Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

Parenting a special child requires a lot of stamina and patience. Considering this, a social group in Pune has come forward and started conducting sessions for mothers of special kids for relieving their stress

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress“Our lives revolve around our kids. Parenting of a special child is more challenging than that of a normal child. As human beings we also want change to refresh our minds,” said Neeta Bhatwdekar after the session for mothers of the special children arranged for the first time by Maitra a social group in Pune. […]

Wife saved four lives by donating her husband’s organs

After knowing that she has lost her husband forever, one courageous wife donated her husband’s organs after he was declared brain dead

Wife saved four lives by donating her husband’s organsFour lives were saved by a woman who donated her husband’s organs after he was declared brain dead at Charni Road’s Saifee Hospital. Even though she knew that she has lost her husband, she mustered courage and decided to donate his organs. 61-year-old Ganpat Mohite (name changed) who lives in Chira bazar, Mumbai, experienced sudden […]

‘Wider spectrum of health effects must be covered in tobacco consumption’: Study

A recent study published in IJERPH analysed patterns of tobacco consumption and its health effects only to find that viewing health warnings on tobacco consumption in their packaging increases belief that smoking caused some of the health effects depicted in those warnings

‘Wider spectrum of health effects must be covered in tobacco consumption’: StudyPictorial health warning labels can increase beliefs and knowledge about the negative health consequences of smoking, says a study that was published in the recent edition of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study included 500 smokers and non-smokers each from four countries including India and Bangladesh. According to the report, the […]

Man spends Rs 12,000 each month on medical tests, only to find he’s fully fit

Ritvik Sharma has been diagnosed with cyberchondria, a disorder wherein people repeatedly use the Internet to search for health-related information which may lead to negative consequences

Man spends Rs 12,000 each month on medical tests, only to find he’s fully fitHave you met someone who spends about Rs12,000 a month on health check-ups only to be sure that he doesn’t have any illnesses? A 27-year-old working professional from Mulund not only does this, but also spends hours on the Internet reading up on illnesses and associating himself with them. According to Ritvik Sharma’s (name changed) […]

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soon

Human rights are equal for all and should be kept that way. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with a mental illness

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soonThe basic idea of human rights is the fact that they are not excusable; therefore these are rights that are granted by virtue of being ‘human’. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with […]

Father builds $51 million theme park for daughter with special needs

Who knew that an incident which occurred to a disabled girl in her childhood would leave a lasting impression on her father’s mind? Gordon Hartman realised that there we no theme parks which catered to special children. In 2007, he decided to build a theme park himself with the help of doctors, therapists, parents and other people. A former property developer, he sold his homebuilding businesses in 2005 to set up The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation that seeks to help people with disabilities

Father builds $51 million theme park for daughter with special needsGordon Hartman had just got out of the swimming pool on a family holiday, when Morgan, his 12-year-old daughter went up to some children who were playing in the water. She tried to make friends with them but they quickly left the pool. Hartman thinks they shied away from her because they didn’t know how […]

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’

Mohit was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a rare neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is a disorder in which a person falls asleep at random times. There is no specific cure of for this disease

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’Family members and friends of Mohit More (name changed), a 26-year-old, always knew that he slept a lot. Even during the day, Mohit used to get an excessive urge to sleep which he could not control. He slept for 14 to 16 hours in a day. It was considered that he had a habit of […]

Meet a breast cancer survivor who strives for cancer patients

While undergoing treatment for cancer, Ashwini used to get calls from cancer patients referred by her colleagues and friends. One day she told her oncologist, that she wanted to work for cancer patients. Her doctor welcomed the idea and that is how it all started

Meet a breast cancer survivor who strives for cancer patientsOn Tuesday, August 24, Usha Patil (name changed), a 65-year-old woman travelled from Kolhapur to Pune for lymphoedema treatment. One of the prime reasons which motivated her to make this journey was the encouragement offered to her by woman she was acquainted with. Usha, a Kolhapur resident who was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago […]

BMC hospital crowd funds hip replacement surgery of 21-year-old

The cost of Ravishankar’s hip replacement surgery was estimated at four lakhs in private hospitals. The family could not afford the cost. Hence, he was brought to Shatabdi Hospital. His surgery was likely to cost Rs 2,90,000. This amount too was unaffordable for his brother who was barely managing his own expenses. Considering their condition the hospital took an initiative to raise money for his surgeries through crowd funding

BMC hospital crowd funds hip replacement surgery of 21-year-oldRavishankar is a 21-year-old young boy from Uttar Pradesh. Due to arthritis, he was not able to walk for five years. He had undergone treatment since the last 10 years in Uttar Pradesh but it wasn’t beneficial. Now, thanks to Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali; Ravishankar will be able to walk again. Because of arthritis both […]

I’ve treated more lethal war wounds in Syria than I had imagined,’ says Nashik doctor

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gopal Shinde worked in Syria as part of Doctors Without Borders’ from April to June 2017

I’ve treated more lethal war wounds in Syria than I had imagined,’ says Nashik doctorThousands of lives are stake in war zones such as Syria. Tending the wounded and the ill becomes a bigger challenge in places like these, especially since local healthcare services are nearly negligible. Doctors, who are assigned the task of looking after people at war zones, work amidst several challenges, and Dr Gopal Shinde, an […]