If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs.
Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Refrain from Harsh Soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
Clip Your Nails Regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
Good Quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
Stop The Habit of Nail Chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Exfoliate Your Hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Don't Use Your Nails As Tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Be Aware of Nail or Cuticle Inflammation or Redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
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New York, Aug 17 (IANS) An international team of engineers has designed a soft, lightweight, and potentially low-cost neuroprosthetic hand, that can help amputees with a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat.The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, developed the prosthetic, designed with a system for tactile feedback, restoring some primitive sensation in a volunteer's residual limb. The new design is also durable, quickly recovering after being struck with a hammer or run over with a car.The smart hand is soft and elastic, and weighs about half a pound. Its components total around $500 -- a fraction of the weight and material cost associated with more rigid smart limbs."This is not a product yet, but the performance is already similar or superior to existing neuroprosthetics, which we're excited about," said Xuanhe Zhao, Professor of mechanical engineering and of civil and environmental engineering at MIT."There's huge potential to make this soft prosthetic very low cost, for low-income families who have suffered from amputation," Zhao added.The artificial hand, described in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, is made from soft, stretchy material -- the commercial elastomer EcoFlex. The prosthetic comprises five balloon-like fingers, each embedded with segments of fibre, similar to articulated bones in actual fingers. The bendy digits are connected to a 3-D-printed "palm," shaped like a human hand.Rather than controlling each finger using mounted electrical motors, as most neuroprosthetics do, the researchers used a simple pneumatic system to precisely inflate fingers and bend them in specific positions. This system, including a small pump and valves, can be worn at the waist, significantly reducing the prosthetic's weight.The team used an existing algorithm that "decodes" muscle signals and relates them to common grasp types to programme the controller for their system.When an amputee imagines, for instance, holding a wine glass, the sensors pick up the residual muscle signals, which the controller then translates into corresponding pressures. The pump then applies those pressures to inflate each finger and produce the amputee's intended grasp.To enable tactile feedback, the team stitched to each fingertip a pressure sensor, which when touched or squeezed produces an electrical signal proportional to the sensed pressure. Each sensor is wired to a specific location on an amputee's residual limb, so the user can "feel" when the prosthetic's thumb is pressed, for example, versus the forefinger.--IANSrvt/vd
Hyderabad, Aug 10 (IANS) A "severely" malnourished two-and-a-half year old girl, suffering from old burns and anemia, was cured successfully by Ankura Hospitals in association with Sood Charity Foundation.Dr Srinidhi, Medical Director at Ankura Hospitals, LB Nagar, said, Afeefa Maryum was admitted to hospital last month with chronic non healing wound with intermittent bleeding and severe anemia with malnutrition.A year ago hot oil accidentally fell over her left temporo - parietal region, left hand, nape of neck and upper back of trunk. She was immediately taken to a local hospital where collagen was applied and was discharged within a week. Post discharge, the child developed scalds over left side of scalp area and was again admitted in the same hospital when collagen was applied over left side scalp and nape of neck, for the second time. The child didn't receive sufficient diet and nutrients leading to malnourishment."As the parents had no money for further treatment, they contacted actor Sonu Sood, who recommended Ankura Hospitals for treatment. When the child was admitted at Ankura for further evaluation and management, the situation was critical and challenging due to the low weight and given her medical condition," the doctor said.He said that the 24/7 expert nursing care and specialist doctor team services led by Dr Hari Kiran was rendered to the baby as the initial few weeks were crucial for nutrition, maturation of lungs and brain and for establishing feeds. "Four weeks of special care by the entire medical team along with access to the advanced equipment, standardized treatment protocols, key medical intervention and procedure helped the baby to survive," he added."Nothing brings me more joy than saving a life. I have worked with Ankura Hospital in the past. During the pandemic, I have referred some critical cases in gynaecology and paediatrics to them and they showed remarkable results...It strengthened my belief and resolve to become more seriously involved with such a healthcare brand that practices what it preaches," said Sonu Sood, Chairperson Sood Charity Foundation.--IANSms/shs/skp/
One may envy or desire long, stylish nails but unless they are clean underneath, they can be the reason behind a range of bacterial diseases such as diarrhoea. Longer nails harbor more dirt and bacteria than short nails, thus possibly contributing to the spread of infection, says Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India
"Fingernails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleaned frequently to maintain nail hygiene. At the same time, it is important to keep a tab on how you clean the nails. Unless the means are safe, the process of cleaning hands can cause more damage than good," Pandya told IANSlife.
