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Uttar Pradesh: Doctors remove live worm from man’s nose

In a rare surgery, doctors at Nazareth Hospital removed a live foreign body (zoic) from the nose of a man in Prayagraj. Doctors said one of the nostrils of Cecil Andrew had been bleeding for several days, and he felt strange movements inside the nose. On examination, a live worm was found hidden deep inside his left nostril. This operation was carried out by Dr Subhash Chandra Verma, a surgeon in the ENT Department of the hospital, using the telescope method without damaging the surrounding tissues. “The patient bathed in the stagnant water of a waterfall in Uttarakhand two weeks ago. It is common to see leeches stuck to the external parts of the body of people who bathe in a pond or lake, but finding a leech inside the nose is a strange and rare incident. Fortunately, the zoic did not travel to the brain or eye,” he said. Verma added that the patient is healthy and recovering. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

25 June,2024 04:30 PM IST | Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) | IANS
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Gurugram doctors remove 8.5 kg large mass from ovary of a 13-year-old girl

A 13-year-old girl has been given a new lease of life after doctors removed an 8.5 kg large mass from her right ovary.  The girl from Gurugram, a student in the 9th standard, was presented to Manipal Hospital, Gurugram, after experiencing significant abdominal distention and mild discomfort that had been ongoing for approximately three months.  Despite these symptoms, the patient was able to maintain a good appetite and perform her daily activities normally.  An initial ultrasound revealed a large mass occupying much of her abdomen. A CT scan confirmed the presence of a 8.5 kg large mass in her right ovary.  The doctors led by Dr. Sharmila Solanki - consultant, Obstetrics & Gynecology opted for an exploratory laparotomy -- the surgical procedure under general anaesthesia essential for directly examining the abdominal organs and determining the extent and spread of the disease.  During the operation, a specific procedure called Salpingo-oophorectomy was also performed on the right side, which involved the removal of the ovary and fallopian tube.  “This step was critical in addressing the underlying cause of the distention and ensuring that any pathological tissues were effectively managed,” Dr. Sharmila, told IANS.  The procedure also alleviated the symptoms and prevented further complications related to the mass. Remarkably, the ovary and fallopian tube of the left side, as well as her liver and the rest of the abdominal cavity, were found to be normal.   “The girl is doing exceptionally well. She underwent a successful operation six weeks ago, and a recent PET CT scan showed no signs of residual disease. Her recovery has been uneventful, and she remains completely asymptomatic. She is currently undergoing regular follow-up appointments to monitor her progress,” said the doctor. Maintaining ovarian health is crucial for women's overall well-being, fertility, and hormonal balance.  To promote healthy ovaries, Dr. Sharmila advised women to adopt healthy practices such as consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, managing stress levels, and getting adequate sleep.  In addition, she stressed the need for women to “undergo regular gynaecological check-ups to detect any potential issues early on and seek medical attention promptly or if they experience any unusual symptoms or changes in their menstrual cycle.” This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

25 June,2024 04:09 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Acupuncture may lower hot flashes post anti-hormonal breast cancer therapy

Acupuncture may significantly reduce hot flashes and other hormonal side effects of endocrine therapy taken by women with breast cancer, claimed a study, based on a pooled analysis of three clinical trials, on Monday.  Endocrine therapy helps block hormone signalling that drives some forms of breast cancer. Although a life-saving treatment, up to 80 per cent of women experience hot flashes -- a sudden, temporary sensation of body warmth, flushing, and sweating -- and other side effects after taking it, leading to discontinuation, while elevating the risk of cancer progression and death. To probe acupuncture's potential, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, US, conducted a coordinated, multinational project consisting of three independent randomised controlled trials in the US, China, and South Korea. The analysis, published in the journal CANCER, included 158 women with stage 0-III breast cancer. These women were randomised to immediate acupuncture (IA) who received acupuncture twice a week for 10 weeks and were followed for an additional 10 weeks without acupuncture or delayed acupuncture control (DAC). DAC participants received usual care for 10 weeks, then crossed over to acupuncture with a reduced intensity (once per week) for 10 weeks. After week 10, 64 per cent of people in the IA group reported improvements in the number and severity of their hot flashes, compared with 18 per cent in the DAC group. Further, the DAC participants who received weekly acupuncture showed significant improvements in symptom scores relative to week 10. No side effects were reported by any of the participants. "By managing side effects, our approach makes it easier for patients to continue their prescribed medication, which has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and improve long-term outcomes for breast cancer survivors," said lead author Weidong Lu, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Weidong also suggested people interested in using acupuncture start with "a short trial period" and based on the results "engage in a long-term programme". This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

