Many of the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency arise because it causes a lack of healthy blood cells. The body needs plenty of these cells to get oxygen around the body and keep the organs in good health. A vitamin B-12 deficiency can lead to both physical and psychological problems. In this article, we explore 9 symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency and explain why they occur. 1. Tingling hands or feet Vitamin B-12 deficiency may cause “pins and needles” in the hands or feet.
Vaccinating, right now, is a good way of achieving herd immunity and will give us a scope of when things can get back to normal, albeit slightly. However, vaccination doesn’t guarantee a complete end of the pandemic. The vaccines we are using are still experimental, and there’s no credible evidence to support its working. Mass immunization and prevention rates also depend on the number of people who get vaccinated, and the doses available for use. Therefore, resuming a total
Infertility happens when a couple cannot conceive after having regular unprotected sex. It may be that one partner cannot contribute to conception, or that a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. It is often defined as not conceiving after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control. Below are some myths and facts about infertility 1. MYTH: A woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days. FACT: Normal cycle lasts anywhere from 21 to 36 days. 2.
Haemorrhoids are more common in adults of age 45-65 years. At least a million new cases of haemorrhoids are recorded each year, making it one of the most common health issues in India. A better understanding of doctors on haemorrhoids diagnosis and treatment could assist in targeting education and their other interventions to improve the management of haemorrhoids. Objective: Determining doctors perception on haemorrhoids diagnosis and treatment A total of 122 doctors partici
Adherence to therapies is a primary determinant of treatment success. Patient compliance with follow-up also plays a key role in the medical surveillance of chronic diseases. Failure to adherence is a serious problem that not only affects the patient but also the health care system. Medication non-adherence in patients leads to a substantial worsening of the disease, death and increased health care costs. Objective: Determining doctors’ perception of patients compliance to me
Every year around 2 million people develop TB in India and 300,000 die due to TB. The emergence of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) has become a major public health concern in India. Not only MDR-TB is a potential threat in controlling TB but it is also full of challenges starting from diagnosis to treatment and drug delivery. Health care providers can help prevent MDR-TB by early diagnosis, following recommended treatment guidelines, monitoring patients’ response to treatment, and
In 2011, it is estimated that there were 78,000 deaths due to rotavirus associated AGE in India, with the majority (75.6%, 59,000) in the first 2 years of life. Between 2000-2018, fortunately, there has been a steady decline in deaths where diarrhoea deaths fell by 69.7%. Objective: Determining drug prescribing patterns for infectious gastroenteritis A total of 102 physicians participated in the survey — General Practitioners (77%), General Surgeons (14%), Internists (7%), an
Medications are the most common treatment options used in medical practice. If used appropriately and safely, they provide significant improvement in health and promote patient well-being. It is the responsibility of every healthcare provider to ensure that medications are used carefully and that errors at any step of medication use are avoided. An in-app survey on WhiteCoats was conducted to know the doctor’s knowledge and perception about medication errors in their clinical
The suggestion to colour code generic drugs was put forth at a recent Drugs Consultative Committee Meeting. In addition, the government is also taking into consideration the use of symbols that can smoothly recognize generic medicines. The government has promoted this idea to allow consumers to differentiate between generic drugs and other drugs and take an informed decision while purchasing medications. A survey was conducted in the WhiteCoats app, to know doctors’ views abo
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disorder. According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma worldwide; India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics. Asthma management guidelines recommend a stepwise approach to initiating and adjusting anti-asthmatic therapy to patients with asthma. However, prescription patterns of these medications vary among doctors in different disciplines and settings. An in-app survey was conducted on the WhiteCoats app to det
There has been an increase in the consumption of herbal supplements as an alternative to western medicine that is being prescribed by doctors themselves in the recent past. Going by the trend we conducted a survey to unveil the true story directly from the horse’s mouth. A survey was conducted on the WhiteCoats Network to find an answer to the question, “Have you ever prescribed any herbal/ Ayurvedic medicine to a patient in your day-to-day practice?” between 3rd July to 6th
A midazolam-controlled randomized clinical trial, built a demonstration that ketamine had a remarkable reduction in the suicidal ideation in patients with depression. With this hypothesis, an in-app survey was conducted by WhiteCoats for medical professionals. The survey titled ‘Ketamine reduces suicidal thoughts within hours’ was posted in the mobile application and the survey was conducted from 8th September 2018 to 11th September 2018. The survey had 3 response options: TR