No check on sale of non-permissible ripening agents

Be careful while consuming fresh fruits or lush vegetables next time as they may contain chemical agents used for artificial ripening as the health authorities do not have a proper monitoring system and manpower to inspect thousands of cartons of farm produce being imported in Jammu and Kashmir. A few days back, a team of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) had raided Narwal Mandi, one of the biggest markets in the state and found traces of calcium carbide in the papaya consignment. Though it was destroyed on the…

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Health dept begins disease profile of Achan residents

Children suffer from various infections, worm infestation State Health Department Friday began the disease profile of people living around infamous Achan garbage dumping site on the City outskirts. According to officials, over 1000 people have been screened by a team of doctors from district Srinagar, under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) unit of Srinagar. “The initial investigations have revealed that many children are suffering from diseases including intestinal and skin infections and worm infestation,” Chief…

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Cinnamon for weight loss: Does it really work?

Cinnamon seems to be having its fifteen-minute fame as the most popular superfood for losing weight. Everyone from overweight aunties to fit friends are recommending it to tone the body. But is there any truth in their claims? Does this food too, like many others, won’t last with its glory? Here we decode how good actually cinnamon is for weight loss. What is Cinnamon? Cinnamon is a spice used to flavour food and as a medicinal ingredient in several ancient natural medicine practices. We get it from the bark of…

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Pollen-induced allergy hits Kashmir valley

Even as freaky weather conditions continue, the Kashmir region is grappling with pollen-induced allergy, which is now turning into a seasonal phenomenon. The common symptoms of pollen-induced allergy include nasal irritation, running nose and red and watery eyes, which may further exacerbate if proper medical advice is not sought by the affected persons. Being the spring season, most of the tree varieties, including apple trees in the hinterland across Kashmir, are currently in the pollination phase and are also roving a health hazard by inducing seasonal pollen allergies. Though pollen…

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41 Juice Cures you should know about

Ages ago, juice cures were very common as people relied more on home remedies than medicines. If we refer back to them, we can find juice cures for almost all health issues. Wondering how they work? Let’s have a look. The treatment of diseases through an exclusive diet of fruits and vegetables is known as raw juice therapy. It is also called juice fasting or juice cure. During the therapy, the eliminative and cleansing capacity of organs (lungs, kidneys, liver and skin) increases. As a result of this, all the…

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Heavy school bags burden Kashmir children: Survey

83% Children Carry Bags Heavier Than Permitted Weight, Face Grave Health Risks Children from schools across Kashmir are carrying school bags heavier than the recommended weight, a recent survey has revealed. In absence of any regulation, the heavy bags are posing serious health risks and developmental issues to the growing children. In Kashmir schools, 83.7 percent of children carry bags heavier than 10 percent of body weight, a survey by Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar has revealed. The survey, carried out across government…

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Influenza ‘Circulating’ in Kashmir, 26% samples test positive: DG ICMR

After hospitals in Kashmir witnessed a huge rush of patients with “flu-like sickness” last month, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed that influenza is “circulating” in the Valley. It has said that over 26 percent samples have tested positive for various strains of influenza. In response to queries e-mailed by Kashmir Post, the Director General (DG) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Soumya Swaminathan responded that “influenza season has commenced” in Kashmir and that “Influenza- B has predominated the positivity.” Dr Swaminathan said that…

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Viral infection across Kashmir not swine flu: National Centre for Disease Control

With the viral infection among thousands of children continuing in Kashmir, samples of infected children examined by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, have been found negative for swine flu, giving a big relief to doctors and people at large. The six samples taken by the epidemiology division of the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, (DHSK) on March 16 were sent to the NCDC for identification of the virus, which had infected over 68 children at Pethkot village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The samples were taken…

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Lone remedy for maternity patients in Anantnag hospitals, Refer to Srinagar

Doctors at lone maternity and childcare hospital (MCH) in this southern district mostly refer patients to Srinagar hospitals due to acute shortage of space. At least 185 maternity patients from here are—on an average—referred to Lal Ded Maternity Hospital in Srinagar every month due to paucity of beds, according to official sources. “In 2016, at least 2,213 maternity patients were shifted to LD Hospital mainly because there were no beds available to perform caesarians,” sources told Kashmir Post. The “unnecessary” referrals lead to overburdening of Srinagar hospitals. “Had the MCH…

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Health dept collects samples: Viral infection

Amid panic among people, the J&K Government has taken samples from different hospitals to identify the virus, which has infected thousands of children across Kashmir. After the outbreak of the viral infection among schoolchildren in the first week of March in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK), immediately sent a team of doctors to prevent the viral infection from spreading further. The viral infection had engulfed almost all the children of the Pethkot hamlet of Bandipora. Besides, a 5-year-old boy, Nazim Khan, who was also…

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