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Category: Health Care

The comfortable way

ByDr. Chytra V Anand, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Kosmoderma Clinics, Bangalore

Ouch…that hurts! Remember saying this to your beautician, bent diligently on you to mend you unruly eyebrows or wax your arms? Then, imagine the ache and discomfort one might have to undergo while undertaking a cosmetic makeover; one that involves going under the doctor’s knife?

Even if there is no knife, just a jab that you would like to take in order to beautify your visage…you will indeed feel the prick (and the agony). The measures we take to look good and our most beautiful, both surgical and non-surgical, often come supplemented with initial discomfort. All we do, while attempting any nip and tuck procedure or beauty injection(s), is to continuously remind our brain ‘there’s no gain without pain’. Isn’t it?

But now you can get ‘beautiful gains’ without the fear of pain! Astonishing as this might sound to your ears but it is true that modern-day dermal filler such as Juvederm XC is indeed a more comfortable option available to those seeking aesthetic enhancement. Unlike fillers of yesteryears, Juvederm XC comes in a composition that contains preservative-free Lidocaine (anesthetic) along with the major constituent – hyaluronic acid. The latter is a natural skin component responsible for maintaining the skin volume and hence the bountiful and youthful radiance.

Most people are desirous of good looks yet they are ‘needle phobic’ and get panicky at the mere thought of a needle pricking their delicate facial skin. Hence, they get frustrated out of their unfulfilled wish of looking their best even in an advancing age. With Juvederm XC, however, the injection experience is extremely comfortable. Hence one feels almost no discomfort and yet attains youthful features.

This unique dermal filler can smoothly erase glabellar lines, forehead lines and naso-labial folds (deep lines around the nose that reach up to lips). Being US-FDA approved, not only does it acts as your tool against the ageing effects but also helps in enhancing your facial features. For example, if you are among those countless young women desiring a pout a la Hollywood hottie Angelina Jolie then, this new dermal filler comes handy. It effectively and painlessly plumps up your lip size thereby giving them a volume boost and renewed shape.

Besides lip size, another prominent concern among ladies is the shape of their nose. Being central in position, our nose, draws a lot of attention from onlookers. Unfortunately if its shape is not well defined then, the overall appeal of the face goes for a toss. This results in a lot of depression and low self-esteem among people with such a nose. However, this nouveau dermal filler can also be used in leveling an uneven nasal bridge, giving one a more pleasant appearance. There are other indications as well for which this filler can be used such as cheek augmentation, chin correction, defining jaw-line and rejuvenation of hands.

The filler offers soft and natural looks. It is minimally invasive and gives long-lasting results in just one session. The beauty of dermal filler being the appearance of desired result almost instantaneously! Being a lunch-time procedure, there is no downtime involved. All one has to do is just walk in the clinic, get injected and walk out with transformed and aesthetically alluring looks. However, it is essential to choose the right person (an experienced doctor) for the treatment.

So, if the fear of pain is hindering your chances of a beautiful makeover then its time you consider your choice of dermal filler, for with XC beauty hurts are a thing of past! CCI Newswire

Category: Health Care
  • Offers customized plans to suit distinct requirements of an individual and family


  • Round-the-year free consultations, free Digital X-rays, free scaling and variable discounts on routine dental procedures offered on all plans

Bangalore, Apr 25, 2014: Cavities, tooth decay and gum diseases are not taken seriously till they become painful and infectious. And when it is time to take action, it is already too late to reverse the damage. Estimates show that 85% Indian ignore dental health till they suffer shooting pain.

Early detection of dental problems help nip tooth worries in the bud before they take damaging proportions. When it comes to dental health, prevention is the key. As poor oral hygiene leads to serious tooth troubles, dental check-ups should not be compromised with. In India, however, dental check-ups are usually not on the agenda of health screening.

To promote tooth care in the country and create awareness about check-ups, Axiss Dental, India’s leading multi-specialty chain of dental clinics, has launched a bridge program. Under the initiative – Axiss Dental Bridge Program, the dental chain is offering annual dental plans for individuals and families as also reward points on special offers.

“Though eating patterns have changed over years with junk food becoming a new norm, especially among children, tooth care still remains restricted to brushing and tongue cleaning only. Result of such bad eating habits is plaque, which is difficult to get rid of with mere brushing. Plaque leads to severe gum problems, cavities, tooth decay and infections. A simple dental-check up can put to rest many tooth problems and other fatal health disorders like oral cancer in initial stages itself. In India, comprehensive dental insurance is in its early stage. Looking at that scenario, Axiss Dental has come out with annual plans, under the Bridge Program, which cover individuals as also family members at a very affordable and reasonably priced rate ,” says Dr (Capt.) Sandeep Sharma, Director and Promoter, Axiss Dental.

