Doctors claim that cough syrups have negative impacts on the health of children

Nagpur: Doctors claim that cough syrups have negative impacts on the health of children and it should not be prescribed.
According to the report published in TOI, Senior Paediatrician Dr. Satish Deopujari asked every doctor not to prescribe cough syrup to children. He said that many developed countries have banned it.
Justifying his stand, he said that cough is a natural mechanism which throws out foreign agents including germs, dust etc. It is a mechanism which protects own body and by consuming cough syrup, this natural process is hindered. He also said that cough syrups are ‘harmful’.
He further said that cough syrups increase heart rate in children. “Cough syrups have sedative thus they are addictive”, he said.
Supporting his argument, he said that no paediatric textbooks have talked about the use of syrups to cure cough and cold. In India, cough syrups are available over the counter, it should be banned, he added.

Supporting the argument of Dr. Deopujari, Dr. Nilofar, President of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics said that use of syrup for cough management is nowhere mentioned in the textbooks of medicine.

Dr. Mujawar said that cough syrup contains anti-histamines, sedatives and it increases heart rate. It also impacts breathing rate.

How to Teach Self-Control to Your Kids?

Self Control is one the most common trait of successful people and according to experts, it is important to teach your kids the importance of self-control in their elementary stage. Children who lack self-regulation are more prone to issues like ADHD, aggression, problems with peers, academic failure, antisocial behavior, just to name some. But, ‘How?’ is the question that pops up followed by a suspicion if it is even possible to teach young kids to practice Self-Control. Well according to science, the answer is ‘Yes!’

Here are 5 ways by which you can teach self-control or self-regulation to your child:

1. Meditation/Mindfulness

Several studies have found a 10-15 minutes meditation or mindfulness exercise in young kids helpful in correcting their behavioral issues. Practice deep breathing every morning with your child. Body Relaxation and breathing practice are one of the most common Mindfulness-based Interventions (MBIs) that aid Executive Function (EF) in kids and adults alike. 

2. Encourage Obedience

Encourage your child to come to you when you call his/her name rather than asking ‘what’ from the other room. Lead by example, when your child calls you and asks for help with his homework or any activity in hand, you must walk up to your child, ask patiently and respond politely to solve this issue. Encourage your child to do the same, obedience facilitates discipline if done without damage.

3. Encourage Being Organized

Involve your 4-5 year old when you are cleaning his/her room, organizing his toys or folding his clothes. Give simple tasks like dusting his bed, table or chair. Cleaning his toys and putting them in one box. Arranging his pairs of socks or separating Papa’s, Mama’s and His clothes from the common lot. These mindfulness activities train the brain cells and pave the way to being organized.

4. Take Time Out

It is important for parents to be patient with their children, to give them time and make them learn to take things easy. At the end of the day read a book to your child in the bed, away from any distraction or noise and let your child build mindfulness. Let them learn to dwell in a place with minimal chaos and distraction. 

5. Identify & Appreciate

Lastly, help your child in identifying his disruptive behaviors like throwing a tantrum when he is told a ‘No’ or showing aggression when he is asked to switch off the TV. Guide him the right behavior and always appreciate your child for responding responsibly towards these problems. First, train him on self-regulating his behavior to different situations and when he reposes the same, appreciate him. It will strengthen his synapses and repose his faith in self-regulation.

Fill your plate with these Vitamin B12-rich Foods

Do you feel fatigued even after a 10-hour uninterrupted sleep at night? or, Do you constantly feel tired through the day? Or, at times you feel dizzy or feel the pins-n-needles in your hands and feet, or worst, you feel dizzy or out of balance? And for all these symptoms you really cannot figure out a big reason. Well, then the culprit could be a Vitamin B12 deficiency. While Vitamin B12 supplements are available at any chemist shop and doesn’t cost you a bomb, but going the natural way should be your go-to plan to amplify your Vitamin B12 intake.

Also, maintaining a healthy level of Vitamin B12 comes with its own benefits like boosting your energy levels, maintaining sharp memory, averting depression, reducing sugar cravings and lowering your vulnerability to neurological degeneration. 

