Motherhood comes with its own mixed bag of emotions; we want to save our child from every little peril that comes their way, including allergies.
The most common allergen in India are milk, egg and peanuts. According to the IAP survey, 11.4 per cent children under the age of 14 years suffer from some form of allergies and they usually peak around the month of May.
The symptoms of allergy range from runny nose, sneezing, coughing, rashes, watery and red eyes to swollen tongue and breathing difficulties. A child experiences serious discomfort and it leaves the parents hopeless at times.
Allergies develop slowly over time; parents need to have patience and commitment towards managing them. However, there are certain ways in which we, as parents, can contribute in prevention and possible alleviation of the problems.
Do Not Stress
Staying stress-free and calm is very important during this time. Creating panic will only add to the misery. Once we know about the symptoms, our mandate must be to keep a first-aid antiallergic kit at home. We can make this kit with the help of our paediatrician.
Let Them Get Dirty
We are all kids of mother nature. Nature has its own way of strengthening our immunity. Being over-protective about children, not letting them get their hands dirty increases their sensitivity response. Let them play in the park and get dirty once in a while.
Gut Microbiota Correction
As claimed by ayurveda, all allergies develop from a leaky gut syndrome. Excessive use of antibiotics and MSG-laden packed foods has made microscopic holes in our intestine. These holes get bigger with time allowing more allergens to pass into the bloodstream, eventually a runny nose becomes asthma overtime.
Full Research of the Allergen
Once we know our child is experiencing allergy symptoms, parents need to work like Sherlock Holmes. They need to take down a detailed history about their food, clothes and skin care products. Anything can trigger the allergy response.
Natural Aloe Vera-based Products
As far as skin allergies are concerned, Aloe Vera aka the Plant of Immortality is a healer. We recommend using natural, organic and purified Aloe Vera-based products for children so that their skin remains smooth, calm and fresh.
DON'T WORRY MOMMIES!!!!
(Dr Nidhi Gupta completed her MD from the DY Patil University, Pune. She is a cardio metabolic expert for seven years with a keen interest in mother and child nutrition and hormonal imbalance. She is the co-founder of AloeMaa. She writes several blog posts on emerging nutrition and skin problems and the solutions on the same on her website www.aloemaa.com)
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The diabetes care market in India is expected to reach about $60 billion in the next 10 years, from approximately $17 billion in FY2021, a new report showed on Thursday. With 75 million diabetic patients, and another 200 million pre-diabetics, India is known as the diabetes capital of the world.
Poor lifestyle is the prime reason for the rapid increase in diabetes cases growth of the market, revealed the study done by Redcore, the research arm of Bengaluru-based research firm Redseer consulting.
According to the report, an average Indian spends Rs 11,000 annually on Type-2 diabetes care and Rs 3.5 lakh in a lifetime. From Rs 6,000 annually in the early thirties, the cost increases exponentially to Rs 17,000 by the time they reach 60 years of age.
Further, the report showed that only 5 per cent of the diabetic population falls in the average monthly income segment of Rs 80,000 or more, while 35 per cent fall below Rs 20,000.
"Close to 95 per cent of the diabetic population in India falls in the middle and low income category and has limited access to diabetes care. It is critical for India to identify a diabetes care solution which is affordable and comprehensive to make it a real success in the country," said Anuj Kumar, director, RedCore, in a statement.
New age tech-based innovations such as connected blood glucose monitoring devices and app based-doctor guidance and coaching are playing a significant role in transforming care in western world.However, for India to see the adoption of these tech developments at a broad scale, accessibility and affordability will be the key.
The report also observed that within chronic diseases, diabetes (including prediabetes) has the highest prevalence, followed by cardiovascular disease and hypertension in India. These top three chronic diseases represent a market size of about $35 billion in FY21, and are expected to grow nearly 3 times in the next 10 years, the report said. (Agency)
Read More► Indian Pharma Sector Expected to Grow 9-11% in FY22: ICRA
India's pharma sector is expected to grow at 9-11 per cent in FY22, rating agency ICRA said on Tuesday.
