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 […]

Know why you feel sluggish in the afternoon

While some people are early birds and others are night owls, one thing many people have in common is a feeling of sluggishness in the afternoon. This is in large part due to your circadian rhythm, a roughly 24-hour "master clock" that regulates hormones in your brain -- including, most prominently, the ones that make you feel tired or awake

Know why you feel sluggish in the afternoonBut you don’t just experience a physical lack of energy. Your brain’s reward processing system also takes a hit, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology. In the simplest terms, this system is responsible for helping you weigh potential risks vs. rewards, and arrive at a decision […]

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 […]

This new disease could tell us more about Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even ageing

'Discovering this new disease, its cause a huge step towards developing drug-based therapies for other rare neurodegenerative conditions'

This new disease could tell us more about Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even ageingA new genetic disease has been discovered that could play a key role in devastating brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, opening up the possibility of new forms of treatment. A 47-year-old Canadian woman, who had been having difficulty walking and balancing since she was 28, was found to have a new genetic disease […]

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 […]