Topic: health benefits of laughter for students

Topic health

By Mr. Raj Vardhan, OSD Chairman of Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital (NIIMS), Noida International University(NIU)

A day without laughter is a day wasted. Laughter is a common emotion where a person feels stress-free and relaxed. Laughter is an act of showing joy and spreading happiness. There are various health benefits of laughter not only for students but for all. Laughing is one of the best forms of remedy that heals with positivity. In today’s fast-paced world, students are getting overburdened with workload and future tensions. Following are the health benefits of laughter for the students-

Laughter relieves stress by reducing stress hormones, cortisol, and epinephrine which relieves stress, improves mood, and adds colors to the moment and the life.

Laughter can also be an energy booster that improves self-confidence and concentration which improves the self-esteem of a person.

Laughter can allow students to think creatively and joyfully and may strengthen and promote good questioning and communicative skills to overcome conflicts and encourage teamwork.

Laughter can improve the oxygen supply in the human body, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, decrease pain, and stimulate the lungs, heart, and muscles, preventing heart diseases and burning calories.

Laughter improves the immune system, and stimulates the production of immune cells and antibodies, bolstering the body’s defense against infections. Its power extends to relationships with stronger bonds and promoting harmony within groups. Through shared laughter, individuals forge deeper connections, fostering a sense of unity and togetherness that enriches interpersonal dynamics.

Laughing lowers the glucose levels in the body resulting in reduced stress, anxiety, and agitation with happiness.

Laughing is also helpful for the lungs and heart exercise. Laughter also works as a workout for the diaphragm and is good for asthma patients as it helps them to do deep breathing and nurture our inner child.

Laughter has cognitive benefits that can directly impact academic success. Research has shown that laughter stimulates brain function by increasing oxygen flow, which can enhance cognitive abilities such as memory, creativity, and problem-solving skills. By incorporating humor into lectures or study sessions, educators can create an environment that encourages active learning and critical thinking.

Laughter promotes a positive mindset that is conducive to learning. When students are relaxed and happy, they are more open to new ideas and information, leading to improved retention and comprehension of course material. By infusing humor into their teaching practices, professors can create a more engaging and memorable learning experience for their students.

HCG Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Successfully Treats Appendix Cancer Patient with Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC

Bangalore, 10th May 2024: HCG Cancer Centre, Double Road, Bangalore recently set an exceptional benchmark in appendix cancer treatment by performing the unique Cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic Intra Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure on a 40-year-old man suffering from mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix. This type of cancer grows from the cells that make up the lining of the appendix.

While Cytoreductive surgery is the standard approach to reduce the number of cancer cells through the removal of the cancerous growth and involved organs in the abdomen, HIPEC is a procedure typically used to treat abdominal cancers that have spread beyond the originating organ to involve the peritoneal surface lining the abdomen. The combination of both procedures was brilliantly harnessed by Dr. Pampanagouda S K M – Senior Consultant Surgical Oncologist along with a multidisciplinary team that accomplished the medical feat.

For over two months, Tejas S (name changed on request) a 40-year-old police department employee in the city suffered from abdominal pain. He either felt full soon after eating or had a bloated feeling. He would occasionally complain of nausea and vomiting. When he began to lose weight without any explanation, his seniors at work asked him to seek medical help. Upon a physical examination, his doctor suspected that his abdominal pain was due to tuberculosis and put him on anti-tubercular treatment.

When the symptoms exacerbated, his doctor conducted an appendectomy. However, when the symptoms persisted even after the surgery, his histopathology report revealed he was suffering from mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix. His family advised him not to lose time and to seek expert treatment at HCG Cancer Centre, Double Road.

At HCG Cancer Centre, Double Road, when Dr Pampanagouda studied his reports and found that despite the removal of the total appendix the tumor cells had spilled into Tejas’ peritoneal cavity, he and his team unanimously decided to perform the critical Cytoreductive surgery, followed by HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) procedure.

