No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchers

New work using chaos theory to analyse brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects. Researchers found that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb showed altered brain connections that were consistent with impaired cognitive performance. Their findings were reached by measuring the responses […]

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‘Disabled students cannot be barred from appearing for MBBS exams,’ states Delhi High Court

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in an earlier decision had stated that nearly 80 per cent of disabled students would not be eligible to appear for MBBS exams. Now, the Delhi High Court has rapped MCI on their decision and has issued a show-cause notice to the MCI and stated that students cannot be […]

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

As 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 […]

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#WorldLeprosyDay: Technician ropes in barber, bangle seller and tailor to detect leprosy in people

World Leprosy Day, held on the last Sunday of January every year, seeks to increase public awareness about leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease – a highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. This year’s theme for World Leprosy Day is ‘ending discrimination, stigma, and prejudice’. It is said that the majority of […]

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A man suffering from lymphatic filariasis

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

The 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 […]

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Sister builds make shift-cycle to help wheelchair-bound brother go to school

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

You 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 […]

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Negative mood influences our body’s immune response

Negative 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, […]

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#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 […]

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Pune: Doctor starts matrimonial website for the physically disabled

The 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 […]

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