Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Tracking Swine Flu Pandemic

Since Swine Flu has been raised to the level of a pandemic, I thought I will do another post. Read about Swine flu and stay informed. Stay calm and don't panic.

WHO has raised the swine flu alert from Phase Four to Phase Five. This phase is characterised by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one region.

While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase Five is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalise the organisation, communication, and implementation of planned mitigation measures is short.

Here are some tips to Track Swine Flu:-

* Check Health Map for the latest reports on Swine Flu

* Check Google maps for further updates.

* NHS gives frequent updates on its site, keep upto date with the latest developments.

* Search for the latest Swine Flu Tweets on Twitter

* Keep checking the Centre for Disease Control's site for further notices. Mexico & USA is where the maximum cases are being reported, so it makes sense to check them out periodically.

* If you have recently traveled to Mexico, you can contact your doctor or General Practioner, if the following are present:-

* Fever of 38°C or more
* history of fever AND flu-like illness (two or more of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, limb/joint pain, headache)
* other severe/life-threatening illness suggestive of an infectious process

You can check your symptoms using this NHS symptom checker.

Foremost, Stay Calm and Don't panic.

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Swine Flu - Some facts

With all the recent outcry about swine flu, it is important to remember that you can easily prevent the spread of infection by using basic common sense.

As it is a type of flu virus, the advise for flu is also true for Swine Influenza as well.

* Using tissues while coughing or sneezing and throwing them into the bin asap.

* Washing hands with plenty of soap & water

More about Swine flu can be read here.

NHS direct states the following:-

Phone your GP or NHS Direct if you have recently travelled to Mexico or another affected area AND have one of the following:

* Fever of 38°C or more
* history of fever AND flu-like illness (two or more of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, limb/joint pain, headache)
* other severe/life-threatening illness suggestive of an infectious process

You can check your symptoms using this symptom checker.

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* Tracking Swine Flu

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Unhappy With labour - Sign Petition for Brown to Resign !

Just came across this awesome e-Petition, if you are unhappy with the handling of Gordon Brown, the current British Prime Minister for whatever reason and want a change at 10, Downing Street - and you feel strongly about it, go ahead and sign the petition here.

It gives the following simple message:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to resign.

The Deadline to sign up is by: 22 October 2009 – Signatures: 6,651 as of 25th April, 2009 @ 1450 hrs.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Second Opinion! Medical Humour!

Got the following by email, posting it here for you all to enjoy and laugh your head off!

Second Opinion!

The doctor said, 'Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration.

You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles to press on your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.'

Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live for. He had no choice but to go under the knife. When he left the hospital, he was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but he felt like he was missing an important part of himself. As he walked down the street, he realized that he felt like a different person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life.

He saw a men's clothing store and thought, 'That's what I need... A new suit.'

He entered the shop and told the salesman, 'I'd like a new suit.'

The elderly tailor eyed him briefly and said, 'Let's see... size 44 long.'

Joe laughed, 'That's right, how did you know?'

'Been in the business 60 years!' the tailor said.

Joe tried on the suit it fit perfectly.

As Joe admired himself in the mirror, the salesman asked, 'How about a new shirt?'

Joe thought for a moment and then said, 'Sure.'

The salesman eyed Joe and said, 'Let's see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck.'

Joe was surprised, 'That's right, how did you know?'

'Been in the business 60 years.'

Joe tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly.

Joe walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, 'How about some new underwear?'

Joe thought for a moment and said, 'Sure.'

The salesman said, 'Let's see... size 36.

Joe laughed, 'Ah ha! I got you! I've worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old.'

The salesman shook his head, 'You can't wear a size 34. A size 34 would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you one hell of a headache.'

New suit - $400
New shirt - $36
New underwear - $6
Second Opinion - PRICELESS

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Jade Goody Boosts Cervical Screening

Jade Goody may have been idolized or criticized, one thing is certain that she has had a positive effect on the Cervical Screening programme and making the non- compliant womenfolk rush to their doctors to have that long forgotten cervical smear done.

I hope that Jade's very public battle against cervical cancer will encourage women to not only get themselves vaccinated but also to be more aware of the symptoms that need to be reported to their GP's.

Their have been calls to lower the official age of women who are eligible for cervical screening, Dr. Crippen says that this should not be done only because of Jade, but on evidence based medicine. Something that I agree with!

Young Indians with Ischaemic Heart Disease

Got some shocking news today. One of my wife's cousins, who is a 30 year old male, slightly obese was admitted with Central Chest pain to a Hospital. At that time, I thought, it would be something like a musculo-skeletal chest pain (medical term for a pulled muscle in the chest or rib cage), but today I came to know that it was a mini heart attack, with ECG changes!!!

