‘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 […]

Meet a doctor who treats homeless for free

Dr Abhijeet Sonawane who works for the homeless and beggars, believes that only medicines alone cannot cure a disease. Care and mental support plays a vital role in boosting a person’s will power to get better and live a healthy life

Meet a doctor who treats homeless for freeIn most cases it is we who go to visit a doctor when we are unwell, but a doctor in Pune is doing something unique to help people in need of medical help. In Indian society, we regard doctors at saviours; this doctor visits religious places and helps the poor and elderly with their health […]

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 […]

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 […]
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