Could UR Child Have A Birth Defect Because Of UR Alcohol Consumption?
Could UR Child Have A Birth Defect Because Of UR Alcohol Consumption? Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that results when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol. This condition causes brain damage and developmental problems and is a spectrum which may have physical, neurological, mental and learning defects. Though FAS can be prevented, it is incapacitating. But while the weaknesses vary from individual to individual, these defects can be permanent. Types Of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders • Fetal alcohol syndrome • Partial fetal alcohol syndrome • Alcohol-related congenital disabilities • Alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders • Neuro-behavioural disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure Causes When the mother consumes alcohol during her pregnancy, the distribution of alcohol to the baby through the umbilical cord causes FAS. There is no measure of 'safe limit' alcohol intake during pregnancy. Prenatal consumption of alcohol by the mother should be discouraged before conception and right through the pregnancy as alcohol can cause neurodevelopmental disorders and alcohol-related birth defects. So abstinence from alcohol should begin from the very first visit to the doctor or should be promptly treated if the mother-to-be is not able to stop drinking alcohol. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, it crosses the placenta and reaches the developing baby. The foetus metabolises alcohol slower than an adult. The alcohol content in the blood interferes with oxygen supply and nutrition supply to the developing baby. Alcohol consumption by a pregnant mother can cause permanent brain damage in the baby. Symptoms The symptoms are a combination of physical, cognitive and mental disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the severity and extent of symptoms for FAS can widely differ among individuals. Some individuals may also have difficulty in coping with their daily life routine. Physical Defects • FAS facies • An individual with this disorder may have distinctive facies, small eyes, thin upper lip, short nose, upturned nose and smooth skin between the nose and upper lip • Joint and limb deformities • Slow growth both before and after birth • Small head circumference and head size • Vision and hearing defects • Cardiac, renal and bony defects Neurological & Brain Defects • Poor memory and coordination • Learning disabilities • Delayed milestones and delayed development • Bad memory • Attention-deficit • Rapidly changing moods • Difficulty making decisions • Hyperactivity and jitteriness • Trouble processing information and analysing it Diagnosis FAS is a disorder that comes under the umbrella term known as a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) which further comprises of five disorders: • Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) • Partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS) • Alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), • Neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE) • Alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD) For diagnosis, all these disorders come into play to indicate the physical and neurological effects of prenatal alcohol consumption by the mother on the fetus. Additionally, each of the five disorders that include the FASD has particular criteria for diagnosis. But due to the extensive exhibition and immense similarity with other hereditary and environment causes, making a definitive diagnosis is not possible for FASD. Once FASD is suspected, the patient will be referred to some specialists to exclude other likely conditions for a conclusive diagnosis. The specialist could vary depending on the patient’s age. Usually, the team of specialists for diagnosis includes a physician or paediatrician or someone with knowledge and expertise in FASD, psychologist, occupational therapist and a speech-language pathologist. Treatment No one treatment is a comprehensive treatment as this a spectrum of disorders and every child presents differently. The child needs medical, physical, behavioural and social modalities of treatment. Initially, treatment begins with behavioural education and physiotherapy. Meanwhile, parent training with all respective medications and other medical therapy should go on simultaneously. Social skill development, training and educational interventions should also be provided -primary care in a specialist centre with medical help and community support services. Prevention FAS can be prevented by simply avoiding alcohol intake during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, stop drinking alcohol and continue to avoid drinking alcohol throughout UR pregnancy. If you are not able to stop drinking alcohol, get help before planning a pregnancy. Since pregnancy is not confirmed until the 4th-6th week of fetal development, couples are advised to avoid alcohol altogether, as you may expose your developing baby to alcohol without meaning to.
