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    Dr Sharath Kumar Chief Rheumatologist from Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic Bangalore talks about what is rheumatology ?And who is a rheumatologist ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQADYaYCua8&t=8s

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    Swine flu is back !!

    Swine flu is back !!! This time the major states affected seem to be Madhya pradesh, Rajasthan, and UP. though recently Delhi and Telanga also got affected. Please see the latest news stories. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/swine-flu-cases-on-the-rise-in-rajasthan-new-strain-of-virus-detected-1747777http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/lucknow-crosses-2000th-swine-flu-positive-case-tall...

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    Evening and premium OPD in OARC (optima clinic) Mahalaxmi layout

    We are considering starting evening appointments in OARC (Optima Clinic) . please fill in this short anonymous form with only 3 questions to know whether we should do the same or not.https://goo.gl/forms/HVt98vJXwRNRWKFp2

Dr Sharath Kumar Rheumatologist from Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 21 Apr 2018
Dr Sharath Kumar Chief Rheumatologist from Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic Bangalore talks about what is rheumatology ?And who is a rheumatologist ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQADYaYCua8&t=8s
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Swine flu is back !!

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 13 Sep 2017
Swine flu is back !!! This time the major states affected seem to be Madhya pradesh, Rajasthan, and UP. though recently Delhi and Telanga also got affected. Please see the latest news stories. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/swine-flu-cases-on-the-rise-in-rajasthan-new-strain-of-virus-detected-1747777http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/lucknow-crosses-2000th-swine-flu-positive-case-tall...
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Evening and premium OPD in OARC (optima clinic) Mahalaxmi layout

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 25 Mar 2017
We are considering starting evening appointments in OARC (Optima Clinic) . please fill in this short anonymous form with only 3 questions to know whether we should do the same or not.https://goo.gl/forms/HVt98vJXwRNRWKFp2
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Walkathon organized on World arthritis Day 2016

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 08 Oct 2016
World arthritis day is on 12th Oct 2016. Only arthritis patients know the amount of problems that arthritis patients face. The problems are not only physical but also more importantly social (Nobody believes you are sick because you look well !!) and financial (loss of work, loss of promotions because of sick leave, expenditure on medications). We as a society need to recognize that arthritis is...
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1000 recommendations on Practo!!!

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 27 Mar 2016
Thank you to all of you. Hope I am able to continue to live upto your expectations and continue to deliver care at the same quality.
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Smoking leads to arthritis as well!!!!

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 20 Dec 2015
This is my third post on the subject. My apologies to old patients (esp those who do not smoke or have left smoking). However we need to inform and remind new patients that smoking is very dangerous for your arthritis.Many arthritis (esp the diseases dealt with by rheumatologists) can potentially land you in a wheelchair. So it is good to give smoking before you come to that state. We have many ex...
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Top 5 myths about gout

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 20 Dec 2015
Myth no 1:- Eating vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce as well as consumption of dal can cause you to develop gout.Actually though purines in these vegetables and dals can be converted into uric acid, research has shown that this generally does not happen inside the human body. In fact the american college of rheumatology, and arthritis foundation (USA) handouts regarding diet in gout clearly sta...
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 3 Rheumatism)

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 08 Aug 2015
What is “rheumatism” The word “Rheum” is derived from Greek word “rheumatismos” It was coined by Galen, a philosopher- physician in ancient Greece 131-201 AD Rheuma means ‘stream’: .Just like in Ayurveda ancient physicians in Greece considered disease was originally supposed to be caused by the internal flow of ‘watery’ humours. Because joint pains started in one joint and then “flowed “ to ano...
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Top 5 myths about arthritis

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 08 Aug 2015
1. Arthritis affects only the elderly 2. Arthritis is not curable 3. Arthritis is due to cold weather 4. Consuming some foods in large amounts can cause arthritis 5. Patients with arthritis should rest Read more here http://goo.gl/eAAwGy
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Top 5 myths about "Arthritis"

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 08 Aug 2015
Arthritis affects only the elderly (FALSE )Arthritis can affect people of any age. One of the most common forms of arthritis called osteoarthritis affects predominantly people above the age of 40 years. However there are many other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis predominantly affects young women. In fact there is a type of arthritis called juvenile idiopathic arthritis which affects only...
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More than just a skin disease! Psoriasis also causes heart attacks.

