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From pediatric questions to general medical queries, our panel of experts is here to answer your questions….
The question: I have recently developed plantar fasciitis for which I am taking medication. Is there anything else I can do to alleviate the pain?
Senior Physiotherapist responds, “Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the layer that covers the foot arch muscles and tendons. Apart from taking anti-inflammatories,
rest and ice the foot arch. Change your shoes and avoid extremely rigid or soft shoe soles. Select shoes with proper arch support. Wearing a night splint will help speed up the healing process. Stretch your calves, hamstrings, and foot several times a day. Foam roll the same muscle groups. Also, try to lose excess weight if you had a sudden gain.This condition could last for months if left untreated. Consult a physiotherapist for a professional assessment to find and tackle predisposing factors including a weak core, flat feet, or pronation. Special orthotics could be suggested
or even a visit to the podiatrist. You will be advised on appropriate activity modification and home exercises including strengthening and stretching.”
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
The question: When is the earliest that ADHD can be diagnosed? My 11-month-old son does not act like his siblings; he avoids eye contact and rarely interacts willingly.
Dr. Salman Wahid,
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist responds, “ADHD affects children and can continue in adulthood. In this condition, children will have difficulty paying attention, may have hyperactivity, and will engage in impulsive behaviors. There are no set criteria to diagnose infants and toddlers with ADHD. The average age of diagnosis is around seven years, with earliest diagnosis given around five years. Some of the symptoms include lack of attention and focus, inability to listen, and follow directions, easily bored, forgetful, fidgety, impulsive, inability to wait for a turn, inability to play quietly, disruptive, impulsive, and low frustration tolerance. The description of a child not making eye contact can be due to excessive shyness, hearing issues, speech issues, or learning issues. The best advice at this stage is to make an appointment with the primary care doctor to rule out common medical issues, and if there is a suspicion of psychiatric illness, then have the child evaluated by a child psychologist/psychiatrist/speech pathologist/pediatric neurologist, depending on the issue at hand.”
TREATMENTS FOR DARK CIRCLES
The question: No matter what I do I can’t get rid of my under-eye circles. What causes this and what are some non-invasive techniques I can use safely to get rid of this once and for all?
Dr. Sanjay Parashar,
Consultant Plastic Surgeon responds, “Under-eye circles is a very common problem with young men and women. Under-eye circles have three important componentsdark/pigmented eyelid skin which is normally thinner than cheek skin and the demarcation may be significant. Also, resorption of fat and cheek drop is also a common cause and may occur in individuals as young as 23 to 24 years of age. The third cause is underlying veins that give a bluish and dark discoloration to the area. Hereditary tendencies are one common denominator in all people with under-eye circles. Other factors include lifestyle, irregular sleeping hours, smoking, or sudden weight loss. Treatment depends upon the problem; it may require a combination of treatments such as skin peeling and topical creams to improve the color. The use of a vitamin C serum can also help in improving the color. Carboxytherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that delivers carbon dioxide gas under the skin and promotes increased oxygen supply. More long lasting results can be achieved by using filler material to fill the depression in the tear trough area. Fat grafting is also a very useful procedure that adds volume and reduces the visibility of veins through the skin.”
While expensive face creams can make your skin look good on the surface, for the festive season, deeper treatments that work from within the skin are required. Here are four facial treatments
guaranteed to give you flawless skin just in time for the festive season.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
A known favorite of Kim Kardashian, this FDA-approved therapy combines ingredients extracted from the patient’s own blood to stimulate the regrowth of elastin and collagen. This in turn, plumps up sagging areas and gently fills in fine lines. After a small volume of blood is taken from the patient’s arm, using a patented processing system, the sample is separated to concentrate the platelets and fibrin into a Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM). This is injected just below the surface to stimulate cell growth. Results are noticeable immediately, but become more obvious over time.
Pixel Fractional Laser
An ablative laser which resurfaces the skin, Pixel creates thousands of microscopic perforations on the skin, but the skin remains intact. The results can be noticeable after just one treatment and is ideal in the treatment of hyper pigmentation, sun damage, scarring, and fine lines. Results are often seen after one treatment however, the number of sessions will be dependent upon the areas being treated.
A gold standard treatment, Ultherapy goes deep into the skin and gently heats the skin’s tissue to tighten, firm, and lift loose skin without injury to the surface. This one hour treatment leverages the body’s own healing response to gradually restore the skin and its underlying tissue and over time, new collagen is created. With just one treatment, the regenerative process is triggered, but the full effect is gradual over the course of a few months.
This 20-minutes treatment is ideal for individuals suffering from age spots, broken capillaries, or minor pigmentation. A non-ablative laser is used to target red and the brown colors on the face to give a fresh, rejuvenated look. Best results are for people with lighter complexions and it is not suitable for darker skin colors. While the treatment is associated with minor discomfort, there is no pain involved.
