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What you wanted to know about Dengue fever by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine What is Dengue fever (DF)? What are Dengue haemorrhagic fever and Dengue shock syndrome? Dengue [pronounced Den' gee] infection is caused by a virus. There ... Read on »
Better care than at home? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The other day I was able to visit an Old age home and was amazed at the care the inmates are getting. It is a small venture run by a young widow, a trained nurse. S ... Read on »
Too much work by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have not been posting in this blog for some time now. Thought I should revive it with more posts. I left the Government service thinking I will be able to ... Read on »
Is 'honor' more important than your wife's health? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Few days ago a doctor who is well known to me called to ask the diagnosis of one of his distant relative who is under my treatment.  I hesitated.  I asked him why you ... Read on »
What is your speciality? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "What is your speciality?" I was attending a Party in a relative's house in a City far away from my workplace. I had to face this question more than once that night. ... Read on »
Fake therapies.How can we stop it? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "Doctor, can I take 'Abcdxyz' for control of my Diabetes?" The patient in front of me was asking about one of those numerous alternative 'medicines' for Diabetes ad ... Read on »
UK Govt continues support for Homeopathy despite lack of evidence of efficacy by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine United Kingdom Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology was asked to review the efficacy and the policy of Govt funding for Homeopathy last year. On February 22,20 ... Read on »
Tips for prevention of breeding of Aedes mosquito in your urban neighbourhood by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Dengue fever is an acute febrile illness which can be life threatening.The WHO says some 2.5 billion people, two fifths of the world's population, are now at risk from deng ... Read on »
'Superbug' scare. Myths and facts by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A scientific article in the Lancet has created big commotion in the media both in India and outside.It is being said that a bacteria which is resistant to all known antibio ... Read on »
Two births that made me happy by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Last week two births made me very happy. I had blogged about one of the mother before. She was a type 1 Diabetic dependent on Insulin for more than 12 years now. I had ... Read on »
Is alcohol good or bad for the Heart? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Is alcohol good or bad for the heart? I am asked this question many a time in my practice. I usually answer without committing myself. I will reply that in very small amo ... Read on »
Pregnant but HIV positive by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine  The other day I received a call from a Gynaecologist of a nearby Hospital. 'I have an ante-natal [pregnancy] patient who is HIV positive. Should I send her to you ... Read on »
Should I give the cervical cancer vaccine to my daughter? by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A mother of a 12-year-old girl was asking me this question the other day. "Should I give my daughter cervical cancer vaccine?" I was not prepared for the quest ... Read on »
Life style changes in the New Year by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I do not practice what I preach. I preach to my patients about 'the importance of regular exercise in maintaining good health'. I preach about 'import ... Read on »
A very 'Positive' news from Pakistan by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Cricket is the national sport in Pakistan as it is in India, but what makes the First Positive Cricket Team stand out from all the other Karachi-based clubs is that its member ... Read on »
World AIDS Day 2009.A statistical update by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Another World AIDS Day is here.Let me update you with the current statistics and trends. New figures released by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS estimate th ... Read on »
What Diabetic patients should know by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Another World Diabetes day has come and gone. It was a day of free blood sugar testing,free or subsidised testing for complications of Diabetes,Run for Diabetes,Semina ... Read on »
Mass drug prophylaxis against filariasis by Vaidyan Charakan 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine To eliminate lymphatic filariasis, the Kerala State Government Health Department has launched a  mass drug administration (MDA) programme   in 11 districts in the State on N ... Read on »
H1N1 Flu 2009 - Epidemiological and Clinical data from India by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The 2009 H1N1 Influenza [Swine flu] pandemic is continuing to spread in India, may be with less virulence. The Indian Health authorities have published the initial epidemiolog ... Read on »
Chronic cough and Alternative medicine by Vaidyan Charakan Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "Doctor, He is coughing badly for the last 4 months." A man in his mid 20s was saying about his thin and frail looking father who was sitting slumped on my patient's chai ... Read on »