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 21 Jun 2015
Please remember that psoriasis is a disease which is not just skin deep. It affects many internal organs. Both patients and doctors need to remember not to concentrate only on the cosmetic or skin aspect. Read more here http://goo.gl/Dt9O4z
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More than just a skin disease! Psoriasis also causes heart attacks.

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 21 Jun 2015
Researchers in Denmark collected data from the entire population from 1997 to 2011. They analyzed this data and found that after adjusting for age, sex, as well as other problems that patients may have, patients with even mild psoriasis had an 18% increased risk of heart attack compared to the general population. The risk of heart attack increased to 29% higher than the general population if the ...
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 2:Rheumatologist)

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 21 Jun 2015
Rheumatology is a recent branch/specialization of medicine. It generally deals with diseases which cause arthritis or multi-systemic autoimmune diseases. You can read more on the health post. http://goo.gl/NPG9x8
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 2:Rheumatologist)

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 21 Jun 2015
Rheumatology is one of the latest super specialties to emerge from medicine.Others:- Neurology, Cardiology, etc?So after MBBS a person has to do MD and then super specialize into RheumatologyRheumatology deals with the musculoskeletal medicine as well as multisystem autoimmune diseases. So in a way it is actually a combination of two specialities.1) Musculoskeletal medicine deals with muscle , ...
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Rheumatism,arthritis and rheumatologist.What do they all mean?(Part 1:Arthritis)

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 13 Jun 2015
Arthron is latin for joint and “-itis” means inflammation/swelling.“Arthritis” only means joint swelling.It DOES NOT refer to a particular disease. Read more at :http://goo.gl/I2Hc2N
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Sunscreen for patients with lupus / SLE

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 13 Jun 2015
Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation is not just from the sun.It also comes from lightbulbs at home.Every lupus/SLE patient should use sunscreen daily regardless of whether they go outside or not.LED lights don't emit UV and is preferred to normal bulbs.
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Rheumatism,arthritis and rheumatologist.What do they all mean?(Part 1:Arthritis)

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 12 Jun 2015
This is part one in a 3 part series which attempts to demystify terminologies and explain to patients what arthritis and rheumatology is all about. Part 1:Arthritis You are hearing the word arthritis so many times in paper and on TV. You might have also heard different things about arthritis. Some people say you should do one thing for arthritis and others say other things But did you stop to won...
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Movement is the best medicine

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 23 Mar 2015
Recent research has proven that"sitting truly is the new smoking". Even when it comes to arthritis the more you sit the more likley that your arthritis is likely to worsen. I have explained more in my blog.
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Rolling stone gathers no moss . Apparently neither does it gather any arthitis

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 22 Mar 2015
A rolling stone gathers no moss . And apparently neither does it gather any arthritis. First it was “Movement is the best medicine” a campaign launched in 2010 by the CDC and the Arthritis foundation in the United states which lasted for 3 years. Then it was the “Move to Improve” slogan of the World arthritis day of 2011 (by the way World arthritis day falls on Oct 12). As if that was not enough t...
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Tip for husbands of women with chronic pain

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 16 Mar 2015
It is important to think of pain as your common enemy, not as a part of your wife or baggage that comes with her.
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Tips for husbands of women in pain

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 16 Mar 2015
These tips are taken from the article written by Mr Pete Beisner . He is married to a lady with chronic pain. His original article appears in the link given below.http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/marriage-20-tips-for-men-on-supporting-a-partner-with-chronic-pain/#sthash.X4fIFkiV.dpuThe article has been modified nd presented below for brevity and in order to be relevant to rheumatology ...
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Daily walking is beneficial for patients with knee (osteo-) arthritis

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 15 Mar 2015
A study in the US showed that patient with knee Osteoarthritis are more likely to remain well and not deteriorate if they walk atleast 2000 and ideally 6000 steps per day. You can see a more detailed description of the study on my blog
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Is Your Knee Pain "ARTHRITIS" ?!!??

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 13 Feb 2015
With the ICC 2015 world cup around the corner for inspiration, I am sure many of us will be chanting #we won’t give it back and playing cricket whenever and wherever we get a chance. But how many of us would not have had some knee pain after a particularly vigorous bout of cricket. By the next day, however, the pain is usually gone and we are as good as new. Sometimes the pain persists and we end...
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Swine flu alert !!!

