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Hope in Hargeisa

Somaliland Hargeisa

my-healthconnect was recently in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa.  One has probably not heard much about this city and yet its citizens can be found all over the world – in the Americas, in Europe and even in Asia. my-healthconnect, in its mission to take healthcare to remote areas, went to Hargeisa to explore possibilities of a long term association with the medical teams there. In doing so, we could help the patients in Hargeisa connect with the right surgeons/specialists in India for a quality medical opinion and appropriate treatment for their health needs. Our …

Senior Health and Fitness Day | No Tobacco Day

Senior Health and Fitness Day, No Tobacco Day

Today is No Tobacco Day and this day was established with the goal of raising awareness of the dangers of this habit, and the thousands of lives it costs every year. Did you know that today is also Senior Health and Fitness Day? For Grandma, Grandpa, Granny, Gramps, Nana, Papa and all our well-loved elders, Senior Health & Fitness Day is a time to explore the many senior-friendly physical activity options, and to understand the importance of exercise and nutrition for ongoing health and illness-prevention. A healthy diet can boost energy and immunity, and regular exercise is necessary to retain bone …

Walk to Work Day | World Health Day

Walk to Work Day, World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and this day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Did you know that today is also Walk to Work Day? Obviously, walking to work provides amazing health benefits to the otherwise sedentary person. The extra time necessary to walk to work helps wake you up and spend time clearing your head and greeting the day in something less than a rush. Walk to Work Day helps you reduce carbon emissions, add some healthy movement to your day, and generally appreciate the world around you more. So get out …

A more informed medical journey

Get medical opinion from specialist surgeon in India

Mr.Sanjay Verma* lives in Assam in India and has been recently diagnosed with varicose veins (a condition in which veins in the legs become enlarged). He prefers to have his surgery performed at Hyderabad (about 1500 kms from where he lives) but is unsure on the right doctor for his issue. He connects at my-healthconnect and uploads his recent prescriptions and laboratory reports. A vascular specialist surgeon from Hyderabad analyses the reports and gives Mr. Verma a provisional diagnostic plan. The plan includes a possible treatment plan, cost estimate and days of stay at Hyderabad (if surgery is confirmed). The …

International Day of Happiness | World Oral Health Day

International Day of Happiness, World Oral Health Day

Today is World Oral Health Day and it is celebrated globally to highlight the importance of oral health for a healthy body. Apparently today is also, International Day of Happiness, where we try to educate and increase public awareness of the benefits of happiness. This day originated at the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan region of Asia, where it is thought by many to be among the happiest in the world due to the holistic approach to life and the amount of importance which is placed on the well being of people and communities, as much as material wealth. …

Arthritis of the Knee

Arthritis of the Knee Joint leading to Knee Pain

There’s a persistent ache in your knee and you know that arthritis runs in the family. The words “knee pain” on Google search throws up thousands of posts on Arthritis and Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery. And yet, after hours of research, there are niggling questions and non-medical queries that arise.  Here we seek to address those that a patient has once his/her surgeon has recommended a Knee Replacement Surgery (TKR Surgery). #1: I am apprehensive about this surgery and have heard stories of my friend’s aunt having a bad experience and increased pain post TKR. What do I do? …

Donor Day | Valentines Day

Donor Day, Valentines Day

Today is Valentines Day and the world knows it too. Did you also know that today is also Donor Day? Donor Day is a day that celebrates all those people who have helped save people’s lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue, and even organs. It’s a day that drives home exactly how amazing and giving the human spirit is because it pays tribute to so many people who have donated of themselves, often to help save the life of someone they’ve never met. So, how can you celebrate Donor Day? It’s quite easy, and don’t worry because you don’t have …

Online medical opinion

Waiting in OPD area for meeting the doctor

Mr.Anil is 65 years old and has had some severe back pain for a few weeks now. He has a 10am appointment pre-booked with a specialist spine (orthopaedic) doctor. His plan was to finish his morning walk, meet the doctor and then return home for lunch. But, he’s been waiting in the OPD area well past his appointed slot and is only able to finish his preliminary consultation with the doctor by 12 noon, post which he is required to take an X-ray of Lumbar Spine which, unfortunately, can only happen by 2pm. He ends up having lunch at the …

e-Second Opinion – How can it be leveraged?

Medical Opinion or Second Opinion from a specialist surgeon in India

A patient sitting in Bidar (A small town in North Karnataka) has been suggested a Knee Replacement Surgery by his local doctor. He is unsure of the diagnosis plan and intends to consult a specialist doctor from a city (typical of patients from rural India). He travels by train to Bangalore and consults a specialist who recommends physiotherapy/medicines for one year before a surgery. Another trip to Hyderabad lands him in a treatment plan which entails immediate surgery. He is now confused on what next!!! On top of it, he has spent a few days on his travel and close …

Second Opinion for health needs

Second Opinion or Medical Opinion for your health needs

As the term suggests, Second Opinion in healthcare is a practice to seek an additional opinion from a different doctor on a treatment recommended by the primary doctor. It is a common practice in India these days where patients get a treatment plan by their local doctor and then at times head to another city (probably a bigger metro or Tier II city) to get a Second Opinion. There are situations where the patient also switches treatment to the new doctor – a phenomenon known as ‘Medical Tourism’ (in this case travel within the country). This can be extended across …

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