Tag Archives: neuropsychiatry

Suicide law

Congress politician Shashi Tharoor is going to be tried for abetment of the suicide of his wife Sunanda. I will not go into the details of his case, which are sub judice. Instead, let me make the overriding point that India’s suicide law is illogical and immoral, and needs to be rejected or re-interpreted by […]

dr.pk gupta, about me.

Dr. P K Gupta was born and brought up in the small hill town of Dehradun, in the foot hills of Himalayas. His early education was in St. Thomas High school followed by him graduating to MBBS from the third oldest medical college in India, the famous SN Medical College Agra. He pursued his residency […]

coma

Coma is unresponsiveness from which the patient cannot be aroused. Impaired consciousness refers to similar, less severe disturbances of consciousness; these disturbances are not considered coma. The mechanism for coma or impaired consciousness involves dysfunction of both cerebral hemispheres or of the reticular activating system (also known as the ascending arousal system). Causes may be […]

drugs of consern in elderly

Some drug categories (eg, analgesics, anticoagulants, antihypertensives, antiparkinsonian drugs, diuretics, hypoglycemic drugs, psychoactive drugs) pose special risks for elderly patients. Some, although reasonable for use in younger adults, are so risky as to be considered inappropriate for the elderly. The Beers Criteria are most commonly used to identify such inappropriate drugs (see Table 5: Drug […]

crp

Language: English What is the C-reactive protein (CRP) test? This test is a blood test used to check the level of a substance made by the liver called C-reactive protein, or CRP. The level of CRP in your blood goes up when there is inflammation in the body. There are 2 different CRP tests. standard […]

hemifacial spasm

Language: English What are hemifacial spasms? Hemifacial spasms are twitching or spasms on one side of your face. The spasms are usually painless. They are chronic, which means they do not go away without treatment. The muscles may twitch even during sleep. Often the muscles around the eyes are affected along with the muscles of […]

mg

Mg is the 4th most plentiful cation in the body. A 70-kg adult has about 2000 mEq of Mg. About 50% is sequestered in bone and is not readily exchangeable with Mg in other compartments. The ECF contains only about 1% of total body Mg. The remainder resides in the intracellular compartment. Normal serum Mg […]

single parenting

A single parent is a parent who raises a child without another parent in the same household. Single parenthood may be a result of divorce, prison, the death of a spouse, adoption, or artificial insemination. Being a single parent is not easy. The following suggestions may help your family: Provide a stable home and steady […]

being intimate

Some people feel a lot of anxiety about being intimate and having sexual intercourse. This may result in decreased desire, sexual arousal disorder, or erectile dysfunction. It is often helpful to take a step-by-step approach to overcome anxiety. One of the best and mutually satisfying ways to improve your sex life is to focus on […]

Infantile spasms (salaam seizures)

Infantile spasms (salaam seizures) are seizures characterized by sudden flexion of the arms, forward flexion of the trunk, extension of the legs, and hypsarrhythmia on EEG. Infantile spasms last a few seconds and can recur many times a day. They usually manifest in children < 1 yr; peak incidence is 2 to 3 yr. Seizures […]

calcium

Language: English Spanish What is calcium? Calcium is a mineral that is very important for: bone health teeth nerves muscles blood clotting. If you do not get enough calcium in your diet you may be at risk for losing calcium from your bones, making them thinner and weaker. This condition is called osteoporosis. How much […]

“committing professional suicide

British psychiatrist and Big Pharma gadfly David Healy is so controversial amongst his colleagues that some have tried to have his medical license revoked — but there he was on Thursday, speaking at the American Psychiatric Association’s second largest annual meeting at a well-attended session on conflicts of interest. “It’s a miracle that I was […]

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a stimulant that occurs naturally in tea leaves, coffee beans, cocoa beans, and several other foods. While many people enjoy the stimulating effects of caffeine, too much caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects. How does caffeine affect the body? Caffeine affects many parts of the body: It stimulates the brain and makes you […]

mental illness.resourse list

Depression and/or Bipolar Disorder: Books Ages 4 to 9 Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder; by Tracy Anglada; 2004 Matt the Moody Hermit Crab; by Caroline McGee; Soulwave Publishing, 2002 Please Don’t Cry, Mom; by Helen DenBoer, Janice Galanter Goldstein (illustrator); Carolrhoda, 1994 (for a child whose parent is […]

triglycerides

What are triglycerides? Triglycerides are a type of lipid (fat). Your body gets triglycerides from fats in the food you eat. When your body digests food, fats in the food change to triglycerides. Your liver also makes triglycerides. Your blood carries triglycerides to all parts of the body to be used as energy or stored […]

What is self-control?

