Minimising the Risk

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder.

Pune | Published: November 20, 2013 3:25:14 am

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder. It is estimated that in India,epilepsy affects over five million people and one million with medically refractory epilepsy. However,the disease continues to be a stigma. People with epilepsy have seizures (or fits) due to abnormal brain currents. Doctors at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital have now introduced a new technique called Stereo-EEG for localising the epileptic focus in severe epilepsy. The procedure involves drilling tiny burr holes in the skull to insert super fine electrodes. “These electrodes record the brain’s currents and narrow down the exact affected area. This helps to tailor surgical resection and reduce risks,” said Pradnya Gadgil,Consultant – Paediatric Neurologist and Epilepsy Specialist,Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Prevent Pain

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that leads to joint pain and swelling. Also known as the Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD),osteoarthritis is caused due to aging and wear and tear of a joint. According to WHO,osteoarthritis is one of the 10 most disabling diseases in developed countries. Worldwide,around 10 per cent of men and 18 per cent of women above 60 years of age show symptoms of osteoarthritis. However,its severity can be reduced through regular low-impact exercise and a healthy diet,suggests Sanjay Chaturvedi.

Stress on Self control

With an escalating number of people diagnosed with diabetes,India is on the verge of becoming the diabetes capital. “Therefore,awareness about this silent killer and an action reaction to its awareness is crucial. Emphasis needs to be on self regulation because only self-control and regulation will help to keep the ailment at a safe distance,” said Dr Raghunath Mashelkar,while speaking at inaugural ceremony of Madhumeh 2013,a diabetes awareness programme jointly organised by Rotary Club Pune West side and Chellaram Diabetes Institute.

Protecting Women

In an effort to monitor and sensitise communities,Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has set up an Anti-Violence Against Women Cell. Dr Ashwini Bhalerao Gandhi,Convener of the cell and Vice-president,FOGSI,said,“Crimes are perpetrated against women from the womb to the tomb. FOGSI is making concerted efforts to tackle them in a systematic manner by way of creating awareness. We have a strong network of obstetricians and gynaecologists across the country and we will leverage them to tackle these societal inconsistencies.” The cell is central to FOGSI,comprising office-bearers and prominent gynaecologists interested in the well-being of women. Similar cells will be started in different cities and projects will be undertaken in association with the governments and NGOs to empower women.

Screening Diabetes

A free diabetes screening programme was recently held at Columbia Asia Hospital to educate people about the need to adopt preventive measures. The screening provided an opportunity to get a free-of-cost basic blood checkup to monitor diabetic status. The screening followed an hour-long “Health Talk” by expert diabetologists discussing the factors responsible for the rise in diabetes cases in India and how it is crucial to take charge now. The evening saw another discussion on the need to undertake preventive measures.

Winning Accolades

The healthcare sector was brought into the fore with the announcement of Stevie Women in Business Awards 2013. Kanchan Naikawadi,Director,Indus Health Plus recently bagged awards in two categories — Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia,Australia and New Zealand,and Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Consumer Product. The awards honour executives,entrepreneurs,employees and the companies they run worldwide. More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories.

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