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7th November 2016
All what is reported in the media may not always be true?
 
Beware of fake unauthenticated stories circulating in the media
 
Communication is not just an act to impart information. Effective communication is the key to developing and maintaining harmonious relationships, building a business among others. And, it would perhaps not be amiss to say that in no other profession is communication as important as in healthcare. Communication forms the basis of a doctor-patient relationship. Communication in health care also means communication of knowledge gained through research. Failure to communicate properly undermines the entire effort and leads to misinterpretations and miscommunications.
 
Communication can be violent and nonviolent. A non-violent communication is based on facts or observations and can be validated with a reference or spoken as “quote unquote”. It implies one’s acceptance of legal responsibility. The components of a violent speech, on the other hand, are Condemnation, Complaint and Criticism (3Cs). Hostility, aggression, anger can be called violent communication. 
 
Then at times, message may be distorted. A typical example of this is the game of ‘Chinese Whispers’ where players whisper a message to others in a large circle and when the last player speaks the message aloud, it is distorted and significantly differs from the original message. How people understand the message before passing it to the next person depends on their level of perception. 
 
Gossip is another expression of violent communication. Gossip is anything spoken about a person in his or her absence without any facts or reference, which invariably cannot be verified. Gossip judges, criticizes, condemns and creates misunderstanding or controversy.
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Heart attack or a Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Know the difference
 
Heart attack and cardiac arrest are terms that are often used interchangeably but they are not the same. 
Awareness needs to be created about the difference between these two conditions

New Delhi, 06th Nov, 2016: Heart diseases are the number cause of morbidity and premature mortality in India. Heart attack and sudden cardiac death account for the most numbers of mortality. The two conditions greatly differ in pathology and hence warrant different care and management methods.
 
A heart attack is a problem of the circulatory system whereas a sudden cardiac death is an abnormality in the electrical conduction in the heart. However, their risk factors are common and include a high-cholesterol diet, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical exercise, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.
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