Like any other health check-up, dental screening should be mandatory for every individual. While its frequency could vary depending on the condition of the oral health of a person, a dentist should at least be visited once a year.

Proper oral hygiene also helps in keeping other body organs healthy. Bacterial infections in other body organs, including stomach and throat, usually happen after notorious bacteria find a way to them through the oral route. Dental check-ups keep these problems at bay, even exposing tooth- and gum-related issues much in advance.

“Most of the dental problems begin with poor oral hygiene, which can be prevented by timely check-ups. Our annual dental plan is very economical as we aim to make people come forward for screenings. There is a mindset in people that going for a dental screening is an unwanted spending. What they fail to understand is that many other health problems start with oral infections only and then they take a severe form. Visiting a dentist can help save a person from such health ailments, besides keep the oral health in good shape,” says Dr Amit Sachdeva, Director and Promoter of Axiss Dental.

Under the bridge program, the dental chain is offering individual plan, individual executive plan, family plan and family plus plan. They are customized to suit the distinct requirements of an individual and a family. Round-the-year free consultations, free Digital X-rays, free scaling and variable discounts on routine dental procedures are offered on all the plans, which are valid for a span of one year. Also, reward points are also given on every time a person undertakes paid interventions.

Besides basic routine dental care, the annual plan allows the subscriber to avail high-end dental services at discounted rates. Discounts are offered on dental implants and braces under individual executive, family plan and family plus plan.

The annual bridge program is also very flexible as it allows the subscribers to avail services anywhere, depending upon the availability of Axiss Dental’s clinic, in case they are being transferred to another place. This is applicable on all the plans, from individual to family, and hence gives peace of mind to the subscribers that there check-ups will run interrupted even in case there is a shift from one place to another. CCI Newswire

Category: Health Care

About 1 in 800 babies is born deaf, often because of genetic factor

Vijayawada, March 13,2014: According to WHO, 50% of the factors that lead to hearing loss can be prevented. Approximately one-third of the people over 65 years of age are affected by disabling hearing loss. Amplifon India Pvt Limited, one of the world’s largest hearing care solutions service providers today announced the inauguration of its Clinic at Vijayawada to bridge the gap between the people suffering from hearing loss problem and to provide them with the best hearing care services.

Amplifon is renowned for its international quality standards in hearing care solutions. In addition to this new facility in Vijayawada, there are more than 90 Amplifon Clinics spread over India including Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Delhi and Visakhapatnam. Spread over an area of approximately 650sq. feet, Amplifon Clinic offers comprehensive pure tone audiometry test, Impedance audiometry, Oto acoustic emission test, Hearing Aid Trial, Speech Therapy and Free hearing Screening & other special Hearing & Audiology Tests.

Hearing loss is the third leading chronic disability following arthritis and hypertension. 9 out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear. Conductive hearing loss occurs when something blocks sound waves from reaching the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by the damage to the inner ear or to the nerves that send sound to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss is more likely to be permanent and to cause deafness. Sometimes a mixture of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss can occur.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Samit Verma, CEO & Market Director, Amplifon India said “Since the commencement of Amplifon Clinics in India our endeavour has been to provide the state-of-the-art hearing caring solutions. Amplifon Clinics pan India have the same touch and feel offering standards of quality for hearing care services through our class audiologists trained as per our International Protocols and state-of-the-art hearing care diagnostic solutions. In India, 63 million people (6.3%) suffer from significant auditory loss. Hearing loss may be inherited, caused by maternal rubella or complications at birth, certain infectious diseases such as meningitis, chronic ear infections, use of toxic drugs, exposure to excessive noise and ageing. Opting for a hearing care solution is not an easy decision and therefore as an Amplifon’s valued client, customers receives complete hearing care solutions services that perfectly match their lifestyle and budget.” 

The Clinic is equipped with advanced diagnostics infrastructure, a furnished setup for all types of audiology tests, sound proof hearing test, patient counseling, hearing aid trial & fitting services and a sufficient space for comfortable sitting, screening room, sound proof room, details counselling and trial room, ready to serve hot water and cold water, CCTV monitoring, rest room, computerized reporting, pure tone audiometry test, impedance audiometry, special tests, Oto acoustic emission test, hearing aid trial, speech therapy and free hearing screening. The testing lab is laden with the latest equipment capable of performing multiple tests for speech and Hearing. The testing Lab also accommodates a bed for testing “Audiometry Brain-stem Responses” in infants and instruments for Middle Ear Analyzing for all age groups.

Many different conditions lead to partial and total deafness. Ear infections, fluid buildup behind the eardrum, holes in the eardrum, and problems with the middle ear bones can cause deafness from conductive hearing loss. In rare cases, tumours can also cause conductive hearing loss - they block sound from getting into the inner ear. Birth defects and diseases passed on by genes can do this, too. Genetics is one cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Half of all cases of profound deafness in children have a genetic source.