Could UR Child Have A Birth Defect Because Of UR Alcohol Consumption? Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that…
A Day In The Life Of A Nurse During Covid-19
A Day In The Life Of A Nurse During Covid-19 Billuri Pushpanjali - Infection Control Nurse, Apollo Medical College Hospital, Jubilee Hills There is no typical day at the hospital during these challenging times, but as a nurse there are certainly things we can expect to deal with regularly. I usually wake up at 6.a.m but nothing seems to be usual about these days. We are currently dealing with a pandemic and we need to be extra cautious. This disease has changed the way we deal with our patients and has made us extremely vigilant in order to minimize the risk of contracting the virus. Before leaving my house I prepare breakfast and lunch for my four-year-old daughter and husband. I say my morning prayers, get ready and head out of the house. I live 12 kilometers away from the hospital, so it takes me around half an hour to commute. I ride a bike to work. As lock down rules apply – I’m allowed to pass only when I show my ID. My constant companions nowadays are a mask and an alcohol-based hand rub. One of the first things I do as I reach the hospital at 8.a.m is to change my mask as I enter the clinical area. I also remove my mask and wear a fresh mask while moving out. Movement is mainly restricted for covid-19 patients and also the staff handling covid-19 patients. The doffing and donning areas are strictly monitored and staff movement to the patient care area too is based on the patients need. Unnecessary exposure is avoided. Also, while going to the patient area I wear complete PPE - gown, mask, gloves, goggles, face shield, shoe cover, and head cap. 8.30 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. I head straight to the microbiology department to collect all the reports and inform the concerned departments about the same. 9 a.m. I wear a mask and gloves and go on my rounds which include monitoring and surveillance of all infection control practices in all wards. This goes on till nearly 12 p.m. during which time I complete my rounds. I check all the cleaning activities, monitor the dilutions of the cleaning chemicals, examine all the microbiological reports, check the cleaned equipment, check the cleaning protocols, monitor waste segregation practices and check the linen handling practices. I then report about the abnormal reports and communicating with the microbiology HOD and inform about the necessary measures that need to be taken up by the concerned departments. 12 p.m. to 1p.m. we have our training classes for housekeeping, security and front office departments. 1 to 2 p.m. is reserved exclusively for nurses, because they need more details. 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. I take training regarding covid-19 for the billing department, pharmacy department, intern doctors, all staff nurses, lab technicians, housekeeping, security and front office staff. Mainly I train them regarding hand hygiene practices, doffing and donning of PPE, biomedical waste segregation practices, cough etiquette, safe handling of linen, safe handling of sharp equipment and environmental cleaning. Each training session is for one hour and I usually train 2-3 departments a day. I conduct training classes to all the health care personnel regularly and daily. During these sessions we maintain social distance while communicating, always use a hand rub and face mask, and never touch the high-touch surface areas directly. We maintain at least three feet distance while communicating and during training classes at least 4 to 6 feet as there are many people. 3:30 p.m. an updated report is submitted to the Nursing Superintendent regarding all the reports, issues during the rounds, surveillance reports, cleaning activities monitoring reports etc. As times we have meetings and attend these according to the schedule planned. Hand hygiene audit is done daily under silent survey. The critical care departments are thoroughly trained regarding bundle care practices. The hand hygiene survey is to check all the staff regarding how well they are practicing hand hygiene daily and routinely in the hospital. It is mainly to reduce the risk of transmission from the health care personnel to the patients and also the staff. I also ensure that all the protocols have been displayed in all the wards. Conduct of nursing care in the isolation ward: •Nursing assessment of admitted patients •Minimizing the exposure to staff from patient •Do's and don'ts to the patient explained at the bedside with physical distance (3 feet) and the same in poster form displayed in the ward •3 layer surgical mask provided to every patient •7 a.m. the third shift nurse checks vitals, sp02, administers the prescribed drug, GRBS and food distribution (breakfast) •8 a.m. doffing of PPE and going directly to the staff isolation area (hostel) •8 a.m. first shift nurse comes for duty •12 p.m. first shift nurse follows the rounds, checks vitals, and administers medications and food distribution (lunch) •2 p.m. doffing of PPE and go directly to the staff isolation area (hostel) •2p.m. second shift nurse comes to duty •7 p.m. second shift nurse check vitals, administer medications and food distribution (dinner) •8 p.m. doffing of PPE and go directly to the staff isolation area •8 p.m. third shift nurse comes to duty 4 p.m. my duty gets over and I try to reach back home by 5 p.m. After reaching home, I instantly keep all my belongings out of my daughter’s reach. I go for a bath, wash my clothes immediately and only then do I attend to my household activities. I cook for my family and we prefer to eat fresh homemade food. I cook all south Indian dishes and ensure we have a high protein diet. My daily diet consists of egg, milk, fruit juices without ice which is freshly prepared and dry fruits soaked in water. We have non-vegetarian food twice a week. During my free time, I like to spend time with my daughter - playing, chatting, writing, singing and dancing with her. Healthcare workers are most needed during this crisis and I consider myself lucky to be able to care for patients during this difficult time. There are constant developments we get to hear of with regard to the treatment of covid-19, but in the meantime it’s best to adopt all safety measures and continue to practice hand hygiene and wear a mask. Stay strong and stay safe. We will get through this!
