For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroes

Many parents devote their lives to caring for their child’s medical needs, but let their own physical and mental health suffer. Here’s an account of Beverly Baker-Ajene who has put her child’s needs over everything else

For kids with chronic illness, their parents are their real superheroesFifteen-year-old Savitri Yami Baker loves to belt a tune. “They can hear her from three houses away,” Savitri’s 26-year-old sister, Victoria Ajene, jokes. This comes as a surprise, as Savitri often has challenges breathing when she speaks. The Clovis, California, girl has the neurological disorder cerebral palsy. “She’ll speak, and before she finishes her sentence, […]

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease

The disease, an umbrella term to dementia related to the presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a type of protein) in the brain, affects millions across the globe

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease“I am not a medical professional, and I am not a spokesperson for anyone. I am a witness,” says Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of famed Hollywood actor Robin Williams. “What my husband and I went through at the hand of Lewy body disease was so horrifying that I want to see the cause eradicated. […]

Born HIV positive, this Mumbai teenager chooses to make her life better

On World AIDS Day, 15-year-old Bandra resident says she has faced bitter times as a child trying to hide her HIV positive status, but has not given up on life

Born HIV positive, this Mumbai teenager chooses to make her life betterAt a tender age of 15, Gauri Jadhav (name changed) has a tough task of hiding the fact that she is HIV positive at school and at the same time, handle effects of this deadly infection with a smile on her face. A Bandra resident, Gauri’s parents are HIV positive and she was born with […]

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabetics

Pancreas and kidney transplant give 28-year-old Type-1 diabetic patient in Pune new lease of life

Path-breaking surgery in Pune is newest hope for diabeticsIn what is touted as a first-of-its-kind medical miracle in Maharashtra, a team of doctors at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune successfully performed simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation surgery on a 28-year old patient early on Monday morning. The patient, resident of Pune was taken up for the surgery after family of a brain dead patient agreed to […]

Coimbatore mourns the passing away of ‘20 rupees doctor’

In times when medical treatments are becoming exorbitant by the day, Dr Balasubramanian won hearts with his Rs5 to Rs20 fees. After the news spread, the cops found it difficult to handle the crowd gathered at his clinic in Coimbatore

Coimbatore mourns the passing away of ‘20 rupees doctor’The city of Coimbatore has been engulfed in mourning the demise of Dr Balasubramanian, a general physician who only charged Rs20 for treatment. Dr Balasubramanian, fondly called as ‘20 rupees doctor’, ran a clinic for twelve years at Sidhapudur, near Gandhipuram. He passed away at his residence at Singanallur on last weekend. The doctor had a […]

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxiety

One woman describes her powerful experience in a clinical trial of the drug psilocybin

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxietySurviving cancer is a milestone every patient wants to reach, but waiting to hear if the cancer has recurred is its own nightmare. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and even though my chemotherapy was a success, my anxiety made me a mess. I was approaching the two-year mark of being cancer-free (most […]

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victory

The youngster knew she only had weeks to live when she wrote a heart breaking letter to a judge asking to be frozen until a cure could be found

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victoryKnowing she had only weeks to live rather than her whole life ahead of her, a dying schoolgirl desperately turned to cryogenics in the hope she could one day be brought back. Described as a “bright, intelligent young person”, the tragic 14-year-old spent her last month’s fervently researching how she could be frozen until a […]

Special Story: Breaking silence on menstrual hygiene

Gynaecologists say most of the girls are not aware of their bodies and menstrual cycle

Special Story: Breaking silence on menstrual hygieneMenstrual hygiene is an important issue that needs to be maintained for better health. Most women go through periods very secretively and don’t really bother to figure out if practices are hygienic or not. Around the world women have developed their own personal strategies to cope up with menstruation hygiene, which vary with woman to […]

Miscarriage may trigger post-traumatic stress disorder

Women who have recently had a miscarriage are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, doctors at Imperial College London have said.

Miscarriage may trigger post-traumatic stress disorderAt their early pregnancy loss clinic, a third of the women have PTSD symptoms. Nicole Martin had three miscarriages in a year, her “dark days”. “Everyone thinks because you’ve already got a child it’s easier. In a lot of respects it definitely is easier than not having a child, but I wanted another child for […]

‘Felt like a dream,’ says woman after 20 years of struggle against piles came to an end with a ten-minute operation

Dharmistha Patel started suffering haemorrhoids when she became pregnant with her daughter 20 years ago

‘Felt like a dream,’ says woman after 20 years of struggle against piles came to an end with a ten-minute operationTHE PATIENT Since I was pregnant with my daughter 20 years ago, I have suffered from haemorrhoids. Some days, especially if I felt stressed, I was in constant pain, with a lot of bleeding. I went to see my GP (General Physician) for a referral to a specialist and was told the only answer was […]