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A chikoo seed had made a 50-year-old woman's trachea (windpipe) its home for 2 months before it was surgically removed.
A resident of Wankaner in Rajkot, Shantaben Khandeka, had been complaining of severe cough for over two months. Physicians who were consulted could not put a finger on the cause even as her health showed signs of constant deterioration.
City-based ENT surgeon Himanshu Thakkar said, “CT-SCAN showed a foreign body stuck in her trachea which cut down supply of oxygen to her left lung.” The procedure was performed last week.

"It was not easy as the patient was around 50 years old and the foreign body stuck in her trachea for over two months had to be removed quickly, otherwise the patient's health could have deteriorated further," Dr Thakkar said.
"After a couple of hours' stay at the hospital, the patient was discharged and she is now fine," he said. "Such cases generally occur among children," he noted, adding that had the seed stuck in central area of trachea, she could have died on the spot.  

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To have a 'good' memory is everybody's desire, but unfortunately the fact is that not all of us have this quality, mainly resulting from adverse drug reactions.
A good memory can be a great asset not just in the present but in the future as well. If you have a good memory, your chances of becoming successful in life – be it at work, school – are higher than someone with a 'poor' memory or a medical condition called memory loss.

But there are a number of things you can do to improve your memory, from eating memory-boosting foods to practicing some techniques, including using mnemonic devices. Here are some simple tips and tricks to sharpen your brain and thinking power:
► Diet
► Exercise
► Sleep
► Nap
If you think that your memory power is weakening, make sure that you follow the above tips.  

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:49

Do not eat these foods during pregnancy!

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful phases that happens in a woman’s life. Not only our body changes during pregnancy, but also the way we think and feel about ourselves see changes in many ways. One should be very careful of the foods they eat during this period to facilitate a healthy and happy pregnancy.
Here are some of food one should not consume during the pregnancy:
Raw eggs
Pregnant women should not eat undercooked food. They should avoid raw eggs or foods with raw eggs in them, like homemade mayonnaise.
Drumstick Tree

Drumstick is the most dangerous food as it can lead to miscarriage in early pregnancy. As it contains alpha-sitosterol, with estrogen-like structure that can lead to miscarriage, it is not good for pregnant women.
Aloe Vera
Expected mothers should not eat or drink anything that includes aloe vera as it can lead to pelvic hemorrhage which can further cause a miscarriage.
Papaya
One should not eat papaya, and specially green papaya during pregnancy as is believed to cause miscarriage. As green papaya contains an enzyme which can cause uterine contractions, it can lead to miscarriage.
Pineapple
Do not consume this fruit during the first three months of your pregnancy as it contains bromelain, which can make uterine muscle smooth and thus lead to miscarriage.  

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Monday, 13 February 2017 12:55

Want to get rid of acne? Stop these habits!

Are you washing your face with proper cleansers? If no, then start using the proper cleanser and stop consuming too much of dairy products as well. Experts said that one should quit all of these to fight against acne.

Here are some acne-causing habits which we should avoid:
► Using hard cleansers
► Using dairy products on a daily basis
► Using smartphones too much
► Applying body cream on face
► Diet issue
 

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A whopping sum of Rs 83 lakh was the cost of moving Eman Ahmed, the world's heaviest woman at 500 kilograms, from her home in Cairo to Saifee hospital in Mumbai. The cost of moving her from her into a cargo plane, loading her onto a truck at Mumbai airport, and then taking a crane's help to bring her into a specialised room has come to Rs, 83 lakh, as per reports.

Doctors say that they will have to collect another Rs 1 crore in near future as a part of the expenses set for her treatment and arrangements.
Eman, who landed in Mumbai on Saturday for a bariatric surgery moved out her house for the first time since last 25 years.  

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In a first for the country, China was witness to a successful heart surgery performed on an HIV patient. Surgery was the only solution for the the 58-year-old male patient, who was suffering from a cardiac aortic valve calcification problem.
"It was China's first successful heart surgery on an HIV-positive patient," said Lu Hongzhou, director of the Shanghai Center for AIDS Diagnosis and Treatment. Sun Xiaoning, a surgeon with Zhongshan Hospital under Fudan University, said after the surgery on January 6, the patient was transferred so that HIV-related complications could be treated.

"There is an occupational risk when operating on HIV-positive patients. Our team was not afraid, it was our obligation," Sun was quoted as saying by state run Xinhua news agency. Zhu Tongyu, director of the Shanghai Public Health Clinic Centre, said people living with HIV/AIDS are often rejected by hospitals for surgery.
The centre's AIDS Diagnosis and Treatment Centre has dedicated itself to addressing this difficulty for the past seven years. It was with the help of the centre that the patient was admitted by the hospital. The centre has helped AIDS patients get surgery ranging from orthopaedics, neurosurgery, oncology to ophthalmology.  

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Yes, we all are familiar with the saying 'early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise', but are you able to follow this or, else, is getting up early a big deal for you? Many people have trouble waking up early in the morning, especially, when trying to transition to a new schedule. The truth is that it can be downright painful to fall out of bed at an hour or two earlier than you are used to waking.
But, rising early does provide many health benefits – from improving your physical and mental health to making you more productive and successful in life. Initially, you may find it hard to adopt to the new schedule, but making changes gradually can help you wake and get up early without much difficulty.