Let’s take a look at 5 such foods that are loaded with Vitamin B12:

1. Lamb

It is easy for non-vegetarians to source Vitamin B12. It is found in high amounts in lamb’s meat. However, when purchasing lamb meat, go for pasture-raised and grass-fed lamb that is of superior quality. Also, lamb meat is rich in other nutrients like protein, iron, selenium and zinc.

2. Salmon

Another great source of Vitamin B-12 is salmon, however you must go for wild-caught salmon rather the ones which are farmed and bred for just increased production. Salmon is also rich in Vitamin D and Biotin too.

3. Feta Cheese

And some good news for our vegetarian friends, Feta cheese is rich in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and calcium. While Vitamin B12 comes with its own benefits, the riboflavin content helps combat headaches including migraine pain.

4. Cottage Cheese

The most common and most loved form of cheese found in India that we call Paneer, cottage cheese is rich in Vitamin B12, protein and calcium. If eggs do not find a place on your breakfast table, then cottage cheese should.

5. Eggs

The mighty eggs find their place in every list that we make for nutrition based foods. Eggs are rich in Vitamin B12, protein as well as choline. Gorge on at least two eggs each day, whether in your breakfast or evening snacking.

On the right track

Tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran took the help of Netherlands Olympic coach Christian Bosse to sort out his injury and recovery issues

A couple of years ago, tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran was not a big name on the Indian circuit. Injuries had gotten the better of him, and his career was in a state of hibernation. It was time to bring in the experts.

Gunneswaran called on strength and conditioning coach, Christian Bosse. The two had crossed paths at a camp held at the KSLTA Stadium in Bengaluru, nearly 10 years ago. Bosse, the Netherlands National Olympic Committee strength and conditioning coach, accepted the assignment. Bosse recalls his first impressions. “Gunneswaran had a lot of trouble with injuries and recovery. He was unable to play a full season of tournaments as a result of this. We had to find out why this was happening, and how to correct it.”

The Dutchman decided that his ward had to work on his strength, power and endurance. “We also drew up his tournament schedule, daily fitness routines and rest periods. All these aspects are vital for injury prevention. We have been together for about 18 months now,” he says.

The results began to show. Gunneswaran went through an injury-free 2016 season, where he competed in 19 tournaments. He also earned successive call-ups to the Indian Davis Cup squad. The southpaw won the first singles rubber against Uzbekistan in his most recent Davis Cup outing (earlier this month), helping India earn a World Group play-off spot. Gunneswaran is all praise for Bosse. “He is extremely good. I’m in constant touch with Bosse, and I’ve been getting my training plans from him. He has me on the right track when it comes to fitness,” the 27-year-old Gunneswaran says.

Bosse has been visiting Indian cities to conduct workshops. Through his company, Incrato European Fitness Academy, he aims to guide coaches. “We want coaches to understand the basics of strength and conditioning, and how it can be used to cater to an individual’s requirements. Strength, speed, stamina, endurance and flexibility — these qualities are common to all sports. But it is vital to know how to maximise the effect of these qualities,” Bosse says.

When he is not involved in workshops, Bosse is busy with Olympic athletes in Netherlands. He worked closely with three medals winners at the 2016 Rio Olympics - Elis Ligtlee (gold in women’s keirin cycling), Matthijs Buchli (silver in men’s keirin cycling) and Jelle van Gorkom (silver in BMX). “The first two years after the Olympics games is spent in trying out new techniques and modules. We then pick a routine, and we don’t tinker with it in the two years leading up to the next Olympics,” he says.

Q & A

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? What is your recommendation for it?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist, commonly seen in people using a computer or a laptop. If the cause is identified before the pain becomes severe, it is possible to reduce the symptoms of burning in the fingers, tingling and numbness. By releasing the myofascial (tissue) trigger points in the muscles of the forearms and preventing the wrist being lower than the elbow, the problem, caught at an early stage, can be tackled. When the wrist is at a lower level, it can also cause lymph stasis and swelling within the carpal tunnel. Appropriate stretching exercises for forearm muscles can prevent and manage the problem.

What is the difference between strength and power? As a long-distance runner, must I develop power?

Strength is an absolute requirement for health, because basic movements need strength. Power is a skill-related fitness parameter — those involved in a sprint or jump or an explosive movement require power. You have to develop your strength before you can develop power. If two individuals do push-ups and end up doing the same number, both are strong, but the one who takes less time to complete is powerful. To hold the racquet requires strength, but to hit the ball requires power. To carry the shot requires strength, but to putt it requires power.

