Friday, December 3, 2021

One-day live workshop on Advanced GI endoscopy

Friday 3rd December 2021 at 03:53 PM

Technician Training program was also special

3rd Decxember 2021: (Kartika Singh//Health and Fitness Screen)::

Health related activties rising in Ludhiana. A workshop on Advanced Gi Endoscopy had taken place today. With increament in work from home culture during covid pandemic, large number of bodily diseases have risen. Uneven work-life balance is getting on nervs. Still, many doctors & medical institutes are working continuously for the health benefit of society, Many training programs and workshops have started. AGI is also contributing towards health welfare goals through their programs.  

Advanced Gastroenterology Institute (AGI)-The GASTROCITI, Ludhiana conducted a one-day live workshop on Advanced GI endoscopy and Technician Training program.

This workshop was attended by eminent practising Gastroenterologists from all across Punjab, Himachal  Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Different opinions were also shared. Speakers of AGI were explaining every detail very efficiently and answering queries very quietly. 

The event AGI-LIVE 2021 included live demonstration of advanced GI endoscopy procedures and video talks cum panel discussions on techniques and controversies in basic and advanced new procedures. Live sessions included cases of POEM for Achalasia Cardia, Spyglass cholangioscopy for large complex CBD stone, EUS-guided drainage of pseudocyst using new innovation of Lumen apposing metal stent (HOT AXIOS), EUS guided variceal coil embolization for large bleeding gastric varices and EUS guided tissue acquisition from lymph nodes and pancreas. The highlight of the event was performance of a new technique for the first time in Punjab called Endobiliary RFA  (RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION) for a bile duct tumor. In short, this unique workshop ensured comprehensive illustration of advanced and novel endoscopic techniques to  the GI fraternity across the region and was widely appreciated by all. 

Advanced Endoscopy Workshop Conducted at AGI

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

‘World Physiotherapy Day’//Importance of being physically active

8th September 2021 at 4:12 PM

DMC is well equipped with all modern facilities

: 8th September 2021: (Health & Fitness Screen Bureau)::

8th September is observed as ‘World Physiotherapy Day’. Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  at  DMCH provides a comprehensive range of Physiotherapy services and is well equipped with all modern facilities including unweighing system, laser therapy ,cryo unit and  combination therapy., says Dr Avkash Teotia (Incharge, Physiotherapy Deptt. DMCH).

According to Dr Alka Kaul, Chief Physiotherapist, role of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation has increased manifold in present times due to long sedentary hours and bad postural style. Besides middle aged and old patients, there are many young patients and even adolescents who come for physiotherapy treatment due to pain related issues. It is also seen that many youngsters, who start going to gymnasium, also suffer gym injury when they overdo exercise over there. DMCH Cancer Care Centre has a specialized Physiotherapy Department, which has all the required machines needed for physiotherapy and rehabilitation of cancer affected patients or recovering from disease .       

Dr Shweta Mahajan says Physical therapy deals with patients of various age groups. It also aims at correction of posture and movement disorders to improve the physique and quality of life. Physiotherapists who work in primary healthcare facilities will likely play a part in the management of patients admitted to hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Physical health forms a major part of our life. Being physically active, maintaining nutritional balance, good rest and sound sleep are a few components of physical health. Giving importance to physical health will reap benefits at all ages of your life. Good physical health can contribute to leading a successful life. Physical activity or exercise will reduce risks of long term diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory diseases. It will have long term health benefits too. Inactivity is on a rise due to sedentary lifestyle, technological advances in gadgets, etc.

Physiotherapists work in the wards, looking after patients admitted in the hospital, as well as run outpatient clinics. The department has pioneered a number of significant physiotherapy services such as intensive respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation, ergonomics consultation, lymphedema therapy, Orthopaedic conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, and provides the most comprehensive burns and wound care ma Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Regular Cycling helps in achieving health benefits

 Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine 

Ludhiana: 3rd June 2021 (Kartika Singh//Health and Fitness)::

Regular Cycling Pexels Photo by Dorothy Castillo
On ‘World Cycling Day’ being observed today, doctors in DMCH and Hero DMC Heart Institute laid stress that regular CYCLING helps in achieving health benefits, which is very much relevant these days due to COVID crisis.

Dr Bishav Mohan, Medical Supdt. HDHI  says that Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages. Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school or work.