It attributed the growth to the improving demand for non-Covid products in addition to new product introductions, rupee depreciation, and expanding market coverage.
"Going forward, sustenance of trend in doctor visits and elective surgeries given the news around the Omicron variant, and performance of new launches in addition to revenue growth momentum in the acute segment will remain key monitorables," ICRA said.
Further, pricing pressures and rising raw material costs are expected to contract margins for the sector to 22.5 per cent in FY22 and further to pre-Covid levels of 21-22 per cent in FY23, said Deepak Jotwani, Assistant Vice President and Sector Head, ICRA.
The outlook for the pharma sector remains 'Stable' led by healthy revenue growth and is seen remaining comfortable despite higher capital expenditure and R&D expenses given the robust cash levels.
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Paris- Three doses of a Covid vaccine may not be able to curb the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid, warned Ugur Sahin, CEO of Germany-based BioNTech.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the variant, known to escape vaccine immunity, has spread to about 90 countries.
"We must be aware that even triple-vaccinated are likely to transmit the disease. It is obvious we are far from 95 per cent effectiveness that we obtained against the initial virus," Euronews quoted Sahin as saying to the French daily Le Monde on Monday. BioNTech partnered with US drugmaker Pfizer to develop the two-dose revolutionary Covid jab, based on mRNA technology.
Despite this, Sahin noted that early data from the UK and South Africa is providing us with "reassuring information".
The latest research from South Africa, where Omicron was first reported, suggested that two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offered 70 per cent effectiveness in reducing the risk of hospitalisation. Israeli researchers have also found that the booster doses of the vaccine works against Omicron.
"There will be a loss of effectiveness against Omicron over time, it's very likely, but it's still to be measured how quickly. I will not base predictions on preliminary laboratory data but on real-life data, which is much more appropriate," the German immunologist said.
Sahin said testing for Covid-19 is important, especially for the elderly and during winter, as are other protective measures such as mask-wearing, adding, "otherwise we will not be able to control the rapid expansion of this new variant".
The German company is already designing a coronavirus vaccine adapted to the new variant, using Omicron's spike protein and its 32 mutations as an antigen. Sahin announced this should be ready by March, the report said.
"We remain on track with our 100-day target, which means we should be able to deliver our first suitable vaccines to Omicron in March, subject to regulatory approval," he said.
Some researchers have voiced concern about the effect of these new vaccines as instead of boosting new immune defences, they could risk boosting inadequate ones.
"This principle is an unproven hypothesis, personally, I don't think this is a real problem. The immune system has high adaptability and plasticity, and should be able to activate both, strengthening existing immune responses while generating new antibodies," Sahin said, adding "but we will obviously have to assess it."
Scientists at WHO have also predicted that Omicron has "substantial growth advantage" over the Delta variant and it will soon take over Delta. It is still unclear how effective vaccines are against the new variant, the WHO said.
Meanwhile, Moderna, which has also produced an mRNA vaccine, on Monday said that a booster dose of its vaccine appeared to be protective against Omicron.
Moderna said that its research so far showed that a 50 microgram dose of its vaccine, which is the current amount for a booster jab, increased the level of antibodies 37-fold, compared with two doses.
It also said a full dose of 100 micrograms boosted antibody levels 83-fold, it said.