A Day In The Life Of A Nurse During Covid-19 Billuri Pushpanjali – Infection Control Nurse, Apollo Medical College Hospital,…
5 Easy Household Chores That Help You Burn Major Calories
5 Easy Household Chores That Help You Burn Major Calories Rakesh Uddiyar Director & Founder Body Wizard Fitness Academy & Celebrity Trainer 1) Sweeping the house is a very common and practical life activity most of us regularly do. The good news is you can burn a good amount of calories with this action. Sweeping for just 10 minutes can help you burn around 37 to 40 calories. This activity requires bending, standing and movement of UR upper body due to the moving of UR hand muscles like biceps brachii, brachialis, coracobrachialis, triceps brachii, anconeus, pronator teres, anterior flexor and posterior extensor. It also involves your mid-section muscles. Sweeping helps to improve UR balance and works on UR core. When you rotate your spine during sweeping, it works on your internal major muscles known as quads, including your rectus femoris, the vastus lateralis, the vastus medialis, the vastus intermedius and so on. The whole idea is to move your body with this activity and though there is no particular way to do this, you need to ensure that you don’t put too much stress on one side. Use both your hands and both your legs while sweeping. 2) Making beds in the morning and at night also help to burn calories. This is because you need to fold the bed sheets and reopen it, depending on how many beds you have in the house. If you don’t have many beds to make, you can fold bed sheets instead. Ensure you continue with this activity for at least 10 minutes to burn 23 calories. When you do this chore, there is the involvement of your upper and lower back muscles including the muscles known as trapezius, rhomboid major, levator scapulae thoracic spine, cervical, vertebrae as well as the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, sacrospinalis, especially the longissimus thoracis, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus. Making the bed also works your arm muscles like biceps brachii, brachialis, coracobrachialis, triceps brachii, pronator teres, anterior flexor and posterior extensor. 3) Ironing if you’ve noticed takes a lot of patience and has to be done while you stand. This slow-paced activity is a full upper body workout as it works your shoulders, arms and back. So gather all UR unironed of wrinkled clothes and continue ironing them for at least 20 minutes to burn 50 calories. Ironing requires you to stand. This means 50% of your entire lower body and entire mid-section’s major muscles are involved to do this activity. The muscles engaged during ironing are the lower gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus rectus femoris, the vastus lateralis, the vastus medialis, and the vastus intermedius, semimembranosus, semitendinosus, biceps femoris, soleus and gastrocnemius. When you iron clothes UR abdominal and midsection muscles are engaged. You also work your shoulders and arm muscles like biceps brachii, brachialis, coracobrachialis, triceps brachii, anconeus, pronator teres, and anterior flexor and posterior extensor. 4) Mopping is a household task that can help you exercise without wasting your time. So if you’re finding it difficult to take the time out for working out – consider your mop as a piece of equipment for exercise. This mundane chore can help you burn 42 calories in 20 minutes. The muscles involved for this activity includes the biceps brachii, brachialis, coracobrachialis, triceps brachii, anconeus, pronator teres, anterior flexor and posterior extensor. You also work your midsection muscles while mopping. This activity not only helps to improve UR strength, it even works on your core. While mopping you rotate your spine so it works on your internal major muscles including your pelvic floor muscles, oblique muscles, abdominal muscles, sacrospinalis group of muscles, diaphragm and the muscles known as lower rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, semimembranosus, semitendinosus, biceps femoris soleus and gastrocnemius. Depending on the way you choose do this activity, mopping requires a lot of sitting or bending. You can either do mopping standing while moving your hands with the mop from left to right or vice versa, or you can get down on the floor and squat in the Indian toilet position with a mopping cloth in your hand and adopt a left to right hand movement to clean the floor. Either way, you engage many of your muscles with this household chore. 5) Washing dishes can be a good way to unwind and exercise too. So the next time your maid doesn’t turn up – don’t complain but just head to the sink happily and start washing up! This activity will not only help you get your kitchen in order but will also help you lose weight. You can expect to burn 26 calories with 10 minutes of standing at your kitchen sink cleaning utensils. This activity requires the engagement of your upper and lower back muscles which includes the trapezius muscle, rhomboid major, levator scapulae thoracic spine , cervical, vertebrae as well as supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, sacrospinalis, especially the longissimus thoracis, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus. Dish washing also engages the muscles of your upper arms and forearms which include the biceps brachii or simply biceps, brachialis, coracobrachialis, triceps brachii, pronator teres, anterior flexor and posterior extensor.
5 Easy Household Chores That Help You Burn Major Calories Rakesh Uddiyar Director & Founder Body Wizard Fitness Academy &…
5 Common Mistakes We Make While Sitting & Working
5 Common Mistakes We Make While Sitting & Working Leandi Van Zyl (Lead - Sport Science / Strength & Conditioning) Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital 1.Forward chin position While working from home and at the office we tend to lean into our computers to see our screen better. This leads to tense neck muscles that can cause headaches and neck pain. 2.Rounded upper back position When working on our computers or sitting at our desks we tend to round our upper back because of a poor desk position. This leads to problems like tight pectoral/ chest muscles, stretched/ lengthened upper back muscles and an immobile thoracic spine. This posture can also lead to headaches or upper back pain. 3.Elbows higher or lower than the table and computer If your elbows are higher than the table it will cause UR shoulders to be elevated and tense the shoulder and neck muscles. If the table and laptop is lower than your elbows, UR neck and upper back will compensate for this. Both will cause headaches or pain in the neck and shoulders. 4.Posterior pelvic tilt/rounded lower back position A rounded lower back (posterior tilt) will lead to back pain and cause further dysfunction in the upper back region. This position also keeps the spine away from the back rest or the chair which serves as support for the back. 5.Leg position When UR legs stretch too far out it changes the position of the spine and pelvis and UR body moves away from the back rest. If UR feet are in the air or on the seat – it negatively impacts posture and can lead to upper and lower back pain. 5 Easy Steps to Improve Chair Posture 1.Keep the computer at eye level by elevating it on a stack of books or a box or elevating UR desk chair. Make sure head is in line with UR spine. 2.Keep UR upper back straight and leaning against the back rest of the chair 3.Your elbows should be in line with the keyboard and table; adjusting the chair and using a chair with arm rests can be helpful. 4.The best position for the lumbar spine while sitting is for the pelvis to be neutral. This means a slightly arched lower back. The spine should also be straight instead of leaning forward or back. The entire spine should be rested back against the back rest of the chair and the lower back should be slightly arched. 5.Feet should be positioned under the knees or slightly ahead of the knees, to ensure the back is resting against the back of the chair.
