ManipalHospitals • July 12, 20180 Comment

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the myocardium, or the heart muscle. It is a progressive disease in which the heart muscle weakens and cannot contract adequately enough. This means it is unable to pump blood properly to the rest of the body. In this condition, the heart muscle fails in its function of supplying oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body and removal of carbon dioxide from the body. B



ManipalHospitals • July 9, 20180 Comment

Coronary Artery Disease is the most common type of heart disease. It develops when the blood vessels that supply our heart with blood, oxygen and vital nutrients are damaged or diseased. The arteries which supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed due to a buildup of cholesterol and other substances known as plaque on their inner walls. This results in reduced blood flow to the arteri


Deviated Nasal Septum: Causes And Cures

ManipalHospitals • June 30, 20180 Comment

The thin wall between the nostrils made of bone and cartilage is called the nasal septum. In case of a deviated septum, this wall appears crooked or displaced to one side. A deviated septum may be present at birth, become crooked during growth, or may be caused by an external injury to the nose or the face. When the septum is extremely deviated towards one particular side, it causes one nasal pas



ManipalHospitals • June 29, 20180 Comment

In a heart-warming incident, seven people received a fresh lease of life, thanks to the noble gesture by the family members of a brain-dead woman after her organs were donated by the family. Nirmala Bhat, aged 51, hailing from Karkala, met with a road accident at Tellar Road, Mathr Nivas near Ravalnath Temple in Karkala on the evening of June 22. She was admitted to the Department of Neurosurgery



ManipalHospitals • June 25, 20180 Comment

The skeleton is made up of bones, which provide support and shape to the body. They protect our internal organs from external injury. Together with the muscles, strong bones enable the body to move freely. One of the most common bone-related problems that affect women is known as Osteoporosis. This is a condition where the bone density decreases, resulting in fragile bones. Osteoporosis leads to


7 Harmful Impacts Of Junk Food

ManipalHospitals • June 22, 20180 Comment

Junk food satisfies you for a minute, being fit satisfies you for life. As per the recent studies by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), juvenile diabetes is on the rise in cities, around 20% of school-going children in India are overweight and Indians are among the world's most depressed. According to experts, the junk food industry in India is largely responsible for the increasing incid



ManipalHospitals • June 18, 20180 Comment

Throat Cancer refers to the rapid, uncontrolled growth of harmful cells in the throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils. These abnormal cells form malignant growths called tumors. Throat cancer usually begins in the flat cells that line on the inside of the throat. TYPES OF THROAT CANCER There are many different types of throat cancer. The primary types of cancer are: • Squamous Cell C



ManipalHospitals • June 13, 20180 Comment

Paget’s disease of bone is a chronic disorder which interferes with the body’s normal recycling process in which the old bone tissue is replaced by new bone tissue. This is known as bone remodeling. Paget’s disease causes this recycling process to shift out of balance, resulting in formation of abnormally shaped new bones which may be weak and brittle. It usually occurs in the spine, legs, s



ManipalHospitals • June 6, 20180 Comment

Joints are the connections between the bones which help in movement. They also provide support to the body by bearing the weight of the different parts of the body. Joint pain is an extremely common condition. It can affect any part of the body, be it the hands, shoulders, hips, ankles, thighs etc. Joint pain is usually known as Arthritis, where the joints become inflamed because of the decrease i



ManipalHospitals • May 25, 20180 Comment

Our kidneys perform a variety of crucial bodily functions, including blood filtration, regulation of blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) implies damage of permanent nature to the kidneys, which is irreversible and happens over a period of time. This disease impairs all the functions of the kidneys. This results in an increased kidney damage and worsening of blood pre



ManipalHospitals • May 23, 20180 Comment

The entire nation in general and the state of Kerala in particular is on high alert following the outbreak of the Nipah virus infection in the state. This deadly disease has already claimed the lives of 10 people in the state, including that of a nurse who was exposed to the virus while tending to an infected patient. The Nipah virus has a mortality rate of 70 percent, making its containment a top



ManipalHospitals • May 21, 20180 Comment

Kidney Transplantation is the best solution for any serious complications of the kidneys. Yet, in our country, there is a gross mismatch between the demand and availability of healthy kidneys. This is partly due to several misconceptions and a general lack of awareness regarding this life-saving treatment. Let’s clear some of the most common misconceptions and replace them with proven facts: My


What Is HIPEC And How Does It Work?

