BMC directs fire brigade to carry out audit across civic-run hospitals

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Mumbai Fire Brigade to carry out a fire audit at various civic-run hospitals across the city  

BMC directs fire brigade to carry out audit across civic-run hospitalsThe directions of the fire audit have been given in wake of the fire incident in ESIC Hospital at Andheri in December last year The fire audit will cover all the civic-run hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries, and health centres 28 nursing homes, 16 peripheral hospitals, 175 dispensaries and, 208 health centres will be covered in […]

Stress from work, home can harm women’s hearts – caution doctors

Even with supportive spouses, many women still find themselves helping the kids with homework and cleaning up household messes, often while scrambling to make dinner after a 10-hour workday filled with deadlines and challenging colleagues

Stress from work, home can harm women’s hearts – caution doctorsAll that stress could put women at higher risk than men for having a stroke or developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions, according to a growing number of studies. If women expect to continue to take care of their loved ones, they must first take care of themselves, said Dr Gina Lundberg, medical […]

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studies

Evidence that suggests our gut bacteria play complex roles in maintaining and impacting overall health is piling up. One new review of the scientific literature has now found that regulating intestinal microbiota may help relieve the symptoms of anxiety

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studiesPeople who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies published today in the journal General Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders […]

Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growth

The decreased risk of cancer has for long been associated with consumption of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale, but the actual gene which works for it was not known. The current research has found that these cruciferous vegetables contain a molecule which inactivates a gene known as WWP1

Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growthThe body has its own mechanisms for fighting cancer, but sometimes they are too weak to suppress tumour growth. Now, scientists have found that broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables contain a compound that could reinvigorate one of these innate mechanisms. Researchers from Harvard Medical Schools Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, saw […]

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people, reveals study

Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published today in the online journal BMJ Open

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people, reveals studyDementia is an important health problem especially with increasing life expectancy and an ageing population. Meanwhile, the global prevalence of obesity, which is closely related to cardiometabolic diseases, has increased by more than 100% over the past four decades. There is existing evidence of a possible association between cardiometabolic risk factors (such as high blood […]

Soy foods linked to fewer fractures in younger breast cancer survivors, finds study

A new paper in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, published by Oxford University Press, is the first study to find that diets high in soy foods are associated with a decreased risk of osteoporotic bone fractures in pre-menopausal breast cancer survivors

Soy foods linked to fewer fractures in younger breast cancer survivors, finds studyMany treatments for breast cancer can cause premature menopause and decrease bone mineral density. This leads to a higher incidence of osteoporosis-related fractures among survivors compared to healthy women in the same age range, and yet many factors connected to this increase in fracture risks are understudied. Researchers here studied the impact that BMI, exercise, […]

Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural way

Gout was popularly known as the king’s disease in the times of yore, for its prevalence among the rich classes who consumed expensive high-purine foods like alcohol and meat, not easily affordable to the poor. Today, these foods are common in the diet and portions need to be watched closely in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural wayThis is to especially prevent diseases like gout, provided you are already at risk due to other factors such as age, bad dietary habits, alcoholism, obesity, medications containing salicylate and lead exposure, among several other pre-exising conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is precipitated by uric acid produced after the breakdown of chemical compounds called […]

Women with sleep apnoea are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than men

A study of more than 19,000 people has found that women with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than men with the condition, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal

Women with sleep apnoea are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than menObstructive sleep apnoea, where the airways close completely or partially many times during sleep, reduces the levels of oxygen in the blood, and common symptoms include snoring, disrupted sleep and feeling excessively tired. The new study suggests that people who experience more closures of the airways during sleep and whose blood oxygen saturation levels drop […]

Pune health officer writes a fascinating novel retelling the discovery of cholera with a twist

The genre of medical literature has few classic novels in it. Such original novels are very few in Marathi. A government medical officer from Pune has written a Marathi novel named ‘Anakhi Ek Swalpviram (Another Tiny Comma)

Pune health officer writes a fascinating novel retelling the discovery of cholera with a twistIt is an engaging novella dealing with the discovery of modes of transmission of cholera in Marathi. Also, the biography of John Snow, one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, is written in an entirely interesting form. For the first time, the story of a medical discovery is being told in Marathi in such a […]

7 subtle signs that prove you’re not as healthy as you think you are

When you say healthy, it often brings to mind an image of person that exercises all the time and only eats nutritious food while avoiding junk like candy and fast food

7 subtle signs that prove you’re not as healthy as you think you areHowever, it actually demands so much more than that. Truth is, being truly healthy means that one should have a sense of ‘physical, mental, and social well-being, and the resources to live a full life.’ Of course, we don’t always think of it that way. In fact, in most cases, eating healthy and pairing it […]