25 June,2024 03:59 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Stigma key reason for high depression among vitiligo patients: Doctors

Vitiligo, a condition causing white patches on the skin, can have a profound impact beyond physical appearance. Societal stigmas are increasing the risk of depression among the patients, said doctors on World Vitiligo Day on Tuesday. World Vitiligo Day is observed every year on June 25 to raise awareness about vitiligo and related issues. Vitiligo is a skin condition characterised by the loss of skin colour in patches. It occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour), are destroyed or stop functioning.  The exact cause of vitiligo is not fully understood, but it's believed to involve the immune system attacking pigment cells. A combination of genetic, autoimmune, stress, and environmental factors such as sunburn are likely to contribute to the condition. It manifests as white patches on the skin, anywhere on the body, sometimes including hair, eyes, and the inside of the mouth.   “Vitiligo can lead to social isolation and discrimination due to the visible changes in skin pigmentation. This negativity from society can significantly impact self-esteem and contribute to feelings of depression,” Dr Pankaj B Borade, Consultant Psychiatrist, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, told IANS.  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology, showed that 89 per cent of vitiligo patients in India report moderate to high depressive symptoms. The high mental stress among patients was due to the prevalence of a negative perception of vitiligo, revealed the study.  Dr Pankaj said that this mental distress can disrupt daily life, affecting everything from social interactions to clothing choices.  “The study suggests social stigma might be particularly strong in India, potentially explaining the higher depression rates. The appearance of vitiligo patches can be stressful and affect a person's body image. This can lead to anxiety, social withdrawal, and feelings of isolation, all of which are risk factors for depression.  “Beauty standards in India that place a high value on fair skin make vitiligo even more challenging for patients,” the doctor said. Dr. Sunil Kumar Prabhu, Consultant – Dermatology, Aster RV Hospital, told IANS that there's no cure for vitiligo, but management strategies and regular consultations with a dermatologist can significantly improve quality of life. “Treatment focuses on restoring colour or creating a more even skin tone, with options ranging from topical creams and light therapy to surgical procedures in severe cases,” he said adding that sun protection, stress reduction, and avoiding skin injuries are key ways to prevent. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

25 June,2024 03:46 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Cervical disc prolapse on rise, doctors blame smoking, long work hours & phone

