Cervical Cancer – How Regular Screening is so Crucial to Prevent and Cure

In India, cervical cancer is the primary cause of cancer deaths amongst women. Approximately 1.32-lakh cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and around 74,000 deaths occur annually; this accounts for almost 1/3rd of cervical cancer deaths across the globe. Every 7 minutes, a woman in India dies of cervical cancer (it affects the mouth of uterus/womb, called the cervix). The human papilloma viru...
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Why is it Important for Healthy People to Get Annual Health Check-ups?

Many people are under the impression that only individuals suffering of health problems need to get health check-ups done. But the fact is that regardless of your health status, it is important for you to get an annual health check-up. Take a look at 10 reasons why and how this is important: Preventive Measures- Routine screenings & blood tests can be used to effectively diagnose certain diseas...
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Sit in your car, drive through and get your lab tests done.

The Management of Anand diagnostic laboratory is happy to announce the launch of our new drive-through blood collection service. This is a world first initiative and has been in a low profile testing mode over the last several months. The new service is now fully open to public. The service allows our customers to drive through to our sample collection station in their cars without having to par...
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Donate blood, save life!

Safe blood is more precious than diamond/gold and is scarcely available today. This special day is initiative of World Health Organisation (WHO). It is observed on 14​th​ june to create awareness of blood donation and also to thank the beautiful donors around the world. It provides an opportunity to highlight the life giving role of voluntary donors with no incentive, saving millions of life a...
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Happy Ugadi 2014

Anand Lab wishes to offer its greetings and HAPPY UGADI WISHES today to all Telugu and Kannada speaking people. May the year be filled with good health, prosperity and positive energy all around. Management Anand Diagnostic Laboratory....
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Startling statistics on vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D are among the most important vitamins the human body needs. While the former is needed to make the genetic material our body needs, it also helps in decreading heart disease and is required to produce red blood cells. The latter helps in strengthening the bones as it helps in maintaining phosphorus and calcium levels in our blood. As per Anand Diagnostic Laboratory ana...
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Happy New year 2014

We take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very very happy, healthy and prosperous New year. May this new year bring you good health, good fortune and happiness in the years to come. Have a great year ahead. Anand Lab Management....
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FREE BLOOD SUGAR CAMP and SPECIAL PACKAGE offer

Happy to Inform you of FREE BLOOD SUGAR CAMP and SPECIAL PACKAGE offer on MAY 26th 2013 at KORAMANGALA BRANCH.Timings : 7.30am to 1pm....
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Special interview with Dr.Ramaprasad – Founder of ADL

When it began operations, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory had three employees and three equipments. Today, it is one of the leading independent laboratories in Bangalore. The credit goes to its founder director Dr Ramaprasad. He spoke to Shilpa Shree on the occasion of the labs’ 39th anniversary. Edited excerpts: 1) Why did you think of starting Anand Diagnostic Laboratory? I used to work at Ja...
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Anand Lab Anniversary day (12-May-2013) – Special interview with the Management team

Interview with Dr. Sujay Prasad He is considered as technological arm of Anand Diagnostic Laboratories, Bangalore’s leading independent pathological lab. Industry calls him a “rare jewel” in pathological automation. This knowledge did come easily. When he joined the company in 1995 after finishing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) course from Mumbai University, he first expressed a desire to jo...
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WE ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2013

ON OCCASION OF LAB ANNUAL DAY WE ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2013 “INCONVENIENCE REGRETTED” ADL MANAGEMENT...
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World Health day – Special program and packages for preventive care

Each year the world health day is observed on 7-April to mark the anniversary of the World Health organisation (WHO) which started way back in 1948. WHO is chartered to support and work for improving priority healthcare issues around the world. To commemorate the World Health day, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory has created special preventive care packages that is offered at very special prices. He...
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International Women’s Day special – Women Wellness programs

In commemoration with the International Women’s Day, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory is pleased to offer special wellness packages designed specifically for women.These are preventive care programs targeted at women and offered at very special prices. This package is offered from 4-Mar-2013 to 10-Mar-2013 at our main lab at Bangalore and also at the various collection centres throughout Bangalore. T...
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Happy New Year 2013

We wish all our employees, customers, doctors, partners, well wishers and other stakeholders a very very happy new year. Anand Lab Management....
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Happy Diwali wishes

Happy Diwali (13-Nov-2012) The Management team at Anand Laboratory would like to wish all of our staff, customers, doctors, associates, vendors and all our patrons celebrating Diwali, a very very happy and joyous Diwali. Kind regards, Anand Laboratory Management team...
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Special packages for Kannada Rajyotsava

Kannada Rajyotsava – Special packages (29 Oct 2012 to 4 Nov 2012) Anand Laboratory is offering special health screening packages at discounted rates commemorating with the Kannada Rajyotsava. The special offer will be valid for a week only starting from 29-oct-2012. The offer ends on 4-nov-2012. Please see attached pdf for further details about the screening packages. Kind regards, ...
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Lab closed on Cauvery bundh day : 6-Oct-2012

The laboratory and all its branches will remain closed on SATURDAY October 6, 2012 on account of the Cauvery Bundh. To compensate this, we will function for the full day on SUNDAY October 7, 2012. Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted. For Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Dr.Jayaram...
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Special packages (Independence day special)