Explaining the expert treatment Dr. Pampanagouda S K M – Senior Consultant Surgical Oncologist, HCG Cancer Centre, Double Road, Bangalore said, “When the patient arrived at the hospital, he had abdominal mass with distension of the abdomen. Patient had biopsy of the abdominal mass to reconfirm the diagnosis Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) and had staging investigation done. The imaging report revealed the cancer had spread to other part of the abdomen to involve the peritoneal surface and omentum. That was when our multidisciplinary team decided that Cytoreductive surgery followed by HIPEC was the effective treatment. In view of the extensive disease, he received Neo adjuvant Chemotherapy. The patient condition was optimised and underwent surgery under general with epidural anesthesia. His blood and other vital parameters were stringently monitored to keep him stabilized throughout the nine hour-long procedures. We removed the patient’s entire abdominal wall lining (peritoneum) and complete large bowel (colon), conducted anastomosis (rejoining the ends) of the intestines, and removed the deposits over the mesentery (fold of membrane that attaches the intestine to the wall around the stomach area), followed by HIPEC procedure involving circulation of Chemotherapeutic drug solution throughout the abdomen for one hour with temperature maintained at 42 degrees centigrade. In HIPEC procedure, the cancerous tumor cells are treated with heated chemotherapy drug solution applied directly inside the abdomen to eliminate the remaining cancerous cells without much systemic toxicity of the drug.”

The patient responded extremely well to the surgery and recovered smoothly without any major complications. He was discharged from the hospital on 11th day of major surgery.”

He further added, “HCG is a pioneer in oncological care in the country. We have been consistently performing major HIPEC surgeries which have been life-saving for patients like Tejas. All our patients undergo vital tests to ascertain their capacity to withstand the extensive surgical procedures. We are happy that the majority of the patients who undergo HIPEC procedure can lead a normal life with continued medications and lifestyle modifications under our care long after they leave our hospital.”

Commending his multidisciplinary team, Dr Pampanagouda attributed the success of the challenging case to dedicated team spirit and years of excellent experience in performing highly successful cancer surgeries.

Speaking about his experience, Mr Tejas said, “After suffering from constant pain for long time with weight loss and reduced appetite and going through appendectomy, followed by chemotherapy and major surgery for extensive disease, being able to live a normal life has been nothing short of a miracle. I am extremely grateful to the exceptionally proficient team of doctors at HCG Cancer Centre, Double Road for their patience, care and the precise treatment to relieve me of the cancer. The team of doctors took the time to explain every aspect of the surgeries and that I must entrust myself in their caring hands.”

SOCC Unveils A New Era In Paediatric Care: Second Opinion Online Consultations For Children

Mumbai, 9th May 2024: In a landmark move for Indian healthcare, the introduction of Second Opinion Online Consultation for Children (SOCC) represents a major step forward in revolutionising the way parents seek expert advice for their children’s well-being. Spearheaded by a team of distinguished paediatric specialists, this cutting-edge platform utilises technology to bridge the gap in paediatric healthcare services, ensuring that parents have easy access to top-notch second medical guidance for their children, digitally.

The close-knit launch event was graced by the presence of renowned celebrities Soha Ali Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, and Neha Dhupia. Additionally, enterprising visionary Vinti, and DrZirak Marker, the renowned child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist, attended the event underscoring the significance and impact of SOCC in the realm of paediatric healthcare.

Addressing the audience, DrNihar Parekh, a distinguished Paediatrician and Lead doctor at SOCC, emphasised the importance of second opinions and the expanding role of digital healthcare. “In today’s digital age, advancements in technology allow us to extend our reach and provide exceptional care to a wider range of patients,” he states. “Second opinions offer peace of mind and can be instrumental in ensuring the best possible outcomes for children.” DrNihar has also long been associated with the founding of Cheers Child Care Clinic, a speciality child-care clinic established in 2008.

SOCC places a strong emphasis on building trust and ensuring that parents feel comfortable throughout their journey. The fee structure is designed to accommodate varying needs. Parents have the option of choosing a one-time consultation or subscriptions to seek video consultations with a dedicated team of paediatric and para-paediatric specialists. For parents seeking ongoing care and a consistent relationship, SOCC offers convenient three-month and one-year packages. These packages not only provide cost-effective solutions but also foster a strong sense of trust between parents and medical professionals. With prior appointments and cross-referencing available as needed, parents have the flexibility to engage with the SOCC team regularly.

