Wednesday, 9 July 2014

94-year-old operated upon for hip injury



Ninety-four year old Nasiruddin had little hope of walking again after an injury that he sustained on June 22 during his morning walk. He injured his right hip with a fractured neck of the thigh bone. At this age, he had little hope of recovering, but a successful medical intervention by doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has helped him walk again.
He was operated for Total Hip Arthoplasty in the last week on June and is now in good health. Speaking about the procedure, Dr. Rajeev K. Sharma, senior consultant orthopaedics and joint replacement surgeon, said: “When the patient came to us, he had great pain in right hip and was unable to stand and walk. We performed some tests and found out that it was a case of fracture neck of femur with gross osteoporosis. If such a patient is not operated and made to walk soon, the life of patient is at serious risk because of strong possibility of chest infection, urinary infection and bed sores.’’
After examining the patient, doctors here decided to perform unilateral total hip replacement.
In this procedure, the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. This uncemented prosthesis has a fine mesh of holes on the surface area that touches the bone. The mesh allows the bone to grow into it and becomes a part of the bone. If fixation is done well, the patient can walk with support within a few days.
Challenges of surgery
Explaining the challenges of the surgery on such an old patient with weak bones and associated comorbidities, Dr. Sharma said: “Surgery was very challenging given that he was a very elderly man and had other problems like extremely fragile bones and weak muscles. During the course of pre-operative check-up, all necessary investigations were done. Physician anaesthetics and orthopaedic team assessed the patient and the patient underwent right Total Hip Arthroplasty on June 24.”
Mr. Nasiruddin said: “I have gone through immense pain but am feeling much better now.

94-year-old operated upon for hip injury


Nasiruddin can now walk again after a successful surgery.
Ninety-four year old Nasiruddin had little hope of walking again after an injury that he sustained on June 22 during his morning walk. He injured his right hip with a fractured neck of the thigh bone. At this age, he had little hope of recovering, but a successful medical intervention by doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has helped him walk again.
He was operated for Total Hip Arthoplasty in the last week on June and is now in good health. Speaking about the procedure, Dr. Rajeev K. Sharma, senior consultant orthopaedics and joint replacement surgeon, said: “When the patient came to us, he had great pain in right hip and was unable to stand and walk. We performed some tests and found out that it was a case of fracture neck of femur with gross osteoporosis. If such a patient is not operated and made to walk soon, the life of patient is at serious risk because of strong possibility of chest infection, urinary infection and bed sores.’’
After examining the patient, doctors here decided to perform unilateral total hip replacement.
In this procedure, the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. This uncemented prosthesis has a fine mesh of holes on the surface area that touches the bone. The mesh allows the bone to grow into it and becomes a part of the bone. If fixation is done well, the patient can walk with support within a few days.
Challenges of surgery
Explaining the challenges of the surgery on such an old patient with weak bones and associated comorbidities, Dr. Sharma said: “Surgery was very challenging given that he was a very elderly man and had other problems like extremely fragile bones and weak muscles. During the course of pre-operative check-up, all necessary investigations were done. Physician anaesthetics and orthopaedic team assessed the patient and the patient underwent right Total Hip Arthroplasty on June 24.”
Mr. Nasiruddin said: “I have gone through immense pain but am feeling much better now.”

94-year-old operated upon for hip injury


Nasiruddin can now walk again after a successful surgery.
Ninety-four year old Nasiruddin had little hope of walking again after an injury that he sustained on June 22 during his morning walk. He injured his right hip with a fractured neck of the thigh bone. At this age, he had little hope of recovering, but a successful medical intervention by doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has helped him walk again.
He was operated for Total Hip Arthoplasty in the last week on June and is now in good health. Speaking about the procedure, Dr. Rajeev K. Sharma, senior consultant orthopaedics and joint replacement surgeon, said: “When the patient came to us, he had great pain in right hip and was unable to stand and walk. We performed some tests and found out that it was a case of fracture neck of femur with gross osteoporosis. If such a patient is not operated and made to walk soon, the life of patient is at serious risk because of strong possibility of chest infection, urinary infection and bed sores.’’
After examining the patient, doctors here decided to perform unilateral total hip replacement.
In this procedure, the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. This uncemented prosthesis has a fine mesh of holes on the surface area that touches the bone. The mesh allows the bone to grow into it and becomes a part of the bone. If fixation is done well, the patient can walk with support within a few days.
Challenges of surgery
Explaining the challenges of the surgery on such an old patient with weak bones and associated comorbidities, Dr. Sharma said: “Surgery was very challenging given that he was a very elderly man and had other problems like extremely fragile bones and weak muscles. During the course of pre-operative check-up, all necessary investigations were done. Physician anaesthetics and orthopaedic team assessed the patient and the patient underwent right Total Hip Arthroplasty on June 24.”
Mr. Nasiruddin said: “I have gone through immense pain but am feeling much better now.”

Ban tobacco in Army canteens: Vardhan tells Jaitley

Union Minister of State for Health Harsh Vardhan has written to the Defence Minister calling for a ban on sale of tobacco products through Defence canteens..
In a letter on Monday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Defence Ministry should revisit its policy of making available cigarettes and other tobacco products at a discount to the members of the services.
The letter said that anti-smoking efforts had so far not focussed on health risks to thousands of armed forces personnel. The argument that military personnel need tobacco for stress relief devalues the quality of their life in the long run and ignores the military’s obligation to provide healthy and effective means of stress relief to its personnel, Dr. Vardhan said.
All Defence establishments, including naval ships, should be declared no smoking zones, he added.

