Coconut oil is unhealthy, says new study

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can raise the level of "bad" (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, which, in turn, may clog the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some claim that the mixture of fats in coconut oil still make it a healthy option, but the AHA says there is no good-quality evidence for this

Coconut oil is unhealthy, says new studyCoconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than […]

Doctors develop guidelines to identify, manage potential organ donors

Critical care specialist doctors develop concise guidelines for identification and management of identified potential organ donors. The ISCCM member doctors have submitted the draft to National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) for its endorsement. Government has already set up NOTTO for regulating organ transplants in India, but the country does not have any guidelines for identification and management of potential organ donors

Doctors develop guidelines to identify, manage potential organ donorsCritical care specialists in India, for the first time have developed concise guidelines for identification and management of identified potential organ donors. The Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) member doctors, who have developed these guidelines, have also submitted the draft to National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) for its endorsement. In the […]

City student designs device hold liver up while surgeries

Pooja Kulkarni, the final year student of Master in Industrial Design in IIT-B, has designed a device to facilitate surgical process for removing gallbladder. The device would be used to hold the liver up while the surgery is in process which would eventually reduce the chances of human error and costs involved in surgery

City student designs device hold liver up while surgeriesAn IIT Bombay (IIT-B) student has come up with a device to facilitate the surgical process of removing gallbladder. Pooja Kulkarni, a final year student of Masters in Industrial Design course offered by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). She has designed a device called Endogun, it’s used for deploying Endoretractor — a gallbladder retraction […]

City doctors first in the world to perform ‘dual surgeries’

Dr Vinay Kumaran and Dr Jaydeep Palep are the only doctors in the world to have performed liver transplant and obesity surgeries on a single patient at the same time

City doctors first in the world to perform ‘dual surgeries’Dr Vinay Kumaran and Dr Jaydeep Palep have been recognised as the only doctors in the world to have performed liver transplant and obesity surgeries on a patient at the same time. The city doctors, who were in the news last year for performing the first-of-its-kind surgery in India, have received a global recognition after […]

Uterus transplant: ‘Motherhood is an instinct, instincts can’t be questioned’

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who led a 12-member team, to perform India's first uterus transplant speaks exclusively to My Medical Mantra about the procedure, ethical dilemmas and India’s surgical prowess

Uterus transplant: ‘Motherhood is an instinct, instincts can’t be questioned’A 12-member team headed by Dr Shailesh Puntambekar conducted India’s first uterus transplant on a 21-year-old from Solapur on Thursday (May 18, 2017). Speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra, as he prepares for another such surgery later in the day, the director of Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI), Pune, said it’s time for India to […]

Know about Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform India’s first uterus transplant

Considered as an expert in laparoscopic pelvic surgery and gynaecological cancer surgery in the world, Dr Shailesh Puntambekar has developed laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cancer cervix known as the “Pune Technique” globally

Know about Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform India’s first uterus transplantDr Shailesh Puntambekar is a cancer surgeon specialised in laparoscopic cancer surgery. He is heading the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, a centre for advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery in Pune. Considered as an expert in laparoscopic pelvic surgery and gynaecological cancer surgery in the world, he has developed laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cancer cervix known […]

Nadda inaugurates national training for universal screening, control of common NCDs

Under the universal screening of common NCDs program everyone above the age of 30 will be screened in 100 districts of India in first phase. Gradually, it will cover the entire country and around 50 crore people will be covered

Nadda inaugurates national training for universal screening, control of common NCDsThe Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda, inaugurated the National Training for Universal Screening and Control of five Common Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs). The five common NCDs include hypertension, diabetes and three common cancers: cervix, breast and oral cavity, here today. “In the last three years our efforts have been towards building a […]

Now, researchers develop brain on chip

ANU researchers grew the brain cells on a semiconductor wafer patterned with nanowires, which act as a scaffold to guide growth of brain cells and can lead to development of prosthetics for brain

Now, researchers develop brain on chipResearchers at ANU have developed a suitable material which allows brain cells to grow and form predictable circuits, which can lead to development of prosthetics for brain. Researchers grew the brain cells on a semiconductor wafer patterned with nanowires, which act as a scaffold to guide growth of brain cells. Lead researcher Dr Vini Gautam […]

Maharashtra to get 20 bike ambulances, pilot project to be initiated in Mumbai and Melghat

The plan to have bike ambulances was announced by state Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant in 2015. The state’s plan to have bike ambulance will be launched in first week of June and is on lines of London's bike ambulances

Maharashtra to get 20 bike ambulances, pilot project to be initiated in Mumbai and MelghatAfter Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Maharashtra is set to have bike ambulances. State Health Minister has confirmed that 20 bike ambulances will be launched in first week of June in the state, of which 10 will be deployed in Mumbai. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sawant said other 10 bike ambulances are for […]

Medication error ‘melts’ woman’s skin

Khaliah Shaw’s life takes an unpredictable turn after the medication prescribed to her to deal with depression backfires. Her skin was burning from the inside out after first two weeks of its consumption and her sweat glands melted. She was lamotrigine in 2014

Medication error ‘melts’ woman’s skinA Georgia woman went to the doctor because she was depressed. This was three years ago. The medication prescribed to her did work initially, but then blisters broke out all over her body. “Everything was OK,” said 26-year-old Khaliah Shaw, for the first two weeks, until she started experiencing excruciating pain. “It felt like I […]
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