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5 years ago Newsroom

How Worst can Smoking get for You?

oral cancerToday the world is observing ‘No Smoking Day’ and calls for ‘quit smoking’ owing to the scary consequences of smoking. A known fact – cigarette smoking kills you, and that too slowly and steadily ruining every organ in your body. You could face awful diseases and frightful health issues. It not only ruins you physically but also those around you while you are smoking. So the habit not only affects you but terrible diseases can grip the ‘passive smokers’ near you – they can be even your friends or family too.

Just knowing the dreadful diseases caused by smoking may alarm you – several types of cancers like that of lung, skin, pancreatic, colon, oral, cervical, liver, and stomach, heart disease, brain stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, reduced fertility, immature baby birth, muscular degeneration, amputation risk, and even blindness.

About 12{f311d33b9bbfc4f285bed43336857fd8e1ba4c3922f0121c3bf81697a3148487} of world’s smokers live in India. Every year, hospitals in India witness thousands of cases in which the disease is caused due to chain smoking or tobacco intake. The expensive medical treatments anyway burn hole in your pocket. Quitting cigarette is the only solution.

How to quit smoking?

It is very difficult for chain smokers to quit smoking. Smoking is not only an addiction but a psychological habit that is hard to quit. Here are few steps to begin with in your struggle to quit smoking:

  • Set a timeline to quit.
  • Share with your friends, family and colleagues about your plan to quit smoking to get their support and encouragement.
  • Gradually, cut on your daily cigarettes.
  • Get on to new hobby like playing your favorite game, painting, music etc. to manage stress.
  • Note the smoking triggers, and take out ways to combat them with the help of your counselor.
  • Remove cigarettes and ashtrays from your home, car and office.
  • Be in the company of those who don’t smoke
  • Contact your counselor and doctor for guidance.
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5 years ago Newsroom

Bacteria for Healthy Heart

It may surprise you how bacteria can affect your heart’s health. Yes, the microorganism in your gut plays an important role in maintaining healthy life. It is known gut healthy heartbacteria affects digestion, immunity, bones density, and much more that scientists are trying to decode. Now they are said to keep your hearts healthy too.
Probiotic foods like yoghurt and vinegar that contain consumable live bacteria are said to maintain healthy blood pressure in the body. Then there are prebiotics, about which many of us are not aware. Prebiotics are actually food containing the elements like fiber, needed by bacteria to make useful chemicals in our body.  prebiotic-foods
Researchers trace prebiotics in foods such as raw wheat brand, wheat flour, raw garlic, raw onions, cereals, dandelions, sweet potatoes and banana. They are found to maintain blood pressure, cholesterol level, and take care of your heart functioning.
Thus, get on to a diet that includes prebiotics and probiotics both along with fruits and vegetables to prevent heart diseases. Not only your heart but these bacteria would also protect you from gastrointestinal problems, osteoporosis, and illness like colon cancer etc.

Also, do not forget to go for regular screening tests to trace on time any developing heart ailment. If you are already suffering from a heart disease, then be rest assured, there are best heart hospitals in India and well trained specialists, providing the advanced treatment procedures, like angioplasty, open heart surgery etc. If you need any help in choosing the right hospital for heart treatment you can also call one of our patient advisors for free guidance.

5 years ago Newsroom

Uterus Transplant in India

Childlessness can be one of the biggest trauma that a couple can face. The recent Uterus Womb transplant at Cleveland Clinic, a first in the U.S. has raised the hopes of many such people in India too as when can India have its first uterus transplant? Uterus or womb transplant could be said a huge medical breakthrough in reproduction science and a hope to those for whom only other option is either surrogacy or adoption.

What is Uterus Womb Transplant?

The uterine transplant is the surgical procedure where a healthy uterus from a donor (can be from living or deceased) is transplanted into a female who is born without uterus or whose uterus is diseased. The recipient woman is monitored closely for over a year. If all goes well, an embryo is implanted in the uterus using an IVF procedure. Later the delivery of the baby is done through a caesarean section. Once the uterus is no longer needed, the womb can be removed to prevent the side-effects due to intake of immunosuppressants, usually taken by organ recipients for the rest of their life.

Uterus Transplant cases in the world

The world’s first womb transplant was successfully conducted in the year 2011 in Turkey from a deceased donor at Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya on the then 21 years old Turkish woman, Derya Sert, who was born without a uterus.

