We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disorders

In a study done by the Indian Council for Medical Research in 2013, it was found that the age group of 18-40 years in select urban communities across India had showed an alarming rate of technology dependence

We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disordersDoes Mumbai need an Internet de-addiction clinic? With growing number of overuse of Internet by Mumbaikars, psychiatrists say it is high time that the city hospitals get a dedicated clinic for Internet addiction disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bangalore was the first to recognise the need to have a […]

How weight loss surgery tricks the mind

Changes in neural activity explains the efficiency of gastric bypass surgery

How weight loss surgery tricks the mindIn June, international diabetes organizations endorsed provocative new guidelines suggesting physicians should consider gastric bypass surgery for a greatly expanded number of diabetics—those with a body mass index of 30 and above as opposed to just those with a BMI of 40 or more. Research has shown that the surgery helps people lose more weight, […]

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicines

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicinesIn a major overhaul of the country’s drug policy, the government is likely to soon disband the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) in its present form and assume the power to set prices of essential medicines, as it seeks to address concerns that excessive controls were stifling innovation and competitiveness of the sector. The revamped […]

GST on all tobacco products should be more than 40%

The sin tax is intended to pay for the damage caused to society by products like tobacco, and also to raise their prices to reduce their usage

GST on all tobacco products should be more than 40%Doctors, cancer patients have demanded that Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all tobacco products should be increased from 26 per cent to 40 per cent. This will go a long way in curbing the ill-effects of tobacco. The doctors’ community along with victims of tobacco are trying hard to convince the central government on […]

Menstrual hygiene tips that parents should give their daughters on menarche (first periods)

Menstrual hygiene tips that parents should give their daughters on menarche (first periods)There are few tips which every parent should guide their daughter on their first periods. Dr Kiran Coelho, gynaecologist at Lilavati Hospital, said, “These tips should be followed by every woman to maintain menstrual hygiene and keep themselves away from infections.” Method of sanitation There are a number of ways including the use of sanitary […]

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 […]

Dengue vaccination may infect you with Zika virus

As both dengue and Zika are part of one virus family, the researchers warn that dengue vaccination can backfire

Dengue vaccination may infect you with Zika virusAs per a study done by a team of researchers from Canada and China, vaccinating against dengue fever could increase outbreaks of Zika. The researchers were curious to find out how vaccinating one would affect the incidence of other as both, dengue and Zika, are part of flaviviridae family transmitted through a common mosquito host, […]

Effects of childhood fears linger even in adulthood

A study has found that people have "residual anxiety" from watching horror movies and television programmes with disturbing content

Effects of childhood fears linger even in adulthoodAs a child, I watched a television program where a young boy disappeared in a closet, and to this day, I’m still wary when hanging up my clothes. I’m not the only one whose irrational childhood fear lasted well into adulthood — a 1999 study found that people have “residual anxiety” from watching horror movies […]