Get Back on the Mat!

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Get Back on the Mat!

Author Name : Dr Nirupama M P

Get Back on the Mat!

Start your Rituals Today!

As we all have shifted to work from home mode, it brings us to unique challenges related to our health. While working from home we sit glued to our seats attending long meetings, skipping breakfast, lunch, dinner, munching junk foods while working and eating at irregular times. Lack of movement can cause weight gain, fatigue, sleep problems, loneliness, social anxiety, and long-term health issues. Following a regular exercise regime can benefit us from boosting energy levels to sleep quality and good health.

Of course, there are far beyond benefits of exercising regularly. It can improve brain function, improve memory, help in handle stress more effectively, brings you glowing skin and enhances your social life and last of all it will make you relax and breaks the monotony of working from home.

  1. If you are facing trouble to begin an exercise plan or following a routine, you are not alone! We all are struggling to get back on track.

    How to get into our routine?

    It is easier to plan but bringing it into execution is tough. It requires commitment, dedication, and some strategic planning. It requires consistency and the key is to make it a habit. So, create a plan for yourself and set attainable goals to get those good feelings from exercising. Pick any form of exercise/activity that makes you feel happy.

    You don’t have to do painful exercises and spend hours in the gym which can make you hate to experience the benefits of exercising. Be kind to yourself and your body!

    Self-compassion can help you achieve your set goal. So, do not try hard and beat yourself up. Set realistic goals as you will not transform your body instantly. If you expect too much too soon then it could be frustrating. Try your best to focus on consistency, instead of results. As you become regular with your routine results will start showing up.

Get rid of Excuses

Realize for how long you have gone out of routine and check your weight. It will make you realise how important it is for you to exercise. If you think you have no time for exercising, then you need to understand that people who exercise regularly are the ones who carve out that time for their own benefit. Change your perspective, stop giving your busy life as an excuse not to exercise. If you have no time to go to the gym or buy expensive equipment, take it easy. Do sit-ups, Push-ups, yoga, and many other exercises which will not do any harm to your body and can be done without equipment. Walking or running is even good. So, get back on the mat and start with your workout plan. Please listen to your body and do not push way too hard. Start slow but be consistent.

How to get motivation?

If you dream of a healthy body, you need to start working for it. Rather than just planning put on your workout clothes and start. Exercise is all about improving your health and life. Start with an early morning brisk walk of at least 15 minutes. Walking increases your heart rate and kickstart your metabolism relieving you from stress. Based on your other work commitments during the day make your own schedule and remember housework counts as exercise. If you can convince yourself and take out time for your workout it can boost your energy and make you efficient throughout the day.

You can also consider joining social networking site or any online community with fitness trainers and nutrition experts to get support and encouragement from other people who are trying to be fit and healthy. When you do it together you may feel motivated.

Staying active while working from home may sound like a dream but it is important for both your physical and mental health to remain active. It may take some time and need self-discipline. Being sedentary for long periods can harm your health even after you have done your exercise for the day! Sitting at your desk for long hours can put you at risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. So, set a timer while you are working that can remind you to move for few minutes every hour. Get up, walk up and down the stairs or even go to the kitchen and grab a healthy snack or even do quick jumping jacks to get your heart pumping and boost your energy level!

Top 5 HMS that have mastered the healthcare Industry in India!!

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Top 5 HMS that have mastered the healthcare Industry in India!!

Author Name : Shilpa A

In the healthcare industry, it is necessary for all the hospitals to keep updated with the latest technologies so that they can provide quality treatments to the patients at the right time as well as maintain an uninterruptable workflow. To cope up with these challenges, many hospitals have moved from the traditional manual paperwork to the digital world using software designed specifically for the hospitals called Hospital Information Management Software (HIMS). These HIMS helps the hospital to manage and store the patient data securely, use an effective communication management system to collaborate, and have a zero-communication gap between the departments, staff, and management, make sure that there is no duplication of the records, mismatch of data and many more.
While there are many HMS companies offering various features to cater to the needs of the hospitals. we have identified these five HMS who have mastered the healthcare industry by giving the best of the best solutions to run the show.

Ezovion HMS:-

Ezovion Hospital Management System is a Cloud-based seamless ecosystem that intelligently drives all the healthcare operations. Its AI/ML features improve efficiency, save cost, and drive profits while building the healthcare service through intelligent Healthcare Service Experience ( iHSE ) from patient registration to caring, billing, insurance, and more. It has a very user-friendly interface that is self-explanatory which helps the customers to use it effortlessly. Ezovion HMS also meets all the compliance requirements made by the government and guarantees 100% data security.

Ezovion is built for all healthcare service providers starting from OP clinics to, multi-specialty, super specialty hospitals, rehab centres nursing homes, chain of hospitals and clinics.

Some of the unique features of Ezovion HIMS are Patient Registration, Appointment Management, Queue Management, OP Billing, Prescription, Day Care Summary, OP Case Sheet, IP Case Sheet, Ward Management, Bed Transfer Management, Bed Occupancy Dashboard, Operation Theatre Management, Discharge Summary, IP Billing, IP Billing, Advance payment, and Refund. Electronic Health Record, Image loading and Indexing, 2D Dental Chart, Pharmacy and Lab Modules, Communication Management, Expenses and Accounts Management, Dashboard & Reports, Masters & Admin, Security and User Role Management, and Templates.

