A look into China’s ‘mosquito factory’ that is fighting Zika and dengue smartly

Zhiyong Xi is infecting mosquitoes with bacteria that prevent them from transferring viruses to humans. Some scientists are hailing it as one of the most promising ways to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases

A look into China’s ‘mosquito factory’ that is fighting Zika and dengue smartlyZhiyong Xi is a man on a mission. He wants to rid China — and potentially the world — of mosquitoes, specifically the ones that carry devastating diseases like Zika and dengue. And he’s doing it in the classic style of good versus evil. “We’re building good mosquitoes that can help us fight the bad […]

Kalyan youth beats autism, goes on to bag a job in a renowned company

Mihir Kapse, 25, had to face many hardships to reach this stage of life as he has a mild autism disorder. In India, about 18 million people suffer from autism. Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal and one-third of people with autism have an intellectual disability

Kalyan youth beats autism, goes on to bag a job in a renowned companyIt is a proud moment for Kapse family as their elder son works as a quality analyst at JP Morgan, a global leader in financial services. But, 25-year-old Mihir Kapse had to face innumerable struggles to reach this stage of life as he has a mild autism disorder. “All this has come after many hardships. […]

Vaginal bacteria may trigger recurrent UTIs, study finds

Conventional thinking holds that recurrence occurs when E. coli is reintroduced into urinary tract. But new research suggests another way for a subsequent UTI to develop: the vaginal bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis which triggers E. coli already hiding in bladder to cause another UTI

Vaginal bacteria may trigger recurrent UTIs, study findsAbout half of all women will experience urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetimes, and despite treatment, about a quarter will develop recurrent infections within six months of initial infection. A new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has uncovered a trigger of recurrent UTI infections: a type of vaginal bacteria […]

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sector

The government is still not taking enough efforts to provide good 'accident and emergency services' to the society. The doctors still do not have good ambulances and trained manpower to man them. Internationally this job is done by paramedics, but back home, we are still discussing if paramedics can give an injection legally

Unlike other countries, India has no ‘zero tolerance policy’ for health-care sectorDeath, serious illness and accidents: situations which create complete emotional turmoil are often witnessed in hospitals. It is natural to feel mournful, frustrated and helpless when one loses a loved one. Unexpected incidents make the emotional trauma more profound. Even an iota of doubt about the adequacy or correctness of treatment can further trigger the […]

Forum for Autism plans two-day event to mark World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by developmental and social problems. In India about 18 million people suffer from autism, of which around one third of people with autism remain non-verbal and one-third of people with autism have an intellectual disability

Forum for Autism plans two-day event to mark World Autism Awareness DayParents’ support group, Forum for Autism (FFA) is all set to mark Autism Day which is observed on April 2. It will be organising number of programmes to spread awareness about autism on World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday. Beginning today, this two-day programme includes exhibition of posters made by children suffering from Autism, and […]

Shake a leg for better brain speed and memory, study suggests

A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that seem otherwise inevitable with aging

Shake a leg for better brain speed and memory, study suggestsCould learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could […]

NIH wants to test new bacteria therapy for eczema

It's one of the first tests of a treatment aimed at altering the skin's microbiome — the collection of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that live on the skin

NIH wants to test new bacteria therapy for eczemaWanted: A few adults and a few more kids who don’t mind having some bacteria sprayed on their skin. A team at the National Institutes of Health hopes they can cure, or at least ease, eczema by spraying “good” germs onto the skin of sufferers. The idea is to restore the skin to its normal, […]

Mumbai civic body provides security to doctors, deploys guards in four medical colleges

On Saturday morning, eight days after more than 4,000 resident doctors called off their five-day-long mass leave to protest rising assaults on doctors across the state, 397 security guards were deployed in corporation run four medical colleges in the city

Mumbai civic body provides security to doctors, deploys guards in four medical collegesThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fulfils its promise to the resident doctors working in its four medical colleges in terms of providing safety and security. On Saturday morning, eight days after more than 4,000 resident doctors called off their five-day-long mass leave to protest rising assaults on doctors across the state, 397 security guards were […]

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ support

Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results for their kids post diagnoses. They need to ensure accountability by asking for reports and notes and documented plans for intervention. Everything must be measured as per individual child’s need

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ supportAwareness around autism and the fact that it can show phenomenal improvement is gaining ground. Now, we need to focus on authentic evidence-based scientific measures available for treating children diagnosed early. Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results. They need to ensure accountability […]

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesity

When people are facing a stressful situation, a chain reaction is set off in the body that results in the release of cortisol, leading to higher levels of this hormone in the body

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesityUsing hair to measure long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, UK researchers confirm the link between chronic stress and packing on pounds, as well as difficulty shedding excess weight. Previous research has tied high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, urine or saliva to obesity, but these measurements can vary based […]