Mother’s Milk – The first and the best food!

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Breast milk is best food described as ‘mother’s love’. It is the nature’s way of ensuring nourishment, comfort, care, and protection to the new born.  Breastfeeding creates a beautiful bond between the mother and her baby. It also establishes a sense of trust and nonverbal communication by which the baby recognises the mother, her touch, her feel, and voice.

Unfortunately, many women believe that breastfeeding might have a sagging effect, but the truth is though pregnancy alters the look and feel of the breasts to some extent, breastfeeding does not have any altering effects. On the contrary, it provides endless benefits to both mother and the baby.

Breastfeeding provides complete nourishment to the baby as breast milk is a perfect combination of vitamins, protein, and fat which is in a form that can be more easily digested than infant formula. It contains antibodies that strengthen the immune system and help the baby fight against viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses. It also lowers the risk of asthma or allergies. In short, breast fed babies have fewer hospitalizations or trips to the doctor and reach their growth milestones at the right age. Moreover, breastfed infants are less likely to be overweight when they grow up.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial to the mother as it is known to burn up to 800 calories per day thus helping in losing weight that was acquired during pregnancy. It reduces the stress level and avoids the risk of postpartum depression. It releases a hormone called oxytocin which helps the uterus to shrink to its normal size after birth. It also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Breastfeeding has taken a back seat in the modern world due to the number of working mothers who are either unavailable or totally unaware about benefits of breast feeding and its importance. The breastfeeding week is an attempt to popularize breastfeeding and to celebrate motherhood.

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5 questions every woman ought to ask about PCOS

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What is PCOS?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a medical condition in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. Simply put, women with PCOS don’t ovulate every month, their cycles are very irregular and they might develop cysts in their ovaries. If you have PCOS your bodywill not process carbohydrates properly and produce too much insulin, which in turn cause your ovaries to release excess amounts of testosterone.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS symptoms tend to be mild in the beginning, but can progressively have far-reaching effects on your health. Women with PCOS struggle with their weight, skin conditions like acne, extra hair on their face and body, and thinning hair on their scalps, all of which can make them feel unattractive. Irregular periods – fewer than nine a year, fertility problems and depression are other common symptoms.

What causes PCOS?

The exact causes of PCOS remain unknown, but are generally thought to be a combination of hereditary and lifestyle factors. If other women in your family have PCOS or irregular periods, or even diabetes you are particularly at risk.

Should I be worried about PCOS?

PCOS affects 1 in 10 women worldwide.  However, early diagnosis can help control the symptoms and prevent potential complications of PCOS like diabetes and heart disease. If you have a family history of PCOS or have any of the typical symptoms, you should see a doctor. No single test can confirm if you have PCOS. Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, do a physical exam, and run some tests.

How do I beat PCOS?

A balanced diet, regular exercise, medication to balance your hormones and not smoking, go a long way in dealing with the symptoms of PCOS. However treatments depend on your symptoms and it’s important to consult a doctor before the symptoms worsen. You can take the first steps to tackling PCOS by registering for a specially designed PCOS Package at Vikram Hospital Bengaluru. The package includes consultations with an Endocrinologist, Gynaecologist and Dietician, and lab tests – FSH, LH; T3 T4, TSH, Serum Prolactin; FBS; PPBS; Serum Insulin; Free Testosterone; USG-Abdomen & Pelvis. Avail a 30% discount on the PCOS Package at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru between July 20 and Aug 20. Call 88844-16662to fix an appointment today.

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Rare Cancer- Real Trouble

Carcinophobia could grip anyone who figures out that there are more than 200 different types of cancer that develop from different types of cells in different parts of the body.  Some of these cancers are termed ‘rare’ because fewer than 2 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with it each year.

On medical terms, a cancer could be considered rare if it develops in an unusual site in the body

  • Retinoblastoma that develops from the immature cells of a retina
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans develops in  the deep layers of the skin
  • Male breast cancer
  • Heart cancer
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma involving nasal cavity .

Cancer is also termed rare if it needs specialized treatment procedures.

  • Angiosarcoma of the breast is treated differently to most other breast cancers.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor which needs specialized treatment when compared to the other common cancers of the digestive tract.

Rare cancers seem like vampires; scary, unheard of, with little or no information available. Many feel isolated because they are less likely to meet other people with the same type, thus denying any chances of sharing experiences or finding support.  In some cases, the patient may need to travel to a specialist hospital or doctor for treatment. Coping with rare cancer is a real challenge.  Inaccurate or delayed diagnosis is a major obstacle for the proper treatment of such patients with which could lead to poor prognosis.

Major Spine Fracture Treated Successfully at Vikram Hospital

Mr. Gopinath suffered a major accident which resulted in multiple fractures, most critical being the spine fracture. His lower limbs had stopped functioning.

He was brought to Vikram Hospital where Dr. Amritlal, renowned spine surgeon, conducted an MRI exam and fixed the spine using screws. Within a month, he started walking.

Further, he was also treated by the cosmetic surgery department of Vikram Hospital. Dr. Kanti Shetty provided the best treatment available in the country.

Rare Disease Treated Successfully at Vikram Hospital

Gowramma frequently encountered fainting episodes and was drowsy all day. She consulted various neurologists but it didn’t help. Finally she was referred to ‪#‎VikramHospital‬‘s Neurology department, famous for Epilepsy treatment.

An unusual behavior was noted in her blood sugar activity and she was referred to the Gastroenterology Department of #VikramHospital. Dr. Vikram Belliappa conducted tests and found that a rare disease called Insulinoma, tumor in the pancreas, was the cause.

Laparoscopic surgery was conducted to remove the tumor and was successful. Gowramma now leads a happy, normal life.

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Knee Pain & Arthritis Treatment at Vikram Hospital

Mrs. B. Shankari is a housewife in her mid-sixties. She was encountering severe knee pain lately and that’s when she came to ‪#‎VikramHospital‬.

Dr. Chethan Nagaraj, renowned orthopaedic surgeon, took her case and conducted the tests. She was diagnosed with arthritis. To treat this condition, knee replacement surgery, computer-assisted procedure, was undertaken and after 2 weeks of surgery, she is now walking without any pain.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment at Vikram Hospital

Mr. Deepak was diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) and was referred to ‪#‎VikramHospital‬ in 2010. He has been getting dialysis treatment here since then.

Although he lives in Indiranagar, he travels a long distance to come to Vikram Hospital as he feels completely satisfied here.

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