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Fayth Clinic conducts workshops in Mumbai to help teens combat obesity

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Dr. Paula Goel is a practicing adolescent pediatrician with special interest in adolescent obesity and its influence on lifestyle diseases in teenagers and young Indians. She is currently the adolescent pediatrician and director of Fayth Clinic, Mumbai – the only clinic specializing in adolescent health services in Mumbai. I got the opportunity to interview Dr. Goel through email about obesity among adolescents, the effects, preventive measures, and the workshops and treatment offered by Fayth Clinic.

 

For the last 6 years, you have worked extensively in the field of adolescent medicine dealing with problems of obesity and its effects in teenagers and young Indians. How would you rate the adolescent obesity ratio in India as compared to other countries? Is it growing at an alarming rate in India?

 

The incidence of obesity in Indian adolescents is about 1/3 of the developed countries, but it is growing at an alarming rate.

 

What do you attribute as the main causes for obesity in adolescents and children in India?

 

  • Overeating
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Increased sedentary activity with lack of exercise like TV viewing for more than 20 hrs per week with decreased physical activity
  • Children exposed to food advertisements and increase in caloric intake
  • Other screen time includes video games, internet use, telephone use, home viewing of movies
  • Heredity factors which reduce basal metabolic rate
  • Socio economic status: More obese in higher socio economic status in poorer countries and more obese in lower socioeconomic status in richer countries
  • Insulin resistance leading to sugar build up causing obesity and diabetes
  • Low leptin levels – does not allow brain to get signal that food intake is enough
  • Endocrine and chromosomal abnormalities

What are the major complications that an obese adolescent can face during adolescence and as an adult

 

Following are the complications faced as young adults:

 

  • Cardiovascular system: high blood pressure, heart attack, brain stroke
  • Respiratory system: breathlessness, asthma, frequent sleep apnoea, hypoventilation. High amount of fat in chest wall / abdomen limits the respiratory excursions which lead to frequent awakening and resultant sleep deprivation leading to daytime somnolence
  • Metabolic disorders: elevated cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance, menstrual irregularities
  • Gastro intestinal system: fatty liver, cirrhosis, hemorrhoids, hernia, colorectal cancer , gall stones
  • Malignancy: breast cancer, endometrial cancer, prostratic cancer , cervical cancer
  • Musculoakeletal problems : back pain , joint pains, frequent strains, sprains, limp, groin pain leg bowing
  • Poly cystic ovarian syndrome in young girls : dysmenorrhea, excess body hair ( hirsutism), acne, hair loss on scalp, central obesity, insulin resistance, infertility
  • Behavioural complications: disordered eating ,depression ,negative body image, decreased school performance, social isolation ,decreased self esteem ,bullying, being bullied
  • Metabolic syndrome in young adults characterized by central obesity, hypertension, DM, premature coronary artery disease

How much is the awareness for obesity in adolescents in India? What steps are being taken by you and your clinic to spread the awareness?

Awareness of obesity in India especially in the young population is increasing. Many adolescents suffer from BODY IMAGE PROBLEM and this also results in bulimia, anorexia nervosa and eating disorders which may lead to depression. We hold regular seminars, workshops, community camps and media awareness programs.

 

You have been conducting various workshops for rehabilitating adolescents. Are these workshops conducted only in Mumbai? Are the workshops also conducted in other parts of India? How successful have these workshops been?

 

We are holding these workshops only in Mumbai at present. The results have been rewarding with positive feedbacks from the participants. The take home message has been implemented.

 

Regarding treatment, what are the various plans that you provide to the patient? Who comprise the team (doctor, dietician, counsellor, etc.)? Could you tell us in brief what are the various steps in the treatment and rehabilitation process? In terms of percentage can you tell us how much of medication and counselling is involved?

The Medical Management of Obesity consists of a detailed plan comprising of medical examination to determine the cause of obesity, diet and exercise protocol as per individual needs, detailed history will include onset, progression of obesity, growth and development, family history of obesity and complications. Exploring diet practices, family structure and habits. Over weight child with less than 50th percentile for height are screened for endocrine or genetic conditions. Screening for complications is important. certain conditions like high blood pressure, asthma and orthopaedic problems may require treatment before exercise regimen can be prescribed treatment .Laboratory screening is also required for base line investigations and associated complications .The team comprises of doctor(adolescent paediatrician),dietician and counsellor and exercise therapist. Review is done on a periodic basis .However, medications are not provided for to lose weight. Medication is required as per the medical requirement and counselling is done for all patients.

