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Choking: Gravity and Precautions for Senior Citizens

Choking is when a person can't speak, cough, or breathe as something is blocking or obstructing the airway. No air can get through. If the airway stays blocked, it can lead to a loss of consciousness and death. Inability to breathe caused by a blockage in the throat or windpipe. Choking occurs when an object or food becomes lodged in the throat or windpipe, blocking airflow. If airflow is blocked, choking can be a medical emergency and needs urgent attention. The main symptom is an inability to breathe or talk. There may be accompanying coughing. In severe cases, the skin may turn blue. The object may be dislodged from someone else by alternating between five back blows between the shoulder blades and five abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich manoeuvre). Choking after drinking a glass of water: One Senior Citizen 62 years of age was admitted to the hospital for Choking in his lungs after drinking a glass of water at 11:00 pm on September 2.  He was rushed to the hospital for emergency
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And Now A "Kannada Marriage" In Belagavi

As a first reaction after going through the heading, you may wonder as to what you mean by a "Kannada Marriage". You might have heard enough of the Kannada tradition and culture, Queens, Kings, and dynasties, the pathetic plight of Kannadigas on the border areas of adjoining states, border disputes, anthem, flag, name boards etc just to recall a few issues in connection. Yes, a Kannada marriage is being heard for the first ever time! A brainchild of Kannadiga Deepak Mungarwadi: The Kannada marriage concept is a brainchild of Deepak Mungarwadi of Belagavi. He is already well known for his pro-Kannada activities in the border city and through his "Rayanna Instagram page". He married Rajeshwari, a Kannadati it the K. H Patil kalyan mantap at Autonagar in Belagavi city recently. Even their nuptial rings bore the names of Kannadiga and Kannadati. Kannada conference look: For an onlooker the marriage hall gave the impression of a Kannada convention being in progress. As

Indian Homes Aping American Practice Of Doing Away With Kitchens!

A few decades back we used to be amused listening to a variety of stories on the social situation prevailing in the United States of America. At that period they appeared to be too intriguing, and difficult to digest, and forget believing the same. But, over a period of time, the hitherto unbelievable things have almost become part and parcel of our lives making the developments in the US very easy to understand. Appointment to meet friends and relatives:  Earlier one used to feel very uneasy hearing that one had to make prior appointments with friends and relatives to pay courtesy visits in the States. These days, one is compelled to make it a point to have confirmation of the known people, kith and kin to call them in our own country as well. In that way now we can boast that we are also on par with a super powerful country.  Impact of entry of TV into the drawing-room:  The drawing room of ancestral homes used to be a centre of fun-filled activities for the whole family, friends, gu

New Words: Importune, Fractious, Obfuscate, Asperity

It truly works even for our studies. Studies show that it is only the third revision that converts short-term memory to long-term memory molecules in the hippocampus area of the brain. But the gap between revisions should be equidistant i.e., either every day for three days, every week, three weeks or even once a month for the three months but the distance between revisions should be the same. Three is the magical number. If you don't do this, difficult words will disappear from your brain. Importune Harass (someone) persistently for or to do something. "reporters importuned him with pointed questions" To make repeated, forceful requests for something, usually in a way that is annoying or causing slight problems: As a tourist, you are importuned for money the moment you step outside your hotel One can no longer walk the streets without seeing beggars importuning passers-by. I bombarded the War Office and importuned the Red Cross, but all to no avail. It might have been tr

Elderly Will Have Osteoporosis; Don't Advocate Bone Density Determination

A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disorder characterized by bones that are more fragile and more likely to break. The test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. I don't advocate the determination of bone density anymore, because the elderly will definitely have osteoporosis, and with the increase of age, the degree of osteoporosis will definitely become more and more serious, and the risk of fracture is bound to get bigger. There is a formula: The risk of fracture external damage force/ bone density. The elderly are prone to fractures because the denominator value (bone density) is getting smaller and smaller, so the risk of fractures will definitely increase. Therefore, the most important measure for the elderly to prevent fractures is to do everything possible to prevent accidental injuries. How to reduce accidental injuries? There are the seven characters of the so-called secret that

