Lok Sabha passes Mental Healthcare Bill, decriminalising suicide, but doctors are sceptical over its implementation

The Mental Health Care Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha, with 134 official amendments in August 2016. This Bill decriminalises suicide, and empowers the patients for mental healthcare

Lok Sabha passes Mental Healthcare Bill, decriminalising suicide, but doctors are sceptical over its implementationThe Lok Sabha today passed a very important Mental Health Care Bill, which provides mental healthcare and services for the people with mental illness and ensures these persons will have the right to live a life with dignity. This Bill also decriminalises attempted suicide.  In effect, IPC provisions cannot be invoked in case of an […]

BARC scientists develop low-cost and small sized ECG machine

Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) have developed a credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine that can transmit an ECG over mobile phones to save lives. This 12-channel ECG machine costs just Rs. 4,000 and is possibly the smallest of its kind

BARC scientists develop low-cost and small sized ECG machineUsually accustomed to spending most of their time making nuclear weapons, a group of scientists in India have developed a unique life-saving device, a low-cost, affordable solution for the rural masses of India at that. It is estimated that one person in India dies due to a heart attack every thirty seconds. While adequate facilities […]

Mumbai & Thane temperatures reach new high, doctors give tips to beat summer heat

Mumbai recorded temperature as high as 38.4 degrees Celsius on Monday and Thane reached 42 degrees Celsius – highest in recent years. Meteorological Department of India says summer will be above normal

Mumbai & Thane temperatures reach new high, doctors give tips to beat summer heatWith Mumbai recording temperature as high as 38.4 degrees Celsius on Monday and Thane reaching as high as 42 degrees Celsius – highest in the recent years – Mumbaikars and Thanekars sweat out in socking sun. Both the cities recorded the season’s highest temperatures in afternoon. VK Rajeev, Zonal Head, MET Department, said, “This is […]

Maharashtra Yoga Utsav 2017 ends on a high note

The 3 day utsav saw 40 workshops and 20 speakers promote and develop yoga especially the youth and encourage them to establish faith in the preventive and holistic nature of yoga

Maharashtra Yoga Utsav 2017 ends on a high noteMaharashtra Yoga Utsav a 3 day event from 24th to 26th March, organized by Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, saw participation by 13 Yoga schools, 20 distinguished speakers and over 40 workshops on Yoga. On the last day a lot of activities were held, the day began with mass demonstration – Yoga Protocol for Diabetes at Marine Drive. The utsav […]

Psychiatrists welcome PM Modi’s talk on depression, say it will help remove stigma

In his radio programme Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks about depression, encourages people who are a victim of it to speak up about it with others. He also spoke on how to identify if a person is depressed and how to deal with them

Psychiatrists welcome PM Modi’s talk on depression, say it will help remove stigmaIn an address to the nation through his radio programme Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about depression. This year, depression is the theme of World Health Day, which falls on April 7. In his speech which was broadcast on March 26, Modi said, “Suppression of depression is not good. Expression is always […]

Another blow to Indian drug-testing industry: EU recommends suspension of 300 drugs tested by Indian firm

The decision, announced by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its website, is the latest blow for India's drug-testing industry, which has run into a series of problems with international regulators in recent years

Another blow to Indian drug-testing industry: EU recommends suspension of 300 drugs tested by Indian firmEurope’s medicines regulator has recommended the suspension of more than 300 generic drug approvals and drug applications due to “unreliable” tests conducted by Indian contract research firm Micro Therapeutic Research Labs. The decision, announced by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its website, is the latest blow for India’s drug-testing industry, which has run into […]

200-year-old samples may give clues to how cancer is changing

It started out as a bit of fun exploration, but we were amazed by John Hunter's insight. Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a tumour as hard as bone

200-year-old samples may give clues to how cancer is changingDoctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine’s most influential surgeons. John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a “tumour as hard as bone”. Royal Marsden Hospital doctors analysed patient samples and case notes, which were preserved at the museum named after him – the Hunterian […]

Scientists a step closer to capturing the benefits of exercise in a pill

Exercise provides health benefits that include improving insulin sensitivity and weight control. But not everyone is able to exercise

Scientists a step closer to capturing the benefits of exercise in a pillWith a series of new grants, Saint Louis University researchers will tackle the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity by tapping into the potential of two nuclear receptors that control muscle metabolism. The scientists will optimize two promising drug compounds, moving a step closer toward capturing the benefits of exercise in pill form. Thomas Burris, […]

Just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise may help boost kids’ cardiometabolic health

 A study found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardiometabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood

Just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise may help boost kids’ cardiometabolic healthAs little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The investigators found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of […]

Save Preemies, a campaign to save premature babies launched in Mumbai

Every year, eight lakh new born babies die, due to non-availability of proper treatment and lack of infrastructure.  In Maharashtra, the child mortality rate is 24 per 1,000 and in Mumbai alone, there is a need of 500 to 1,000 neonatal intensive care units

Save Preemies, a campaign to save premature babies launched in MumbaiSurya Hospital, city’s largest neonatal care hospital, where Bollywood Director Karan Johar’s twins are currently undergoing treatment as they are preemies, has launched a Save Preemies campaign to save lives of premature born babies. Every year, eight lakh newborn babies die within a few hours / days after birth due to unavailability of infrastructure and […]