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Apparently, serum sickness is nothing but a delayed response to certain anti-serums or medications that is more common with children, a type of hypersensitivity reaction to certain medications, you may say. Well, Pediatric serum sickness is a rare possibility these days primarily due to the limited use of antitoxins, but it is still seen amongst children taking the antibiotic of penicillin and others like fluoxetine, cephalosporings, to name a few.
Causes and Symptoms
Pediatric Serum Sickness is like any other allergy you get which occurs when the body misinterprets the protein of the serum as something harmful to t he body and activates the immune system to battle it out and commonly occurs in children. Symptoms vary from individual to individual though initial ones include redness and itching around the injected area. These could be followed by joint pain, malaise, swollen lymph nodes, flushing, wheezing, diarrhea and more.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnosis is based on the symptoms primarily and if the doctor suspects it to be a drug reaction, medical tests are not required. In case of doubt lab tests are considered and in rare cases biopsy. The diagnosis is positive if the lab tests show increase in WBC, proteinuria on UA, ESR and CRP while positive results for biopsy include perivascular neutrophils and eosinophils invasion as well as lymphocytic vasculities with decrotic debris.
A medical treatment is needed when such a conditions occurs even though it is said to subside within a week or 10 days, in rare cases it could cause serious nervous system disorders anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction.
In order to subside the symptoms or reduce them, medications like analgesics, medications to relieve you from the itching caused and corticosteroids like prednisone only in serious cases are prescribed by the consulting doctor.
Home remedies – Do’s and Don’ts
The traditional acupuncture therapy could be tried as it is known to be an effective means of decreasing the body’s sensitivity towards the allergic reactions.
Generally, intake of food rich in vitamin B, iron, anti-oxidants and avoiding meats, cold water fish, refined foods, coffee, to name a few, is a good idea. Drinking around 8 glasses of water and exercising for 30 minutes daily also helps a lot. But, you need to talk to your health consultant before trying out nutrient and supplement intakes.
A massage is a strict no no as a treatment for serum sickness because it not only aggravates the inflammations, but might lower the blood pressure as well.
Well, Pediatric serum sickness is generally considered to be a self limited disease that usually gets cured automatically on stopping the respective drug intake. Having said that, consulting your doctor is still highly recommended for avoiding complications, pain relief and speedy recovery of your child.
It has been centuries since it is a known fact that the heart and brain inter communicate with each other and that the heart sends far more signals to the brain than otherwise. Well, may be this point was never really explored much earlier as neo-cardiology is a relatively newer field. But, now after substantial research in the field it has been established that our heart does have its own little brain and that is is apparently a sensory organ. It is also proved that it is an encoding and processing center that’s highly sophisticated enough to designate it as a heart brain.
The heart brain
The heart brain or the hearts nervous system is made of ganglia which in turn consists of sensory neurites spread all over the heart and different types of circuit neurons. The findings about the little brain residing within the heart are startling. The nervous system of the heart is a self organized but convoluted system. The demonstration of its ability to reform new neural connections on a short term and long term span in order to reorganize itself is demonstrated clearly. The extrinsic cardiac ganglia in the thoracic cavity is indirectly linked to many organs, arteries and skin through the spinal cord and directly linked to organs like esophagus and lungs. The processing and integration of the information from sensory neurons in the heart and the extrinsic nervous system is carried out by the intrinsic nervous system.
Heart brain & Brain communication
The heart generates powerful rhythmic information patterns for continuous communication with the brain while the brain receives the information sent by the heart via the nodose ganglion and the vagus nerve to the medulla. After reaching the medulla, the signals further commute to the cortical and sub-cortical areas. Studies and research have found that heart communicates with the brain on a continuous basis via different modes be it biochemical, neurological, energetic or biophysical. It also has a vital role to play in synchronization of the body.
Thus, the heart is apparently at the heart of regulation of dynamics of processes due to its high influence on physiological, emotional as well as cognitive systems, all this because of its little own intrinsic brain.
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With pollution clogging up the air and chemicals degrading the quality of vegetables and greens, increased stress levels due to constant workloads, early age strokes, accidents while commuting, lifestyle diseases like obesity and more are taking a toll on people. Rehabilitation is slowly and steadily gaining importance in the healthcare sector. These days most of the multi-specialty hospitals have a rehabilitation centre with qualified Physiotherapists for treatment and therapy.
Experts are already forecasting the immense possibilities for expansion and growth of Physiotherapy. The career is definitely a promising one, considering the fact that even people have realized the potential of physiotherapy in significantly improving quality of life by working on body mobilization.
But, before you decide to take your plunge into this field which for sure offers total work satisfaction and is miles away from being monotonous in nature, you need to sit down and think about flip-side of the coin. You need to be aware that this career involves working with people of all ages and mental as well as physical disabilities or challenges. From kids to elderly, mentally challenged to accident victims, general populace to criminals, anyone for that matter could be your patient. Dealing with all kinds of people also means dealing with their tempers. So, primarily you need to have loads of patience and ability to keep calm during stressed times. It is a bit of physical work also because you need to demonstrate the exercises or body moves to the patients. This could be physically draining at times as well. So, take your decision about pursuing the career only after contemplating on these facts.
