Posts Tagged ‘Medicine’

Diseases Details Explanation Video Tutorials

In Health on April 16, 2014 at 07:24

As more diseases are discovered(?), the treatment becomes more Complex.


So are the disciplines of Medicine,


Medical Science has the vicarious pleasure using high-sounding names even for simple Diseases,one gets scared on hearing the names.


As Medicine gets more specialized, the total picture of the body is often lost, with some of the doctors, not sure enough about other parts of the body other than the part they have specialized in.


Then we have the Pharmaceutical Companies use all the guile at their disposal to mislead you, where they keep quiet about the side effects of the medicines you take.


And many of us are scared to ask the Doctor in detail about our ailment and the course of treatment he is using, its ramifications and the side effects of the drugs he is prescribing.


But one must, notwithstanding the irritation of some Doctors, ask and discuss with the Doctor these issues, after all it is your Body.


It would be helpful if one has some information about the disease one has ,its symptoms, possible courses of treatment, in a simple language.


National Institute of Medicine,under the aegis of the US Government hs come out with a Medical site that explains the diseases in detail.


In a simple language.


The information is provided in text/interactive format.



Disease and Cure, reduce inflammation. Image from http://1.bp.blogspot.com/


Video tutorials are provided.


Just click the disease you want to know about, you have the relevant information.


The Tutorials require a Flash Plug In version 6 and above,


Please check under ‘Health‘ in this site for Drugs, composition  recommended dosage , side effects for additional information .


  • Tests and Diagnostic Procedures
  • Surgery and Treatment Procedures



 Diseases Reference

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Heart Beating In Surgery Live

In Health on February 22, 2014 at 22:54

It is very fascinating to see Heart beating Surgery.

I have a close fiend , who is a Doctor, who believes in God more(mind you , he is top-notch specialist in his field and recognized as such in the World used to say,’We Doctors prescribe medicines, do Surgery, And in almost all cases, I have felt that the data for my Diagnosis or the Science behind the treatment is questionable, the patient gets cured.I Trust in God, He takes care of us’

Many may not agree.

I do.

Now watch a Live heart beating during Surgery.

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Medical Tourism Marred By Middlemen Doctors.

In Health, India on November 21, 2013 at 11:16

As the world has shrunk, people now go out of their country for Treatment .

The treatment outside their country of birth my be cheaper.

The reasons are,

  • Government and private sector investment in healthcare infrastructure
  • Demonstrable commitment to international accreditation, quality assurance, and transparency of outcomes
  • International patient flow
  • Potential for cost savings on medical procedures
  • Political transparency and social stability
  • Excellent tourism infrastructure
  • Sustained reputation for clinical excellence
  • History of healthcare innovation and achievement
  • Successful adoption of best practices and state-of-the-art medical technology
  • Availability of internationally-trained, experienced medical staff.
  • The top destinations are, according to patients without borders,

Top destinations are, according to Patients beyond Borders,

“Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States,

for the reason stated.

The Global Market for Medical Tourism .

Medical Tourism Germany

Sarkis Sargsyan (back) stands at the Klinik rechts der Isar, in Munich, with his wife and brother: Like the Sargsyans, hundreds of thousands of people receive treatment in a foreign country every year. This medical tourism earns German hospitals and doctors roughly €1 billion ($1.35 billion) in annual revenues. In 2011, 82,854 foreign patients were treated in Germany on an inpatient basis and about 123,000 on an outpatient basis.

the market size is USD 24-40 billion, based on approximately eight million cross-border patients worldwide spending an average of USD 3,000-5,000 per visit, including all medically-related costs, cross-border and local transport, inpatient stay and accommodations. We estimate some 900,000 Americans will travel outside the US for medical care this year (2013).”

India is a major destination for Medical Tourism, mainly because of the quality of Doctors ad Treatment and of course, cost.

The cost is low because of the weak rupee against the Dollar and when compared to the cost of treatment in the US, India is cheaper cost-wise.

For the other third world countries the quality of treatment is better .

However even this low-cost Medical Treatment is because of the greedy Corporate Hospitals and some greedy medical professionals and medical Test Centers.

The Doctors prescribe a host of tests not warranted because they get a standard 15% of the cost of the tests.

Surgery cost depends on your purse and is determined whether you are covered under Medical insurance, have a credit and your financial standing.

Please read my posts filed under health on this subject.

In Medical Tourism the touts come into operation.

All Corporate Multi-Specialty  Hospitals have Agents posted abroad like Dubai.

They literally trap patients.

What they are promised as treatment cost is a fraction of what the patient is ultimately charged .