Asus unveils three new smartphones starting Rs 5,999

New Delhi: Taiwanese tech major Asus on Wednesday unveiled three new handsets under its 'ZenFone' range in the fiercely competitive affordable smartphone category in India to take head-on the likes of Moto G, Lumia 630, HTC Desire and Samsung's Duos.

Asus, which already sells tablets in India under Fonepad series, expects to sell 4-5 million smartphones next year as it builds its brand and focusses on increasing distribution.

"This year, we should sell about half a million smartphones. The focus right now is on increasing distribution and offering a good product at a good price point in India," ASUS Corporate Vice President Eric Chen said.

He added that the company expects to sell about a million units of tablets in 2015.

The three new smartphones -- ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 -- are priced at Rs 5,999, Rs 9,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively.

"In the next few months, we will spend a couple of million dollars towards various brand builidng and marketing initiatives," Chen said.

The A400CG features a 4-inch screen 1.2 GHz Intel Atom dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB memory (expandable upto 64GB), 0.3MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, 1600 mAh battery and Android JellyBean operating system (upgradable to the latest Android Kitkat OS).

The company will also introduce a 4.5-inch version, whose pricing was not disclosed, with similar specifications apart from 1750 mAh battery, 8MP rear camera and Android KitKat OS.

Asus said the five-inch ZenFone will come in two variants -- 8GB (priced at Rs 9,999) and 16GB (not announced).

The dual micro SIM-devices sport 1.6 GHz Intel Atom dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, expandable memory of upto 64GB, 2110 mAh battery and Android JellyBean OS (upgradable to KitKat).

Apart from these features, the six-inch screen variant 'ZenFone 6' has a higher rear camera resolution of 13MP and a 3300 mAh battery.

The company has also launched the Fonepad 7, a portable seven-inch palm-sized Android tablet.
The Indian smartphone market is witnessing strong competition between local and international players, all vying to grab a share of the multi-billion dollar market.

According to IDC, smartphone sales in India grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms such as Micromax and Karbonn.

In the first quarter of 2014, 17.59 million smartphones were shipped into India as compared to 6.14 million in the same period of 2013. Samsung was the market leader (35 per cent market share in Q1), followed by Micromax (15 per cent), Karbonn (10 per cent), LAVA (6 per cent) and Nokia(4 percent).

Affordable smartphones, especially those priced in the sub-USD 200 category (Rs 12,000), are doing well in the Indian market.

Asus unveils three new smartphones starting Rs 5,999

New Delhi: Taiwanese tech major Asus on Wednesday unveiled three new handsets under its 'ZenFone' range in the fiercely competitive affordable smartphone category in India to take head-on the likes of Moto G, Lumia 630, HTC Desire and Samsung's Duos.

Asus, which already sells tablets in India under Fonepad series, expects to sell 4-5 million smartphones next year as it builds its brand and focusses on increasing distribution.

"This year, we should sell about half a million smartphones. The focus right now is on increasing distribution and offering a good product at a good price point in India," ASUS Corporate Vice President Eric Chen said.

He added that the company expects to sell about a million units of tablets in 2015.

The three new smartphones -- ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 -- are priced at Rs 5,999, Rs 9,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively.

"In the next few months, we will spend a couple of million dollars towards various brand builidng and marketing initiatives," Chen said.

The A400CG features a 4-inch screen 1.2 GHz Intel Atom dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB memory (expandable upto 64GB), 0.3MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, 1600 mAh battery and Android JellyBean operating system (upgradable to the latest Android Kitkat OS).

The company will also introduce a 4.5-inch version, whose pricing was not disclosed, with similar specifications apart from 1750 mAh battery, 8MP rear camera and Android KitKat OS.

Asus said the five-inch ZenFone will come in two variants -- 8GB (priced at Rs 9,999) and 16GB (not announced).

The dual micro SIM-devices sport 1.6 GHz Intel Atom dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, expandable memory of upto 64GB, 2110 mAh battery and Android JellyBean OS (upgradable to KitKat).

Apart from these features, the six-inch screen variant 'ZenFone 6' has a higher rear camera resolution of 13MP and a 3300 mAh battery.

The company has also launched the Fonepad 7, a portable seven-inch palm-sized Android tablet.
The Indian smartphone market is witnessing strong competition between local and international players, all vying to grab a share of the multi-billion dollar market.

According to IDC, smartphone sales in India grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms such as Micromax and Karbonn.

In the first quarter of 2014, 17.59 million smartphones were shipped into India as compared to 6.14 million in the same period of 2013. Samsung was the market leader (35 per cent market share in Q1), followed by Micromax (15 per cent), Karbonn (10 per cent), LAVA (6 per cent) and Nokia(4 percent).

Affordable smartphones, especially those priced in the sub-USD 200 category (Rs 12,000), are doing well in the Indian market.

The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is finally here in India

The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is finally here in India and is subject of an Amazon exclusive in this market. Featuring a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, it’s powered by a hexa-core SoC. The phone will run on 4.4. KitKat with the same TouchWiz version we’ve seen on the Galaxy S5, but the biggest highlight is undoubtedly the camera on the phone. Let’s take a closer look at the camera that’s clearly the reason anyone should consider this phone.

20.7-megapixel sensor
The 20.7MP BSI sensor around the back is the star of the show and it’s one step ahead of a 16MP sensor featured on last year’s S4 Zoom. We were pretty impressed with the picture quality on the latter when we reviewed it last year.

Along with the high megapixel count, one gets 10x optical zoom, which is the same as last year’s model. This is the highest seen on an Android phone till date. The camera also gets optical image stabilisation for shake-free shooting and the 24-240mm lens has a decent-sounding aperture value of f/3.1 to f/6.3. There’s also an AF assist LED around the back and Xenon flash for capturing better low-light shots.