What is self-control? deemagclinic…Self-control includes being in control of behaviors, feelings, and desires, instead of acting on impulse. A child with self-control takes time to think of choices and possible results, and then makes the best choice. Why is it important? Impulsive, out-of-control behavior such as running into a busy street can place your child […]

crying baby

To say that crying is a big challenge to early parenting is an understatement, especially when it is 3 AM, you haven’t gotten any sleep, and your baby is still crying! With crying, there are no firm rules as to what causes it and what you can do to get your baby to stop. As […]

bullying-when your child is the bully

Children who bully act aggressively toward others. The aggressive acts can be physical, sexual, or verbal. Those targeted are called victims. Physical bullies may hit, pinch, kick, shove, bite, or pull a victim’s hair. Verbal bullies may insult, start or spread rumors, tease, and make threats. Sexual bullies may make sexual comments or threaten unwanted […]

What is progressive dementia?

What is progressive dementia? Progressive dementia is the gradual loss of mental functions such as the ability to think, reason, remember, and plan. Dementia is caused by damaged brain cells. A stroke, brain tumor, head injury, or disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s disease, can damage brain cells. Dementia is more common in older adults. […]

bullying -when your child is the victim

What is bullying? Children who bully act aggressively toward others. The aggressive acts can be physical, sexual, or verbal. Those targeted are called victims. Physical bullies may hit, pinch, kick, shove, bite, or pull a victim’s hair. Verbal bullies may insult, start or spread rumors, tease, and make threats. Sexual bullies may make sexual comments […]

anger and irritability

Anger rocks Irritability sucks ! Harish Shetty Anger is a feeling and irritability is a state. Sustained anger is irritability. Sustained irritability is dangerous. Many a times the person who is irritable is hardly aware of it. Needless to say that the BIG I leads to heart ailments,diabetes, psychosomatic illnesses and lowering one’s immunity. A […]

exercise for older people

Language: English Spanish Why is exercise important? Older adults who exercise regularly have more strength, better balance, and better coordination than older adults not getting regular exercise. Regular exercise makes it easier to do daily chores and to not become dependent on others. Fitness is having the health, strength, endurance, and range of body movements […]

pcos

What is polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder that affects the ovaries. The 2 ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries produce eggs and the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. PCOS prevents release of an egg from the ovaries. When you have PCOS many small benign cysts […]

gas

While most of us don’t prefer to talk about it, every person experiences some intestinal gas. This is a natural by-product of the digestive process. According to the National Institutes of Health, intestinal gas is a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and often methane. If stools float in the toilet, this indicates intestinal […]

sleep problem

About 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep problem, and nearly 60% of them have a long-term disorder. Even though sleep problems are very common, they are very often undiagnosed and untreated. Some of the most common problems are: Bruxism Bruxism is grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth during sleep or in situations that make […]

prolong life

medwireNews: Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, to include physical exercise and leisure and social activities, prolongs life even among the elderly, show results of a Swedish study involving individuals aged 75 years and over. Compared with their counterparts with a high-risk lifestyle that involved none of these elements, low-risk individuals lived an average 5 […]

sarcopenia

Sarcopenia (from the Greek meaning “poverty of flesh”) is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with aging (0.5-1% loss per year after the age of 25). Sarcopenia is a component of the frailty syndrome As of 2009 there is no generally accepted definition of sarcopenia in the medical literature.[1] The European […]