The patient can not protest as the treatment is complete and he/ she will not be discharged unless the Bill is settled.

Added to this is the illegal practice of the Hospitals’s practice of collecting the patient’s passport, which will not be returned unless the Bill is settled in full.

If some one complains about the Passport, it will be conveniently lost, the Hospitals do not issue receipts for the passports.

But the racket in medical Tourism in the world is ramapant and criminal.

Read this from Der Spiegel.

Sargsyan, his wife and brother landed in Munich on Sept. 16, 2012. They had already paid €3,500 to the IMZ agency as an advance for the treatment and visas, the Sargsyans say.

According to their account, soon after their arrival, they went to the IMZ broker’s office at the Sheraton München Arabellapark Hotel.

There, they allege they were greeted by a man in a suit, Arsen B., whose business card listed an exotic combination of titles: “Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. med., neurosurgeon – orthopedics, Director – Senior Physician.” B. allegedly promised to make the necessary arrangements for Sargsyan with a network of private clinics and doctors’ offices. The family felt like they had met their knight in shining armor.

However, IMZ disputes this account, saying that Arsen B. was abroad on this date and that it does not have an office at this location.

Sargsyan is sitting in a furnished, two-room apartment in northern Munich as he describes his first few days in Germany. He has just returned from radiation treatment, and the blue mask is lying in his lap.

He was a karate fighter and strong as lightning, says his wife, Nelly, a petite, friendly woman. The couple has been married for 21 years. Nelly’s description of her husband is a far cry from the person sitting on the sofa. He has dark bags under his eyes, and he looks depressed and exhausted. It’s hard to imagine that this man has ever laughed.

Sargsyan talks about how the first appointment took him to the Arabella Clinic, where another colonoscopy was performed. The diagnosis described “a coarse tumor that is not passable.” A tissue sample revealed that the tumor was malignant. Doctors also found metastases in Sargsyan’s liver and lungs. An interpreter with the agency translated for the patient. “The news was bad,” says Sargsyan, “but I trusted the doctors.” He also trusted Arsen B., who seemed to have a plan for everything.

To prevent intestinal obstruction, Sargsyan was given a colostomy. Local doctors performed the first cycle of chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy. The brother handled financial matters, paying €10,000 to the IMZ office for the initial treatment. Because he paid with a credit card, he was also charged a 5 percent surcharge. “Thank you for your confidence,” the customer receipts read.





Understanding Your Health Check Up Results.

In Health on October 23, 2013 at 18:35

Health Tests.

Health Checkup.

People when they do a Master Health Check up, are often stumped when trying to understand the results.

Though the Doctor is the competent person to interpret the Data, it is in our interest to understand what the Health Check Results say.

The reason is many Doctors often willingly misinterpret or distort facts , taking advantage of our ignorance and put you on medication, for which they are being compensated by the the Pharmaceutical Companies(Please read my post on Hoe Doctors have been paid by these companies, filed under ‘Health/Consumer information)

This understanding of the Data gives you a chance to discuss your health issues with the Doctor, and as I have seen’ the Doctors are wary of people who seem to know, not necessarily know,some thing about the subject.

Now to Health Check up Preparation.

1,Fix an appointment for the Health Check Up, preferably in the morning, say around 8 pm.

2.Take your last food (the day before the test) around 8 pm(12 hours should be allowed to test Fasting Sugar after taking Food)

3.Do not take anything after the last food, save water.

4.Have a sterilized bottle/container from the Hospital one day earlier to collect your Stools.

5.In the morning, collect your first Stool.

6.At the Hospital, test the Blood first. Pre- prandial for sugar

7.Take a lot of water, not less than one liter.

8.Ensure that your bladder is full and have the ECG and Ultra sound scan done.

9.Have your eyes checked.

10.Take normal breakfast and not the time.

11 Between one and a half hour and two hours from the time of taking breakfast have your Sugar level tested,post -prandial.

12.Give your urine Sample.

The Reports should be ready in about three hours.

Now understanding the Health Check Up Report.


a)Hematology.(about Blood) Male.

Hemoglobin                                                                                              13-18gm%

Total Count .                                                                                              4000-1000/cells/cu

Neutrophils.                                                                                               40-75%

Lymohocytes                                                                                              20-45%

Eosionphils                                                                                                    0-8

Monocytes                                                                                                     1-10%

ESR(one Hour)                                                                                               5-15mm/hr.

Platelet Count                                                                                                1.50-4.50 Lakhs/c

RBC Count                                                                                                       4.50-6.50 Million/c

PCV                                                                                                                    39-55%

Read the note on Peripheral Smear,it can be understood if there is an anomaly.