ManipalHospitals • May 18, 20180 Comment

Known by the shorter and much easier to remember acronym HIPEC, Hyoerthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy actually constitutes one half of a two-part surgery in which it is combined with cytoreductive surgery. This treatment is used for patients who have an advanced tumour which is isolated in the peritoneal or the belly region. Initially, when there is a disease spreading in the peritoneum, do



ManipalHospitals • May 16, 20180 Comment

Kidney stones or renal calculi are solid deposits of crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, which typically occur in the kidneys, but can also develop in other parts of the urinary tract such as the bladder, urethra and the ureter. These stones can form in different sizes and are extremely painful. Our kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and generating urine. Kidney stones a



ManipalHospitals • May 15, 20180 Comment

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures, which are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain. It occurs when the brain sends out wrong signals to the body. These seizures cause a temporary disturbance in the communication between the brain cells. The severity of seizures depends on the individual. The exact cause of the seizures is unknown, a



ManipalHospitals • May 14, 20180 Comment

What is Endometriosis? The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus is called endometrium. Endometriosis is a disorder where this tissue grows outside the uterus rather than inside it.  This is usually confined to the lower abdomen, or the pelvic region, such as the ovaries, lymph nodes, peritoneum and the fallopian tubes, but in rare cases, may spread beyond the pelvic organ.  This displac


Breastfeeding: Facts And Fiction

ManipalHospitals • May 9, 20180 Comment

Breastfeeding is nature’s way of giving infants a perfect food to fuel their physical and mental growth. This topic has gained a lot of traction in recent years, what with reams of online pages dedicated to eulogizing its benefits. While these are valuable sources of information, much of it can also end up confusing mothers. Let us clear the air and separate facts from fiction. Myth 1: Freque


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

ManipalHospitals • May 3, 20180 Comment

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition affecting women’s endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating various body processes by secretion of hormones. • It usually affects women during their childbearing years which adversely affects their ability to have a child. • Women with PCOS may experience irregular menstrual cycle



ManipalHospitals • April 27, 20180 Comment

Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers in the world. It is almost always curable when detected and treated early.  Now that summer is upon us, it is time to be aware of some of the precautions that we can take to prevent the onset of skin cancer. The right sunscreen: Just picking a random sunscreen off the shelves of a supermarket is not enough. Look for details like a broad range



ManipalHospitals • April 24, 20180 Comment

Neuroendocrine cancer is a rare form of cancer, but one which has gained a lot of coverage in the news in the recent times, with a prominent Bollywood actor reportedly being afflicted with this condition. Endocrine cells are those that produce and release hormones. A neuroendocrine tumor originates in the body’s neuroendocrine system which consists of the hormone-producing endocrine cells and


Everything You Need To Know About Liver Transplant

ManipalHospitals • April 20, 20180 Comment

The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver is an important component of the digestive system.  It is located below the diaphragm on the right side of the abdomen. It performs a variety of functions, including the production of bile, which helps in absorption of fats, fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol, detoxification of the blood, processing of nutrients, and producing proteins whi


What You Need To Know About Bone Marrow Transplantation

ManipalHospitals • April 16, 20180 Comment

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue located inside the bones which produces the blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. The marrow also contains unspecialized Hematopoietic Stem Cells. These cells can turn into many other types of cells such as bone marrow cells or any type of blood cells. Some cancers can prevent these stem cells from developing normally. Bone Marrow Transplan


Lung Cancer: Types, Progression, Symptoms And Treatment Options

ManipalHospitals • April 12, 20180 Comment

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal growths, or cancers, in the lungs. Most of the lung tumours are malignant, i.e. they spread throughout the body by destroying the healthy tissues around them. This process by which tumours spread to other parts of the body is called Metastasis. When this happens, the original tumour in the lung is called the Primary Tumour, and the tumour in othe


All You Need To Know About Bariatric Surgery

ManipalHospitals • April 9, 20180 Comment

Being overweight is no longer treated as a mere lifestyle issue. Today, obesity is considered as nothing short of a disease, and a very dangerous one at that, as it is often a precursor to a host of other complications, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and many others. Bariatric surgery resets the set point of the healthy weight in a person. Essentially, it helps bring back the patient from


Everything You Need To Know About Kidney Transplants

ManipalHospitals • April 6, 20180 Comment

Kidneys are fist-sized, bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine which are indispensable for the proper functioning of the human body. They perform the critical function of regulating the body’s salt, potassium and acid levels, and expelling the wastes and excess fluids from the body in the form of urine. What is Kidney Transplantation and what is the eligibility criterion for don


Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Transplant

ManipalHospitals • March 30, 20180 Comment

Heart transplant, also known as Cardiac transplant, is a surgical process in which the damaged or diseased heart is replaced with a healthy heart from a donor. It is used to treat the most serious cases of heart disease when all the other options such as medication, lifestyle changes and less invasive procedures haven’t been successful. The patient’s medical condition is thoroughly evaluat