Rajesh Nair, hailing from Karnataka had been suffering from left arm weakness for the past seven years. He was diagnosed with C5-6 disc prolapse, a condition where the discs in the neck bulge out and press on the spinal cord, informs Dr Amit Sharma, a spine surgeon working at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai.  This causes disruptions in the communication pathway between the brain and body, leading to symptoms like pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the arms and hands. Those dealing with this issue often experience a significant decline in their quality of life due to these troubling symptoms.  Despite undergoing various treatments including physiotherapy, massage therapy and medication, the 59-year-old patient’s condition failed to improve, leaving him with limited mobility and function in his left arm. That’s when he consulted Sharma who performed a complex spine surgery on Nair to eradicate his restricted mobility and paralysis for seven years.  Following a thorough assessment involving MRI scans and diagnostic tests, Sharma found out that the patient was suffering from spinal cord compression due to disc prolapse. He suggested immediate surgical treatment to address the nerve blockages and relieve the spinal cord compression. Recounting the case study, Sharma tells us, “Patient came to us with weakness in his left arm for the last seven years. We ruled out any shoulder pathology by doing a shoulder MRI and consulting a shoulder specialist. The patient's EMG-NCV, a test to check the functional status of the nerves, showed that the nerves in the cervical spine were affected.” How this miracle surgery saved the tongue of a 32-year-old woman in Mumbai He continues, “Due to the long-standing compression on the spinal cord causing weakness in the arm, it was difficult to predict the recovery after the surgery. The patient was explained about the uncertain nature of the results; however, having no other alternative, the patient wanted to take a chance by getting the surgery done. A C5-6 anterior decompression and fusion surgery was performed.” “To everyone's surprise, the patient claimed he recovered 60 percent on the very next day after the surgery. Clinically, his arm strength improved significantly compared to pre-operative status. He was discharged two days after the surgery. At 6 weeks follow-up, the patient regained 80-90 percent of his arm strength.  What causes cervical disc prolapse?Sharma informs that there has been a resurgence of cervical disc prolapse in the recent past. Cervical disc prolapse happens due to chronic wear and tear of the cervical discs. This is commonly known as cervical spondylosis. A sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, long working hours on computers, prolonged phone use and smoking are some of the reasons for increasing cervical spinal problems.  The majority of the patients have mild symptoms, like neck pain and pain radiating to the shoulder and arms. These patients can usually be treated with medications and physiotherapy.  Physical therapy is advised to improve movement and strengthen the surrounding muscles. The goal of medication is to reduce pain and swelling. In more serious situations where non-surgical treatments fail to show good results, surgery may be needed to release pressure on the spinal cord and help restore regular function.  Also, certain patients present with more severe symptoms like loss of sensation and weakness in the arms. These patients require urgent surgery to decompress the spinal cord so it can recover. If surgery is not done in a timely fashion, chronic pressure on the spinal cord can damage the nerves leading to permanent numbness and weakness. Even though the chances of recovery of these patients with long-standing spinal cord compression causing arm weakness is very low, an effort should be taken to do whatever is in our hands. And miracles do happen, as we saw in our patient's case.  The main goal of treating a C5-6 disc prolapse is to reduce pressure on the spinal cord. During surgery, the existing spondylotic cervical disc is removed and the spinal cord is decompressed. The empty space created due to disc removal is usually filled with a spacer and bone graft. Patients usually feel immediate relief from pain.  However, it takes a few weeks for the tingling numbness to recover, and it might take a few months for the weakness to improve. Patients can perform all daily routines within a day or two after the surgery, including going to their work. They are advised to stay away from heavy work for 3-4 weeks, after which they can resume all normal activities.  Also read: Mental health experts share tips for supporting LGBTQ+ students  

25 June,2024 03:27 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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D2C dairy startup Sid's Farm secured $10 mn funding

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) dairy Sid's Farm on Tuesday announced that it has raised dollar 10 million in Series A funding from venture capital firm Omnivore and Narotam Sekhsaria Family Office (NSFO). The company said it plans to use the funds to establish a strong presence in Hyderabad and Bengaluru by enhancing manufacturing capabilities to meet the growing demand for high-quality dairy products and building a robust team to attract and retain top talent across various functions. "This investment will be instrumental in accelerating our growth trajectory and enabling us to provide fresh, healthy and responsibly sourced food to a wider audience in Hyderabad and Bengaluru," Dr Kishore Indukuri, Founder of Sid's Farm, said in a statement. "We strongly believe that there is an opportunity to serve over 1,00,000 families every day in these two markets alone," he added. Founded in 2016, Sid’s Farm serves over 25,000 customers across two cities. It controls the entire value chain of milk and milk products by sourcing directly from farmers and conducting rigorous quality testing throughout the supply chain to ensure nutrient-dense, additive-free milk. According to IMARC Group reports, the dairy industry in India reached a size of Rs 6,792 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach Rs 49,953 billion by 2032. "Premium dairy brands and products over D2C platforms are expected to lead this growth. We see Sid’s Farm emerging as a key player in this space with its commitment to antibiotic-free, hormone-free, preservative-free milk and milk products," said Reihem Roy, Partner at Omnivore. Alia Bhatt: I steer away from giving parenting advice as everyone’s journey is different This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

25 June,2024 02:40 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Obesity, smoking key triggers for Alzheimer's Disease, say experts

