Many of you might not have heard about this condition but it does exist and is a common condition for the age group of 20 to 40 years. A ganglion cyst is a tumor or swelling caused either on the tendon viz. the tissue that connects muscle to the bone or the top of a joint. The cyst is sticky and colourless and looks like a sac of liquid. The size of the cyst may vary and it could feel spongy as well. There could either be on single cyst or one large one and multiple number of smaller ones around it connected by a common stalk within the deeper tissue. Also known as Bible cyst, is not harmful and around 70% people experience it in their lifetime. Ganglion cysts are very rare in age-groups less than 10 years. Ganglion cysts usually develop on the back of the hand. They are found at the joint of the wrist but can also be seen on the side of the palm. The other rare but possible sites of cyst include mucous cysts occurring right below the cuticle on the fingertip, the foot top, as pea sized bumps on the palm finger base, as well as the outer part of the ankle as well as the knee.
As on day the causes of the cyst are not known. As per doctors it could be due to breakdown of the tissue joint as a result of some trauma. Another theory mentions joint capsule fault or in that of the tendon sheath leading to joint tissue bulge.
- If you have a bulge or bump of changing mass.
- If the diameter is 1-3 cm and it does not move
- There is a sudden swelling or a gradual one
- If it is recurring after a certain period of time
- Ganglion cysts do cause pain followed by acute trauma even if they don’t appear.
- If it pains it could get worse due to joint motion
- In cysts that are connected to the tendon, you feel weakness in the finger
Medical evaluation of the cyst is important whether or not you have all the symptoms. This will help the doctor in making it sure and offering a suitable line of treatment. The doctor could advise on an ultrasound or test using the cyst fluid. At times even a MRI could be advised by the doctor though it is an expensive procedure.
Ganglion Cysts can be treated with hot bags at home. Sometimes if there is pain, doctor may prescribe a pain killer as well. Surgical or cosmetic removal of cysts of bigger size can be done but they could reoccur as well.
As per a new study swimming can help reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression. Mental Illness is not a taboo anymore as it used to be in the earlier times. Today mental health is being given as much importance as physical health not only worldwide but in India too. Due to the hectic lifestyles of Indians with extensive workloads and deadlines to match, people suffer from a lot of stress and anxiety. It has already affected millions of people worldwide. Mental health foundation statistics say that in Britain one fifth of the adult population is known to be affected by Mental Health Issues.
While discussions are already rife around methods that could help in reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, there are many different methods and ways coming to light for the same. This includes taking help of mental health professionals, following a proper balanced diet and even swimming. Apparently, an organisation call Swim England carried out a YouGov poll on around 1.4 million adults in UK, to find that Swimming did have a positive effect on their mental health. Almost half a million people of UK who swim and also have faced mental health issues have mentioned that swimming on a regular basis has shown a positive effect and reduced the number of visits they do to the mental health specialist. 43 percent said that swimming made them happy, while 26 percent of the swimmers said that they feel motivated and 15 of them said swimming helps them cope up with the stress that comes along in their daily lives.
As per the head of mental health activities, Hayley Jarvis, engaging into physical activities on a regular basis is good for the body. What the mind says shows the significance of exercising for physical as well as mental well-being. The more active you are physically, the lower are the levels of stress on a daily basis.
This voting campaign was launched on the ‘World Mental Health Day’, as a part of the global initiative in celebrating mental health and creating awareness about reducing the taboo around the same.
As per Ian Cumming, chair of the Swimming and Health Commission in UK, swimming is a very useful activity for the body and research is a good proof of the same. Simply being in water works well for restoration of the body, particularly outdoor swimming. In UK due to the rising population experiencing stress and anxiety issues,
With the onset of summer in India, students start getting ready for their board exams and even start head hunting for colleges in India to pursue their dream careers. Well, Indians are slowly evolving and the mindset of medical stream or medicine being the only choice to succeed in Life is slowing fading away from the minds of many educated souls. Having said that, there is still a major chunk of parents in India who feel that the first career choice is nothing better than medicine. True to a certain extent for it offers a career path that is so rewarding since ages.
Now that it’s time of the year when parents of students aspiring a career in medicine are shortlisting or have already shortlisted medical colleges as per their choice, let talk about a possibility that stands out in health education.
RRMCH is an endeavor of Moogambigai Charitable and Educational Trust, established in 1992 with an objective of bringing about academic excellence in Karnataka. RRMCH has a holistic approach towards education and gives equal importance to extracurricular activities together with academics.
Spread across a wide spanning campus of 25 acres, the college and hospital are nestled in South West Bangalore. An institutional member of the International Medical Sciences Academy, IMSA, a global body that aims in upgrading medical standards around the world, RRMCH is also recognized by the MCH and is affiliated to RGUHS.
RRMCH has a 1300 bed hospital which provides an easy window for practical learning besides digitally equipped classrooms, auditorium, Bank, intensive care unit, Central research laboratory with state of the art facilities to name a few. The laboratory in collaboration with renowned international institutions carries out numerous research programs. Furthermore, RRMCH also houses a medical museum, that showcases over 300 dissected specimens and 1000 plus models of pathology and anatomy. No wonder it is a NAAC A Accredited college and a leader in health education in Bangalore.
