Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?

In this syndrome, a part of the heart muscle is suddenly weakened and the heart isn't pumping, becoming ineffective. However, the condition is usually treatable, and rarely fatal

Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?The death of Debbie Reynolds just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away is a reminder of the crushing effect grief can have on the body. The 84-year-old Oscar-nominated performer reportedly suffered a stroke Wednesday. The official cause of death has not yet been disclosed. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son […]

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant women

Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or ACOG, shot back its objection

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant womenRepeated or lengthy use of general anaesthetic and sedation drugs in infants, toddlers and pregnant women in their third trimester might damage children’s developing brains, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this month. Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or […]

New guidelines urge doctors to wait for a minute before cutting a baby’s umbilical cord

The short increase in time could mean a lot, because “much of the placental blood transfers in that first minute — and there's increasing evidence that it has some health benefits"

New guidelines urge doctors to wait for a minute before cutting a baby’s umbilical cordCutting the cord is a tradition for parents right after they deliver their baby, but holding off a little may be better for the infant. According to an Associated Press report, waiting a minute could give the baby an extra rush of oxygen-rich blood, so new recommendations for obstetricians in the U.S. call for waiting […]

How this surgery helps in bearing weight on your knees safely

People with damaged cartilage in their knees can undergo so-called matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation, or MACI, surgery to fix the defects that cause pain and swelling

How this surgery helps in bearing weight on your knees safelyPeople receiving a graft of their own knee cartilage cells may be better off returning to full weight bearing after six weeks instead of the standard eight, a small study suggests. Knee surgery patients put on a six-week recovery track were able to get back to work and other activities like sports more quickly, and […]

Rare surgery done by robot helps pluck out 450gm tumour

Conventional surgery would have required cutting open the chest to remove the tumour, doctors said

Rare surgery done by robot helps pluck out 450gm tumourIn a rare surgery, doctors at Apollo Hospital recently removed a large tumour, weighing 450gm, from the chest cavity of a 57-year-old woman. They used three small keyholes and robotic arms to pull out the abnormal growth that was surrounded by the heart and blood vessels. Conventional surgery would have required cutting open the chest […]

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questions

Studies show heart-related deaths are five percent more likely around Christmas and New Year’s, perhaps due to factors like excess food, alcohol, stress and lack of exercise this time of year

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questionsA day after the sudden death of long-time pop icon George Michael, many fans are struggling to understand how the fit-looking 53-year-old singer suddenly died of a heart condition. Confirmed by his London-based publicist on Christmas Day, Michael died in his sleep of heart failure. Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, happens […]

Kolkata tops list of cities where youth suffer from lifestyle diseases

India’s youth has become wary of diseases caused by unhealthy lifestyle, pushing them to reach out to doctors for help

Kolkata tops list of cities where youth suffer from lifestyle diseasesYoung Indians in the age group of 20 to 45 are worried about lifestyle diseases and consult doctors, seeking their advice on how to prevent these ailments. About 45% young people in this category are vulnerable to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression and so on, a study has revealed. Kolkata tops the […]

Scientists develop breathalyser which detects 17 diseases

This new analyser uses nano-rays to determine precise chemical composition of a person’s breath. From that it is able to detect the “signature” of any of 17 serious diseases

Scientists develop breathalyser which detects 17 diseasesAs far back as 400 BC, Hippocrates advised his students to smell their patients’ breath to detect if they were ill. Now, researchers in America have invented a system which does just that, only rather more scientifically. A new analyser uses nano-rays to determine the precise chemical composition of a person’s breath. From that it […]

Finally, Ebola conquered

Researchers are calling this development one of the only positive outcomes of the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic — the largest the world had ever seen

Finally, Ebola conqueredIt took a major Ebola epidemic that led to more than 11,000 deaths, but we now finally have a successful Ebola vaccine candidate in development. If approved, the vaccine would vastly reduce the likelihood of ever seeing another major Ebola outbreak. More than a year ago, researchers published striking preliminary results from a large trial […]

Top 2016 health related online searches

As the year comes to a close, we take a look at which health issues drove online searches this year

Top 2016 health related online searchesLet’s see which health issues drove online searches this year   To find out what’s ailing Americans—or at least which ailments they’re curious about—look no further than online search traffic. Zika, heartburn drugs and EpiPen prices were among the topics that saw the greatest rises in search interest in the U.S. in 2016, according to […]