Product list:

      • Outpatient Management
      • Inpatient Management
      • EHR
      • Lab Management
      • Pharmacy Management
      • PACS
      • IVF Clinic Management
      • Gynecology Management
      • Obstetrics Management
      • Pediatric Management
      • Orthopedic Practice Management
      • Physiotherapy Management
      • Dental Practice Management
      • Dialysis Centre
      • Purchase Management
      • Order Management
      • Stock Management
      • HRMS & Payroll
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Insta HMS:-

Insta Hms by Practo is a cloud-based clinic and Hospital management software empowering healthcare providers in various countries since 2008. It is known for reducing the inventory cost, increasing the overall revenue, streamling the operations right from managing all the patient’s registrations, to Optimize the overall productivity in the hospitals. Insta HMS helps in tracking minute modifications in the bill, print registration barcodes, view pending OP prescriptions with Sales linkages and many more. By using the Insta HMS software, the hospitals have improved their patient retention rate by 30% and have a 50% faster discharge rate.

Mocdoc HMS:-

Mocdoc Hospital Management Software is a One-stop digital healthcare solution for the single clinic to multispeciality hospitals. With Mocdoc, the hospitals gets a fully integrated healthcare management suite to manage all their operations seamlessly. With the increase in the number of hospitals having multiple locations, handling them in a single account has become easy with the Mocdoc Hospital management software. MOCDOC has a range of features like Doctors Discovery, Comprehensive Patients Appointments, Integrated OP Billing, Visual EMR’s etc.

 

Suvarna HIMS:

Suvarna HIMS is a powerful tool that is designed to deliver benefits to hospitals, clinics, diagnostics centers, etc in a flexible and user-friendly way. These benefits range from enhancing the administration and control, strict cost control, superior patient care, and more! Suvarna HMS packages are developed in such a way that it provides the customers the best value-based solutions at the lowest cost, its products are carefully designed to support all the important features required by a hospital and are developed with the exquisite architecture enabling a high level of flexibility and scalability to the end customer.
Some intuitive features of Suvarna HMS are Admission Discharge and Transfer, Blood blank, Online scheduling, Billing, Inventory, Doctor’s organizer, Document Management System.

Attune HMS:-
Attune Hospital management systems are popular at providing solutions to integrate all the departments in the hospitals from pharmacies, labs, imaging units to branches and collection centres located in multiple locations across the country. Attunes modular solutions and configurable workflows can be customized based upon the hospital requirements so that the hospitals can choose the parameters that matter to them the most. The major benefits of Attune are that it helps in simplifying the operations, increases productivity, and generates more revenue for the hospitals.
A few of the interesting features of Attune Hms are Radiology Information System, Accident and Emergency Care, Central Sterile Supply Department Tracking, Operation Theatre Management, OP, IP, Day Care & Surgery Billing, Insurance & TPA Billing, Credit Tracking, Patient Referrals.

Summing it up, In this digital era, the Hospital management system plays a major role in the lifecycle of modern healthcare system and every Hospital Management Software tries to come up with its own ideas and unique features to give the best solutions to the hospitals to stand out of the crowd.

Reference: Capterra, Softwaresuggest and respective vendor websites like Attune, Practo, mocdoc, Suvarna.

Enabling Better Care Delivery Through Adoption of Healthcare Information Technology

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Enabling Better Care Delivery Through Adoption of Healthcare Information Technology

Author Name : Dr Nirupama M P

Healthcare has undergone tremendous transformation in recent years with the advent of new and emerging technologies. To address the challenges faced in improving overall quality care for patients, doctors, hospitals, and small clinics have implemented new technologies to respond to the changing environment with high-tech medical facilities and talented professionals. It is important to partner with right Information Technology (IT) provider to fully realise the benefits of IT in healthcare. IT services can help in reducing medical errors, comply with new and evolving regulations, aid in the recovery from any unexpected technology-related disasters, as well as increase our ability to save, share and analyse health information.

  1. Impact of IT in Healthcare:

    • Digitalization of health records.
    • Better patient care.
    • Makes workflow easy.
    • Improves healthcare system & public health.
    • Reduces cost.
    • Improves efficiency and quality. 
    • Prevents death due to negligence & human errors.
    • Helps in developing new drugs and treatment.
    • Big data and the cloud system processes and secures data.
    • Artificial intelligence can bring breakthroughs in medicine.
    • Reduces risk of medical records hacking with secured standard network system.
    • Telemedicine
    • Mobile health

2. The role of IT in Healthcare:

Information technology is all about communication. The core of IT in healthcare is to establish communication between devices, team members, between patients and medical service providers, and between other medical facility centres in a secured manner. Healthcare standards, Patient privacy rights are at most priority along with patient well-being. So, establishing a trustworthy secure network which is transparent and easy for doctors & staff to use, restricting unauthorised users should be provided by Healthcare IT services. 

3. Benefits of IT in healthcare:

Technologyfacilitates integration of health information into healthcare and supports almost every function of a delivering seamless care to patients both within and outside of medical facilities. There are many exciting benefits of IT on the horizon which creates opportunity and add value to healthcare services. 

Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is a boon to doctors and staff to record crucial patient health data and rely seamlessly and share data with other healthcare providers. Some of the other benefits are listed below: 

        • Quality of care:Technology plays a key role in today’s medical facilities. Well-designed and reliable technology frees up time for themedical staff to focus on patients and help them monitor patients through robust monitoring devices. 
        • Accuracy:Error free service is inevitable to any healthcare provider. Technology can help and ensure this with fewer medical errors. Reduced errors bring trust, decreases cost, and save lives. 
        • Security and privacy:When communicating vital patient-specificsecurity and privacy of the information is crucial and should bethose critical measures should be established by setting up network security by healthcare service providers. It is not about meeting the regulations and requirements but building trust and protecting the privacy of patient healthcare records. A secured data system can bring credibility and reputation. 
        • Reduces costs:  If healthcare is integrated with right IT providers it can save money, gives an advantage in serving patients at low cost and help facilitate smooth functioning, automating repetitive tasks, manages a large data and make it quickly available to staff when needed on time.
        • Collaboration:Collaborating at work with different teams for possible care of patients, needs access to the information. Seamless technology collaboration on network builds active collaboration on time with various department for sharing information. 
        • Recovery from disaster:When there is a power outage or hardware fails, failing hard drive, technology should ensure speedy recovery of systems and data is too important in the event of disaster. 

4. Concerns with IT in Healthcare:

The main concern doctors express, and highlight is about the value of health information shared. 

        • The interoperability between EHR systems.
        • Doctors complain that EHRs take a lot of time to read and update data while reducing time for patient care.

A well-integrated healthcare IT support system should address all the concerns mentioned above and should bring intuitive, user friendly interfaces. Ezovion can help build such reliable healthcare ecosystem from the ground up, build standards for reliable networking, interoperability with carefully constructed systems for usable and accessible EHRs. 

5. Conclusion 

Information technology is important in the healthcare industry, as it improves the quality of care that patients receive, enables smooth flow of information about patients to doctors, staff & patients, and supports shared decision making between healthcare professionals and patients. IT improves the overall health of the population!

Trisomy 21: A Blessing in Disguise

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Trisomy 21: A Blessing in Disguise

Author Name : Shilpa A

Trisomy 21: A Blessing in Disguise

Down’s Syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder that is caused by an error in cell division that leads to a full or partial extra copy of a Chromosome21. Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes in their cells, one chromosome from each pairis inherited from each parent. But in people with Down’s Syndrome, abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21 occurs, resulting in an extra copy of this chromosome that alters the course of their developmental growth. The most common traits of individuals with DS include intellectual and developmental delays that varies from mild to severe.

World Down’s Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated on the 21st day of March every year to raise awareness on DS, because March is the third month of the year and it signifies the uniqueness of the triplication(trisomy) of the 21stchromosome. Connect is the theme for 2021 WDSD that signifies the best way to promote awareness about this disorder and we connected with families with individuals having Down’s syndrome and learned more about how to cope up and manage DS in their own words through 21 questionsabout chromosome 21 on 21stMarch.

Abby Green is a mom of three with her last babe rocking an extra chromosome.

1.How did you find out your baby had down syndrome?

We found out that our baby would have down syndrome at our 20-week anatomy scan. During a time when many people find out if they’re having a boy or a girl, we found out a lot more. It was at the height of the pandemic and I was alone in the appointment. My mind went completely blank and I was terrified as a room of masked and shielded strangers rattled off the scary facts that they had found during our ultrasound.

  1. How life with Owen changed your perspective towards the world?

It started off being a very dark journey but there is light now andfull of possibilities. Owen is teaching us that there is more to life than textbook definitions and stereotypes and that any human being can shatter glass ceilings as long as we let them live to their fullest potential.

Misty is an actor, singer, teacher, and writer in New Jersey. Her son Jedidiah has Down Syndrome and has filled her heart with joy, compassion, and renewed purpose!

  1. Once down syndrome was diagnosed, what research you did to make sure you got the best support for your child even before he was born?

I looked into early intervention programs, found support groups, and read books to find more about Down Syndrome.

  1. Are there any cures for this disease?

There is no cure for Down Syndrome, nor should there be. They are beautiful just the way they are.

Alicia from Poland, mom of 4-year-old Pola having Trisomy 21.

  1. What is it like to be a parent to a special needs child?

I don’t think there is a golden recipe for being a parent, especially of a child with a disability. I found out that Pola would have a Trisomy 21 only after she was born. In addition to Trisomy 21, she had a heart defect and bilateral pneumonia. If I had known sooner, would it have changed? I think not! Perhaps only that I would be better prepared for living with a child who has special needs.
In 2017, my adventure of being the mother of this wonderful girl began, who showed me what is most important in life. She showed me that there are no barriers that man cannot overcome.

Everything is not always easy. Sometimes there are days full of rehabilitation, extracurricular activities, or consultations with specialists. The question that often arises is whether I will be able to provide my daughter with the best possible conditions for her to thrive? Am I doing my best to ensure a sufficient future for her? Will she be independent enough to function in this world when I’m gone?

There are days when tears of tiredness and helplessness appear. Some questions will remain unanswered. But that’s what life is. Probably every parent has such doubts. Regardless of whether his child is disabled or healthy. I know one thing! Thanks to my daughter, I know she is alive. She is my greatest challenge and reward for my life.

Mom of Chester, who is educating and raising awareness on life with anextra special chromosome.

6.How to support a friend who just got a diagnosis of DS for their child?

First things first, congratulate your friend as every life is worth celebrating. Do not say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘what bad news’ or ‘I feel for you’ or ‘God only gives special needs children to special parents.’How about, tell them you are proud of them, tell them how beautiful their baby is, ask them how are they handling the diagnosis?
Do they want to talk about it? Be supportive let them know you are there if they need to talk.

