Diabesity to be the theme of IFSO APC ossicon 2017 to spread awareness about the twin dangers of obesity and diabetes

 ‘Obesity and Diabetes are two sides of the same coin. We call them as twin diseases. Both are interlinked to each other, obesity and diabetes, follow each other and due to their association, organs in human body deteriorate very fast, which leads to organ failure. This combination is mostly seen in the Indo-Asian region, and that is why our theme is Diabesity, where we will discuss this global threat’ said Dr Jayashree Todkar

Diabesity to be the theme of IFSO APC ossicon 2017 to spread awareness about the twin dangers of obesity and diabetesDoctors say, ‘obesity’ is mother of all diseases. The rising threat of obesity, globally, has left the caregivers in a tizzy. Obesity is a disease. Poor lifestyle and unhealthy food habits lead to obesity, which is the main culprit behind several diseases, including cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet says, worldwide the epidemic […]

PCPNDT has failed its purpose to curb female foeticide in Maharashtra, say activists

As of now we have 600 cases registered in Maharashtra under PCPNDT act, out of which 500 are still pending trial. Though the state secured conviction in lower courts, it failed in an appeal. If we take the cases to the logical end, no one would dare to defy the law, says Varsha Deshpande

PCPNDT has failed its purpose to curb female foeticide in Maharashtra, say activistsAs the girl child sex ratio dips in Maharashtra, women activists are blaming the improper implementation of the PCPNDT act for this sad situation. Activist say, Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) act, has not proven to be a deterrent as the corrupt practices are still continuing. Referring to the Sangli incident, where 19 female […]

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go through

Movies are a strong medium to connect with the masses; ‘Kaasav’ is a movie which strikes a chord among people. Depression is a matter of concern; urban metros are witnessing a growing burden of mental health problems and spreading awareness goes a long way in helping people speak out

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go throughThe Bombay Psychiatric Society (BPS) held a special screening of ‘Kaasav’- a Marathi movie which won this year’s national award at BYL Nair Hospital. Appreciating the movie’s attempt to spread awareness on depression, the BPS said movies are a strong medium to communicate with masses. “Spreading awareness through entertainment is a tough task and the […]

Prevent public sector undertaking from investing in tobacco firms, PIL urges Bombay HC

The petition says, while on one hand the government is committed to tackling the problem of tobacco and the ill-effects caused by it, the insurance companies, in complete disregard to the government’s policy, continue to invest in tobacco firms, the acts are in violation of Article 21 and 47 of the Constitution of India and against the Government of India’s National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP)

Prevent public sector undertaking from investing in tobacco firms, PIL urges Bombay HCA Public Interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court which challenges the huge amount of investment made by public sector undertakings in ITC, a cigarette manufacturer. The PIL has questioned the government owned insurance companies and their investment in ITC. The petition wants the Government of India to direct the public […]

Health activist fume as Maharashtra sex ratio falls

‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is BJP’s flagship campaign. But, it looks as if the state government has forgotten this. The state government has no willpower left with them to save the girl child, says Varsha Deshpande, pioneer of anti-female foeticide movement

Health activist fume as Maharashtra sex ratio fallsIs dipping child sex ratio a cause of concern in Maharashtra? While National Family Health Survey (NFHS 4) shows significant improvement at both state and national level, civil registration system shows a significant drop in child sex ratio in the state. Maharashtra’s sex ratio for newborn girl child has seen a dipped by eight points […]

In a rare surgery, Iraq boy born with eight limbs gets new lease of life in India

A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation being hailed as a world first

In a rare surgery, Iraq boy born with eight limbs gets new lease of life in IndiaIn a rare and unique surgery, doctors remove eight extra limbs from a seven-month-old baby brought to India from Iraq for the operation. Karam was born with an extremely rare condition where a conjoined twin did not fully develop and was partially absorbed, which resulted in additional limbs. Sarwed Ahmed Nadar, the boy’s father, flew […]

Eman’s doc to start registry for kids with rare gene mutation leading to obesity

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who operated on Egypt’s Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg, is all set to start a registry for children with rare gene mutation that leads to obesity. Out of the six children – suffering from obesity due to genetic mutation – enrolled with Lakdawala for obesity treatment, youngest is a year-old child and oldest is seven-year-old from Gujarat

Eman’s doc to start registry for kids with rare gene mutation leading to obesityDr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who operated on Egypt’s Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg, is all set to start a registry for children with rare gene mutation that leads to obesity. Ahmed, too, has the rare gene mutation, which resulted in her becoming morbidly obese over the years, the doctor said. […]

To make medicines affordable, Centre set-up panel to revisit pharma pricing policy

The committee will review and suggest major improvements in the Drug (Prices Control) Order, 2013, (DPCO, 2013). This step has been taken to provide affordable medicines by taking measures for pricing policy

To make medicines affordable, Centre set-up panel to revisit pharma pricing policy“I have been buying medicines for my mother’s diabetes and hypertension treatment since 15 years. I am a labourer and the expenses have made a big hole in my pocket. Every month, I have to spend around Rs1,000, whereas my total income is Rs7,000. I need to look after other expenses also,” said 35-year -old, […]

Australian woman gives birth to 13-pound baby, sans epidural

The mom was told her baby would be heavier than the average newborn before she went into labour. The mother said she always wanted a little fat baby and was overjoyed to have got one

Australian woman gives birth to 13-pound baby, sans epiduralNatashia Corrigan welcomed Brian Jr. on Jan. 24 in a natural birth. She posted photos of the new addition on Facebook. “It’s hard to get our minds around such a whirlwind of a day,” Corrigan wrote in the post. “I never dreamed we’d get so much love for our BIG baby boy and family.” Corrigan, […]

HIV pioneer who had set up India’s AIDs society Dr Mark Wainberg dies

Dr Wainberg and his collaborators were the first to identify the antiviral capabilities of the highest used anti-HIV drug 3TC (lamivudine) in 1989. He was also known for multiple contributions to the field of HIV drug resistance, including the identification of many of the mutations in the HIV genome that fuel drug resistance

HIV pioneer who had set up India’s AIDs society Dr Mark Wainberg diesPioneering Canadian AIDS researcher and social activist and a friend to India Dr Mark Wainberg, died of drowning in Bal Harbour, Florida, USA, yesterday at age 71. His family was with him when the incident happened and his son tried to rescue him, he was able to locate Dr Wainberg, and began to swim back […]