Please note that Anand Lab is offering health screening packages at special discounted rates, as part of the National Independence day celebrations. Please see attached pdf document for details. Stay healthy with preventive screening and take advantage of this very special offer (valid until 18-Aug-2012) packagedetails (1)...
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Special packages for International Family Day

The United Nations has designated 15-May each year to be the International day of families. This is to mark the special role of families and the contribution they make to society. We all know that when we are blessed with a good family, we can count on their support and unconditional love at all times. At Anand we look at our employees, customers, doctors as one big network of an extended family. ...
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Happy New Year 2012

We wish our readers, customers, doctors, employees, partners and all other stakeholders a very very happy New year. May this New year bring good health, peace and prosperity to all....
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Don’t Let Blood Cancer Take the Life Blood out of You

Don’t Let Blood Cancer Take the Life Blood out of You Cancer is one disease that has been around for centuries. But to date, with all the advances in the field of medicine and technology, there is no sure-shot cancer cure. Cancerous formations can attack any part of the human anatomy. Blood cancer is a very deadly form of the disease and the cancerous cells multiply very rapidly and attack di...
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Role of exercise in heart diseases

Role of Exercise in Heart Diseases Heart diseases and exercise have a direct relationship, which is very simple to explain. When you don’t exercise, you become more vulnerable to develop a heart disease and when you get a heart disease, you lose your potential to exercise properly. It is anonymously declared by a number of researches and studies that exercise is required to prevent heart d...
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Role of aspirin in cardiac illness

Role of Aspirin in cardiac illness: It is attributed to increasing number of cases of cardiac issues among general population that most physicians are now adopting strategies to control risk factors that lead to cardiac illness. One of the strongest risk factor of developing heart disease is increase in concentration (thickening) of blood. Thick blood offers more resistance to flow and lead ...
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Healthy Heart Tips

Why most people suffer from heart diseases? Heart diseases are ranked as number one killer of adults between age group of 35 years onwards due to a number of risk factors. In order to prevent hear diseases, it is important to know what causes heart diseases in adults. Risky and sedentary Life-style: Nowadays most of the people suffer from heart diseases due to risky behavioral activities ...
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what are non-pharmcologic treatment options for hypertension

What are non-pharmacologic treatment options for hypertension? Blood pressure is one of the most dangerous and difficult to treat ailments that can affect the overall health of an individual by making him prone to more widespread systemic damage to other organs like kidney and brain. It is very important to keep blood pressure within reference range or near normal ranges by antihypertensive med...
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How to minimize side effects of aspirin?

Ways to prevent Aspirin related complications! If you are taking Aspirin, your doctor might have warned you about the potential side-effects to watch for, like bleeding from gums, black tarry stools and other related issues. If you are taking Aspirin on daily basis because of your health issues, you may have to watch for a few things. Aspirin is a drug that acts on platelets (cells of our bl...
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Worst risk factors for cardiac illness

Top 5 Worst risk factors for cardiac illness Healthy heart is one of the most important blessings we need in our life. Heart is the central organ that supplies blood to all parts of the body in order to maintain their functionality. It is very easy to understand that with a diseased heart, no function of the body can be performed and life will be totally different. It is therefore important to ...
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When to resume sex after cardiac illness

When to resume sexual activity after cardiac illness? There are a lot of misconceptions among general population about the extent and degree of physical activity allowed after a cardiac illness, for example Heart Attack. The main issue with Heart attack is the weakening of heart muscle and low availability of oxygen and nutrients to exercising heart muscle due to blockage in the arteries supply...
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How to choose medications for hypertension associated with other systemic diseases

How to manage Hypertension with other diseases? High blood pressure is indefinitely one of the biggest health risks all over the world. Proper control of blood pressure is not just needed to prevent cardiac diseases but also to prevent complications from happening. It has been observed that most people who develop hypertension are also vulnerable to develop a few other systemic diseases too, th...
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What causes silent heart attack

Silent Myocardial Infarction Myocardial Infarction refers to loss of blood supply to heart tissue, significant enough to damage heart functioning and activity. Myocardial infarction is called heart attack in simple words but it is important to know the factors that deprive heart of its blood supply. Heart is the main pumping organ that collects blood from all parts of the body, send it to lungs...
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LDL in cardiac patients

Ideal Cholesterol in Cardiac patients High Cholesterol levels has been confirmed to represent a high risk factor for heart disease and could also lead to other complication affecting other organs of the body. Once` a cardiac issue develops, it becomes exceptionally important to maintain blood cholesterol levels within normal or near normal ranges. Blood lipids comprise of Low density lipoprotei...
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How to differentiate palpitation from Myocardial infarction

Palpitation —-is it heart attack or some other disease? Most people tend to confuse palpitation and cardiac illness, which not only delays their diagnosis but also lead to many complications. Most people perceive heart attack as increase in heart rate that is accompanied with sweating; however this may be just palpitation because of hormonal imbalance. It is therefore important to discuss som...
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The A-Z of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 is essential for making red blood cells. These are the cells that carry much-needed oxygen to all the parts of your body. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can result in anaemia. In effect, your body will not have a sufficient number of RBC’s to optimally carry oxygen to all the cells in your body which can leave you feeling tired and weak. What causes it? People who consume a balanced diet...
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What causes increased cardiac risk in women after menopause?

