Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docs

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is broad term to describe progressive lung disease that may include emphysema, bronchitis, breathlessness and irreversible asthma and so on. With Delhi’s smog becoming a discussion in the entire country, a burning question about non-regulated air pollution is in front of us. My Medical Mantra tries to understand how air pollution is a leading cause of rising COPD in metro cities

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docsDelhi’s smog has become the topic of discussion these days. With air pollution becoming one of the prominent causes for COPD, doctors across the countries say it is worrisome. Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants; that includes smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.), and second-hand smoke. Owing to which, people experience breathlessness and […]

‘Delhi we need to talk’: Virat Kohli ‘bats’ against air pollution

Team India's skipper Virat Kohli believes in voicing his opinion on issues which are of utmost important. Now, Virat who hails from Delhi has urged people to fight against pollution. In a short Twitter video, he described measures that public could adopt to curb it

‘Delhi we need to talk’: Virat Kohli ‘bats’ against air pollutionFor quite a few years, Delhi has been suffering from smog and then severe levels of pollution. But, the situation gets worse as winter begins to set in. Team India’s skipper Virat Kohli has appealed people to join hands against pollution.  In a short Twitter video with the hashtag #Muje fark padta hai, Kohli said, “Agar […]

ICMR finds ways to tackle TB

With World Health Organization (WHO) releasing its annual Tuberculosis (TB) report, it seems to have shocked the world with it staggering figures. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has now formed a committee to find ways and means to fight the battle against TB in India

ICMR finds ways to tackle TBThe Indian Tuberculosis Research Consortium (ITRC) was formed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in Delhi. In its meeting on October 31 and November 1, International Scientific Advisory Group (ISAG) comprises global experts in the areas of TB research and has been formed to advise the ITRC on developing and translating, research and […]

Delhi: No hookah smoking in no-smoking or smoking zones

Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes. Acting promptly on it, Health Minister, Satyendar Jain, has made it clear that hookah smoking is not allowed in no-smoking zone as per section 4 of COTPA (Cigarette & other Tobacco Products Act)

Delhi: No hookah smoking in no-smoking or smoking zonesPreviously,  hookah was mostly used by the village elders. Today,  it has gained popularity amongst the youth. People consider hookah as a safe alternative to smoking without realising that it is even more harmful and has an adverse impact on their health. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a one hour […]

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’

A collaborative stress survey that was conducted by the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare and No Worry No Tension Healthcare. 2463 individuals from across the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Ludhiana, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’Inherent personality traits and natural disposition of individuals play a significant role in determining their ability to tolerate stress. External factors such as life circumstances and difficulties at home play a minimal role in contributing towards stress levels. The findings of the survey suggested significant levels of stress being experienced by individuals, attributed to their […]

India still houses high number of underweight children

According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal on October 10, obesity among children between the age group of 5 to 19 years has increased globally over ten times in four decades. On the other hand, India still has about 97 million moderately to severely underweight children as seen in 2016

India still houses high number of underweight childrenOn Tuesday, a study published in the Lancet journal reported that the prevalence of moderate and severely underweight children in India is among the highest in the world. The study was led by the Imperial College in London and the World Health Organization (WHO). The study was conducted by evaluating the Body Mass Index (BMI) of […]

Smoking is injurious to your weight, warn experts

Mumbai doctors have recently completed a study titled ‘Choose Life’ that states how cigarette smoking can not only affect a person psychologically and physically but also can result in over-eating or under-eating

Smoking is injurious to your weight, warn expertsSmoking is injurious to health, is a warning that all of us have come across, at least once in our lifetime. In regards with this, city doctors have now completed a study ‘Choose Life’ released by leading pulmonologists and chest physicians from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, the study states how cigarette smoking can not only […]

Sushma Swaraj discharged from AIIMS after kidney transplant

Doctors said Swaraj has been advised to restrict visitors to minimise chances of infection for next three months at home and office

Sushma Swaraj discharged from AIIMS after kidney transplantUnion External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was discharged from AIIMS Hospital in Delhi on December 19 evening after a successful unrelated kidney transplant. On November 17, Swaraj had announced about her kidney failure, hospitalisation and impending kidney transplant on Twitter. Swaraj underwent transplant surgery on December 10. AIIMS in its press release said postoperative, Swaraj […]

Union health ministry asks states to include COPD in non-communicable diseases programme

Union health ministry asks states to include COPD in non-communicable diseases programmeIn the wake of increasing air pollution and health hazards due to its effect, the Union Health Ministry has recently decided to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) in the non-communicable diseases (NCD) program. The ministry has recently conducted a meeting with the steering committee constituted to look into air pollution. According to TOI reports, […]