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दुनिया भर में जारी कोविड-19 महामारी के खतरे के साथ, आयुष मंत्रालय 'समग्र स्वास्थ्य' की अवधारणा को सामने रखते हुए एक व्यापक दस्तावेज लेकर आया है। मंत्रालय ने एक बयान में कहा, 'समग्र स्वास्थ्य और देखभाल' पर जनता के लिए सिफारिशें निवारक उपायों और देखभाल पर ध्यान केंद्रित करती हैं।
मंत्रालय के एक अधिकारी ने कहा, "कोविड-19 एक नई बीमारी है और इसे पोस्ट-कोविड सिंड्रोम और लॉन्ग कोविड-19 के रूप में पहचानी जाने वाली प्राथमिक बीमारी के सीक्वेल के विकास की विशेषता है। यह देखा गया है कि सार्स-कॉव-2 से ठीक होने वाले मरीज़ लगातार और अक्सर, कमज़ोर करने वाले लक्षणों से पीड़ित होते हैं, जो उनके प्रारंभिक निदान के कई महीनों तक चलते हैं।”
दस्तावेज़ समग्र स्वास्थ्य की अवधारणा को सामने रखता है, जो जीवन और स्वास्थ्य के विभिन्न आयामों को संबोधित करके व्यक्तियों की स्वयं की देखभाल पर जोर देता है। "समग्र स्वास्थ्य और कल्याण" पर इन सिफारिशों को आयुष निवारक उपायों और कोविड-19 और लॉन्ग कोविड-19 के संबंध में देखभाल के साथ एक स्वस्थ जीवन शैली की आवश्यकता पर बल दिया गया है।
मंत्रालय द्वारा सामान्य निवारक उपायों, प्रणालीगत प्रतिरक्षा को बढ़ावा देने के तरीकों, स्थानीय म्युकोसल प्रतिरक्षा को बढ़ावा देने के तरीकों के साथ-साथ अन्य निवारक उपायों जैसे धूमन (धूपना) की सिफारिश की गई है।
आयुष प्रथाओं और स्थानीय म्युकोसल प्रतिरक्षा राहत के लिए चित्रात्मक प्रस्तुति, अच्छे और कमजोर पाचन (अग्नि), पोषण, प्रतिरक्षा और संक्रमण के बीच संबंध, और भूख की ताकत (अग्नि) के संबंध में आहार के स्पष्ट व्यवस्था को भी अधिकतम समझ और आम जनता तक पहुंच के लिए सिफारिशें इनमें शामिल की गई हैं।
कोविड-19 और पोस्ट/लॉन्ग कोविड-19 के लिए मानसिक स्वास्थ्य के लिए सिफारिशें और मानसिक ताकत (सत्वबाला) बढ़ाने के उपाय भी दस्तावेज़ का हिस्सा हैं, जो आयुष मंत्रालय द्वारा जारी पिछले दिशानिर्देशों / सलाह में नहीं थे।
आसानी से पचने योग्य भोजन (लघु अहार) जैसे मूंग दाल (हरा चना) खिचड़ी और मुडगा युशा (मूंग की दाल का सूप) के व्यंजनों को सावधानी के साथ चुना गया है और सिफारिशों में शामिल किया गया है।
दस्तावेज़ में योग आसनों के उदाहरण हैं जिनका अभ्यास कोविड-19 के दौरान लोगों को आसानी से समझने के लिए इसकी तस्वीरों के साथ किया जा सकता है।
यह सिफारिशें कोविड-19 उपयुक्त व्यवहार और सावधानी के उपायों के पूरक हैं और इसे विकल्प के रूप में नहीं लिया जाना चाहिए। स्वास्थ्य अधिकारियों द्वारा समय-समय पर जारी दिशा-निर्देशों के अनुसार मास्क का उपयोग, हाथों को बार-बार धोना, शारीरिक / सामाजिक दूरी, कोविड श्रृंखला को तोड़ने के लिए टीकाकरण, स्वस्थ पौष्टिक आहार, प्रतिरक्षा में सुधार और अन्य सभी सामान्य स्वास्थ्य देखभाल उपायों की सलाह दी जानी चाहिए।
दस्तावेज़ में कहा गया है कि विभिन्न स्वास्थ्य प्राधिकरणों (स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय, विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन, और विभिन्न राज्य और स्थानीय स्वास्थ्य प्राधिकरणों) द्वारा जारी किए गए सभी स्थायी निर्देशों का पूरी तरह से पालन किया जाना है और आयुष दिशानिर्देश वर्तमान में कोविड-19 और पोस्ट / लॉन्ग कोविड-19 के संबंध में प्रबंधन की दिशा में "ऐड ऑन" के रूप में शामिल हो सकते हैं।
इनमें आगे कहा गया है कि यहां अनुशंसित दवाएं आवश्यक दवाओं की सूची, मानक उपचार दिशानिर्देश, भारत भर में विभिन्न स्वास्थ्य अधिकारियों द्वारा जारी की गई अन्य सिफारिशों के विचारों के साथ भारत के आयुर्वेदिक फार्माकोपिया, आयुष सरकार मंत्रालय पर आधारित हैं।
कोविड-19 महामारी दुनिया भर में मानव अस्तित्व को प्रभावित करने वाली एक अभूतपूर्व स्वास्थ्य चुनौती है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के अनुसार, सार्स-कॉव 2 ने अब तक विश्व स्तर पर 271 मिलियन से अधिक व्यक्तियों को संक्रमित किया है और सीधे तौर पर 5.3 मिलियन से अधिक मौतों के लिए जिम्मेदार है। भारत में अब तक 34.7 मिलियन कोविड-19 मामले सामने आ चुके हैं, जबकि अब तक 4.76 लाख मौतें हो चुकी हैं। भारत में 1.34 अरब कोविड टीकाकरण की खुराक दी जा चुकी है।
यह अंग्रेजी में भी पढ़े► Ministry of Ayush Issues Fresh Recommendations for ‘Holistic Health and Well Being’
