Nov 29, 2016

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In a bid to counter this allegation that Ayurvedic are inefficacious, we have looped in scientific institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and AIIMS," said Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, Joint Secretary,
AYUSH Ministry told DNA.
While the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is launching “Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda” on Friday, modern medicine doctors continue to be at loggerheads over efficacy of the alternative system of medicine for treatment of diabetes.

A heated debate over the issue has been continuing in recent editions of 'The Lancet' via posts giving alternative therapies a thumbs down.  
Unabated doubts raised by diabetes experts over Ayurvedic drugs have also moved the AYUSH ministry to get concrete proof to their claims. “In a bid to counter this allegation that Ayurvedic are inefficacious, we have looped in scientific institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). They are researching to establish efficacy of Ayurvedic drugs not only for diabetes but for other diseases also,” Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, Joint Secretary, AYUSH Ministry told DNA.

Since March, there has been a brisk exchange of opinions over the issue in “The Lancet” with a latest correspondence on Wednesday. The first post titled 'Maximum Hype, Minimum Science' was published in the Medical Journal in March 2016, by a noted endocrinologist Dr Anoop Misra, who claimed there is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend Ayurvedic drugs in routine clinical practice.

In reply to the post, Ayurvedic experts Rajiv Vasudevan and Zankhana Buch, stated, “Regarding the scarcity of studies of Ayurvedic treatments mentioned by Misra and colleagues, it is important to keep in mind that classic Ayurvedic medicines are usually polyherbal formulations. The combined effect of the phytochemical constituents of various herbs is responsible for therapeutic efficacy, rather than the actions of a single active ingredient.
“Standard double-blind randomised controlled trials are not frequently used for Ayurvedic treatments because the multi-faceted approach to diabetes management is not amenable totrials,” they stated.

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CHANDIGARH: The Haryana health minister, Anil Vij, has said on Sunday that Haryana would be developed as the capital of Ayurveda and Yoga. With a view to achieving this target, the state government has already passed the proposal for setting up AYUSH University in Kurukshetra.

Speaking after inaugurating the Panchkarma Centre established by AYUSH Department in Ambala Cantt, today, Vij said that a five-storey civil hospital was being constructed in Ambala Cantt at a cost of Rs 40 crore which would have Cath Lab, AYUSH services and other necessary facilities.

Nov 27, 2016

Alzheimer's disease and Ayurveda

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
First symptoms of Alzheimer’s vary from person to person. Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer's disease. For many, decline in non-memory aspects of cognition, such as word-finding, vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning or judgment, may signal the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mild Alzheimer's disease
As the disease progresses, people experience greater memory loss and other cognitive difficulties. Problems can include:
wandering and getting losttrouble handling money and paying billsrepeating questionstaking longer to complete normal daily taskslosing things or misplacing them in odd placespersonality and behavior changes
 Alzheimer's disease is often diagnosed
at this stage.
Moderate Alzheimer's disease
In this stage, damage occurs in areas of the brain that control language, reasoning, sensory processing, and conscious thought. Symptoms may include:
increased memory loss and confusionproblems recognizing family and friendsinability to learn new thingsdifficulty carrying out multistep tasks such as getting dressedproblems coping with new situationshallucinations, delusions, and paranoiaimpulsive behavior
Severe Alzheimer's disease
People with severe Alzheimer's cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care. Near the end, the person may be in bed most or all of the time as the body shuts down.      Their symptoms often include:
inability to communicate ;weight loss; seizures ;skin infections  difficulty swallowing  ,groaning, moaning, or grunting; increased sleeping ;lack of control of bowel and bladder. 
Ayurveda is in a progressing state, with Ayurveda scientists looking for effective curative properties in herbs like the Brahmi.
Ayurveda approaches diseases with the viewpoint that all diseases occur on account of an imbalance in the human body. The foundation of the science of Ayurveda is based on the concept of Tridosha – in accordance to which a person’s daily food, actions and thoughts have to be in composition with the Tridoshas.
According to the principles of Ayurveda, Alzheimer’s is caused as a result of the imbalance in vata – this imbalance is quite common as a person begins to grow in age. Alzheimer's disease  affects the vata – in the tissues of the central nervous system of the body – mainly the brain which then slowly becomes imbalanced.                                      Ayurveda terms this as smruthi nasha, caused by the depletion of dhatus or tissue elements and upward movement of the excessively accumulated bio energies. Intellect is pure, transparent, sharp, accurate, and subtle. The abode of intellect, which is the carrier of the three types of gunas- satvik, rajasik, tamasik, gets disturbed and their balance is lost. Satvik guna, which represents purity and consciousness, gets visually impaired by rajas, (the attribute of mind which usually represents energy and dynamism) and. Tamaa ,(the attribute of mind representing passivity and ignorance). manovaha srotas channels carrying cyclic impulses principally responsible for memory is kindled by the satva or the intellect.When this is completely evolved in tamaha or darkness the person is effected and there is malfunctioning of the mental activities. It is easier to prevent alzhimer’s then looking for treatment for correcting it.                                    
Ayurveda therapy treatment in Alzeihmer patients begins with a vata balancing diet. Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) in the powdered form along with either ghee or milk is included in the patient’s daily diet. This helps charge and soothe the vata.
An oil massage daily, prior to a bath is also considered significant in this form of treatment. Ayurveda specialized preparations for Alzheimer’s treatment that are made from rice have proved highly beneficial to the patients besides providing the required nutrients to the old age person.
Herbs such as Brahmi and Ashwagandha that serve as nerve tonics are mainly used in treating Alzheimer’s disease through the science of Ayurveda

Alzheimer's disease

4 early warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease                                                                                                                                Tests and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease 

