Lack of sleep changes your personality

In 1959, New York DJ Peter Tripp stayed awake 200 hours for charity. While the impact of his 'wakeathon' was far more dramatic than expected, doctors are still learning about why it changed him so much. Jakke Tamminen, a psychology lecturer at Royal Holloway, explains

Lack of sleep changes your personalityIn 1959, Peter Tripp, a popular New York DJ, pledged to stay awake for 200 hours for charity while continuing to host his radio show. Studies into sleep deprivation were rare at the time so no one knew what to expect. This made it a major event, not only for Tripp’s millions of listeners, but […]

Alzheimer’s in India under-reported, say doctors

On World Alzheimer’s Day, My Medical Mantra looks at how an important degenerative disease of the brain like Alzheimer’s still goes unreported in India. Doctors say that lack of knowledge about the disease leads to late diagnosis affecting the patients’ response to the treatment in negative way

Alzheimer’s in India under-reported, say doctorsAs we look forward to celebrate the World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 tomorrow, we look at how many people in the country still remain unaware about the condition, leading to many cases going unreported and untreated. The disease is most common in people 60 years and older. Globally India houses the second most number of individuals […]

Can excessive mobile dependence increase the risk of Alzheimer’s?

Smartphones have entirely changed the world of communication, and the impact of its introduction is visible on personal as well as professional lives. As per studies, excessive dependence of smartphones can affect memory. So, on world Alzheimer’s day, we try to decode whether excessive smartphone dependence can lead to Alzheimer's. However, there is no conclusive study to prove it, say experts

Can excessive mobile dependence increase the risk of Alzheimer’s?Smartphones come with multi-functional tools and apps which bring uncountable benefits to people. But today, due to excessive smart phone dependence, our memory system is not being used as much as it should be. Dr Avinash DeSousa, co-founder of Desousa Foundation said, “In the olden days, there was exposure to mobile radiation, now, it is reduced with […]

Doctors treat a 72-year-old with endovascular thrombectomy

An oral chemotherapy for lung cancer affected the speech of a 72-year-old woman. Doctors detected a clot in her brain and decide to remove the clot using a technique called ‘Endovascular Thrombectomy’. The treatment is routinely performed on patients with acute stroke caused due to a block in the cerebral arteries

Doctors treat a 72-year-old with endovascular thrombectomyWhile undergoing oral chemotherapy for lung cancer on September 7, the speech of a 72-year-old woman started getting affected. Furthermore, she complained of severe weakness on the right side of her body. She was then rushed to Hiranandani Hospital in Navi Mumbai. The doctors performed an MRI of the brain which revealed a complete blockage […]

Are you depressed? Don’t worry, as it can be treated in different ways

With new scientific innovations, there is always a larger need for better implementation. Along with frequently opted techniques is the ECT (electro-convulsive therapy), an FDA approved treatment for clinical depression is the rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation). rTMS is currently used as a potential treatment for many psychiatric as well as neurological disorders. However, the treatment is expensive and hence should be used only if needed, say other experts

Are you depressed? Don’t worry, as it can be treated in different waysA lot of times, medicines cannot be the ultimate cure for a lot of ailments. Knowing this, doctors are in constant search for newer methods which will treat clinical depression.  The two machines which are commonly used are ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation).  Doctors n in Mumbai are frequently using these […]

Ill-effects of alcohol nobody will tell you about

Questions on how alcohol leads to drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and infamous decisions, answered here

Ill-effects of alcohol nobody will tell you aboutThe end of a long year is quickly approaching, as many of us will grab our Champagne glasses and toast the New Year. Alcohol tends to be a part of celebrations for major life-cycle events, and inevitably the holidays, leading some of us to drink more than others. So, how does alcohol lead to drunkenness, […]

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?

Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena - the automatic imitation of someone else's words or actions. Echophenomena is also seen in Tourette's, as well as in other conditions, including epilepsy and autism. The current findings provide further evidence that yawn contagion may be unrelated to empathic processing

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?A University of Nottingham team found it occurs in a part of the brain responsible for motor function. The primary motor cortex also plays a part in conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome. So the scientists say understanding contagious yawning could also help understand those disorders too. Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena – […]

Sister starts online campaign to raise funds for brother with brain injury

Umesh Jadhav has undergone three major surgeries and the family claims to have spent around Rs 16 lakh for the treatment. While he has received assistance of Rs 2 lakh under the Chief Minister Fund (CM fund), the family is now working hard to gather funds for further treatment and surgeries

Sister starts online campaign to raise funds for brother with brain injuryA sister has started an online campaign to raise funds for her brother who is suffering from major brain injury after he met with an accident recently Umesh Jadhav, (26), who hails from Baramati, met with an accident on April 16, 2017. He was immediately hospitalised in Baramati, but as his injury was severe, the […]

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure, says study

Globally, depression affects more than 300 million people. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and the second leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 29. Previous studies have linked disruption in white matter to problems with thinking and emotion processing

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure, says studySo concludes a major study from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, both in the United Kingdom, that used cutting-edge imaging technology to map the structure of white matter in the brains of more than 3,000 people. In the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they found that white matter integrity […]

Obsessed with ‘grammar’? Consult a doctor

‘Grammar Nazi’ or ‘Grammar Police’ refers to someone who habitually corrects grammar and spelling mistakes made by others in conversation, both on and offline, which can offend many people. Psychiatrists say that this obsession to correct grammar can be a symptom of OCD

Obsessed with ‘grammar’? Consult a doctorGrammar plays a pivotal role while speaking or writing any language. But we can speak or write wrongly without realising it. Although, there are some people who cannot control the urge of pointing out the grammatical errors. Such tendency is popularly known by the term ‘Grammar Nazi’. So a ‘Grammar Nazi’ refers to someone who […]