Futuristic Healthcare – Telemedicine!


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The remote use of telecommunications for diagnosis and treatment of patients is known as telemedicine. Information technology now provides clinical health care from a distance. This capability may be used to reach out to remote locations when distance becomes a hurdle in accessing critical medical services. Telemedicine is especially useful to save lives in emergency situations.

Telemedicine makes use of technology that includes videotelephony, internet, servers, and also telemedical devices! Telemedicine is a product of 20th century telecommunication and information technologies. It facilitates communications between doctors and technical expert  staff easily and complete fidelity of transmission for medical imaging and health data.

The Indian Medical Association at national level is keen to adopt the concept of ‘virtual clinics’ run by telemedicine.  However the Nagpur IMA branch is still uncertain about the pros and cons of the subject. It is yet to take a stand for or against the concept as it involves a lot of legal intricacies. Conformists feel that the move needs to be debated at length. And the interests of both patient and doctor need to be carefully examined.

Moving along with the times it does appear that telemedicine is the need of the hour.  Considering the shortage of specialists in various fields who are not readily available in smaller towns virtual clinics appear to be a good idea. However on two essential counts – patient doctor relationship and terms of payment the idea seems to go for a toss.

Patients of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, AIDS etc can be treated through virtual clinics very well. Overall it is possible for expert diagnostics to be a feasible aspect but the medico-legal side remains a big question.  If things go wrong with incorrect diagnosis doctors could get into trouble. It is still true that physical examination cannot be taken in virtual clinics.

The downsides of telemedicine include the cost of telecommunication and data management equipment and of technical training for medical personnel who will employ it. Virtual medical treatment carries the peril of decreased human interaction between medical professionals and patients, an increased risk of error when medical services are delivered in the absence of a registered professional. All said and done it is the future and here to stay even as conventional healthcare is not going anywhere.

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Time & Tide Wait for None


HERD Foundation knows full well that employee commitment is not a straight-line course that may be measured by behavioral metrics or wishy-washy motivation. Our HR Department in particular is open to creative inputs that are being factored in when designing focused employee commitment strategies. This is what is being espoused at HERD Foundation to lend a professional perspective on employee engagement practices.

For one, management is attempting to self-induce commitment towards given responsibilities by creating work related time-lines and schedules for all employees. We do not want this essential aspect to remain elusive anymore. With a number of projects lined up we cannot take the risk of businesses and human resources to be at tangent with each other. HR is now towing a highly measurable approach.

Sharing work related activities on an open platform certainly helps staff to be keyed in to their deliverables. To avoid any kind of employee engagement crisis HR is coming up with ways and means to keep work deliverables riveted through performance and results. So aside from punching in for punctuality employees now make use of computerized apps that keep them focused to schedules for optimal productivity.

Dr Amol Deshmukh walks the talk and cutting across verticals has got the entire personnel to become aligned in their responsibility for being accountable for the best interests of the company. Coming out of olden methods of fathoming staff dedication towards allotted work, smart work procedures are being adopted for daily engagement that measure output.

This is an essential step especially when we are trying to build up a great team for our startups. HR is now following every norm in the book right from hiring to filling in available positions to all other value additions that will serve the Foundation in its entrepreneurial ventures. As business leaders we are creating successful regulations to put strong teams in place. The HERD Group of Companies – Organic Farms, Pharmacy, IT TecSol, Transport and Logistics are all geared up to change the face of business in the near future.


Bipolar Disorder is Not Just Another Manic Monday

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Commonly understood as depression, bipolar disorder is really a mental disorder that causes alternate periods of deep depression and then periods of elevated mood. But now here is new research that suggests the key role played by the PLCγ1 protein in the process leading to bipolar disorder. This then actually is a breakthrough in attempting to understand bipolar disorder.

With countless people all over the world suffering from the condition, bipolar disorder is a debilitating mental illness. People living with the disease experience drastic changes in mood and energy levels to a degree that interferes with their daily activities. With this new information we now know that a protein deficiency is responsible and could be a step forward in future treatment options.

