ISLAMABAD: Mass awareness at national level was required to educate people about ‘Hormonal Imbalance problems’ called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as it leads to many complications including obesity, diabetes, infertility, hair loss and abnormal hair growth on face.
In an interview, medical expert Dr Zaman Sheikh Monday said, hormonal imbalance means that you have too much or too little of a certain hormone and every slight change that happens can cause serious effects on your body.
There is a wide range of symptoms that can trigger and signal female hormone imbalance. Hormonal imbalance symptoms depend on which hormones or glands are not working properly, he explained.
There are several hormones involved in hair lose, It is normal to lose some hair every day but, when you’re started to lose a lot of hair that’s a warning sign. You want to figure out why this is happening because you don’t want to end up with the excess hair loss, he added.
Dr Zaman Sheikh said that Hormone imbalances that has emerged as a true epidemic can be termed as a vicious cycle that can rob you of your energy, vitality, life and lifestyle and unless properly diagnosed and evaluated, proper recovery from the health hazard the hormone imbalance causes is very difficult to achieve.
Almost 40 to 50% adults, mostly women, remain undiagnosed till late stages. Low awareness about the symptoms, not only among people but even doctors are a contributing factor, he added.
He said the hormone balance has a much sensitive and complicated role and is responsible for almost all functions in the human body. He said there are a total of nine glands forming hormonal system.
It is worth mentioning here that human body contains as many as nine ductless glands and five ducted glands, depending on gender and physiology.
These 14 major glands are essential for conducting a wide range of key biological processes in the human body.
He explained that hormone imbalance plays detrimental role in devastating human health particularly among patients suffering from diabetes.
It is observed that most of the diabetics die of heart problems because of an imbalance of hormones that disturbs blood pressure and cholesterol levels, he added.
He said hormonal imbalance may cause infertility as in most cases of infertility, thyroid, pituitary and testes glands are found to be responsible for hormone imbalance.
Medical expert further discussed the role of hormone imbalance in cases of obesity saying if hormone imbalance is diagnosed in time and is recovered, obesity can be controlled and a number of complications can be avoided.
Sindh health minister appeals to parents not to refuse OPV teams
KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Health Dr. Azra Pechuho here on Monday urged parents not to refuse the vaccinators visiting their homes for administration of oral polio vaccine (OPV) even if their children may have been regularly covered under routine immunisation.
Talking to journalists following the inaugural of the national OPV campaign at the Sindh Emergency Operation Centre for Polio, she said the additional drops received by their kids under OPV hold no hazard but simply boost immunity of the recipients.
“The exercise is meant to provide blanket cover to all children against the virus that persists in our environment,” said the health minister who is also a senior doctor.
Acknowledging that a reluctance has been registered among many of the affluent families in easing access of their under-five children to the mobile teams of vaccinators, engaged in door-to-door oral polio immunisation campaign, she said the elitist mindset has to be done away with.
She urged the media, both print and electronic, to make people realise that OPV being administered at the clinics of renowned pediatricians or that of government-run dispensaries or by authorised mobile teams are of same quality arranged by the government through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Countrywide anti-polio campaign commences
ISLAMABAD: A countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children under five years of age starts on Monday.
National Coordinator Polio Eradication Programme, Dr Rana Safdar said the anti-polio drive will target 39 million children in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He urged the people to cooperate with polio teams to administer drops to their children against this crippling disease.
FDA approves first medical device to treat child inattention
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this week the first medical device to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for children.
The device called the Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System is the first non-drug treatment for ADHD authorized for marketing by the FDA.
The prescription-only device is indicated for patients ages 7 to 12 years old who are not taking ADHD medication.
“This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind,” said Carlos Pena, director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
ADHD is a common disorder that begins in childhood. ADHD patients have difficulty in staying focused and paying attention.
The cell-phone sized device generates a low-level electrical pulse and connects via a wire to a small patch that adheres to a patient’s forehead, just above the eyebrows, according to FDA.
The device delivers the low-level electrical stimulation to the branches of the trigeminal nerve, sending therapeutic signals to the parts of the brain thought to be involved in ADHD.
Brain imaging showed that eTNS increases activity in the brain regions that are known to be important in regulating attention, emotion and behavior, but the exact mechanism of eTNS is not yet known.
The stimulation feels like a tingling sensation on the skin, and the device should be used in the home under the supervision of a caregiver during periods of sleep. Clinical trials suggest that a response to eTNS may take up to four weeks to become evident.