He further explains: wash your hands, including nails, and underneath them, as many times as required with lukewarm water and soap. If you handle stronger dirt like grease, you may want to use a pair of gloves while working or use a specific cleaner for that specific type of dirt. Trimming nails regularly help you to maintain healthy nails and avoid breaking. How frequently you trim your nails will depend on how fast they grow.
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Every time you wash hands, ensure you dry them completely. Moist hands may attract germs that proliferate in a damp environment and facilitate their spread. Before clipping nails, ensure that all equipment to be used, such as nail clippers and files, are properly cleaned and sanitised even if you are using them at home. Sterilising equipment before use is especially important when nail tools are shared among a number of people, as is common in commercial nail salons or any beauty parlour.
Many people are not adequately conscious of the necessity to keep the hands clean, notes Pandya. "Negligence towards hand hygiene can cause a series of diseases, bacterial and viral infections, including by the deadly COVID-19 virus that is wreaking havoc across the country.
"Considering that fingernails can harbor tons of dirt and debris and can become COVID-19's first route of communication, keeping our hands, and by extension our nails, clean is crucial. So, don't let germs make you fall sick. Clean your hands well so you can eat well, and stay healthy," he concludes.
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Gurugram, May 30 (IANS) A 34-year-old woman's left hand turned black due to infection after she was administered an antibiotic injection at a private hospital located in Dundahera village of Gurugram.The woman was given the injection after undergoing an abortion on April 23. Woman's husband has filed a complaint of negligence against the hospital at the district's health department. The woman Vinita, is currently residing with her husband Sarfaraz in Gurugram's Chakkarpur village. Sarfaraz alleged that on April 23, he and his wife had visited Park Hospital located in Dundahera village of Gurugram for an abortion. "After the abortion, the doctors at the hospital administered my wife an antibiotic injection which caused a reaction in her body. The doctors informed us that the right hand will have to be amputated as the reaction is spreading," Sarfaraz said."Despite negligence on the part of the hospital they are not willing to accept our request and are asking for a huge amount for the operation," he added. "My wife had been operated on April 23 and was discharged on the same day. Since then she has been suffering severe pain and the very next day on April 24 we again visited the hospital and the doctors changed her medicine. On April 25, an ultrasound of the hand was conducted and later we were referred to the RML hospital in Delhi," Sarfaraz said. He stated that at RML hospital the doctors told him that infection has spread in her hand due to reaction of an antibiotic injection and if the hand was operated upon within 6-8 hours then there was no need to amputate the hand. But since he had reached the hospital four days later, now the hand will have to be amputated to stop further infection.Sarfraz said his wife was the sole breadwinner of the family as he was jobless due to covid-19 and have no food to eat. Recently an NGO had provided the family with some eatables. He also claimed that now he has no money for his wife's operation. Meanwhile, Chief Medical officer of Gurugram Dr Virender Yadav told IANS, that "In connection with the matter the health department did not receive any complaint. Once the matter will be reported an action will be initiated against the hospital". No one from the hospital management was available for comments.--IANS str/skp/
Chennai, May 27 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government has proposed to take on lease HLL Biotech Ltd's integrated vaccine complex (IVC) near Chennai without past liabilities to run it with a private party.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has said that the assets of the vaccine complex be handed over to the state government on lease with full operational freedom and without past liabilities."The state government will identify a suitable private partner immediately and will make all efforts to commence vaccine production at the earliest," Stalin told Modi.According to Stalin, suitable financial arrangement for Central government to recover part of its investment can be subsequently worked out, after commencement of operations at the plant.Stalin said the high capacity vaccine production unit is lying unutilized."The government of India has already invested around Rs 700 crore in this manufacturing facility, which is almost complete but has been lying unutilized for want of additional funds," Stalin said."The recent attempt to find a private partner to run the IVC has also not borne fruit, as there were no bidders for it," Stalin pointed out to Modi.--IANSvj/pgh