5 Common Mistakes We Make While Sitting & Working Leandi Van Zyl (Lead – Sport Science / Strength & Conditioning)…
A Nurse’s Contribution To Care
International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12th May throughout the world to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birth and to also celebrate the contribution of nurses towards the health and wellbeing of society. Many activities are organized throughout the year by the International Council of Nurses and the theme for this year – Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health determines how nurses play a key role in tackling health issues. The ICN encourages all nurses to get involved with the celebrations and raise their voices to show colleagues, patients, the public and politicians just how important nursing is for the health of individuals, families and communities. There is no typical day for a nurse. It starts with taking charge from the previous shift. It is common to do blood work, check vitals, assist doctors during their rounds, investigations, medication administration, prep patients for procedures, attend to the discharge process, and wind up pending tasks. Also, before the day is over, a nurse needs to make sure that the transition to the next shift is seamless, without any gap in patient care. Nursing is a noble profession but living far away from family is tough. In our country, nurses receive very low remuneration compared to other professionals. Salaries comprise of 15, 000 to 20,000 per month. But on the other hand, depending on competency and qualifications nurses can expect to earn one lakh rupees per month. Having said that, our driving force is the satisfaction we get from our work or the gratitude shown by patients when they are recovering. We make a special contribution when it comes to caring for patients. We get to know a patient and the patient’s family based on which we ascertain the needs of the patient and make suitable arrangements in order to meet these. We also witness a patient’s weakness, strength and vulnerabilities all at the same time. As we encounter many challenges and stress in our workplace, we turn to positive self-talk every day to combat the negative chatter in our head. Being mentally and physically fit is very important. The first mantra to be fit is to be hydrated. So we hydrate ourselves frequently during our routine and during our work shifts. Good nutrition is also essential to keep up energy levels. For this we follow a regular diet and strive to eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits and foods that are high in fibre, protein and vitamins. To unwind after a hard day’s work we play a few indoor games during the evening hours or during our leisure time. As Covid-19 sweeps the world, impacting communities and spreading a sense of insecurity and fear, nurses care and instill hope in the minds of patients. We dispense compassion, display unparalleled dedication and resilience. Every shift holds the promise of being decisive, nerve-racking, draining, and invigorating or everything combined. Though it is challenging, we feel satisfied and gratified when we can safeguard lives. We are frontline warriors.
International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12th May throughout the world to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birth and to also…
Think Global, Act Local
Several decades ago, everything that is locally available was 'sustainable'. Globalization opened gates to new prospects all around the world. It gave way for commercial production of indigenous goods for exporting them around the globe as a mark of trade and prosperity. It also started the flow of imported goods, some of them are necessary, some are a novelty, and some are an utter indulgence. Because of the pandemic, imports and exports have come to a standstill. It might be a good time to retrace our steps to sustain on local produce and products. This applies to various fields, and one such aspect is our use of flowers. India has an abundance of flowers and foliage growing in its own backyard. It produces and exports many kinds of commercial flowers. Roses, carnations, gladioli, chrysanthemums, gerberas, lilies, anthuriums are some of the many which grow well here. All these are cut flowers which are found commonly in florist shops and bought for an event or home décor. The swing towards imported flowers is big time and is preferred by many as it provides the thrill of using something new. It was a visually beautiful phase, no doubt. Now it is about time to focus on the beautiful flowers and foliage, a tropical country like ours has to offer. Like the tuberoses of West Bengal to Tamil Nadu's jasmine, tulips from Kashmir and heliconias from Kerala. Think of using and cashing in on home produce. The reasons are similar to why we emphasize on local food. No long-distance shipping, reducing carbon footprint, supporting the local economy and more are the perks. Even from home gardens or pots from your apartment balcony, simple kanakambaram, ixora, oleander, temple tree flowers, coloured foliage can be used to bring a pretty touch to the room. They can be used as floral rangolis, garlands, floated in an urli or put together in a small container to give a beautiful touch of nature to the indoors. Plants can be grown well in apartment balconies and terraces of your homes. Do keep in mind though that sunlight for a couple of hours a day is essential for these plants to give an abundance of blooms and lush foliage. Flowering plants that you can try to grow at your home: Bougainvillaea Morning glory Temple tree dwarf variety Clerodendrum Creeper roses Jasmine Hibiscuses Begonia Geranium Periwinkle Pentas Kalanchoe Adenium Verbena Petunia Pansy Marigold Foliage plants: Aloe Vera Sansevieria Syngonium Dracaena Asparagus Money plant Jade plant Zamia Rubber plant Areca Palm Flowering plants that do well in the Deccan Plateau: Bougainvillaea Oleander Lantana Euphorbia Ixora Zinnia Periwinkle Spathiphyllum Sunflower Marigold Periwinkle, marigold, nerium, hibiscus, ixora are beautiful flowering plants, most of which