Here are a few useful tricks and tips for getting up early:
  ►Plan ahead and start waking and getting up earlier at least a week in advance – before the actual day. This can be particulaly helpful for children getting ready to resume school.
  ►Begin by setting an alarm in the morning that is close to your usual wake time.
  ►Day by day, try to move the wake up time earlier by 10-15 minutes – this will make you easier to adjust to the new timing comfortably.
  ►If you still find it difficult despite setting an alarm, seek help from other members of the household who may already be awake.
  ►Set a regular sleep schedule – even on weekends or day offs – to help you with consistent bed times and wake times.
  ►Give yourself enough time for an adequate sleep to feel rested, energised and refreshed – about 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
  ►Once you are awake, roll out of bed immediately and get outside or do some morning exercise.
  ►Early rising has been linked to a bunch of health benefits. Research suggests that early risers score better grades, are generally more proactive and more productive.  

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An injectable male contraceptive believed to be more effective than pill has been successful in monkey trials.Scientists said the contraceptive blocks sperm flow with a gel, preventing pregnancy in monkeys for up to two years and bringing the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for humans closer.
The researchers from California National Primate Research Center in the US, said the contraceptive called Vasalgel provided effective birth control in rhesus monkey groups for more than one year.
They said with proof of efficacy in monkeys and rabbits, preparations are being made for the first clinical trial in humans as early as next year. Male contraceptive options have not changed in over a century, and are currently limited to condoms and withdrawal (with high pregnancy rates in typical use), or vasectomy (meant to be permanent), they said.

The trial used Vasalgel in groups of rhesus macaques - confirming previous preclinical findings in rabbits on the efficacy of the new device and offering a new tool to colony managers. The polymer forms a hydrogel after injection into the vas deferens, creating a blockage to the passage of sperm.
It is thought that fluids are able to pass slowly through the gel, reducing back-pressure on the epididymis (the sperm storage area) that has been noted after vasectomy. The contraceptive effect of Vasalgel has been "reversed" in a rabbit model by flushing the material out with a simple sodium bicarbonate solution, researchers said.
For the study, sixteen adult male rhesus monkeys were administered intravas injections of Vasalgel. After a one-week recovery, each male was returned to outdoor group housing, which included three to nine intact, breeding females with a successful reproductive history.
The monkeys lived in social groups in a setting that is closer to a free-living environment than traditional research housing, following and exceeding European guidelines for space per monkey. All males were monitored for at least one breeding season; 7 of the 16 were almost continually housed with females for two years.
The researchers reported that there were no conceptions after Vasalgel injections. Complications were minor and included one incident of incorrect placement of Vasalgel into the vas deferens and the development of a sperm granuloma in one animal. With various ongoing research studies, researchers are hopeful that a safe, effective and reversible method of male contraceptiion will become a reality in the near future.  

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Seeking respite in painkillers during a bout of cold and/or flu is common among people across the world. Headache and body ache are symptoms of the two, which people try to cure by popping painkillers. But, is it a wise decision?
Well, researchers don't seem to think so, since they have meted out a warning to all those who resort to painkillers at the time, saying that people who use pain killers for treating respiratory infections like common cold or flu may be at an increased risk of heart attack.
The findings showed that using the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) during an acute respiratory infection could raise the risk for a heart attack by 3.4-fold. The risk was 7.2 times higher when patients received the pain-relieving medications via a drip in the hospital.

On the other hand, when patients had an infection but did not take the drugs their risk was 2.7 times greater compared to a healthy person. But, that dropped to 1.5 when they took the drugs while infection-free.
The researchers compared 10,000 Taiwanese patients for their risk of heart attack over time, across different bouts of respiratory illness and NSAID use. The results revealed a stronger association with a heart attack when both the risk factors were present. However, additional research is needed to clarify the apparent combined effect on risk and how the effect might be managed, the researchers noted.  

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Worried about not finding enough time to exercise to trim down those extra calories? Turns out you need not to – as a new study suggests that exercise may not actually help you lose weight.
Exercise is one of the most crucial things you can do for your health and well-being. Experts say that in order to stay healthy or to improve health, an adult needs to do two types of physical activity each week - aerobic and strength exercises.
Physical activity has many proven health benefits, ranging from reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to improving mental health and mood. People who are physically active tend to be healthier and live longer.
The new study suggests that while physical activity burns calories, it also increases appetite, and people may compensate by eating more or by being less active the rest of the day. For the study, researchers followed adults aged 25 to 40 living in five countries - the US, Ghana, South Africa, Jamaica and Seychelles.

Participants wore tracking devices called accelerometers on their waists for a week. The devices measured the wearers' energy expenditure and step count. Researchers also measured participants' weight, height and body fat. After an initial examination, participants were asked to return one year and two years later.
Surprisingly, total weight gain in every country was greater among participants who met the physical activity guidelines. For example, American men who met the guidelines gained a half pound per year, while American men who did not meet the guideline lost 0.6 pounds.
The researchers did not find any significant relationships between sedentary time at the initial visit and subsequent weight gain or weight loss. The only factors that were significantly associated with weight gain were weight at the initial visit, age and gender, the study said.  

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