Panaji, June 16 (IANS) The Goa government has tied up with the Art of Living foundation for conducting online training sessions to boost immunity and well-being and over-coming Covid-related challenges to "help perform duties with energy and valour".A circular issued by the state's General Administration Department said that the online classes will be conducted over three days."During these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic where the overall physical, mental and social health of people is put to task, the Art of Living organisation is conducting online Covid Care programmes for 'well being and immunity' for government servants and staff in order to overcome these health challenges and help perform duties with energy and valor," the circular issued on Wednesday said."It is a specialised programme for immunity boost, improving lung capacity, mental health and reducing stress, anxiety through medication, breathing and yoga for non-Covid, Covid+ve Awith mild or moderate symptoms and post Covid persons," it said.--IANSmaya/vd
Hyderabad, May 12 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has not just rattled lives of millions but has put Indian healthcare machinery under tremendous pressure.From doctors to nurses to support staff, thousands of healthcare professionals have fallen to this deadly virus which continues to wreak havoc.It's not just doctors who are leading the battle against Covid across the world but nurses are also playing a crucial role. Every year May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses Day to remember Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.The day this year is being observed amid the ongoing second wave in India and it highlights the contribution of nurses in the entire healthcare system.Healthcare experts, on International Nurses Day, have called for encouraging nursing training at schools to create a 'healthy India'"Healing is a matter of time for the patient, but it is an opportunity to serve the needy for those working at a healthcare facility. The doctors and the nursing staff offer selfless service to ensure patients go back to their normal lives and are reunited to their families. Many patients do not even remember the names of nurses who served them in distress; but for these nurses every patient is same and want each one of them to return to their loved ones to lead a healthy life," said Soma Raju, Executive Director SLG Hospitals."India needs more nurses. India needs more nursing knowledge. And India needs to take a different approach to cater to the changing times and growing demands. I think, India needs to bring 'nursing' or basic healthcare into education curriculum at high school level. This will not just ensure enhanced awareness among the people at large but will also help create an empathetic environment towards the healthcare machinery in India," said Dr. Mervin Leo, Cluster COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals.Dr. Riyaz Khan, CEO, Continental Hospitals believes that nursing education at schools will help create healthier India. The boys and girls, who gain basic understanding about health and well being will ensure healthy surroundings. "This move will not just impart basic understanding about nursing practice; but will reiterate the importance of healthy living which will help create healthy India in the medium to long term and reduce unnecessary burden on the Indian health system.""In performing their duties, nurses often face difficult circumstances. Still, it is the motto to serve the needy that keeps these women (some men too) going day after day, night after night. Nursing is a demanding profession; and Indian healthcare system needs more nurses to cater to the growing needs in the years ahead. "Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Indian healthcare to relook at the existing systems and be prepared for future needs," concluded Abhinandan Dastenavar, Center Head, Wockhardt Hospital, Nagpur.--IANSms/in
London, April 27 (IANS) If you are worried about smell loss due to Covid-19, ditch steroids and try sniffing at least four different odours twice a day, suggest an international group of smell experts.The team, including Prof Carl Philpott from the University of East Anglia in the UK, noted that steroids should not be used to treat smell loss caused by Covid-19. Instead, 'smell training' -- a process that involves sniffing at least four different odours twice a day for several months, they recommend in the paper detailed in the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.Smell loss is a prominent symptom of Covid-19, and the pandemic is leaving many people with long-term smell loss.Corticosteroids -- a class of drug that lowers inflammation in the body -- are often prescribed to help treat conditions such as asthma, and they have been considered as a therapeutic option for smell loss caused by Covid-19."But they have well-known potential side effects including fluid retention, high blood pressure, and problems with mood swings and behaviour," Carl Philpott, Professor and smell loss expert from UEA's Norwich Medical School."The huge rise in smell loss caused by Covid-19 has created an unprecedented worldwide demand for treatment. Around one in five people who experience smell loss as a result of Covid-19 report that their sense of smell has not returned to normal eight weeks after falling ill," Philpott added.But research shows that 90 per cent of people will have fully recovered their sense of smell after six months.The team carried out a systematic evidence-based review to see whether corticosteroids could help people regain their sense of smell.They found very little evidence that corticosteroids will help with smell loss. And because they have well known potential adverse side effects, they advise against its use as a treatment for post-viral smell loss.But smell training, on the other hand, could be helpful. "It aims to help recovery based on neuroplasticity -- the brain's ability to reorganise itself to compensate for a change or injury," Philpott said.--IANSrvt/in