Elevated cardiac Risk after Menopause Heart diseases are very common throughout the world and are regarded as the number one killer according to statistics of World Health Organization. Heart diseases are more likely to manifest in males before the age of 50 years; however in the case of females, the risk of heart disease is almost the same as males, after the woman cross 50 years. Most researc...
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What are the Complications of Obesity? Do Weight Loss Pills Work?

A person who is obese is said to have too much fat in the body. During the past decades, the number of individuals with obesity has increased dramatically not only among adults but in children as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1/3 of the adult population in the United States is obese while 12.5 million or 17% of children and teenagers from ages 2...
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How to Eat Foods the Right Way, So That It Gives Energy Instead of Putting Us to Sleep

Food is meant to give the body energy so that it can function well. However, there may be times when the body feels sluggish instead of energized after a meal. There are different possible reasons why eating can make you sleepy but more often than not, it is related to the types of food you eat during a meal as well as how often you eat. A healthy diet can consist of three big meals, specifical...
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Is There Any Truth Behind the Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate?

Chocolates are a sweet treat loved by kids and adults alike. Chocolates come in many forms like milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. Chocolates are often associated with weight gain since it contains a lot of calories and are often eaten as dessert. While chocolates are often avoided due to fear of gaining weight or getting diabetes, chocolates can actually be good for the health a...
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The Right Way to Take Fruits: Before Food or After Food?

When it comes to the health benefits of fruits, there is no denying that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Fruits are rich in essential nutrients needed by the body such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Fruits also contain many phytonutrients, nutrients that are found from plant sources. Studies show that fruits can benefit the health by preventing the risk of numerous healt...
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Some Food For Thought about Food Poisoning

Some Food For Thought about Food Poisoning Food poisoning is also referred to as food-borne illness and is caused by consuming contaminated food. Various infectious organisms like viruses, bacteria & parasites or the toxins that are formed due to them, are the common causes of food poisoning. It may be caused by: Norovirus– This is a contagious virus that is responsible for over 50% of...
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Is Belly Fat Indicative of General Health Risk? How to Safely Reduce Belly Fat?

It is normal for adults, especially those in their middle years, to have an increased amount of fat in the body compared to body weight. This is more evident in women compared to men, particularly during menopause when extra pounds in the body tend to build up around the midsection. In the past, this physical change in the body was considered to be inevitable and a normal part during the postmenop...
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Dangers of Fast Food and Why We Must Increase Awareness in Kids

Fast food has become part of the lives of millions of people all over the world. Fast food chains offer the convenience of meals that are ready-to-eat, not to mention the affordable prices of the food. Adults are not the only ones who enjoy eating fast food but children and adolescents as well. Consumption of fast food has increased over the past decades and it comes as no surprise that the risk a...
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Leveraging Good Habits to Keep Liver Disease Away

Leveraging Good Habits to Keep Liver Disease Away Disturbance in the functioning of the liver which results in illness is called liver disease or hepatic disease. The liver performs numerous crucial functions in our system and injury or disease can have an adverse impact on those functions and cause a significant amount of damage to the body. The term itself- Liver disease covers a very wide...
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The Dangers of Eating Too Much of High Calories Low Nutritious Foods

There is a saying that you are what you eat and this can be said to be true in most cases. People who eat foods that are high in fat and cholesterol are more likely to have heart problems while those who eat excessively are more likely to be overweight or obese. People who make healthy food choices are also bound to be healthier compared to those who do not. One’s diet does not only affect the b...
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Facts about Fatty Liver and Its Treatment

Facts about Fatty Liver and Its Treatment Fatty liver, also called steatosis, is a general term that is used to describe fat build-up in the liver. Having around 5-10% fat in the liver is a normal condition, but anything above that is excessive and the person is said to have fatty liver disease. Fortunately, this is a reversible condition and in most cases, will vanish on its own. What probably...
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Is Garlic Really Good For the Heart?

Garlic is known not only for its culinary uses but for its medical uses as well. In Ancient Egypt culture, garlic was part of the Egyptians’ everyday diet and was specifically given to those involved in strenuous labor such as pyramid building. In Ancient Greece, garlic was part of the diet of Greek soldiers especially when going to battle. During the earliest Olympics, there is also evidence to...
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Instant Home Remedy for Indigestion and Mild Food Poisoning

When it comes to stomach ailments, it can be useful to know a thing or two about different home remedies. Home remedies are not only readily available but are also cost-effective and generally safe. Such remedies are quite effective in treating stomach pain and other symptoms caused by common conditions like indigestion and food poisoning, inexpensive, and usually don’t cause any side effects. ...
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Does Eating Too Much Carbohydrate Add to Weight Gain?