With the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to loom over the world, the Ministry of Ayush has come out with a comprehensive document putting forth the concept of ‘Holistic Health’. The recommendations for the public on ‘holistic health and well-being’ focus on preventive measures and care during ‘COVID-19 and Long COVID’-19’, the Ministry said in a statement.
COVID-19 is an evolving disease and characterised by the development of sequelae to the primary disease known as Post-Covid syndrome and Long Covid-19. It has been observed that patients recovering from SARS-CoV-2 suffer from persistent and often, debilitating symptoms extending several months past their initial diagnosis,” a ministry official said.
The document puts forth the concept of holistic health, which emphasizes the self-care of the individuals by addressing various dimensions of life and health. These recommendations on “holistic health and well-being” have been formulated emphasizing the need for a healthy lifestyle with Ayush preventive measures and care in respect of Covid-19 and Long Covid-19.
General preventive measures, methods for promoting systemic immunity, ways to promote local mucosal immunity along with other preventive courses such as fumigation (Dhupana) have been recommended by the Ministry.
Pictographic presentation for Ayush practices and local/mucosal immune responses, relationship between good and weak digestive fire (agni), nutrition, immunity, and infection, and categorical administration of diet in respect of strength of appetite (Agni) have also been incorporated in these recommendations for maximum understanding and outreach to general public.
Recommendations for Mental health for COVID-19 and post/long COVID-19 and measures to increase mental strength (Satvabala) are also part of the document, which were not in the previous guidelines/ advisories issued by the Ministry of Ayush.
Recipes of easily digestible food (Laghu ahara) such as Moong dal (Green gram) Khichdi and Mudga Yusha (Moong dal soup) have been carefully chosen and included in the recommendations.
The document has illustrations of Yoga asanas that one can practice during COVID-19 along with its photographs for easy understanding of people.
The recommendations are a supplement to the COVID-19 appropriate behavior and precautionary measures and should not be taken as a substitute. Use of mask, hand sanitization, physical/social distancing, vaccination to break the chain, of healthy nutritious diet, improving immunity, and all other general health care measures are to be advised as per the guidelines issued by health authorities, from time to time
“All the standing instructions issued by various health authorities (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organization, and various State and Local Health authorities) are to be adhered to completely and Ayush guidelines may stand as an “add on” to the current line of management in respect of Covid19 and Post/Long Covid-19,” the document said.
The medicines recommended here are based on the Essential Drugs List, Standard Treatment Guidelines, Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Ministry of Ayush Govt. of India along with considerations from other recommendations issued by various health authorities across India, it further added.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health challenge affecting human existence across the globe. As per the World Health Organization, SARS-CoV2 has globally infected over 271 million individuals till date and has directly attributed to over 5.3 million deaths. In India, 34.7 million Covid-19 have emerged till date, while there have been 4.76 lakh deaths so far. 1.34 billion Covid vaccination doses have been administered in India.
Also, read in hindi► आयुष मंत्रालय ने 'समग्र स्वास्थ्य और देखभाल' के लिए नई सिफारिशें जारी कीं