Monthly sunlight increase linked to age at BD onset

Sep. 06, 2012 Springer Healthcare Send to a colleague Language: English medwireNews:Greater monthly increases in solar radiation at any given geographic location are associated with an earlier age at onset of bipolar disorder (BD), researchers report. Michael Bauer (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany) and team found that each 0.1 kWh/m2 per day increase in maximum monthly […]

vomiting in children

When your child throws up, it is often caused by a virus. Your child may also have watery bowel movements (diarrhea). Most of the time, vomiting stops in 6 to 24 hours. The diarrhea may keep going for a day or 2 more. If your child has vomiting without diarrhea, and it lasts more than […]

vegetarian diet

What is a vegetarian diet? A vegetarian diet does not include meat. People who follow a vegetarian diet are called vegetarians. They do not eat animal meat, poultry, or fish. Many vegetarians also avoid other animal products such as gelatin, rennet (used to make some kinds of cheese), and animal fats. Vegetarians who eat eggs […]

infants massage

Touch is an important way to communicate with your baby. Infants need touch to be healthy, to grow and develop. Infant massage is a special way of touching your baby that has many benefits. What are the benefits? Relaxation. Gently massaging a baby eases their muscles and reduces tension. This can help with colic, releasing […]

exercise

medwireNews : Middle-aged people who have a high level of physical fitness have a significantly lower and later incidence of chronic conditions in old age than those who are less fit, report researchers. “We’ve determined that being fit is not just delaying the inevitable, but it is actually lowering the onset of chronic disease in […]

The Physician’s Daily Prayer

******* The Physician’s Daily Prayer (attributed to Maimonides) Almighty God – You have created the human body with infinite wisdom. In Your eternal providence, You have chosen me to watch over the life and health of Your creatures. I am now about to apply myself to the duties of my profession. Support me in these […]

mild hypertension

New Study Says Medication For 4-5 Years In Vain Malathy Iyer TNN Mumbai: It’s a potential bombshell in the medical arena. A new study suggests that people with mild hypertension – a reading of 140/90 mm – should not be popping daily pills to control their condition. In India where every fifth, if not every […]

neutropenia

Neutropenia is an abnormally low number of white blood cells called neutrophils. White blood cells protect the body from infection. Children with neutropenia tend to get infections easily because their white blood cell count is too low to fight germs, such as bacteria. Without enough neutrophils, infections can quickly become life threatening. What is the […]

jet lag

What is jet lag? Jet lag is the tiredness you may feel after flying long distances across several time zones. The rapid travel to a different time zone disturbs your normal body rhythms. How does it occur? Your body has an internal clock that determines when you eat, sleep, and wake up each 24-hour day. […]

falls in elderly

Trial of a lifestyle integrated approach to balance and strength training Background In elderly people, the rate of hospital admissions due to falls has not declined during the last decade. Reducing the frequency of falls would lead to a reduction in immobility and institutionalization as well as the easing of associated economic burdens. Although structured […]

text message-based service

medwireNews:A text message-based service may help improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report. Jorge Maurino (AstraZeneca Medical Department, Madrid, Spain) and team found that schizophrenia patients who received short message service (SMS) reminders regarding antipsychotic treatment showed significantly greater improvements in medication adherence after 3 months than those who received no such messages […]

excessive cleanliness

MedWire News: Research suggests that the antibacterial chemical triclosan, commonly used in personal-care products and antibacterial soaps, may impair the function of cardiac and skeletal muscle. “Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said study investigator Isaac Pessah (University of California, Davis, USA) in a press statement. “These findings […]

Woman can judge man’s intentions much faster than his thoughts…

Woman can judge man’s intentions much faster than his thoughts… 13 Aug Woman can judge man’s intentions much faster than his thoughts… There is a saying that man don’t listen very actively when woman are talking to them. Well this is not just an over statement but every married couple would have this issue. The […]

Loss of muscle is caused by lack of exercise.

Aging does not cause you to lose muscles. Loss of muscle is caused by lack of exercise. You can preserve both muscle size and strength by continuing to exercise ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifs long as you live. Compare the MRIs of the legs of 40- and 70-year-old triathletes, and a 70-year-old non-exerciser: The dark areas are muscle, the […]

test for slipped disc

Test for Back Disc Problems Report #7254 Sometimes, it’s not so easy to tell whether back pain is caused by a crushed disc in the back or something else. Studies from France showed that a blood test called phospholipase A(2) can be used to diagnose that condition The bones of your spine are separated by […]

harm of bottled water

Drinking a good amount of bottled water is often encouraged by doctors and dieticians alike, since staying hydrated is an important component of being healthy. But some experts contend it may come with an added risk – compromising your dental health, HealthDay News reported. Manufacturers of bottled water proclaim their products to be “clean” and […]