Published on 12/10/2018 5:22 am

Pneumonia is a kind of infection that causes inflammation in the air sacs of the lungs. This condition can be caused in one or both lungs and may also result in accumulation of fluid or pus (purulent material) in the air sacs causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty in breathing.

Pneumonia can range in seriousness as it may start mild and eventually become life-threatening. The condition may be fatal for infants, young children, people older than age 65, and people with chronic health problems or weak immune system. Let us learn more about the condition:

Pneumonia Causes

There can be a lot of causes of pneumonia but the most common ones are infections caused due to certain bacteria and viruses that are present in the air we breathe. Usually, the body prevents such germs to infect our lungs but in case they overpower our immunity system, it may result to a condition like pneumonia.

Following are some of the common causes that may result in this severe condition:

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Published on 11/20/2018 5:43 am
Otolaryngology is the branch of medical science that specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of ear, nose, throat and neck problems. 
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Published on 10/11/2018 6:24 am

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is concisely and recurrently disturbed while an individual is sleeping. The word "apnea" refers to a breathing gap that lasts at least for ten seconds. 

To detect sleep apnea an assessment is carried out which often involves an overnight monitoring at a sleep center that observes the patient’s breathing and other body functions during their sleep. Certain tests to detect sleep apnea include:

Nocturnal Polysomnography: During this test, the patient is connected to equipment that monitors their breathing patterns; heart, lung and brain activity; arm and leg movements; and blood oxygen levels while the patient is sleeping.

Home sleep tests: The patient can also use a home sleep test to detect sleep apnea. The doctor may provide you a simpler test that will be able measure the patient’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and breathing patterns.

If the result of the test is not normal, the doctor will prescribe a therapy to treat the sleeping

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Published on 09/07/2018 8:52 am

The ribs are usually linked to the breastbone by hard, protective tissue called cartilage. If the cartilage gets inflamed, then that condition is called costochondritis or chest wall pain. The condition is very temporary, but it can scare anyone, as the pain gives the feeling of a heart ailment. The condition improves on its own with home treatments. There are several symptoms of costochondritis, which will be discussed underneath.

Treatment of costochondritis

Doctors usually treat costochondritis in a normal manner. They basically ask patients to take rest and avoiding strenuous exercise, affecting the chest wall. In rare cases, a doctor might opt for injections of lidocaine or corticosteroids to minimize pain and inflammation. Other treatments that may help to relieve chest pain include:

  • Applying moist heat via warm compresses.
  • Taking cough suppressants to ease coughing and bring down pressure to the cartilage.
  • Physical therapy to ease tension in the chest wall.

Symptoms of

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Published on 08/24/2018 6:49 am

Mouth cancer, or oral cancer as it is also known, is the growth of sore patches in the mouth. These can grow on lips, tongue, palate, inside of the cheeks, gums, etc. Mouth cancer can be fatal, if is not diagnosed early and treated on time.

Symptoms of Mouth Cancer

  • Unexplained bleeding in mouth
  • Development of velvety red, white, or white & red speckled patches in the mouth.
  • Soreness in the throat, making it difficult to swallow
  • Hoarseness in voice and difficulty in speaking
  • Swelling or formation of lumps in the mouth

Risk Factors of Mouth Cancer

It has been observed that men are more likely to be affected by mouth cancer than women. Furthermore, men above the age of 50 are at greatest risk. Risk factors of mouth cancer include:

  • Smoking: People who smoke pipe, cigars, and/or cigarettes are six times more likely to be affected by mouth cancer.
  • Tobacco: Consumption of tobacco in the form of snuff, dip, or even by chewing increases the risk of developing the mouth cancer by 50 times.
  • Excessive
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Published on 07/24/2018 10:42 am

What is IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)?

IVF or In vitro fertilization, as the name suggests, is a fertilization taking place inside a laboratory or outside a living body. Generally, if we talk about humans, when sperm fertilizes the eggs inside a laboratory, the process is called as IVF or In vitro fertilization. Usually, the fertilization in human female takes place in the fallopian tube, however, due to some complications when this cannot take place; it is done artificially inside a laboratory and is termed as IVF.