Dr. Parekh states that ‘’I believe access to a wide range of expertise and information can make a significant difference. Technology allows for valuable second opinions, potentially leading to improved outcomes for countless children. Empowering parents to be active participants in their child’s care can lead to earlier detection of potential issues and better overall health management. This focus on comprehensive healthcare is essential, and with us, you can rest assured that your little one is in good hands.’’

SOCC empowers parents to seek second opinions from a curated panel of over 20 renowned specialists, representing diverse paediatric subspecialties. Through video consultations, parents can connect with these experts for tailored solutions and valuable insights into their child’s health.

SOCC’s other lauded specialists include:
Ms. AlifiaBharmal, Speech and Language Specialist.
Dr Harsh Vyas, Paediatric Dentist
DrPreetiGagan, Lactation Consultant
Dr Deepak Garg, Paediatric Eye Specialist
DrShreepal Jain, Paediatric Cardiologist
Dr Vicky S Khattar, ENT Consultant
Dr Amish Udani, Paediatric Nephrologist
DrMandarAgashe, PaediatricOrthopaedic Surgeon
MsVidhi Shah, Child Nutritionist
DrNisreenShabbir,Paediatric Homoeopath
Dr Preeti K. Sheth, Paediatric Dermatologist
DrJuiMandke, Paediatric Surgeon
MrsAartiNandu, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Manini Shah, Paediatric Dentist
DrVibhorBorkar, Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Dr Shweta Bansal, a PaediatricHaematologist
DrRuchi Parikh, Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine Specialist
Dr IravatiPurandare, Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
Mrs Dimple Parekh-Safi, Remedial Educator, and Counselling Psychologist

SOCC has proven to be an exceptional asset for parents regardless of where they live. By bringing together a group of paediatric specialists from diverse backgrounds, SOCC is dedicated to offering parents top-notch medical guidance and a sense of comfort.

Apex Group of Hospitals Launch Mega Surgery camp for Mumbai citizens at affordable cost

Apex Group of Hospitals

Mumbai- One of the best & affordable Healthcare service providers Apex Group of Hospitals, Mumbai has organized a Mega Surgery Camp in celebration of Maharashtra Day & International Workers Day from 1st May to 30th May 2024 at Apex Hospitals, Kandivali & Mulund. The Mega Surgery Camp was launched to provide accessible healthcare services to members of the community who are otherwise unable to pay expensive hospital fees and prices associated with surgeries and treatments. On this special occasion, Apex Group of Hospitals has offered Free Consultations for Cardiology, General & laparoscopic surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedics & ophthalmology. Under this Mega surgery camp the benefits include 20% off on medicine bills, 50 % off in-house Investigations and mega Discounts on all types of surgeries, free expert second opinions on surgeries, Free diet consultation, and Free health awareness tips.

The tagline for the Mega Surgery Camp is “Affordable & Quality Healthcare for All” and it seeks to remind people that their health should always be taken seriously. The hospital believes this initiative will help those who have been neglected due to financial issues get the necessary medical attention they need. Dr. Tanvi Shah Assistant Director (Apex Group of Hospitals) said that ” This is a great opportunity for us to use our resources and facilities to give back to society in a meaningful way. We want to ensure everyone has access to quality medical services regardless of income levels or financial limitations. The response has been very encouraging with many patients coming forward for surgery consultation which have been delayed or ignored over the years. Doctors from different departments such as General Medicine, Cardiology, General & Laparoscopic, Orthopedics, ENT & Ophthalmology and others having query from All over Mumbai & suburban area and at the same time from Thane, Navi Mumbai & Palghar district also.”

IADVL’s Dermatological Disease Awareness Campaign received 9419 pledges

IADVL’s Dermatological Disease

New Delhi, 8th May 2024 – India’s largest organization of dermatologists, the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (IADVL), marked a significant milestone by achieving the Guinness World Records title for “MOST PLEDGES IN 24 HOURS TO RAISE DERMATOLOGICAL DISEASE AWARENESS”. The most pledges received in 24 hours were 9,419, and were achieved by IADVL members, online, on 5th-6th May 2024. The objective of this event was to bring together 17,000 doctors from across India, who came together online to lend their support for spreading social awareness about dermatological diseases. Through this awareness campaign, the organization aimed to shed light on the complexities of dermatological conditions and the critical role of qualified professionals in their diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Gulhima Arora, President of IADVL DELHI, said, ‘It fills us with immense pride that IADVL’s Dermatological Disease Awareness Campaign Entered the Guinness World Records. In an age rife with misinformation and amateur advice, the significance of NMC-qualified dermatologists has been of paramount importance. This event underscored our steadfast dedication to elevating awareness of dermatological diseases. Through diverse initiatives, including public awareness campaigns and educational programs, IADVL strove to empower both its members and the public with reliable dermatological knowledge.

