Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteria

A study has suggested that rubber ducks harbour potentially disease-carrying bacteria which could make children, and adults, ill. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained ‘potentially pathogenic bacteria’ in four out of the five toys studied

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteriaResearchers have found that the cute little rubber ducks that float around in bath tubs and come in contact with potable water are homes to millions of bacteria and harmful microbes. They found that these toys contain water that’s seeped into them and when squeezed, they release this dirty water into the bath water. The […]

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagers

The findings provide additional evidence over how school timings impact adolescent health. The results of the study showed that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly associated with lower average daily depressive/anxiety symptoms across all students

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagersTeenagers who start school before 8:30 a.m. are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, even if they are doing everything else right to get a good night’s sleep, a study has found. The study not only reinforces the theorised link between sleep and adolescent mental health, but is among the first to demonstrate […]

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centres

The problem of suicides among Indian students is worsening. In the three years since 2014, as many as 26,476 students have killed themselves in India, according to the latest data sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs by all Indian states and union territories. The central government is considering to include mental health lessons in school syllabus. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed to establish student counselling centres in colleges and universities

Mental health: UGC directs universities, colleges to establish student counselling centresSchool students are a vulnerable population group. They are in a period of their lives that is crucial for development of their mental health. Children will be taught how to handle stress, depression and so on. UGC Secretary  Professor Rajneesh Jain has written this letter to all the colleges and universities on March 01 to […]

‘7 in 10 newborns not tested for hearing loss,’ reveals survey

Research shows that children identified with hearing loss who get early intervention can develop language (spoken and/or signed) skills on par with their peers with normal hearing. The earlier a child is tested, diagnosed and treated for hearing loss, the greater are the chances of realising his/her full potential

‘7 in 10 newborns not tested for hearing loss,’ reveals surveyThe Cochlear India survey was conducted with First Moms Club in the lead up to World Hearing Day (March 03) to find out how much Indian mothers knew about hearing loss in children. These findings showed that while mothers are well aware of the need to detect hearing loss  in early childhood, they are not […]

World Hearing Day: ‘Our attitude can change the future of 63 million hearing-impaired people’

Over 360 million people in the world suffer from disabling hearing loss and the impairment among children is increasing at around 60%. Simply put, 5.3% of the world population has disabling hearing loss of which 32 million are children, according to WHO estimates. Devangi Dalal, an audiologist and speech therapist has dedicated herself to improve the quality of life of hearing impaired children of India for the last two and a half decades. And also provides free hearing services that is new digital hearing aids, enabling them to speak and attend normal schools

World Hearing Day: ‘Our attitude can change the future of 63 million hearing-impaired people’In India, 63 million people suffer from significant auditory loss and that includes around 50 lakhs children. Surveys have estimated hearing loss to be the third leading cause of chronic disability, following arthritis and hypertension.  World Hearing Day is held on March 3, to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and to emphasise on […]

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Green spaces are suggested to provide children with opportunities for psychological restoration and prompt important exercises in discovery, creativity and risk taking, which, in turn, are suggested to positively influence different aspects of brain development

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in childrenChildren growing up amid greenery may benefit as their brain development is positively affected leading to better working memory and reduced inattentiveness, a study has said. According to the researchers, primary school children raised in homes surrounded by more green spaces will tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas […]

NGO to provide hearing aids for school children

Giving education to someone is a very noble cause. However, an NGO in Maharashtra has now started a crowd-funding campaign in order to distribute hearing aids for school children. Samata Pratishthan, a Maharashtra-based NGO is working for the rehabilitation and education of hearing impaired children in and around the region of Yeola, Maharashtra, India

NGO to provide hearing aids for school childrenSupporting and making extensive efforts towards imparting educational aid for the hearing impaired, Samata Pratishthan a Maharashtra-based NGO is working for the rehabilitation and education of hearing impaired children in and around the region of Yeola, Maharashtra, India. The NGO runs a residential school, ‘Maiboli Karnabadhir Residential School’ in the area, for such children. At […]

Effective ways to teach children about germs

The functioning of the body can be disrupted by germs that can send wreak havoc on our body. These tiny living organisms are the root cause for major diseases not just in kids but in almost everyone. Parents generally find it difficult to explain the concept of germs to kids. Read on to help make your kids understand about germs in a simpler way

Effective ways to teach children about germs‘How do I explain the concept of germs for my kid to understand’ is the biggest distress most parent’s experience. For your children, germs are an abstract concept, something that they cannot see or feel, but trying and explaining the importance of hygiene in an easy-to-understand method which will definitely help them lead a healthy […]

#StressFreeExams: 4 motivating mantras for parents

It is that time of the year again when students who are appearing for their board exams are under immense stress. Not just them, but even their parents and family members are under pressure. Dr Harish Shetty list four common scenarios between children and parents and how to deal with them in an effective manner

#StressFreeExams: 4 motivating mantras for parentsAs the 10th standard exams are approaching pressures in the families are also building up. An extremely hyped exam, this journey also is filled with aspirations and dreams of all those around the children. Parents forget that the board exams do not test the real talents of the child, be it State Board or I.C.S.E. […]

‘Leukaemia constitutes about a third of all cancer in childhood’

On International Childhood Cancer Day, My Medical Mantra gives you an overview of the same. As per WHO, The pattern of cancer in childhood differs considerably from those among people of all other ages. In general, leukaemia constitutes about a third of all cancer in childhood. The other most common malignancies are lymphomas and tumours of the central nervous system

‘Leukaemia constitutes about a third of all cancer in childhood’The term “childhood cancer” is most commonly used to designate cancer that arises in children before the age of 18 years. Childhood cancers are rare, representing between 0.5% and 4.6%* of all cancers. The overall incidence rates of childhood cancer vary between 50 and 200 per million* children across the world According to the World […]