Mumbaikars battle with poor air quality and untimely rains

Mumbaikars welcomed the week with untimely spells, hitting the city in the morning with little or no scope for sunrays. However, as the clock hit 12:00 in the noon, the weather got back to usual, leaving people sweaty and displeased. According to doctors, the unpredictability in the weather is worrisome

Mumbaikars battle with poor air quality and untimely rainsOn Monday morning, the untimely November rain, has caught people off-guard. Doctors are now concerned. As, this humid weather may lead to respiratory issues. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Mumbai has moderate to poor air quality causing for worry among doctors across city. Andheri, Mazgaon, Navi Mumbai had […]

What causes shortness of breath?

The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea. Despite being common, it can be uncomfortable and distressing to experience. Fortunately, when it is not a sign of a more serious condition, it can often be managed at home

What causes shortness of breath?Shortness of breath, or breathlessness, is when a person has trouble taking in enough air to breathe. It can range from mild to severe. When people know what is causing their shortness of breath and it is not a medical emergency, they may want to try treating it at home. The following exercises can help […]

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 […]

Winter: Don’t let upper respiratory tract infections stop you

When temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut, viruses can thrive indoors and upper respiratory tract infections take a toll on your health. City experts offer tips to stave off the winter blues and sniffles

Winter: Don’t let upper respiratory tract infections stop youAlthough winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy from upper respiratory tract infections. Dr Aditya Agrawal, a chest specialist at Bhatia Hospital said, “The number of patients with respiratory […]

Run away families: What is forcing Mumbaikars to leave their houses?

Diwali is a time of lights, bright colours and get-together. While for most of us, Diwali vacations could mean staying outdoors and enjoying the crackers but for a lot of families, the tradition has been the other way around. Experts in the city say that many patients like Rajesh’s family, prefer to take a Diwali break in abroad or pollution free tourist places to escape the smoke and noise pollution in the city

Run away families: What is forcing Mumbaikars to leave their houses?For more than 24 years now, Rajesh’s family has been touring hill stations across the country to escape Diwali. “Both my daughters- Ipshita and Tanishta suffer from asthma. They would literally struggle to breathe properly during Diwali. From thereon, every Diwali, we go to hill stations that make it up for perfect family outing, away […]

Consuming sugary products during pregnancy linked to child’s allergies, says study

The children of women with highest sugar intake during pregnancy had a 38% higher risk of allergy diagnosis, the researchers calculated. Kids of the moms in this group had a 73% increased risk of being diagnosed with an allergy to two or more allergens. And the allergic asthma risk increased by 101% for children of moms in the high-sugar consumption group

Consuming sugary products during pregnancy linked to child’s allergies, says studyWomen who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children’s risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal. The researchers looked at allergies that produce respiratory and skin symptoms, including dust mites, cats and grass. “Allergic asthma” causes […]

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 […]

Mumbai doctors advise people about precautionary measures before the onset of monsoon

A sudden fluctuation in temperature has given rise to various infectious diseases like throat infection, fever, cold. Doctors warn about consuming outside food after a recent raid on food vendors in Kurla wher 74 per cent of E-coli bacteria was present in ice used in the soft drinks

Mumbai doctors advise people about precautionary measures before the onset of monsoonWith pre-monsoon showers in the city, along with fluctuation in temperatures, there has been a rise in various infectious diseases like throat infection, fever and cold. City doctors have advised people to be cautious about what they eat and other unhealthy practices which lead to infectious diseases. Dr Om Shrivastav, consultant for infectious diseases, said, […]

Pollution and construction work are the main causes for rise in childhood asthma in cities

According to recent findings of a nationwide survey called ‘Breath Blue 15’  2000 children in the age group of 8-14 years were screened for lung health status. 40 per cent of children in Delhi were found to have ratings of ‘bad’ to ‘poor’ lung health, while Bengaluru followed closely with 36 per cent, Kolkata with 35 per cent, and Mumbai with 27 per cent

Pollution and construction work are the main causes for rise in childhood asthma in citiesAarav Gupta (name changed) a 4 year old was diagnosed with asthma when he was just 7 month old. Before this, he was wrongly treated for pneumonia. After years of treatment and medication, Aarav’s asthma is now under control and he is living a healthy and active life like other children of his age do. […]

How using baby powder can be harmful for your baby’s airways

The potential of inhaling any powder could be harmful, especially for premature babies or for those with heart disease and asthma

How using baby powder can be harmful for your baby’s airwaysThe American Paediatric Association recommends against using baby powder, initially over concerns that talc, which was used in some products but has been largely phased out, could be inhaled and harm babies’ lungs. There are currently safer baby powder options that use corn-starch as a talc-substitute, like the Honest Company’s organic baby powder, which was […]