The official certificate from the Guinness World Record team will be received shortly.

‘A concerning lack of awareness persists regarding the grave threat to the nation’s health posed by unlicensed medical practitioners. Over the past few decades, the proliferation of such practices has surged, leading to detrimental and unrecognized outcomes in various medical procedures, particularly in dermatological and cosmetology procedures. These unauthorized practices often resulted in severe complications and exacerbated untreated skin conditions,’ said Dr. Himanshu Gupta, Secretary of IADVL Delhi. ‘Our event served as a platform to underscore the invaluable expertise NMC-qualified dermatologists bring to the table and the significance of seeking reliable medical advice.’

To gear up for the Guinness World Record attempt, IADVL meticulously laid out preparations, including a dedicated website crafted to streamline the pledging process for IADVL members, engagement of the Digital Forensics Team to audit online pledges meticulously, and submission of proofs and documentation to solidify their integrity and pursuit, all approved by the Guinness World Record standards.

Established in 1973, IADVL stands as a bastion of expertise and trust in Indian dermatology care. Boasting over 17,410 qualified members including dermatologists, venereologists, and leprologists who are board- certified, IADVL is instrumental in setting standards, disseminating knowledge, and advocating for top-tier dermatological care. Today, IADVL remains resolute in upholding professional standards, ensuring patients receive evidence-based care. Through diverse initiatives such as public awareness campaigns and educational programs, IADVL empowers members and the public alike with dependable dermatological knowledge.

Dr Rohit Batra, Immediate Past President, IADVL Delhi, expresses, ‘IADVL is deeply concerned about the growing menace of unlicensed medical practitioners and its detrimental impact on public health. As advocates for patient safety and quality healthcare standards, IADVL calls for increased regulatory measures and enforcement to curb the proliferation of unlicensed medical practices.

Dr. Sumit Gupta, Vice President of IADVL Delhi, emphasized, “As we embarked on this remarkable journey, IADVL reiterated its dedication to advancing dermatology care, fostering public awareness, and effecting positive change in the lives of those afflicted by dermatological diseases.”

The pledge that the members of IADVL took for the GWR Official Attempt stated, ‘As a proud member of IADVL, I solemnly pledge to preserve the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in my role as a Dermatologist, Venereologist, and Leprologists. With unwavering commitment, I vow to provide empathetic care while fostering community awareness regarding Skin-Hair-Nail health, leprosy, and genital diseases. I commit to unflinching dedication to life-long learning, ensuring the delivery of optimal healthcare for the well-being of all.

IIHMR Start-ups Launch Saamarthya 2.0: A Healthcare Incubation Program

 Rajasthan-based IIHMR

Jaipur; 7th May 2024:IIHMR University’s healthcare-focused IIHMR Start-ups, a prominent unit of IIHMR Foundation rooted in Jaipur, Rajasthan has recently launched Saamarthya 2. O, “An Exclusive Growth Incubation Program” tosupportstart-upsinthepost-MVPorrevenue-generatingphasetoacceleratetheirgrowthtrajectory.

The 2nd edition recognised 15 highly innovative start-ups marking approximately 114% surge in comparison to Saamarthya Chapter 1. The selected start-ups will benefit from financial aid of up to 15 lakhs being provided to them after completion of the incubation program. comprehensive incubation support provided by IIHMR Including guidance on gaining traction, enhancing healthcare and business knowledge, client connect, fundraising, and accessing the supportive network of IIHMR which the organization has gained over 40 years of its existence.

Remarkably, over 200 aspiring start-ups from across India applied for incubation support. The program attracted a diverse range of applications, including ventures focusing on tech-led innovations in healthcare, SaaS-based solutions for healthcare, AR/VR applications in healthcare, Fintech solutions in healthcare, wearables for mental health, and various other domains.