The sad truth is that an overwhelming majority of cases of bipolar disease are rather severe. The causes of the malaise are unknown but again research says it is a genetic disposition and that background could be the cause of the illness. The gene encoding the cellular protein phospholipase Cγ1 is linked to bipolar disease although the exact mechanism that causes the disorder was not known until now.

This new research comes from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea. It has tested the role of phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCγ1) in mice and the findings are helping to explain the causative link between the protein and the disease. This study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

The studied undertook the premise about occurrences in synapses or the ends of neurons that facilitate electric signaling between two brain cells. Scientists noticed impairment in the inhibitory transmission and synaptic plasticity that is, the synapses’ ability to change their shape, function, or strength over time.

The brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a protein that regulates several synaptic functions, including the activity of PLCγ1. The crucial synapse formation in the brain deficits led to an imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory transmission between the brain cells’ synapses. PLCγ1-deprived mice displayed symptoms like hyperactivity, reduced anxiety-like behavior, abnormally high feelings of pleasure, excessive hunger and impaired learning and memory, as well as abnormally high startle responses. Researchers administered drug treatment for BD to these mice and this reduced their symptoms.

Thus it appears that a neurochemical chain reaction leads to the disease. The synapses that do not have enough PLCγ1 are unable to fulfill their inhibitory function properly in excitatory neurons, because the BDNF is not working properly either. This causes a disproportion between excitatory synapses and inhibitory ones, eventually leading to bipolar symptoms. Until now, although the PLCγ1 gene had been suggested to play a role, it was unclear exactly how PLCγ1 affected interneuronal signaling and how it caused mental illness.

After ten long years of research findings suggest evidence that PLCγ1 is critical for synaptic function and plasticity and that the loss of PLCγ1 from the forebrain results in manic-like behavior playing a major role in the onset of bipolar disorder. The breakthrough is likely to influence research into the treatment of the condition and its symptoms.


Raise Dopamine – Get Moving

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Why do many of us not feel like exercising despite promising ourselves to get going? When it comes to the crunch why do we feel all de-motivated? Our alarms get shut and we prefer the shut eye when it comes to stepping out of bed. Studies now suggest that Dopamine is to blame!! Now what exactly is Dopamine?

Well Dopamine is an organic chemical of that plays several important roles in the brain and body. It is an amine synthesized by removing a carboxyl group from a molecule of its precursor chemical L-DOPA, which is synthesized in the brain and kidneys. Dopamine is also synthesized in plants and most multicellular animals.

So what precisely is the role of dopamine in the brain? The truth is it functions as a neurotransmitter – a chemical released by neurons or nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior.

Most types of rewards increase the level of dopamine in the brain, and many addictive drugs increase dopamine neuronal activity. Other brain dopamine pathways are involved in motor control and in controlling the release of various hormones. These pathways and cell groups form a dopamine system which is neuromodulatory.

It is true for many of us that working out a disciplined exercise regimen is one of the most difficult things to do. Now scientific research offers the reason why we lack motivation to accomplish the most simplest of acts that ought to come so naturally to us. Despite knowing full well the best benefits of physical activity we still remain unmoved! It is believed that regular exercise can reduce risks associated with severe illnesses that include diabetes and certain heart diseases. In fact exercise can even raise out levels f endorphins in the brain improving our mental health and even longevity. If one is looking to control weight the benefits are remarkable.

Well here is research that suggests that maybe dopamine can explain lack of physical activity. The premise explains that something else contributes to physical inactivity. It is actually a hypothesis that states that a dysfunction in dopamine system might be responsible for lack of will power for physical activity. It appears dopamine is critical for movement.

