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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Walking is the best exercise to lose weight, control diabetes: Experts

Not the type to lift weights in the gym? No patience for yoga? Feel like you’ll pass out 5 seconds into running? We hear you. Walking is the best form of exercise you can take up. It’s great for people who are trying to lose weight, the elderly, diabetic or those who have heart related problems. Trust us, we’ve got doctors’ approval on this. “Walking is considered as a nearest activity to perfect exercise,” says Dr Amar Singhal, interventional cardiologist, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi. “It’s the easiest way…

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Antibiotics needlessly prescribed in Kashmir: Doctors Association

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said “far too many antibiotics are needlessly prescribed in Kashmir. “Doctors write antibiotics to patients who do not need them,” said DAK president Dr Nisarul Hassan. He said more than two thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for infections caused by viruses or conditions that are not linked to infection at all. “You go to a doctor with runny nose, sore throat, cough, ear or sinus discharge, you will walk away with a prescription for antibiotics. These conditions are caused by viruses against which antibiotics…

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Will government act upon sweet ‘Poison’ in Kashmir?

Kashmir region has become a dumping ground for fake, adulterated and substandard toffees, candies and other confectionery. This investigative report by ZT reveals that most of these products do not abide by the standards and guidelines as prescribed under the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011 Worse, these products are likely to contain additives, preservatives, taste enhances and other chemicals which are known to have serious health implications both for children and adults. Citing children’s health concerns, 98% of the respondents ZT engaged with in…

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Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India not safe: Experts

Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India may not be safe for patients, says a team of international experts, according to whom, the country’s drug regulatory system allows use of a treatment that has not been found effective or safe. For their study, published in the British Medical Journal, the researchers used World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for approving metformin fixed-dose combinations (FDC) to assess the efficacy and safety of those top-selling diabetes drugs in India. “This work is relevant to an active case in the courts in India. We are…

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Patient battles for life after docs remove kidney ‘Fraudulently’

The family members of a patient from Pattan area of north Kashmir, who underwent a surgery at Al Amin Hospital Hyderpora four days before have accused doctors of removing his kidney “fraudulently” during the procedure. Ali Mohammad Dar, a carpet weaver hailing from Hanjivera village was admitted in the hospital on 02 March 02 for the “stone removing procedure”. The 40-year-old patient was operated by two doctors, who started the surgery on his left kidney at 6 pm on the same day. The USG had suggested ‘small right renal cortical…

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Stop use of antibiotics 3 days prior to market supply, DFCO advisory to poultry dealers

Amid reports about overuse of antibiotics in poultry chicken, the Drugs and Food Control Organization (DFCO) on Tuesday issued an advisory on use of antibiotics in poultry birds. “The poultry farm dealers shall stop use of antibiotics in poultry birds 72 hours (3 days) prior supplying to market,” said the advisory. It has strictly asked the farmers that antibiotics should be administered to the chicken only under veterinary supervision. “Strict action under law would be initiated against violators,” it said. The advisory came days after the 2017 study by New…

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Health Dept, SKIMS records differ on Swine flu deaths

A woman died of swine flu last month leaving behind an eight-month-old baby. She was taken to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, on the evening of February 16, for swine flu treatment. Minutes after her admission to SKIMS, she went into coma and succumbed the next day. Doctors said she was suffering from swine flu, but died due to a heart attack. In all, 32 people have died from swine flu infections in Kashmir in the past six months. As per the SKIMS records, 32 people have died…

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Eating antibiotic injected chicken can prove fatal for humans

Doctors in Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their concern over the use chicken that has been administered with antibiotics for quick growth. The recently conducted research has revealed the consumption of such chicken might put the lives of people at risk. According to the recent research an antibiotic growth controller ‘Colistin Sulphate’ has been found inside chickens that doctors believe is extremely dangerous if consumed. A recent study by researchers from the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) revealed that two-third of poultry farmers in Punjab were found…

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Kashmir witnesses 161 Hepatitis, 207 Chickenpox cases in 2017

At least 161 cases of hepatitis and 207 cases of chickenpox have been reported in 2017 from Kashmir valley, fresh figures of health department have revealed. According to figures available with Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, at least 207 cases of chickenpox were reported in Kashmir between January-December 2017 but there is no mention of where from these cases were reported. The figures reveal that 161 cases of hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver) were reported in the previous year. Government figures reveal that the cases have gone down as…

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