Nov 11, 2016

4 early warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

4 early warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease  or what we call dementia is a disease of the brain which causes a slow yet steady decline in the memory power, reasoning and thinking ability of an individual. Here are the 4 early warning symptoms:
1. Loss of Memory power affecting the normal daily life of an individual is the most common warning symptom. A person tends to forget information that was just told to him/ her or forgets something that was just read or heard only a while back. The person may ask the same question or information repeatedly.
2. Face difficulty in planning, decision making and solving problems. Individuals face a change or hardship in their ability when it comes to following a systematic approach or plan and even find working with numbers difficult. In such a situation a person may experience trouble follow a recipe that was actually familiar to the person or may even find the task of keeping a record of monthly utility bills challenging and take more than the required amount of time to accomplish regular tasks. They may also face difficulty or hardship when trying to concentrate on something.
3. Find it challenging to accomplish regular home chores, work commitments or even leisure activities. Alzheimer patients usually find it challenging to manage and complete routine tasks. Some individuals may even face trouble in recollecting routes when driving across to familiar locations in the vicinity. Managing and maintaining a monthly budget or even recollecting rules of their favorite game can be rather challenging for such individuals.
4. Are confused with places and timings. These individuals tend to lose track of weekdays, weekends, months, seasons and even normal day to day calendar dates. A person with Alzheimer’s may even fail to recollect the location they have reached to,

Nov 10, 2016

Tests and diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease

Written by markus MacGill
Tests and diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is not simple to diagnose - there is no single test for it. For this reason, the first thing doctors do is to rule out other problems before confirming whether mental signs and symptoms are severe enough to be a kind of dementia or something else.
Doctors may:
Take a history (ask about symptoms and daily activities)Do a physical examination to find any signs of, for example, a stroke, heart condition or kidney disease, andCheck neurological function, e.g. by testing balance, senses and reflexes.
Depending on what the doctor thinks could need checking, other diagnostics are:
Sending off for tests of blood and urine samplesArranging brain scans (possibly including CT,MRIIand EEG).
Sometimes dementia symptoms are related to an inherited disorder such as Huntington's disease  so genetic testing may be done. For some, an assessment for things such as depression  can also be carried out.3
Again though, the above early tests are not for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease itself, but for ruling out other problems before starting to narrow down to dementia caused by AD. Central to this is checking memory loss and mental performance (cognitive testing).
There must be memory loss and an impairment in one other area of cognition for a diagnosis of dementia such as Alzheimer's to be made. These criteria also need to be progressive (a worsening compared with how the person has been before), and severe enough to affect 
Cognitive tests have changed little since being established by work from the likes of Professor Henry Hodkinson in the 1970s. The following example list of questions reveals the types of memory loss and areas of cognition that are tested and may indicate Alzheimer's.15
The "abbreviated mental test score" (AMTS):
 What is your age? What is the time, to the nearest hour? Repeat an address at the end of the test that I will give you now (e.g. "42 West Street") What is the year? What is the name of the hospital or town we are in? Can you recognize two people (e.g. the doctor, nurse, home help, etc.)? What is your date of birth? In what year did World War 1 begin? (Other widely known dates in the past can be used.) Name the president/prime minister/monarch. Count backwards from 20 down to 1.
The general practitioner assessment of cognition (GPCOG) test is a website-based assessment designed to be an early reliable indicator for use in initial consultations with GPs.16,17
The mini mental state examination (MMSE) is a fuller cognitive test to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease. It is also sensitive to the severity of the disorder and helps to indicate when drug treatment could ease symptoms appearing later in the course of the disease:17,18
Normal cognitive health - score above 26Mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's - below 26Moderate - below 20 but above 10Severe - score under 10.
It is always worthwhile for people with concerns about their own or someone else's possible dementia to get the problem thoroughly checked by a doctor, both because of the mental confusion created by the symptoms and because they may be due to something else that needs checking and treating.17,19
Is there a biological test for Alzheimer's disease?
There is no simple biological test specifically for Alzheimer's disease that can be used by doctors, which is why all the diagnostic options are designed to rule out other explanations for the dementia before confirming Alzheimer's as the cause.
A genetic test is possible in some settings to indicate the likelihood of someone having or developing the disease but this is controversial and not entirely reliable.11,14 A gene known as the APOE-e4 is associated with higher chances of people over the age of 55 years developing Alzheimer's.20
The question of future biological tests is being intensely investigated by medical research. A lot of clues as to the biological changes in the brain have been uncovered by neuropathology work on brains examined at autopsy after death.12 This and other types of research may result in future tests to measure new biomarkers.
Genetic testing may become a more realistic option, too - so long as researchers continue to find reliable links as they discover new gene associations.
Genetic testing is not always a welcome idea though. The Alzheimer's Association's position APOE-e4 testing for example, is that it should not be used routinely and that there should not be prejudiced treatment in terms of insurance and so on when it is used as an indication.20
In research studies, any genetic results used as indicators of disease would not be identifiable by individual - they would be anonymized.
Recent developments in tests and diagnosis from MNT news
A small study published in August 2013 in the Journal of the Neurological Sciencesfound interesting differences in ability to smell peanut butter between people with Alzheimer's disease versus those with different kinds of dementia.
A person's risk of Alzheimer's disease could be predicted through a simple saliva test, according to the results of a new study.
A team of researchers at King's College London in the UK has announced the development of a "gene signature" that could help predict conditions such as Alzheimer's disease years before symptoms arise.
According to new research, a noticeable change in what makes us laugh may not be a good sign for cognitive health: it may be an early indicator for dementia.
Inflammatory brain changes related to Alzheimer's disease may occur as many as 20 years before onset of symptoms, according to new research - a finding that could pave the way for early interventions that could halt disease development.

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