Accomplished Forest Watcher Raju B Dies But No One Cries

Raju B, an accomplished Forest watcher of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) was recently trampled to death by a wild elephant on 08 February. However, there was no outcry over the development wherein the innocent Forest Department employee had to sacrifice his life while discharging his due duties in protecting the forests and wildlife in the terrain. Hue and cry incidents galore: Almost throughout the year you keep learning about the never-ending man and animal conflicts in the areas adjoining the green cover. It is also the same situation when it comes to villagers becoming victims due to the rage of wildlife. Whenever a person becomes prey to the raged pachyderm or Tiger hue and cry is let loose in the surrounding areas taking the Forest Department officials for a ride. The Department officials are gheraoed, abuses hurled, and compensation demanded for failing to protect the lives and property of the citizens. No one to cry for Forest Staff dying on duty: On the other ha

96 Per Cent Of Deaths Can Be Prevented By An Aspirin Tablet

  Prevention is better than cure. This compendium of health news and tips will ensure you maintain optimum health. After all, it's time we took care of our own health. If you don't take care of your BP, sugar, and weight and exercise regularly, you can end up with a stroke....one of the most terrible suffering ever....beware I had. We must also realise that 96% of deaths in MI can be prevented by an aspirin tablet...why does the American College of Cardiology say, that anyone after 40 must carry an aspirin tablet in his pocket....saves lives...part of my health tips. Effective home remedies for cough and cold   Black pepper has expectorant properties that help reduce symptoms associated with cough and cold. You can brew black pepper tea for a wet cough and cold. Ginger: Ginger helps give relief from cough and cold, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.  Black pepper, ginger, and honey in mild black coffee. Vitamin E is a lipid-soluble antioxidant concentrated in lens fibres a

No Exercise, Drink Wine: Anonymous Japanese Doctor

 R Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Septuagenarian Senior Advocate of the Karnataka High Court and a humble gentleman to the core has shared the following input and suggested making use of the same for a change and in a lighter vein. Maybe, most of you might have gone through it earlier and may feel it to be a repeat. Even then, it looks interesting to have a second glance and the opinion you happen to formulate is absolutely left to your own choice.  I Love this Japanese Doctor Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste time on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart does not make you live longer; it is like saying you extend the life of a car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap. Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. The fruit is very good. Brandy distilled wine, means they take water out of the fruity bit

New Analysis: Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Not Beneficial for Preventing a First Stroke in Healthy Older Adults

New Analysis: Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Not Beneficial for Preventing a First Stroke in Healthy Older Adults: More than 100,000 people a year die in American hospitals from adverse reactions to medication, making drug reactions one of the leading causes of death in this country, researchers are reporting today. FDA warns about serious breathing problems with seizure and nerve pain medicines gabapentin and pregabalin Be cautious Using the antibiotic clarithromycin in combination with the gout drug colchicine increases the risk of death because of colchicine toxicity,  Beware NovaLead launched Galnobax has the potential to be the first small molecule drug for diabetic foot ulcer The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 800,000–1,000,000 individuals died by suicide in the year 2000... Antidepressants carry a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning about a risk of increased suicidal thinking and behaviour in some individuals under the age of 25. ICPA Health Product

Fill This Blank With Yes or No: -----I Don't Have a Brain

  Our learned, veteran ENT expert with 41 years of experience has recently started another group for learning and understanding English words. These days, he has launched multiple groups. Where he gets so much time to handle them looks like a wonder as he also has a hectic schedule. There is no dearth of eternal learners as knowing, understanding and learning is a never-ending exercise for those having the urge to keep learning, irrespective of one's age and stage in life. So, let us be thankful for the Doctor preferring to remain anonymous and including me in the group having 300+ members almost all of them being doctors and medical practitioners.  Ending learning is also ending life: R Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, senior Advocate of Karnataka High Court heaped praise on the new group of understanding words. He is also equally appreciative of the attempts of the veteran ENT Doctor to disseminate. R Vijay Bhaskar Reddy says-"Learning is never-ending and ending learning is equal to en

