Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 2015 Health Calendar--Part 2

Do you know what this is?

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It's psoriasis--not a fun condition as you can imagine.
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August is World Psoriasis Awareness Month.

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This disease not only takes its toll physically, it also takes its toll emotionally and financially.
 This link:

gives you links to blogs by real people living with psoriasis.
Reading their stories can give you insight about how it is to live with disease and how they cope.

Do people in Nepal suffer with psoriasis?  Of course.
This case study from the Kathmandu University Medical Journal is interesting:

The following link is to an article from Gulf News which explains the emotional impact of psoriasis. 
If we understand this emotional impact, and accompanying depression and social stigma
some people are living with, we can be a help and support to them.

Guselkumab was more effective than adalimumab for psoriasis.
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Click the above photo credit link to find out even more information about the depression that can occur for psoriasis sufferers.  (You will also find many other interesting articles there.)

Your friends and loved ones who may be suffering with any medical problem will appreciate
all of your care, concern, and support!  Kindness is never overrated!

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To end with, we leave this link:
which is FULL of many interesting health tips!  At the bottom, there's a link to Page 2!
Quiz yourself and see how many you already knew!

 Have a safe and healthy day, week, month, year, and life!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Earthquake--Part 14: Banepa in August 2015

Here we are in August--almost four months after the earthquake.
How are we?  Are we back to normal?  Well, yes and no!

However, we can find many, many blessings!
We certainly are blessed by the kind donations of so many people.
If you were able to help, please know that you are making a real difference.
If you prayed for us and still are praying, please know that we are very appreciative.

We have lots of patients...

We're sorry people are sick, but glad we can  help them.
That's what we're here for!

Many people here in Nepal are still struggling.  Here is an article from ABC Australia 
that can help you to understand, which also has links to other stories:

The best way to show you how our town is coping is to present to those of you who are interested
 the following pictures called  "Banepa in August 2015."  You will see that there is still much to do.

People are working and doing the best they can with what they have...

Bye!  Thanks for your continued support.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August 2015 Health Calendar--Part 1

Happy August!

This first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week.

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This year's theme is:
Breastfeeding and Work--Let's Make it Work!

Read more about it here:

Sometimes breastfeeding is not smooth sailing.

This Medical News Today article explains that 2/3 of all new mothers have trouble--

Here is an article about thrush and it's difficulties:

Here is a picture:

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Read the above photo credit link for lots of information on thrush and other problems!

To read the story of one woman's fight with breastfeeding and thrush:
Click the photo credit link for the post.
Thank you Emily for sharing your journey with us!

There are many other interesting posts on this blog for you mothers out there,
such as this post about plugged ducts:

That doesn't sound fun, does it?

Did you see this link?
Thank you!
You will find out how to distinguish between plugged ducts and mastitis,
plus find out lots of other useful information.

This blog:
gives more information!  Thank you Kirsten!  

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What about here in Nepal?  Check out this article from
Health Renaissance:
Knowledge and practice of mothers regarding breast feeding: a hospital based study 
RN Chaudhary1 , T Shah2 , S Raja3 1Department of Child health Nursing, 2Department of Community Health Nursing, 3Department of Pediatrics, BPKIHS Dharan 

and this one from Public Health Perspective Nepal:

Did you catch this interesting and important article in by
Dr.Rajbhandari from Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives Program?
Thank you Dr. Rajbhandari.

For more facts, check this out:
10 Facts About Breastfeeding
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Click on the above photo credit link for 10 breastfeeding facts.

If anyone you know is having trouble in this area, of if you simply have questions,
please come in for a consultation with one of our OB/GYNs.

Have a nice day and stay tuned for more August Health issues!

Have a safe and healthy day!

Ending with the Pregnancy Food Pyramid...
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(Click the link to find out more!)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July 2015 Health Calendar

It's August already!  How did that happen?  

We trust your July was safe and healthy and we wish all of you the best for August!

Before we get too much farther into August, let's take a look at the two worldwide health problems that were emphasized in July.  If you stay updated, you can help yourself and your loved ones.

What is this disgusting thing?
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It's Group B Strep bacteria.  Read about it here at

July was International Group B Awareness Month.

It's important to know about this bacteria which can cause serious illness and even death in newborns, the elderly, and those with compromised immune symptoms.

Read more here if you so desire:  

Here's a sad, but true story of a family affected by this illness.

Please make sure your pregnant friends and loved ones talk to their obstetrician about this!

Worldwide Hepatitis Day was in July.

Here is the World Health Organization's Fact Sheet on Hepatitis, which is full of information plus numberous important links.:

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If you'd like to learn more via the slide show  where this photo is from, click here:

Thank you for this information Dr. Ashok Rattan.

This article,,
by Dr. Santosh Man Shrestha, the president of Liver Foundation Nepal.
explains many important details about hepatitis here in Nepal.
It's worth reading.

As always, please come in if you have questions about these, or any health issue.

This August, remember this:

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and this:

Be good to yourself and your loved ones by living healthfully.

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...and see your doctor when you need to!

Have a nice day!