‘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 […]

Here’s what you need to know about tonsils and adenoids

Tonsils are the immune system's first line of defence against ingested or inhaled foreign bacteria, viruses. The adenoid, also known as a pharyngeal tonsil or nasopharyngeal tonsil, is a bunch of grapelike tissue situated behind the nose, where the nose joins the throat

Here’s what you need to know about tonsils and adenoidsWhen should I remove my adenoids and tonsils? The adenoids are two small lumpy balloon like tissues behind the back of the nose and throat. They are part of the lymphatic system which is lots of piping and tubing around the body with little storage tanks and pumps to move it around. The lymphatic system […]

Skipping breakfast and lack of sleep can influence weight gain in children

Being overweight or obese is linked to a child having poorer mental health, which can extend into adolescence and adulthood

Skipping breakfast and lack of sleep can influence weight gain in childrenAll three are early life factors which can be modified and the research highlights the possibility that prompt intervention could have an impact in curbing the growth in childhood overweight and obesity. The paper, which was published in US journal Pediatrics, is the first research in the UK to look at the patterns of body […]

Kids who continue to consume too much salt may have heart diseases as adults

Researchers hope that this study can serve as a benchmark as more measures are put into place to reduce the amount of sodium kids consume

Kids who continue to consume too much salt may have heart diseases as adultsWe know that too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure and increased cardiovascular risk. According to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children are consuming sodium at levels that far exceed the daily recommended limit. Taste preferences for high sodium foods, formed as children, follow individuals […]

Star Health Insurance launches India’s first insurance cover for children diagnosed with Autism

The Star Special Care aims to provide cover upto Rs 3 lakhs for children diagnosed with autism. In a first of its kind move, a health insurance company has introduced health cover for children diagnosed with autism. It will cover special needs including various therapies. And it’s a welcome move for doctors

Star Health Insurance launches India’s first insurance cover for children diagnosed with AutismAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in every 65 children born. Both parents and doctors have always expressed the need to have trained professionals for overall development of the child. The Star Health Insurance policy aims at catering to the needs of autistic children. As per the policy, children between 3 and 25 years of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]
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