Author Archives: Dr. Gaurav Gupta

When will Ebola come to India?

In the recent days, we have read news about the second case of Ebola in the U.S., a case in Spain, and a rapid increase in the number of cases in the epicentre of the epidemic, in Western Africa. India remains at a serious risk for Ebola transmission, and given… 

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Tackling the Emerging Childhood Obesity Epidemic in India as a Pediatrician

Childhood obesity is an emerging problem in most developing countries, including India. This is due to the change in lifestyles, fueled by increasing middle class incomes, Western diets, and decreased physical activities. Most pediatricians are aware of this. However, the question is, are the parents of these children aware that… 

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Top Myths About Vision in Indian Children

Myth: Eating carrots improves your vision. Fact: Vitamin A aids in the normal functioning of eyes. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, but green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits are rich in it as well. In addition to vitamin A, these other vegetables also contain greater amounts of… 

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Diagnosis and Management of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) has emerged as a common nutritional deficiency and is also one of the most common underdiagnosed nutritional deficiencies across the world. In spite of wide availability of sunlight in tropical countries, including India, many children suffer with VDD. This deficiency needs to be addressed in developing… 

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Increasing Burden of Vitamin D Deficiency in Indian Children

Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) is very common across the world, including in India. As per estimates, the number of children with VDD is increasing continuously. Vitamin D is one of the most important hormones required for the formation and maintenance of bone, immunomodulation and cell proliferation, along with several other… 

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Iron deficiency anemia in Indian children – causes, prevalence and management

Introduction Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) is a common type of anemia which causes about half of the anemia cases reported in the world. It is estimated that over 1 billion people are iron-deficient. Women are more likely to be affected by IDA than men. IDA can be caused by low intake… 

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Top immunization myths: Educating your patients

Introduction Immunization remains one of the most successful methods for the control and eradication of infectious disease all over the world. It is because of immunization that we have eliminated smallpox and are close to eliminating polio. Many deadly diseases, like measles, tetanus and diphtheria, are now killing far fewer… 

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