Monday, May 20, 2013



"27 years back we started  a tryst with excellence. Today the journey has led us to become a beacon of hope to millions, India's most trusted healthcare provider."
                                                                                             - APOLLO HOSPITALS

Excellence, literally meaning unparalleled superiority, is the quintessence of Apollo Hospitals, India. This is reflected in many areas - be it infrastructure, technology or services or in the caliber and brilliance of its medical fraternity. The Apollo Excellence Video showcases The Apollo.

Apollo Hospitals has consistently led game-changing developments in healthcare by bringing to the people, the latest innovations in key medical specialities and superspecialities on par with the West. Some of the latest new procedures, services and therapies that Apollo hospitals provides, in keeping with the tradition of providing outstanding healthcare of international standards are as follows:

Liver Transplant

Bone Marrow Transplant

Hand & Microsurgery

Infertility Care

Cosmetic Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

Stem Cell Transplant

Emergency & Trauma Services

Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

MRI-HIFU - Non-Surgical treatment of Uterine Fibroids

Robotic Surgery

The Renaissance Robotic Surgical System

PET-MR Suite

G scan - an Open Standing MRI scanner launched at Apollo Delhi!   

Tune to the Apollo Anthem (Hindi) and Apollo Anthem(English) to resonate to the healthy frequency.

Here I'll discuss about some of the common problems faced by the major chunk of our IT professionals.

Hard Knocks in the Soft Industry

A study was done among 200 IT professionals in the NCR to evaluate the computer related health problems and role of ergonomic factors. The result revealed that there was approximately 93% of computer related morbidity in the subjects. The visual problems were noticed in 76 % and musculo-skeletal in 77.5 %. Furthermore, 35 % faced stress. About 81.3 % subjects had inadequate lighting and 76.3 % were not using antiglare glasses/lenses because of what they suffered from considerable visual problem. About 80.2 % of the total 152 subjects did not have the monitor at correct distance reported with visual discomfort. The subjects with improper ergonomics were higher in number for complaining musculoskeletal disorders.
Medically, it is called as Repetitive Stress Injury that are health issues because of the profession. The synonyms for this include regional musculoskeletal disorder, cumulative trauma disorder, occupational overuse syndrome (or simply overuse syndrome) and repetitive motion injuries or disorder. It’s not that just IT professionals have health issues but anyone who does the same thing will suffer from one or the other problem –simply like BlackBerry’s Thumb where the BlackBerry phone user uses the thumb several hundred times a day!
The proper use of gadgets and devices that keep health intact is very important, especially while dealing with the same devices for hours together and for years. We call it ergonomics! The ergonomics is also a great concerned about HCI –the Human Computer Interaction (also called as Man Machine Interaction –MMI or Computer Human Interaction –CHI) that involves the planning and design of the computers for better human use.

What is wrong with computer use?

Nothing wrong! They are there to help us but then we forget about health, about ourselves.
The posture –how you sit in front of the computer.
The distance –how far is computer from your eyes.
The level –at what eye level the computer is fixed.
Lack of motion & repetition –the body movement while using computers for the whole day.
The breath –the air you breathe in.
Internet –how close you are with this buddy.

The Health Issues Due to Posture

Back Pain or Low Backache –the lower portion of back pains. The problem becomes severe that you cannot bend forward. This is typically noticed when you get up from your seat after sitting for long hours. Your body feels stiffened and you take a few minutes to get back into your flexible movement.
Poor posture leads to multiple health problems
                              Poor posture leads to multiple health problems
Remember: Keep Some Meta-stuff to Support Back!
Prevention: The posture does matter when it is sitting in front of the computer. Just check out the curve you make from the lower back. Lesser the curve you make, better the posture it is. Try to sit erected and don’t bend forward to type or to see the monitor closely. You can also put some support to fill the curve-gap to prevent such harm. Regular massage helps.