Life-Saving Steps In The Event Of A Heart Attack

ManipalHospitals • March 27, 20180 Comment

Heart attacks are becoming increasingly common in our country. According to the Indian Heart Association, 50% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age and 25% of all the heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age, with the urban population being three times more susceptible than people living in villages.  Given such disturbing statistics, it is prudent to know so


Everything You Need To Know About Cardiac Arrest

ManipalHospitals • March 23, 20180 Comment

A Cardiac Arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest is a sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, where the heart suddenly stops pumping blood to the body, usually because of a problem with the electrical signals in the heart. When this happens, the brain is deprived of oxygen due to which a person may become unconscious. Although it is widely confused with a heart at


Here’s How You Can Reduce Your Blood Pressure

ManipalHospitals • March 21, 20180 Comment

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are several measures you can take to ensure your health condition doesn’t worsen, including lifestyle changes, medications and many more. Here are some ways by which you can bring those numbers down: The DASH diet: Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypert


Sciatica: An Overview

ManipalHospitals • March 20, 20180 Comment

Sciatica refers to a back pain caused due to an irritation with the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that originates in the spinal cord in the lower back region and extends down the back of each leg.  Sciatica pain is usually felt from the lower back through the thighs to below the knee. Causes and Risk Factors of Sciatica The causes of sciatica are: Herniated or slipped disc: Injurie


8 Ways To Avoid Back Pain At The Workplace

ManipalHospitals • March 19, 20180 Comment

If your work involves you spending a major part of your day slouched over your computer in a chair, or hectic movements and lifting loads, you’re probably familiar with the sensation of back pain and other spine-related problems. Here are some tips to avoid this painful condition:   Walk Around: Get up, stretch and walk for about a minute or two regularly, preferably every half


All You Need To Know About Scoliosis

ManipalHospitals • March 16, 20180 Comment

Scoliosis is a sideward bend of the spine which usually occurs in children, but can also sometimes affect adults. A normal spine is curved on the top of the shoulder and at the lower back. When a person is affected with scoliosis, his/her spine is bent sideways in a “C” or an “S” shape. Even so, it is actually a complex three-dimensional condition. When there is no specific cause, it is re


An Ode To The Abode Of Health

ManipalHospitals • March 15, 20180 Comment

I, Dr Ankita Patil was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in January 2017. I had also undergone a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) in June 2017.  I was fortunate to have got Dr. Mallikarjun Kalashetty as my treating Hematologist.  To me, Dr. Mallikarjun is synonymous with GOD. In dealing with such a life threatening disease which required a long course of treatment, he has given me


9 Tips To Keep A Healthy Spine

ManipalHospitals • March 9, 20180 Comment

Back pain affects millions of people worldwide, and is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor. Aside from the pan, this condition can make our lives miserable and render us incapable of accomplishing even simple, routine activities. Here are 9 tips to maintain a healthy spine and a strong back: Maintain a good posture: Be it while sitting or standing, keep your back straight


7 Early Treatments For Lower Back Pain

ManipalHospitals • March 5, 20180 Comment

Most of us are familiar with this sensation. We’ll have been playing a sport, or lifting a heavy object as part of the household chores. Soon, we start experiencing the pain in our lower back due to a pulled muscle and find it difficult to move or stand up. Backache is one of the most common problems. It can affect people due to a variety of reasons: ageing, workouts, travelling, or even lifting



ManipalHospitals • February 26, 20180 Comment

Few things can match the humiliation and that results from a bad breath. Known in medical parlance as Halitosis, the foul odour can be a result of a variety of factors: oral cavities, poor oral hygiene, bacteria on the tongue or between the gums and the teeth etc. What makes it worse is people often don’t consume enough water to flush out the bacteria feeding on remnants of off in the mouth. Dr


9 Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer

ManipalHospitals • February 21, 20180 Comment

Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers in the world. It is almost always curable when detected and treated early. Now that winter has ended and summer is upon us, it is time to be aware of some of the precautions that we can take to prevent the onset of skin cancer. 1. The right sunscreen: Just picking a random sunscreen off the shelves of a supermarket is not enough. Look for detai


Diet Tips For Chemotherapy: What To Eat During Cancer Treatment

ManipalHospitals • February 7, 20180 Comment

While following healthy eating habits is always recommended, what a person eats assumes a greater significance while undergoing treatment for cancer. Undergoing chemotherapy puts the body under a lot of strain, and making the right choices when it comes to food can help reduce the side-effects or symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation. The aim is to provide enough energy to the body to heal itself


Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

ManipalHospitals • February 2, 20180 Comment

Known by the shorter and much easier to remember acronym HIPEC, it actually constitutes one half of a two-part surgery in which it is combined with cytoreductive surgery. This treatment is used for patients who have an advanced tumour which is isolated in the peritoneal or the belly region. Initially, when there is a disease spreading in the peritoneum, doctors used to opt for conventional trea


Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Stages And Treatment Options

ManipalHospitals • January 30, 20180 Comment

Breast Cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death, and also the most common cancer among women. It is a malignant tumour that forms in the lobules or the ducts of the breast. The cancer cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably and affect the healthy breast tissues, and an also affect the lymph nodes present under the arms. These lymph nodes help the cancer move to other parts of the bo


11 Tips For Living Better With Migraine

ManipalHospitals • January 22, 20180 Comment

Migraine is a chronic disorder where the person experiences frequent headaches. These may be moderate or severe in intensity. Although it is not a threat to the life of an individual, it can adversely interfere with day-to- day activities. While there is no uniform treatment for migraines, here are some coping tips for living with the chronic pain so you can live a better life despite migraines.


Tips To Control Type 2 Diabetes

ManipalHospitals • January 16, 20180 Comment

Diabetes is no doubt a serious health condition, but it is by no means the end of the world. Maintaining a healthy diet is always important, and even more so when a person is suffering from diabetes. In this condition, the blood sugar is already high, so it is important to have a diet plan that will work with the body and not spike the blood sugar levels. The way to tackle it is simple: follow a


14 Best And Worst Foods For Your Liver

ManipalHospitals • January 12, 20180 Comment

The liver performs many essential tasks such as secreting bile juice to help in digestion, breaking down toxins resulting from alcohol, medications and metabolism. A healthy liver is essential for our overall well-being. Let us have a look at what to take and what to avoid to keep our liver in optimal health: Green Leafy Vegetables: Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Spinach, Dandelion and a host


What You Need To Know About Bone Transplantation

ManipalHospitals • January 10, 20180 Comment

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue located inside the bones which produces the blood cells: red and white blood cells and platelets. The marrow also contains unspecialized Hematopoietic Stem Cells. These cells can turn into many other types of cells such as bone marrow cells or any type of blood cells. Some cancers can prevent these stem cells from developing normally. Bone Marrow Trans


20 Tips To Stay Healthy In Winter

ManipalHospitals • January 8, 20180 Comment

Winter is here, and at present we are in the thick of it. The arrival of the cold season heralds the onset of festivities such as Christmas and New Year. But, as we indulge in merry-making, let’s not forget to take adequate measures with respect to our wellness routine to respond to the changes the chill brings. The cold weather can make us quite inactive, which in turn leads to a weakened immu


7 Common Causes Of Anxiety And Ways To Deal With Them

ManipalHospitals • December 28, 20170 Comment

We experience a wide range of emotions during the course of our daily lives. Some, like happiness and excitement, are pleasant, while others, such as anger or anxiety, are not. Anxiety is a common emotion which affects nearly everyone. We can become anxious for any number of reasons. First, what is anxiety? It is an emotion which can be caused by a number of factors like a mental or physical


All You Need To Know About Leprosy

ManipalHospitals • December 24, 20170 Comment

Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, with the first known written reference dating back to 600 B.C. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by the slow-multiplying bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It affects the nervous and immune systems, leading to severe sores and nerve damage in the skin and causing disability and disfiguration. It is more common tropical and subtropi


10 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

ManipalHospitals • December 21, 20170 Comment

Who doesn’t love holidays? The prospect of fun-filled days spent with friends and relatives, merry making, and of course, the sumptuous food and drinks brings cheer to everyone. However, after the festivities come to an end, one thing manages to stay with us, and that’s the disturbing amount of weight we seem to gain, thanks to all the feasting and lounging around. We don’t realize it during


What Is Asthma And How To Treat It?

ManipalHospitals • December 18, 20170 Comment

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by the narrowing and inflammation of the airways in the lungs which results in a recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Due to inflammation, the walls of the lung passages swell and the openings fill with mucus. This makes it difficult for a person to exhale. Asthma belongs to a class of lung conditions called the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dise


10 Useful Tips To Survive The Cold And Flu Season

ManipalHospitals • December 14, 20170 Comment

It is that time of the year again. The monsoons have passed and the winter season is now upon us. Taken together, this is also the time when people tend to get sick the most, what with the incessant rains and the cold weather wreaking havoc on our health. Wouldn’t we want to be adequately prepared to combat the erratic season and the health complications it brings along? Read on to know some sim