World Liver Day: Spreading awareness about liver disease and liver cancer

Patients with liver disease suffer from many disabling symptoms and also have a high risk of death due to the disease. Patients with liver failure may need a liver transplant to save their lives, which is a very major surgery

World Liver Day: Spreading awareness about liver disease and liver cancerApril is the month chosen to spread awareness regarding liver disease and April 19 is celebrated as World Liver Day. Liver disease is increasing and is one of the most common diseases in the world. Figures by the World Health Organization (WHO) attribute more than 2 lakh deaths in India due to liver disease every […]

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sector

The government is still not taking enough efforts to provide good 'accident and emergency services' to the society. The doctors still do not have good ambulances and trained manpower to man them. Internationally this job is done by paramedics, but back home, we are still discussing if paramedics can give an injection legally

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sectorDeath, serious illness and accidents: situations which create complete emotional turmoil are often witnessed in hospitals. It is natural to feel mournful, frustrated and helpless when one loses a loved one. Unexpected incidents make the emotional trauma more profound. Even an iota of doubt about the adequacy or correctness of treatment can further trigger the […]

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ support

Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results for their kids post diagnoses. They need to ensure accountability by asking for reports and notes and documented plans for intervention. Everything must be measured as per individual child’s need

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ supportAwareness around autism and the fact that it can show phenomenal improvement is gaining ground. Now, we need to focus on authentic evidence-based scientific measures available for treating children diagnosed early. Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results. They need to ensure accountability […]

Administration and government responsible for divide between patients and doctors

By projecting that doctors only want security, we are falling into the trap as people have been made to think that we are at fault – and now we want protection. As doctors, we need to rephrase our demands

Administration and government responsible for divide between patients and doctorsI think it’s unfortunate that the recent events have been turned into a Doctors vs Patients battle – at least in government-municipal hospitals. Patients are aggrieved because they did not get the support they expected. Their unhappiness starts from the shoddy registration desk (reception doesn’t exist), running around for forms for hours, terrible infrastructure, no […]

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag Kashyap

A disheartened Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi pens an open letter to film director Anurag Kashyap on his PIL protesting the health warning regarding smoking

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag KashyapDear Anurag Kashyap, You have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the current censor board notification that mandates certain warning in movies with smoking scenes. As a long-time admirer of your talent, I am truly dismayed. While it’s estimated that tobacco will kill one million Indians this year alone and 3000 deaths […]

Mind matters in Bollywood

The fact that mainstream movies have taken up issues like mental health and child sex abuse will help our society

Mind matters in BollywoodOver the last 1 month, 2 Bollywood films – Dear Zindagi and Kahaani2 have dealt into a subject – Mental Health – that has generally not been focussed in Indian cinema. Dear Zindagi, has done a brilliant job of portraying and busting myths regarding mental health problems. Even today, most of our population feels that a psychiatrist […]

Keep these things in mind if you’re running the Mumbai Marathon despite a heart surgery

Dr Nilesh Gautam of Asian Heart Institute says it’s a myth that one cannot run a marathon post a heart surgery. Gives a checklist for those running marathon despite a bypass and who should avoid the race

Keep these things in mind if you’re running the Mumbai Marathon despite a heart surgeryIt is a myth that those who have had a bypass surgery, or any other heart condition, cannot run a marathon. They can. All they should do is systematically and scientifically train themselves for the race and they are ready to go. Things that a participant (with a heart condition) should keep in mind Take […]

This New Year, make these simple lifestyle changes for healthy living

Clinical nutritionist Dr Nupur Krishnan says detoxifying yourself not just on level of body and mind, but also behaviour and lifestyle can make a huge difference

This New Year, make these simple lifestyle changes for healthy living“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food,” advised Hippocrates more than 2,000 years ago. Since food is source of all components that make up human body, his words will always find resonance in every era. With our fast-paced and stressed lifestyle, fatigue and even exhaustion have become a norm. It […]

Befitting ode to Dr Rakesh Sinha would be to pledge that we take care of our happiness first

Late Dr Rakesh Sinha lived a healthy life, yet he died due to acute cardiac arrest on December 26. Here is a doctor’s take on how happiness and stress can affect one’s health

Befitting ode to Dr Rakesh Sinha would be to pledge that we take care of our happiness first‘Those at the top of their fields aren’t always the smartest, but are always the most resilient.’ This was the last tweet by Dr Rakesh Sinha on December 5. Who would have imagined the cryptic and rather ironic meaning that it conjures up now, with his sudden and shocking demise? Entire medico establishment perceived him […]

‘Movies are a reflection of society we live in; Dear Zindagi is a take on various contemporary issues’

It takes efforts to discuss a stigma as sensitive as mental illness and how seeking help for your emotional issues is similar to seeking help for any of your bodily illness

‘Movies are a reflection of society we live in; Dear Zindagi is a take on various contemporary issues’I agreed to watch Dear Zindagi primarily for its director, Gauri Shinde. I thought she did an exemplary job with her last movie, English Vinglish, which depicted the transformation of a low on confidence home-maker to a woman with a high degree of self-esteem through her efforts to learn English. It made for a highly […]