Can exercise enhance learning, especially during preparation for exams?

The duration, intensity and frequency of exercise and prior experience of the individual with exercise are vital to enhance learning. Mild to moderate intensity of exercise for a period of 20 to 30 minutes (mild cardio), and moderate strength training with intense stretching to counter the ill-effects of prolonged sitting would optimally relax the brain, and you will reap the benefits of learning in a shorter time. Avoid strenuous exercise that may deplete the brain of its nutritional resources.

Can exercise alone cure back pain?

The diagnosis for back pain is a challenge in itself because the causes run to pages. So, it is important to detect the cause first by visiting a doctor, who will take a detailed history, do a clinical examination, and, if necessary, suggest an investigation. Once the cause is identified, the right course of action will be suggested, either as therapy or as rehabilitation. If the pain is severe, it may be difficult to continue exercising or start on a rehabilitation programme immediately. The pain has to be reduced by at least 60-70% before you begin any exercise programme. It is best to let the doctor guide you with physiotherapy exercises, as these are customised to individual needs.

Kannan Pugazhendi is a renowned sports physician and fitness consultant with over two decades of experience.

What to opt for? Ayurveda, Allopathy or Homeopathy?

By : ANI

We have always been in a dilemma in choosing the best treatment among these three- Allopathy, Ayurveda or Homeopathy. All your questions have been answered here. 

Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, senior homeopathy physician, says, "Homeopathy is way considered best when it comes to safe and sound treatment as it is devoid of any kind side effects or after as in allopath and indulges in to the recovery of the disease or ailment as in Ayurveda where you need many sessions to cure the disease.

Though they all do the same job to eliminating the root cause of the disease but Homeopathy heals with ease and eliminates other root causes to make to fit and healthy."

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The duration course is more than the allopath treatment, but less than the Ayurveda as there are certain exercising and healing sessions, meditation and dosage of natural herbs to cure the diseases, which might take time as every natural remedy is not available at one place.

Every individual respond in a different manner to different medicines and treatments. This uniqueness of the symptoms and reactions brings in the difference in the remedy prescribed to each one of them.

Whereas, in allopath the concept to treat the disease with the help of drugs, in Ayurveda healing is facilitated with the amalgamation of five elements of nature and in homeopathy the objective is to bring about a change in human body to make it responds in a better way to get the system right in place.

Homeopathy Vs. Allopathy & Ayurveda  

Ayurveda is very much into healing that particular body part for say and allopath also do the same but comes with various side effects and risk of reactions to other parts of the body. But homeopathy is considered completely safe as it does not react in a other way to the body, instead helps to examine the past ailments and new developments in the body with proper and regular dosage of the drug prescribed.

"Homeopathy is medium through which one definitely gets rid of all their disease with a promise to not occur again in life as its main objective to eliminate the root cause and help a person cure in much better way with no painful injections and running to the doctor at every now and then," Dr Aggarwal added.

Eating fatty foods may cut heart attack damage in short run only

March 01:
It is well known that in the long run, eating fatty foods is bad for you and can increase your risk of having a stroke or heart attack, but as per a new study, a high-fat diet may actually be beneficial to your health and help to reduce heart attack damage.

W. Keith Jones of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine said that the study improves the understanding of the relationship between diet and health, adding learning about how fat, in the short run, protects against heart attacks could help in the development of better therapies

The study, which is not a license to eat a lot of cheeseburgers and ice cream, may provide new insight into the "obesity paradox": Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, but once a heart attack or heart failure does occur, moderately obese patients tend to live longer.

In the study, mice were given a high-fat diet (60 percent of calories from animal fat) before experiencing heart attacks. Mice that consumed a high-fat diet for either one day, one week or two weeks before the heart attack experienced about half as much heart damage as mice that ate a control diet. The benefit was greatest among mice that ate a high-fat diet for one week before the heart attack.

But in mice that ate a high-fat diet for six weeks, the protective effect disappeared. Further research is needed to understand why this is so; the reason may be due to the bad effects of a persistent high-fat diet, said Jones.

