What prohibits women from donating blood?

Doctors have cited low haemoglobin levels as one of the prime reasons that women have been turned away from blood donation camps. According to experts, women should have a minimum haemoglobin count of 12g/dl (grams per decilitre) and must weigh at least 50 kgs

What prohibits women from donating blood?Apurva Jagtap is a 25-year-old professional architect in Mumbai. In spite of having a strong will to donate blood, she hasn’t been able to do it. “I have been trying to donate blood since my college days but I couldn’t do it. Whenever I visited a blood donation camp I was not accepted as a […]

Children, young women more prone to anaemia – states national nutrition survey

In spite of government measures to fight the menace of anaemia, children continue to remain anaemic. The latest survey shows, anaemia is prevalent among children under the age of two, and in young women

Children, young women more prone to anaemia – states national nutrition surveyIn spite of continuous government measures to fight the menace of anaemia, children continue to remain anaemic. The latest Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) shows, anaemia is prevalent among children under the age of two, and, also in young women, who, in turn, had a higher prevalence of anaemia compared to their counterparts. Between the […]

Early maternal anaemia linked to intellectual disability, ADHD and autism

The timing of anaemia, a common condition in late pregnancy, can make a big difference for the developing foetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry

Early maternal anaemia linked to intellectual disability, ADHD and autismThe researchers found a link between early anaemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. Anaemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same correlation. The findings underscore the importance of early screening for iron status and nutritional counselling. An estimated 15 to 20 per cent of pregnant […]

Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals study

Having haemoglobin levels that are low, or high, are tied to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia

Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals studyA new study confirms earlier reports that anaemia – a condition caused by having too little haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells – increases the risk for dementia. It found that having high haemoglobin levels does so as well. Dutch researchers looked at 12,305 people without dementia at the start of the study, […]

#NationalDewormingDay: Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to do

Globally, India bears the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), parasitic worms which live in the intestine. These worms consume nutrients which are meant for the human body

#NationalDewormingDay: Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to doWorm infections are rampant among children and they have been adversely affecting their physical as well as mental growth. Worms are a common cause of anaemia and they may also cause intestinal obstruction. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the intensity of the threat caused by worm infections in India. In India 22 crore […]

Excess of iron in the body may cause skin infections, cautions study

One global study that investigated the role of iron in a variety of health conditions has found that excess iron may lead to a higher risk of bacterial skin infections

Excess of iron in the body may cause skin infections, cautions studyIron is an essential mineral. All human cells contain some iron, but around 70% of it occurs in red blood cells. Iron plays a key role in producing haemoglobin. This is a complex protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Iron helps eliminate fatigue, supports the immune system, improves […]

High on iron? It stops anaemia but has a downside, finds study

A global study looking at the role that iron plays in 900 diseases has uncovered the impact of both low and high iron levels - and the news is mixed

High on iron? It stops anaemia but has a downside, finds studyPeople with high iron levels are not only protected against anaemia but are also less likely to have high cholesterol, according to an international study led by Imperial College London, the University of South Australia (UniSA) and University of Ioannina. In a paper published today in PLOS Medicine, researchers used genetic and clinical data from […]

Skipping breakfast? Beware!

The practice of skipping breakfast is pretty common, and this is particularly true for adolescent girls. A cross sectional study done in urban slums of Pune highlighted how adolescent girls are found to be skipping the breakfast in order to cut those extra kilos. Even doctors say that skipping breakfast is not limited to urban slums but a dangerous phenomenon which is prevalent, not only amongst the adolescent girls but a across the strata of society like working and older adults

Skipping breakfast? Beware!Breakfast is quite literally the meal meant to “break the fast” from all the hours you spend sleeping, and skipping it is known to cause a slew of bad chain reactions throughout the body.  Even doctors say that skipping breakfast is not limited to urban slums but a dangerous phenomenon which is prevalent, not only  amongst the adolescent girls […]

90% of women with endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding

It is normally said that women tend to ignore their health. Juggling between the ever increasing demands of professional life and being a homemaker remains one of the major reasons why women tend to consider their own health issues are trivial

90% of women with endometrial cancer experience irregular bleedingWith changing lifestyle and other environmental factors, hormonal imbalances are not unheard of. In women especially, who are more prone to hormonal variations throughout the monthly menstrual cycle, it is important to pay attention to the subtle changes in the body, which may sometimes denote an underlying disease condition. This is true especially for certain […]

Nagpur: IPS officer organises thalassemia, sickle-cell anaemia detection camp

The IPS officer stated that instead of matching a person's horoscope, it is more crucial to match genetic profiles. The prevalence of thalassemia and sickle-cell anaemia is higher in Nagpur and region of central India.

Nagpur: IPS officer organises thalassemia, sickle-cell anaemia detection campThe Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Nagpur, Maharashtra, had organised a free health check-up for the 800 policemen and their families on Sunday, September 30 Thalassemia is not treatable but can be managed only through regular blood transfusions.Genetically patents are the carriers of both the diseases. While speaking to My Medical Mantra IPS officer and […]
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