Obesity and smoking are key triggers for Alzheimer's Disease, said health experts on Monday, stressing the need to control both, especially in young adults.  Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, which is a serious public health concern. It leads to memory loss, cognitive decline, and inability to perform daily tasks. The experts explained that obesity and smoking are the major risk factors for vascular dementia and can trigger Alzheimer's owing to the inflammation caused due to smoking. “Smoking damages blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the brain, which can harm brain cells. Obesity is linked to inflammation and insulin resistance, both detrimental to brain health,” Dr. Vikas Mittal, pulmonologist at the CK Birla Hospital, Delhi, said. Alia Bhatt: I avoid giving parenting advice as everyone’s journey is different Curbing the major risk factors are important as a recent study published in the journal The Lancet showed that global dementia cases are set to triple, with 153 million living with dementia by 2050. Alzheimer's, the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 per cent of cases, is also expected to soar. “Obesity also causes conditions like diabetes and cardiac disease which are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s. The presence of these conditions worsens brain health while promoting inflammation, oxidative stress, and vascular damage, which leads to memory decline and increase in Alzheimer’s Disease,” Dr. Anurag Saxena, HOD and Cluster Head Neurosurgery, Manipal Hospital Dwarka, said. Additionally, obesity impairs metabolic functions and insulin signalling which increases the risk of neurodegeneration. On the other hand, “smoking worsens oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain which increases the development of Alzheimer’s. “The harmful chemicals in cigarettes like nicotine and tar damage blood vessels and interfere with blood flow. Smoking can not only accelerate Alzheimer’s Disease but also other forms of dementia,” Dr. Anurag said. Moreover, people with a family history of Alzheimer’s are more prone to the condition if they smoke. The combination and genetic factors and the effects of smoking increases the progress of Alzheimer’s symptoms, the doctor noted. Dr. Shailesh Rohatgi, HOD, Department of Neurology, DPU Super Speciality Hospital at Pune, said that he advised maintaining a balanced lifestyle and eating habits and keeping a constant check, as vascular dementia can even develop at an early age due to various lifestyle habits. He also stressed on “daily activities which are not just limited to physical movement but also engaging the brain. It is important to engage your brain in mental activities like board games.” Also read: Mental health experts share effective programs to foster inclusivity for LGBTQ+ students in school This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

25 June,2024 02:33 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Mid-Day Premium Men's Health Month: Routine checks up and screenings men over 40 must consider