 

Talking with an adolescent is definitely different from talking to a child or an adult. So do you have to use a different approach in the treatment and rehabilitation of adolescents? (By approach I mean the method of treatment, the counselling done afterwards, even any symptoms and side effects during diagnosis).

 

Approach definitely has to be different. Understanding and gaining trust of the adolescent is very important to maintain compliance during the treatment. Vast majority suffer from problems of body image and also early depression. They are also very sceptical and have their own set of value system which is as per the peer group. So gaining the trust is most important. Once they are comfortable, they open up and counselling is then easier. Diet also has to be looked into carefully as this is a growing phase and severe restriction of diet is not possible as this will hamper growth and development. Moreover, adolescents if put on to a strict diet will always binge and will never comply with the diet plan. Certain weight training exercises are also not recommended as it damages the growth plate which is at the end of the bones and this will also affect the final height of the adolescent. Moreover, if there is any muscle injury, it is more dangerous than bone injury as bone injury is picked up by X-rays while muscle injury cannot be picked up and it takes a longer time to heal. Hence complete physical and medical examination is mandatory before starting exercise protocol.

 

Today we lead a fast pace lifestyle and stress accompanied with studies, competition among peers, peer pressure, etc. What are your suggestions to prevent adolescence obesity in India?

 

  • Lead a disciplined lifestyle
  • Breakfast provides food for the brain and should never be missed
  • A balanced diet with fruits and vegetables
  • Prevent obesity at an early stage of life
  • No child should be forced to complete the portion left behind on the plate in pre adolescent phase as it leads to obesity
  • Should not be given energy-dense foods: chocolates, ice-creams, chips, as rewards for good behavior
  • Fast foods/cold drinks be avoided
  • Life style modification -walking, cycling, playing outdoor games rather than video-games, outings- trekking/walking on the beaches instead of malls every week ends
  • Television viewing-a sedentary activity must be restricted. Snacking during TV viewing be condemned
  • May have medical reasons-evaluation required
  • Positive peer pressure through friends and peer educators may also be used to motivate to lose weight and to cope with body image problem, emotional taunts and emotional blackmail

How many workshops have you conducted on adolescence obesity? When is the next workshop scheduled to take place?

 

We have conducted about 4 to 5 workshops. The next workshop is due in January 2011.

How does one register for attending the workshop?

 

Either by phone (Mansi Kothari, Fayth Clinic admin 9869505556, tel: 02224311616/14) or by email services@faythclinic.com. For further details about Fayth Clinic visit www.faythclinic.com.

 

 

 

Patient with multiple flexion deformities walks again

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After a sabbatical of one year, I am back. This news would be of interest and a blessing to those who advised to go for hip and knee replacement surgery. Last month on August 11th 2010, Manipal Hospital performed hip replacement surgery along with bilateral knee replacement surgery and soft tissue release surgeries on a single patient – 10 surgeries in one single sitting

For the first time in India and the world, The Department of Orthopaedics at Bangalore based Manipal Hospital performed 10 surgeries on a patient in the same sitting with minimal blood loss with excellent results. The patient was stable throughout the intra-operative period and did not require post-operative ICU care. Patient recovered and took her first steps on the second post-operative day.

Mrs. Nagamma, 59 years old, complained of pain in both her hips and knees since 15 years and was unable to walk or sit for the past 6 months. The pains were gradual in onset and progressed with time. It was associated with gradually progressive Flexion Deformity; i.e. Bent hips and knees. She was able to move at home with the aid of a walker for the past 2 years and since the last 6 months, she was completely bedridden. She is a known case of Rheumatoid Arthritis but has no other illnesses. On examination, she was found to have Fixed Flexion Deformities of 50 degrees in both the hips and 60 degrees in the Right Knee and 50 degrees in the Left Knee. After thorough investigations and evaluation along with Medical and Rheumatology clearance she was

taken up for surgery on 11th August, 2010, wherein ten surgeries were performed on her viz. Bilateral Hip Replacement surgery along with Bilateral Knee Replacement surgery and 6 soft tissue release surgeries.