Nairobi, Feb 18 (IANS) A seamless roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine in Africa hinges on improving the knowledge of the continent's frontline health care workers in critical areas like storage, supply chains management and effective communication to the public, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.Ambrose Talisuna, emergency preparedness programme manager at WHO Regional Office for Africa said on Wednesday that a critical mass of trained healthcare workers is key to boost Covid-19 vaccine preparedness and uptake in the continent, the Xinhua news agency reported."There is a need to train and prepare African healthcare workers to administer the Covid-19 vaccine effectively," Talisuna said at a virtual briefing in Nairobi."We need to reach out to policymakers and vaccine managers at national and sub-national levels and improve their capacity to conduct mass immunisation against the virus," he added.Talisuna said that WHO has supported the training of African healthcare workers on key areas of vaccine administration including cold storage, logistics and detection of side effects.He said that a partnership between WHO and international online healthcare training initiative, Project ECHO that was launched on Wednesday, is expected to revolutionize capacity building aimed at facilitating a seamless administration of Covid-19 vaccine in Africa.According to Talisuna, the new partnership aims to bridge the knowledge and expertise gap that could undermine mass immunization against coronavirus in Africa."We will leverage on technology and innovation to train vaccinators, facilitate peer learning and sharing of knowledge across borders to address misinformation that might hinder vaccine acceptance," said Talisuna.He said that African countries have gradually improved their Covid-19 vaccine readiness amid the quest to contain the pandemic and return to normalcy."The capacity to deliver vaccines among African countries is up to task based on the ongoing assessment on critical areas like storage," said Talisuna adding that more than 30 African countries have submitted their vaccine readiness plans.Bruce Struminger, senior associate director and Africa Project leader at Project ECHO said that training and mentorship tailor-made for the frontline healthcare workers is key to facilitate a smooth roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine in the continent. --IANSint/rs
Toronto- A "brain training" may be an effective treatment for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers say.
The study, published in the journal Neurolmage: Clinical, indicates that neurofeedback, also called 'brain training,' -- consists of exercises where individuals regulate their own brain activity -- was effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD.
"Brain connectivity involves different parts of the brain communicating with each other and helps to regulate states of consciousness, thought, mood and emotion," said researcher Ruth Lanius from the Western University in Canada.
"Individuals with PTSD tend to have disrupted patterns of brain connectivity, but our research suggests they can exercise their brains to restore patterns to a healthy balance," Lanius added.
Neurofeedback uses a system called a neurofeedback loop in which a person's brain activity is measured through sensors placed on the scalp and displayed back to them using a computer interface. This allows the individual to complete exercises and visually see the results.
For the study, the team tested neurofeedback with a total of 72 participants, including 36 participants with PTSD and 36 healthy control participants.
Of those with PTSD, 18 were randomized to participate in neurofeedback treatment while the other 18 acted as a comparison group.
The study found that the severity of PTSD symptoms decreased in participants randomized to receive neurofeedback treatment.
After treatment, 61.1 per cent of participants no longer met the definition for PTSD. This remission rate is comparable to gold standard therapies like trauma-focused psychotherapy.
The research team also used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to capture brain scans of participants both before and after participation in the trial.
They found that individuals with PTSD experienced positive changes in brain connectivity in the salience network and the default mode network following neurofeedback treatment.
"Neurofeedback could offer an accessible and effective treatment option for individuals with PTSD. The treatment is easily scalable for implementation in rural areas and even at home," the researchers said. (IANS)
Johannesburg, Jan 13 (IANS) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) has called for the training of health workers to prepare for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination.NEHAWU said on Tuesday they noted the measures announced by the government and effort to secure vaccines but want more to be done to prepare for that, Xinhua news agency reported."We have not seen operation elements which include the vaccination training program for clinicians, education program for healthcare workers about the vaccine, logistical roll-out and vaccination sites for the aged and emergency reporting for adverse event following immunization," said NEHAWU General Secretary Zola Saphetha.He called on the government to counter fake news peddled on social media which would "make people hesitant to be vaccinated."President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday night that South Africans will likely reach herd immunity once around 67 per cent of the population are immune, which amounts to around 40 million people.He said the government has put in place a comprehensive vaccination strategy to reach all parts of the country which "will be the largest and most complex logistical undertaking in our country's history".--IANSint/