Health alert: Smoking in movies harms children

Research shows that when it comes to smoking, children are heavily influenced by some of the folks they consider the coolest of the cool: actors in movies

Health alert: Smoking in movies harms childrenWe want to believe we’re raising our kids to think for themselves, and not to do dumb or unhealthy things just because the cool kids are doing them. “There’s a dose-response relationship: The more smoking kids see onscreen, the more likely they are to smoke,” said Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor and director of the […]

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesight

More time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesightThe ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have […]

Maha witnesses a surge in number of leprosy cases

To prevent leprosy in the state, leprosy detection campaign has been launched in 22 districts since last two years. Many leprosy patients have been detected and have been treated. So on the ‘World Leprosy Day’, to tackle leprosy, World Health Organization (WHO) has joined hands with the worldwide leprosy dedicated organisations

Maha witnesses a surge in number of leprosy casesPeople from the National Leprosy Elimination Program, the education sector, and people in the medical sector have also been involved. The main objective is to bring the leprosy patients in the main stream and provide them the medical treatment. The number of leprosy patient is going up in Maharashtra: In the year 2014, 10,813 leprosy […]

Neurodevelopmental disorders in children: Solution for parents

Neurodevelopmental disorders are characterised by developmental deficits that usually show up early in a child’s development, many times before the child enters elementary school, and can run throughout the individual’s lifetime. These brain function deficits can affect a person’s emotions, memory, ability to learn, socialise and maintain self-control. Coming Saturday, a conference will be held for doctors, psychologists, therapists, counselors, educators and parents at the LTMG Sion Hospital auditorium about neurodevelopmental issues among children

Neurodevelopmental disorders in children: Solution for parentsNeurodevelopmental disorders are disorders related to the development in the central nervous system. This includes variety of dysfunctions like that of the brain or motor functioning which could be rather difficult for any individual to handle without the help of experts. For parents with any doubts about neurodevelopmental issues in children, Dr Samir Dalwai is […]

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in children

There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but parents tend to ignore them or pass them off as usual mood swings. If there is a doubt that your child is being highly temperamental or suicidal, parents should immediately seek help from counsellors at school or a mental health expert

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in childrenIn recent times, due to the influence of technology, kids have become aloof and do not share much with their parents. It is at this time that the parents need to be cautious to identify signs that might lead to self-harm or worse, suicide. There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but […]

HIV: ‘Dip in cases, but systems complacency is dangerous’

Dr Samiran Panda recently took charge of the Pune-based National AIDS Research Institute (NARI). In an interview with My Medical Mantra, he said that, while the curve of HIV incidence is reducing, complacency setting in the system would be dangerous. His immediate focus would be HIV prevention program for injecting drug users (IDUs) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

HIV: ‘Dip in cases, but systems complacency is dangerous’Q: What would your immediate focus be? A: We would like to work towards not only reducing new infections in children but to improve quality of life of around 1 lakh children who are living with HIV. Also, there are orphan children whose parents had HIV and who need to be given more attention. The […]

Nearly 386,000 children born worldwide on New Year’s Eve: UNICEF

This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month — more than survival

Nearly 386,000 children born worldwide on New Year’s Eve: UNICEFPopulation burden seems to be exploding as we are entering 2018. Globally, over the half of these babies are estimated to be in 9 countries namely: India — 69,070 China — 44,760 Nigeria — 20,210 Pakistan — 14,910 Indonesia — 13,370 The United States — 11,280 The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400 Ethiopia — […]

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  

India gets abundant sunlight throughout the year. Still most of the Indian population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. According to the experts, the study done in New Delhi is not only relevant for infants but also holds true for adults

Exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes a week beneficial to infants, says study  In Indian tradition, it is a well-known practice to massage an infant and then keep him/her in the sunlight for a while. This is done to give the baby adequate exposure to sunlight. Now, a study done by doctors at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi shows this custom really does benefit infants.  […]

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Your child with a smartphone may not be as smart, warn experts 

If gadget hygiene is not maintained, it is observed that children often suffer from insomnia and depression. My Medical Mantra's campaign #NoMobileKnowFamily will help you to overcome your smartphone addiction

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Your child with a smartphone may not be as smart, warn experts Are you proud of your child on how s/he uses smartphones, iPads or any other electronic gadgets so efficiently at their age? Psychiatrists and psychologists point how continuous use of gadgets is making children addicted to it. In case of four-year-old girl Riya Sharma (name changed), her gadget addiction was so much that this toddler […]

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Cell phone addiction can affect the parent-child relationship

These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones.  It adversely affects the child’s memory. Though, the children are being advised to avoid using cell phones through various activities initiated by the schools. They end up using it. Owing to which, My Medical Mantra’s campaign #NoMobileKnowFamily and appeals people to opt for a ‘gadget-free’ family time

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Cell phone addiction can affect the parent-child relationshipOur generation is addicted to smartphone, so much so that they have begun to rule our lives. These days, school going children are also glued to the mobile phones. It takes a toll on their health as well as it affects their academic performance. Limiting cell phone use can be helpful for children. Speaking to […]