#WorldAlzheimersDay: Sense of smell could be an effective way to predict Alzheimer’s disease

New research published in the journal Annals of Neurology suggests an individual's sense of smell could be useful in determining whether they are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Sense of smell could be an effective way to predict Alzheimer’s diseasePrincipal investigator Dr. Mark Albers, of the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and team found that by assessing the ability to recognize, recall, and distinguish different odors, they could accurately identify individuals who were at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, with around 5.4 million […]

How to identify the early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Currently, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but proper treatment and moderate exercise may help reduce flares. If it is left untreated, the joints, cartilage, and bones in affected areas can become damaged

How to identify the early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritisThe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) typically affect the hands, wrists, and feet. Spotting signs of RA early could lead to an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early and consistent management of arthritis can prevent joint damage and, ultimately, disability. This article explores the early signs and symptoms of RA, its risk factors, and when […]

Here’s all you need to know about glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second most common cause for blindness globally accounting for almost 8 per cent of blindness cases. In India, glaucoma is the main cause for permanent blindness leaving at least 12 million people affected and more than one million people totally blind. Unfortunately, more than 90 per cent of glaucoma cases remain undiagnosed

Here’s all you need to know about glaucomaGlaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage of the optic nerve progressively and at the point where the nerve leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. It occurs due to a fluid build-up (pressure) within the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve. The eye makes a fluid called aqueous […]

WCNR 2018: ‘NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase’

At 10th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai, an interesting session on molecular mechanisms of recovery was conducted. The session was chaired by Dr Mickey Selzer, Padma Shri awardee Dr Ashok Panagariya and Dr Madakasira Vasantha Padma. The session witnessed a large number of keen audiences who were eager to learn and educate themselves about the molecular mechanisms of recovery.

WCNR 2018: ‘NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase’Advances in basic neurosciences and in clinical practice are changing the lives of many patients and helping them to reintegrate into society. The multidisciplinary approach to neurorehabilitation, which includes neurologists, physicians, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, rehabilitation engineers, basic neuroscientists and many other professionals will be well reflected in the programme and […]

New 5D tech may help diagnose diseases from cell phone images

Called "Hyper-Spectral Phasor" analysis, it is much faster and far less expensive than current techniques, and may be useful for diagnosing and monitoring diseases by using cell phone images

New 5D tech may help diagnose diseases from cell phone imagesScientists have developed a new 5D technique for analysing images, an advance that may make it easier to quickly find tell-tale signs of diseases from pictures taken using cell phones. Called “Hyper-Spectral Phasor” analysis, or HySP, it is much faster and far less expensive than current techniques, and may be useful for diagnosing and monitoring […]

Periodic screening for ovarian cancer, a must for Indian women

Periodic screening for symptoms of any disease, cancer or otherwise, is the best approach for catching it early. Yet, this does not work very well for detecting ovarian cancer. The symptoms of ovarian cancer – bloating, difficulty in eating, feeling full and feeling the need to use the bathroom often – are generic enough to lead to a diagnosis of other health problems

Periodic screening for ovarian cancer, a must for Indian womenOvarian cancer is the fifth most lethal cancer seen in women in USA and UK. In India, however, it is the third most commonly seen cancer in women. The most worrisome part is that an increase in the incidence of ovarian cancer in India is noted in women younger than 60 years of age. While […]

‘Delayed diagnosis is a major challenge in epilepsy management’

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent and unprovoked seizures that lasts for 60 to 90 seconds. It occurs differently in every child and needs an accurate diagnosis as it can lead to multiple disabilities in children. On the eve of World Epilepsy, P.D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre organised a free check-up camp, to aid those with complex epilepsy

‘Delayed diagnosis is a major challenge in epilepsy management’As a prelude to World Epilepsy Day 2017, a city hospital organised a free check-up camp to aid those with complex epilepsy. The event witnessed the participation of 49 adults and 39 children suffering from complex epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent and unprovoked seizures that lasts for 60 to 90 seconds. […]

Bleeding ulcers: Diagnosis and treatment

The term ulcer means a sore that doesn't heal quickly. Ulcers can occur almost anywhere on the body, usually resulting from injuries, illnesses, or infections. They can be short-lived or ongoing. Most commonly, when people refer to an ulcer, they are referring to peptic ulcers that develop in the digestive tract. The term peptic means it is related to acid

Bleeding ulcers: Diagnosis and treatmentPeptic ulcers may be in the stomach, the small intestine just below the stomach, or the food pipe above the stomach. Sometimes, peptic ulcers can bleed (known as bleeding ulcers). More severe bleeding, known as hemorrhaging, can be life-threatening. Minor bleeding in an ulcer, however, is usually not as immediately serious and may go unnoticed, […]

Meet Anita Vesuvala, breast cancer survivor and counsellor for 22 years

Cancer can be quite difficult to deal with, not only physically but also on a psychological level. The diagnosis comes as a shock to the patient and then every step of the treatment checks the mental strength of the patient. Being a survivor, this 68-year-old counsels patients for 22 years now

Meet Anita Vesuvala, breast cancer survivor and counsellor for 22 yearsCancer not only takes toll on one’s physical health, but also on the psychological health of a person. The diagnosis comes as a shock to the patient and then every step of the treatment checks the mental strength of the patient. In such a case, the patients often feel that death is awaiting them.68-year-old; Anita […]

Type 3c diabetes: New diabetes type identified by scientists, commonly misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes

Researchers noted that people with type 3c diabetes are twice as likely to have poor blood sugar control as those with type 2 diabetes. They were also five to ten times more likely to need insulin, depending on their type of pancreas disease

Type 3c diabetes: New diabetes type identified by scientists, commonly misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetesMost people are familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Recently, though, a new type of diabetes has been identified: type 3c diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is where the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. It usually starts in childhood or early adulthood and almost always needs insulin treatment. […]