have medicinal value apart from the other herbal plants. It would be good to cash in on their beauty and use them for traditional home remedies and health benefits. Advantages of using local floral material: • No long-distance shipping; no losses due to a decline in the pristine condition of the flowers. As exported flowers have to fulfil a quarantine period, they may sometimes reach in an early stage of decomposition. • Reducing the carbon footprint is an economic gain and contributes to self-sustainment. • Supporting the local economy as they will flourish. • Community wellbeing. • Provide jobs and wages during the upcoming recession if any. • Entrepreneurship goals achieved. • Provides product diversity in the local markets. • Environmental sustainability. Significance of flowers in Indian mythology Flowers and leaves have great significance in mythology. There is mention of different kinds of trees in ancient literature. Have you ever wondered why we use the only particular flower for a specific festival? Each deity is symbolized through some flower and is considered sacred. Here is a small sample of the plethora we have. • Lotus is known for divinity, purity and fertility. Goddess Lakshmi is always represented sitting in a Lotus flower. • Jasmine flowers and garlands are common in temples and are one of the best things to look forward to in the heat of summer. • Hibiscus flowers are said to be the flower for Goddess Kali • Parijata is said to be the heavenly tree brought down to earth by Lord Krishna. • Bathukamma-Telangana floral festival: The nine-day celebration of this festival features a lot of seasonal flowers. Stacks of flowers like thangedu (Cassia auriculata), marigold, chrysanthemums built up in a pretty mound are made and later released into a lake or a river. These flowers hold medicinal properties, according to Ayurveda. If there ever was a pressing need to reiterate a phrase of relevance in the times we live in now, it is this. 'Think global, act local.' Many decades ago, life and lifestyle, travel and living were local. The last couple of decades all of it swayed to global and now is the crucial time to rebound to local. It's been 50 years since we officially started Earth Day, every day is one now. Respite for the earth and solace for the soul.
Several decades ago, everything that is locally available was ‘sustainable’. Globalization opened gates to new prospects all around the world….
Therapeutic Water For A Hangover
In an infuser bottle or a water jug add one litre of water and keep it aside. Wash the apple properly to remove any wax or sticky residue. Cut the apple in half and core it (remove the seeds). Chop the cored apple into small cubes or thin slices and add them in the infuser bottle or jug. Ease: 1 Approximate cost: INR 50 Serving size: 1 Cooking time: 5 minutes Nutritive value Energy: 0Kcal Carbs: g Protein: g Fat: g Fibre: g Ingredients Chopped ginger: 1 tsp Cored apple or pear: 1/2 Water: 1 liter Preparation Step 1: In a jug add one litre water. Wash the apple properly to remove wax or sticky residue. Cut the apple in half and core it. Chop the cored half apple into small cubes or thin slices and add them in the water jug. Step 2: Peel or grate a little piece of ginger,and add it to UR infuser bottle or water jug. Infuse the ingredients in the water, and allow the water to infuse in the ingredients for thirty minutes. Hydrate yourself with this therapeutic water throughout the day or have it after a long night of partying. This fab hangover cure is great right after u wake up too, it zaps UR headache, keeps you hydrated and prevents UR hangover. Note: We do not advocate you to drink or binge drink. We only recommend anyone who may drink, to please drink moderately and responsibly. This therapeutic water tastes even more delicious when UR sober.
In an infuser bottle or a water jug add one litre of water and keep it aside. Wash the apple…
5 Ways To Lose Weight
At almost every social gathering I will invariably have a bunch of people who will saunter over and very casually ask me ‘how to lose weight?’ I want to tell them so often that to even start to answer that I need to chat with them one on one for at least two hours because every person is different, their routines are different, their age etc is different! Well, but some are persistent. So, I use this line I found somewhere instead. The best way to lose weight is to do the following exercise: First look to your right, then look to the left , then smile politely and say “no thank you” when someone offers you food that UR not supposed to eat! Well, in reality it's not as simple as that... Tips on Weight Loss: 1. Distribute your food intake through the day and limit your portions for quick weight loss: Eat 3 Healthy Eating Plates and 4 to 5 In Betweens (Mini Meals) or Snacks (only if you need them). 2.Water for weight loss: Drink 2 glasses of water half an hour before every main meal and half a glass before every snack. Each glass can be about 200ml. Sip any home made herb teas in the day to increase intake of water and antioxidants. 3. Exercise for quick weight loss: Find an exercise you enjoy. You could walk or skip rope or join a gym or class. Do some yoga or jog or dance for half an hour twice a day or for an hour once a day. Exercise must become a necessary part of your life. If you eat you must exercise or atleast move. Plan a small snack before (a fruit) and after you exercise (two egg whites and a toast or some milk or yogurt or sprouts. 4. Make small lifestyle changes for weight loss: Eat at a table and not in front of the TV or in bed. Plate your food. Use smaller bowls and fix UR food timings. 5. Make clever choices in restaurants for weight loss: Always start with water. Order a bottle of water instead of a soft drink or mocktail. Doggy bag (pack) large portions of food and focus of conversation and people rather than just food. Order right and don’t order fried food. Fad diets are fun in the beginning but very hard to sustain in the long run. Try every fad if you must but always have a good fall back plan that works ready. Smile as you reduce weight!