Proteins damaged by the heart attack are removed from heart cells as if they were garbage, thus increasing the chances the cells will survive. Acutely, a high-fat diet increases levels of a molecule in the blood that activates protective pathways in heart muscle. This increases the readiness of the "garbage trucks," which means that the cell becomes resistant to damage when the heart attack occurs as a result, more heart muscle survives.

First author Lauren Haar added that the study opens a new perspective on the acute effects of a high-fat diet and future work will determine whether these effects are linked to the obesity paradox and whether studying the mechanism can identify therapeutic targets for cardioprotection.

The study appears in the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology. (ANI)

Girl Fights Rare Case of Breast Cancer at Age 8

An 8-year-old Utah girl was diagnosed earlier this month with secretory breast carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer.

According to a report in the Pediatric Surgery International Journal, secretory breast carcinoma is extremely rare. It accounts for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases.

Chrissy's mother, Annette Turner told ABC News that it was Chrissy who first found the tumor.

“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon, she said, ‘Mommy I have been scared and I have this lump,'" Turner recounted to ABC News. “It had been there for a while.”

So, "I was in shock," Chrissy's mother Annette Turner explained about her daughter's Nov. 9th diagnosis. "No child should ever have to go through cancer," she added.

Prior to this, Annette Turner was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgikins lymphoma.

“My heart and thoughts are on my daughter and having her get better,” Turner said to ABC News.

"I was kind of scared to kind of figure out what it was," Chrissy told ABC News.

Although rare, doctors at the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City said they are confident that it can be removed.

"It is very treatable," said Chrissy's physician Dr. Brian Bucher, at Primary Children's Hospital. "Chrissy will need to undergo a simple remove all the remaining breast tissue to prevent this cancer from coming back."

The family is currently raising money online to help fund treatment for Chrissy.

Tonsils removal offers relief from sore throats

London : Adults suffering from frequent sore throats might find relief by having their tonsils surgically removed, new research has found, reports IANS.

In the study, people undergoing tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils) were found to have fewer cases of sore throat, fewer missed working days and an improved quality of life. Gotz Senska from Marienhospital in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and co-authors analysed the long term effects of tonsillectomy based on patient surveys.

The study, published in the journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, involved 114 adults who underwent tonsillectomy in 2004. They filled in several questionnaires, first before surgery and then again at 14 months and then seven years after surgery, with questions about their sore throat incidences and their quality of life.

Comparing their answers over time revealed that participants suffered a sore throat almost ten times a year prior to surgery but only about twice a year after it. Similarly, after tonsillectomy, the participants’ doctor visits dropped from an average of about five times a year to less than once a year.

Work absences due to illness were also reduced on average from more than eleven days per year to less than two after surgery. Importantly, the authors also showed that the participants’ quality of life – their general well being, their social relationships and their physical health – improved after surgery.

Based on these results, the authors concluded that people with recurrent sore throats who undergo a tonsillectomy would experience long term health improvements, require less medication and have a higher life satisfaction.

Medical marijuana may treat migraine

New York : Marijuana can be used to effectively treat people suffering from migraine headaches, new research has found, according to IANS.

In the study, patients diagnosed with migraine headaches saw a significant drop in their frequency when treated with medical marijuana. The study, published in the journal Pharmacotherapy, examined patients diagnosed with migraines and treated with medical marijuana between 2010-2014.

It found the frequency of migraines dropped from 10.4 to 4.6 headaches per month, a number considered statistically and clinically significant. Of the 121 patients studied, 103 reported a decrease in monthly migraines while 15 reported the same number and three saw an increase in migraines.

“There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better,” said the study’s senior author Laura Borgelt from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the US.

“Like any drug, marijuana has potential benefits and potential risks. It is important for people to be aware that using medical marijuana can also have adverse effects,” Borgelt cautioned.

Borgelt said cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body, including the brain, connective tissues and immune system. And they appear to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Cannabinoids are a group of active compounds found in marijuana.

These cannabinoids also seem to affect critical neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. “We believe serotonin plays a role in migraine headaches, but we are still working to discover the exact role of cannabinoids in this condition,” Borgelt said.

The study is one of the first to reveal a drop in migraine frequency due to medical marijuana. Borgelt said the results were quite remarkable but stressed the need for more controlled studies in the future.

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