Fig: Mrs. Nagamma with the doctors of Department of Orthopaedics at Bangalore based Manipal Hospital

According to Dr. R.D Chakravarty, HOD, Orthopaedic Department, Manipal Hospital who spearheaded the surgical team, “First, she was placed flat on her back and Adductor Tenotomies were carried out on both her Hips, to correct the Hip Adductor deformities. Later, she was turned over to prone position and Hamstring Release procedure was done on both her Knees to correct the Knee Flexion deformities. Next, she was placed in a Right Lateral Position, i.e. on her right side with left side up and a Total Hip Replacement was done on her Left Hip. Similarly, she was shifted to a Left Lateral position, and a Total Hip Replacement was done on her Right Hip. After this, she was again placed Spine and Total Knee Replacement Surgeries were done on both her Knees. Total blood loss during the surgery was 800 ml. She was transfused two Units of Whole Blood to make up this loss. She tolerated the procedure well and post operatively was shifted to the ward as she was stable. She was put on Parenteral Antibiotics and Analgesics along with Anticoagulants and Anti DVT therapy.

She was made to get up from bed and walk on the second postoperative day and she responded well. With rigorous Physiotherapy and encouragement for Rehab, she is now moving with the help of a walker to meet her daily requirements and is also able to bend her knees comfortably till 90 degrees.”

Dr. S.C. Nagendra Swamy, COO, Bangalore Region, Director Shared Strategic Services noted, ” Keeping in mind that such an extensive surgery has never been attempted anywhere in the world before and also remembering the foreseeable risks associated with such an undertaking, we took care to perform a very thorough and meticulous preoperative planning. I applaud Manipal Hospital Orthopaedic team for competently performing such a delicate and rare surgery successfully and with such amazing results.”

Speaking to media persons Dr. H. Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Hospital said, “In the West, surgeons rarely face these kinds of cases. Whereas in India, the patient tends to neglect due to financial and social reasons and finally comes at the last stage with such gross deformities. Correcting such deformed joints involves great technical skill and straightening a deformed joint can result in neurovascular damage if done without proper expertise and equipment. We are indeed blessed to have a professionally competent team and the best facilities to be able to perform a surgery of this magnitude without a hitch.”

Manipal Hospital, Bangalore is India’s first hospital to be ISO 9001:2000 certified for Clinical, Nursing, Diagnostics and Allied Areas. Manipal Hospital has been repeatedly ranked amongst the ten best hospitals in India.


Current warning labels on Indian tobacco products ineffective¬¬ – concludes an international expert on tobacco control

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India’s new warning labels on tobacco products fall short of the international standards for strong warning labels, according to Professor Geoffrey Fong, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, who is in India with his research team to meet with researchers at the Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health.

A world expert in tobacco control, Professor Geoffrey Fong made this conclusion based on research that he and his international team of experts have conducted on the impact of warning labels in a massive project across 20 countries.

“Warning labels that include graphic and clear images of the devastating diseases due to tobacco use are known to increase thoughts about quitting and to be used by smokers,” Professor Fong, whose research on warning labels has examined the impact of graphic warnings in Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Australia, compared to text-only warnings in the other countries, including United States, China, France, Germany, Netherlands.

In July 2006, India introduced new warnings on cigarette and bidi packs and on packages of Gutkha and on tins of loose tobacco used for paanmasala. The original law for picture warnings was passed in 2003 and called for graphic photos of mouth cancer due to tobacco use. The new warnings would also include skull and crossbones, which is an international sign of poison.

“The skull and crossbones is a universal warning sign that the substance or product is very dangerous,” said Professor Fong. “And this is true of tobacco products. For example, we know that between one-third and one-half of all regular smokers will die of a smoking-related disease. It is the only product that kills people when used as intended.”

However, due to extreme pressure from the tobacco industry in India, especially the bidi industry, the implementation of the law was delayed 6 times over 5 years.

Then in March 2008, in an unprecedented move, the strong graphic warnings that had already been notified by the Government in 2006 and 2007 were changedto be weaker. The widely understood symbol of Skull and Crossbones was replaced by a scorpion. The vivid colour photos of real examples of mouth cancer due to tobacco use were changed to a fuzzy image of a chest x-ray.

“Healis has been one of the dedicated organizations in India that has been actively involved in research to facilitate implementation of much more effective warning labels on tobacco products.” said Professor Fong.

But even these new weakened warnings were delayed in their introduction. And they were made smaller (from 50% to 40%), limited (from both sides of the pack to just the back of the pack).

Professor Fong commented on the power of graphic warnings in other countries: “Countries such as Canada, Brazil, Singapore, and Mauritius have introduced very powerful warnings that have helped motivate smokers to quit and prevent young people from starting to smoke.”

