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From selfitis to the selfie wrist; new-age health hazards are increasing

Added: (Sat Dec 29 2018)

Pressbox (Press Release) - A research conducted recently has warned that people who take a lot of pictures by holding the camera at arm's length with an inward bent wrist an develop what is known as the "selfie wrist." The research is an outcome of several incidents including a selfie-taker jumping on a trampoline, walking on rocks or just not paying attention and ending up breaking their wrist from falling or colliding with other objects.

Selfie wrist is a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who experience selfie wrist may feel a tingling or sharp pain, which comes from flexing your wrist inward or holding your phone too long without moving. The median nerve spans from the forearm to the palm of the hand - and runs through a narrow passage in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Today’s generation is constantly looking for external appreciation and approval. Youngsters want to show to the world that they have achieved a milestone that none or only a few others have achieved. The more daring a selfie, the more appreciation one gets. Such selfies help them in getting instant approval from their peers. We live in an age where mobile phones have penetrated our lives and actual human interaction is almost non-existent. Although technology has made life easier for everyone, there is a severe limitation as well. One of these includes taking selfies and being diagnosed with several maladies – mental and physical – the most recent being selfie wrist.”

The selfie phenomenon has exploded worldwide over the past two years. A selfie is now defined in the Oxford dictionary as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media’. Selfies have been linked to a large number of mortalities and significant morbidity worldwide.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “In this digital era, the key to good health should be moderation – moderate use of technology. A lot of us have become slaves to devices that were really meant to free us and give us more time to experience life and be with people. Unless precautionary measures are taken at the earliest, this addiction can prove detrimental to one’s health in the longer term.”

Some tips for preventing problems caused due to overuse of mobile phones are as follows.

· Electronic curfew means not using any electronic gadgets 30 minutes before sleep.

· Facebook holiday: Take a Facebook holiday for 7 days every three months.

· Social media fast: Avoid use of social media once in a week for the entire day.

· Use your mobile phone only when mobile.

· Do not use computer for more than three hours in a day.

· Limit your mobile talk time to more than two hours in a day.

· Do not recharge your mobile battery more than once in a day.

· Mobile can also be a source of infection in the hospital setup; therefore, it is disinfected every day.

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About Heart Care Foundation of India

Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India's everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that is attended by over 2-3 lakh people each year. The Mela showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India has also recently initiated a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.

For more information, please contact

Heart Care Foundation of India

Sanjeev Khanna-9871079105

Md Adib Ahmed- 9873716235

Email- media.hcfi@gmail.com

Submitted by:Dr K K Aggarwal
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