Eyeing Danger

Modern lifestyle with high stress levels disturb the normal functioning of body,leading to disorders such as thyroid eye disease,shares city-based Dr Ramesh Murti

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: August 14, 2013 1:05 am

Eyeing Danger

Modern lifestyle with high stress levels disturb the normal functioning of body,leading to disorders such as thyroid eye disease,shares city-based Dr Ramesh Murti. Thyroid is one of the body’s endocrine glands that produces hormones. When an auto-immune attack starts in the thyroid,it responds by producing more hormones. At the same time,the auto-antibodies attacking the thyroid gland also attack tissues around the eyes. The commonest problem is dry eyes. This is because,in auto-immune disease,more than one organ may be attacked,and commonly the thyroid and all the orbital contents (soft tissues around the eyes),including the lacrimal gland,are attacked. The lacrimal gland produces tears in our eyes,so when it is affected,fewer tears are produced. As a result,the eyes feel dry and gritty. As the orbital content (soft tissues around the eyes) become inflamed,all tissues of the orbit become red and swollen,even the eyelids become puffy and red. However,Murti said that with modern surgical techniques,very few people are left to cope with the after-effects of the thyroid eye disease. The techniques aim to restore the position,function and appearance of eyes as near to normal as possible.

A Noble Approach

Ruby Hall Clinic recently organised a road show to mark Organ Donation Day. The hospital management came forward to support the cause and sent out its team of social workers,doctors and staff to spread awareness about organ donation — the gap in availability of organs and the process of donation. During the event,a street play was enacted by Surekha Joshi and a team of medico-social workers to sensitise youngsters about the cause. Dr Sheetal Mahajani,Dr Harshal Rajekar,Dr Amrita Vaidya and Dr Sonia Bhagat were present at the event.

Accessible Treatment

Rajashree Birla recently inaugurated Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital’s first emergency centre at Chakan. Spread over an area of 1500 sq ft,the centre is situated near Chakan Chowk,adjacent to the Nasik highway. “Chakan is an industrial area with no tertiary healthcare facility available,so people find it difficult to reach out to us for quality treatment,” said Rekha Dubey,COO,Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital. This centre will be equipped with trained medical and paramedical staff to stabilise all types of medical emergencies. Patients requiring further treatment would be shifted to their hospital in the city. The centre will also have a 24×7 pharmacy and sample-collection facility.

For A Healthy Generation

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics has been working with the Government of India to reduce the burden of childhood infectious diseases. Though several initiatives have been introduced and implemented in this direction,India will not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing the child mortality rate by two-thirds by 2015. Dr Ron Dagan,a global pneumococcal disease expert,along with Dr Dhananjay Kashikar,President of Indian Academy of Pediatrics,Pune,said that there is a need for a better infectious disease surveillance mechanism for early detection of emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea among young children. National Institute of Health and Family Welfare,Government of India,has a mission to implement an effective mechanism to reduce the high child mortality in the country through improved quality of diagnosis,timely and complete reporting,analysis and effective feedback.

Health Camp

A free camp for the check-up and detection of gall bladder stone and hernia was held at Sahyadri Specialty Hospital,Nagar Road,from August 8 to 10. The hospital also promised 30 per cent discount on future check-ups. Doctors said that gallstones are dangerous and hard to recognise as there are no particular symptoms,so regular check-ups are must. Symptoms of hernia include pain or discomfort and a localised swelling somewhere on the surface of the abdomen or in the groin area. A hernia can also be painless and only appear as a bulging. The pain may be intermittent or constant and the swelling may decrease or be absent,depending on the amount of pressure in the abdomen.

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