Drugs, Late marriages, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder reasons for rising infertility cases

The ongoing conflict in Kashmir has not only taken a heavy toll on human lives, but is said to be the major reason for the increasing cases of infertility. Late marriages, drug abuse are also cited as the other reasons. According to medicos working in various hospitals, the numbers of infertility cases have increased at a very high pace. “We register three cases of infertility on daily basis, which means 90 cases in a month and 1,080 cases in a year,” said a doctor at JVC Bemina. Similarly at valley’s…

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Every third kid in kashmir is overweight: WHO study

Obesity is prevalent in epidemic proportions world over, J&K included, spiraling the way for diabetes, cardiovascular and other diseases, as per a joint study by World Health Organization (WHO) and Imperial College London published this week in Lancet. Obesity in children is a serious concern. Last Tuesday, Lancet published the largest ever study on obesity ahead of World Obesity day (11 October). The study has revealed that in India, the number of obese children has increased ten-fold since 1975. Two doctors from J&K, Dr Abdul Hameed Zargar and Dr Shariq…

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As conflict continues, mental health cases on rise across Kashmir

70,000 treated by neurosciences institute this year Psychiatric disorders have become a lifestyle ailment in Kashmir due to the unending conflict as the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) has treated at least 70,000 people with mental health illnesses this year. Official data reveals that of the 70,000 patients, 2,692 drug addicts were treated till August while 387 drug addicts were admitted to the institute and its centre at the SMHS Hospital here. “The number is quite high for the past nine months as compared to last year when…

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Meat intake can increases diabetes risk: Study

Eating too much red meat and poultry may increase risk of developing diabetes, a large Asian study suggests. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, partially attributes the risk to the higher content of heme iron in these meats. The results suggest that eating fish/shellfish is not associated with risk of diabetes. These findings come from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which recruited 63,257 adults aged 45-74 years between 1993 and 1998, and then followed them up for an average of about 11 years. In their analysis, Professor…

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Swine Flu now a deadlier, year-round disease: Doctors Association Kashmir

Deadly swine flu is no more a seasonal illness and mutation of the virus has made it active in summer season for the first time, causing unusual spike in cases across India, Doctors Association Kashmir warned on Sunday. Asking the healthcare authorities in Kashmir valley to ‘prepare for contingencies’, the Association said, “It is for the first time that the virus has become active in sweltering heat unlike earlier years when swine flu used to strike mainly in winter months.” Media reports say India recorded over 1,000 deaths due to…

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Alert! Solar eclipse can leave you blind: Dr Nisar ul Hassan

With solar eclipse nearing, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today advised that looking directly at the sun during eclipse with bare eyes could cause permanent damage to your eyes. President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that watching solar eclipse without protective gear could lead to permanent reduction in vision and even blindness. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will be witnessed for the first time in 99 years. “Under no circumstances should people stare into the sun without eye-protection as that can leave them blind.”

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Smelly bomb to douse protests in Kashmir doesn’t raise a stink

Bombs that smell like sewage didn’t meet the CRPF standards. Officials say the liquid used in the bomb is harmless and the protesters would manage to tolerate the smell without much difficulty. A bomb that smells like sewage and was intended to be used on protesters in Kashmir and elsewhere has been found to be a dud. Reason: the “high threshold of Indians to tolerate stench”. Israeli security forces have been using the bomb on Palestinian protesters through water cannons since 2008, but it didn’t meet the standards of the…

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Home remedies for acne treatment

There are several home remedies for acne treatments which are very effective with no side effect. However, Dermatologists may recommend topical ointment and/or oral medicine to treat acne. Usually, people tend to press these pimples to make them vanish, yet regularly this makes the condition exacerbate bringing about scarring. Before describing natural home remedies for acne we should know what acne is and why it comes. Acne is the most common problem in teenagers, but anybody can be a sufferer from acne, even babies too. It generally leaves after youth.…

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“Principles of Losing Weight”

Dr Qayum Hamid Changal Most of the health related issues are related to being overweight or obese. During the past couple of decades if our life style has taken a couple of steps forward, the unhealthy part of it makes us literally sick, physically as well as mentally. Today, I would like to share my own principles and rules that helped me reduce the weight by almost 15 kilograms in less than four months. Ofcourse it is incredible. But, it takes a lot of patience, energy, resolve and sacrificing a…

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Eating Momos causes migraine, cancer: Ramesh Arora BJP MLC

Ramesh Arora, a BJP MLC from Jammu today said that ‘consumption of momos (dumpling) and use of ajinomoto salt is root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including migraine and cancer’. “Momos contain the carcinogenic monosodium glutamate or ajinomoto, which is harmful to health. It has been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestines. These dumplings are much more dangerous than nicotine or alcohol,” said advocate and member legislative council Ramesh Arora. He added that seven samples of momos were collected by the…

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