Dr Ashish Ahuja (Professor of Surgery & Bariatric Surgeon at DMCH) says that ‘CYCLING’ is very beneficial for improving overall health and building good immunity, which is very much essential to fight attack of COVID-19 infection. Dr Ashish Ahuja is a regular cycling peddler and has also participated in several cycling tournaments. His morning routine daily begins with 20 kms of cycling. But as the conditions are not appropriate these days for cycling outdoor in group, so he prefers to peddle cycle alone and that too during relaxation hours.

In their messages, Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Ashish  Ahuja says that ever since COVID pandemic has struck the nation, there are many people especially youngsters who have taken CYCLING as their hobby and passion to keep themselves fit and healthy.

The physical activity of doing regular ‘Cycling’ contributes to many health benefits including increasing of blood circulation level, optimal pumping of heart, burning out calories and making the legs and thighs stronger. This activity of CYCLING is also very much beneficial for people suffering from diabetes and other co morbidities.

So, keep yourself paddling to remain fit and healthy, advises Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Ashish Ahuja. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ageism is a global challenge: UN

17th March 2021 at 10:35 PM

Ageism leads to poorer health, social isolation, earlier deaths and cost economies billions: report calls for swift action to implement effective anti-ageism strategies

18 March 2021//News release

Geneva, Switzerland//Reading time: 6 min (1548 words)

Every second person in the world is believed to hold ageist attitudes – leading to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year, according to a new United Nations report on ageism.

The report released today by WHO, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), calls for urgent action to combat ageism and better measurement and reporting to expose ageism for what it is – an insidious scourge on society.

The response to control the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled just how widespread ageism is – older and younger people have been stereotyped in public discourse and on social media. In some contexts, age has been used as the sole criterion for access to medical care, lifesaving therapies and for physical isolation.

“As countries seek to recover and rebuild from the pandemic, we cannot let age-based stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination limit opportunities to secure the health, well-being and dignity of people everywhere,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This report outlines the nature and scale of the problem but also offers solutions in the form of evidence-based interventions to end ageism at all stages.”

Findings from the report

Ageism seeps into many institutions and sectors of society including those providing health and social care, in the workplace, media and the legal system. Healthcare rationing based solely on age is widespread.  A systematic review in 2020 showed that in 85 per cent of 149 studies, age determined who received certain medical procedures or treatments.

Both older and younger adults are often disadvantaged in the workplace and access to specialized training and education decline significantly with age. Ageism against younger people manifests across many areas such as employment, health, housing and politics where younger people’s voices are often denied or dismissed. 

“Ageism towards younger and older people is prevalent, unrecognized, unchallenged and has far-reaching consequences for our economies and societies,” said Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Together, we can prevent this. Join the movement and combat ageism.” 

Ageism has serious and wide-ranging consequences for people’s health and well-being. Among older people, ageism is associated with poorer physical and mental health, increased social isolation and loneliness, greater financial insecurity, decreased quality of life and premature death. An estimated 6.3 million cases of depression globally are estimated to be attributable to ageism.  It intersects and exacerbates other forms of bias and disadvantage including those related to sex, race and disability leading to a negative impact on people’s health and well-being.

“The pandemic has put into stark relief the vulnerabilities of older people, especially those most marginalized, who often face overlapping discrimination and barriers – because they are poor, live with disabilities, are women living alone, or belong to minority groups,” said Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund. “Let’s make this crisis a turning point in the way we see, treat and respond to older people, so that together we can build the world of health, well-being and dignity for all ages that we all want."

Ageism costs our societies billions of dollars. In the United States of America (USA), a 2020 study showed ageism in the form of negative age stereotypes and self-perceptions led to excess annual costs of US$63 billion for the eight most expensive health conditions. This amounts to US$1 in every US$7 spent on these conditions for all Americans over the age of 60 for one year (see note to editors).

Estimates in Australia suggest that if 5 per cent more people aged 55 or older were employed, there would be a positive impact of AUD$48 billion on the national economy annually. There are currently limited data and information on the economic costs of ageism and more research is needed to better understand its economic impact, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

“Ageism harms everyone – old and young. But often, it is so widespread and accepted – in our attitudes and in policies, laws and institutions – that we do not even recognize its detrimental effect on our dignity and rights said Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “We need to fight ageism head-on, as a deep-rooted human rights violation.”

Combatting ageism

The report notes that policies and laws that address ageism, educational activities that enhance empathy and dispel misconceptions, and intergenerational activities that reduce prejudice all help decrease ageism.