Mom of Saideep Gupta, Saideep is a 14-year-old Delhi-based Down’s Syndrome boy who is a warrior and has brought light to many lives especially to his family.

  1. The biggest fear generally parents have when kids are born with DS is whether they willbe accepted by family members and others? Did you have this in mind too? What were the challenges you faced initially?

Fear of non-acceptance is natural. But I was lucky. At his birth, my mother-in-law was our biggest strength and supporter. All the fear, worries were on her head. I was not aware of the term “Down’s syndrome” and nor its limitations. By the time I came to know about all this, I was somewhere prepared to take my journey with faith, that whatever he may be capable of doing, I’ll give my best to him.
Challengeswere always there, whether in achieving his early milestones like neck holding, speech, standing, walking, or to find a good therapist and to find playschool. Yes, we also faced rejections for admission in playschool and regular school. At first stance, it was disturbing but with time these rejections make us stronger. And if you have a good support system with you, things become easy and nothing can stop you to work for your child. We found the school but still, I must say, schools really need to be more sensitive and improve their infrastructures to nurture the kids with special needs.

  1. How much support system from a family is important while dealing with special needs kids?

It is very important. As I already mentioned, my family gave me all the possible support that was possible. It is easy to find success if you have a support system otherwise, it becomes quite tricky. If I was with him for his therapies or classes, I did not have to worry about my home. There was and there will always be my mother-in-law to look after everything. Today whatever he has achieved or capable, the credit goes to each and everyone’s efforts.

Harps is a London based South Asian mummy to her son’s Arjun and Saajan. Her blog has gone on to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome when Saajan was unexpectedly born with DS.

  1. How important are therapies for a child with DS? What were the therapies which helped your Son and what is your advice regarding therapies to other parents with children who have DS?

Early Intervention for children with Down’s syndrome is so important in giving our children the best shot at life! Saajan began physiotherapy from the age of 4 months. He began speech and language therapy from 8 months. We are fortunate that the NHS provides such therapies but additionally we received invaluable support from a local charity called Sparkles. Not only was it supportive for Saajan’s development, but it was also an emotional and mental support for my husband and myself. Physiotherapy helped Saajan reach physical milestones while speech and language therapy equipped Saajan with sign language for him to be able to communicate till he developed speech. Children with Down’s syndrome learn everything eventually but there is a developmental delay and additional therapies can aid in reaching those milestones.

  1. What was the biggest fear when your son was about to join the school for the first time? How did you prepare for it? What did you look for in a child care provider? Did you face any challenges initially?

 I feared that Saajan’s needs would not be met once he started in a school setting, also that he would not develop friendships as he is behind his peers in some ways. I trusted my intuition when visiting schools and also when speaking with teachers and childcare providers. I also let Saajan guide me – he automatically gravitated towards who he was most comfortable with. I ensured I wrote down as much information as possible for the school, we have frequent communication via meetings and a daily communication book.

Vicky is a mother of two, working part-time as a writer and social media communicator for a charity, her life changed for better when her first child was born with DS.

  1. What are the common misconceptions about children with Down’s Syndrome?

My personal preconceptions before having a child with DS, was that their life would be a struggle. I thought as a family we would be avoided, because people would feel awkward around a disabled child… Actually, my daughter was a calm, happy, easy baby. She didn’t hit milestones as quickly as other babies, but she was content and a joy to be around – no one avoided us. As she got older, it was clear she’s a gentle, social child and she’s a popular girl, so people have been surprisingly open. If anything, people actively want to say hi to her. I also worried about the opportunities in her future, but now I feel confident she has a lot to offer to our society and will do well on whatever she chooses to do.

12. How difficult it was to make the other sibling understand the situation about DS child? What strategies you came up with to build the sibling bond. What advice would you like to give to the parents of multiple kids who just had a new born with Down syndrome?

Having our child with DS first, meant that when our son was born, this was the big sister he had always known – he didn’t see her as different. We didn’t mention her having DS until very recently. They bonded naturally like any other siblings, there were no strategies needed. They have shared a room since he was 18 months old and she was 4 years old.
I think my advice would be initially to not do anything different. If you have older children and it needs to be discussed, then of course be open about it. At age 5 and 7 and a half, it’s clear to my son that his sister is a little “different” – she can’t run as fast as him or climb trees. She gets upset when other kids are being rowdy. She can be very stubborn. But, she’s also a better eater than her brother and she’s more flexible than any of us! And an amazing dancer! We talk about how everyone is good at somethings and not so great at others. We have said that DS can make it harder for her to learn and that physically she’s not as strong and they are both very accepting.

Sarah is a blogger and a DS advocate living in London with her husband and four young children.

  1. How helpful were the support groups for you during the initial days? What lessons did you learn from these amazing people?

Support groups are very helpful and valuable as they help you to feel less alone and less scared, as well as information they can help you with their own personal experiences later down the road.

Lizeth is a Mom of 5 kids, three of them age 2 & under, including Twins with one who has an extra chromosome

  1. What is it like to raise a child with DS and a normal child simultaneously?

Being that the twins were my 4thand 5th children, I wasn’t worried so much of how different they would be as much as I mourned the loss of experiencing “twin life”. Knowing that August would experience delays, I thought his brother would surpass him extremely and rapidly and leave him behind completely. Never be able to see the equal. Although being in different milestones is still the case, August doesn’t fall far behind. In fact, many parents of typical/Ds twins would say, it helped manage two babies at once. Currently, I don’t have two one year old learning to walk but I have one crawling and one walking. It still busy, but enough to give me time to react to one before the other one

  1. Being a twin mom, how difficult was it to not compare both the kids when one of them has DS and developmental delays.?

