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Swine Flu

03 March 2015

Now a days whenever you open the newspaper, a very striking headline catches your eyes: “Swine Flu Death”.

What is Swine Flu or H1N1 virus?

The infection which raised its ugly head in 2009 is back and believed to be more aggressive. It is called Swine Flu because in the past the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. It started spreading throughout the world prompting WHO to call it “Pandemic”.

Swine Flu is contagious. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, small droplets of the virus is released into the environment When some one comes in contact with the droplets or with the surface (For Eg: a handle or a door knob) which has been touched by the infected person, he/she too will get infected.

Symptoms of Swine Flu are more or less like seasonal flu, like cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, body ache, headache, lethargy, fatigue etc. It can lead to more severe complications like pneumonia and respiratory failure.

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Vertigo – The sensation that sends you spinning

09 August 2014

I am 48 year old and an active person but often feels dizzy when I stand up suddenly after a hot bath. I this vertigo? – S Pereira

No, this is not vertigo. It is called postural hypotension. It means that your blood pressure is dropping slightly but suddenly so that the blood supply to your brain is reduced a little. It happens to everyone from time to time and does not usually signify anything serious unless frequent.

Why do people get vertigo when looking down from great heights? Whenever I look down from a multistorey building, I get vertigo – Parvez Mistry

People who are afraid of heights usually feel faintness. This is not vertigo. Vertigo is a feeling that the world is spinning around you or that you are moving or swaying when you are actually standing still. Vertigo is a common and most distressing symptom that occurs when the delicate balance mechanism in the inner part of the ear or brain stem is damaged or... Read More

Depression

07 March 2013

MOST of us have gone through this down and in the dumps feeling on several occasions. Perhaps due to some unhappy and unpleasant event that took place earlier. But after a while, it wears off and you can shake yourself and start anew. However, if this feeling of low spirits comes about you frequently and is continuous, we call it ‘Depression‘, meaning exactly what it denotes —— a depressed state of mind. But where one ends and the other starts, one cannot really say because, depression is like a coat of dust which if not cleared; will at some opportune moment capture you totally.

Depression can be expressed in various ways and can have a number of causes. It can affect practically any age group and the peak age for severe cases of depression is 55 years in women and 60 years in the case of men. In milder cases of depression, the peak age for women is 45 years and in men it is 50 years.

Early Signals

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