America is no stranger to popular diets such as the Atkins diet and South Beach diet which focus on eliminating carbohydrates from the diet to achieve weight loss. Low carbohydrate diets have led many people to people that carbohydrates are bad for the body which is actually wrong. There are different kinds of carbohydrates in foods and some may lead to weight gain but some are actually good for t...
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Constipation – causes, symptoms and remedies

Constipation: Causes, symptoms and remedies From time to time, everyone would have experienced constipation. It’s often embarrassing to talk about this. Constipation is essentially a condition when bowel movements become hard or take place less often thereby making it difficult to pass stools normally. Basically there is no set amount of times a day or week that a person should have a bowel m...
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Understanding the Seriousness of Kidney Disease

Understanding the Seriousness of Kidney Disease Kidney disease is not something that can appear overnight. It comes in stages and recognizing your CKD/ Chronic Kidney Stage is the crucial part of determining which treatment will be best for you. CKD has 5 stages that range from the nearly-normal kidney function (Stage-1) up to kidney failure that requires dialysis / transplant (Stage-5). Unders...
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Common Diarrhea: Causes, prevention and home remedies

Diarrhea: Causes, prevention and home remedies Diarrhea refers to bowel movements that are loose and watery. It sometimes comes with stomach ache. It is a common condition and normally not considered serious. Most people experience diarrhea no more than a couple times each year. It averages about two to three days and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. People who suffer from irrita...
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Kidney stones – why do they occur and how to prevent them?

Kidney stones are actually crystals of different salts that get impacted in ureter or kidneys or anywhere in the urinary system leading to a variety of complaints and complications. Before going into the details of kidney stones (which are also called nephrolithiasis) it is important to know how kidney stones are formed. Different types of kidney stones: Kidney stones are formed when the lev...
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The Right Way to Exercise is Aerobic, Not Anaerobic

Regular physical activity in the form of exercise is important for one’s well being. People of all ages can benefit from regular exercise not only for increased energy and better stamina but also for a longer, healthier life. Exercising is also an effective way to lose weight, improve mood, and promote sleep. There are basically two types of exercise, namely aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Th...
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The top foods you must include in your diet to reduce your blood Cholesterol

Top Foods to Include in Your Diet to Reduce Your Blood Cholesterol If you have high blood cholesterol levels, chances are your doctor has already given you a list of foods you should avoid. In addition to any medication that has been prescribed to you, it’s important that you stay away from these foods that can cause harm to you. But there are also some foods that you can include in your diet t...
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The Top 10 Low Calorie Foods for Weight Reduction

Consuming low calories foods is one of the ways of catalysing weight loss and is something you can do without giving up on your urge to eat tasty foods. If you want to reduce weight fast, you will have to ensure that you get a certain amount of exercise every day. This in combination with the consumption of low calorie foods is the best ways of shedding those extra kilos. The Health Route S...
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Top Healthy Breakfast Choices for the Busy Person

You will hear health experts tell you how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you ask your doctor, he/she will tell you the same. There is no doubt about the fact that having a healthy breakfast is important as it gives your body the fuel to start the day in an energetic manner. Cereals are a healthy breakfast choice for a busy person, but it can be quite monotonous to eat oa...
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The 8 Worst Foods That you Should Stay Away From

It is said that you should eat to live and not live to eat. Though both of these may seem like extremes, it goes without saying that maintaining a certain level of mediocrity in your food habits goes a long way keeping you healthy. We all live very fast lives and people living in cities find that they have less and less time to dedicate to cooking elaborate and healthy meals for their families. An...
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How Calcium Deficiency can be a Bane for your Bones- Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

How Calcium Deficiency can be a Bane for your Bones- Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment Calcium is a very essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the body and a calcium deficiency can result in a number of problems. This mineral is essential for building strong bones and teeth. It helps in maintaining normal heart rhythm, powers muscle contractions and enables relaxation of muscles too. ...
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How much salt is safe to consume for hypertension patients?

Introduction: Some people perceive that salt is very dangerous for people suffering from high blood pressure. Therefore it is advised to completely abandon the use of salt or take it in extremely low quantities. The reason for this belief is that high concentrations of sodium in blood and body fluids further increase the blood pressure which in turn also causes a harmful effect on heart. Howeve...
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Top 10 fattening foods you must avoid

Top10 fattening foods that you must avoid! As most people who have attempted to lose their weights would vouch, losing weight is tough, but gaining weight is easy. Some foods particularly make you gain weight very fast. Some of these foods have high calorie content making it tough to burn all those extra calories with a regular life style. It is better to stay healthy and active throughout the ye...
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Hepatitis A, B and C: symptoms, causes & treatment

Hepatitis Facts: Symptoms, causes and treatment Human liver is a vital organ in the body and it is necessary for survival. Liver is actually a gland and is considered to be the biggest gland (organ) in the body. Liver has multiple functions to perform; the most important of which is detoxification (helping to excrete poison), production of certain bio-chemicals necessary for digestion...
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Wonder foods that help heart health

Wonder foods that help heart health Health of the body is very much dependent on the ability of the body to fight infections and adapt to changing environments. To achieve this, the role of healthy and nutritious diet is very important. A healthy diet not only protects the body from infections but also maintains the integrity of different organ systems. Why healthy heart is important? Hea...
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How to Manage Acute Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis There are a number of health issues that affects the overall quality of health and human functioning. It has been observed that most of the health issues occur due to unhealthy and dangerous lifestyles. Alcohol consumption is one of the strongest reasons why people develop pancreatitis. Pancreatitis refers to inflammation or injury to the cells of pancreas, which may be due to s...
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Do Multivitamin Tablets Really Help?