At almost every social gathering I will invariably have a bunch of people who will saunter over and very casually…
Celebrating The Red Cross Society
Keeping humanity alive through voluntary humanitarian work across the globe, Red Cross Society is spread in more than 180 countries. Their fundamental principles are to help during a disaster, emergencies and provide healthcare to people that are from the vulnerable communities. To celebrate the establishment of such a wonderful organization, the 8th of May is marked as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. COVID-19 Crisis On the international forefront, the IRCF (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) is working on guidance, preparedness, contingency, recovery after the pandemic, Staff/volunteer health and wellbeing, mental health and psychosocial support, risk communication, community engagement, rapid training for community response, water, sanitation, hygiene, basic needs and shelters. They are also raising funds with a target of a hundred and fifty million dollars to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Red Cross Society set up a mobile blood collection units as it’s one of the essential service needed to save lives. Psychosocial Counselling and ensuring the safety of staff and volunteers supporting them during this time of crisis is also available. More than forty thousand volunteers in the country are working around the clock to help vulnerable people with groceries, cooked food, hygiene kits, medicines, drinking water, face masks, sanitizers, towels and ambulance services wherever needed. In the recent Vizag Gas Leakage Tragedy, IRCS volunteers helped in the evacuation and announcement of precautions. They also distributed food & water among the affected families. As their core principles suggest, they are helping in everything they could with a kind heart. Visit www.vizagsafe.in for updated information the unfortunate incident or call 1800 4250 0009. If you are stranded are starving please call 9537622758/ 8790015666. Foundation The establishment of such an organization has an interesting starting point. During the Franco - Austrian war of 1859, a young businessman named Jean Henry Dunant was horrified at the view of injured soldiers helplessly waiting on the battlefield for medical care. After pitching the idea of relief services at an international conference, Geneva, Red Cross Movement took shape. Honouring the country he was born in, he chose an inverted cross of the Swiss national flag as an emblem for Red Cross. Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) World War I left Indian soldiers without a major relief service to treat their injured body. Though the British Red Cross was established, it was not able to help all those soldiers in need. A bill passed in 1920 to set up an Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) independent from the British Red Cross helped the organization to stay rooted in India. It operated all over the country through the Delhi headquarter. The Seven Principles Any staff, volunteer or supporter of Red Cross Society represents and abides seven principles that are the core of this organization. They are, 1. Humanity: Budding from respect towards human beings, the Red Cross works to ease the pain inflicted on humans. They are the strong advocates of reducing human suffering without discriminating them on any basis. 2. Impartiality: To treat people solely based on the medical emergency they pose and tend to their needs accordingly. They will not discriminate people based on nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. 3. Neutrality: To win the trust of all, the representatives and supporters stay away from controversies that mainly stem from associating themselves with political, racial, religious or ideological vocal views. 4. Independence: They retain their autonomy status in the countries they are established in by abiding the laws of the respective countries. It gives them the authority to offer their services to mankind independently. 5. Voluntary service: It is not prompted by a desire for gain in any manner. 6. Unity: Only one Red Cross or Red Crescent establishment should be there in a country. While carrying out their humanitarian services, they should encourage understanding, fellowship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst everyone. 7. Universality: Red Cross doesn't discriminate. The 189 countries have equal status and share similar responsibilities. They believe in helping each other. Programmes in India Promoting humanitarian principles and values: To help people by promoting the above seven core values and believes. Disaster Relief: Provides relief during natural calamities like drought, earthquake, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters. Disaster response: Cater to the needs of people who are hit by disasters and are vulnerable. Disaster preparedness: A workshop is conducted based on strategic planning, community preparedness, disaster management structure, etc. Other Activities • Blood Bank • Awareness and prevention of HIV / AIDS • Hospital Services • Home for Disabled Servicemen • Vocational Training Centre • Tracing Activities • Maternity and Child Welfare • Family Welfare • Nursing How To Volunteer For The Red Cross Society Wanting to do something for the community is a noble thought. IRCS provides you with a path to bring some joy to the needy. Here is how you can serve. Consult UR nearby Red Cross branch Enrol Go through the orientation process Get to know the several viable ways that IRCS provides you to serve Get in touch with UR team and do UR bit And just like that, you opt to serve this historical society!