All countries and stakeholders are encouraged to use evidence-based strategies, improve data collection and research and work together to build a movement to change how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing, and to advance progress on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Combat Yoga for complete fitness

 Yoga improves overall mental wellness 

: 1st March 2021: (USA Defense//Health and Fitness Screen)::

Yoga is becoming popular every day even in foreign too. USA department of defense aranges spaecial sessions for yoga classes. Photographs from  these sessions have been issued even to media. As an Indian we should feel proud that Yoga is becoming popular. Attached photo is showing the American army persons doing Yoga Practice. In this image you may see that  Soldiers are participating in a combat mobility yoga session at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 23, 2021, to improve overall mental wellness and increase core strength and mobility. Photo was clicked By Army Sgt. Casey Hustin.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

WeSafe India will act as a catalyst of Change


Ludhiana: 28th February 2021: (Kartika Singh//Health and Fitness Bureau)::

Ms. Rakhi Oswal

 At a glittering grand launch event followed by press conference held here, the Oswal Group launched their new venture WeSafe India.

With this the Oswal Group expands and strengthens its portfolio by entering into the Direct Selling Business.

Spearheading this new initiative is, Ms Rakhi Oswal, Director WeSafe India Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd. (Oswal Group). Speaking about this latest initiative, Ms Oswal said:

``WeSafe India will act as a catalyst of change by increasing Consumer Awareness, Greater Health consciousness, and providing Self-employment Opportunity to the World. WeSafe India promises to contribute to the field of Health, Nutrition, Wellness and Fitness ensuring good quality of life and lifestyle with an Empowering Self-Employment Opportunity Utilizing Our Digital Direct Selling platform. The mantra of the company is to Empower People with a unique business opportunity that gives them financial freedom powered with high quality exclusive brands and products coupled with ethical and sustainable best practices.’’

WeSafe India launches exclusive brands and products under various categories like Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Care, Personal and Essential Care and Home Care.

WeSafe India is the proud owner of Punjab Lions Team In Indian Pro Music League (IPML):

WeSafe India has announced their proud ownership of the Punjab Lions Team in the Indian Pro Music League (IPML) show airing on Zee TV & Zee 5, Every Sat-Sun, 8:00 pm. Bollywood Super Star Salman Khan is the IPML Show mascot. WeSafe India Punjab Lions Team has Bollywood Celebrity Singer, Mika Singh as the Captain, Asees Kaur as Co-Captain, Rupali Jagga and Rising Star Shehnaaz Akhtar from Ludhiana. WeSafe India Punjab Lions is one of the six IPML teams and IPML is supported & Lead by Top Bollywood Stars & Cricket celebrity.

Exclusive brands of WeSafe India:-

EDRIO Brand (Lifestyle products): Edrio originated from a deep desire to provide High Quality Smart and Premium Fashion Wear. It is a Lifestyle Brand which represents Emotions, Creativity and 70 years of Textile Legacy of Oswal Group. Edrio is designed to deliver Ultimate Comfort and Personalized Fresh looks to customers, while creating contemporary styles in Casual and Athleisure wear to be adapted effortlessly in life. Our Mission is to consistently excel while delivering Customer Delight. Products include various styles T-shirts for men, women and children, trousers and track pants for women and girls.

Health and Wellness care – NUTRASAFE: The most trusted product when it comes to nutrition, NutraSafe products promise to deliver preventive care and safety towards the way of life. The basic aim is to enhance well-being and concentrate on a healthy lifestyle and promise a high quality life with high quality products. 100 % Vegetarian Premium Range of Ayurveda/ Nutraceutical/ Health & Wellness Products with safety and goodness enriched commitment enables our mission to build loyalty, trust and genuine soulful connection with our customers. Products under NutraSafe are: Superwomen Elixir, Diabetic Health Plus, Skin Health Plus, Supermen Health Plus, Liver Health plus, Digestive Elixir, Brain Boost Elixir, Kidney Health Plus, Happy Heart Health Plus, Bone & Joint Health Plus, Immunity Plus, Daily Super food, Super Kids, Hi Fiber, L-Arginine Powder, Herbal Protein, All-in-One Meal

The Word ‘Safe’ ensures our motive to enhance the trust among customers and ‘Roots’ are presenting the Nature & Purity of our products. Prepared with the most natural, hygienic and human friendly ingredients. SafeRoots is determined in providing authentic and healthy products which mark its legacy of refined quality in personal care. We bring you the most hearty and value oriented product range to avoid any adverse effect on health. SafeRoots is positioned with the most reliable Personal Care Products range where we utilise our strategic positioning to sustain a strong brand image in the industry.

