Category: Health

Daily Health Tip

Check the expiration date on sunscreen and discard expired ones. Most sunscreens expire in two years.

Regular exercise can prevent diabetes complications as it improves blood circulation

- Kamesh. MG

Daily Health Tip

Oily skin also needs moisturizer. But you need to use products that are water based and non comedogenic.

Eye strain relief: Close your eyes and put your palms on them. Don’t press, just cover and breathe deeply. Do this for 5-10 minutes.

Daily Health Tip

Never prick or burst a burn blister as it increases the risk of infection. Allow it to dry up and heal naturally.

Health Tip

Frequent and vigorous cleansing can irritate your skin & make acne worse. Wash acne-prone skin twice daily with a mild soap and warm water.

Minor burns first aid: Pour cool water for 5 minutes and loosely wrap in gauze. Do Not apply ice, oil, butter or ointment.

– Kamesh Gnanamohan

Health Tip

If choice is between canned and frozen food, prefer frozen as it has more nutrients, less salt or sugar, and less contaminants.

Why tomatoes are good for you…

No doubt, they tantalise your taste buds, but they are high on nutrition too

Though tomatoes are referred to as vegetables, botanically they are classified as fruits! And whether you call them to-ma-toes or to-mae-toes, this natural food is packed with whole lot of vitamins, minerals and compounds than you can imagine. And the best part is, whether you eat them raw or cooked, they are extremely nutritious. So have tomatoes in your gravy, salads, sandwiches and the good old ketchup. Here are some health benefits of tomatoes, we bet you didn’t know about:

- Tomatoes contain vitamin A, which is highly beneficial to maintain healthy vision and improve eyesight.

- Fortified with the mineral chromium, tomatoes are especially beneficial for diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels in control.

- A lot of vitamins like A, C and beta-carotene act as antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which are known to cause cell damage.

- Potassium and Vitamin B present in tomatoes help lower cholestrol levels and blood pressure too. This is beneficial in preventing strokes and other coronary heart diseases.

- Lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes is excellent for fighting cancer. Lycopene also prevents the formation of cancerous cells in the body.

- To maintain healthy bones, include tomatoes regularly in your daily diet as they contain vitamin K and calcium.

- Tomatoes help reduce the damage done to your body by smoking. Chlorogenic and coumaric acid help fight carcinogens that get accumulated due to smoking.

Courtesy: Times of India

Pungent bulb of benefits

It is one of the most widely used condiments in cooking the world over. Yes, there is sufficient reason to include garlic in your daily diet. Its known not just for its therapeutic effects on the heart, but also for its immunity boosting properties.

Those suffering from blood-related problems can greatly benefit by using garlic in their meals. Diabetics will be happy to know that it helps keep blood sugar levels in check. Further those suffering from high blood pressure can take garlic capsules to lower BP levels

Research has found that since garlic is anti-bacterial, it can provide relief from toothaches. Simply apply some garlic oil or a garlic clove directly on the affected area.

Garlic can help fight against infections like common cold and cough and strengthen the body’s resistance. Studies show garlic can stop cancer-causing compounds from being formed and even reduce the growth of tumour cells.

Posture Perfect!

Acute back pain can cripple your life. Get your posture right for freedom from backaches!

In today’s fast paced world, Indian working woman has to do multitasking – do household chores, look after children and rush to her workplace in crowded trains or buses, sit in front of computers for eight to 10 hours. Hence, she does not get time to look after herself and this leads to spine problems.

- Lack of exercise.
- Bad seating posture at the workplace.
- Improper diet.
- Low calcium/vitamin D intake.
- Lack of exposture to sunlight.
- Increased stress levels.

Neck pain and shoulder girdle pain are very common in working women, who have to work on computers for long hours. This is due to bad sitting

posture, poor ergonomic chairs, improper positioningof computer monitors, etc. Increased stress also contributes to this. Neck pain is quite common

in BPO workers. Low back pain is also common in office-going females. Bad posture and lack of exercises are common causes. Osteporosis/low

calcium – vitamin D levels are found in females. Multitasking also takes its toll and females usually make up for lack of time by skipping proper diet

and having junk food while on duty. Also, not doing exercises following delivery, obesity following pregnancy and delivery, cause loose abdominal

musculature, which is a great supporter of the spinal column, helping us to stand erect with proper spinal curvature. If you lack strength in abdominal muscules, it leads to poor posture and backache.