Men in their 40s are becoming more prone to developing health issues, inform medical experts. Attributing the cause to a combination of lifestyle factors, along with genetic history and the natural aging process, Dr Danny Laliwala, consultant, of obstetrics & gynaecology at Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, informs, “After 40, men are more vulnerable to cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, high cholesterol and strokes.” Additionally, men in this age group are more susceptible to mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety, partly due to midlife stressors like career pressures, financial responsibilities and family dynamics. Moreover, hormonal changes, particularly a decrease in testosterone levels, can enhance these health risks. In a recent case, Manav Doshi, a city-based realtor (43) complained of troubling health symptoms. What started as a mild wheezing cough quickly turned into persistent chest pain that intensified at night.  Concerned for his health, Manav sought medical advice, uncovering a stark reality: that he is not alone as an increasing number of men post-40 are developing symptoms like chest pain, frequent headaches, sweating and breathlessness.  Statistics reveal that a significant percentage of men in this age group face similar health challenges. In light of Men's Health Week, consulted city-based doctors to gather expert advice on maintaining health and preventing ailments for men in their 40s. Here are five practical tips they recommend to keep these health issues in check:  Monitoring heart health  To maintain optimal health, cut down on your salt intake and engage in regular exercise. Additionally, scheduling annual health check-ups is crucial for early detection of underlying or potential medical conditions.  For men in their 40s, Laliwala recommends specific tests such as an ECG (electrocardiogram), a 2D echocardiography and a stress test. These assessments provide a comprehensive evaluation of heart health, helping to identify any abnormalities that may require further intervention.   Prostate cancer is not an old age disease: DoctorKeeping diabetes in check  Diabetes is another deadly disease that may pick up pace after 40 years. It results in a rapid increase or decrease in weight, increased appetite, increased thirst, and an increase in frequency of urination. If there is a family history of diabetes, one needs to be more vigilant. Diabetes is a silent disease that may progress and involve many organs of the body like the liver, kidneys and eyes.  To maintain control, routinely monitor fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels, along with HbA1c. Again, cut down on carbohydrates with regular exercise. Sweets should be eaten in moderation. Also, keep in mind that all aerated drinks contain a lot of sugar.  Controlling liver problems  “This has been on the increase because of excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Also, non-alcoholic liver diseases are on the rise, mainly because of excessive fatty food consumption,” shares Laliwala.  For those with liver issues, he suggests, “ultrasonography of the abdomen should be done along with fibro-elastic scan to diagnose fatty liver, fat content in the liver along with the amount of fibrosis in the liver. Blood tests including bilirubin, SGOT, SGPT, alkaline phosphatase and GGT should be done periodically.  Do curtail carbohydrates, salt and fatty foods."Erectile disorders  Many men experience erectile dysfunction after the age of 40, report doctors. It often stems from a variety of factors including stress, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Making certain lifestyle adjustments such as reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking, practicing meditation, and taking prescribed medications can often improve these conditions.  Ensuring an uninterrupted eight hours of sleep each night is also important. If the issue persists, consulting a urologist is advisable for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Maintaining kidney health  Kidney problems may develop after the age of 40, often due to the accumulation of mineral deposits in the urinary tract, which can lead to kidney stones. These stones can cause severe abdominal pain that typically radiates from the loin to the groin.  To prevent this condition, it is important to drink plenty of fluids regularly. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to treat kidney stones, while in others, a surgical procedure might be necessary to remove them.  Pro tip: Losing 10 percent of your body weight, slowly, gradually and persistently, for six months will take care of your health – Lalwani  Common health concerns for men in their 40s  Dr Ashish Mishra, consultant interventional cardiologist at Wockhardt Hospital, lists out common health problems that affect men in their 40s:  “Sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), hepatitis, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, stroke, obesity, cancer, back pain, erectile dysfunction, male infertility, prostate enlargement and diabetes.”  Men's health impacts not only themselves but also their families. The question is, how can we develop strategies to prevent health ailments in men?  Start with basics: Maintain a healthy metabolism  A healthy metabolism demands physical activities or exercises. Mishra suggests a minimum of 30 minutes of activity that could include running, jogging, swimming, cycling, gym workouts, gardening or helping your spouse with household chores.  Making healthy food choices can effectively help manage your weight and boost your metabolism rate. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet that contains adequate amounts of vitamins, fibers, minerals, carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids. Try to stay away from street food that is loaded with unhealthy fats and calories.  Routine screenings and check-ups  Men are advised to get screened for the following tests:  Blood sugar levels Cardiac screening Renal and liver function test Cholesterol level checks Vision and hearing tests Bone density tests Colon cancer screening Blood pressure screening  The right nutrition is key  It is a known fact that one’s metabolism becomes sluggish with age. Thus, men in their 40s should ensure they eat well for overall well-being.   Consider taking the help of a dietitian to ensure you are consuming complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables, antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, spinach, and nuts to boost immunity and keep various diseases, allergies, and conditions at bay.  Don’t forget to add omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts for enhancing heart health and cognitive function.  See to it that you don’t eat processed, junk, oily, called and high-calorie foods. Practice portion control that can prevent you from overeating. Drink enough water to ease digestion and flush out toxins from the body.   Do a mix of cardiovascular, flexibility exercises and strength training  These should be strictly done under the guidance of an expert. Choose cardio workouts such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming that keep the heart healthy and improve your metabolism. Strength training is a good addition to the fitness routine as it can help to maintain muscle mass and bone density.  It will be possible for men to prevent age-related muscle loss and osteoporosis by doing weight training regularly. Moreover, opting for flexibility exercises such as yoga or Pilates allows for enhanced joint mobility and keeps injuries at bay. Yoga will also help with increased stamina, agility and endurance.  Climbing stairs, brisk walking and jogging can also be beneficial for men over 40. However, one can end up feeling lethargic due to following the same exercise routine. So, it is a good idea to keep experimenting with new types of workouts such as functional training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts for fat loss and strengthen and toning your muscles.  Before opting for these exercises consult the doctor and do it under the guidance of a fitness trainer who will ensure you are fit enough to do these exercises. Try to exercise at least five days a week for 45 minutes and you will be able to stay in top shape.  Disclaimer: This information does not replace professional medical advice. Consult a qualified specialist or your physician for personalised guidance.  

