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6th July, 2017
Complications are bound to happen, what is important is how you tackle them

Medicine is an art, based on science, yet it is not an exact science. And it is the skills that the doctor picks up first during his education and then as part of his training, which help him to safely and effectively practice medicine. Years of clinical practice then further his knowledge and add to the skills. 
 
No two patients are alike; every patient is different and clinical decisions are tailored to individual patients. Therefore, probability and uncertainty are part of the practice of medicine where complications are bound to occur. But what is of the utmost importance here is to anticipate potential complications and manage them quickly. When any complication is anticipated, one is prepared accordingly to handle it. 
 
It is this ability to anticipate, recognize and the quickness shown in managing any complication that marks a distinguishing characteristic of a "good" doctor and sets him/her apart from others. 
 
To acquire these clinical and procedural skills, a doctor undergoes years of rigorous study and training. Only then, do they acquire adequate knowledge, discernment and develop skills to take the right decision for the patient and adapt to changing practices. But, today quacks are flourishing in our society. They are obviously untrained and lack the ability to diagnose or treat patients, in particular any emergency or complication. They cannot render timely first aid. Although it is their routine practice to refer patients to hospitals or higher centers, but precious time is lost. They can hardly be expected to be aware of the concepts of the "Golden hour" or the "Platinum 10 minutes". And, the outcome often is patient succumbing to his illness.
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Precautionary measures and eating the right food is ideal to avoid the onset of diseases

New Delhi, 05 July 2017: The hot summers are gradually giving way to the monsoons, and along with them many diseases and reduced immunity as well. There are many diseases associated with the monsoons such as malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, jaundice, and gastrointestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough are also common.
 
The water that gets collected due to rain becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Another common observation during this period is the contamination of drinking water which gives way to diarrhea and gastrointestinal infections. Walking in dirty water during the rainy season also leads to numerous fungal infections, which affect the toes and nails.
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