Dengue Fever

Dengue Season in Delhi and nearby areas continues every year from August till mid-November.

Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquito, which likes to bite during the day. To keep safe, it’s best wear full-sleeve clothes, and full-length pants during the whole day.

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The Art of Communication and Counseling for Ethical Practice of Medical Science

Most doctors in India practice ethically. However, it’s a growing fear among patients that most doctors practice unethically! There is, at present a huge Trust Deficit in the minds of patients when they visit our OPDs and Hospitals.

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8 Strategies to Manage Stress

Stress is a necessary part of life. It may even be considered to be a good factor as it temporarily boosts motivation and makes one able to focus and concentrate more on the immediate task at hand.

Stressful situations can be exciting for the challenges presented and increase mental and physical resilience.

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Top 7 Excuses to Avoid Exercise – Busted!

As Family Physicians, we hear lots of excuses from people who avoid exercise. These are the top 7:

Excuse#1: “I am busy in kitchen and household work all day. I don’t need to exercise.”

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Busted!

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Prevention and Home Remedies for Loose Motions

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With the advent of summer, loose motions are a common problem. They most commonly occur because of an infection of the intestines.

Prevention

  • Most cases of loose motions occur because of infection from contaminated food and water, mostly after eating out. It is best to avoid uncooked items whenever you eat out – curd preparations, salads, chutneys, juices – these are often contaminated and can lead to infection. Well-cooked and steaming hot food should be safe.
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Let Her Sleep!

“Doctor, can you come quickly, my mother is unwell!”

Even after doing thousands of home visits, I dread phone calls like these. If it’s an actual emergency, I can hardly help with the meagre tools I have in my bag, and the family had better call the ambulance and rush the patient to the hospital without waiting for me. On the other hand, there are genuine conditions in which a home visit by a doctor can help much more than transporting an unresponsive elderly to the unfamiliar environs of a hospital ICU. It’s quite tough to decide on the phone, which is which.

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This Year’s Flu Vaccine is Here: Should I Get a Flu Shot?

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Seasonal flu or influenza is generally a mild illness, but it can lead to complications and even death. Most deaths due to influenza occur in 65+ years of age, but young healthy people can also develop severe complications.

The flu vaccine or flu shot provides protection against the 3 most common strains of influenza virus circulating in that particular season. This protection lasts for about a year.

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A Family Physician’s Prayer

Lord, may I never be Confident!
Because in my confidence
I may lose sight of all the various
Subtle signs and symptoms
You have hidden for me
Refuting the clear-cut diagnosis.

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