Wednesday February 20, 2019

BJP slams UP govt over poor health services

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Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday attacked the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh over poor health services in the state.

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The criticism came in the light of state Health Minister Ahmad Hasan recently describing doctors and health employees in UP as pimps and robbers.

BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said if such was the condition of the so-called sunshine sector of the ruling Samajwadi Party government, it spoke volumes of the drift in governance.

“Diseases like encephalitis, dengue, viral fever are killing people in large number across the state and the government is busy making tall claims whereas the realities are otherwise, as experienced by the health minister himself,” Pathak told IANS.

He was referring to a recent remark of state Health Minister tried the 108 ambulance service’ helpline number, which was never answered.

The BJP leader pointed out that patients were dying without treatment at many places and they were being denied admission at government hospitals without any recommendation.

“Only recently a poor woman Bhanmati from Gonda kept doing the rounds for admission but was shooed away, until a newspaper reporter helped her,” Pathak said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Know How Higher Intake of Sodium Can Treat Lightheadedness

Greater sodium intake is widely viewed as an intervention for preventing lightheadedness when moving from seated to standing positions.

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"Health practitioners initiating sodium interventions for orthostatic symptoms now have some evidence that sodium might actually worsen symptoms," Juraschek said. Pixabay

Higher sodium intake should not be used as a treatment for lightheadedness, say researchers challenging current guidelines for sodium consumption.

Lightheadedness while standing, known as postural lightheadedness, results from gravitational drop in blood pressure and is common among adults.

Greater sodium intake is widely viewed as an intervention for preventing lightheadedness when moving from seated to standing positions.

However, contrary to this recommendation, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) found that higher sodium intake, actually increases dizziness.

“Our study has clinical and research implications,” said Stephen Juraschek, researcher from BIDMC in Boston.

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Greater sodium intake is widely viewed as an intervention for preventing lightheadedness when moving from seated to standing positions. Pixabay

“Our results serve to caution health practitioners against recommending increased sodium intake as a universal treatment for lightheadedness. Additionally, our results demonstrate the need for additional research to understand the role of sodium, and more broadly of diet, on lightheadedness,” Juraschek said.

For the study, reported in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the team used data from the completed DASH-Sodium trial, a randomised crossover study that looked at the effects of three different sodium levels (1500, 2300, and 3300 mg/d) on participants’ blood pressure for four weeks.

While the trial showed that lower sodium led to decrease in blood pressure, it also suggested that concerns about lower level of sodium causing dizziness may not be scientifically correct.

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The study also questioned recommendations to use sodium to treat lightheadedness, an intervention that could have negative effects on cardiovascular health.

“Health practitioners initiating sodium interventions for orthostatic symptoms now have some evidence that sodium might actually worsen symptoms,” Juraschek said.

“Clinicians should check on symptoms after initiation and even question the utility of this approach. More importantly, research is needed to understand the effects of sodium on physical function, particularly in older adults.” (IANS)