Dr. PR Sodani, President, IIHMR University, emphasizing the program’s significance in stimulating the next generation of healthcare pioneers shared, “We are thrilled to launch Saamarthya 2.0 and empower these visionary change-makers who are reshaping the healthcare sector. Amidst the dynamic environment, supporting such inventive start-ups will empower the nation to tackle critical gaps within the healthcare sector. IIHMR Start-ups has aided 53 new ventures up-till now, reflecting IIHMR University’s steady commitment to fostering innovation in the healthcare ecosystem and building stronger grounds for all.”

The start-ups presented a wide array of impactful solutions, from affordable diagnostic services for remote regions of India to cutting-edge AR/VR technology for eye treatments and advanced AI-driven diagnostics in cardiology, there are also notable advancements in devices catering to smart pregnancy care and detecting ear-related problems in children. Hence, following a meticulous selection process, the most promising start-ups were shortlisted to participate in the final pitching round.

During the final pitching round, which spanned four days, a distinguished jury panel rigorously evaluated the start-ups. The caliber and diversity of the participating start-ups were truly exceptional, showcasing innovative solutions to critical healthcare challenges.

Mr. Puneet Datta, CEO, IIHMR Start-ups, expressing excitement in supporting these visionary entrepreneurs said, “IIHMR Foundation’s initiative of supporting these budding transformers through IIHMR Start-ups aligns with the university’s mission of driving impactful positive changes in the healthcare segment. I would like to express my gratitude towards Dr. PR Sodani and the entire staff at IIHMR University for their determined efforts.”

Belenus Champion Hospitals Launches State-of-the-Art Cardiology Specialty Clinic

 

Bengaluru, Karnataka – 6th May 2024 – Belenus Champion Hospitals celebrated the grand opening of its new Cardiology Specialty Clinic today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by prominent figures in healthcare and local governance. The clinic promises to revolutionize cardiac care with its advanced treatment options and comprehensive health packages.

Dr. Ranjan Shetty, Head of Cardiology at Manipal HAL Old Airport Road, and guest at the event, praised the new facility: “It’s inspiring to see how Belenus Champion Hospitals integrates the latest technology with patient-centered care. This clinic is set to elevate the standard of cardiac health services in our community.”

Manohar Reddy, local BJP President, emphasized the clinic’s role in enhancing community health: “This clinic represents a significant advancement in healthcare offerings available to our community. It’s a step forward in making high-standard healthcare accessible to all.”

Dr. Manjunath H, Founder of Belenus Champion Hospitals, highlighted the clinic’s commitment: “Our goal has always been to lead with innovation and compassion. The Cardiology Specialty Clinic is not just a medical facility; it’s a lifeline to those seeking hope and healing.”

Dr. Kishore Kumar M G, Co-founder, spoke about the integration of services: “We integrate clinical expertise with personalized care, ensuring that each patient receives the best possible outcome. Our new packages will cater to diverse needs, ensuring comprehensive care for all heart-related conditions.”

Dr. K. Bharathnandan Reddy, Consultant & Head Interventional Cardiology, and Dr. Prajith Pasam, Consultant Interventional Cardiology, introduced an exclusive Angiogram package priced at just ₹6,499, aimed at making critical diagnostic services more affordable.

Prashanth S Desai, CEO, outlined the future vision: “Today marks a key milestone in our journey towards excellence in healthcare. We are excited about the future and the pivotal role we play in shaping health services.”

Additionally, to prioritize patient health and early detection of cardiac issues, the clinic announced that anyone experiencing chest pain can walk in and receive a free ECG test, ensuring timely medical attention.

The Cardiology Specialty Clinic offers a range of specialized health packages, from basic screenings to comprehensive care plans, ensuring that patients receive tailored treatment that suits their specific needs. The clinic is equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by a team of renowned cardiologists and healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the highest standard of care.

Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta’s Breakthrough: Treating 87-Year-Old’s Severe Heart Blockages

Anantapur, 6th May 2024: Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, successfully treated Mr. Reddy, an 87-year-old resident from Anantapur, who experienced severe breathlessness and chest pain. These symptoms led to the diagnosis of critical heart blockages caused by calcium deposits. Dr. Srinivas Prasad BV, Consultant-Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, used the state-of-the-art Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) technology to address the complexities of Mr. Reddy’s condition. This innovative technique breaks down the calcium while minimizing vessel wall trauma allowing the surgery to be completed efficiently within 45 minutes. Mr. Reddy was able to go home just three days following the procedure, marking another success in advanced cardiac care by Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta.

Mr. Reddy

Mr. Reddy was referred to Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta due to the unavailability of the required resources in Anantapur to perform the surgery. After a comprehensive evaluation, it was revealed that Mr. Reddy had experienced a mild heart attack caused by the calcific blockages in his coronary arteries. The blockages led to chest pain and breathlessness, impacting his daily activities. Given the urgency and complexity of his case, Dr. Srinivas Prasad BV opted for a minimally invasive procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to open the blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow. This procedure was complemented using Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) technology, which efficiently breaks down the calcium deposits while minimizing damage to the vessel wall.

Dr Srinivas Prasad BV, consultant – Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, emphasized the necessity of employing advanced technology over conventional methods. He stated, “The patient had calcium deposits in the heart, which complicated the feasibility of conventional angioplasty (a procedure used to widen narrowed or blocked blood vessels to improve blood flow). Therefore, we opted to proceed with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) to open the blocked arteries, restore normal blood flow, and crush the calcium deposits. Following the crushing of the calcium deposits, a balloon was inserted into the artery to open the arterial blocks, and a stent (a small, metal mesh tube) was placed inside the blockages to help keep them open.”

Thanking the medical team Mr Reddy (Patient) said. “I am immensely grateful to Dr. Srinivas Prasad and the entire team at Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta for their exceptional care and expertise. Their dedication and skill restored my health and provided me with reassurance and comfort throughout my journey. I cannot thank them enough for the support, care, and life-saving treatment they provided.”

Mr. Akshay Oleti, Business Head, Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru, said, “We are deeply gratified to have been able to offer Mr. Ramesh the highest standard of care, leveraging our state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in cardiac interventions. By employing advanced technologies like Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL), we could navigate the complexities of his condition with precision and efficacy. This successful ou

Does rosemary essential oil raise blood pressure

By Dr. S.A. Rehman, General Medicine, Associate Prof. Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, NIU-

Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the rosemary plant by steam distillation. It contains a variety of bioactive components, including cineole, camphor, and rosmarinic acid, which help to enhance its medicinal qualities. Rosemary essential oil is colorless with an aromatic fragrance used in skin and hair care. It is used in various cosmetics and skincare products for its skin benefits. It positively impacts the brain cells to give a charismatic and positive mood. However, it also raises the blood pressure slightly. Even though rosemary oil is good for reducing blood pressure levels and heart rate levels due to its diuretic property that removes fluids from the body and may lead to dehydration due to the elimination of salt and water from the body to vary blood pressure level.

Moreover, the oils are good for the body but if taken or used in large quantities then might be cautious as it may lead to mood swings and sleeplessness. It is seen that the more the fluid is more pressure on the blood vessels and the more the blood pressure, rosemary essential oil temporarily raises the blood pressure leading to a high flow of blood in the body to normalize the body temperature and eventually it also reduces the blood pressure in the body that makes a person feel good.

Some say that rosemary essential oil does not reliably raise blood pressure. While some studies have found that inhaling rosemary oil vapor may temporarily elevate blood pressure and heart rate, these effects are usually moderate and brief.

There is evidence that rosemary essential oil may assist in decreasing blood pressure in some cases. Its diuretic characteristics stimulate fluid removal from the body, which can reduce blood volume and hence lower blood pressure. Furthermore, rosemary oil has been demonstrated to have vasodilatory properties, which means it can relax blood vessels and enhance blood flow, adding to its possible antihypertensive effects.

According to Dr. S.A. Rehman, General Medicine, Associate Prof. Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, NIU

Rosemary essential oil may transiently raise blood pressure in some individuals, yet its overall impact on cardiovascular health is nuanced. When used in moderation and as part of a balanced lifestyle, rosemary essential oil can offer benefits ranging from skincare to mood enhancement. However, individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions should exercise caution and consult healthcare professionals before using rosemary oil or any other herbal remedies. Moderation is key with any essential oil or herbal remedy; understanding the science behind rosemary essential oil and its effects on the body enables informed decisions, fostering safe and responsible enjoyment of its benefits.

