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Guard against changing weather, say doctors
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
With the change in weather and drop in night temperature, doctors have advised residents to take out warm clothes and protect themselves, especially against the night chill.

“The difference between the day and the night temperature is increasing. Children are more prone to falling ill and catching cold in this weather as they do not cover themselves properly. The elderly with low body resistance can also catch infection easily,” says Dr G. Dewan.

Using fans and working in air-conditioned environs will make things even worse, doctors point out.

“The common ailments in this weather are cold, sneezing and cough. But if these complications become severe among children, these can lead to acute chest infection,” adds the doctor. Adults can face acute body ache, fatigue and tiredness.

The cases of viral fever are also common in this season. It requires medical attention. “The symptoms of cold and viral are almost same, though both ailments are different. While cold is not contagious, viral fever is,” says a doctor.

To check the spread of viral fever, doctors recommend avoiding air-conditions.

“The best remedy in this season is to take out blankets for the night and put on jackets and pullovers especially while riding a two-wheeler. The idea is to protect one’s chest from cold,” says Dr Dewan.



Breast cancer spreading fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
One out of every 22 women in India is prone to the breast cancer, which has emerged as the second largest type of cancer among the females in the country, next only to the cervical cancer.

The doctors say that the breast cancer, which affects women more in urban and educated sectors has over taken the cervical cancer in the metropolitans.

``India is adding nearly 80,000 new cases of the breast cancer each year. The incidence is higher in the urban and educated women, '' said former head of Department of General Surgery at PGI Prof S.M. Bose, who also gave a lecture at the GCG, Sector 42, to create awareness about the disease on the ``Breast Cancer Day'' yesterday.

While the risk of the cancer is higher in the elderly patients, aged above 40 years, the early diagnosis can make the disease upto 90 per cent curable.

``The stage of detection of breast cancer is crucial for the cure. If the disease is diagnosed at an early stage by a competent doctor then the cancer is almost completely cured. But if the cancer is detected much later, further complications could make the cure difficult,'' said Prof Bose.

The doctors recommend that women should begin to physically examine themselves to see if they feel any nod or lump in the breast. ``The tumour generally begins to appear in the upper part of the breast initially. If any lump is spotted, they must consult the doctors immediately,'' said a doctor at the PGI.

The disease is likely to affect the elder women, who have never married or even if married have not produced any children and also those who smoke and drink occasionally.

The women with high in take of fat are also more prone to get the disease. The genetic disposition, where the women with immediate family members contacting the disease also have more chances to get the cancer.

The women in this high risk category are recommended to go in for mammography test to rule out the disease.

``It is advisable for the women above the age of 35 years, especially those more prone, to get a regular check up done to rule out the disease,'' said a doctor.

Any discharge from the nipples, little swelling, redness, or pain in the breast could be the symptoms of the disease which should not be ignored.

"Once the disease is diagnosed, the partial or full mastectomy of the breast is usually done in which either the tumour or the entire breast is taken out. The further treatment could be in the form of radiotherapy and chemotherapy,'' added Prof Bose.



PGI meet on respiratory care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine at PGI is holding the 19th Annual Pulmonary and Critical Care update on the theme, ‘Acute respiratory Care’’, on Sunday.

The update is organised for the benefit of the general physicians and chest specialists of the region and around 150 delegates are expected to take part in it.

The day-long deliberations will focus on the management of such patients, including mechanical ventilation, in the critical care unit.



St Stephen’s win soccer meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 16
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, emerged champions in the first Chandigarh State Mini Football Championship (under-12) for St John’s Trophy that concluded here today at St John’s High School, Sector 26.

In the final, St Stephen’s School blanked St John’s School, Sector 26, by two goals to nil. The first goal was scored by Gurbaz Singh in 13th minute, while another goal was scored in the 45th minute by Stephen’s player Simranjeet.

Kabaddi championship

Punjab made it to the final of the men section on the third day of the ongoing 16th Inter-State North Zone Kabaddi Championship being held at the Sector 17 football stadium.