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test

  Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test measures the level of FSH in blood. FSH is a hormone released by the pituitary gland, located on the underside of the brain Normal Results Normal FSH levels will differ, depending on a person's age and sex. Male: Before puberty: 0 to 5.0 mIU/mL (0 to 5.0 IU/L) During puberty: 0.3 to 10.0 mIU/mL (0.3 to 10.0 IU/L) Adult: 1.5 to 12.4 mIU/mL (1.5 to 12.4 IU/L) Female: Before puberty: 0 to 4.0 mIU/mL (0 to 4.0 IU/L) During puberty: 0.3 to 10.0 mIU/mL (0.3 to 10.0 IU/L) Women who are still menstruating: 4.7 to 21.5 mIU/mL (4.5 to 21.5 IU/L) After menopause: 25.8 to 134.8 mIU/mL (25.8 to 134.8 IU/L) High FSH levels in women may be present: During or after menopause, including premature menopause When receiving hormone therapy Due to certain types of tumor in the pituitary gland Due to Turner syndrome Low FSH levels in women may be present due to: Being very underweight or having had recent r

Homocysteine

What is homocysteine? How is a high homocysteine level harmful? High homocysteine levels in the blood can damage the lining of the arteries. High levels may also make the blood clot more easily than it should. This can increase the risk of blood vessel blockages. A clot inside your blood vessel is called a thrombus. A thrombus can travel in the bloodstream. From there, it can get stuck in your: Lungs (called a pulmonary embolism) Brain (which can cause a stroke) Heart (which can cause a heart attack) Some people have very high levels of homocysteine. They are at an increased risk for heart disease. What causes a high homocysteine level? Homocysteine is normally changed into other amino acids for use by the body. Vitamin B helps your body use the homocysteine. If your homocysteine level is too high, you may not be getting enough B vitamins. Most people who have a high homocysteine level don’t get enough folate (also called folic acid), vitamin B6, or vitamin B12 in their diet. Replacing

Woman Voluntarily Digs Open Well to Quench Anganwadi Kids' Thirst

Gowri Chandrasekhar Naik, a resident of Ganesh Nagar at Sirsi town in Uttara Kannada or North Canara district of Karnataka has been in the news and controversy for the last fortnight. Her voluntary venture to dig an open well in the premises of an Anganwadi centre in the locality to quench the Anganwadi kids' thirst has driven her into the present plight.   Not for the first time: This is not the first time that she has plunged into digging an open well all on her own. Gowri Chandrasekhar Naik (58), a widow who has studied up to the second standard has done such feats much earlier as well. The first time she did was around six years back. Then, her accomplishment was digging the five-foot broad and almost about 75 feet-deep open well in a solitary manner. Lady Bhagirath of Sirsi: Gowri Chandrasekhar Naik is well-known as Lady Bhagirath in and around Sirsi. Thanks to social networking sites, and awareness about eco-sensitive issues these days she has almost become a household name

Don't Touch Tea: Expert Doctor's Advice to Women

Strange, it may appear. Yes, the headline that you happened to read is correct and by the expert advice of our veteran ENT specialist with 41 years of experience. "The single most important reason for iron deficiency especially in females, I have found is drinking tea which is a very powerful chelating agent, must absolutely avoid this especially because I have seen too many young females suffering from iron deficiency anaemia causing by throat cancer (post cricoid cancer). Don't touch tea...and periodically get the haemoglobin checked" warns the Doctor, wishing to remain anonymous. Transferrin saturation Transferrin saturation: average 25% Transferrin saturation (TS), measured as a percentage, is a medical laboratory value. It is the value of serum iron divided by the total iron-binding capacity of the available transferrin, the main protein that binds iron in the blood, this value tells a clinician how much serum iron is bound. For instance, a value of 15% means that 15

Prothrombin Time Test and INR (PT/INR)

Prothrombin Time Test and INR (PT/INR) 10 to 13 seconds INR (international normalized ratio) 1.1 or below The therapeutic range for most patients on VKAs(Vit K antagonists ) is an INR of 2.0 to 3.0. Results Prothrombin time test results can be presented in two ways. In seconds The average time range for blood to clot is about 10 to 13 seconds. A number higher than that range means it takes blood longer than usual to clot. A number lower than that range means blood clots more quickly than normal. The normal range for PT is 10 to 13 seconds. The normal INR for a healthy individual is 1.1 or below, and the therapeutic range for most patients on VKAs( Vit K antagonists) is an INR of 2.0 to 3.0. An increased PT/INR for patients on VKAs (vitamin K-antagonists ) may suggest a super-therapeutic level and will require medication dose adjustments to prevent bleeding. In healthy people, an INR of 1.1 or below is considered normal. An INR range of 2.0 to 3.0 is generally an effective therapeutic r