Believe in power of positivity, says HIV positive activist

A Member of International Steering Committee for Prevention Access Campaign and member of the community advisory board for the Well Project.

Believe in power of positivity, says HIV positive activistJyoti is a woman, who dons many hats. A popular blogger, a social activist, an HIV counsellor and social media and public relations head for the company, she is all of this, and more. Jyoti has overcome all the hurdles that has come her way, and that’s what makes her exemplary. Jyoti, who started her […]

Mother runs a social media campaign, finds a new kidney for her son

Matthew Pietrzyk, 11, can now swim, run, have a bath and eat chocolate because of his mother’s one smart step. Enduring 12 hours of dialysis each day could have been his fate if his mother Nicola had not run a Facebook campaign to find him a living donor

Mother runs a social media campaign, finds a new kidney for her sonMatthew Pietrzyk is 11-years-old and he can now swim, run, have a bath and eat chocolates too. All these normal activities would have been impossible had he not undergone his kidney transplant. He would have continued to remain on the waiting list, enduring 12 hours of dialysis each day, if his mother, Nicola, had not […]

Brave nurse fights and conquers TB despite being resistant to 12 drugs

While doctors put him on combination of seven drugs, he said he had suicidal thoughts as both, mentally and physically, the disease had overpowered him then

Brave nurse fights and conquers TB despite being resistant to 12 drugsWhat is worse than being told that you have drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)? Being told your body is resistant to as many as 12 of possible 13 medicines known to cure the dreaded disease. Sangram Songekar, a 30-year-old staff nurse from a rural government hospital in Parbhani district of Maharashtra, was given this shattering news by […]

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune system

Celine Ryan, 50, has an unusual genetic makeup that allowed treatment to work. She is now cancer-free, though not considered cured. Treatment was a form of immunotherapy

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune systemThe remarkable recovery of a woman with advanced colon cancer, after treatment with cells from her own immune system, may lead to new options for thousands of other patients with colon or pancreatic cancer, researchers are reporting. Her treatment was the first to successfully target a common cancer mutation that scientists have tried to attack […]

7% of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say experts

The Danish study tracked 45,000 people aged between 50 and 65 for over the next two decades and found that consistent exercise has a huge impact on health, especially done as part of a routine

7% of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say expertsCycling to work in middle age dramatically reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack in later life, a major study reveals. As little as 30 minutes a week has a marked effect on the chance of developing coronary heart disease over the next 20 years, researchers found. The Danish study, which recruited 45,000 people […]

In the nick of time, doctors save an American man from rare and ‘universally lethal’ African disease

Baltimore software engineer got sick after he got home from a safari in Botswana. Read how doctors discovered he had African trypanosomiasis — a deadly disease spread by tsetse fly — and saved him

In the nick of time, doctors save an American man from rare and ‘universally lethal’ African diseaseThe problems started after Erich Burger returned from an unforgettable safari in Botswana and Zambia last month. The Baltimore software engineer got sick the day after he got home. He headed to a community hospital after about a week of fever and chills, thinking he might have malaria given his recent travel to Africa. Clinicians […]

This Valentine’s Day, let us celebrate these mature love stories

Live-in relationships and companionship is the latest trend among senior citizens and older generation

This Valentine’s Day, let us celebrate these mature love stories“Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be,” said Robert Browning in 1864 and his words aptly describe lives of two couples. Studies have shown that love plays a vital role in increasing longevity and on the eve of Valentine’s Day, stories of these couples’ to walk that extra mile for their […]

‘It was a soul-melting experience,’ says fashion photographer who shot girls with Down Syndrome

Paris–based Indian fashion photographer Sanjyot Telang collaborates with NGO Kimkan for a photo shoot of girls with Down Syndrome. Photographs clicked under project Fashion Misfits truly redefine beauty

‘It was a soul-melting experience,’ says fashion photographer who shot girls with Down Syndrome  Indian born fashion photographer Sanjyot Telang’s latest project has redefined beauty and its understanding. Telang, who is based in Paris, recently collaborated with NGO Kimkan to do a photo shoot of girls with Down Syndrome. Through this project, called Fashion Misfits, Telang has presented the idea of beauty which is beyond its conventional understanding. […]

Cancer devastated her life, but could not conquer her will to live and move on

On the eve of World Cancer Day, My Medical Mantra salutes the undying spirit of this Mumbaikar who has not let Cancer defeat her. Rajeshree Shinde has married twice and both her husbands succumbed to cancer. Her young daughter died due to TB. Despite all this, Shinde today helps breast cancer survivors live their lives with confidence and dignity

Cancer devastated her life, but could not conquer her will to live and move onFor a woman, losing her breast is akin to losing a limb. It not only physically scars her, but also scars her soul and her self-confidence. However, in a small discreet corner of the office of Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) situated in Worli, 51-year-old Rajeshree Shinde has been giving lakhs of such women across […]

Breast prosthesis, a simple innovation that has changed lives of women

Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) began to provide breast prosthesis for free to women who have undergone mastectomy and are unable to afford silicone breast implants

Breast prosthesis, a simple innovation that has changed lives of womenTwelve years ago, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) assigned Rajshree Shinde with a job – to stitch breast prosthesis. Little did Shinde know that her job of making artificial breasts sitting in that quiet, small room will make a big difference in lives of those women who have undergone mastectomy. This initiative of CPAA to […]
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