Exposure to loud noise in certain occupations from sources such as construction machinery, heavy equipment, or amplified music can cause sensorineural hearing loss in people of all ages and is the most common cause of hearing loss. Other sources of excess noise include attendance at concerts and nightclubs, and use of music headphones, household power tools, or firearms. The louder the noise and the longer a person is exposed to it, the greater their risk of this type of hearing loss. To prevent this type of hearing loss it is important to wear proper hearing protection and avoid exposure to loud noise whenever possible.BWI

Category: Health Care

New Delhi, March 10,2014 : Two decades after the passage of National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act requiring women and ethnic minorities be included in government-funded medical trials, a new study by the Connors Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Jacobs Institute of Womens Health at George Washington University in Washington shows that scientists continue to neglect gender in medical research putting in danger womens health. Despite the progress made in health care research, research on women’s health and gender differences lag far behind the research on men’s health care.

Women were routinely not included in clinical trials and even if they were, sex differences that were detected were largely unreported. This meant that the science that led to diagnosis and treatment of disease was predicated predominantly on male physiology. While women are now more routinely included in clinical trials and an entire field of womens health has emerged, there are still enormous gaps in the scientific process as it relates to women. There needs to be greater focus on how the hormonal and biological differences between men and women are researched and documented to find out why diseases and treatments affect the sexes differently.

The study focused on the disparities in research, diagnosis, treatments and outcomes between men and women for heart disease, lung cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s. More women than men die of cardiovascular disease; research still lags on understanding how treatments for heart disease affect the sexes differently, because only one-third of cardiovascular clinical trial subjects are female. Plaque that causes heart disease is more diffusely deposited in womens arteries, so the cardiac catheterization, which shoots dye into the arteries, may be inadequate for women. Female non-smokers are three times more likely than nonsmoking men to get lung cancer, current research often fails to stratify data based on gender-specific factors. Women are also more likely to suffer depression than men, but less than 45 percent of animal studies to better understand anxiety and depression use female lab animals. A womans overall lifetime risk of developing Alzheimers disease is almost twice that of a man, and it has been thought that this is simply because women live longer. However, hormones may play a role.

However, a lot of researchers don't want to do studies on women of childbearing age due to their monthly hormonal fluctuations. To include women and female animals in adequate numbers, researchers need to increase the sample sizes of their studies, which takes more funding, so money can be a barrier to more gender-aware research. Pregnancy and safety to unborn children are other concerns too. To address research disparities, it is recommended that government agencies, drug manufacturers, hospital review boards that approve studies and medical journal editors institute substantial changes to make women’s health a research priority. IGMPI

Category: Health Care

New Delhi January 3rd, 2014:
Singapore-based company Smart Global, which was Spice Global till recently, on Thursday launched Smart Living — an initiative under the company’s Smart Health City — in New Delhi.

B.K. Modi, Chairman of Smart Global, said the aim was to provide curative and preventive healthcare solutions — such as age management, yoga, neutraceuticals, nutrition, cosmetic procedures, stem cell therapies and others — under one roof.

“Now, our main vertical for growth in India will be healthcare,” Modi said, adding that they had already invested $100 million in developing the healthcare facilities in India, which includes refurbishing of the Saket City Hospital in Delhi as well as the Smart Living initiative.

By 2016, Modi aims to invest about $250 million in the healthcare initiatives and make Saket City Hospital a 1,000-bed unit. “We are talking about huge investments. It will be in billions of dollars. The Smart Health City is a $3-billion project,” he said. “This is the future.”

The aggressive focus on healthcare is also a part of the company’s new business focus which has four verticals — healthcare, education, finance and entertainment.Business Line

Category: Health Care

New Delhi December 18, 2013:
A total of 8743 Public Health Centers (PHCs) are functioning 24X7 in the country. Well-equipped Public Health Centers (PHCs) manned by doctors and well trained staff is one of the key strategies inter-alia to reduce Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR). As per the Coverage Evaluation Survey (CES) -2009, 73% of deliveries are being conducted in facilities, with an aim to reduce newborn and maternal mortality. Equipping the Public Health Facilities and training of service providers shall help bringing in quality improvements, thereby, help reducing the U5MR. 

Public health is a state subject. Under National Health Mission (NHM), support is provided to States/UTs for strengthening the public health systems including support for well-equipped public health centres (PHCs) manned by doctors and well trained staff present round the clock. 

States have been intimating their requirement for such support under National Health Mission/NRHM through their Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs) which are appraised at the Ministry and approvals accorded keeping in mind the resource envelope available to the state. 

This was stated by Sh Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.  CCI Newswire
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