Next in the year 2012, in Sweden, the first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant was done at Sahlgrenska University Hospital at Gothenburg University led by Dr. Mats Brannstrom, a Professor of gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Gothenburg. Later in 2014, it was announced, the world’s first womb transplant baby boy, named ‘Vincent’ is born to this uterus recipient who was then a 36 years old woman. The University of Gothenburg has till now done nine transplants using live donors, where four of the recipients are reported to have babies.

The latest womb transplant in Feb 2016 on a 26-year-old patient at Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Andreas G Tzakisis and his team is the first one in the U.S., where a deceased donor’s uterus was used. The transplant took nine hours of surgery. The receiver’s eggs were removed from her ovaries, fertilized, and frozen using IVF techniques. According to doctors, if the transplant is successful, she would be able to give birth to a baby through an implanted embryo in her new womb. After the woman has given birth to one or two babies, the transplanted uterus will be removed.

Benefits of Uterus transplant

The procedure is a boon to women with Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) condition, who have had a hysterectomy, fibroids or scarring, or face a rare genetic syndrome called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) i:e., underdeveloped or absence of uterus.

Challenges of Uterus transplant

Although experts believe uterus transplantation is a blessing for those who have only option of either adoption or surrogacy for parenthood. But the technique is not without its share of challenges like its complexity, high cost or even obtaining a donor organ.

The very high cost of uterus transplant procedure, the patient care thereafter, and its logistics would be a barrier for many to go for it. Also since the pregnancy would be through IVF technique in transplant patients, it would add up to the cost. Also since the organ donation in many countries is not organized, it will be difficult to get the right matching donor.

The India connect…

The good news for India is that a pioneer of uterus transplant, Dr. Brannstrom is working with the doctors in India to train them on the procedure. He is also working with a few centers in the country and evaluating the patients for the transplant. In one of his recent visit to the country he expressed hope that India would have its first baby from uterine transplantation by 2018.

The country has the infrastructure and highly talented trained surgeons who successfully conduct many organ transplants like kidney Transplant, heart, liver Transplant etc. and uterus transplant would be the latest addition in it sometime soon.

Cost of Uterus Transplant: World vs. India

While the uterus transplant may reach the country soon, but the cost seems to be the deterrent factor for availing the treatment.  At present the cost of uterus womb transplant is estimated to be about US $70,000 (INR 47,85,550) in the U.S. India is deemed as comparably low cost destination for medical treatments, thus it is yet to be seen, what the uterus transplant procedure cost would be in the country. The IVF in India costs about US$4000-5000 US$18,000-20,000.

Uterus transplant has actually raised the hope of thousands of infertile women seeking parenthood. The efforts of scientists and the governments should combine to make the procedure accessible to all in need.

Please Note:

After publication of this article, we have received scores of queries from all corners of the globe about Uterus Transplant in India. Accordingly, we have checked with almost all the top hospitals in India known for cutting-edge research if they were doing Uterus Transplant. Unfortunately however, we still do not have information about any hospital in India doing Uterus Transplant on a commercial level. As such, we are still not in a position to recommend you a hospital or clinic in India for the same. However, we are keeping contact details of all the enquiries, and will surely update you once we have information about further development in India in regard to Uterus Transplant.

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5 years ago Newsroom

How to make most of that time with your doctor?

How to make most of doctor visitHow to make most of that time with your doctor? This is one question that many patients seeking our guidance and counseling ask. They are already worried and tense due to the intensity of the illness and at the same time want to be well-informed and take right treatment decisions.

Here are some points to note for all those who feel they miss or forget many things when they visit the doctor:

Prepare a to-do list before visiting doctor

  • Collect and assemble your records- prescriptions and reports (X-rays, blood reports, ultrasounds etc.) in sequence of date.
  • Make a list of health or side-effects issues you are facing and need to inform the doctor
  • Include information like allergic or reactive to any medicine etc.
  • List of medications you are already taking
  • Note down in points your past medical history like past surgeries, infections etc. Carry the old reports, if required
  • Note family history of illness, if required
  • Make a list of questions which you want to ask your doctor

At the doctor’s clinic/hospital

  • If you have made prior appointment, be at least 15 min before time
  • For all those of you with language barrier can take help of a language translator. You can request the hospital for one or ask any local person who knows your language to accompany you.
  • Be relaxed and keep a calm mind.
  • Share your medical records and the things on the ‘list’ with the doctor.
  • Listen to your doctor carefully and note down his/her instructions.
  • Feel free to ask if you have any doubt/query regarding any treatment or test the doctor recommends. You have all the right to know why a certain test is recommended and how it is going to help in the treatment or diagnosis.
  • Ask your doctor what to expect from the recommended treatment.
  • If you feel the tests/ medicines are too expensive, express your concern. He/she may recommend the different medicine with the same salt which may be cheaper. For expensive treatments like cancer, he/she may recommend any organization, which financially helps such patients.
  • Last and not the least, do not hide any medical issue with your doctor and keep faith.
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5 years ago Newsroom

Zika Virus Threat and India

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Zika virus mosquitoThe mosquito, Aedes aegypti that spreads the Zika virus has become a cause of chaos in the world. Millions of people are reported to be infected and many more at risk. Although not fatal, but its link to neurological disorders and birth defects has created fear. Tropical countries like Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico etc., are struggling with the outbreak. While rest others like India have raised alert and are in preventive mode to protect their own country with the mosquito-borne disease.