RRMCH offers undergraduate and postgraduate course in medicine which include undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral programs and paramedical as well as super specialty courses.
MBBS – RRMCH offers MBBS course of 4.5 years plus 1 year compulsory rotating internship
MD – Doctor in Medicine program can be done in subjects namely Anatomy, Anaesthesia, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, Dermatology, Forensic Medicine, General medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radio Diagnosis and Respiratory Medicine.
MS – RRMCH offers MS in subjects namely ENT, General Surgery, OBG, Opthalmology and Orthopaedics.
PhD– RRMCH offers PhD in Physiology course
Paramedical Courses – Paramedical courses under RRMCH include Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, X Ray Technology, Health Inspection, Ophthalmic Technology and Medical Record Technology
Super Specialty Courses – RRMCH also offers super specialty courses in DM – Cardiology, MCH in Urology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatric Surgery and super specialty course in Neurology.
Well, if you are also one of those parents of students looking out to make it big in the world of medicine, RRMCH definitely is one of the institutions that can help you pave the way to success in the healthcare arena. Medical college admission for the year 2018-19 are now open at RRMCH.
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Knocking out genes is a technique which researchers and scientists use when the want to find out
which gene is responsible for production of which protein. In a human body there are around 20,500 different genes that each gene is responsible for making a protein because they are known to be the building blocks for different components of the body be it muscles or bones or brain and more. Apparently, our body is made up proteins. Every gene is responsible for producing a different type of protein and the knocking out technique only helps scientists figure out who is responsible for what.
Knocking out a Gene
The scientists first find out genes with some serious mutation or mistake or create one if needed. These genes are dud genes and do not contribute a bit in production of protein. Now, this gene is injected into the DNA of a healthy cell. The scientists attach a tag called reporter gene to it for identification purpose of whether they have been accepted by the cell. Another identification of reporter genes is that the proteins they produce often glow in blue or green. The scientists apparently fool the DNA in a way. A DNA a we know is made up of long strand of genes and these genes can get damaged but the DNA has an inbuilt mechanism to fix the issue. With the help of a cellular tool box the scientist insert the knocked out gene into the DNA. They do this very smartly by making it look like a perfect copy of the surrounding gene that is to be replaced in that DNA. This disguise of sorts fold the DNA repair system and its swaps the dud gene for the old healthy gene, thus knocking out the original gene.
Some times scientists do not have to swap the gene fully. They can simply insert the reporter gene into the DNA they wish to get rid of, randomly. Now, the reporter gene is wedged in the middle of the old gene. Now, there is an all new piece of DNA inside and if a cell goes to read the gene, the instructions would not make sense to the cell due to its presence there. It would not use the gene to make a protein.
The scientist keep a watch on the process. They observe the working in case it is yeast or bacterium but if it is an embryo, scientists observe on how the animal or plant growth differs from other normal ones.
Today, scientists use different techniques to knock out the genes of any organism they want to. It could be mice or bacteria or for that matter even plants that have knocked out genes. Well, scientists today can knock out even human cells growing in the labs.
Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital – MOTTO: Availability of medical facilities is of utmost importance. We aim to serve the healthcare requirements needs to the medically unreached population. Through this, we provide quality medical, paramedical, nursing and allied healthcare education, excellent and compassionate hospital services with state of the art facilities as well as to carry out health research for the betterment of the humankind in tune with the holistic values of the institution.
Flu as we all know is a common condition that all of us encounter many a times during our stay on the earth or say our life span. You would rarely find a human who has not been a victim of this health condition. But, there is some good news around this condition. A recent study of a new vaccine containing ancestral flue virus genes is a ray of hope for researchers in the direction of life long protection against flu.
The vaccine was tested on mice and gave 100 percent results. The vaccine was so effective that even after being given nine different flu virus dozes of lethal nature they survived. The best part was they didn’t even fall sick.
Comparatively those mice that were given the traditional shots of flu did fall sick after these lethal doses were given to them and even died. Though, the study is primarily conducted on mice and it would be too early to say how it worked on humans, there is definitely a ray of hope. The hope that one day a universal flu vaccine is developed that would provide long term rather life long protection against flu viruses.
Though even after trying out the researchers still haven’t really succeeded in creating a vaccine that could offer life long protection because of the reason that flu viruses mutate fast. A recent study though used a different approach. The vaccine they created had ancestral and consensus flu genes from four main strain types namely H1 to H5. The delivery of these genes was done using adenovirus, the one responsible for causing common cold but an altered version of it that was harmless and had the ability to carry ancestral genes.
The results as mentioned were affirmative as these mice survived heavy doses of H1N1, H3N1, H3N2 and H5N1 which can easily kill the mice. Apparently 100% of the vaccinated mice survived.
Well, its too early to confirm the success but further study on different animals will certainly help the researchers determine the efficacy of the vaccine in terms of long term protection.
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.
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.