Taking multivitamins is considered to be part of one’s daily routine in many countries. The health industry world over actually makes billions of dollars each year on multivitamins alone. As more and more people recognize importance of disease prevention, there is also an increase in the number of people looking to protect their health better through supplementation with vitamins and minerals. ...
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10 Safe Weight Loss Tips That Work For Sure

Maintaining an ideal body weight is crucial for a healthy body. Being overweight increases the risk of developing numerous health problems including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension. Weight loss involves a multidimensional approach to be entirely effective and usually includes both diet and exercise regimens. There are no shortcuts to weight loss and it is imp...
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Is There Real Benefit Taking Green Tea?

Tea cultivation can be traced back to China and India centuries ago. Tea is actually the second most widely consumed drink all over the world after water and millions of people enjoy drinking tea not only for its taste but also for its touted health benefits. Tea comes in different varieties, specifically black, green, and oolong, the main difference being the way the leaves are processed. Among t...
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How to Manage Esophagitis

Management of Esophagitis Esophagitis refers to the burning pain in chest due to acid reflux in esophagus from stomach. Esophagitis is the response of tissues of esophagus to a number of agents that affects the solidarity of esophageal protective mechanisms. Risk factors and mechanism of Esophagitis: Esophagitis is a fairly common issue and more than 60% of people have at least one episod...
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Truth About Cooking Oils, Trans fat, and Heart Health

Oil is a versatile culinary ingredient commonly used in baking, frying, and sautéing. Oils can also be used for salads and dips when infused with different aromatics such as herbs and garlic. Oils are considered to be fats and are an essential part of a healthy diet. Since it is at the tip of the food pyramid, care should be taken to limit the amount of fats consumed daily. Oil is used in cook...
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Upper GI Bleeding

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding Bleeding from upper digestive tract may be seen either in vomiting or in stool. It is very important to investigate properly the cause of bleeding as hemorrhage may be more than the visible blood loss. In most cases the type of bleeding points to the cause of bleeding. Some common cause of Upper gastrointestinal bleeding are: Varices of Esophagus: Esophage...
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Antibiotics – the do’s and Dont’s

It’s not uncommon for people to opt to take antibiotics when they suffer from common colds and coughs etc. Though there will be times when you have no option but to take some antibiotics, there are also times when you can do without them. It’s important for everyone to know what the dos and don’ts of antibiotics are. Let’s start with the don’ts: #1 don’t take them if you don’t nee...
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Gastric Cancer— A Detailed Report

Gastric cancer — A Detailed Report Gastric cancer is also referred to as the cancer of stomach. As the name indicates, it pertains to the cancer arising in any part of stomach. Stomach cancer, is a very dangerous disease and causes almost a lot of deaths per year on worldwide basis. The most ironic aspect of stomach cancer is inability of patients to fight the infection due to malnutrition (f...
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6 serious health problems you could invite by sitting for too long

Today, a large percentage of people lead very sedentary lives; not necessarily because they do it out of choice, but because their jobs demand it. Regardless of what the reason for sitting for too long is, it’s extremely harmful to your health. Here are 6 serious health problems you could invite by sitting too long: Heart Disease- When you sit for extended periods of time, the muscles end u...
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How to prepare our health for monsoon?

Heavy rains are a brilliant welcome after scorching heat. We all love rains, but if we are not adequately prepared, we may face number of health issues. Our body is more susceptible to health problems during monsoon, because monsoon affects our immune system. Number of water borne diseases such as diarrhoea, jaundice, allergies and infections spread during rainy season. Besides these we are prone ...
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How to Approach Acute Cholecystitis

Acute cholecystitis Acute Cholecystitis refers to sudden onset of severe abdominal pain which is caused by inflammation or infection of the lining of gall-bladder. There may be a number of causes that can lead to infection of gall-bladder, but the major cause that can lead to gall-bladder pain and infection is presence of stones. The pain due to acute Cholecystitis is in the upper right portion...
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Top 8 health benefits of Yoga

Yoga is ancient Hindu spiritual and physical discipline. Widely practised for health and relaxation, it includes breath control, simple meditation, stretch exercises, relaxation techniques and the adoption of specific bodily postures. June 21st is declared as the International Yoga Day by United Nation General Assembly to create awareness about the benefits of Yoga. Here are few valuable benefits...
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Management Of Hemorrhoids

Care of Hemorrhoids To be able to eat what you like and able to digest may be considered the biggest blessing of Nature. However, there are a few health issues that greatly affect appetite or digestive processes and thus overall food intake. One of these issues is hemorrhoids that makes eating difficult and after digestion makes it difficult to get rid of waste products. What are hemorrhoids...
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Say bye to tobacco, and a hi to good health!

