Medical miracle: Baby born with heart outside body survives despite all odds

The baby, who had her first surgery within an hour of delivery, is recovering after undergoing three operations which allowed her heart to be put back inside her body. She is believed to be first baby in UK to survive with the extremely rare condition

Medical miracle: Baby born with heart outside body survives despite all oddsVanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by caesarean section. She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest. The condition, ectopia cordis, is extremely rare, with only a few cases per million births, of which most are stillborn. The hospital says it knows of no […]

Motorcycle passengers more prone to head injuries, reveals study

Traumatic brain injuries were the most common type of injury for drivers and passengers, the study found. But passengers experienced this more often, in 40 percent of cases, compared with 36 percent of cases for drivers, the researchers report in JAMA Surgery

Motorcycle passengers more prone to head injuries, reveals studyMotorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a US study suggests. Researchers studied almost 80,000 motorcycle drivers and nearly 6,000 passengers who were involved in crashes between 2007 and 2010. Two-thirds of the drivers were wearing helmets, compared to only […]

Affordable transplant: Family of heart recipient keeps up hope amidst severe cash crunch

Suhana, 13, underwent a heart transplant on August 20 in Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Her parents are yet to pay the full amount for the operation apart from supporting her treatment and care throughout her life  

Affordable transplant: Family of heart recipient keeps up hope amidst severe cash crunchThe Shaikhs from Collector Chawl, Khindipada in Mulund, are a happy lot even in tough times. The family of four stay in two separate rooms in the chawl, a forced necessity after 13-year-old Suhana underwent a heart transplant. They are still struggling to gather funds to pay for the surgery that took place in August […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050

Though it may prove to be the most damaging, this superbug scare is certainly not the first time humans have been the architects of their own health troubles. Resistant infections including new strains of E. coli, malaria, and tuberculosis caused an estimated 700,000 deaths globally this year; it is mankind's enemy number one

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050Some ailments have been global terrors for a very long time — heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, for example. Infectious diseases have always been a formidable threat in areas without access to certain medicines, but after the discovery of antibiotics, developed countries significantly dropped the rate at which infectious diseases killed people. These diseases are […]

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early death

While previous studies have shown that exposure to green space and parks can improve mental health and in some cases physical health, the researchers say this is the first big study to show a clear link between green surroundings and a lower risk of premature death. It also suggests that green spaces don't have to be actual parks in order to have health benefits

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early deathTrees stretching their canopies over city streets and grass tickling the sidewalk near your home are more than just pretty, they could actually be helping you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick used census and tax data to track 1.3 million non-immigrant Canadian adults living in the 30 […]

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linked

According to a study, activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linkedScientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery — until now. Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published […]

Century: Aaradhya completes 100 days with a new heart

Little Aaradhya Mule was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease called ‘Dilated Cardiomyopathy’ in April 2016. The Navi Mumbai girl finally underwent the heart transplant after parents of a 14-month-old brain-dead child from Surat agreed to donate heart. Now, Aaradhya has completed healthy hundred days with a new heart

Century: Aaradhya completes 100 days with a new heart‘It is the blessed feeling to see Aaradhya having food by her own,’ says Yogesh Mule, as the 4-year-old girl completes 100 days post her heart transplant. My Medical Mantra had first reported about Aaradhya and her family’s struggle to get her a donor heart on October 11, 2016, followed by a series of articles […]

How do omega-3 fatty acids help in treating type 1 diabetes

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the good functioning of several organs, as these beneficial fats improve the activity of muscles, prevent blood clotting, help digestion, and aid the division and growth of cells

How do omega-3 fatty acids help in treating type 1 diabetesIn type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system does not recognize its own beta cells, so it attacks and destroys them. Beta cells are responsible for creating insulin. The body needs insulin to transport glucose into cells, where it is needed for producing energy. Without insulin-producing beta cells, the glucose builds up in the blood […]

Condom ads banned but what about pan masala? Asks Pahlaj Nihalani

On Monday, the government imposed the ban condom ads on television. After which, Pahlaj Nihalani, Former Censor Board Chairperson raised a question on banning the pan masala ads as it is harmful. According to The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Maharashtra survey, current ‘pan masala with tobacco’ users - men, 2.1 per cent, women, 1.2 per cent, urban, 2.05 per cent and rural, 1.3 per cent

Condom ads banned but what about pan masala? Asks Pahlaj NihalaniAccording to experts, many leading Bollywood celebrities feature in pan masala ads which can send across a wrong message in the society. On Monday, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I & B), released an advisory to ban condom ads on television, during the day time from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Immediately after this, […]
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