Simple ways to save your skin and hair from air pollution

Air pollution takes a toll on the skin and hair. While most people know that outdoor air pollutants can be harmful to health, not everyone realises that even indoor pollutants can cause skin problems. Experts tell you, how to protect your skin and hair from the harmful effects of air pollution

Simple ways to save your skin and hair from air pollutionAs if the threat that pollution brings to the planet wasn’t bad enough, it also puts your skin and hair’s health in danger said experts. Dr Apratim Goel, Dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio, said, “Apart from sun damage,  damage is also done by the tiny air particles. As, they get into skin […]

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docs

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is broad term to describe progressive lung disease that may include emphysema, bronchitis, breathlessness and irreversible asthma and so on. With Delhi’s smog becoming a discussion in the entire country, a burning question about non-regulated air pollution is in front of us. My Medical Mantra tries to understand how air pollution is a leading cause of rising COPD in metro cities

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docsDelhi’s smog has become the topic of discussion these days. With air pollution becoming one of the prominent causes for COPD, doctors across the countries say it is worrisome. Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants; that includes smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.), and second-hand smoke. Owing to which, people experience breathlessness and […]

‘Delhi we need to talk’: Virat Kohli ‘bats’ against air pollution

Team India's skipper Virat Kohli believes in voicing his opinion on issues which are of utmost important. Now, Virat who hails from Delhi has urged people to fight against pollution. In a short Twitter video, he described measures that public could adopt to curb it

‘Delhi we need to talk’: Virat Kohli ‘bats’ against air pollutionFor quite a few years, Delhi has been suffering from smog and then severe levels of pollution. But, the situation gets worse as winter begins to set in. Team India’s skipper Virat Kohli has appealed people to join hands against pollution.  In a short Twitter video with the hashtag #Muje fark padta hai, Kohli said, “Agar […]

Know how air pollution affects your heart

Excessive air pollution is associated not only with respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer, but also cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies show that air pollution behaves akin to cigarette smoke. In addition, air pollution is also associated with chronic lifestyle disease like hypertension and diabetes

Know how air pollution affects your heartMajor Indian metropolitan cities are reeling under the effects of severe air pollution, euphemistically called ‘smog’, this phenomenon occurs every year during winter. This has deleterious effects not only on the respiratory system, but as recent studies show, also on the cardiovascular health of people living in urban areas. Excessive air pollution is associated not […]

Diwali dampener: Mumbaikars under the grip of viral and respiratory disorders

Mumbai is witnessing a sudden change in weather. In Diwali, the thrill of bursting firecrackers such as sparklers, bombs and rockets barely lasts for a few seconds, but the air and noise pollution which are created by them have a lasting impact on our health

Diwali dampener: Mumbaikars under the grip of viral and respiratory disordersThe sudden change in weather and air pollution is taking a toll on the health of Mumbaikars health. Mumbaikars are making frequent trips to the hospital, due to high fever and upper respiratory tract infections. City doctors inform Mumbaikars to take charge of their health and act accordingly. Dr Gautam Bhansali, who works as a […]

Mothers exposure to air pollution might shorten baby’s life

Babies with higher exposure to fine particle pollution during gestation had shorter caps on the ends of their chromosomes, according to the researchers, who suggest the findings offer a possible biological reason for health problems encountered by kids who live where smog and traffic exhaust is pervasive

Mothers exposure to air pollution might shorten baby’s lifePollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Paediatrics found. The length of telomeres, caps at the end of chromosomes, similar to shoelace tips, is considered a marker of biological ageing. Based on their results, […]

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early death

While previous studies have shown that exposure to green space and parks can improve mental health and in some cases physical health, the researchers say this is the first big study to show a clear link between green surroundings and a lower risk of premature death. It also suggests that green spaces don't have to be actual parks in order to have health benefits

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early deathTrees stretching their canopies over city streets and grass tickling the sidewalk near your home are more than just pretty, they could actually be helping you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick used census and tax data to track 1.3 million non-immigrant Canadian adults living in the 30 […]

Air pollution linked to kidney disease

A new analysis, in The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, followed 2,482,737 veterans for an average of eight and a half years. The Department of Veterans Affairs database includes information on glomerular filtration rate, or G.F.R., a measure of kidney function

Air pollution linked to kidney diseaseAdd a new potential ill to the list of problems linked to air pollution: kidney disease. Previous studies have linked high levels of the fine particulate matter known as PM 2.5 to cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Using data on air pollution from NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency, the researchers found that increases in PM […]

Mumbai hospitals and doctors notice a spike in respiratory ailments

Suspended Particulate Matter is the main trigger of damage in air pollution. Other contents like SO2, ammonia, carbon, polyaromatic hydrocarbons add to the toxicity. Air pollutants which are less than 10 microns in size enter the smaller airways and causes damage. This may trigger cough, breathing difficulty, choking, chest tightness and asthma

Mumbai hospitals and doctors notice a spike in respiratory ailmentsThe rains have arrived and so is the number of diseases along with it. People are aware of the most common ailments such as viral fever, the common cold, malaria, typhoid, diarrhoea, etc. But very few are aware of the respiratory ailments that stems from indoor air pollution in monsoon caused by the dampness in […]

National Health Policy for respiratory disease need of the hour, say KEM doctors

The study pointed out that Mumbai has rising levels of SPM due to construction activities, bakeries, hotels and open burning, road dust and vehicular exhaust. Explaining the link between SPM and respiratory diseases, doctors say SPM lodges in lung tissues and causes respiratory problems

National Health Policy for respiratory disease need of the hour, say KEM doctorsThe correlation between respiratory diseases and high levels of Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) isn’t a new concept. However, the Journal of the Association of Physicians in India (JAPI) recently published a study by doctors from KEM Hospital, Parel to study the need for a National Health policy to reduce the SPMs and all the related […]