Health Disorders Because of the Distance

Computer Eye Strain
            Computer Eye Strain
Eye strain, dark circles and redness –the eyes are most delicate part of our body. If you have less distance between eyes and the monitor, the rays coming from it will affect your eyes badly.
Computer Vision Syndrome or Dry Eye Syndrome –The eyes are red, itchy and constantly irritating. The simple reason is the screen, its radiation and resolution (the brightness and contrast). If the problem is severe, you see very small particles where you move the eyes. It’s actually IN your eyes and not actually present. Use anti-glare lens/eyeglasses.
Remember: Be Close to Code but Keep Distance with Monitor!
Prevention: Ideally, the distance should be 18-24 inches to keep your eyes healthy. Take off the keyboard from the computer desk and arrange it somewhere nearer to you. You do this with mouse too. In case you have enough space on your desk, put the computer screen farthest possible. In CRV monitors, we had safety film/screen but with LED/LCD, it has gone. No matter how great claims you hear from a salesman, radiation from the screen DOES affect your eyes.
Have enough lighting in the room, don’t operate computer in dark or poor light condition. The light should fall on the screen and not on your eyes. In other words, the window (if any) should be behind you and not in front.
Keep blinking. Look at the objects or scenery that is at long distance every half an hour. Do palming (gently put your palms onto the eyes with a little pressure, concentrate in the center of the dark. Do this for 3-4 minutes). Keep eye lubricants with you and hydrate your eyes every 3-5 hourly. Bhramari Pranayama is very useful for this.

Computer Related Health Problems Because of the Monitor Level

Neck pain due to monitor level
 Neck pain due to monitor level
Cervical Spondylitis (neck pain) –This happens due to improper level of the computer screen and your eyes. Constant looking low at the monitor will cause this problem as it’ll stiffen the muscles of the neck and make them rigid.
Remember: Customize Applications Only After Customizing Monitor Level!
Prevention: Adjust the level of the computer monitor and maintain the viewing angle. If this is not possible, adjust your chair –make it higher or shorter with the help of level provided. Move your neck up-down for a several times after every hour. Rotate your head 10 times from end-to-end after every three hours. Regular massage helps.

Major Health Problems Due to Lack of Motion

Constipation & Piles –it’s hard stool in layperson’s language. The intestines push the food ahead with their special movements called peristalsis. If you sit for longer hours daily for years, the intestine becomes sluggish. It is also due to improper timing of the meals that is observed in the IT professionals. The intestines then give up their work or become too slow. This results in the indigestion and forming of hard stools and piles too. Needless to say, when the stool remains your intestines for longer duration, the filthy material causes a lot of infection.
                       Remember: ‘Run’ for Program but ‘Move’ for You!
Prevention: Take your meals on time. Take a walk-break rather coffee break! Practice short spans of Anulom-Vilom Pranayam. Include fiber in your diet (dark, green and leafy vegetables) and avoid too oily and junk food. After every hour, simply stand up, stretch your body, press your stomach gently and sit down.
Heart Problem – According to NPR, a 2010 study revealed that the men with more than 23 hr./week of sedentary lifestyle were 64% greater risks of dying from cardiac arrest as compared to those who with less than 11 hr./week. For IT guys, this is alarming. The increase in cholesterol in IT professionals could be due to improper food timing, junk food, lack of motion and exercises. Improper breathing, chronic constipation, and poor blood circulation can also cause this issue.
Prevention: Remain active. Regularly go for the jogging as cardio exercises are the best to prevent this problem. Practice Pranayam and do yogasanas as even modern health care practitioners too believe these as very effective holistic techniques to prevent heart disease. Prefer stairs over elevators and park your vehicle a bit far from the parking place so that you walk down to the office.
Obesity in IT professionals
                  Obesity in IT professionals
Obesity or overweight –This is typical problem that IT professionals face these days. The reason is simple again, lack of motion, activities and exercises. Constant sitting on the chair in front of the computer add extra pounds to your body.
Prevention: Avoid junk food. Stop munching every time and if you cannot, keep sprouts, salads (carrots and cucumbers are best for this) or something fiber rich edible. Regular exercise, Pranayam, yogasanas and jogging will be great for this.
Tips on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
              Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –We have tunnel in our wrists! This tunnel consists of muscles, nerves, blood vessels etc. this is due to continuous use of keyboard and mouse. You move your fingers and hand in particular direction several hundred times a day. Stiffness and pain in the wrist, numbness in the fingers and tingling sensation in the hand are few of the symptoms.
Prevention: Rotate your wrist every hour; flex and relax the fingers several times. Put something spongy under your wrist. Keep thin mouse-pad so that the thickness of the pad does not hurt your wrist while moving the mouse. Adjust the level of your sitting. The wrist should be parallel to the desk so that you don’t form any angle while typing or moving the mouse.
eThrombosis –Deep vein thrombosis; in other words, the clots deep in the legs. This happens due to lack of motion in the legs. The legs bear heavy flow of the blood because of the gravitational force. This major health problem in IT professional is due to long sitting hours on the computer without any physical movement of the legs. The vein in later stage become stiffened, start paining and then gives unbearable sprain and rigidity in the legs.
A 32-year-old person lost his consciousness after a few weeks suffering a swollen calf. A massive clot caused as it moved from veins in his leg to the lungs, what we call a pulmonary embolism. The experts found no such risk factor for the clot, except long hours (more than 12 hr. a day) of sitting on the computer.
Prevention: Move your legs. Regularly stand up, take a short walk and come back. Do not keep water bottle with you. When feel thirsty, walk down to the water fountain. Jogging, cardio exercises, sports, aerobics etc. are helpful. Regular massage also helps.

