DAK warns, Swine flu increases risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Swine flu patients are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, Doctors Association Kashmir led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said on Saturday. Dr Nisar, in a statement issued here, said, “While people may think of the flu as nothing more than a fever, runny nose or body aches, the consequences could be grave.” He quoted researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, saying that the study found that the risk of heart attack and stroke rose sharply among the participating patients during the first…

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Variation in drug prices leaves patients in a fix

Pharmacies in govt hospitals charging more than those in markets Variation in the prices of medicines at private medical shops and government-approved shops on the premises of the Government Medical College and Hospital has left the patients in a fix. The health sector of the state, which is already facing controversy for not providing due healthcare to the needy in all hospitals, is now ‘looting’ patients. Mohinder Datta, a patient who purchased Enclex 60, manufactured by Cipla, from government-run Sanyog Pharmacy, a unit of Sanyog Enterprises Private Limited, at the…

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Kashmir likely to witness epidemic of cardiovascular disease: Dr Shahid

Following ‘6 S’ can mitigate risk factors, says Dr Shahid Stress can cause devastating changes in blood pressure and lead to Intracranial Hemorrhages Senior Cardiologist and Head Department of Cardiology (Unit-1) JLNM hospital, Rainawari, Dr Shahid Iqbal Tak, who is dealing with heart disorders  from past over ten years revealed that the Kashmir region is likely to see an epidemic of cardiovascular disease. In a candid interview Dr Shahid speaks about measures to curb the disease. Excerpts..! Kashmir Post (KP): What is the trend of cardiac diseases in Kashmir? Dr Shahid…

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Men more Hypertensive, Diabetic than women in state

14 percent men, 12 percent women hypertensive 9% men, 8% women diabetic A total of 14 percent men are hypertensive and 9 percent others have high blood sugar level against the range of 12 percent hypertensive and 8 percent diabetic women in the state. As per the latest national family health survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in partnership with International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, 13.7 percent men were hypertensive with 10.9 percent having slightly above normal BP (systolic 140-159 mm of Hg and…

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Woman dies of H1N1 at SKIMS taking Swine flu death toll to 8

A 72-year-old woman from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, who had tested positive for H1N1, died at Sheri-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, officials said. “The woman was H1N1 positive and died on Friday. She was 72 and was a case of comorbidities Ca-Esophagus with Sepsis,” a doctor at SKIMS told Kashmir Post. With her death, the death toll due to Swine Flu in Valley has reached to eight. The woman is the third patient from Ganderbaldistrict and fifth female to have died of Swine Flu in the valley. Doctors said…

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Use of banned calcium carbide continues to ripen fruits

Despite a ban by the state Horticulture Department, the use of harmful chemicals like calcium carbide by vendors to ripen fruits continues unabated. Whether it is the wholesale market at Narwal mandi or small vendors selling different fruits on roadsides, there has been no let up in the malpractices in ripening fruits. Pertinently, calcium carbide is a known carcinogen, a cancer-producing chemical which is known to have harmful effects on the liver and other parts of the body. It also contains traces of arsenic and phosphorus hydride which produce several…

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HC directs govt to improve medical care facilities in all hospitals

The High Court on Monday directed the government to improve medical care facilities in all the government run hospitals and take steps to decrease the infant mortality. Disposing of a Public Interest Litigation(PIL), a division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey also said that in a welfare state the primary duty of the government is to provide adequate medical facilities to all its citizens. “Providing proper health care facilities is an obligation of a welfare State as held by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in case PaschimBangaKhetMazdoorSamity…

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16,840 Cancer cases detected across J&K

With the state lagging behind in the medical advancements for the timely detection of cancer, the number of cancer cases has been increasing every year. According to the data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research, 16,840 patients with malignancies have been registered till August in the state as compared to 11,815 in 2014. In Jammu, most of the cancer cases are related to the head and neck, while stomach cancer is more common in Kashmir. Dr Nadeem Shaukat, medical oncologist, Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu, who has recently…

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Six SKIMS doctors test positive for H1N1

At least six doctors working at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences here have tested positive for the H1N1 influenza, an official source said on Tuesday. The source said that those who have tested positive for the H1N1 are mostly resident doctors who were performing their duties in “high-risk areas”—the intensive care unit and the isolation ward. “One of these doctors who was very sick had to be admitted and is currently undergoing treatment,” the source said. Talking to Kashmir Post, some resident doctors on duty expressed anger over absence of…

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Youngsters in Kashmir more prone to diabetes: Dr Ashraf Ganie

Sedentary lifestyle, stress, high calorie diet among major causes  Noted endocrinologist, Dr Muhammad Ashraf Ganie, who is President of MPPCOS Society and Senior Consultant Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS, New Delhi is currently working as senior Professor at Department of Endocrinology, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar. Dr Ganie has been working in the area of lifestyle disorders and has published numerous research papers. In a candid interview Dr Ganie talks about present scenario of diabetes, its causes, measures, trends, sex-wise ratio and precautionary measures to tackle diabetes in Kashmir…

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