should avoid meeting people till the disease runs its course. Covering the nose and mouth with a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing is important to prevent spreading the virus to others. Wearing a mask will also help for the same purpose. The patient should not share his or her clothes, towels, soap, and other personal objects with others and must not eat or drink from the same utensils as others. This is necessary because the virus is usually present in all the secretions of the body such as saliva, sweat, phlegm, urine, and stool. As in all viral infections, the patient should drink a lot of fluids to stay well hydrated. Eating nutritious food and resting adequately is a must to help the body to recover as well as to prevent complications or secondary infections. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, majority of the cases that require hospitalization or succumb to the disease are those people who concurrently have underlying pathologies like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity, or extremely poor immunity. Therefore, such patients should be closely monitored.

 
 

Can homeopathic medicines cure the disease?

An acute illness like flu always heals by crisis or lysis, i.e., it runs its natural course leading to recovery, complications, or death. Thus, in such cases, it is the body that cures itself and homeopathic remedies facilitate this curative process. The logic behind the treatment is not just to relieve symptoms. It is to cut short the natural course of the disease or to allow it to run its course uneventfully without any complications or mortality. Viral infections further drop the immunity of an individual so as to lead to secondary bacterial infections or can even evoke abnormal responses from the body to give rise to autoimmune diseases or pave the way for the development of some cancer. Since homeopathic remedies basically correct the imbalances of the immune system, such problems can largely be prevented.  

 
 

Is homeopathy the preferred choice of medication?

Homeopathic remedies, being infinitesimally small doses, are absolutely safe. They are palatable, non-invasive, and do not produce any deleterious side-effects even when taken for prolonged periods of time. Natural and harmless, they can be administered to infants or the aged without any risk of any adverse reactions. Another major advantage is that homeopathic medicines are cost-effective too as thousands of serial dilutions can be created out of a single drop of the source material. homeopathic remedies are curative as well as preventive; besides, a single remedy can treat symptoms related to multiple organs or systems and also offer protection against complications. There is no question of the causative organisms getting resistant to homeopathic drugs as the latter have no direct action on the former. Considering all these plus points, Homeopathy definitely should be the preferred choice of medication

  

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23 August, 2009 at 8:06 am

Bajaj Allianz gives women the “Confidence” to make their own choices

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In a first of its kind initiative, set to revolutionize and strengthen the Indian insurance industry’s focus on women, Bajaj Allianz, one of the leading private insurance companies in India, announced the launch of a sub-brand – Miss Confident Plans, in association with the winners of the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 pageant.

Bajaj Allianz has always been a pioneer for creating innovative and new products & services in the insurance industry. “Miss Confident” is one big step towards offering women specific products and services catering to women. The next step is to offer financial products and insurance services to a woman who has many roles to fulfill. To emerge truly confident and feel secure & independent, Bajaj Allianz has designed a bouquet of products and services which cater to the needs of a woman of all age groups.

Offerings under Miss Confident Plans

  • Education Plans for the Confident Girl Child

    Education solutions for your princess, that allow you to plan for your her future, including schooling, higher education and marriage and also takes care of any uncertainties that may happen along the way.

Available as: Bajaj Allianz ChildGain

    Plans for the Confident Young Lady

Products which help check, plan and keep all her finances in order, as well as take care of your other needs and more importantly help keep you financially independent.

Available as: Bajaj Allianz YoungCare | Bajaj Allianz UnitGain Plus Gold

  • Plans for the Confident Home Maker

    For today’s home maker and decision maker to spread her warmth to the entire family and also ensuring that she is also adequately taken care off

Available as: Bajaj Allianz InvestGain | Bajaj Allianz Family CareFirst

  • Plans for the Confident Future Grand Mother

    Plan for financially free retirement and maintain your current lifestyle, for savings as low as Rs. 500.

Available as: Bajaj Allianz Future Income Generator

  • Plans for the Confident Lady driver
    • Exclusive services like free, round-the clock, on-the-spot assistance for lady owner driver
    • Assistance in case of mechanical problem like key locked inside, tyre replacement, survey at door-steps in case of small claims

Available as: Bajaj Allianz Motor Insurance

Speaking at the launch, one of the leading women,Mrs. Ujjaini Dasgupta Head – Health Insurance, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance,said, “Financial independence is the key to happiness and confidence for the modern woman. Women today are more aware of financial planning and play a key role in making important decisions in the household. Bajaj Allianz’s “Miss Confident” is one such initiative, which aims at providing them with improved products and services for at every stage of their life. These offerings not only help secure and make her completely independent but also ensure that her loved ones are also taken care of in case of any uncertainties. Our aim is to help women realize their dreams and fulfil their responsibilities throughout their journey in life.”

Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Akshay Mehrotra, Head Marketing
and Corporate Communications, Bajaj Allianz, commented, “
We, at Bajaj Allianz, understand that women’s needs are different and through this endeavour, we are attempting to expand our insurance business beyond conventional verticals and reach out to more women with customised products and services to suit their requirements.” He added, “We have been one of the few insurance companies to focus on the rapidly increasing women segment. The winners of the pageant are the epitome of modern beauty with brains, independence & buoyancy and it is through them that we aim to educate women across India about the importance of customized insurance plans.”

Vijay Kumar, Head –Motor Insurance, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, said, “We would like to offer free, round-the clock and on-the-spot assistance for lady owner driver in case of mechanical problem like key locked inside, tyre replacement and survey at door-steps in case of small claims, which I am sure would make lady drivers confident.”

Key highlights: of “Miss Confident” Plans

  • Stay financially independent with a host of investment plan specially designed for women
  • Stay confident with Health Insurance and specially designed women specific Health Riders
  • Pamper yourself with a host of women specific services
    • Home pick up facility for Renewal Premium Payment,
    • Spot assistance for lady car drivers, which include:
      • Assistance services like Tyre Replacement, Key locked inside & survey at doorstep in case of small claims.
  • Secure a independent future with savings plan starting as low as Rs. 500 per month

GoM meet on tobacco pack warnings: Will pack warnings miss the deadline again?

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The GoM on tobacco warnings is meeting on April 8, 2009 and further dilution or delay to pictorial warnings is expected. This is a great concern before the nation when the implementation on pictorial warnings is long due now and the deadline is very close i.e. May 31, 2009. This meeting is scheduled at the time when in the previous month General Election 2009 for Lok Sabha were announced and the Election Commission of India has passed the model code of conduct to ensure that  no impression is given or created by any political party  to influence the electorate in their favour. Hence, any kind of politically motivated decision resulting out of this meeting at this crucial hour is the violation of the this model code of conduct.

Also, considering the Honourable Health Minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has resigned; convening such a meeting by the GoM will certainly have no one representing the concerns of public health and can result into giving likeminded outputs. The non-representation of the health sector in this decisive meeting will lead to biased decisions and favours to the tobacco industry. According to Monika Arora, Director HRIDAY“The GoM in its earlier 8 meetings has either delayed or diluted the effective pictorial health warnings notified by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on July 2006. The implementation of current mild warnings is continuously being delayed due to GoM’s intervention. This is a breach of right to information about the health hazards of the consumption of a deadly product.”

Further, the issue of implementation of Packaging and Labeling rules 2008 is subjudice before our Supreme Court. This case was filed before the apex court seeing the lack of executive will to implement the said rules. Therefore, further interference in the implementation of the rules by GoM would lead to legislative interference when the said matter is pending. According to Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, Senior Director, VHAI,Any decision emerging out of the GoM meeting tomorrow that is likely to delay or dilute the existing rules will be a serious violation of the election code of conduct as it will gift windfall benefits to the tobacco industry and political gains to certain members of the GoM, who have lakhs of tobacco workers in their constituencies”.

Whereas, the Indian Tobacco Control Law (COTPA 2003) and Global tobacco control treaty signed by India, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) mandates that all tobacco products, including bidis, must display effective pictorial health warnings. Also, a survey conducted in four Indian States by Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health and Voluntary Health Association of India reports 98% of public supporting the pack warnings and 99% supporting government action to strengthen health warnings requiring them to be large and including pictures of all tobacco products. At this juncture, any of the Government’s decision in further deferring the pack warnings will not only dishonor its international commitment and people’s will but also undermines the health of its 1 billion citizens. According to Dr. Prakash C Gupta, Director, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health“Pictorial warnings on tobacco products are intended to increase consumer knowledge of the deadly health effects of tobacco consumption, to encourage cessation and to discourage uptake.  In India they also break the linguistic and cultural barrier, in addition to informing the illiterate population (a large proportion of this segment smokes bidis) about the harmful effects of tobacco use.”