25 June,2024 01:41 AM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
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Mid-Day Premium Discover a lesser-known technique to tackle menstrual woes

Sakshi Mali’s menstrual health took a dark turn when she developed a 4.5-centimetre-wide cyst in 2022. “I used to suffer from severe mid-cycle cramping for one and half years and wouldn't do without anti-spasmodic,” the 32-year-old tells this writer.  Seeking remedies, she experimented with homeopathy for six months without success. Additionally, hormonal medicines from gynecologists failed to help. It wasn't until 2023 that she discovered the benefits of vaginal steaming, which began to alleviate her severe menstrual pain.  “I did vaginal steaming for one month and the midcycle pain went away like magic, I conceived naturally without any medication in a couple of months. Also, when I went for my first sonography, there were no remaining cysts either,” shares Mali.  While this may seem too good to be true, it appears that more women are opting for the practice of vaginal steaming also known as yoni-steaming. For Anshula Singhal, the problem of severe pain in the pelvis and legs after intercourse had become a norm until she steamed her lady bits. “Within two months – I was relieved of the pain and could go about sexual activity without any fear,” informs the 40-year-old.  Recent studies have highlighted potential health risks associated with the long-term use of Meftal Spas, a common medication used to address menstrual pain. In a recent advisory issued by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, health concerns have been raised regarding the use of this widely-consumed painkiller The report highlights that the medicine contains mefenamic acid which is known to induce allergic reactions While the medicine can provide temporary relief from symptoms like cramps and abdominal discomfort, prolonged use may lead to adverse effects such as gastric irritation, kidney damage and increased risk of cardiovascular issues. Given these concerns, many individuals are exploring natural alternatives like vaginal steaming as a safer option for managing period pain and related symptoms. (L-R) Herbs that go into the steam box, Dr Prity Maniar, Mumbai-based certified vaginal steaming practitioner  So, what is vaginal steaming? Dr Komal Bhadu consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Ruby Hall Clinic informs, “Vaginal steaming, also known as yoni steaming, is a traditional practice where a person sits over a pot or basin filled with hot water infused with herbs. They typically cover themselves with a cloth or robe to trap the steam, allowing it to permeate the vaginal area.” Dr Prity Maniar, a certified vaginal steaming practitioner and founder of The Womb Story, shares that traditionally, herbs were sprinkled on burning coal inside a pot that produced fry smoke meant to warm a woman’s genitals. This ancient Ayurvedic practice, however, posed risks due to the use of burning coals, which could damage the skin and cause indoor pollution. Additionally, the unavailability of coals made it difficult to perform.  Also Read: Her lady bits are on strike: Misconceptions about female pleasure men need to know Maniar took cues from this practice to devise a new-age steam box that addresses the shortcomings associated with the use of coal. “Now, I use water as a medium instead of coals. The hot water bowl goes inside this steam box and you can sit over it and consume the steam comfortably through an opening which is just around the perineal area.” It can be done right from teenage to menopause and later too.  However, there is limited scientific evidence supporting these claims, and additional research is necessary to validate its effectiveness, informs Bhadu.   But why steam your lady bits? Maniar remarks that while it’s true that the uterus is a self-cleansing organ and periods help to detox/ cleanse, so are our gut and our digestive system, yet we still do a gut detox despite eliminating stool every day. Similarly, a uterus detox needs to be given a thought.  Advocates of vaginal steaming share that this natural remedy offers a multitude of benefits for a wide range of menstrual and period-related issues, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, low libido, menopause, irregular periods, short cycles and postpartum recovery.  