After giving it a thought, if you still feel passionate about pursuing the career, go ahead. Depending upon your interest you may either go for a Bachelors in Physiotherapy, Masters in Physiotherapy or you many are interested in doing research of taking up teaching as a profession. A doctorate is always advisable. In the US and UK, there is a high demand for Physiotherapists compared to India where the sun seems to be shining on this profession though its only into its initial growth phase. So, taking up a doctorate or a specialization in the field in an overseas university definitely would open doors to umpteen opportunities overseas for this profession. Even the payscale oversees is significantly high compared to India.
In India as a physiotherapist you may get to work in private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, defence establishments, sports and fitness centres, as private consultant to corporates, private practice at your own clinic or with the government hospitals, old age home, mental healthcare centres and more. The work timings are generally good and flexible to an extent. The good part is this profession does not require working during odd hours of the night, etc. So, you get ample time to spend with your family.
Well, Physiotherapy is a challenging field but it is interesting and self satisfying as well. If it interests you a lot and you want to work for serving people and augmenting their health and fitness levels, then this profession is the right choice for you.
A study of children aged 8- 15 years has shown that high levels of air pollution could result in high BMI, reduction in beta cell function and insulin sensitivity as well. Thus, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes in them. This has raised an alarm amongst the health authorities and is a matter of grave concern for the parents as well. Already the issues of obesity in the children of this age are huge due to the calorie rich diet habits accompanied by the sedentary lifestyle. Now, this risk of type 2 diabetes is another addition alongside obesity issues.
Again, its a known fact that obesity could increase the risk of diabetes…but even air pollution does increase the risk is what the study is all about. The stunning part is that in some cases air pollution effect on metabolism was more than almost 5% body fat increase.
The study by Childhood Obesity Research Centre is apparently based on examining around 314 lanito children from Los Angeles who were obese with a high BMI but did not have diabetes. The children were in pre puberty age group and it was found that more the exposure to pollution of air, the more was the probability of fast increase in BMI.
Considering the study and comparing the same with Indian children it is observed that obesity rate of children in India has already doubled during the past decade even though one of the major issues in children of India has been malnutrition. Further as air pollution spreads its wings across the urbane populace in the country, type 2 diabetes affecting children would be an added risk to be dealt with amongst children, other than obesity issue.
The solution for the same now lies in focusing on improving the environment standards in India.
Only a healthier environment can help reduce such health hazards affecting our grassroot levels.
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Medical education has always topped the list of most sought after career courses in India for decades now. Until a few years back, Medical education was the only course, on the mind of most of the parents for their children – ask any parent about what they want their child to be when he/ she grows up and the common response would be ‘Doctor’. Agreed that now the times are changing slowly and steadily and other
careers particularly the ones that interest the child are taking a front seat, but Medical Education even today is one of the most preferred career amongst all others.
Every year thousands of medical education aspirants toil their hearts out to crack the entrance exams and get themselves the maximum number of choices of reputed medical colleges. Once, the students have cleared their exams and have to choose one college out of the list of colleges available to them, is when they see themselves stuck in horns of the dilemma. Obviously, because it is the question of their career, their life more so. What they choose today is going to decide where they end up in the future. Hence, it becomes very important that you don’t go wrong, as it is like one way traffic. Once you take up the career, you stay on with it most of the times.
If you are also amongst those medical education aspiring candidates, then it is always advisable that you do your groundwork way ahead of taking admission in a medical school. If you already are a star student and are sure enough to crack the entrance in flying colors, make your list of colleges ready so that by the time, its admission time, you are sure on your choice of medical college.
Yes, there are many factors that govern your choice of college, besides your entrance scores. This includes the location of your college, the yearly fees and your personal preferences, irrespective. While, on the hunt for a suitable medical college, you will cross roads with a name synonymous to excellence in medical education. Yes, the name is Rajarajeswari Medical College or RRMCH as it is better known.
One of the best medical colleges in Bangalore, RRMCH is recognized with NAAC A accreditation which automatically certifies its high education standards. Established in the year 2005, with a vision of delivering top notch quality medical education, empowering them to broaden their horizons in the medical arena and contribute as a part or whole in building a healthy and disease free India. For realizing this vision, RRMCH has been offering comprehensive academic programs of international standards.
With a sprawling medical campus and state of the art infrastructure, RRMCH is backed by expert and dedicated faculties who work towards delivering high value education and harnessing the intellectual assets of humankind towards creating future health professionals. RRMCH strongly believes in identifying and enhancing the potential of their students by offering them proper guidance and a powerful knowledge acquisition platform. This is reflected from the facilities it provides to its students including knowledge exchange programs with international medical colleges, active participation in research and innovation programs in the medical science field besides providing interactive sessions with subject specialists and practical experience programs in hospital and research labs.
Obviously, what matters more is your own passion and determination for the medical field and that is what is going to help you shine but if you are looking to carve a career in Medical education, Rajajeswari Medical College and Hospital is one institution you keep on you mind while making your choice of Medical college.
Rajarajeswari Medical college and hospital, RGUHS, Bangalore in association with Medical Education and Learning Point, New Delhi [A division of Quality Council of India] had organized IA & QMS – RRMCH : 2017 from 7th to 10th February 2017 at Kadamba Auditorium, RRMCH, Bangalore. 51 participants from various Medical Colleges & Hospitals in Karnataka, Cochin and Hyderabad had participated.