Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself

It is well known that smoking is bad for health, but we demonstrate in this study just how bad it is

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself  Smoking is so deadly that it may be more likely to kill HIV patients than the virus, researchers reported Thursday. A second study helps explain why — it causes dozens of cancer-causing DNA mutations. New cocktails of HIV drugs can keep patients healthy, even though they don’t cure the infection. And they work so […]

Lepto cases in non-monsoon period worries BMC

Recently, the Bombay High Court has asked the corporation to consider leptospirosis as an epidemic causing disease

Lepto cases in non-monsoon period worries BMCMonsoon might have gone but leptospirosis- one of the monsoon related illness is still around with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealing that they have registered 33 confirmed leptospirosis cases in October. “Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease and exact epidemiology of such disease is not possible. We are seeing sporadic leptospirosis cases in non-monsoon period too. […]

Here is how you can learn in your sleep

The three types of memories we consolidate in sleep are declarative (fact-based information), emotional, and operational, which includes skills like learning to ride a bike or play a song.

Here is how you can learn in your sleepIt has long been known that sleep is essential to the learning process. While our bodies are tuned down for eight hours of rest, our mind is hard at work, taking the information we’ve learned throughout the day and storing it within our mind’s brimming bank of knowledge and memories. Just what mechanisms are involved […]

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefits

The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefitsA new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The […]

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 per cent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memoryAustralian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid […]

Memory decline not always serious

You can blame multitasking for overloading your mind. Stress and lack of sleep can also impact memory lapse

Memory decline not always seriousHave you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall? If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration in memory […]

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in danger

Child shamming pictures or posts can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. It may cause traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in dangerWe all have either a friend or a family member who often bombards social networking sites with their pictures and updates. Nowadays, for parents, adults and family members, social media is an essential part of their lives, just the way letters and telephones were important once upon a time. However, little do they realise that […]

We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disorders

In a study done by the Indian Council for Medical Research in 2013, it was found that the age group of 18-40 years in select urban communities across India had showed an alarming rate of technology dependence

We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disordersDoes Mumbai need an Internet de-addiction clinic? With growing number of overuse of Internet by Mumbaikars, psychiatrists say it is high time that the city hospitals get a dedicated clinic for Internet addiction disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bangalore was the first to recognise the need to have a […]

How weight loss surgery tricks the mind

Changes in neural activity explains the efficiency of gastric bypass surgery

How weight loss surgery tricks the mindIn June, international diabetes organizations endorsed provocative new guidelines suggesting physicians should consider gastric bypass surgery for a greatly expanded number of diabetics—those with a body mass index of 30 and above as opposed to just those with a BMI of 40 or more. Research has shown that the surgery helps people lose more weight, […]

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicines

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicinesIn a major overhaul of the country’s drug policy, the government is likely to soon disband the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) in its present form and assume the power to set prices of essential medicines, as it seeks to address concerns that excessive controls were stifling innovation and competitiveness of the sector. The revamped […]