New method that could save thousands of men from unnecessary prostate cancer treatment discovered

Until now doctors had no reliable way of telling which men are most at risk

New method that could save thousands of men from unnecessary prostate cancer treatment discovered  A blood test that identifies the deadliest forms of prostate cancer could save thousands of men from unnecessary treatment while ensuring rapid attention for those whose lives are at risk. The new method of spotting tumour cells in the blood, discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, is in its early stages. […]

Lepto cases in non-monsoon period worries BMC

Recently, the Bombay High Court has asked the corporation to consider leptospirosis as an epidemic causing disease

Lepto cases in non-monsoon period worries BMCMonsoon might have gone but leptospirosis- one of the monsoon related illness is still around with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealing that they have registered 33 confirmed leptospirosis cases in October. “Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease and exact epidemiology of such disease is not possible. We are seeing sporadic leptospirosis cases in non-monsoon period too. […]

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in danger

Child shamming pictures or posts can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. It may cause traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in dangerWe all have either a friend or a family member who often bombards social networking sites with their pictures and updates. Nowadays, for parents, adults and family members, social media is an essential part of their lives, just the way letters and telephones were important once upon a time. However, little do they realise that […]

Alarming rise in cases of chikungunya severely damaging eyes in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai

Doctors say the commonest manifestation of chikungunya is conjunctivitis

Alarming rise in cases of chikungunya severely damaging eyes in Mumbai and Navi MumbaiMumbai sees 22 confirmed cases of Chikungunya in October, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday. While health officials say all the patients are stable and Mumbaikars do not have to worry about this a viral disease spread by mosquito bites, eye surgeons have a different say. “Chikungunya affecting eyes is coming up big […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]