Visiting same doctor likely to bring down frequent hospitalisation in elderly patients

Researchers found that those who saw the same General Physicians (GP) between 40 and 70 per cent of the time had 9 per cent fewer unnecessary admissions to hospital than those who only saw the same GP less than 40 per cent of the time

Visiting same doctor likely to bring down frequent hospitalisation in elderly patientsThe risk of older patients being admitted to hospital can be slashed if they see the same GP on every visit to their surgery, a study has found. It reinforces the value of family doctors who know patients well and suggests GPs could be the key to reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, a problem pushing A&E […]

6 effective benefits of exercise

If there was a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed

6 effective benefits of exerciseThis fall I flipped through a Time magazine and started skimming the article on exercise. OK, I thought. I know this. Then I stopped. I was blown away. “If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed,” the doctor […]

BEST bus drivers and conductors trained in life-saving techniques

Experts from Asian Heart Institute trained the BEST staff in CPR. It will further make a team of master trainers who will teach the skill at their respective depots

BEST bus drivers and conductors trained in life-saving techniquesOver 100 Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees, including conductors, drivers and other staff, learnt how to save a person using the life-saving technique – cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (CPR). The BEST staff were trained by Asian Heart Institute (AHI) at Colaba Bus Depot, Mumbai, on Thursday (February 2). The training is part of AHI’s commitment towards […]

MAPPM wants ban on illegal laboratories as it affects public health

All over Maharashtra there are around 6,000 illegal labs and in Mumbai there are around 500 illegal labs

MAPPM wants ban on illegal laboratories as it affects public healthIn state of Maharashtra, be it rural or urban areas, there are thousands of illegal pathology laboratories run by unqualified personnel. This is quackery in the medical field and is hazardous to the public health. Dr Sandeep Yadav, president of MAPPM said, “All over Maharashtra there are around 6,000 illegal labs and in Mumbai there […]

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’

Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born weighing about a pound each. Born three days under the 24-week legal limit for abortion in the UK, they are the youngest and smallest surviving twins in Scotland

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’Identical twins, thought to be among the most premature ever recorded in Britain, have been described by their parents as “little miracles”. Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born at just 23 weeks and four days, weighing about a pound each. They spent four months in hospital enduring blood transfusions and emergency surgery. The girls have […]

Scale up efforts against leprosy. Focus on preventing disabilities in children

Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60 per cent were in India

Scale up efforts against leprosy. Focus on preventing disabilities in childrenEnhanced efforts, renewed commitment, and an inclusive approach is needed to end the scourge of leprosy which continues to afflict thousands of people every year, the majority of them in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60% were in India. The other high-burden countries were Brazil […]

‘India spends a little over 1% of its GDP on health care,’ says Dr Amartya Sen at Healthcare Summit

Nobel laureate and economist Dr Amartya Sen addresses a huge gathering on ‘Health for All: Why and How?’ at Tata Memorial Centre’s Healthcare Summit

‘India spends a little over 1% of its GDP on health care,’ says Dr Amartya Sen at Healthcare SummitSecond day of Tata World Healthcare Summit saw a huge turnout of audience who had gathered to listen to Nobel laureate and economist Dr Amartya Sen’s address on ‘Health for All: Why and How?’. In his speech, Dr Sen pointed out that there is less contribution of gross domestic product (GDP) in healthcare sector. He […]

Medical Council of India to crack down on fake medical teachers

The biometric based network will allow MCI to check on the faculty members that attend medical colleges. This will tighten the noose and ensure that adequate number of teachers attend colleges

Medical Council of India to crack down on fake medical teachersIn a move to expose the menace of fake faculty which several medical colleges arrange to pass the Medical Council of India (MCI) inspection and get an approval to run their college, the MCI is all set to launch biometric facility in both government and medical colleges to keep an eye on them. Significantly, the […]

How immunotherapy is a renewing promise for treating cervical cancer

Rather than directly attacking cancer cells, this therapy strengthens and trains the patient's own immune cells to fight the disease

How immunotherapy is a renewing promise for treating cervical cancerDoctors were bewildered when they went through the case sheet of a woman who was diagnosed with advanced stage cervical cancer nearly 10 years ago. More than a year after a full dose of radiotherapy, cancer had spread to the lung. By then the disease should have claimed her life. Yet, she continues to visit […]

This is the biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and yet testing for it is far from perfect

This is the biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancerUsing advanced MRI nearly doubles the number of aggressive tumours that are caught. And the trial on 576 men, published in the Lancet, showed more than a quarter could be spared invasive biopsies, which can lead to severe side-effects. The NHS is already reviewing whether the scans can be introduced widely. Prostate cancer is the […]