-Proper diet.
-Regular exercises.
-Some sports activity, exposture to sunlight (morning walk can be a good alternative).
-Proper posture at the workplace.
Proper postpartum exercises and diet rich in calcium during and after delivery till breast feeding.

11 April, Times of India
Inputs by Dr Vikas Gupte,
Spine Surgeon, Fortis Hosptials

Your window to the world…your eyes!

Prevention and daily care can go a long way in maintaining good eye health and vision.

Spending long hours in front of computers or television screens can adversely impact your eye health.

What can you do?

• For brighter eyes, take a vitamin A rich diet (Papaya, Eggs, Fish, Milk, Cilantro etc).

• Wash your eyes with cold water regularly.

• Adjust the display settings on your computer so the brightness of the screen is about the same as your work environment.

• Blinking is very important when working at a computer; it helps keep your eyes hydrated.

• Every 20 minutes, try blinking your eyes 10 times.

• To reduce the risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen follows the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds.

• Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye and helps reduce fatigue.

• Look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, and then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times.

• To reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome as well as neck, back and shoulder pain, take frequent breaks during your work day.

H1N1 Vaccine

Two types vaccines are available for protection against H1N1

A) Nasovac Intranasal vaccine
B) Injectable vaccine (Vaxiflu-s)

( A ) Nasovac Vaccine

1. Nasovac vaccine is a safe vaccine for Swine flu prevention, administered through the nose in the form of a spray.

2. Indication: It is indicated for active immunization against H1N1 above the age of 3 years

3. Mode of administration: 0.25 ml of dose is sprayed in each nostril i.e. total of 0.5 ml is a dose per individual. It is sprayed with the help of special devise and syringe. Single intranasal dose gives immunity for 1 to 2 years

4. Contraindications: Those who are allergic to eggs or egg proteins, and drugs like Gentamycine, gelatin, children 3 to 17 years receiving Aspirin treatment, those with severe asthma, or suffering from sever viral infection, severe nasal congestion or blockade. Severely immunocompromised patients as decided by physician.

5. Adverse Reaction or side effects: They are mild to moderate, like nasal congestion, discomfort, running nose, sneezing, loss of smell, body ache, weakness, fatigue, headache, joint pain, sore throat, cough, and diarrhea.

6. Dose: Available as 2.5 ml vial containing 5 doses, i.e. 5 persons can be vaccinated with each vial. Also available as single dose of 0.5 ml

7. Manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd. Pune

8. Available in leading drug stores and hospitals.

Physician will first examine the person and then decide about vaccination.

( B ) Injectable vaccine for H1N1 ( Vaxiflu-s )

Vaccines are available to protect against 2009 H1N1 influenza.
• These vaccines are made just like seasonal flu vaccines.
• They are expected to be as safe and effective as seasonal flu vaccines.
• They will not prevent “influenza-like” illnesses caused by other viruses.
• They will not prevent seasonal flu.

Recommended to receive 2009 H1N1 vaccine first are:
• Pregnant women
• People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age
• Health care and emergency medical personnel
• Anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age
• Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system

As more vaccine becomes available, these groups should also be vaccinated:
• Healthy 25 through 64 year olds
• Adults 65 years and older

• Children through 9 years of age should get two doses of vaccine, about a month apart. Older children and adults only one dose

You should not get 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine if you have a severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to any other substance in the vaccine.
Tell the person giving you the vaccine if you have any severe allergies.
Also tell them if you have ever had:
• a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of seasonal fl u vaccine,
• Guillain Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness also called GBS). These may not be reasons to avoid the vaccine, but the medical staff can help you decide.
• If you are moderately or severely ill, you might be advised to wait until you recover before getting the vaccine. If you have a mild cold or other illness, there is usually no need to wait. Pregnant or breastfeeding women can get inactivated 2009 H1N1 fl u vaccine. Inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines, including seasonal influenza vaccine.

What are the risks from Injection H1N1 influenza vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medicine, could cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction. But the risk of any vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. The virus in inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine has been killed, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine. The risks from inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine are similar to those from seasonal inactivated fl u vaccine:

Mild problems:
• Soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given • fainting (mainly adolescents) • headache, muscle aches • fever • nausea If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.

Severe problems:
• Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.

What if there is a severe reaction? What should I look for?
• Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes, signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.

What should I do?
• Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.
• Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.