Low dopamine levels can lead to lack of motivation, fatigue, addictive behavior, mood swings and memory loss. Learn how to increase dopamine naturally. Here’s a list of foods, drinks, and spices known to increase dopamine – almonds, apples, avocado, bananas, beets, chocolate, coffee, fava beans, green leafy vegetables, green tea, lima beans, oatmeal, sesame and pumpkin seeds, turmeric, watermelon, and wheat germ. You may naturally enhance dopamine levels with natural probiotics like yogurt, kefir, and raw sauerkraut that will also be beneficial.

HERD TECSOL – Speeding Up the Information Highway


In today’s fast-moving digital world Information technology (IT) is the name of the game. HERD TecSol was founded basically to service the company’s own existing in-house businesses. With time the focus gradually also shifted to expanding IT business for the benefit of clients using IT technology in their enterprises. By enhancing the IT business HERD TecSol has begun to build up a singular database of select clients who are being offered specialized technical services.

Dr. Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta, founders of HERD TecSol manage the IT firm very closely through professionals in place. HERD TecSol is a young company that is already making an impression in the Vidarbha digital market. One can rest assured that a great customer experience awaits you. We combine the use of technology, creativity and analytical expertise to improve clients IT needs and services. Plus we ensure complete return on investment.

HERD TecSol has experienced IT professionals guiding the business to succeed. With a proven team having clear focus on execution and design, the experienced IT technology professionals offer their expertise for custom programming, design and optimization. Their goal is to always first understand the clients specific business needs before tailoring a high performance solution.

Quality assurance is an essential component of our IT services and delivery.  HERD TecSol has a carefully integrated quality-assurance system and quality-control team. Our comprehensive quality-assurance tools ensure that suspected errors are figured out and eliminated right at the start. In fact we make sure that every project has a well- structured plan that can be monitored and tracked throughout the development process.

To ensure that we provide the best services, we always strive to focus on customer requirements.  We use standard and structured techniques for design and analysis. You can be confident that the programming and architectures we develop for you will be a good foundation for your company’s future development.

HERD TecSol offers integrated solutions every step of the way. The team of young people is always dedicated to giving clients quick service. Serving a host of clients across Vidarbha, where we serve many big brands and upcoming enterprises as well, our strategies continue to generate better return on investment for them. We live by high end customization.

HERD TecSol is registered company and we have an agile team, doing great things! We bring design and development together to assist with the best IT solutions and then know how to test and optimize it all. Our IT skill sets make us a dependent IT company well known as reliable service providers of technology solutions and allied services.

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Patient Friendly HERD Pharmacy


The World Health Organization report stating that 30% of the fake medicines sold across the world came from India was a disconcerting fact for HERD Pharmacy Managing Director Dr Amol Deshmukh. This then became the starting point for HERD Pharmacy Medical Stores to come into existence. Looking into facts about the Indian pharma retail market it certainly turned out to be a decisive time to make changes for the better.

Dr Amol Deshmukh envisioned a company that would source all its medicines from reliable, big-name suppliers. Being aware of a gray market selling spurious drugs he was keen to start medical stores with optimal storage conditions that would ensure selling safe, authentic medicines. The intention was to establish a trusted brand name where customers could buy needed medications with every surety and confidence.

With this in mind HERD Pharmacy opened its first store in November 2015 at Gayatri Nagar in Nagpur. The team, keyed in to deliver optimal customer satisfaction, soon made it an exclusive medical store offering exceptional service for customer’s making sure their needs were met to their complete satisfaction. In no time HERD Pharmacy has become a household name in the area.

From here on setting up the next and then the next store after judicious exploratory probes had HERD Pharmacy establishing a string of stores in just about over a year.  It has been about two years now and HERD Pharmacy is well recognized as a medical chain store in Nagpur. Exceptional sales marketing strategies helped create its excellent customer base that keeps escalating due to provision of first-rate customer care norms. Stores now include aside from medicines general healthcare products.

HERD Pharmacy is affiliated to HERD Group of Companies which is a progressive business organization surging forward with one primary motive – unwavering pursuit of excellence. HERD Pharmacy is scaling projected targets and it is the ethos of team spirit that keeps it moving forward to attain its position in the pharmacy market of Nagpur. The plan is to keep scaling beyond present pharma trends and exceed consumer expectations.