The issue of pictorial warnings has time and again affected the people working in public health as the persistent delay in enforcing the law to display pictorial warnings on tobacco products has resulted in no forward movement. It is ironical that the very same Government that has vehemently supported the guidelines on Article 11 of the FCTC (pack warnings) for the global community at the Conference of Parties meeting in November 2008 at Durban, South Africa is delaying its implementation on different pretexts in its own country.


BharatMatrimony to celebrate April 14 as Matrimony Day

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BharatMatrimony, India’s most trusted matrimony portal with over 15 million members worldwide, will celebrate April 14 as Matrimony Day – a day to promote the concept of matrimony by spreading awareness about the benefits of matrimony. The portal has been recognized by Limca Book of Records for highest number of marriages online.

While announcing this unique Matrimony Day, Murugavel Janakiraman,
Founder and CEO of BharatMatrimony, said, “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have helped millions of people find a life partner since 1997. Infact we began our journey to unite people in the eternal bond of matrimony on 14 of April. Matrimony Day encourages people to get married and experience the joys of matrimony. To share moments of togetherness – forget “I” and think “We” and “Our”. To get the young to look forward to Matrimony, rather than step into it with trepidation. Matrimony Day is the first step in our progress towards creating healthier relationships.

“We have special days to mark love, to remember our parents, and a Matrimony Day will be an apt endeavour to promote the spirit of matrimony in a country where marriages are held sacred. We are in discussions with various business associates to make this a bigger movement,” Murugavel added.

With changing times and lifestyle demands, Matrimony has become an affected institution. The sacred matrimony bond between man and woman is now seen as a threat to individual right and freedom. This special day encourages young people to give more thought to the concept of matrimony and how it will serve as the bedrock of society’s cultural fabric. To feel and understand the essence of matrimony please visit http://www.matrimonyday.org 


Fortis becomes first hospital chain to receive highest national recognition for quality for blood banks at two network hospitals

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In a landmark achievement, the blood banks at Fortis Hospital Noida (FHN) and Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center (EHIRC) have been awarded the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations) accreditation from the Quality Council of India (QCI). NABH accreditation is an assurance of high quality and safety standards maintained at the blood banks which would help in securing the health status of the fellow patients.

NABH is a constituent autonomous board of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare delivery organizations. The blood banks at FHN and EHIRC are amongst the seven NABH accredited blood banks in India. The NABH standards for blood banks provide framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for blood banks. The soul focus of the standards is to maintain high end patient safety measures and quality of the care being provided. The QCI follows a continuous process where regular monitoring and stringent corrective action plan leads to the building of a strong culture at all levels of operations and functions. The standards are applicable to blood banks in the government as well as private sector.

“There has been a growing concern on how accessible and safe is ‘Safe Blood’. The Indian government is also laying stress on state-of-the-art blood bank facilities at every hospital either in the private or public sector healthcare centres. To maintain the standards in the quality of Blood Bank services and safe blood banking, it is desirable that a blood bank is accredited from a national or international governing organization like QCI.” said Dr. Narottam Puri, President-Medical Strategy & Quality, Fortis Healthcare Limited.

“QCI conducted rigorous quality and standard checks for seven months at both the hospitals and after complete the process successfully the accreditation was awarded to both the blood banks. Fortis Healthcare’s team is proud of its transfusion services for providing critical and life saving support to our patients.” he added.


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18 March, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Deloitte awards Consim the Fastest Growing Technology Company

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Consim Info Pvt Ltd, formerly known as BharatMatrimony Group, India’s leading internet company has been awarded the “Fastest growing 50 technology companies in India” by influential US based audit firm Deloitte. Consim Info Pvt Ltd is the only consumer Internet Company to be awarded in India.

Deloitte is among the top four general management consulting and services firm in the world. The company is recognized globally for their ethical practices and standards wherein they have more than 100 companies in the Fortune 500 list as their clients.

 Consim has been recognized for this prestigious award among all leading technology companies in India to participate in this survey.

  • Ranked as “Fastest growing 50 technology companies in India”
  • Selected for the “Fastest growing 500 technology companies in Asia”
  • Consim’s revenue growth is over 300 percent in three years.

Murugavel Janakiraman, Founder & CEO Consim Info Pvt Ltd said, “We are extremely delighted to have bagged this award in the very first year of our participation. The Innovation, technology and user friendly features of our portals have helped millions of consumers across the globe in making life’s critical decisions.”

For more details about Consim Info Pvt. Ltd. visit http://consim.com/