The Content Creators Conference was recently held in Dubai to provide insight to help professionals and brands lift their content to new heights. William Gardner, the Founder of Content Creators Conference and CEO of US based 8 Marketing discusses leveraging the power of social media as an effective marketing tool.
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT PLATFORMS OUT THERE, WHICH IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MARKETING TOOL?
“I feel like there is a real gap in the market from what we have seen. We usually compete against large PR firms that don’t really do digital; there might be a digital team, but it’s not their specialty. Then we compete against smaller agencies that run campaigns clients tell them to run, but they won’t be able to help shape and guide you strategically in any way. We also see a lot of social media management companies who don’t create their clients content. We are really closing this gap, doing A to Z in one company and lend strategic planning, something I don’t see a lot of in this space in this region.”
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONTENT CREATION STRATEGY?
“Consistency. Too many people start strong, but you have to stay consistent and stay in front your audience across all platforms as many get stuck on one platform. You never know where and how someone will consume your content. Be consistent across all platforms.”
WHAT ROLE DO INFLUENCERS PLAY IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS?
“Some brands really benefit from the influencers and some don’t know how to execute even if they get the influencers to post for them. The key is still marketingand to follow all other steps for a digital campaign. The brands and the influencers need to see the value in each other and still execute their collaboration like a marketing campaign and follow all the fundamental steps in a digital marketing campaign.”
With the rise of man buns and beard-scaping, now the modern day gentleman is paying extra close attention to the style of clothing he wears and the way he carries himself. Research has shown that taking care of your appearance has a direct correlation with success in your professional and personal life. As the ultimate modern-day gentleman, Medy Navani, Founder and Creative Director of Design Haus Medy shares his views on why dressing well is key and offers simple tips to ensure your look is on point.
Look Good, Feel Good
In most cases, looking good means feeling good, and there is no better state of mind than being confident and self-assured within oneself. In fact, research has shown that physical appearance is closely linked to confidence levels. Create a morning routine and take your time to get ready in order to put your best foot forward, which in turn will have a positive impact on your mindset for the rest of the day.
Staying in Shape
We all know that exercise is vital to keeping a healthy body, but it is equally important for creating a healthy mind. When we work out, our brains release endorphins, which is the “happy hormone”.
Try going for a light jog, swim, or even have a few rounds on a punching bag; it will provide you with an added dose of energy, a positive outlook for the day, and of course, help maintain weight.
A well-dressed and groomed man is instantly seen as professional upon first impression and is subsequently taken more seriously than his “scruffy” counterparts. Showing up to a first meeting wearing a beautifully fitted outfit, hair well-groomed, and beard either stylishly trimmed or cleanly shaven will present self-assurance, which will ultimately be projected onto others. First impressions are important so make sure yours counts.
Bullying is a very serious concern gripping educational institutes around the world today. While schools adopt a zero-tolerance policy, unfortunately it still exists. Often times, the crux of the problem are the kids who keep their suffering a secret. Jyotika Aggarwal, Clinical Psychologist reveals strategies for parents to initiate that conversation with kids.
At such an impressionable age, it is hard for the “bullied” to stand up for themselves. Getting the message that they are not “good enough”, children start to believe it. They are afraid of being judged as “weak” or being threatened, therefore, they don’t see the option of talking to their parents about it. To the bullied child, it feels like a lose-lose situation. Hence, it is of utmost importance to talk openly and to educate your child about it. This includes telling them about the four types of bullying: verbal—which involves teasing, writing mean messages, or name-calling, physical—which involves hitting, tripping, or breaking things, social— which could be spreading rumors and leaving someone out, and cyber bullying, which includes posting hurtful comments/pictures/videos.
Parents need to send the message loud and clear that bullying is unacceptable and no matter what the bully threatens, your child must never keep it a secret from you. Extinguishing bullying is as important as being able to identify it. To achieve this, it is necessary to create an empathetic and safe environment, where a child can immediately approach an adult for help. Taking assertive, quick, and organized action towards the bully sets an example to keep other bullies at bay. It also encourages bystanders and other bullied children to come forward. Parents and institutions must make it a goal to be vigilant and protect their children from this damaging experience.
THE HIDDEN SIGNS OF BULLYING PARENTS SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR
• Unexplained bruises or random complaints of body aches or illnesses so as to avoid school.
• Books being torn or things missing.
• Sudden mood swings, increased irritability, crying or the desire to “be left alone”.
• Sudden nightmares, crying while sleeping, or even bed-wetting is a red flag.
• Not wanting to go to school nor wanting to talk about school anymore.
• Changes in perception of self and ability—for example, sudden thoughts like “I’m a loser”.