World no tobacco Day is usually observed on 31st may around the globe. The idea behind such a day is to encourage tobacco addicts to keep themselves away from all kinds of tobacco consumption for a day. Further, this day intends to create awareness about the widespread usage of tobacco and its harmful effect on one’s health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) created this day in 1987. The WH...
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Management of Hepatitis B Infection

Prevention of Hepatitis B infection Advancing science and technology has made management and diagnosis of many diseases really easy for us but at the same time it has also led to the identification of a number of new infectious agents and diseases too. Detailed study on various infectious agents has lead to the finding that some infectious agents are choosy as per what tissue they want to destr...
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Watch out for these tell tale signs in your home that could make you sick

You keep your home as clean as possible and try to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. Despite this there are times when some of your family members may fall ill very often and this leaves you wondering whether there is something wrong with their immunity levels. People who stay indoors for longer periods of time may be more affected and could be sneezing and wheezing & be uncomfortable al...
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Top foods recomended by experts that can fight diseases

Looking after your health is a lot about prevention. It simply means you should go for an annual medical and dental checkup. In addition to this, it’s important that you consume the right foods. Most naturally-occurring vegetables and fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that help combat disease. In combination, these three nutrients are known as micronutrients; they help build imm...
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Top 10 Healthy foods in summer

As summer peaks, it is every mother’s despair as to what healthy foods they should give their child during outdoor trips. Since children are still in the process of building their immune system, it is best to take seasonal foods, which are high in nutritional value and fresh. Here are some 10 healthy foods you can blindly give during summer. Mango and Watermelon These seasonal fruits are m...
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Causes Of Lower GI bleeding

Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding Blood is something that evokes a feeling of panic and stress among most people, be it seeing your own blood or blood of someone else. Bleeding in stool may not be a very common complaint but whenever it arises, it creates a feeling of anxiety and embarrassment among people. Types of lower gastrointestinal bleeding: Lower gastrointestinal bleeding is mostly ...
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The Impact of Obesity and Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It

Obesity is essentially excess body fat. Since it’s difficult to measure body fat directly, obesity is typically measured by BMI (Body Mass Index). This is the common scientific method of screening whether a person is under-weight, has normal weight, and is overweight/obese. Healthy Weight & BMI BMI measures a person’s weight in relation to his/her height. Though it is not 100% accura...
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Nutritional Management in Post-Surgery Patient

Nutritional management in post-surgery patient After any surgery or operation, it becomes very important to maintain the nutritional status of the patient for a number of reasons: Most post-surgery patients (after any surgery or operation that require anesthesia exposure) have depressed appetites due to lack of physical inactivity, moreover bowel movements are not very frequent after mos...
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Tennis Elbow

Priya Rao is a software techie from a reputed company in Bangalore, whose favourite hobby happens to be painting. “I used to paint for hours together and never feel tired, but today if I paint for more than an hour, my right elbow starts paining.” Priya suffers from a condition called Tennis Elbow. As the name suggests, tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse of i...
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Tips to Improve the Health of Kidneys

Tips to Improve the Health of Kidneys Kidney is responsible for clearing the body of waste products that are formed as a result of daily metabolic processes. Human body works like a factory and each organ works like a separate department, and within human body, liver and kidneys are two organs that are responsible for Waste Management. Kidney purifies blood and filter out all the waste produ...
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Liver and alcohol

Alcohol and Liver—- Alcoholic Hepatitis Hepatitis refers to inflammation or damage to tissues of liver due to different harmful agents. Liver is richly supplied with blood (receiving almost quarter of entire cardiac output) because of the important functions that it has to perform in human body. Liver is the major detoxification center of the body and is responsible for cleaning the blood ...
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Importance of blood sugar tests

The growing concern with increase in Diabetes Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes high levels of sugar in the blood. In 2011, about 62.4 million people in India were type 2 diabetic (up from 50.8 million from previous year) and this number is expected to touch around 100 million by 2030, according to the International diabetes Federation and the Madras diabetes research foundation. Diabet...
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Varicose Veins and Leg Pain: How to Identify and What To Do About It

Leg pain can occur anywhere between the pelvis and the heels. There are different reasons why the leg may hurt and there is a possibility that the pain is caused by a problem in the spinal cord. Pain the leg can be acute or chronic and it can also be intermittent or slowly progressive depending on the cause. One of the most common conditions that can cause leg pain is varicose veins, a condition t...
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Do You Know Your Body Mass Index (BMI)? Should You Take It Seriously?

Body Mass Index or BMI is the measure of proportion between an individual’s weight and height. It is commonly used to scale one’s body weight and the amount of fat in the body. BMI is an important tool when assessing risk to certain health conditions and is more accurate than using body weight and the weight chart as a basis. The amount of fat in the body can help determine an individual’s r...
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What are Antioxidants and How Do They Help?

People often hear about antioxidants and how they help the body but more often than not, most individuals do not understand the role of antioxidants in the body and just know that it is something good for one’s health. Antioxidants play a role in slowing down the process of aging as well as in the prevention of disease. Keeping cells healthy can be as simple as including foods rich in antioxidan...
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Knee pain and joint pain? Check your uric acid level

Knee joint is perhaps one of the most important joint required for normal weight bearing of the body, irrespective of whether a person is sitting, standing or walking. It is also one of the most commonly involved joints in infections, diseases processes, trauma or application of force and other disorders that may lead to improper functioning of knee joint. What are some common causes of knee pa...
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Is coffee good or bad for your health?

