Infant with rare brain parasite hospitalised in Hawaii

Rat lungworm cannot be transmitted between individuals, but anyone can acquire the disease by consuming raw or undercooked slugs, snails, freshwater shrimp, land crabs or frogs infected with the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis

Infant with rare brain parasite hospitalised in HawaiiAn infant was hospitalised for rat lungworm disease on Wednesday, probably after consuming a slug or snail on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to a statement from the Hawaii Department of Health. This marks the 10th case of the infection on the island and the 17th statewide in 2017. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident, […]

Mega health camp at Faizpur receives an overwhelming response

On Monday, Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, inaugurated the first rural Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay camp at Faizpur in Jalgaon district in Maharashtra. The camp witnessed the participation of thousands of people from tribal dominated taluka’s like, Raver, Chopda, Yaval, Muktainagar and so on

Mega health camp at Faizpur receives an overwhelming responseSpecial clinics were established at the camp site according to the disease. Doctors from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur had come to examine the patients. Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister, N T Nana Patil (MP), Rakshatai Khadse (MP), Eknathrao Khadse (MLA) and Haribhau Jawale (MLA) were present at the camp. Health ambassador, Rameshwar Naik, said, “Earlier people […]

Nobel Prize awarded for experiments on how our internal body clocks tick

Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine for working out the molecular mechanism behind circadian rhythms, the internal body clocks in all animals that regulate when they – we – sleep, eat, release hormones, etc

Nobel Prize awarded for experiments on how our internal body clocks tickThe circadian rhythm is mostly endogenous: it is ‘performed’ and regulated by chemical reactions that occur within the body’s cells, using internal cues. Though, it is also influenced by external stimuli like the amount of sunlight and other environmental factors. In the 1970s, Seymour Benzer and Ronald Konopka found that in an as-yet unknown gene […]

Scientists discover a ‘promising’ breast cancer relapse detection breakthrough

Tissue samples from 1,178 women with the most common form of breast cancer were used in the experiment. The likelihood of tumours flaring up again within five years was 23 per cent higher in women with the immune cell 'hotspots'

Scientists discover a ‘promising’ breast cancer relapse detection breakthrough  Researchers have found a way to potentially identify women at risk of relapsing breast cancer. Patients with high numbers of immune cell ‘hotspots’ around tumours were 25 per cent more likely to see the cancer return within a decade, indicates a study. The likelihood of tumours flaring up again within five years was 23 […]

IMA observes nationwide satyagraha on Gandhi Jayanti

Their demands include delinking penal provisions against doctors for minor clerical errors in act like PCPNDT, timely changes Clinical Establishment Act, capping of compensation in cases of medical negligence and withdrawal of National Medical Council Bill and this protest also addressed the issue of assault on doctors

IMA observes nationwide satyagraha on Gandhi JayantiDoctors belonging to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a country wide satyagraha by fasting for an entire day the day of Gandhi Jayanti. The aim is to protest against the no-decision of the government to make any concrete laws to address the increasing assaults on the doctors. The other demands also include the delinking […]

Here’s how to find out if you have ADHD

It's common to have times of inattention, sporadic motor activity, or even times of impulsivity, but in people with ADHD, these times are far more severe and frequent. These symptoms are more likely to interfere with the quality of their social life or affect their performance at school or at work

Here’s how to find out if you have ADHDGrowing up, many of us have experienced bouts of impulsivity and distractibility as energetic children. In adulthood, these behaviours reminiscent of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could be due to the overwhelming demands of work, school or home life. However, there’s a difference between having these traits and being diagnosed with the brain disorder. In […]

Stopping low-dose aspirin treatment harmful for heart health

Those who stopped the aspirin treatment were 37 per cent more likely to have an adverse cardiovascular event than those who continued the therapy. This is equivalent to 1 in every 74 patients who quit aspirin having a heart attack, a stroke, or dying as a result of a cardiovascular event

Stopping low-dose aspirin treatment harmful for heart healthResearchers led by Johan Sundström, a professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden, set out to examine the effect of stopping low-dose aspirin treatment on the odds of having a second heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people at risk of having a heart attack take low-dose aspirin preventively. […]

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive season

During the festive season, we tend to forget all the cares and worries of life and along with this we may also forget our usual diet which we follow. Unfortunately, during this time we not only witness an increase in newly detected cases of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle disorders, but also the worsening of blood of people with diabetes

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive seasonFestivals in India are mostly associated with fasts and feasts whether it is Navaratri followed by Dussehra and Diwali or Ramzan followed by Eid. Festivals include rituals which involve fasting, as well as visiting friends and relatives which involve feasts. Markets are filled with sweets, and other food items which are rich in fat, sugar […]

Is there any way to prevent scars?

Despite many scientific advances, there is no definitive way of preventing or treating scars yet. But there are things that doctors and patients can do to reduce the extent of scar development

Is there any way to prevent scars?Scars are caused by the body’s inability to regenerate the complex connective tissue in our skin after injury. An anonymous researcher shared his own personal experiences, when it comes to talking about scars, he explained saying, “During my years as a research scientist, and I became very familiar with the sight of scars. From the […]

How to increase height as an adult

While adults cannot do much to increase their height, they can take steps to avoid age-related loss of height

How to increase height as an adultSome people are unhappy with their height and wish they could be taller. Unfortunately for most adults, there is not much that can be done to increase height. After age 18, most tricks to increase height will not work, even with good nutrition and exercise. However, there are ways to appear taller and prevent loss of height, […]