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, […]

TB survivors ask govt for a patient centric, accessible and affordable TB programme

There exists a dire need to provide nutritional and economic support to TB patients

TB survivors ask govt for a patient centric, accessible and affordable TB programmeA group of tuberculosis (TB) survivors have come together to provide a comprehensive list of recommendations to the Government of India, urging it to strengthen its fight against the disease. The group called ‘Survivors against TB’ has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Minister of Health as well as the Secretary of Ministry of […]

STTR a scientific formula to fight malnutrition implemented by Maharashtra

State govt introduces new scientific formula to find root cause of malnutrition in state’s rural areas

STTR a scientific formula to fight malnutrition implemented by MaharashtraIn its bid to identify and treat malnutrition cases among children efficiently, the Maharashtra government has introduced a new scientific formula – Screening, Training, Treatment and Research (STTR). With this programme, the state government aims to search the root cause of malnutrition cases in Maharashtra. “The new scientific formula will help us to know why […]

Dragon Fart during surgery severely burns woman

Breaking wind during surgery proves to be quite gruesome for this woman

Dragon Fart during surgery severely burns woman    A patient who passed gas during an operation was badly burned when the fart ignited a laser being used in the surgery, a hospital report states. The unnamed woman, aged in her 30s, was undergoing surgery at Tokyo Medical University Hospital which involved a laser being applied to her cervix. As the surgery […]