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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

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

Fortis Healthcare plans for Fortis Hospital Seshadripuram in Bengaluru

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Unveils new logo of the hospital

 

Fortis Healthcare, the second largest healthcare chain in India that recently acquired a majority stake in erstwhile Apollo RM Hospital today shared its plans for repositioning the hospital as a complete multi-specialty neighbourhood healthcare facility providing medical care at secondary level. The hospital has been rechristened as Fortis Hospital, Seshadripuram. Consequently, the range and quality of healthcare services at the hospital will be enhanced over a period of time.

Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare also unveiled the hospital’s new logo. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Singh said, “Karnataka is very important for us in deepening our presence in the south. We are delighted to be in the high tech city of Bangalore with our first project in the state. This takes us a step closer to becoming a national player and in realizing our vision of bringing the Fortis quality of healthcare to the people of India. We shall continue to expand our presence in south.”

Fortis is committed to use its experience and expertise to upgrade and expand the range and quality of services being provided at Fortis Hospital Seshadripuram and also expand the bed capacity to 200 over time. Fortis Hospital, Seshadripuram will meet every aspect of common man’s day to day healthcare needs. In line with its patient centric approach, Fortis plans to introduce Home Care services wherein basic medical services shall be provided right at the patient’s doorstep. Besides, the hospital shall tie up with prominent medical experts of the city in different specialties for rendering OPD and IPD services.

The hospital will also upgrade the existing medical program and introduce new specialties while continuing to provide high end advanced medical care in Renal Sciences. The range of multi specialty services available at the hospital includes General Surgery, Orthopedics and Trauma, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, General Medicine, Pediatrics amongst others. The hospital will also be equipped to offer high end Emergency Care to ensure that patients are attended to within the shortest possible time.

The hospital shall be fully equipped to provide comprehensive diagnostics services as per well established Fortis standards. It will also provide Executive Health Checks and pre-employment checks for Corporates and offer a screening process for Cardiac, Diabetes, Cancer and Renal problems.

Cadila Pharmaceuticals commissioned a revolutionary research on Cardiac diseases targeted at Asymptomatic Healthy people

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To launch a product that will considerably reduce the mortality due to sudden cardiac disorder, world wide

 

 

Ahmedabad Based Pharma major Cadila Pharmaceuticals, one of the most reputed, Research based, Tech savvy pharmaceutical company in collaboration with McMaster University of Hamilton, Canada, has done a revolutionary research targeted to Asymptomatic Healthy people.

 

Shri I. A. Modi, Chairman Cadila Pharmaceuticals said, “Cadila Pharmaceuticals has carved a niche for itself by being the front runner in introducing research driven innovative products for the benefit of mankind. Worldwide Cardio Vascular diseases are the leading cause of death and disability. Despite the best of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, the challenge to decrease mortality and morbidity stands, because cardiac malfunction does not necessarily happen in patients with symptoms. Various therapies are currently available for secondary prophylaxis of cardiovascular diseases but none for primary prophylaxis.
Studies show that Cardio Vascular death burden in developed countries were 5.3 million in the year 1990 whereas in developing countries it was 7-8 million. With the burgeoning epidemic of CVD, especially in low income countries, effective preventive strategies need to be urgently implemented. Cadila Pharma took it as a challenge to develop a therapy to address primary prophylaxis.”

Mr J.P Parswani, President, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited commented, “A research team comprising of 57 cardiologists, led by Dr Salim Yusuf, Dean Cardiovascular Services worked for two years at McMaster University, Hamilton to make the hypothesis a success. The Research findings of the same would be revealed by Dr Salim Yusuf on March 30th 2009 at the American College of Cardiology, Orlando, in presence of more than 25,000 cardiologists all over the world. The research team has come up with a new therapy, a new approach, a comprehensive treatment that is going to set a benchmark in the treatment of Cardio Vascular diseases. The launch of this product marks Cadila’s contribution to science, academics and mankind. The Product is not just
a substitute for lifestyle management, but it complements the same.The product would help to bring down the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”

Dr Arun Maseeh, Vice President – Medical Services, is of the opinion, “Risk prevention in CVD can be approached from two levels: at the individual level and at population level. And two interventions are available to reduce risk factor levels, namely lifestyle modifications and drugs. Unfortunately lifestyle modifications related interventions have not largely been successful, as individuals were targeted rather that entire population with a few exceptions. It is therefore time to seriously consider drugs to halt the rapid advancement of CVD related mortality, especially in developing countries. The best results are obtained when multiple risk factors a re targeted at the same time. We have tested the hypothesis of Wald and Law, comprehensively in a multicentre, randomized, controlled, double-blind trial – The Indian Polycap Study (TIPS). The trials conducted in 53 hospitals all over India on 2053 healthy people. The Indian Coordinating Center was St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, and the International Coordinating Center was Population Health Research Institute HHS and McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.”