Personal and Hygiene care - SAFEROOTS: Under Saferoots brand, products include Germ Protection Hand Wash, Charcoal Germ Protection Shampoo, Charcoal Germ Protection Conditioner, Ayurvedic Hair Oil, Germ Protection Charcoal Face Wash.

Home care brand - Dr. PERFECTT is a one-stop brand for all home care solutions with a growing family of products. Dr. word in the Brand is set to Gain Trust, Authority, Confidence among customers in the home care space. Our brand voice is directed towards our target audience with true brand values and a strong persona. Committed to the principles of hygiene, safety & premium quality at fair prices, Dr. Perfectt provides extensive Home Care Products to ensure cleanliness, hygiene, safe environment in your surroundings with our genuine & care giving products. Products under Home Care Include Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Dish Washing Liquid, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Multi Surface Cleaner, Fruit & Vegetable Wash. 

FACE MASKS: Anti-Viral Anti-Bacterial Face Masks for Women and Men

Saturday, February 20, 2021

An important milestone by Hunjan Hospital

20th February 2021 at 1:06 PM

 The first Mako System in Northern India has been installed 

20th February 2021: (Health and Fitness Bureau)::

Ludhiana reached an important milestone in knee replacement as it became the first city in Northern India to have the world’s most widely adopted US FDA approved Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Technology. The first Mako System in Northern India has been installed at Hunjan Hospital, said a press release issued jointly by Stryker India, a leading global medical device company, headquartered in the US, and Hunjan Hospital, a renowned orthopedics hospital in the city of Ludhiana. 

The launch comes as an important milestone for Hunjan Hospital and Stryker, in their endeavor to bring the most advanced technology and treatment for patients suffering from knee joint disorders. Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System enables surgeons to deliver more predictable surgical outcomes with increased accuracy.

Congratulating Hunjan Hospital on this important milestone, Ms. Meenakshi Nevatia, the Vice President and Managing Director of Stryker India, said, “We are very happy to partner with Hunjan Hospital and it is indeed a proud moment for Stryker. Our common vision of bringing newer innovations to improve patient outcomes and making healthcare better makes our partnership with the hospital very special. We are truly excited about the potential impact on serving patients needing knee replacement across Northern India.”

Dr. BS Hunjan, Director and Joint Replacement Surgeon at Hunjan Hospital, while talking about the difference between conventional and Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery during the press conference held in Ludhiana, explained that one of the challenges with traditional surgery is that surgical accuracy depends on the surgeon’s experience and technique. Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System allows surgeons to make precise bone cuts on the diseased joint, every single time. “First 8 patients that we operated on have shown encouraging results. With Mako, we have been able to know more about our patients than ever-before and we are able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage and for others greater bone preservation.”

Dr. Jaiveer Hunjan,
Consultant Orthopaedics at Hunjan Hospital further added, “While conventional knee replacement surgeries have been improving life of patients effectively over last three decades, the Mako System will enhance our accuracy significantly. As suggested by the literature and our experience with initial surgeries, we have seen tremendous patient benefits such as precise planning and bone cuts, more bone and soft tissue preservation, less post-op pain, faster recovery, quicker discharge and less blood loss.” Speaking on the technology, Dr. BS Hunjan said, “This technology has the potential to transform the way knee replacement surgeries are performed. I am sure a day will come when this technology will be a Standard of Care in every operating room. We are very proud to bring world class care to the doorstep of patients in Punjab.”

Each patient’s bone anatomy is different, and arthritis further tends to alter the diseased joint. In case of a knee or hip surgery, Mako System’s software helps create a 3D model of the diseased joint based on the patient’s CT scan. The software then allows creating a personalized virtual surgical plan for each patient, based on their specific disease condition. This planning, done even before entering the operation theatre, helps in deciding the most accurate bone cuts and alignment of implants. The technology allows the surgeon to modify the plan during the surgery, if required. And once the plan is locked, the Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System assists the surgeon in executing the bone cuts in the operation theatre. The unique haptic technology ensures that the surgeon remains within the virtual boundaries created. Since the robotic arm cannot be physically moved outside the virtual boundary, it enables the preservation of soft tissue. This allows most accurate bone cuts, positioning of implants and protecting any injury to soft tissue.

The largest global install base of more than 1,000 Mako Systems (and counting), more than 350,000 Mako procedures and more than 145 publications in published, peer reviewed studies establish the clinical prowess of Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Technology.

About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at