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5 Latest Quarantine Workouts
Some of the things I’ve noticed as a current trend is people are going to online resources a lot more. So people are going online and using technology to either work with their trainers or find different classes that they want to do in terms of fitness. I’ve recently picked up practicing the steel mace which is a very ancient tool – like a long pole with a heavy ball towards the end of it and because of the difference of leverage points with this tool - a huge swing and momentum is created which UR body has to learn to navigate. I feel the number one thing that people are looking for is body weight exercises within the home. It is probably the most sought after trend right now! People are also now looking to train in a small environment as lots of us are at home. So they want to know things like ‘how to get a workout in a bedroom or hotel room or the ‘top tools you can use at your home.’ So now backpacks are used by putting books in the backpacks. Water bottles are used as small hand weights and thermos mugs are used as foam rollers – so there’s lots of ways to get creative! Currently, there’s also a big focus on mobility work. For instance, there’s stick mobility. It helps the body get into different positions to help deal with different mobility issues – it’s very valuable and very important. I use the videos online but I also try to come up with some of my own moves.
Some of the things I’ve noticed as a current trend is people are going to online resources a lot more….
Ayushman Bharat – A Scheme To Empower Health
Ayushman Bharat - A Scheme To Empower Health The idea of giving essential healthcare services to the underprivileged Indians gave birth to the Ayushman Bharat Yojana by our PM Narendra Modi in 2018. This scheme covers Rupees five lakh insurance to every (BPL) household annually for their healthcare. Research states that families living under the below poverty line had no hope for saving themselves with curable diseases due to poverty. To make this scheme accessible for the underprivileged, the government empanelled private hospital along with the public hospitals all over the nation. This scheme paved the way to make India the only country that provides the largest healthcare solely based on government funding in the world. In this honour, 30 April is observed as Ayushman Bharat Diwas across the country. Initially, this scheme was rejected by West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab. But by 2020, this scheme was embraced by the state of Punjab. UR guide to Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana Benefits • Cashless and free medical treatment • 50 crores beneficiaries in the scheme • Covers everyone in the family (Doesn’t apply the condition to the number of family members) • No empanelled hospital can deny treatment • Quality health care • Hospitals are not allowed to increase the amount for treatment • Any eligible candidate can access the healthcare package from anywhere in India • Improves quality of life the people Means of delivery: Health And Wellness Centres: This scheme envisions providing one and a half lakh health centres that give services like comprehensive health care, maternal and child health care and treats non-communicable diseases. It also aims to provide free pharmaceuticals drugs along with diagnostics. Network hospitals, both private and public: The government empanel hospitals to treat PMJAY patients on a cashless basis with fixed costs of procedures/ailments. Eligibility criteria Population covered under the scheme is based on SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) 2011 data For Rural Areas: • Families living under the Below Poverty line • Families without adult supervision (without people under the age limit of 16 to 59 years) • A family consisting of disabled members without and able-bodied guardian • SC/ST communities household • manual labourers • People receiving alms for survival • People from the tribe community • Families with jobs such as manual scavengers • Bonded labourers that are legally released For Urban Areas: • Ragpickers • Beggars • Domestic workers • Hawkers • Sanitization workers • Artisans/ handicraft workers • Watchmen • Electrician/ mechanics/ repair workers • Truck drivers/ conductors/ rickshaw drivers • Peons/assistants/ attendants etc. The progress so far More than 28,000 healthcare centres are set up in the country. In less than three months of the introduction of the scheme, six lakh people benefited from the services. All states and Union Territories have received substantial funds for free drugs and diagnostics centres. More than 20,000 private hospitals are empanelled with the scheme. More than 12 crore cards are issued all over the country to avail the benefits of this scheme. Approximately more than 97.97 Lakh people are admitted in the hospital under this scheme. Provide a range of packages for treatment that include around 1579 packages for both surgical and medical. The treatment packages include a diagnostic charge 3 days before hospitalization and free drugs up to 15 days after hospitalization. Launched an efficient method to curb overcharging and exploitation of the scheme. A 24*7 grievance response portal is set up. The exploitation of the scheme The privileged people found a way to find loopholes in the scheme and are pocketing public funds through these loopholes. The first instance of this exploitation came into the limelight from Nainital, where the claims were fraudulent. As the scheme covers around 24 specialities of the medical sector, hospitals claimed to give these treatments to the patients without being equipped for such services. Dialysis is the first choice of fraudulent claims. Overcharging for the treatment and exploitation of public funds by the pretence of hospitalization without having a medical issue also came to light. The Government of India set up a fool-proof verification system to restrain these fraudulent claims by setting up a backend verification technology. During COVID-19 To reduce the panic during the current pandemic of Coronavirus, the testing and treatment of COVID-19 are now available at all the empanelled hospitals under the Ayushman Bharath Yojana. This also includes free testing to detect the presence of the virus. A helpline number, 1075 has been set up for the same cause. FHPL Family Health Plan Insurance (FHPL) is a