Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  

Researchers used retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method in ophthalmology and applied an algorithm based on statistical biomarker tool for early detection of certain eye disorders

Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  Early diagnosis of certain eye diseases and studying the early progression of the diseases has now become possible, thanks to the work carried out by a team of researchers from three institutes — IISER, Kolkata, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and BARC, Visakhapatnam. The researchers used the retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method […]

What is a calorie and why does it matter to your diet?

The concept is often spoken of as if calories are a measure of an amount of food, but of course they are not — two portions of food that take up the same space could have different calorie counts

What is a calorie and why does it matter to your diet?When people talk about dieting and healthy eating, they usually talk about calories: how many you should have in one day, or with each meal, or for every hour of exercise. But what are calories really? The concept is often spoken of as if calories are a measure of an amount of food, but of […]

Hapless doctors await govt’s next move as IMC (amendment) Bill 2016 closes for feedback

Under the bill, it has been proposed to make it mandatory for MBBS students to clear the National Exit Test to get ‘Doctor’ title

Hapless doctors await govt’s next move as IMC (amendment) Bill 2016 closes for feedbackIt’s been a week since the draft Indian Medical Council (amendment) Bill 2016 was thrown open for feedback from the general public. Friday (6th January) was the last day to suggest changes in the draft. Under the bill, it has been proposed to make it mandatory for MBBS students to clear the National Exit Test […]

‘Tree man’ holds daughter for first time after 16 operations for rare disorder

The 27-year-old former rickshaw driver is one of only four people in the world to be diagnosed with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare genetic condition dubbed “tree-man disease”

‘Tree man’ holds daughter for first time after 16 operations for rare disorderA Bangladeshi father dubbed the “tree man” because of the bark-like warts that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after ground breaking treatment for one of the world’s rarest diseases. Abul Bajandar has undergone at least 16 operations to remove 5kg (11 pounds) of growths from his hands and feet […]

Pune hospital successfully does liver transplant surgery on a 3-year-old boy

A slice of the father’s liver was transplanted in Shubham using High Magnification Microscopic Surgery

Pune hospital successfully does liver transplant surgery on a 3-year-old boyShubham Gurav also becomes one of the lowest body weight patients to undergo the liver transplant in Maharashtra, after he underwent a successful surgery in a Pune hospital. Shubham was first diagnosed with liver cirrhosis- end stage liver disease when he was 2 years old. “He had weight loss, loss of appetite and abdominal swelling. […]

Mercedes develops new tech to prevent car crashes caused by medical episodes

The car maker's research and development chief, Ola Kallenius, says cars will soon be equipped with heart rate monitors in the steering wheel, as well as the ability to communicate with wearable fitness trackers

Mercedes develops new tech to prevent car crashes caused by medical episodesFatal road accidents caused by medical episodes could be consigned to history in the near future. Mercedes-Benz revealed a partnership with Phillips medical instruments at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will see vehicles play a key role in monitoring the health of drivers. The car maker’s research and development chief, Ola Kallenius, […]

Mediterranean diet may be good for the brain

It may be that everything in the Mediterranean diet combination gives an overall protective effect

Mediterranean diet may be good for the brainThe Mediterranean diet — high in vegetables, fruits, olive oil and whole grains, and moderate in protein and animal fats — has been shown in many studies to be beneficial in reducing the risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. A new study shows it may also be good for the brain. Researchers measured brain […]

How volunteers with no medical training are fighting diseases the world ignores

150 volunteers have been trained since 2014 to hold monthly 'community dialogues' in villages, gathering large groups of people to talk about neglected diseases

How volunteers with no medical training are fighting diseases the world ignoresFor people suffering from painful diseases in remote parts of the world, neighbours volunteering as health educators can be their best shot at getting help. Ordinary people, without any formal medical training, have stepped up to teach others about common illnesses in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of […]

Diet debate: Are diet drinks a no-go?

It's rare in life to have your cake and eat it too. But are low-calorie sweeteners the guilt-free way to be naughty?

Diet debate: Are diet drinks a no-go?Nobody is going to claim that regularly drinking full-sugar pop is good for you with a 500ml bottle of cola containing around 200 calories. But a diet version can come in at just the one calorie. Simple logic would suggest that swapping a full sugar drink for a diet version cuts calories from your diet. […]

All French citizens are now organ donors unless they opt out

Every citizen in France has automatically become an organ donor unless they decide to opt out, due to a significant change in the law

All French citizens are now organ donors unless they opt outThe new rules, which came into effect on 1 January, sees France’s policy align with a number of European countries such as Spain and Austria, where “presumed consent” means anyone can become a donor of organs and tissues when they die unless they specifically choose not to. In France, people will now need to sign […]