Medical community alarmed by global rise of diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke if the disease is left undiagnosed or poorly controlled

Medical community alarmed by global rise of diabetesThe rise of diabetes is causing avoidable deaths and imposing substantial costs on ailing healthcare systems. Alarmed, lawmakers are attempting to improve prevention and get the emerging pandemic under control. Diabetes is a growing healthcare challenge and one of the four priority non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, targeted for urgent action by […]

Killer diseases being ignored at the cost of cancer research in India

There have been no drugs approved from 2009 to 2016 for TB, the second most lethal infectious disease in the country, that killed 480,000 people in 2015, and there are barely any clinical trials going on in this field

Killer diseases being ignored at the cost of cancer research in IndiaTop killers in India – diarrhoea, TB, cardiovascular diseases and pulmonary diseases – rank abysmally low in the country’s clinical trial priorities that is heavily geared towards drug approvals in cancer, a new research study has revealed. ‘Law in Numbers: Evidence Based Approach to Legal Reform,’ authored by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, says […]

The more you worry about your health, the sicker you become

An estimated 5-10% of people have health anxiety, meaning they’re obsessed with thoughts of having, getting or dodging illness

The more you worry about your health, the sicker you becomeSome people—even those who are strong and healthy—are totally convinced that disease is just around the corner. An estimated 5-10% of people have health anxiety, meaning they’re obsessed with thoughts of having, getting or dodging illness. Now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Open shows that this type of worry, ironically, is linked […]

5 most fascinating medical innovations of 2016

Like every year wherein advances made in medicine cure more illnesses, medical innovations made in 2016, too, have revolutionised science and health care

5 most fascinating medical innovations of 2016Here are five of the most fascinating medical innovations of 2016. Male Birth Control For the most part, long-term birth control has remained the responsibility of the female in a relationship, but 2016 brought the idea of male hormonal birth control closer to becoming a reality. In March, University Of Minnesota researchers presented their latest […]

Cancer may not be a modern disease, tumour found in a 255-million-year-old human ancestor

The new information from “such a distant relative of humans” gives experts clues on how diseases that affect mammals formed over time

Cancer may not be a modern disease, tumour found in a 255-million-year-old human ancestorCancer is older than mammals themselves, based on a tumour found in a 255-million-year-old human ancestor. A report in JAMA Oncology says scientists studying the jaw of a gorgonopsian, an extinct animal that predates mammals and looks like a reptile, found what looked like miniature teeth of varying diameter at the roots of the jaw’s […]

Why is it hard to leave a relationship? Psychology explains ‘Sunk Cost’ of love

It may be love that brought you together, but it's time and money that really keep marriages going

Why is it hard to leave a relationship? Psychology explains ‘Sunk Cost’ of loveRelationships are hard to stay in, but often even harder to leave. Sometimes, even the worst relationships can be difficult to end, and there may be a psychological reason behind this commitment to failure. According to a recent study, our reluctance to leave a relationship that isn’t working may be due to the ‘sunk cost […]

How studying honeybee brains might help unlock a cure for Alzheimer’s

Relating memory research to us — specifically physical changes in the brain, like in our neural connections that help form long-term memories — can help fathom conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia

How studying honeybee brains might help unlock a cure for Alzheimer’sThe buzz around town is that honeybee brains can teach scientists a lot about human memory. A study in Frontiers used honeybees to determine how closely tied memory is to modifications in DNA, specifically a process called DNA methylation, through which our bodies control how our genes present themselves. For example, based on our needs, […]

18 deadly diseases ignored for far too long

These neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, said World Health Organisation

18 deadly diseases ignored for far too longMuch more can be done to fight them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according […]

Insomnia common among patients with asthma, finds study

People with the chronic respiratory condition who also have insomnia may even be at increased risk for issues such as depression and anxiety

Insomnia common among patients with asthma, finds studyA new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh has found that insomnia is very common in adults with asthma. The team found that clinically significant insomnia was present in 37 percent of study participants with asthma, according to a recent statement. These results also suggest that adults with the chronic respiratory condition who […]

For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroes

Many parents devote their lives to caring for their child’s medical needs, but let their own physical and mental health suffer. Here’s an account of Beverly Baker-Ajene who has put her child’s needs over everything else

For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroesFifteen-year-old Savitri Yami Baker loves to belt a tune. “They can hear her from three houses away,” Savitri’s 26-year-old sister, Victoria Ajene, jokes. This comes as a surprise, as Savitri often has challenges breathing when she speaks. The Clovis, California, girl has the neurological disorder cerebral palsy. “She’ll speak, and before she finishes her sentence, […]