Tips for Pregnancy Care During Summer

Dr. Mahita Reddy

By Dr. Mahita Reddy A Sr. Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

Pregnancy in summer with scorching heat is draining. However, summertime is full with enjoyable activities like swimming and outdoor pursuits but for pregnant women, it can be a heightened concern. To be cool, comfortable, and safe throughout the warmer months, pregnant women should take proactive measures to protect themselves from the intense sun and soaring temperatures. Here are some suggestions for making the most of both your pregnancy and the summer.

Hydration

The stereotype of sweltering pregnant women wading through summer is true because pregnancy can raise body temperature so take water bottles with you to work or wherever you go because staying hydrated requires drinking 10-12 glasses of water each day. Drinking lots of coconut water and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, such as those of carrots, cucumbers, and beetroots, is the best method to stay hydrated. Avoid soda and limit caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea to prevent dehydration. Proper hydration can be monitored with urine color yellow or clear urine is a good indicator of good hydration.

Outfit

Garments made of loose cotton and linen are reassuring as they offer adequate ventilation. Light-colored clothing is calming and comfy. Neck scarves are fashionable accessories that also serve as heat protection. Heat and humidity can lead to swelling, so it’s best to take off any unpleasant jewelry like rings, etc.

Stress relief

Find a stress-relieving technique suitable for you like yoga, meditation, or talk therapy.

Exercise

Walking and swimming are effective forms of exercise in pregnancy but excessive physical activity can stress your body. Maintain a modest heart rate when working out and exercise at the right time(In the early mornings and evenings). Low-impact aerobics classes are also good options for getting your heart rate up without overdoing it. Make sure the workout you select is pleasurable and comfortable for you, regardless of the type.

Nutrition

Throughout your pregnancy, eating a diet rich in vibrant, fresh vegetables will help you keep hydrated and energetic. Foods high in micronutrients, such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C, are beneficial. Avoid spicy, salty, and junk food loaded with fat as much as possible. Fresh fruits like watermelon and vegetables like cucumber are beneficial in pregnancy. commonly available fruits like oranges, cantaloupes, and watermelon are great providers of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables that are crisp for summer snacking include tomatoes, bell peppers, and leafy greens. You can also incorporate these into salads and smoothies for an extra boost of nutrition and can help you stay hydrated while you snack.

Avoid heat

It’s preferable to stay inside and limit your time outside. Pregnant women can be more comfortable and lower their risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke by taking pauses in air-conditioned areas. Never underestimate the power of resting in a nice air-conditioned space.

Foot care

Elevate your feet whenever possible, especially while sitting or lying down, so that swelling of your feet decreases. Take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and walk. All seasons are important for comfortable footwear during pregnancy, but summer is especially important because of the increased risk of swelling and discomfort from the heat. avoid high heels to prevent fall and injuries.

Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is essential for shielding both you and your child from the damaging effects of UV radiation. Sunscreen aids in preventing sunburns, skin cancer, and early aging. Additionally, it lessens the chance of congenital impairments brought on by excessive sun exposure. When selecting a sunscreen for your pregnancy, make sure it provides broad-spectrum defense against UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. Spf of more than 30 provides superior protection. Beware of danger signals

Sleep

Caffeine and alcohol are detrimental to health and disrupt the circadian rhythm and the sleep cycle is disturbed. Taking a lunchtime nap is beneficial

Leg swelling, excessive fatigue, giddiness, vomiting, loose motions, excessive perspiration leading to dehydration, and constipation are symptoms that should not be disregarded.

Pregnant women can enjoy great outdoors throughout the summer months, but it’s crucial to take care to maintain a safe and healthy pregnancy. There are numerous strategies to stay cool and comfortable throughout the sweltering summer months,from drinking enough water and comfortable clothing to shield your skin and protect from sweating and selecting appropriate footwear.By following these pregnancy tips you can safely enjoy all the joys of summer while ensuring the health and safety of you and your growing baby.