Hand transplant procedures get a shot in the arm, two city hospitals acquire license

Though a complex process, doctors say it has been accepted as best forms of rehabilitation in people with loss of hands

Hand transplant procedures get a shot in the arm, two city hospitals acquire licensePeople who have lost one or both hands now have a new ray of hope as the city now has two hospitals which have acquired hand transplant license. While the civic-run KEM Hospital in Parel received the hand transplant license a few months ago, Global Hospital has received it last week. In comparison to prosthetics, […]

West Bengal to train over a lakh ‘quacks’ to tackle shortage of doctors in the state

After an NGO initiative finds success in training quacks in ‘what not to do’ to patients, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gives a go-ahead to the scheme

West Bengal to train over a lakh ‘quacks’ to tackle shortage of doctors in the stateSome unscrupulous ones put a ‘Dr’ before their name. Others don’t, but don’t like being called quacks or barefoot doctors either. They are ok with “rural medical practitioners” and they know they plug a huge gap in the health infrastructure in the country, an estimated 2.5 million of them. Now, the West Bengal government has […]

Why one feels hungry frequently even after being an overweight?

Dieting is largely ineffective in maintaining initial weight loss as numerous studies suggest the majority of dieters regain all lost weight with 3 to 5 years

Why one feels hungry frequently even after being an overweight?Hunger is a hormonal signal from your body to ultimately guide you to a certain body composition set-point, that your body regards as being the safest for your particular lifestyle history, in order not to die from food shortages (this might not be a contemporary type of danger for most of us anymore, but evolution […]

High BP cases dip in wealthier countries, increase in poor countries

Researchers keep an eye on high blood pressure because it is a key risk factor in many medical conditions, such as heart disease and stroke

High BP cases dip in wealthier countries, increase in poor countriesMore people than ever are developing high blood pressure — a study in The Lancet says that the number of people with hypertension worldwide climbed from almost 600 million in 1975 to 1.1 billion last year. While the new ranks are roughly double what they were four decades ago, the world population has also increased […]

She was dead for 15 minutes, today lives to tell a tale of a medical miracle

16-year-old who did not have any pulse or blood pressure for 15 minutes after a near-fatal road accident, is brought back to life after 7 complicated surgeries over two months

She was dead for 15 minutes, today lives to tell a tale of a medical miracleWhen 16-year-old Sneha Kagti (name changed on family’s request) was hit by a speeding truck while she was riding pillion on a Scooty on the way to a birthday party two months ago in Ulhasnagar, Thane, everyone including the doctors had almost given up on her chance of survival. Reason: Sneha was hit by a […]

Infant deaths can be prevented if they are breast-fed for the first six months

Such mothers are often told "breast is best" when it comes to feeding infants, however a new research reveals that this message can do more harm than good

Infant deaths can be prevented if they are breast-fed for the first six monthsThe study reveals that most mothers who formula-feed their infants report feelings of guilt, stigma, and a need to defend their feeding choice. Study leader Dr. Jo Harrold, of the Infant Feeding Group (LiFe) at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology in the United Kingdom, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal […]

Freeze yourself at -150° C to get relief from pain

Famous among athletes and celebrities, Cryotherapy is an alternative non-medical treatment wherein you deep freeze yourself in a chamber to relieve pain in the body

Freeze yourself at -150° C to get relief from painMy fascination with cryotherapy all started in the south of France a few months ago, while at the spectacular Thermes Marins Spa in Monte Carlo. Wealthy guests were lining up for a chance at freezing themselves at a cost of $100 for two minutes. The treatment was touted as a way to procure relaxation, reduce […]

Ill-effects of demonetisation: Hundreds flock to psychiatrists for counselling

The sudden announcement of discontinuation of Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes has led to rise in numbers of people experiencing shock, anxiety, stress and heart attacks

Ill-effects of demonetisation: Hundreds flock to psychiatrists for counsellingSuraj Sethia (name changed), a 52-year-old businessman from Girgaum (Mumbai) had sleepless nights for days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation. His worry and stress came under control only after he consulted a psychiatrist. While it has been two weeks since the Centre’s announcement, city psychiatrists have been busy attending hundreds of people like […]

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only once

It is believed only 10 cases of this rare phenomenon, known as superfoetation, have been documented across the world

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only onceKate Hill was receiving hormone treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that meant she was not ovulating. She apparently conceived twins at different times despite only having unprotected sex once during that time. It is very rare for a woman to conceive a second time when already pregnant. Most twins are the result of […]