This new smart patch releases blood thinners as and when needed

Current treatments often rely on the use of blood thinners, such as Heparin, which require patients to test their blood on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dosages

This new smart patch releases blood thinners as and when neededAn interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a smart patch designed to monitor a patient’s blood and release blood-thinning drugs as needed to prevent the occurrence of dangerous blood clots – a condition known as thrombosis. In an animal model, the patch was shown to be more effective at preventing thrombosis than traditional methods of […]

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabetics

Pancreas and kidney transplant give 28-year-old Type-1 diabetic patient in Pune new lease of life

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabeticsIn what is touted as a first-of-its-kind medical miracle in Maharashtra, a team of doctors at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune successfully performed simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation surgery on a 28-year old patient early on Monday morning. The patient, resident of Pune was taken up for the surgery after family of a brain dead patient agreed to […]

Type-2 diabetes striking our young generation

Diabetologist raise concern over its potential threat to city dwellers.

Type-2 diabetes striking our young generationOn the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Diabetologists say, in last few years, they have witnessed a rise in type 2 diabetes in adolescent age group. “Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and was earlier seen in 35+ plus age group. We are seeing a peak in Type II in the age group of […]

Here is what donated blood does to your body

The real risks from a blood transfusion come from the body’s reaction to a stranger’s blood

Here is what donated blood does to your bodyIt can be an icky thought to imagine someone else’s blood flowing through your own veins. Blood is one of the bodily fluids through which all sorts of diseases can be transmitted. And adding to the weird factor, blood carries a person’s DNA, the signature that is supposed to be unique to their body. But […]

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxiety

One woman describes her powerful experience in a clinical trial of the drug psilocybin

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxietySurviving cancer is a milestone every patient wants to reach, but waiting to hear if the cancer has recurred is its own nightmare. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and even though my chemotherapy was a success, my anxiety made me a mess. I was approaching the two-year mark of being cancer-free (most […]

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acid

Lactic acid build up is not responsible for the muscle soreness felt in the days following strenuous exercise, say researchers

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acidAs our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles. The body prefers to generate most of its energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. Some circumstances, however, –such as evading the historical saber tooth tiger or lifting heavy weights–require energy production faster […]

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repair

A stroke is an event that blocks or interrupts the blood supply to the brain, depriving cells of essential oxygen. Without oxygen, cells die within minutes. There are few effective treatments for stroke and they apply to a low proportion of patients

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repairStroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide. By blocking blood flow in the brain, it destroys brain cells. Now, new research shows a drug already approved to treat other conditions not only limits stroke damage, but it also promotes repair. In rats, it reduced the number of brain cells killed and […]

Are mental health apps really helpful?

The app stores currently do little to help to consumers differentiate between apps that are evidence-based and those that are not. Right now, perhaps there's an assumption that if it's in the app store, then it works

Are mental health apps really helpful?We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return. Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression. Bruce Bolam, program director […]

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year in China, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold since 2010

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in ChinaYoung gay men are the frontline of China’s battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases occurring at one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, with new cases in […]

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotaller

Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotallerThe researchers said that, their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study authors said. Participants […]