Maniar adds that this practice is not only advantageous for addressing physical symptoms but also plays a significant role in enhancing emotional well-being. It helps release pent-up emotions often unknowingly stored in the womb or uterus. Additionally, vaginal steaming enhances sensuality making it a holistic approach to women's health. “The practice of vaginal steaming has deep roots in various cultures across India and around the globe, including traditions from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Mexican and Mayan cultures. These traditions have long recognised and scientifically validated the benefits of steaming, especially during the postpartum period,” she adds.   How safe is vaginal steaming? The safety of vaginal steaming is a topic of debate among medical professionals. While proponents claim it offers benefits that have been discussed above, there are significant concerns about its safety.  Potential risks include burns from hot steam, infections from unsterilised equipment and disruptions to the natural vaginal flora, which can lead to other health issues. Bhadu adds that there are chances of potential irritation or allergic reactions to the herbs used in the steaming process.  On the contrary, Maniar opines that there are no side effects associated with using the steam box as it uses water. “If one is sitting over the steam box, there are no chances of burns as there's no constant source of heat/ steam. And when it comes to the pH of the vagina, sexual intercourse and semen would change the pH and not steaming.” Maniar claims this after doing the vagina pH tests post using the steam box.  Group session for vaginal steaming  How to prepare for vaginal steaming? Here is how you can prepare for a vaginal steaming session at home: 1. You will need a bowl of hot water and a selection of herbs suited to your needs. The container can be made of stainless steel, glass, or ceramic to ensure safety and maintain the temperature of the water. 2. Boil water and pour it into your chosen container. Add the herbs to the hot water, allowing them to steep and release their beneficial properties into the steam. 3. Place the bowl in a comfortable, quiet area where you can relax. You can choose to kneel over the bowl or use a steam box designed for this purpose, which provides added comfort and support. 4. Carefully position yourself over the bowl or steam box, ensuring that the steam can reach the vaginal area. It is important to keep a safe distance to avoid burns and ensure a gentle steam experience. 5. Drape a blanket or large towel around your waist and the bowl to trap the steam. Sit comfortably and relax for 20-30 minutes, allowing the steam to work its magic.  Also Read: Endometriosis affects 43 million women in India: Study  What to expect during the steam session: Many women report a variety of sensations and emotional releases during their steam sessions. Some describe it as a melting-down effect, feeling as though tension is dissolving away. Others feel a sense of release as if something is being let go from within, informs Bhadu.   What goes into the steam box Experts list down the herbs that go into the making of the vaginal steam box: Dried rose, lavender, basil, rosemary, chamomile, calendula, nettles and mugwort are commonly used in vaginal steaming, each offering distinct benefits.  Some of these herbs, such as lavender and rosemary, help increase blood flow, while others, like chamomile and calendula, are known for their infection-fighting properties. Additionally, herbs like nettles can help reduce menstrual flow.  Maniar emphasises that “It’s essential that these herbs are not combined randomly, as their effects can vary greatly. I customise herb blends after conducting an online consultation to understand each individual's menstrual cycle, medical history and specific symptoms”   How often can you steam Just as diet, exercise and medication plans vary for each individual, so too must steam plans be tailored according to a person's menstrual history. Each plan can differ in frequency, ranging from 3 to 6 times per month or menstrual cycle, depending on the cycle's length and specific symptoms, outlines Maniar.  It's essential to avoid vaginal steaming during certain conditions: when on periods or spotting, during pregnancy, if there's an active infection and for those trying to conceive naturally, steaming should be avoided until ovulation.  Also Read: Half of slum girls don’t change sanitary napkins in school, survey reveals