Multiple Health Issues Due to Lack of Proper Breathing

One of the commonest problems I have observed in IT companies is lack of ventilation. While the dwelling is initially planned with central air conditioning, the scope of putting windows for ventilation is always ignored. It then becomes a tough row to hoe when AC plants shuts abruptly and in the season of winter.
Poor ventilation
                       Poor Ventilation
The level of carbon dioxide is raised when lot many people exhale in poorly ventilated hall. It is for this reason, the brain receives less oxygen and over the period of time, there could be mental health disorder including depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and any such issue what is mental health related. Poor breathing pattern also invites weakness of muscles, sleeplessness (insomnia), improper eye-to-hand coordination, decreased memory, strains and pains in the body, and poor blood circulation.
Remember: No GIGO Permitted! Breathe Fresh
Prevention: We generally breathe one fourth than our actual capacity. Try to breathe deeper all time (some may start having giddiness after a few days –stop this practice then). If possible, arrange the ventilation or go out at times to breathe fresh. Pranayam of any kind helps solving this issue.

Several Major Health Issues Because of Internet Addiction

Typically, Internet addiction is defined as uncontrolled and harmful use of Internet that comes in the forms of sexuality, gaming and excessive use of emails, chats or SMS. There are many studies revealed that abuse of alcohol and tobacco, depression and other major health problems happen due to Internet addiction. In boys and men depression could be more a result of the addiction than a cause.
Internet Addiction
                 Internet Addiction
Internet addiction brings a lot of health hazards due to over computer and handheld (internet enabled) devices. While enjoying the exemption from social stigmas, the internet users find themselves more comfortable on the imaginary World Wide Web than this vale of tears.
Common problems include depression, dependency, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), complex problem, stubbornness, lack of social responsibilities, disrespect toward the elders (especially in children) and mood swings. Typically the office-goers feel discomfort on weekends wherein they might not access the internet and start thinking all time about the emails to reply on Monday.
                   Remember: There is a CTRL Button Even on the Keyboard!
Keep your kids’ computers in the public hall and periodically check the history of webpages they visit in your absence. Fix up something like Team Viewer or simply block certain addictive websites. But in my opinion, this requires more mental motivation and counseling. If you are a parent, try to spend time with your kids and make them realize that the company of good humans is always better than idiot boxes and funky gadgets. It’s always better to introduce such gadgets as a source of knowledge than entertainment. Let them learn the later part later in their life!
If you are an office-goer or someone who is WWW conscious, meditation is very useful. You can alternatively try some The Nature’s sound track or some classical music to make your mind stronger leaving the addiction.

