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 […]

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 […]

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 […]