5 exercises to improve hand mobility

If you find daily tasks difficult to do because you suffer from stiffness, swelling, or pain in your hands, the right exercises can help get you back in motion

5 exercises to improve hand mobilityTherapists usually suggest specific exercises depending on the condition. Some help increase a joint’s range of motion or lengthen the muscle and tendons via stretching. These exercises are helpful for osteoarthritis as well as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow—but not when the joints are inflamed or painful. Other exercises strengthen muscles around a joint to […]

Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals study

Two chemicals commonly used as e-cigarette flavours might harm users’ airway passages, a small experiment suggests

Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals studyThe results point to the need to further study how the highly popular cigarette alternatives affect human bodies, researchers say. In test tube experiments, the researchers exposed cells from the lining of human airways to two flavouring compounds: diacetyl – a chemical with a butter-like smell – and its ‘chemical cousin’ 2, 3-pentanedione. In the […]

Surgical masks just as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protection

Researchers may finally have an answer in the long-running controversy over whether the common surgical mask is as effective as more expensive respirator-type masks in protecting health care workers from flu and other respiratory viruses

Surgical masks just as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protectionA study published today in JAMA compared the ubiquitous surgical (or medical) mask, to a less commonly used respirator called an N95. The study reported “no significant difference in the effectiveness” of medical masks vs. N95 respirators for prevention of influenza or other viral respiratory illness. “This study showed there is no difference in incidence […]

Pune: Sassoon Hospital forms a support group to help thalassemia patients

Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) announced a support group for the thalassemia patients. The group has around 160 children and their parents. It would serve as a platform to share their problems they face during blood transfusion with each other, and to find their solutions

Pune: Sassoon Hospital forms a support group to help thalassemia patientsIn the first-of-its-kind, the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) announced a support group for the thalassemia patients. The group has around 160 children and their parents. From the problems they face while undergoing blood transfusion to societal discrimination, the platform will be used to share them with each other, and also to find their solutions. Along […]

‘Even the smallest contribution you make can play a big role in saving my son’s life’

The 11-year-old son of Manisha Lohar is suffering from thalassemia major, a bone marrow transplant surgery is the old way to save his life. Earlier, Prathmesh was undergoing regular blood transfusions, but now the transfusions are no longer viable

‘Even the smallest contribution you make can play a big role in saving my son’s life’‘My brother is unwell. He doesn’t play with me anymore, he is sick that is why he has been admitted in the hospital. But I can help make my brother feel better,” said Harshita, the five-year-old sister of Prathamesh. His sister might be young, but she is the only one who can save the life […]

Family’s awareness on organ donation helps save three lives

On Thursday, October 17, Mumbai witnessed its 69th organ donation, when the family of a 60-year-old brain-dead woman consented to donate her organs. During the last week itself, the city had witnessed three cadaver donations

Family’s awareness on organ donation helps save three livesAs awareness regarding organ donation is slowly but steadily growing, more people are coming forward to donate the organs of their loved ones. This noble gesture helped save the lives of innocent people who have been waitlisted for an organ transplant. A 60-year-old woman was declared brain-dead by doctors. After being counselled the patient’s relative […]

Chilli pepper compound may slow down lung cancer, reveals study

A new study finds that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chilli peppers, can successfully stop lung cancer metastasis

Chilli pepper compound may slow down lung cancer, reveals studyNew research suggests that there may be a nutritional compound that can hinder this process of metastasis. Capsaicin, which is the chemical compound that gives chilli peppers their pungent flavour, stopped lung cancer metastasis in rodents and cultured human cell lines. Piyali Dasgupta, Ph.D., from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in […]

#BreastCancer: Women visiting gynaecologists for breast lumps, delaying cancer treatment

Oncologists have found that with the lump in a breast many women are going to a gynaecologist who is not trained to diagnose breast cancer. In around 5 to 10 per cent of cases, it then causes a delay in diagnosis

#BreastCancer: Women visiting gynaecologists for breast lumps, delaying cancer treatmentIn order to reverse the trend, experts point out that women should see an expert to avoid misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of breast cancer. Lumps can occur in the left or right breast, or in both breasts. There are many types of a breast lump, most of which are harmless. Doctors diagnose breast cancers […]

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate ageing, finds new study

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it's not shining in your eyes

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate ageing, finds new studyNew research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas. The study, published today in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, involved a widely used organism, Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, an important model organism because of the cellular and developmental […]

Debunked: 5 misconceptions related to high blood pressure

People tend to ignore their condition due to some myths about high blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension could lead to a range of health problems, such as stroke and heart disease. If left untreated, this condition could even cause death

Debunked: 5 misconceptions related to high blood pressureIncreased blood pressure can damage blood vessels, the heart and kidneys, among other organs. However, the risk of having hypertension remains unknown for many people despite a wide range of studies and medical warnings. In some cases, people tend to ignore their condition due to misinformation. To date, some myths are still widely thought to […]