There are a few essential components which keeps us going throughout the day, without which we don’t feel fresh. One of such agent that most people rely on more than their own self is coffee. Today, most of us start our day with a hot cup of coffee and then many of us don’t even know how many cups we consume during the course of day before retiring to bed at night. Many of us don’t even k...
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The Truth Behind Hair Thinning & Hair Loss and What to Do About It

The image of hair as one’s crowning glory can be traced way back in history and even fairy tales. In ancient Egypt, hair was considered so important that they even used a gel product made from fat during the mummification process to ensure that the hairstyle of their dead stayed put even in death. In fairy tales, who hasn’t heard of Rapunzel’s golden blond hair which is not only 70 feet long...
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What You Should Know About Anemia and Hemoglobin Levels

Oxygen is vital for the body to be able to function properly. It does not only support cellular respiration but is also necessary for detoxification and the production of energy in the body. Lack of oxygen can have severe effects on the body such as organ failure and brain damage, both of which can lead to death. There are several conditions that can lead to poor oxygen supply in the body. Lack...
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Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol – What Do the Results Mean?

It is no secret that having high blood cholesterol increases a person’s risk of getting heart disease. Heart disease in common not only in the United States but in other developed countries as well and is in fact the leading cause of death in the U.S. In the United States alone, there are roughly about 1 in every 6 adults who have high total cholesterol levels and the average cholesterol level o...
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When Should You Have a Full Bladder or Empty Bladder for an Ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound scan is done to visualize the internal structures inside the body. It makes use of high frequency sound waves to create ultrasound images of the structures in the body. Ultrasound imaging or sonography is considered to be a non-invasive procedure and does not involve ionizing radiation which is usual in X-rays. An ultrasound scan is not only useful in assessing the structure of organ...
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When Do Doctors Order an Echocardiograph Test and What Does It Reveal?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease can affect both men and women and the most common type of heart condition is coronary heart disease. In 2008, almost 1 out of 4 individuals with heart disease died from the disease in the U.S. alone. In 2010, the costs associated with coronary heart disease in the U.S. were projected to reach almost $109 billio...
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Why Do Doctors Order So Many Scans from Ultrasound to MRI to CT Scan?

Diagnosing a condition can be difficult if a doctor merely makes a basis on the different symptoms of a patient. It can also be difficult to identify which organ in the body is affected and to what extent the damage is if any without an imaging equipment of some type. The value of imaging equipment such as MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound, and X-ray in the field of medicine is something considered to be i...
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Is Annual Health Checkup Really Necessary and Useful for an Otherwise Healthy Person?

They say that health is wealth and in most cases, this old maxim rings very true. One’s health is very important and this is why you need to take care of your body through good diet, proper exercise, and wholesome lifestyle. Maintaining one’s health is a continuous process and involves personal effort to ensure healthy practices are put into action. There are different reasons why people go...
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Why Vitamin D Testing is on the rise?

Why is Vitamin D testing gaining importance? The significance of vitamin D testing in maintaining good health has received unprecedented attention in recent times. Usually adequate levels of vitamin D in the human body is associated with good skeletal health and deficiency with bone metabolism abnormalities. Bone deformities in children from rickets are caused by low levels of vitamin D. Abnorm...
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Metabolic Syndrome: Don’t ignore those warning signs

Dr Jayaram, Managing Director, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory In this fast-paced era of increasing stress levels, changing lifestyles and oscillating dietary habits, health imbalances come as no surprise. If you still think that hiding that protruding underbelly of yours with a stretchable ‘body-shaper’ is a good idea, think again. Your rising tummy fat could be an indication of an underlying...
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ORAL CANCER

Dr. Samrat Bordoloi, M.D. Pathology, Consultant/Department of Pathology, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Oral cancer is among the most prevalent cancers worldwide with males affected more than females. Not surprisingly India stands among the countries with the highest incidence for both the genders. The national data suggest that annually around 130000 people succumb to their deaths due to oral ...
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Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells. They account for approximately ten percent of all blood cancers. African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to suffer from this disease. It is rare in Asians. The plasma cells are normally found in bone marrow. Lymphocytes, which are white blood cells, play an important role in the body defense mechanism against infecti...
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Breast cancer

Dr. Vidya. M.N, MD Pathology Consultant Pathologist and Head Div Histopathology/ Cytology Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in the world with an estimated 1.67 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012. Annual incidence of breast cancers is nearly 144,000new cases a year and hence has become the most common female cancer in the urban population. ...
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LUNG CANCER

Dr Lubna Rafiqi MBBS, DNB, Consultant pathologist, Pathology department, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men worldwide.It is responsible for nearly one in five cancer deaths worldwide. Compared to the western population the prevalence of lung cancer in India appears to be increasing. The ironic fact is that this cancer that takes away so many lives...
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Prostate Cancer

Dr Rakshith V MBBS, MD Department of Pathology, Anand Diagnostics Laboratory The prostate gland is found exclusively in males and it is a part of the male reproductive system. Its main functions are maintaining urinary continence and fluid secretion that forms part of semen. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men wo...
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Colorectal Carcinomas