“The tobacco industry knows how effective the warnings are, and that’s why they try their best to prevent warnings, weaken them, and delay their introduction.” The fact that the warnings have been so attacked by the tobacco industry in India is a sure sign that they are afraid of the impact of graphic warnings, Professor Fong says.

Close to one million people in India will die this year because of tobacco use. And since the graphic warnings were originally proposed and approved by the Government 6 years ago, about 5 million people have died.

Professor Fong commented on these delays. ”We know that strong graphic warnings are effective in increasing knowledge, motivating quitting, and preventing young people from tobacco use. How many of those that died could have been saved by the knowledge and vivid displays on the warnings that show what tobacco really does to people?”



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

ONSCREEN SMOKING NOW VERIFIED TO HAVE IMPACT ON ADOLESCENT SMOKING

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Stark figures on smoking initiation after exposure to onscreen smoking, reveals US survey

In another step towards proving that onscreen smoking does have a definite negative impact on adolescent, and a villain’s smoking makes even more impact than a hero’s smoking; two studies were published recently from the USA.

A study to determine exposure to movie smoking in relation to smoking initiation among US adolescents was conducted by random–digital-dial survey on 6522 adolescents aged 10 to 14 years. Prevalence of smoking was about 2% among those with the lowest exposure to smoking in movies, steadily going up to almost 30% among those with highest exposure.

This study demonstrates, in a nationally representative US sample of young adolescents, that exposure to movie smoking has a strong association with smoking initiation and that the association holds within broad racial and ethnic categories and regardless of where the adolescent resides. It also suggests that, exposure to movie smoking is a primary independent risk factor, accounting for smoking initiation in more than one-third of US adolescents 10 to 14 years of age.

In light of the recent unfortunate comments made by the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that smoking in movies has little effect on children, these studies provide definite proof that exposure to smoking in films does impact the youth and influence them to initiate smoking.

In another longitudinal, random-digit-dial telephone survey of 6522 US adolescents, conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, current smoking status and movie exposure was assessed 4 times over 24 months. The adolescents surveyed were asked whether they had seen any recently released movies, in which smoking by major characters was identified, along with the type of portrayal. The portrayal was divided into negative, positive, and mixed/neutral categories.

By the 24-month follow-up survey, 15.9% of the baseline never-smokers had tried smoking. Within the sample of movies selected, 3848 major characters were identified, of whom 69% were male. Smokers represented 22.8% of 518 negative characters, 13.7% of 2486 positive characters, and 21.1% of 844 mixed/neutral characters.

The study clearly shows that smoking in movies and impacts adolescent smoking initiation – regardless of character type, which demonstrates the importance of limiting exposure to smoking as it is portrayed on screen. In fact, the study has also shown that negative character portrayals of smoking have stronger impact on low risk-taking adolescents; undercutting the often-repeated argument that smoking by villain in a film is ok.

“These are just some of the multitude of studies that have been, and are being conducted internationally that prove that depiction of smoking in films does have definite impact on the smoking behaviour of youth across geographies,” said Dr. P.C.Gupta, Director, Healis – Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health. “In light of such conclusive research reports, it is essential for the authorities to recognize the health risks that such exposure creates, and take necessary action to see to it that smoking in films is banned. The urban and semi-urban youth in India are either avid moviegoers or watch movies at home, and when they see their favourite stars on screen, whether hero or villain, they try and emulate this by beginning to smoke themselves. By curbing scenes which depict smoking in movies, a lot can be accomplished in preventing initiation smoking among youth” he added.

In India today, the movie-watching population – especially among adolescents – is in the millions, and since it is proven that any depiction of smoking on-screen has the ability to impact these young moviegoers and influence them to initiate smoking, the authorities need to take immediate steps to curb such on-screen depiction of smoking, and not pass such depictions in the name of ‘creative freedom, as is being done today.

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17 July, 2009 at 6:06 am

Pediatric Cardiac Specialists of Apollo Children’s Hospital perform a complicated intracardiac repair of complete A-V canal defect on a Nigerian infant

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The Pediatric Cardiac team at the new Apollo Children’s Hospital successfully performed a complicated surgery to treat a condition called complete a-v canal defect in a 4–month old Nigerian baby.

Speaking at the press briefing alongside the patient, Dr. Neville Solomon, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon & Dr. Muthukumaran, Pediatric Cardiologist said, “The Nigerian baby was ailing with a condition called complete a-v canal defect. This consists of two holes in the heart with mitral and tricuspid valves possibly leaky as well. The child also has Down’s syndrome, which makes the surgery even more risky. The child was investigated by 2D echo, 3D echo and catheterization and angiogram. The surgery involved closing of the holes in the heart and repairing the mitral and tricuspid valves.”