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 30 Jan 2015
Swine flu is making a comeback after 5 long years. If you remember 2009 then you will remember how scared people were by the word "SWINE FLU". You might also remember how people in airports were moving around wearing surgical masks. That scary disease is back now. http://bit.ly/swineflu2015However, in reality, swine flu is not as scary as the media would have you believe. Most people with swine f...
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Daily walking is beneficial for patients with knee arthritis

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 07 Jan 2015
Seven Researchers from America did research on nearly 1800 people with a mean age of 67 years. They measured the amount people walked by measuring the average number of steps that they took in a day. Then they waited for 2 years . Two years later they found that those patients who walked > 6000 steps per day were protected from severe knee pain compared to patients who walked less. This and othe...
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OPD timings to remain the same

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 15 Nov 2014
Thanks so much for everyone who responded to the poll. The results (click link below to see pie chart ) show that most of you would prefer the OPD timings to remain the same. HENCE by popular demand the OPD timing has been kept the same. - Sharath
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PLAN TO CHANGE OPD TIMINGS

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 04 Nov 2014
Currently Dr Sharath visits Columbia Asia Hebbal Daily from 8 30 am to 11 30am and then Columbia Asia Yeshwantpur from 2 pm to 6 pm. (EXCEPT ON THURSDAYS WHEN HE VISITS WHITEFIELD). However there is currently a proposal for DR SHARATH TO BE AVAILABLE ONLY ON SOME DAYS IN HEBBAL AND SOME IN DAYS IN YESHWANPTUR . HOWEVER ON THOSE DAYS HE WILL BE AVAILABLE THE WHOLE DAY PLANNED CHANGE IS MONDAY,...
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What a pain in the neck!!!

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 29 Oct 2014
That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.- William Shakesphere in Romeo and Juliet However, doctors, scientists and academicians in general don’t believe in it. They tend to name, rename, overname and generally complicate things when it comes to deciding what to call certain things. Take the example of neck pain. It is a pure and simple name. We are talking of the neck and...
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Times of India article on World arthritis day

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 29 Oct 2014
It is a myth that arthritis affects only the elderly. It is a major cause of concern among the children as well. Arthritis which occurs in children i.e. before their 16th birthday, is called juvenile arthritis. Estimates have varied, but experts feel that anywhere between 1 to 4 children out of 1000 have juvenile arthritis. Among developed countries, juvenile arthritis is a common cause of disab...
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REMINDER : Smoking leads to arthritis and worsens it.

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 30 Jun 2014
Resending the post that I wrote in June 2014 just as a reminder to all patients that if they smoke or know someone who smokes, then apart from the other myriad reasons arthritis is also one reason for quitting. Many people know smoking is bad for them but think that the only problem is lung cancer. They also feel that they will develop this only if they smoke a large number of cigarettes.They als...
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Back pain is a big pain!!!!! Facts & guidance for patients

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 29 Jun 2014
Some Statistics:- FIRST THE BAD NEWS 1)Back pain is one the most common diseases to affect all of mankind and affects 84 % of the population at some time in their lives . 2) 40% of adults have back pain annually 3) In 50% of patients back pain is recurrent 4) Direct costs (medical treatment) + Indirect costs (loss of workday, etc…) of back pain = > 12 billion pounds in the UK in 2000 5) ...
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Deccan Herald Article on Lupus disease

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 22 Jun 2014
Not merely a rashDr Sharath Kumar, June 21, 2014, DHNS:Lupus disease behaves like a pack of wolves, constantly biting at different organs of its prey - the hapless patient. But with early diagnosis and treatment, it needn’t be deadly, assures Dr Sharath KumarEver heard of lupus? The disease causes the body's immune system to become hyperactive and instead of protecting the body, start attacking no...
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Story of the wolf which attacked the heart of a 9 year old child

By Dr. Sharath Kumar | 17 Jun 2014
The below story is based on an actual patient. Her name has been changed Noor was a cute little 9 year old who loved attending school and was the apple of her teacher’s eye. She was of Kashmiri origin and though she stayed in Delhi, visited her relatives back in her home village frequently. She was was an all rounder being active in sports as well as good in studies. However one summer her mother ...
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