What is lymphatic filariasis? Here’s why you need to be aware about this condition

The Government of Maharashtra’s Public Health department has brought on board actor Swwapnil Joshi as the official ‘Brand Ambassador for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)’ in Maharashtra. The actor will help raise awareness about Lymphatic Filariasis (or Hathi Rog, as it is colloquially known) and the government’s efforts to eliminate the disease from Maharashtra

What is lymphatic filariasis? Here’s why you need to be aware about this conditionThe popular Marathi actor will help raise awareness about Lymphatic Filariasis (Hatti Rog) and the government’s efforts to eliminate the disease from Maharashtra. Lymphatic filariasis impairs the lymphatic system and can lead to the abnormal enlargement of body parts, causing pain, severe disability and social stigma Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, (Hathi Rog), is […]

Sister builds makeshift cycle to help wheelchair-bound brother go to school

One of the relationships in our life which matter the most to us are the ones that we share with our siblings. A sister’s love knows no bounds, and one sister in Baramati has invented a unique wheelchair-cycle to ensure that her brother never missed school

Sister builds makeshift cycle to help wheelchair-bound brother go to schoolYou must be familiar with the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Three Idiots,’ in the film Aamir Khan’s character had started a school in Ladakh for children. At this school, children were encouraged to create their own technological innovations for the betterment of others. Today, we bring to you, a story of a teenage girl who wanted to […]

Negative mood influences our body’s immune response

The investigators found that negative mood measured multiple times a day over time is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers. This extends prior research showing that clinical depression and hostility are associated with higher inflammation

Negative mood influences our body’s immune responseNegative mood, such as sadness and anger, is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health, according to researchers at Penn State. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response to such things as infections, wounds, and damage to tissues. Chronic inflammation can contribute to numerous diseases and conditions, […]

#InternationalDisabilityDay: ‘We need to look first at people’s abilities, not their disabilities,’

We observe #InternationalDisabilityDay, on December 03, each year to highlight certain issues and right which belong to disabled people. Even though they might seem incapable, they will surprise you with their grit, endurance and determination

#InternationalDisabilityDay: ‘We need to look first at people’s abilities, not their disabilities,’  Today, the world population is over 7 billion people. More than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. 80 per cent live in developing countries. Diksha has been paraplegic since birth but does not allow her disability to define her or be a […]

Pune: Doctor starts matrimonial website for the physically disabled

A Pune-based orthopaedic paediatrician came across several patients who had some or the other form of disability. These patients were unable to find a spouse. This prompted him to start a matrimonial website for people with physical disabilities

Pune: Doctor starts matrimonial website for the physically disabledThe website, which is called www.divyangmatrimony.in was started by Dr Sameer Desai, it aims to help people with disabilities find a partner according to their needs. “The website is free. It helps people with genetic counselling, marriage counselling, and also career counselling. Information about different disabilities is also displayed on it. When I had conducted […]

Harmful effects of firecrackers on human health

The festival of lights of Diwali celebrated in the country comes with it the glittering glows of lamps, boxes of sweets, celebration of love and relationship mixed with a fair deal of loud noise of firecrackers used

Harmful effects of firecrackers on human healthThe word noise itself denotes an unpleasant sound. As we closely approach the celebration, it is the right time to have a look of the other side of the story, the health hazards of firecracker which has been a part and parcel of our celebration for ages. Firecrackers, to begin with most commonly used ones […]

Silent strokes: Symptoms and treatment

Dr Kaustubh Mahajan, a Neurologist, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim, shares the symptoms and treatment for silent strokes

Silent strokes: Symptoms and treatmentA stroke, as per recent data, is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death, especially, amongst the elderly in India. A stroke is an obstruction of blood supply to the brain due to a blocked blood vessel or a ruptured blood vessel. Sometimes, strokes can occur without the person even […]

World Stroke Day: All you need to know about strokes

Over the years, stroke has become the second leading cause of disability and death worldwide. However, stroke affects more individuals from resource-poor countries where essential services, including acute treatment, are scarce

World Stroke Day: All you need to know about strokesPrevention and rehabilitation The considerable burden of stroke is in the low and middle-income countries and is likely to increase unless we have large-scale interventions. The sudden onset weakness or loss of sensation of one half of body, slurring of speech, loss of vision, unsteadiness of gait or loss of consciousness may be the early […]

Study finds, good mental ability and grip strength may prevent disability in older adults

To learn more about how and whether being strong can ward off disability, a team of researchers examined information from a study called SHARE

Study finds, good mental ability and grip strength may prevent disability in older adultsAs we age, we may develop certain disabilities that make it difficult to walk, climb, balance, or maintain our fine motor skills. In turn, these changes can affect our ability to perform routine, daily tasks, which can lead to a loss of independence and reduced quality of life. However, experts say that it is often […]

Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s, finds study

One in two women and one in three men will likely be diagnosed with dementia, Parkinson's disease, or stroke in their lifetime, estimate Dutch researchers in an observational study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s, finds studyNearly half of women and a third of men over the age of 45 will develop Parkinson’s, dementia or stroke during their lifetime, a new study says. The three conditions are among the leading causes of mortality and disability in the older population, with global costs estimated to be 2% of the annual world gross […]