Let’s know about the Zika disease, how far India is at risk, and what you can do to prevent the infection.

Zika and India

Although Zika virus case is not yet reported in India but we still need to be alert as Aedes Aegypti mosquito is the same that transmits dengue and chikungunya. Both these diseases are common in the country. Thus you have to take an extra care to protect yourself from the disease.

What is Zika disease?

Zika spreads by Aedes aegypti mosquito bite. Some reports suggest the virus can be sexually transmitted too by infected person. It is mostly linked to rash and flu-like symptoms. But recently Zika has been found to be threat for pregnant women who can transmit the virus to their fetus; as a result the baby is born with microcephaly – a congenital condition in which the baby has a small head and incomplete brain development. Such babies have limited lifespan and poor brain function.

As there is no vaccine to prevent Zika disease or specific medication to treat its infection, it becomes all the more important for you to practice the preventive measures for the infection.

Symptoms of Zika

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint and Muscle pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Headache

Incubation period

The time from infection to visibility of symptoms, i:e., incubation period for Zika disease is not clearly known, but doctors see it as about one week to 12 days.

How to diagnose Zika?

There is no specific detection test for Zika infection. Since the symptoms of Zika are similar to that of dengue and chikungunya, your doctor may initially recommend blood tests for dengu and chikunguniya. if those ruled out he may suggest specialized blood tests that may indicate Zika.

Treatment of Zika

Since no vaccine or specific medicine is there to treat Zika infections, doctors treat the symptoms like fever etc. Along with it, you are recommended to do below also:

  • Be hydrated, drink plenty of fluids
  • Inform your doctor, if you are taking any other medicine for some medical condition
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites
  • Since Zika virus stays in blood for over a week in an infected person, prevent mosquito bite after contracting the disease as it will transfer the virus from your blood to the mosquito via mosquito bite. The infected mosquito can spread the virus to others.

What you can do to prevent the disease?

  • Prevent mosquito breeding around houses
  • Use mosquito repellents to avoid bites
  • Avoid travel to the affected countries
  • Pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant should defer/cancel their travel to the affected areas
  • Travellers including pregnant women with fever complaints within two weeks of return from an affected country should report to the doctors
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5 years ago Newsroom

Govt Withdraws Duty Exemption, Drugs to Get Costlier

New Delhi, Feb 8, 2016

Govt Withdraws Duty Exemption Drugs CostlierThe government of India has issued a notification to withdraw custom duty exemption and impose excise duty on lifesaving drugs. As per the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) notification the rule is applicable to over 74 drugs used in treatment of cancer, HIV, haemophilia, diabetes, kidney stones, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, heart rhythm disorders, Parkinson’s disease, bone diseases, leukemia, anesthetic medication, hepatitis B, allergies, arthritis, glaucoma, lupus, ulcerative colitis and infections etc. Of these, 47 drugs that are part of the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2015 are also included.

Although the move is taken to promote domestic drug manufacturing industry and reduce drug dependency on imports by making imported medicines expensive, it is seen as a blow to healthcare in India. It would result in a price rise of about 10- 25{f311d33b9bbfc4f285bed43336857fd8e1ba4c3922f0121c3bf81697a3148487} on both imported and India-produced drugs.

The step is also seen as to contradict government’s intent to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all in India. Experts see it as a burden on the patients suffering from the life threatening diseases. Kiran Mazumdar, Chairperson & MD, Biocon deems this as a sad move by MoF in one of her tweet. She also expresses, “Make In India push fuels price rise fear for 74 vital medicines – let’s not burden patients.”

MedGurus.ORG believes, this will adversely impact patients’ medical care as already all these super-specialty treatments are expensive and with duty hike, the companies will shift the liability on patients.

I want to thank GMA for being there whenever I needed sound advice for my IVF procedure. You have been always supporting and guiding. I wish you best of luck for all the good service you are doing by helping people to take well-informed decisions.