Bio Chemistry.                                                                                                           Parameters.

Fasting Blood Sugar.                                                                                                  70-99mg/dl.

Urine Sugar                                                                                                                    NIL.

Serum Creatinine.                                                                                                       0 .50-1.40mg/dl.

Uric Acid Male .                                                                                                             3.50-7.20mg/dl.

Blood Urea Nitrogen.                                                                                                    5-21/mg/dl.

Thyroid Profile.

  1. If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a high TSH, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  2. If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a low TSH, your doctor might look into a pituitary problem.
  3. If your doctor ran a test called Free T4, or Free Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 0.7 to 2.0. If your result was less than 0.7, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  4. If your doctor ran a test called Total T3, normal range is approximately 80 to 220. If your result was less than 80, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  5. If your doctor ran a test called Free T3, normal range is approximately 2.3 to 4.2. If your result was less than 2.3, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  6. If your test results are ‘normal’ but you have many symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, ask for an antibodies test. Some doctors treatg thyroid symptoms in the presence of elevated antibodies and normal TSH levels.


Alkaline Phosphate.                                                                               120(IU/L.

Cholesterol- Bio Chemistry.


Total Cholesterol.                                                                                    140-200mg/dl.

Triglycerides .                                                                                             35-165 mg/dl.

High Density Lipoprotein. HDL.                                                                30-63mg/dl.

Low Density Lipoprotein LDL.                                                                    15-30mg/dl.

Total Cholesterol. ‘According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should keep your cholesterol ratio at or below 5:1. The ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1.”

Stools Test check out the Link web MD .

Ultra Sound, Heart,Lung X ray results have to be analysed by the Doctor.

Liver Function Test.

  • ALT. 7 to 55 units per liter (U/L)
  • AST. 8 to 48 U/L
  • ALP. 45 to 115 U/L
  • Albumin. 3.5 to 5.0 grams per deciliter (g/dL)
  • Total protein. 6.3 to 7.9 g/dL
  • Bilirubin. 0.1 to 1.0 mg/dL
  • GGT. 9 to 48 U/L
  • LD. 122 to 222 U/L
  • PT. 9.5 to 13.8 second.
  • Urine Analysis.
  • Urine Test.

    Urine Test Analysis. Click on the individual urinalysis parameters (except for volume) in the image for information on the performance and meaning of the test..


  • Sources.
  • http://thyroid.about.com/cs/testsforthyroid/ht/interpretresult.htm




Check Drug Authenticity By SMS

In consumer forum, Health on July 14, 2013 at 17:50

Authenticate Drug.

Authenticate Drug.

Now it is easy to check the authenticity of the drug you have purchased from the Druggist.

Apart from doing this, also check the expiry date on the label,composition, and for  Contra indications.(Reactions).

The Procedure..

Drug Authentication:

This is very useful to everyone…..In India if at anytime you are worried that medicine is fake or counterfeit, you can test it by sending a 10 digit code as an SMS to 9901099010 and receive a reply back as to whether the drug is authentic.
 Whenever a unit of medicine is produced at the factory, it is labeled with a unique code provided by PharmaSecure. When you purchase a medicine you can send this code, which is printed on the package, to 9901099010 and receive an SMS, which tells you if the medicine is genuine and provides you with a batch number, expiration, and other drug information.

This message is a fact. This drug authentication service to test medicine is provided by PharmaSecure, a global innovator in drug authentication technologies and software. It provides three ways to check the authentication of specific, quality drugs:

1) Through their website portal www.VerifyMyMedicine.com, where you simply enter the authentication code printed on the drug package.

2) Through your mobile phone by sending the authentication code as an SMS to 9901099010

3) By calling +91 9901099010 and verifying your medicine over the phone via one of PharmaSecure’s agents.

Powered by Pharma Secure, manufacturers send an authentication message to their consumers stating that their medicine is genuine, along with the batch number.

Currently, Pharma Secure is working with ten of the leading companies in India to protect their brands with unique ID codesLupin and Unichem are among the companies that have started to implement the codes domestically, in the Indian market. However, more and more drugs are being coded by PharmaSecure. For more drug information on the medicines that PharmaSecure codes:
e-mail info[@]pharmasecure.com.

The unique code is generally either a 9 or 8 digit number, not 10 digit like it is mentioned in the message. This is indeed a very useful service to put a check on the quality of drugs and test the authenticity of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

Pharma Secure
Online Drug Authentication Service


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