In my situation, I was already aware and use to having kids reach milestones differently. It wasn’t hard to not compare them, but somethings did make me feel sad, like when his brother started laughing and connecting with us, and it felt like August had no clue who I was. That made It hard to connect with him early on. Other times it actually helps me having a twin, instead of trying to remember or research what physical level he should be at, I am able to gauge it by his brother so I work on those things to get him going. For example, currently, his brother goes up and down the stairs, we started going up and now I’m working on him going down.

 ‘Proud big sister of my amazing brother. If I could define Down’s Syndrome with one word, that word would be LOVE’

  1. As a child from your perspective, what it was like being a sibling to a Down’s syndrome brother? Did you have an even more special bond?

There is nothing that I could really change about my early childhood with Scott. He was raised in a warm and very loving environment at home. We had a very special bonding. My first friends, were my brother’s friends who went to a special preschool with him. They were all disabled and I had lots of fun playing with them. Looking back, I gained my most valuable asset, the compassion, from these beautiful children. These wonderful humans were loyal and loving and stood for all that is wonderful in this world. They taught me love, friendship and loyalty.

  1. What are the challenges you faced as growing up alongside a sibling with down syndrome? What you wish you people knew during growing up which would have made life a little easier (your perspective)

My first 3 years of school were very lonely for me, as nobody would come near me in the school yard to play. I imagine the other children’s parents had probably told their children not to play with me because my brother ‘was special’. Yes, I know that it’s hard to believe, but it was unfortunately the ignorance of that era, people were quite different in their beliefs during 1970’s. It has taken many years for people with Downs Syndrome to be accepted in the world. It makes me happy when I see them being smiled at, rather than stared at, by people in the community.

Answer by a sweet Down Syndrome Mom.

  1. How to involve more people in raising awareness for Down Syndrome?

This month, on March 21 it is World Down Syndrome Day. Many people will celebrate by wearing silly socks and posting them on social media to raise awareness. There are several children’s books being published now, that show children with Down syndrome living with peers. I myself will be publishing one in the summer.
In the USA, most cities have Down syndrome organizations and they host fund raisers such as races or walks around the town and businesses usually sponsor it so money is used for programs that help children with Down syndrome to improve their skills, such as speech therapy, swimming, art, or social skills.

October is Down syndrome awareness month, so one way to involve people is to ask them to wear blue t-shirts to work or school or challenge them to learn new facts about Down syndrome, one a day for the whole month. Education usually helps reduce fear so the more people know, the less they stereotype.

  1. What you wish you would tell other parents who see a down syndrome family differently?

I would encourage people to treat people with Down syndrome with the same respect they give people who don’t have Down syndrome. They are intelligent, kind, funny, brave, and in many ways, the same as anyone else

Answer by Sarah from NSW – She is a Momma of 3 amazing boys with the youngest rocking an extra Chromosome.

  1. If you had one wish for a Down’s syndrome child, what it would be?

That they can be seen as a child first, and their diagnosis second.
It’s a tricky thing to ask for understanding & patience and yet to be treated equally and to be given the same opportunities as their peers.
I watch Toby and how he always seems to ‘get there’ – communicate, keep up, etc, and to think children like him were institutionalized, ignored, and disregarded (and in some cases still are) it’s heart breaking. What a waste of a beautiful life.

  1. What do you wish to tell the parents out there who are struggling to come to terms with Down’s Syndrome?

a) Reach out to parents who have kids with DS. You will quickly realize that every child, (additional needs or not) learns at their own pace, that every kid with DS is impacted differently. Additionally, the community is amazing and I’ve never seen a mother’s grouplike that.
b) Allow yourself to feel what you need to. Work through it. Then get on with the love.
c) This diagnosis that can sound/be all-consuming, is just a part of them, but it isn’t them- I look at Toby and can’t imagine another version of him in our family. He fits. He’s where he should be, as he should be.
d) Trust that momma intuition- if a doctor, therapist, or teacher isn’t sitting well with you. Go find someone who is excited to be on your child’s Team who will work with you and them.
e) You’re a parent. Congratulations. Slow down or make time to enjoy discovering the world through your child’s eyes. Be consistent. Celebrate the wins. Be calm and educating to ignorance. Ask for help. Ask questions. It’ll be a love like no other.

Raising Awareness on the International Childhood Cancer Day

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Raising Awareness on the International Childhood Cancer Day

Author Name : Dr Nirupama M P

Bringing Hope By Raising Awareness On
The International Childhood Cancer Day

February is a special month every year not because of the one extra day we get in a leap year every four years, but this is the only month in which we can all take part in raising awareness on cancer on two different days. The World Cancer day is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) on 4th February, which is a global campaign that focuses on educating people about cancer and brings hope and positive spirit. The UICC has launched a 3-year campaign – I am and I will – and 2021 marks the final year of the campaign that is geared towards driving positive impact globally by raising awareness on preventable cancer deaths. The International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), celebrated on 15th February, is another worldwide campaign that raises awareness on childhood and adolescent cancers and provides support to children affected by cancer. The symbol of growth and renewal – Tree of life – is a three-year ICCD campaign that runs through 2023 which aims to send a positive and powerful message that childhood cancers can be cured and survivorship can be achieved.  

