What the colour of your phlegm says about your health

The body is a mucus-making machine, producing about 1 to 1.5 litres of phlegm every day, even when you’re healthy

What the colour of your phlegm says about your healthIt’s not uncommon when you develop a hacking cough from deep down in your lungs to cough up a gel-like substance known as phlegm, or sputum. While you may think nothing of it, simply associating it with your sickness, the colour of the mucus can tell you some things about the pathogens invading your body. […]

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not well

 Getting no sleep, let alone an hour too little, throws your body’s regular processes for a loop, jostling the delicate balance of hormones out of whack and signalling to your brain that something is definitely wrong. A number of things happen when you pull an all-nighter, and not one of them is good

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not wellWho among us has not pulled an all-nighter, the practise which is generally seen among college students or working professionals, wherein, people will generally be up all night either studying or working very hard to complete a certain given task or assignment before a nearing deadline. All-nighters mark the full surrender to academic demands — […]

Effective ways to teach children about germs

The functioning of the body can be disrupted by germs that can send wreak havoc on our body. These tiny living organisms are the root cause for major diseases not just in kids but in almost everyone. Parents generally find it difficult to explain the concept of germs to kids. Read on to help make your kids understand about germs in a simpler way

Effective ways to teach children about germs‘How do I explain the concept of germs for my kid to understand’ is the biggest distress most parent’s experience. For your children, germs are an abstract concept, something that they cannot see or feel, but trying and explaining the importance of hygiene in an easy-to-understand method which will definitely help them lead a healthy […]

‘Obesity and malnutrition are substantial public health issues’

Today, Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, graced and addressed the 45 th convocation of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, he said, it is for you to ensure that healthcare indices for the entire population reach acceptable levels during our lifetime. This is how the battle against polio, and earlier smallpox, was fought and won. Those victories must inspire us and spur us to a healthier India in all its dimensions

‘Obesity and malnutrition are substantial public health issues’Pointing out the shortage of doctors in our country, the President said that doctors need help in the form of more colleagues. And this is where we need a new regulatory system to enhance availability of doctors and medical professionals in our society. In the absence of this, the work-load on our doctors is very […]

Can the bacteria on our bodies help us heal?

Although antibiotics are used in wound treatments, multidrug resistance is common and infections persist. Could bacteria provide much-needed strategies to prevent life-threatening infections? Scientists are searching for alternatives

Can the bacteria on our bodies help us heal?Our skin provides a natural barrier to the environment. This is crucial for our health, as skin protects us from invasive pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When the skin barrier is damaged, these pathogens are ready to make their way into the body to colonise it. This is particularly dangerous if the bacteria in […]

Pollution can lower your baby’s birth weight, say researchers

Researchers of Sri Ramchandra University in Chennai have conducted a research on the effect of the rising pollution on the foetus. If a pregnant woman is exposed to 10 microgram pollution, the baby's birth weight reduces by 4 grams

Pollution can lower your baby’s birth weight, say researchersAs the level of pollution is increasing with the change in weather condition, cities like Delhi and Mumbai are witnessing a rise in a lot of health issues. Researchers at Sri Ramchandra University conducted research in Chennai and the surrounding two districts. Since last five years, 1,200 women were studied.  In the 10 micrograms pollution, […]

Know how to use a public washroom safely

Using a public washroom can be uncomfortable, as people are hesitant to enter it, due to the fear of contracting germs and bacteria. Here, experts give you tips to use a public washroom in most hygienic way

Know how to use a public washroom safelyPublic restrooms are not always the cleanest places to visit. Even a clean public restroom can harbour many germs just by the fact that so many people use the same facility all day long. Owing to which, experts advise to follow a proper hygiene. Dr Niranjan Chavan, Professor, Gynaecology Department at LTMG (Sion) Hospital said, “One […]

Mysterious case of Italian woman who sweats blood baffles doctors

The condition known as hematohidrosis is a rare disease characterised by blood oozing from intact skin or mucous membranes, such as from inside the nose. Symptoms can include sweating blood, crying bloody tears, bleeding from the nose, or bleeding from other skin surfaces, according to the National Institutes of Health's Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. There is no known cure for hematohidrosis

Mysterious case of Italian woman who sweats blood baffles doctorsA young woman in Italy has a rare and mysterious condition that causes her to sweat blood, according to a new report of her case. The 21-year-old told her doctors that, over the last three years, she periodically experienced bleeding from her face and palms, without any cuts or skin lesions. These bleeding episodes typically […]

One kiss can be harmful for your baby

Wow! The baby is so cute! Can I touch him, play with him or kiss him? Are some common questions we ask, when we meet a new born. Sometimes, the elderly people of the family stop us from touching or kissing the baby. Well! There is a strong reason behind it

One kiss can be harmful for your babyOften, we kiss the babies and tend to forget that they might develop infections.  To top it all, the baby can also fall sick. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rohit Narvekar, paediatrician said, “After deliver, if the mother has infection and if she kisses the baby. There are high changes that the baby can […]

Two doctors who survived cancer prepare for a marathon

Dr Deepali Deshmukh was diagnosed with blood cancer in July last year. After completing intensive chemotherapy for six months and recovering from the disease, while Dr Mitali Upadhye who had survived ovarian cancer in 2013

Two doctors who survived cancer prepare for a marathonCancer not only affects patients physically but also imposes immense mental stress upon them. During and after the recovery process, it is important for cancer patients to have strong willpower and a motivational spirit to live. Two doctors who have been cancer patients themselves, have set an example by how defeating cancer without letting it […]