A Word of Caution for Indian IT Professionals

The world is getting cyber-centric but with technological advancements the medical experts are learning the whole new genre of occupational health issues and here, it is computer related health problems. While most of the IT projects are outsourced, India is emerging as favorite offshore IT solution hub for the first world countries.
Indian IT professionals are slowly but steadily getting into modern occupational disorders. These problems if ignored can prove debilitating and can cause crippling injuries forcing one to change one’s profession.
These problems may seem to be coming slowly, they require urgent attention to prevent unwanted consequences that otherwise could become pandemic.

Hioy'oy Hoi Polloi

 This post is written for  "How Does the Modern Healthcare Touch Lives" contest by Apollo Hospitals in association with

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Review : Salvation Of a Saint


About the Book
Title: Salvation of a Saint
Author: Keigo Higashino
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-0-3491-3934-0
No. of Pages: 377
Price: 350 INR
Genre: Thriller/ fiction
About the Author
Born in Osaka, Keigi Higashino started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at the age of 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.
In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X (Yōgisha X no Kenshin). His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.
The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel. He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.
The Cover Speaks
The cover depicts the face of a Japanese lady looking downwards as if laden with guilt over the white background. This sets the reader into mood of getting into the shoe of the lady and find out what happened. The red back-cover speaks of the synopsis of the story and features acclamation for the book by various dailies.
" Intricate and beguiling... If you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end."
                                                                                 - Independent on Sunday
When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away?
As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced.
Salvation of a Saint is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction’s most enigmatic sleuth.This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.
Book Review
Do you remember Sherlock Holmes??? The detective Galileo known as Professor Yukawa plays his role very intriguingly.
The story starts at an amorous note between Ayane and her husband Yoshitaka veering towards a scuffle. Ayane dreams of  sitting in a rocking chair, stitching a patchwork quilt, watching her belly grow larger with each passing day but her barren land droops her dreams down.“If we can’t have chil­dren, there’s no point to us being mar­ried. Ro­man­tic love be­tween a man and a woman al­ways fades with time.” Yoshitaka signals of an unnerving divorce to their one-year happily married life for not being able to live to the purpose of marriage. He doesn't see a woman more than a child producing element. And the first chapter ends with the words of Ayane  “I love you more than any­thing else in this world. That’s why your words were like a knife stab­bing me in the heart. That’s why you have to die, too”.
The story progresses with the advent of a new woman Hiromi in Yoshitaka's life. The reader gets filled with the disgust of how dark a man could think and prove his infidelity to his beloved.  Turning a few more pages and Yoshitaka is found dead by arsenous-acid poisoned coffee. Now as the indorsement of the novel says When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. This matricide calls for Ayane as the suspect and then the story takes a thriller turn with lots of fuddles being introduced. 
Soon, Tokyo Police Department comes into action and some investigating officers Kusanagi, Utsumi and later on detective Yukawa come into the scene to disentangle the tangled threads of the murder. The human emotions brim out as the story progresses. This story is a potpourri of suspense and emotions.  The main characters with their nicely woven persona like  Ayane’s b
strikingness, Yoshitaka's infidelity, Kusanagi’s biased heart, Hiromi’s tender heart and Yukawa’s satisfaction in dissecting the perfect murder case makes this thriller a perfect scene-before-the-eye.
Who is the murderer?? Ayane?? But how could she kill her better-half?? Lots of questions pop up in the mind and I leave it to you to find out what actually happened. Get set on this thriller ride and lenify your Holmes brain.
In a Nutshell
A very conniving murder mystery which will let you burn the midnight oil and turn pages in the dark night to know the dark secret of the murder.
My Rating
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