24 June,2024 05:18 PM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
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Junk food driving piles, fistula and fissures cases in young Indian adults: Doct

Regular junk food consumption and inactive lifestyles are fuelling cases of painful piles, fistula and fissures in young adults aged between 18 and 25 years, said doctors on Monday.  People with piles and fissures -- common disorders concerning the anal region -- suffer from symptoms like passing bloody stools or having trouble passing stools, itchy and irritable anal cavity, inflammation, rectal bleeding, and discomfort when sitting for a long time, among others. A fistula is an unusual opening near the anus that connects to the inside of the anal canal in the colon. It typically arises due to factors like injury, surgery, infection, or inflammation of anal glands. Pain, swelling in the anal area, boils, skin irritation around the anus, bleeding and discomfort during bowel movements are the major symptoms. "‘Haemorrhoids or piles happen when veins inside and outside the anus become swollen and enlarged. This condition is now seen in adults between 25-55 due to obesity, pregnancy, a diet low in fibre, constipation, diarrhoea, lifting heavy objects, and straining during bowel movements," Lakin Vira, General Surgeon, Apollo Spectra Mumbai, told us. "An anal fissure is a result of a tear in the lining of the anus or anal canal. This problem occurs because of constipation, straining during bowel movements, and ulcerative colitis," he added. Lakin said that in the past 2-3 months, approximately 50 patients have visited with complaints of piles and fistula and for fissures, the number is higher than 80. About 60 per cent of males while 40 per cent of females suffer from fistula and piles. Whereas, 70 per cent of females and 30 per cent of males tend to have fissures. "There is overall over 10 per cent in these conditions when compared to previous years. The incidence of these conditions is recently seen in age groups of 18-25 due to junk food consumption," the doctor noted. Hemant Patel, Laparoscopic and General Surgeon, Zynova Shalby Hospital told us that "cases of piles, fistula and fissures are increasing in younger age groups mostly in males. There has been a significant rise in these patients in the past few years". He noted seeing 5-6 patients with such conditions daily. According to health experts, eating a balanced diet, exercising daily, preventing constipation by incorporating fibre-rich foods into meals, maintaining proper hydration by drinking sufficient water, quitting smoking and alcohol consumption, and avoiding straining during bowel movements can help ease the condition. Other ways to manage the condition include "medications, creams, and a sitz bath. If the conditions get severe then one will have to undergo a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery," Lakin said. Also read: Men's Health Month: Routine checks up and screenings men over 40 must consider

24 June,2024 02:48 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Urinary incontinence may affect your skin and kidneys, say Indian doctors

Urinary incontinence -- the involuntary loss of bladder control -- can also have a significant effect on your skin and kidneys, said doctors on Sunday. World Urinary Continence Week is observed between June 17-23 to raise awareness of bladder and bowel problems. Urinary incontinence causes involuntary loss of bladder control, leading to the accidental leakage of urine. It is a common condition that can range from occasional minor leaks to more frequent and severe issues. “The combination of hormones and stretched muscles means the muscles that control your bladder are weakened. This can lead to an accidental leak of urine,” Dr Ashwin Mallya, Consultant, Urologist, and Robotic, Uro Onco Surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said. “Urinary incontinence doesn't just affect the bladder but it can lead to skin issues like rashes and infections due to constant moisture. Additionally, it can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), and in severe cases, it may lead to kidney damage,” he added. The doctor said that it can also lead to mental health problems like “anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Many people may start avoiding social activities or situations where they fear embarrassment, which can lead to social isolation and a reduced quality of life”. The condition can affect individuals of all ages but is more prevalent among older adults, especially women during pregnancy and childbirth. If it continues for long in women after childbirth and without childbirth is the point of concern that needs to be treated, the health expert said. Dr Arif Akhtar, senior consultant - Urology, Marengo Asia Hospital, Gurugram said that bladder control declines due to age-related changes such as weakening pelvic floor muscles and excessive or insufficient bladder muscle activity, leading to the condition. “Stress incontinence can result from pelvic muscle stretches and increased bladder pressure during pregnancy and childbirth. Reduced urethral closure pressure and urogenital shrinkage are the outcomes of menopause-induced oestrogen reduction. Overflow incontinence in males is a result of both benign prostatic hyperplasia and problems following a prostatectomy”. Studies show that up to 45 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men in India suffer from some form of urinary incontinence. This disparity is largely due to differences in anatomy, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, which are unique risk factors for women. “Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (PFMT) with Kegel exercises and therapies to strengthen pelvic muscles are just a few of the many strategies used to prevent urinary incontinence,” Dr Arif said Other approaches involve adopting a healthy lifestyle, by maintaining a healthy weight as it reduces pressure on the bladder, staying active by doing regular exercise to strengthen pelvic floor muscles; limiting caffeine and alcohol as these can irritate the bladder; quitting smoking because smoking can lead to coughing, which exacerbates stress incontinence, the doctors said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 June,2024 02:21 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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