Cancer affects any part of the body and all individuals irrespective of age and gender. Abnormal changes in the genes cause seemingly normal cells in the body to start growing in an uncontrolled fashion, resulting in a lump or mass of cells. In the advanced stages of the disease, the abnormally growing cells get the ability to migrate from where they originally started growing and spread to other organs such as lung, liver, and brain in the body – making it a metastatic disease that is often difficult to treat. 

Cancers can be broadly categorized into two main types based on their origin – solid tumor and hematological cancer. A solid tumor is one in which the abnormal cell growth in a tissue leads to the formation of solid mass or lump. Hematological cancers on the other hand arise in the blood and because blood is liquid, uncontrolled growth of blood cells do not form lumps.   

In children, the most common types include acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Wilms tumor, Burkitt lymphoma, and retinoblastoma. Cancer is a leading cause of death among young children with about 300,000 new cases diagnosed every year and the cost of caring for a child with cancer amounts to $800,000 USD. For a list of tumors that have high prevalence in children, see table below. While it is difficult to know the exact reason of why one has cancer, research has given us some clue about certain risk factors that predisposes to cancer. Unlike adults, where lifestyle and environmental factors such as unhealthy diet, smoking, or tobacco usage can play a large role in developing cancer, these factors are least likely to lead to tumor development in children. On the other hand, inherited or acquired genetic mutations, exposure to radiation, infections such as HIV and Epstein Barr Virus, and prior cancer treatment have all been linked to pediatric cancers.

 

The above table highlights the fact that treatment can increase the likelihood of survival of children affected with cancer with the overall 5-year survival rate reaching 84.5% across all childhood cancers. Although gaps in access to healthcare exists, including diagnosis and treatment, which is widened by socioeconomic disparities. For example, in high-income countries such as USA, about 80% of the children with cancer are more likely to get cured, whereas in low and middle-income countries, the cure rates precipitously drop down to 20%. In low- and middle-income countries, children and their families lack access to healthcare that keeps proper diagnosis and an early and effective treatment out of reach for many children. Realizing this challenge, the World Health Organization has launched a cancer initiative in 2018 with the goal of attaining a survival rate of atleast 60% among children by 2030. While this requires a collective effort from individuals, scientific community, governmental institutions and all other stakeholders, let us all support this ambitious goal by coming together as a community and raising awareness on childhood cancer – Together, all our actions matter. 

References: 

https://www.uicc.org/what-we-do/convening/world-cancer-day 

https://www.who.int/cancer/childhood-cancer/en/ 

https://www.thenccs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-economic-impact-of-childhood-cancer.pdf 

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer-in-children 

http://dcp-3.org/chapter/900/treating-childhood-cancers-low-and-middle-income-countries 

Carbon Emissions, a Global Concern!

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Carbon Emissions, a Global Concern!

Author Name : Dr Nirupama M P

Carbon Emissions, a Global Concern!

Why it matters?

The greenhouse gases have kept the Earth’s climate habitable for humans and many millions of other species by trapping heat from the sun. But the greenhouse gases are out of balance and threatens the lives on the planet — Earth.

The levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere currently are at the highest level, which is caused by fossil fuel burning by humans. Carbon emissions are overwhelming and carbon emission growth has caused the ice caps of the Arctic to melt, resulting in rising sea levels and causing damage to wildlife, destroying their home!

The common gas emitted into the atmosphere includes Methane (CH4) is released from natural gas, landfills, as well as by the petroleum companies, and the agriculture process(especially from the digestive systems of grazing animals), Nitrous oxide (N2O) is released from the agricultural process, livestock and includes fertilizer, manure, and burning of agricultural residues, along with burning fuel, and fluorinated gases, Industrial gases such as hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, chlorofluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) are released when used as refrigerants, solvents and can also be a by-product. These gases absorb solar energy and keep it trapped in the form of heat close to the Earth’s surface without letting it escape into space, and this process of trapping heat is called the Greenhouse Effect. American climate scientist James E. Hansen was the first one to testify the greenhouse effect and explained how it contributes to our climate change¹.

The greenhouse effect has far-ranging health and environmental issues. It contributes to respiratory disease, extreme weather conditions, disruption in food production/supply, increases wildfires creating a major climate change caused by greenhouse gases. These effects are widely recognised, and the world needs to urgently work towards reducing carbon emissions, a primary driver of global warming and protect our planet¹.

Key highlights from 2020 about carbon emissions

The global greenhouse gas emissions descended by 2.4 billion tons in 2020, which is about a 7% drop from 2019. Interestingly the largest decline is recorded due to worldwide pandemic Covid-19 imposed restrictions.

 Countries like the U.S saw the largest drop in carbon emission of 12%, the European Union recorded an 11% drop followed by India, recorded a 9% drop and China, a drop of 1.7% in CO2 emissions due to decline in transportation activities.

Emission could rebound in 2021, as predicted by researchers and has urged all the related organizations and government sectors to prioritise and implement policies to tackle climate changes.

 

 

 In 2020, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported an interesting fact about global warming. Reducing global warming to 1.5°C is required to control unprecedented changes in the environment. It also mentions the net carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from human-caused emissions would also need to fall to net-zero around 2050².

What is a Carbon Footprint?