Dr Anitha Pathologist Department of pathology. Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Colorectal cancer develops in the colon or the rectum, also known as the large intestine. The digestive system processes food for energy and rids the body of solid waste (fecal matter or stool). Water and mineral nutrients are absorbed from the food matter in the colon. Waste (feces) left from this process passes into...
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr Ajith Medical Director, Clinical and Imaging Services, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Introduction : Diabetic retinopathy is the hallmark & most specific complication of Diabetes. It is one of the leading causes of blindness, which is preventable by regular eye screening. How does diabetes affect retina? Prolonged high blood sugars cause injury or damage the blood vessels, re...
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Metabolic Syndrome

A case report: 27-year-old female, a senior executive working for an IT major in the city has been complaining of fatigue for over 3 months. She has recently gained weight and has trouble sleeping. She also complains of numbness and burning sensation in her hands and feet for close to 3 months now. She has no past history of Diabetes or hypertension. On examination: Height: 165cms, Weig...
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Anemia, a common problem in women – Everything you need to know.

Anemia is a common health problem seen more often in women than men. It is a frequent manifestation of a variety of underlying disease conditions. Essentially, anemia means presence of lower than normal amounts of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin (Hb) in the blood. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. There are three main causes of anemia: ...
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Women’s health – Facts and advice

Author: Dr Ajith Medical Director, Clinical and Imaging Services, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory   Introduction: Sex is biological. It’s based on the genetic makeup. Males have one X and one Y chromosome in every cell of the body. Females have two X chromosomes in every cell. Gender is a social or cultural concept. It refers to the roles, behaviors, and identities that society assigns t...
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Kidney Health

Author: Dr. Shubangi, Pathologist Globally, kidney disease is the third biggest killer after cancer and cardiac ailments. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has silently afflicted a large number of Indians with more than 200,000 kidney failures occurring   in India annually. In six out of 10 chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, diabetes and hypertension are the underlying cause.   Today, nearly ...
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BREAKING THE MYTH IN PREGNANCY

Dr Samrat Bordoloi, M.D. Pathology, Consultant/Departmentof Pathology, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory The joy of motherhood transcends all castes, creeds, religions and even species. We associate motherhood with only women and naturally attribute all its consequences to them. While this may be true for a lot of things, one of the biggest fallouts of this is concept is sex determination, the hor...
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Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Dr Ajith Medical Director, Clinical and Imaging Services, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Bone is a rigid connective tissue that provides a structural framework for the attachment of muscles, protects vital organs and tissues. It also stores crucial nutrients, minerals, lipids and produces blood cells that nourish the body and plays a vital role in protecting the body against infection. Bone...
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Hormonal Screening

Dr. Usha, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone(LH) are produced by the pituitary gland. FSH and LH act on the gonads and stimulate the production of sex hormones and so they are also known as gonadotrophins. In males these hormones act on the testes to stimulate the production of testosterone. In females they act on the ovaries to stimulate th...
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TUBERCULOSIS

Dr.Kavitha.M.P. Department of Microbiology, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is one of India’s major public health problem. India remains to be a high burden Tuberculosis (TB) country contributing to 23% of all TB cases in the World, In...
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FAQ's for Extended Lipid +

What is Extended Lipid Plus? Description: A comprehensive tool to screen, diagnose and monitor dyslipidaemia. Background: Disorders of lipid metabolism are common and prominent in clinical practice, causing dyslipidaemia (abnormal lipid levels), which are traditionally classified based on patterns of elevation in lipids and lipoproteins in the blood. The causes of dyslipidaemia ar...
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In the pursuit of Quality- A laboratory perspective

By  Dr. Sujay Prasad Technical Director Anand Diagnostic Laboratory  Many years ago when I joined Anand Diagnostic Laboratory, the term Quality was used to describe the nature of test result and its utility in diagnosis and treatment. The “result” was used to rule out a disease, rule in a disease, monitor a disease or use it to evaluate the efficacy of treatment. While all of the above is...
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UTILITY OF URINE EXAMINATION - Anand Lab

The examination of urine for disease diagnosis goes back thousands of years! Ancient Babylonian and Sumerian physicians first inscribed their evaluations of urine into clay tablets as early as 4,000 B.C. Later, in ancient Greece, Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine, expanded on urine's importance: "No other organ system or organ of the human body provides so much informatio...
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Founding Day – Our History, Pedigree, Service and Commitment

May 8, 1974 - the day Anand Diagnostic Laboratory made a humble beginning on Infantry Road, Shivajinagar Bangalore. This was the day Dr. A V Ramaprasad moved from the role of teacher to lead what has grown into a pioneer in technology driven diagnostics in the region. Core principles of honesty and integrity through transparency that were ingrained and percolated down the ladder of the organis...
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Hepatitis: All you need to know about this liver disease

  Liver is the largest organ in the body and is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen &accounts for 1.5 to 2.5 % of lean body mass. Diseases of liver present clinically in a few distinct patterns and are usually classified as hepatocellular diseases, cholestaticdiseases or mixed. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver parenchyma. The condition may be clinically in-a...
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Thyroid: The issues and therapies

Thyroid Thyroid is the largest endocrine gland in the body. It is located in the neck, wrapped around the windpipe and is made of follicles that produces and stores thyroid hormones:thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones play a critical role in many fundamental processes including cell differentiation, growth, thermogenic and metabolic functions. Production of thyroid h...
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