‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHO

The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot of countries across the globe are have been trying hard to win the fight against tobacco, yet the tobacco lobby is subverting these efforts. Firewalls between government and the tobacco industry must be in place to block industry attempts to influence the tobacco control decision-making process

‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report regarding the consumption of tobacco across the globe. The report studied the positive outcomes of engaging various methods to curb tobacco use and this in turn curbs tuberculosis (TB). The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot […]

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO 

 The report has mentioned that low and middle-income countries such as India continued to make significant progress in order to control tobacco. Even Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS - 2) India 2016-17 which had been released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had found a six per cent decline in tobacco use prevalence than the previous year. It also stated that the decline in prevalence was equivalent to a 17% relative decrease, and the number of tobacco users has reduced by about 8.1 million

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO The latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic has seen a positive change in bringing down tobacco consumption among people. The report has found that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to creating no smoking areas. It states that nearly two-thirds of […]

I’ve treated more lethal war wounds in Syria than I had imagined,’ says Nashik doctor

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gopal Shinde worked in Syria as part of Doctors Without Borders’ from April to June 2017

I’ve treated more lethal war wounds in Syria than I had imagined,’ says Nashik doctorThousands of lives are stake in war zones such as Syria. Tending the wounded and the ill becomes a bigger challenge in places like these, especially since local healthcare services are nearly negligible. Doctors, who are assigned the task of looking after people at war zones, work amidst several challenges, and Dr Gopal Shinde, an […]

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatrists

Doctors across the city have been receiving cases of teenagers, mainly girls, between 14 and 20 addicted to synthetic weed or Spice, which gives the same high as weed but cannot be identified through tests

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatristsSudeep and Megha Parab noticed a sudden change in the behaviour of their teenaged daughter, Natasha (all names changed), some time back. The 17-year old had bloodshot eyes and she was experiencing sudden mood swings. At times she would be dizzy, and there were instances when she would be constantly irritable. However, when the Parabs […]

Woman with haemoglobin count of 1.1 gram successfully delivers child

Such a type of delivery is very rare and complicated say Mumbai gynaecologists. Jyoti Pardeshi had a haemoglobin count of 1.1 gram that is almost negligible. The normal range for hemoglobin is 13.5 to 17.5 grams per deciliter for men and 12.0 to 15.5 grams per deciliter for women. The baby was born with no health complications except being under-weight

Woman with haemoglobin count of 1.1 gram successfully delivers childJyoti Pardeshi was a full-term pregnant woman who was expecting her third child when she encountered a horrific medical emergency yesterday. On Tuesday, she was recommended to Nashik’s Bytco Medical Hospital from another hospital due to vaginal bleeding. In a rare case, Pardeshi had a haemoglobin count of 1.1 gram that is almost negligible. Even her platelet […]

Pune doctors successfully deliver child of woman with uterus rupture

During the C-section delivery, the doctors observed more reddish appearing blood around the uterus. The doctor’s observation revealed that her uterus was ruptured from behind. After the baby was delivered the ten centimeter tear on the backside of her uterus was then stitched by the doctor, thereby saving Rupali’s uterus

Pune doctors successfully deliver child of woman with uterus ruptureTimely intervention by the doctors at Sassoon general hospital has helped a 20-year-old woman to save the life of her newly born baby. A full term pregnant Rupali Gaikwad had developed a 10 centimeter tear in the backside (rear) of her uterine wall when she underwent labour. This condition might have been fatal for Rupali […]

Awareness required on hoarding disorder, say doctors

Hoarding disorder is a condition where a person has compulsive urge to collect the huge amounts of objects which may or may not be useful. People suffering from this disorder also face difficulty in voluntarily getting rid of these possessions. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs in this condition.

Awareness required on hoarding disorder, say doctorsThe lives of Ramnath’s (name changed) family members have become difficult because of his one habit. The 52-year-old Ramnath had a habit of collecting different objects and was not ready to get rid of them even after realising that they are of no use. There were piles of unnecessary objects such as old newspapers, magazines, […]

TV channels warned about broadcasting fake ayurveda ads

The Ministry of AYUSH had raised concerns on the medicines being marketed as a miraculous solution to all health problems, which are offered by the self-proclaimed doctors, gurus and vaidhs in these advertisements/programmers

TV channels warned about broadcasting fake ayurveda adsIn an attempt to discourage misleading advertisements on ayurveda, homeopathy etc being telecast on television channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has stepped in and issued a stern warning. The Council issued an advisory on July 12 to all TV channels to ensure strict compliance of provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable […]

Pak infant gets heart aid in India

Rohaan and his family came to India after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj granted a special medical visa on priority for the child. Rohaan was suffering from a critical heart disease. This was done after Rohaan’s father Kanwal Sadiq had tweeted Swaraj on the issue

Pak infant gets heart aid in IndiaOn Tuesday morning, Rohaan Sadiq, a four month old who was bought to India for treatment due to a medical emergency was discharged from Jaypee Hospital, Noida. Rohaan Sadiq was suffering from a critical heart disease but has been cured now. My Medical Mantra had earlier reported about the state of the Rohaan’s health on June […]

Should all IVF babies have a paternity or maternity test?

Mix-ups are extremely rare but not impossible and the worry if the baby is indeed our own is understandable. If there is reason to believe that there may have been a mix up, the patient will be within their rights to get a DNA test done. DNA testing involves taking swabs from the mouth of the baby and the parents and sending it to a specialised genetics testing lab.

Should all IVF babies have a paternity or maternity test?The biggest worry in every IVF patient’s mind is the possibility of a mix up in their eggs and / or sperms and /or embryos with someone else’s, meaning that the baby that they are carrying is not their own. When a woman naturally conceives, the fertilization occurs inside her body and there is a […]