The total amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere that comes from the Humans, Industries or by a particular activity.

How does an individual contribute to Carbon Footprint?

The bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will usually come from housing, food, and transportation.

How can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

· Reduce the use of fossil fuels: Every sector of the global economy should collectively work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. China, the United States, and India are the major contributors to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is crucial to move away from fossil fuels and use renewable sources to boost energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions to avoid effects on climate changes.

· Conserve trees & forests: To reduce carbon emissions just phasing out fossil fuels will not help, but planting trees, conserving existing plants, trees, forests, and grasslands, reducing CO2 from factories and powerplants are some of the other ways to rely on capturing CO2 from the sky.

· Constantly monitor greenhouse effects & implement solutions: Government sectors and various organizations around the world monitors climate change and measures greenhouse gases to track all the impacts and implement solutions to overcome the greenhouse effects. One such organization is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body that works towards tracking and implementing solutions to reduce greenhouse effects.

There is a need for real solutions to reduce carbon emissions globally. There are choices me, you & we can all together make in day-to-day life to reduce personal contribution in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

While there are many ways, we can contribute to reducing carbon footprints individually. Here are the few little things we can do and listed below for you.

· Using public transportation, carpooling, driving low carbon emission vehicles with high mileage, and switch to electric vehicles. Avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Drive wisely!

· Improve home insulation.

· Switch to LED/compact fluorescent bulbs. Turn off lights/fans/AC, any electronic devices when not in use and when you leave the room. Use a programmable device to turn off the heat/air conditioning.

· Walk, go biking to office, parks and to nearby places. It can be a great workout to keep us healthy and reduces emissions.

· Use natural resources. Install solar panels to the roof of your home. Save electricity save money! And even make money by selling electricity back to the grid. You will get financial assistance from the government for solar panel installation.

· Eat organic food. Change your diet, reduce meat and dairy product intake.

· Reuse and recycle.

· Reduce water usage. It reduces the energy used to pump, treat, and heat.

· Use renewable and clean resource of energy.

· Use reusable bags to avoid plastic.

· Contribute to the projects that work towards reducing greenhouse gases.

· Be responsible and take initiatives to protect our planet Earth.

To conclude, climate change is alarming and solving it is a global challenge. Governments of all the nations and other organization should create well-defined projects, policies and implement it to tackle climate changes due to greenhouse gases. But that is not enough, the individual actions from everybody are crucial to breakdown the climate-related issues and address them bit by bit. We all could make a difference by changing our day-to-day habits. Let us make a sustainability-oriented decision. Take a small step and make a difference to lessen personal contribution to climate change. Do your bit!

Save Earth-Do your Bit!

COVID-19 And The Year Of 2020

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COVID-19 And The Year Of 2020

Author Name : Gopinath Rajadinakaran

Covid19 and the year of 2020

With only a few days left to close the year of 2020, the time is right to reflect on how the year has gone by. The Covid-19 started spreading rapidly around the globe early this year and it is hard to realize that we have spent almost a year in this pandemic. Almost all of us have spent this year by social distancing, isolating, working remote, and limiting or restricting travel plans altogether to protect not just our loved ones but also our neighbours and even the people whom we don’t know — all to limit the spread of the contagious coronavirus. The deadly Covid-19 virus has infected nearly 80 million people worldwide so far and it has taken a toll on over 1.7 million lives (Source: Google).

Vaccines are biological machines or molecules that can power our immune system to offer protection against the deadly coronavirus. When a sufficiently large population is given the coronavirus vaccine, more people would have become immune to the virus. For Covid-19 to keep spreading, it needs to infect individuals who are not immune, but the virus would fail in this process if it infects individuals who are already immune from taking vaccines. The point at which the virus cannot spread anymore is referred to as having achieved the herd immunity. But to achieve the herd immunity on a large scale, we need vaccines in the first place and the entire world has been closely watching for these mighty molecular machines. In the past few months, there was a lot of discussion around the different vaccine technologies, their effectiveness and side effects, as well as the storage conditions and logistical challenges of keeping the vaccines in an active state before being delivered to the patients. So, where do we exactly stand in terms of developing a vaccine and when do we expect to achieve the herd immunity?

Who are the front runner candidates?

Several biotech and pharma companies around the globe have flocked to the race of developing vaccines to beat the novel coronavirus. Vaccine candidates are being developed and clinically tested using various technologies, for example, viral vector, DNA or RNA, or protein-based [1]. Due to the faster development timeline, the mRNA-based vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have gained early traction in the scientific community. To everyone’s surprise, these vaccines boosted effectiveness hovering around 95%, which is well above the 50% threshold set by the FDA and the 40% levels seen with the Flu vaccines [2].

Who can get the vaccines?

In the US, the FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s vaccine early December in individuals over 16 years, and shortly a week after, Moderna’s vaccine has also been granted the EUA for people over 18 years [3, 4]. While a EUA is not the same as the full approval, the emergency authorization cautiously grants the use of vaccines in certain individuals as determined by the regulatory body. Because there is insufficient information on the effectiveness of the vaccine in children and pregnant women, they are currently not eligible to receive the vaccines but clinical trials are underway for these patient groups [5]. The UK and Canada were among the first set of countries to issue emergency use, which was followed by the US and the European Union. It is expected that more countries will join this list to make these vaccines available to their fellow citizens [6].

What to expect after getting vaccines?

