Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovaries

Sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen could mean that you’re at risk for a twisted ovary

Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovariesA twisted ovary, or ovarian torsion, occurs when an ovary flops down and rotates, cutting off its own blood supply in the process. If that happens, you’ll probably know that something has gone horribly wrong: Think sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen. Here are seven things you should know about who’s […]

Here’s what you need to know about psoriasis, its symptoms and treatments

Psoriasis usually occurs on the scalp, joints, hands and feet. However, psoriasis can appear almost anywhere on the body, including the face and eyelids. About 10 percent of people with psoriasis have eyelid involvement

Here’s what you need to know about psoriasis, its symptoms and treatmentsWhat is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a lifelong skin disease. The symptoms may be better at some times and worse at others. The exact prevalence of psoriasis isn’t exactly known, but about 1 to 2 people out of every 100 have the condition. There are several different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis, which is the type […]

To curb mother-to-child HIV transmission, NGO launches voice interactive service

Under this programme, messages will be sent to women on care to be taken during pregnancy, infancy, right nutrition and reminders on medications

To curb mother-to-child HIV transmission, NGO launches voice interactive serviceTo reduce the mother-to-child HIV transmission, Mumbai based NGO Armman has launched a voice interactive service for HIV positive expectant mothers in Pune today. It plans to extend this service to Mumbai soon. “Service is for HIV positive women in antenatal period. It will be provided throughout pregnancy and till the child turns 18-month-old,” said […]

Are mental health apps really helpful?

The app stores currently do little to help to consumers differentiate between apps that are evidence-based and those that are not. Right now, perhaps there's an assumption that if it's in the app store, then it works

Are mental health apps really helpful?We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return. Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression. Bruce Bolam, program director […]

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought process

Researchers say shrinking the brain may be worth it because it decreases the dopamine activity that controls reward and pleasure centres of the brain by decreasing hallucinations and psychosis

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought processShrinking brains sound frightening and painful, but it could actually be caused by a mindless activity, drug, or habit that you’re unknowingly doing every single day. Brain shrinkage has been linked to a declining memory, difficulty thinking, or putting together metaphorical puzzle pieces together. By changing a few aspects in your life and adding a […]

High BP, obesity and diabetes at middle age raise heart failure risks at later stage

A study finds that obesity, diabetes and hypertension can lead to structural and functional changes in heart, which can lead to heart failure

High BP, obesity and diabetes at middle age raise heart failure risks at later stagePeople who didn’t have any of the three risk factors at 45 or 55 were significantly less likely to develop heart failure People who reach middle age without developing high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity may have a lower risk of heart failure later in life, a recent study suggests. Obesity, diabetes and hypertension can […]

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year in China, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold since 2010

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in ChinaYoung gay men are the frontline of China’s battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases occurring at one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, with new cases in […]

Mumbai sees 50% dip in new HIV infection cases

On World AIDS Day, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society says the fight against the deadly virus continues as 91% of new HIV infection cases are registered due to unprotected sex

Mumbai sees 50% dip in new HIV infection casesOn World AIDS Day, there is some cheer for Mumbai as there has been a 55% decline in the new HIV infection cases in the last five years. According to data provided by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), HIV positive cases this year (from April 16 till October) have been 1.6% as compared to […]

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotaller

Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotallerThe researchers said that, their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study authors said. Participants […]

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccine

The most ambitious HIV vaccine trial is now underway. Will it work? 

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccineThe first HIV vaccine trial in seven years is launching in South Africa. The trial is called HVTN 702, and the goal is to enrol 5,400 sexually active men and women between 18 and 35 throughout South Africa, where more than 1,000 people are infected with HIV each day. It’s the most ambitious HIV vaccine […]