Delivering a wide range of quality medicines and medical products, the mission now is to open all-night open outlets spread out in Nagpur city, followed by day outlets that will hopefully continue to serve patrons with loyalty and complete customer satisfaction.. The HERD Pharmacy chain of medical stores is geared up to take its success story forward. The way ahead for HERD Pharmacy medical stores has been through innovation, quality and impeccable service. HERD Pharmacy chain stores aim to remain unflinching in their pursuit of excellence by incorporating best practices and ensuring best quality deliverables at competitive prices, within suggested deadlines.

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Beejotsav Festival 2017 – All Things Organic!


HERD Organic Farms undertook organic farming to test its viability first hand. We are keen to find out ways to improve agrarian incomes and enhance livelihood options for a waning agricultural economy. We want to see that organic farming is a sustainable and profitable occupation. We work on farmlands lying 60 km from the city, hand in hand with rural farmers of Maharashtra covering initially an experimental 42 acres of land. In time we hope to inspire neighboring farmers to join in with organic farming practices through collective action, after we have established a fair supply chain.

HERD Organic Farms hand-holds all efforts to promote organic farming and is open to the idea of supporting like minded partnerships – formal and informal. We are developing good practices in strategic traditional farming areas that can be emulated by other farmers. We are also planning to evolve into a resource organization for effective knowledge management at the organizational level. By documenting our farming practices we hope to develop resource material and also to provide consultancy services.

It is now that time of the year again when we pitch in with Beejotsav to bring together organic farmers, producers, retailers, advocates and this time round chefs and cooks too for Beejotsav 2017 as we all band together to celebrate all things organic at the annual organic farmer’s festival in Nagpur. We will be putting together a wide range of organic produce for organic lovers of the city. For the first time visitors can enjoy eating organic cooked dishes that will be show cased as healthy specialty food. The event is a partnership between keen organic enthusiasts, farmers and getting good support from organic food lovers.

The celebration which is dubbed as one of its kind in Nagpur is the biggest in Vidarbha and widely known to feature different organic products ranging from seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits, to organic fresh, cooked food items as well as plants, organic cloth and a lot more that we will have to wait to discover! Organic inputs from over 40 exhibitors will be in place by small farmers, NGO’s, village people’s organization, and supporters and advocates for organic produce. This is the fifth year in a row that Beejotsav Festival is being held in succession. It has grown in strength from past years and involved lot more people than before.

Beejotsav 2017 will have you appreciating exquisite muslin fabric which is included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This will be another first for the festival to be introducing organic muslin that is as yet being created in mud houses without use of power of fossil fuels and maintaining the same superior quality. Each piece of Muslin is a masterpiece to behold and visitors will be delighted to see and buy it. So apart from eating healthy, visitors will also get to buy and wear healthy too! Tula India will also be exhibiting its eco-friendly apparel line in Beejotsav 2017.

Started initially with the intention of highlighting concern for traditional seed conservation methods, Beejotsav 2017 now takes on much more under its umbrella. However privatization of the seed sector and poor regulation over seed control has led to valuable seed varieties being lost to the greed of the corporate sector. This creates unrest for traditional cultivation and farming practices and so seeds remain a critical resource under threat.

Beejotsav stands by the concept of seed sovereignty and security as a prerequisite for livelihood security of marginalized farmers. Also various traditional varieties of crops like oilseeds, pulses, cash crops, fruits, vegetables are becoming extinct and inaccessible. Beejotsav works towards reversing this trend toward extinction by highlighting local crop varieties that ensure maintenance of the diversity.

Beejotsav 2017 festival will therefore begin with an invocation to traditional seeds on the first day of the organic fair! It will be a sight to behold as traditional seeds will be venerated in age old rituals. Come one – come all, to celebrate all things organic, all things sustainable and all things healthy! Come have healthy fun at this annual exhibition cum sale of wholesome, healthy and natural farm produce.