‘Hat trick for paediatric Heart’ transplants in Mumbai

In last one month, Mumbai has witnessed three paediatric heart transplants. Lack of paediatric donors led to families traveling down south for heart transplants. My Medical Mantra tries to understand what has changed positively for heart transplants

‘Hat trick for paediatric Heart’ transplants in MumbaiIt won’t be wrong to say that awareness about heart transplants has risen in the past few years. All thanks to the organ donation drives and trained experts from Mumbai who have come forward to take on the bandwagon. The month from August 20 to September 20 has been a wonderful one for paediatric heart […]

Is your child emotionally intelligent?

Emotional intelligence is the 'something' in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Raising emotionally intelligent kids can decrease their future chances off psychiatric illnesses like stress, depression, anxiety and drug use, says Dr Mansi Jain

Is your child emotionally intelligent?Imagine your child being able to articulate his/her feelings into words instead of throwing a temper tantrum; he/she was able to understand and communicate to you that he/she is upset, but understands why you had to suddenly cancel your plans of taking him/her to the zoo, instead of howling and breaking his/her toys. Isn’t this […]

Global hunger has affected 815 million people, says UN

As per United Nations report, global hunger is on the rise again and it has affected 11 per cent of global population that is (815 million people), in the year 2016. The reason behind this is attributed to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks. Through this report, a contradictory picture of malnutrition and the obesity has also come to surface

Global hunger has affected 815 million people, says UNA recent report released by United Nations (UN) has highlighted the harsh reality. According to the report, global hunger is on the rise again and it has affected 11 per cent of global population that is (815 million people), in the year 2016. This is mentioned in the new edition of the annual United Nations report […]

Mumbai: 50 per cent children are malnourished in Govandi, reveals survey

Malnutrition is a serious issue in state, while in Mumbai too, some kids are found to be malnourished, claims Apnalaya NGO. Apnalaya organization, who works to provide health services, has done a survey of 3,500 children, near Govandi dumping ground. According to the survey, 50 per cent children are malnourished

Mumbai: 50 per cent children are malnourished in Govandi, reveals surveyWhen you think of malnutrition, the areas which strike your mind are the adivasi areas of Palghar, Nashik and Melghat, which lack adequate health services. Children there suffer from nutritional deficiencies. But, will you believe that even in Mumbai, children are suffering from malnutrition. Yes! You have heard it right. Apnalaya NGO has made shocking revelations […]

Depression, vulnerability and unhappiness: Traits of your kid?

Recent spate of events across the country regarding Blue Whale has created a new debate about childhood depression and why our kids are so vulnerable?

Depression, vulnerability and unhappiness: Traits of your kid?The world is moving towards a rather competitive sphere. Practically, everyone we meet today is said to suffer from depression. Tons of discussions have taken place in the last month, over the Blue Whale fiasco has hinted at increasing unacceptance of rejection and a need for instant gratification. “I am stuck playing the Blue Whale […]

Explained: Is sedation safe for dental treatment of kids?

In recent years, a few reports of sedated children dying at dental offices have come to light, alarming lawmakers, parents and the dental profession. In 2013, University of Washington researchers found 44 cases over three decades in which dental patients died after sedation or general anaesthesia. Most were 2 to 5 years old

Explained: Is sedation safe for dental treatment of kids?In recent years, a few reports of sedated children dying at dental offices have come to light, alarming lawmakers, parents and the dental profession. In 2013, University of Washington researchers found 44 cases over three decades in which dental patients died after sedation or general anaesthesia. Most were 2 to 5 years old In dental […]

Warning: Weight-based bias can date back to childhood and takes a serious toll

A new study by researchers at Duke University, for example, found that “implicit weight bias” in children ages 9 to 11 was as common as “implicit racial bias” is among adults

Warning: Weight-based bias can date back to childhood and takes a serious tollA very slender friend recently admitted to me that she “can’t stand to be around fat people.” Her reaction is almost visceral, and it prompts her to avoid social and professional contact with people who are seriously overweight. Although she can’t pinpoint the source of her feelings, she said they go back as far as […]

Children who sleep less may be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, says study

Earlier, studies found a link between shorter sleep and diabetes in adults, but the connection has been little studied in children

Children who sleep less may be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, says studyBritish researchers studied 4,525 9- and 10-year olds from varying ethnic backgrounds. On average, their parents reported they slept 10 hours a night, with 95 percent sleeping between eight and 12 hours. The study, in Pediatrics, found that the less sleep, the more likely the children were to have higher body mass indexes, higher insulin […]

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kids

Retirement for Dr N G Kulkarni will soon be more than just spending time with family, taking afternoon siestas and joining laughter clubs. Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune has offered him a chance to provide some voluntary service at Swaranad – a pre-primary school for hearing-impaired children

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kidsA 65-year-old hearing-impaired doctor in Pune, wants to offer a voluntary service by becoming a teacher of those mothers whose children are hearing-impaired. Dr N G Kulkarni comes for a regular check-up to Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune. Wachasunder went beyond a formal doctor patient relationship as he wanted to keep […]

Accepting a firm ‘NO’ must be taught to your kids

Three years ago, in a fit of rage, an impulsive action proved to result in dire consequences for this child. And that is what Rohit Kumar is facing even today. So deep were his burns that he had to undergo multiple surgeries and is still under treatment, he is trying very hard to gain confidence

Accepting a firm ‘NO’ must be taught to your kidsWhat would a typical 11-year-old do if you refuse to buy him jeans of his choice? In most cases, the kid would be disturbed, cry or scream. However, would you expect the kid to burn himself? That’s exactly what Rohit Kumar (name changed) did. Kumar was the only son of an army officer who, on […]
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