licensed Third Party Administrator (TPA). We act as a bridge to the beneficiaries and their healthcare providers. FHPL is now tied-up with five states across the country to provide easy access to beneficiaries of PM-JAY and state-sponsored healthcare schemes. The Five States are Gujarat Uttarakhand West Bengal Punjab Assam Milestones FHPL has helped more than 1.2 crore families. Served more than 5 crore lives. Spread in more than 70 districts. Local Implementation In the 28 states and 8 Union Territories of India, Delhi, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana opted out of ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana’. As of 2019, the state of Punjab embraced the scheme and issued more than 40, 50,000 and 62, 50,000 cards till date respectively. The healthcare scheme of the states that rejected PM-JAY Telangana The state refused to participate in the Ayushman Bharat Yojana as it already implemented Aarogyasri scheme that provides healthcare to over 80 lakh families. The state healthcare package involves organ transplant also that is not a part of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Benefits of Aarogyasri scheme • Financial protection of 2 lakhs per annum for surgery or serious diseases • Redeeming of 949 treatments under the scheme • Covers therapy, surgery and hospitalization • Cashless treatment Odisha According to the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, offered to secure 61 lakh families under the scheme. The requirements of the state were higher by 9 more lakh families. Due to this, the state hasn’t yet implemented this scheme in their state. The state is implementing its healthcare scheme named ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY)’ Benefits of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) • Free diagnostic services in government hospitals • Free dialysis at the district level • Spectacles for students • Free cataract operations • Transportation reimbursement for pregnant women living in inaccessible areas West Bengal After comprehensive research on the state implemented scheme and the national scheme, West Bengal opted out of the central scheme. They are implementing Swasthya Sathi (SS) health protection scheme providing protection for 1.5 crore families. Benefits of Swasthya Sathi (SS) health protection scheme • Smart card, paperless and cashless based package • Reinforced IT backdrop to reduce fraudulent claims • No limit to family size and age • Covers severe diseases like cancer and the ones that require neurosurgery • 24*7 toll-free call centre • Mobile app for assisting beneficiaries
Ayushman Bharat – A Scheme To Empower Health The idea of giving essential healthcare services to the underprivileged Indians gave…
Relation between Posture and Pain
Relation Between Posture & Pain Dr Nikhil Lad Human Biomechanics Specialist from Functional Patterns USA Posture indicates the length tension relationship in the musculoskeletal system. With postural body reading you get to know which muscle is short and tight and which muscle is long and weak. Both the extremities lead to dysfunctions and progress towards injury. Normally individuals who stretch without tensegrity or tension are hyper-flaccid, meaning their muscles are long and weak. Individuals who isolate and contract their muscles have short and tight muscles. There are various postural dysfunctions like a Forward Neck posture, Ant Pelvis shift with Posterior Ribcage shift. Or a Posterior pelvis shift with Anterior Ribcage shift extended Cervical and many more. A balance in the musculoskeletal is achieved by training in accordance to your biological connection of the body which is your gait cycle (walking, running and throwing). Lower back pain is one of the most common places of discomfort and injury amongst a large population. The lower back pain is normally caused due to: 1) Tight hip flexors 2) Weak core muscle called transverse abdominus which is the deepest core muscle located anterior to the spine the main function of which is to stabilize the spine. 3) Non efficient Engagement of your gluteus maximus while standing, walking and running. Your muscles have got to engage in the kinetic chain, not in isolation, as you don't isolate contractions while walking or engaging in any form of movement. We must put our efforts in conditioning our body through Muscular Integration of the Kinetic Chain as a system. All three pointers play an important role in Pain Management for lower back. The first point where tight hip Flexors can be released can give substantial relief for your lower back pain. With regard to Postural Corrective exercises to engage your kinetic chain to strengthen your back, you need to do it under guidance of a Human Biomechanics Specialist who understands the intricate details of this. To release the tight hip flexor for relief of lower back pain you need a hard tennis ball. Lie down on the points shown to you for 3-4 minutes letting the ball sink in. The ball has to press on the points shown. This will initially cause pain due to applying pressure to the trigger points or knots in the body. You will get substantial relief on your lower back muscles once the tight hip flexors are released. Ball images 1 You can do these releases around 3 times a week for 3-4 minutes. 5 1) Tensor fasciae latae – It is a very influential hip flexor which inserts on the upper two-third of the femur (thighbone) where the iliotibial band originates. It has direct influence on how the knees function. 2 Releasing this hip flexor will be crucial for building balance in the lumbo-pelvic region. People with lower back pain often get immediate relief after a few minutes of trigger point release. 2) Piriformis - This muscle acts as an external rotator of the hip. By releasing piriformis we aid the body in addressing the dysfunction of external hip Rotation. 3 3) Gluteus medius - This muscle tends to get overactive due to poor functioning of gluteus maximus, releasing this muscle will be crucial if you want to introduce the primary function of gluteus maximus and address the dysfunction of external rotation. 4 The trigger point pain will reduce over time and will give substantial relief to the lower back pain. You can call me on 9920552250 or get in touch via my Instagram handle - fp_nikhil_lad
Relation Between Posture & Pain Dr Nikhil Lad Human Biomechanics Specialist from Functional Patterns USA Posture indicates the length tension…