Diwali brings a threefold rise in asthma, upper respiratory cases

Mumbaikars forced to leave city because of unbearable noise and air pollution

Diwali brings a threefold rise in asthma, upper respiratory casesShrishti Desai, 29, a chartered accountant and Andheri resident, is off to North-East to spend her Diwali holidays. While most of us prefer being at home and celebrate the festival of lights, Desai, who suffers from asthma, is forced to stay away from the city to avoid the firecracker pollution. City-based chest physicians confirmed that […]

Aurangabad family donates 5-year-old son’s body to medical college

Probably the youngest body to have been donated ever

Aurangabad family donates 5-year-old son’s body to medical collegeThe anatomy department doctors at Government Medical College, Aurangabad were taken aback when parents of 5-year-old Rudra Deshmukh expressed the desire to donate their only son’s body. Rudra, a cerebral palsy patient, succumbed to the disease at home. “In my entire career, I have never seen such a young body donated,” said Dr Shivaji Sukre, […]

Pregnancy raises stroke risk at a younger age

A study shows that despite being a rarity, 18 per cent of all strokes in those aged below 35 were associated with pregnancy

Pregnancy raises stroke risk at a younger ageDoctors have long warned women that getting pregnant later in life can raise the risk of stroke, but a study on Monday suggested that actually, only young women face this increasing risk. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology compared stroke rates among pregnant and non-pregnant women of different age […]

BMC launches campaign to promote healthy lifestyle among citizens

“Do not eat after 6.30 pm. This one habit will keep you safe from diseases such as diabetes and hypertension,” advises actor Akshay Kumar

BMC launches campaign to promote healthy lifestyle among citizensWith rising non-communicable diseases (NCD) like diabetes, blood pressure, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on October 26 launched a campaign ‘Jaanbachao.in’ to promote healthy lifestyle. As a part of the campaign, a short film motivating citizens to adopt a healthy lifestyle was premiered at the launch. The film, directed by noted filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani features Bolloywood […]

Obesity surgery can control blood sugar in diabetic patients

Pune-based surgeon Dr Shashank Shah wins award for his path-breaking study

Obesity surgery can control blood sugar in diabetic patientsObesity surgery is no more restricted to weight loss. A study presented by a Pune-based bariatric surgeon at the recent American Diabetes Association conference showed that obesity surgery can control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. The doctor also won an award for the clinical research. Dr Shashank Shah, who conducted the study, said a […]

‘Conjoined twins are our daughters and the apple of our eyes’

‘Conjoined twins are our daughters and the apple of our eyes’For three-and-a-half-years-old Riddhi and Siddhi, their small world starts and ends within the premises of the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital in Parel. And for them, everyone including doctors, nurses and ward boys are their ‘mumma’ and ‘dada’. Born as conjoined twins, Riddhi and Siddhi were separated on January 17, 2014 and since then the hospital […]

Maharashtra all set to formulate antibiotic policy

India is said to be the world's largest consumer of antibiotics and prescribing antibiotics for cough and cold has been a common practise among doctors

Maharashtra all set to formulate antibiotic policyMaharashtra is all set to follow Kerala and get an antibiotic policy in place to combat rising antibiotic resistance cases. The state government has set up a six member committee which will be headed by Dr Sanjay Oak, Vice-Chancellor of DY Patil University and former Dean of KEM. The committee also includes Dr Vasant Nagvekar, […]

At 500kg, 36-year-old woman has not left her bed for 25 years

Reported as world’s fattest woman, Iman Ahmad Abdulati has not left her bed for the last 25 years

At 500kg, 36-year-old woman has not left her bed for 25 yearsA 36-year-old Egyptian who weighs 500kg is reportedly the world’s fattest woman. Iman Ahmad Abdulati has stayed within the confines of her house in Alexandria from last 25 years as she could not get out of her bed or even roll over because of obesity. Iman, as per report published in Al Arabiya, was born […]

A rare occurrence – woman loses eye to dengue

Dengue affecting vision is called panophthalmitis, inflammation in the eye caused by the virus

A rare occurrence – woman loses eye to dengueA 32-year-old woman suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever – a critical condition of the mosquito-borne disease – has lost her eyesight. She was first admitted to a local hospital in Vashi with high fever and a low platelet count of about 19,000. “She was admitted to a local hospital for dengue. On October 19, she […]

You are safe from bird flu that has hit North India

You are safe from bird flu that has hit North IndiaAfter 15 birds died at the Gandhi Zoological Garden in Gwalior in the last three days, the Centre issued guidelines to state governments and zoo officials in the country for “control and containment” of bird flu, or avian influenza. Even though the virus strains in the bird flu cases at Delhi and Gwalior zoos were […]