8 in Sopore, 4 in Ponch illegal health clinics sealed

The health department on Thursday sealed eight clinics in Sopore after the later failed to furnish “requisite documents”. An official said a departmental team headed by chief medical officer Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo and block medical officer Sopore Dr Muhammad Sami raided several health facilities and sealed eight clinics in Sopore town on their failure to furnish requisite documents. The official said the sealed clinical establishments were unregistered and were being run by untrained persons. The health department team was accompanied by the police and the officials of drug controller…

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To get fit & lean eight exercises recommended by experts for weight loss

There are times when you read so many articles on exercises and fitness that you forget the basics that are key to getting in shape. We tell you eight basic exercises which will not only get you in shape, but will also help you lose weight. Along with this, they have other additional benefits too. And the best part is that they can all be done at home without any equipment. Burpees The burpee is a full body strength training exercise and the ultimate example of functional fitness. Burpees are…

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Caught between the limited resources, Kashmiri’s are forces to eat dog food

Punjabi poultry farmers have used politics to retain Kashmir as their main market to sell used layers and parents’ chicks’ that otherwise is dog food. We report the costs that consumers pay for making the cheap and sub-standard poultry as part of their food chain Caught between the limited resources and his family’s love for the meat, Rafiq Ahmad, a man in mid-forties, turned jubilant when one of biryani-selling kiosk owners in Lal Chowk informed him that he can get a kilogram of dressed chicken for Rs 840. The mere…

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Valley doctors mitigate Nipah Virus fear

Doctors and health authorities Monday said there was no immediate threat of the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) in Kashmir, but advised people to take precautions. The virology division of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has issued an awareness leaflet for medics and masses about NiV following deaths caused by the virus in the south Indian state of Kerala. Prof Dalip K Kakru, who heads SKIMS virology division, dismissed the possibility of NiV infected tourists reaching Kashmir. “There are minimal chances of a person infected with the virus travelling for…

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Nipah mystery deepens as lab report rules out bats as prime cause of infection

The mystery over the source of the deadly Nipah (NiV) virus infection that has claimed 12 lives in north Kerala deepened after the blood and serum samples of 21 bats tested at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal returned negative results for the virus. Kerala’s first NIV outbreak has killed 12 people and infected 20. Health officials will now examine the travel history of Mohamed Sabith, 26, who was the first to die in the Moosa family that lost four members to the virus. He returned…

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Antibiotic resistance linked to global warming, rising population

The resistance to antibiotics among the human pathogens is spreading like a wild fire and will have serious consequences on the spread of infections and how our doctors treat them in the future. It is estimated that by 2050 around 10 million people will die worldwide, as a result of increased resistance to antibiotics. Till now the major reason given for this rising resistance in humans is overuse of antibiotics. But now scientists have come up with new findings which show that there are also other environmental factors which might…

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Nipah Virus infection contained, no need to panic: Centre

The highly contagious Nipah virus infected 18 and killed 11 persons in Kerala before it was contained, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday of the viral disease that has triggered panic in the southern state. Seven infected persons were being treated in isolation wards. Another seven, including three persons from Karnataka’s Mangaluru who travelled to the Nipah-hit Kerala districts, were under observation though they had not shown symptoms of the infection. “It was a highly localized infection and we have been able to contain it well,” health secretary Preeti…

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Medicinal Benefits of Babri Beoul (Basil Seeds)

Medicinal_Benefits of #BABRI_BEOUL Punjabi. (BABRI) Kashmiri..(BABRI BEOEL) English. .Basil seeds A Regular Drink in summer seasons & at Iftiar Times during Ramzan. Just add a few seeds in a glass of Water,milk or Lassie for a few minutes till proper mix up & add sugars as per taste. #MEDICINAL  #BENEFITS… (1) #WEIGHT_LOSS : After soaking in Water they have ability to expand 30times of its original size & make stomach full & don’t allow you to feel hungry for a period of time. (2) #CONSTIPATION : Full of fibres ensures…

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Consuming Antidepressants, Antibiotics without consulting doctor can lead to organ failure, warn doctors

Saika Nisar (name changed), 27, started consuming Petril 0.5 mg (a tablet used in the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety disorder) prescribed by her Doctor in 2015 when she lost her brother in an accident. She was advised to take the drug for a month only as she was struggling to sleep and had panic attacks. Nisar, after a month did not stop consuming medicines, she continued even after the month without consulting a doctor. Later the situation turned ugly for her when she was admitted in SKIMS hospital with…

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Medical Benefits of Ramadhan

Fasting During Ramzan Improves the health and stamina, so enjoy your fasting. But Mus­lims don’t fast because of health benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used for medical reasons including weight manage­ment, for rest of the digestive tract, and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of the total fasting as well as so called crash di­ets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in…

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