Budget 2021- Health Is Wealth!

It has been understood by health workers for a long long time that prevention is better than cure and that any health initiative that seeks to prevent disease has a far greater impact than an initiative to cure a disease. Public health measures that seek to provide good sanitation, safe drinking water, and universal Vaccination, etc are much more beneficial…

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Testing for Vertigo and Balance Disorder

Vertigo, Dizziness, Giddiness are common symptoms that are poorly understood by the patient as well as physicians. It has been my experience that patients who suffer from a sudden episode of Vertigo reach the emergency unit of hospitals where they are admitted and subjected to a whole range of investigations, including a cardiac evaluation and an MRI of the brain.…

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Audiometry- Hearing Testing

Hearing Loss is a common symptom.  Once patients come with a history of hearing impairment, the simplest and most common hearing test that is carried out is the Pure Tone Audiogram (PTA).  It is so-called because an instrument (Audiometer) is used to produce Pure Tones at different frequencies – these are then presented to the subject at different sound levels…

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Tinnitus – Is It Treatable?

The sound we hear in our ear/ ears in the absence of an external stimulus is called Tinnitus.  So, in a way, it is a sound that you hear that no one else does – Subjective Tinnitus. It is produced within or around your own ear and is an internal sound. Rarely your Tinnitus may be heard by someone when…

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All You Need to Know About Bird Flu

There’s currently a scare regarding the avian flu, also called the bird flu or avian influenza. This is not just an Indian phenomenon but a global one. The avian flu, which started off in countries outside India, is currently in Denmark, France, the UK (United Kingdom) as well as in South Korea. Parts of Europe and Asia have also been…

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Vaccines Have Arrived- Will You Take One?

Within a year of the onset of a new infectious disease (Covid-19), a disease that knocked the world off its feet, a Vaccine has been made available. This is unprecedented in the history of vaccine manufacturing. The speed is astonishing. Rapid advancement in gene sequencing, identifying immune response triggers (and purifying them to test on animals) have enabled us to…

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The Air We Breathe

Nature is not static – it is constantly changing. Nothing is more demonstrative of that than the air in the atmosphere. Did you know that at the time of earth’s formation there was no Oxygen in the atmosphere? Yes, that is the truth. Oxygen was formed about 3 billion years ago by blue-green Algae in the oceans. As more and…

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How Philosophy Helps the Physician

Philosophy teaches us the most important lessons of life, lessons on Ethics and Morality, our role in the Universe, the purpose of our existence and so many more.  The ultimate search has always been the one that seeks to know within – ‘Gnothi Seuaton’ says ancient Greek wisdom from many centuries ago – Know Thyself. So how does philosophical teachings…

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How the Pandemic is changing the Patient-Doctor consultation process

“Doctor if I See You Again I Won’t Even Recognize You!” The Doctor-Patient consultation is a sacred covenant, full of meaningful interactions where the patient unburdens herself to the physician who listens, watches, and interacts with the patient. It is one of the most intimate interpersonal communications-  akin to a confessional in a way. The current Pandemic has changed the…

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