For further information please contact:    

medical@cadilapharma.co.in


Fortis announces aggressive plans for Clinique Darné now renamed ‘Fortis Clinique Darné’

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CIEL and Fortis Healthcare, who have recently announced a strategic tie up to pick up majority stake in Mauritius’ largest private hospital, Clinique Darné, today unveiled aggressive plans for the hospital. Fortis Healthcare, who have the operations and management contract for the hospital, have extensive plans to enhance the quality of healthcare services being provided. Dr. The Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, G.C.S.K. Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Home Affairs graced the occasion and unveiled Fortis Clinique Darné‘s new logo. Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare, Mr. Bhavdeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Healthcare and Mr. Gérald De Senneville, CIEL were present at the occasion.                   

Fortis Healthcare, India’s fastest growing healthcare delivery network plans to utilize its experience and expertise to upgrade and expand Fortis Clinic Darné in a two phased manner.

  • In phase I, the company will make an investment of MUR 66 million of a total of MUR 165 Mn invested and upgrade the current facility which will involve introduction of new specialties and upgradation of existing specialties to tertiary care level.
  • In Phase II, the company, utilizing the six acre land available, will expand the facility to become a 400-bedded super speciality hospital providing comprehensive medical services.

To support the upgradation of medical program, there will be introduction of a high end Critical Care Department. This will allow treatment of more complicated and high end cases. There will be introduction of high end Surgical ICU, Medical ICU and Pediatric ICU. Fortis also plans to introduce a Neonatal ICU which will be of tremendous support to the birthing program in the hospital. These Critical Care Units will meet an important need for people of Mauritius. Along with these, there will be extensive scaling up of Emergency Medicine and Ambulance Services. There will be introduction of comprehensive range of diagnostic services including high end Radiology & Laboratory services. While Clinique Darne was the first private player to introduce Cardiac Care in Mauritius, its Cardiac Program will receive significant strength and will be enhanced using the expertise of Fortis. Today Fortis runs the “Fortis Escorts Cardiac Program” which is one of the largest Cardiac Programs in the world.

Post the investment and creation of state of art super speciality healthcare hub, Mauritians would not be required to travel abroad for high end treatment and the hospital will also attract patients from neighbouring African countries. Fortis, known for its clinical excellence and compassionate patient care, will bring in its clinical and management expertise to further enhance the scope and the quality of services available at Fortis Clinique Darné.

According to Mr. Gérald De Senneville, CIEL, “Fortis is a renowned and highly respected name in the Indian healthcare space with significant contribution made to the sector. We are very proud of this association which has come up after considerable research. We are confident and optimistic that the experience and expertise that Fortis will bring to Fortis Clinique Darné will add immense value not only to the hospital but also to the Mauritian healthcare sector.”

Mr. Raj Gore, Chief Operating Officer of Fortis Clinique Darné further added that, “As a trusted health partner, Clinique Darné has always taken the leadership role to reinvent itself to provide the best of healthcare to the people of Mauritius. The association with an eminent group like Fortis is another milestone in the same tradition. We are very confident about adding real value to the clinical as well as hospital services. Our patients would undoubtedly be the first beneficiary of this.”

While commenting on his plans for Fortis Clinique Darné, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh said, “We are excited to be in Mauritius which has a strong cultural and historical connect with India. We are committed to bringing our healthcare expertise for betterment of healthcare standards not only in Fortis Clinique Darné but to the entire Mascaranes and beyond.”

Fortis follows Clinical Protocols found in the best Global Hospitals and has the honour of having a JCI accredited hospital and four hospitals having the coveted NABH accreditation issued by the Quality Council of India. Fortis will bring these protocols to Fortis Clinique Darné for significantly enhancing patient care.

Additionally, Fortis will introduce its’ Fortis Operating System (FOS), designed to provide uniform experience to patients across the Fortis network. FOS benchmarks the quality of services delivered at each patient interface point and creates systems and processes to deliver the same to provide the best in patient care.

Fortis will also continuously train and educate medical, paramedical, nursing and support services staff to ensure high quality service levels.

Metropolis offers up to 45% discount for women’s health check up packages

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Offers month-long discounted packages to celebrate womanhood on International Women’s Day

Metropolis Health Services, India’s only multinational chain of diagnostic centres, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, is offering special check-up packages, discounted up to 45 percent for women. The special packages can be availed from March 8, 2009 up to April 8, 2009 at Metropolis Laboratories/Collection Centers.

Talking about the rationale behind the special women’s day offer, Ms. Ameera Patel, Executive Director, Metropolis Health Services said, “Modern society is often described as being ‘cash rich and time poor’. Now we can afford adequate food, a car, and the type of luxuries that their parents could only dream of, but, the hours we need to work to achieve this means that our leisure time is limited. This is especially true for women, who are working full time, running a home, and bringing up a family too, and it is easy for them to let their health suffer. Therefore, through this gift of ours on the occasion of International Women’s Day, we want to encourage women to keep a tab on their health, which will go a long way to ensure the wellbeing of their family too.”

Metropolis’ health check up packages, specially designed for women, will screen liver, kidney, heart, and thyroid functions, and will comprise basic screening tests such as sugar and other important functions. This package will include all/some of the following tests:

  • CBC, Blood Group & Rh Factor, Albumin, Creatinine
  • Pap Smear, SGPT, TSH, Urine Routine, Calcium
  • Blood sugar-fasting, Lipid Profile, Phosphorous, Iron, Weight

These packages will be priced around Rs. 1,000.