That is something serious!! Now the poor chap is going to have an angiogram ( this is a test which Cardilogist perform by injecting a dye into the arteries supplying the heart) to see whether the arteries are blocked or not.

I have written a few times that Indians are more likely to have a heart attack and why should we exercise to target our heart rate and the fact that smoking kills.

I guess that Indians need to focus on some basic lifestyle changes as tabulated below..

1. Regular exercise. Exercise means targeting your heart rate according to your age.

2. Taking regular medication if known to have higher Blood pressure

3. Stop smoking – active and passive.

4. Avoid ghee, butter and food rich in fats.

I have not been exercising for the last few days ( nay Months!!!) and I think, the time has come to practice what I preach.

I pray to God that my cousin, may get well soon! I hope this is a lesson for us all NOT to neglect our health.

Time to don my running shoes and go for a jog!!

Monday, 6 April 2009

6 Blogging Tips for New Bloggers

6 Blogging Tips for New Bloggers was inspired by an excellent post by Sunil, Are you slow poisoning your blog. He writes some excellent points on how to take control of your poorly performing blog.

So what are the points that you as a blogger should keep in mind while blogging, I have added some of my own thoughts.

1. Keep the post short and sweet. Golden Rule.

2. Regular posting:

The newspapers publish everyday and the news comes at the same time on the telly every hour. This creates a regular schedule in the mind of the viewer. Supposing you want to hear the news today and you switch on the TV @ 1800 hrs for the news, instead you find that they are doing re-runs. That would be a dampner.

So post regularly and make a schedule and stick to it.

3. Suss out your readers:

Try to suss out which type of blog reader you are getting and tailor content accordingly. This is a medical and travel blog, therefore I write about medicine and travel.

4. Scannable Posts:

Sunil says that you should create content that is scanable, read his post here. Studies have shown that readers are "time poor" and they scan posts to go to the meaty bits quickly.

5. Excessive Pop Up adverts & Insisting on Subscription:

Some of the blogs I visit send a Pop up with the goal of getting you to subscribe to their blog, I find that highly annoying and hate it and spoils my user experience.

6. Reader Interaction:

Try to reply to your readers as that builds rapport and gets you regular readers. In case you are wondering, what's the fuss with regular readers? Regular readers build a community of friends and likelyhood that they are bloggers themselves and will write a post which will link back to yours.

Hopefully these tips will make your blog a dynamic one and may you gain many readers!

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Indian Medical Blogs

Indian Doctors are underrepresented in the blogging community, and therefore this venture to collect the name of Indian Medical Bloggers.

Please feel free to Comment, so that your blog can be included in the following list!

Indian Medical Bloggers

* Abhishek Arora

Saturday, 4 April 2009

6 Tips to Increase Online Productivity for Doctors

6 Tips to Increase Online productivity for Doctors

If you are a Doctor and spending lots of time online, here are a few tips to make the most of your time and increase productivity.

1. Make a To Do List: As internet is becoming more and more important to keep up with changes, research and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), it pays not to waste time on the internet. My strategy is to prioritize work and make a to-do list and tick them one by one, so that I know that today’s jobs have been done.

2. Twitter Wasters: If you are glued to Twitter and becoming a Twitter waster, then it is time to reduce the time you spend on Twitter and use that more productively. See how much time you waste on Twitter by using this cool tool. If you are into Twitter and tend to waste your time, use TweetDeck to make several groups.

3. Email: Avoid Checking Email First Thing in the morning, unless this is required in your job, let it go until after you’ve completed your top priority of the day. Try to process email in batches; say two or three times a day.

4. Cut Down on Random Surfing: With sites like Stumble Upon, Twitter and Digg, it is very easy to lose track of time and before you know, hours have gone by.

5. Bloggers stop checking your stats: As a Blogger, I have been guilty of checking my stats continuously, especially since my post on How Doctors Choose Specialty went viral on Stumble Upon and garnered 20 K visitors in 2 days. I am sure many of us do that. It’s fun, but counter-productive.

6. Utilize Google Reader: as explained in an excellent post by Ves Dimov on How to Deal with Information Overload.

Blog of the Day Award

I have been awarded the Blog of The Day Award - see the site here.

Blog Awards Winner

If you would like to be win this prestigious award, please go to the Blog of the Day Awards blog and follow instructions. If you are lucky, like me, you will also get the award.


Thursday, 2 April 2009

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