There are some factors which need to be considered regarding IVF process, and here is a mention of them:

  1. In order to fertilize the egg, close to thousand sperms are required. However, only one sperm penetrates the membrane of the egg to fertilize it, but to ensure maximum probability of success typically 1, 00, 000 sperms are placed.
  2. After this, the fertilized egg is kept under the ideal lab conditions, so that it can reach the blastocyst stage. This stage is reached in 2 to 5
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Published on 06/15/2018 7:26 am

Doctors recommend liver transplant surgery when liver gets damaged beyond regeneration capability of the body. It may be because of a longstanding disease. In fact, there are several other reasons for it, such as hepatitis B virus, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases, etc. Let us look at some of these diseases in detail because of which one may have to go through liver transplant surgery:

Complications of Liver Cirrhosis

Liver scarring and long-term liver diseases are the causes of liver cirrhosis. By itself, it may not cause much harm to the liver. However, liver may lose its functions over time and require replacement by transplantation procedure. Complications of liver cirrhosis include:

  • Blood loss due to portal hypertension
  • Liver failure leading to affliction of the brain  (encephalopathy)
  • Fluid accumulation within the abdomen (ascites)

Furthermore, liver cirrhosis may be caused by long-term hepatitis C or hepatitis B, autoimmune liver diseases, excessive alcoholism over long period, or

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Published on 03/15/2018 11:16 am

A liver transplant surgery is a surgical procedure that involves the replacement of a patient’s liver (whole or partial) from another person. It can used to remedy a host of adverse liver conditions and diseases, including those arising due to decompensated or diseased liver. Here are some of them along with their commonly associated symptoms: –

Liver conditions and their symptoms that may require Liver transplant surgery

Condition

Symptoms



Tyrosinemia Type 1

Unexpected fever
Diarrhea
Vomitting


Hepatitis C

Sore muscles
Nausea
Itchy skin


Hemochromatosis

Constant fatigue
Sudden weight-loss
Joint pain


Biliary atresia

Darkened Urine
Yellowing of the skin
Excess bilirubin in the blood

How is the liver transplant surgery performed?

Liver transplantation surgery is a definite cure for a majority of the conditions and diseases that arise in the liver. The exact approach of this surgical technique varies in accordance with the medical facility, but the basic procedure of it is pretty much the same. Here is a

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Published on 02/19/2018 5:23 am

Everyone wants to live a healthier, disease-free life with no inconvenience related to health. But when people are asked about what they do to take care of their health, not all have good answers to that. There are common health problems related to human heart which in itself is no less than a source of life, pumping blood to all our body parts. Directly or indirectly, there are habits we follow in our lives that significantly impact our heart, making it weaker with time.

This is especially evident in regions of Punjab, including Ludhiana. If you would ever visited one of the cardiology hospitals in Ludhiana, your doctors must have advised to take care of your heart in ways other than just taking the recommended medicines. Changing your habits and lifestyle as per your health conditions is simply one of the best ways to ensure good health.

Here are three simple tips you should follow to care for your heart and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle:

1. Increase Your Physical Activity Level

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Published on 02/01/2018 9:32 am

Classified as a kind of cosmetic surgery, liposuction surgery or lipoplasty is primarily involved with the surgical removal of fat from the body. This treatment procedure helps control multiple conditions arising from obesity. Some of these conditions and their subsequent affects are –

Condition

Affects



Lymphedema

Excess fluid retention in tissues resulting in swelling

Gynecomastia

Fat accumulation under the breast tissues of men

Lipodystrophy syndrome

Imbalance of body fat due to fat accumulation in one body region and subsequent loss in other

Lipomas

Benign fatty tumor formations in assorted body regions



The surgery procedure

Liposuction requires a skilled and methodical approach. It is usually conducted on the patient by a highly skilled surgeon. Here is a brief overview of the surgery process –

1. Administering sedatives

Before the operation is conducted, sedative and anesthetic drugs are administered to the patient in order to make him or her inert during the operation procedure. Sometimes,

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