Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : paramedical students


HEALTH IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA USE AMONG MEDICAL AND PARAMEDICAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Dudhat Ayushi P., Patel Neha D., Patel Brijal S., Patel Jayshree C.

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2022, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 2732-2742

Context: Social media use is a two-edged sword with its pros and cons. Its excessive use contributes to misuse and addiction and affects physical and mental health. According to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), 66% of the 180 million internet users in urban India regularly access social media platforms. A study on Facebook use among medical students found a positive correlation between its excess use and adverse health effects. With increasing internet and social media use, more research requires on their uses and impact on health. The data regarding its use and the effect on students' health at our medical college has not yet been documented.
Aims: To evaluate the effect of social media use on the health of medical and paramedical undergraduate students.
Settings and Design: At Government Medical, Nursing and Physiotherapy College. The questionnaire-based cross-sectional study
Methods and Material: The questionnaire-based cross-sectional study conducted among students of MBBS, B.Sc. Nursing and physiotherapy at a government medical college for over one month. Questionnaires were distributed among the students and were filled by the students anonymously. Descriptive statistical analysis was done by using Microsoft Excel.
Statistical analysis: Descriptive statistical analysis is done by using Microsoft Excel.
Results: A total of 375 responses were obtained. Among them, 77.7% use WhatsApp, followed by 54.7% use Instagram. Social media is mostly used for entertainment (65.8%) and contact with family and friends (62.8%).1-3 hours spent daily on social media by 53.9% of students, more in the evening (56.5%) and at night (56.5%). Physical symptoms like burning eyes (43.6%), headache (34.8%), neck pain (17.9%) and back pain (10.9%) are common within 1 month of use. Reduced concentration in a study (63.2%) and disturbed sleep (35.4%) are reported. (39.6%) students postpone their meals.
Conclusions: Unwisely, use of social media is linked with a negative effect on physical health and health-related behaviours.

PREVALENCE OF PREHYPERTENSION AMONGST THE MEDICAL STUDENTS IN TELANGANA

Dr. Anand Ranjan Dr. Pradeep Shinde

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages 1772-1776

Aims: The main aims were to assess the incidence of prehypertension amongst the medical students in our institution with its correlation with increasing Body Mass Index (BMI) & to see if there was any gender variation.
Materials & Methods: A total of 500 medical students consented to participate in this study, their BP reading were recorded after a demographic questionnaire to assess their socioeconomic status & BMI.
Results: 277 students [55.4%) were prehypertensive out of which 145(29%) students had a high SBP & 132(26.4%) had high DBF. Amongst the 227 students, 33.2% had both high SBP & DBF out of which 64.1% were boys & 35.9% were girls. In the entire study population, out of the 500 students, 25% of the boys & 40% of the girls were overweight.
Conclusions: In our centre we had more than 50% of the study group in the prehypertensive range with a higher incidence amongst boys & about 40% of the girls were overweight these figures are alarming & hence a follow-up study is required for further analysis.