However, another semifinal tie between Chandigarh and Rajasthan had to be abandoned following to bad light objection by Rajasthan and at the end of day, scores were 37-34 in favour of Chandigarh.

In the women’s section, Haryana will meet Delhi in the final. In the first semifinal, Haryana got the better of Chandigarh, 61-24, while Delhi outplayed Punjab, 43-20.

HEAD Total Tennis

Digvijay Singh and Srijan Uppal moved to the third round of the under-10 boys’ section of the HEAD Total Tennis Championship played here on Saturday at the YMCA, Sector 11.

Others who surged ahead in this section are: Shubham, Kartik, Udai Mann, Arjun, Rahil, Angad, Anmol Singh, Rishabh, Harmeet, Manik, Karan, Shresth, Ravi and Samin. Those who entered the third round in the under-18 section are: Tanveer, Nitin, Ashutosh, Bhupinder, Sahir, Gaurav and Ankit Mahajan.

Table tennis

The XVth National NVS Table Tennis Championship concluded this evening at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25.

In the under-19 girls’ and boys’ sections, Bhopal emerged winner. In the under-17 section, Hyderabad bagged titles in the boys’ and girls’ categories. In the under-14 section, Shillong and Hyderabad clinched the boys’ and girls’ section titles, respectively.

Rowing meet

SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged the Panjab University Inter-College Rowing Championship for the session 2004-2005.

DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, and PU Campus, secured the second and the third place, respectively.

The winners of various events were: single scull — Vikinder Kumar; double scull — Karaj Singh and Vikinder Kumar; coxless pairs — Gaurav Sharma and Ravi Kadian; coxless fours — Karaj, Gurpal, Mangal and Nanak Chand.

Handball title

Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, clinched the UT Inter-School Handball title in the under-17 section by beating Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, in the tie played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here on Saturday.

In the girls’ section, Sanjay School eves reached the under-19 section final by defeating Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

Basketball meet

Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, 17-10, in the under-14 girls’ section of the UT Inter-School Girls Basketball Meet that began here on Saturday.

In other matches of the day, St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, beat Tribune Model School, Sector 29, 24-0, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, defeated IS Dev Samaj Girls School, Sector 21, 32-01.

In the under-17 section, Sacred Heart-26, St Anne’s Convent-32, St Xavier’s-44 and AKSIPS-41 won their respective matches.



DAV-8 steal the show in TT meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 16
DAV Public School, Sector 8, stole the show on the final day of the three-day CBSE Cluster XIII Table Tennis Meet that concluded here today at the Sector 23 TT hall.

It won three titles, one each in girls’ under-14, boys’ under-14 and girls’ under-16 category. Manav Mangal bagged boys’ under-16 title.

Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools) UT, was the chief guest. He gave away the prizes to the winners.

Results (all finals): girls’ under-14: DAV Public-8 b Manav Mangal-21, Chd, 3-0 (Barbie b Richa 11-9, 11-7, 11-7; Naina b Kaveri 12-10, 11-3, 11-9; Aishwarya b Sakshi 11-2, 11-2, 11-8).

Boys’ under-14: DAV-8 b Manav Mangal, 3-1 (Chetan lost to Sameer 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 7-11, 8-11; Rajan b Ankush 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5; Mayank Kapoor b Mohit 12-10, 11-9, 11-4; Rajan b Sameer 12-10, 10-12, 2-11, 13-11, 11-6).

Girls’ under-16: DAV-8 b Manav Mangal-21, 3-0 (Mahima Singla b Sheetal 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-2; Nadia Saini b Bhawna 11-4, 11-6, 11-7; Sunanda b Manisha 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5).

Boys’ under-16: Manav Mangal-21 b AKSIPS-41, 3-1 (Sumit Kumar b Ranjot Singh 11-3, 11-4, 11-6; Sachin Mittal lost to Sahil 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11; Deepak lost to Nitish Bansal 11-6, 11-9, 15-13, 11-7; Sumit Kumar b Sahil Arora 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7; Sachin Mittal b Ranjot Singh 13-11, 11-7, 11-8).


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