The currently available Pfizer and Moderna vaccines’ need to be administered in two doses that are given at least 3 to 4 weeks apart, and it is essential to receive the two shots in order to get full protection from the virus. The clinical trial results from a two to three month follow up of participants have shown that these vaccines can cause mild to moderate symptoms, but experts say these symptoms are a result of the immune system working hard to protect us from Covid-19 [7]. It should also be kept in mind that these symptoms are not specific to the coronavirus vaccines but other vaccines such as the flu vaccine can also cause side effects such as fever or fatigue [8].

Some individuals with a history of allergy could potentially experience anaphylaxis, a rare life-threatening allergic reaction, but it is unclear whether an ingredient in the vaccine causes this or people with allergies are especially sensitive to the vaccines. This has been reported in the UK in two individuals, who have successfully recovered after taking EpiPen, and as a result, the UK regulators have restricted access to the Pfizer vaccine for individuals with a past history of anaphylaxis.

Conclusion

The year of 2020 may have started on a negative note with Covid-19 spreading rapidly around the world, but we are ending this year on a positive note with at least two vaccines already having received the EUA and a few others that are in the late-stage clinical development expected to show results in early 2021. It is true these vaccines have side effects with some individuals experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, but as the experts suggest, the protection coronavirus vaccines offer far outweighs the side effects. Latest reports indicate that over 4 million vaccine doses have been administered successfully in nine countries and while we are far from reaching the herd immunity, this gets us one step closer towards that ambitious goal. Let us all hope, the year of 2021 will bring back the normalcy we all yearn for!!

World AIDS Day 2020: History, Theme, and Importance

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World AIDS Day 2020: History, Theme, and Importance

Author Name : Dr Nirupama M P

History

World AIDS Daywas first conceived in August 1987 at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland by two public officers for the Global Programme James W Bunn and Thomas Netter. On 1st December each year, organizations and individuals across the world spread awareness and knowledge about the HIV epidemic to eradicate the disease and HIV stigma. World AIDS Day allows people worldwide to come together in the fight against HIV and to support people living with HIV.

Though significant progress has been made to eradicate HIV, AIDS remains a major global public health issue. Along with other major health issues, in the year 2020, HIV faces additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all other diseases HIV prevention, testing, treatment, awareness and care services are all being disrupted particularly in those countries where the healthcare system is fragile. The breakdown in essential HIV services due to COVID-19 is threatening lives. Any further delay in resuming these services will leave many vulnerable populations at greater risk of HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths. Amid COVID -19 pandemic health workers and community representatives are doing their best to keep services going by adopting innovative ways to overcome disruptions in services due to COVID-19.

Theme & Significance

The theme for the 2020 World AIDS DAY is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”. This theme is more relevant to the year 2020 where the whole world is suffering from COVID-19 pandemic. This theme reinforces the need and urgency to spread awareness and extend the required healthcare services to end HIV/AIDS around the world.


What is HIV/ AIDS?

AIDS is Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a chronic, potentially life-threatening disease caused by the Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV). It will damage the immune system and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection and disease making a person with HIV infected more vulnerable to other infections and diseases.

The HIV/ AIDS spreads by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV infection, commonly during unprotected sex or through sharing a needle or syringe to inject the drug. If it is untreated it can lead to AIDS and HIV once infected human body, it is for life as there is no effective cure exists for HIV.

Are HIV and AIDS both same?

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)and AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection caused when the body’s immune system damages due to HIV.

Most people do not develop AIDS if they take HIV medicine every day as prescribed and the disease progression can be stopped.

We can say a person with HIV infection has progressed to AIDS when the number if their CD4 cells fall below 200 cells per cubic millimetre of the blood of 200 cells/mm3 (For a healthy immune system, CD4 counts are between 500 and 1,600 cells/mm3) and if the HIV infected develops one or more infections regardless of the CD4 counts. Without HIV medicine the infected can survive for about 3 years. During this period if the patient develops opportunistic infections/illness, without HIV medicine life expectancy falls to about 1 year. HIV medicine can still help patients at this stage but if the HIV medicine is taken at an early stage it can be more beneficial. So getting a test for HIV infection is vital

How HIV is identified?

By getting tested for HIV, one can be sure of the infection. Many medical clinics do the HIV test and it is a very simple test anyone can get it checked at home by buying a testing kit at a pharmacy or through online.

Importance of World AIDS Day

World AIDS day is an opportunity to spread awareness about the status of AIDS and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who are living with HIV or AIDs virus. More than 35million people have died of HIV or AIDS, though the virus was identified only in 1984. This makes HIV or AIDS as the most destructive pandemics in history.

Even today people who are diagnosed with HIV live with the stigma and discriminated though we have advanced scientifically, have made advances in HIV treatment and have laws to protect people who are infected with HIV. Hence there is a need to understand more about the decease, bring awareness about the facts and help people to protect themselves and others from the HIV infection.

Conclusion

World AIDS Day plays an important role in reminding the public and government agencies about HIV and the need to raise funds, awareness, fight prejudice, provide healthcare facility and educate about the disease. This year World AIDS Day is observedon 1st December 2020, pays a tribute to all those health workers, organizations & community representatives, who are providing HIV services and calls for global awareness about AIDS, to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond. The year 2020, is also the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, which calls for more protection and support to these health workers who have been in the frontline for long in HIV service delivery. Let us all contribute to the efforts to end AIDS and spread awareness to make the world a healthier place to live.