The preoperative 3D echo was done by Dr. Muthukumaran, who is among the few cardiologists in the country trained to perform this investigative procedure. This 3D transesophageal echo at Apollo is the first of its type in Tamil Nadu. Dr. Neville Solomon added, “It is gratifying that the baby was brought in for surgery by the 4th month as usually beyond 6 months, the results are not as good. It is gratifying that the baby is doing well and will be returning home tomorrow. We have been treating numerous international patients at the hospital”

Addressing the gathered media, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “This 80- bedded Apollo Children’s Hospital is emblematic of the change we wanted to see in child healthcare, and an extension of our long and successful foray in quality pediatrics. Every little life represents immense potential and the onus is on us to nurture it.”

Ms. Preetha Reddy added, “True to the Apollo way, we have not stopped with the best of technology and expertise. A lot of thought has gone into making the process of healing as child-friendly as possible. The ambience, the mood, the culture have all been shaped around the young patient. I hope PAWS, the latest member of the Apollo family, will steal the day. PAWS, our mascot at the Apollo Children’s Hospital, is a teddy bear that will be there to welcome the young patients, and spread the cheer during their stay at the hospital.”

Situated in the close vicinity of flagship Apollo Hospitals at Greams Road, The Apollo Children’s Hospital is one of the finest in the country. Complete with an NICU, Isolation ward, three operation theatres, sunshine ward, cheerful private rooms and tasteful suites, the new hospital leaves no stone unturned in providing the best pediatric care.

The cardiology team consisting of Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist and the Cardio Thoracic Surgeon are available to tackle highly complicated congenital anomalies and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit looks after these cases pre and post operatively. The department of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Urology carries out various procedures on children and neonates including laparoscopic surgery. The other super specialties are Pediatric Neurology-Neuro Surgery Nephrology and Gastroenterology, which are well covered by expert consultants for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

The department of Haemato Oncology gives a new lease of life to the hitherto fatal disease like A –plastic anemia, Leukemia and Storage disorders etc., Bone marrow transplants have been done on many children with excellent results. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with expert neonatologists take care of premature babies with very low birth weight with good out come comparable to international standards.

Equipped for every paediatric emergency, Apollo Children’s Hospital is geared to care for acute problems and emergencies promptly and efficiently in the “golden hours” for all the emergencies. The emergency and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will be complementary to each other will sole aim to save the precious lives and is functional 24X7. The transport unit consisting of attained registrar level pediatrician, well-trained nurses and paramedical staff are ready to rush to the site of emergencies to pick up the sick babies at Airport, home or even from any other hospitals. They will assess the sick child, stabilize the child and transport the child to our children’s hospital. The doctors, nurses and paramedical staff are well trained in the pre hospital care of these patients. For the sick newborn state of the art Transport Incubators are available for their safety. The PICU is unique as it is headed by the Senior Consultants well trained in delivery of intensive care.

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4 July, 2009 at 6:24 am

Edentulous Support Society organizes seminar on prevention and treatment of Edentulism

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Seminar to highlight disability caused by Edentulism, educates over 1000 patients of the condition and possible treatment

The Edentulous Support Society, India’s first support group for people suffering from Edentulism (a condition of being toothless), is organizing a seminar to highlight the condition of Edentulism, as well as the means of prevention and treatment of the condition. The seminar will be held in the city on 4th July, Saturday, at 5.00pm at Ramkrishna More Sabhagruha in Pimpri-Chinchwad. This is the first in a series of seminars that are due to be organized across various cities in Maharashtra over a period to highlight to senior citizens the disabilities caused by Edentulism, and the methods that can be adopted to avoid contracting this condition.

The workshop, which is scheduled to take place at the Ramkrishna More Sabhagruha in Pimpri-Chinchwad
on Saturday, will address various issues ranging from the factors causing edentulism, who is susceptible to the condition and what measures can be taken to address the problems caused by it. Some notable guests who will be attending the event include Mrs. Aparna Tai Doke, the Mayor of Pimpri Chinchwad and Dr. Sriram Pandey, Founder and President of the Senior Citizen Club of Pimpri Chinchwad, who are also the partners for the event. The Edentulous Support Society, in addition to organizing this seminar, also aims to provide 100 free dentures to needy people who cannot afford them.

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2 July, 2009 at 9:44 pm