One weight-loss approach fits all? No, not even close

Two people can have same amount of excess weight; they can be same age, same socioeconomic class, same race, same gender. And yet a treatment that works for one will do nothing for the other

One weight-loss approach fits all? No, not even closeDr Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition at Harvard, likes to challenge his audience when he gives lectures on obesity. “If you want to make a great discovery,” he tells them, figure out this: Why do some people lose 50 pounds on a diet while others on the same diet gain a few pounds? Then […]

HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cure

Doctors using a treatment called nivolumab on a lung cancer patient with AIDS noticed a 'drastic and persistent' decrease in infected white blood cells. The findings have raised hopes that drugs could one day eradicate the HIV virus, which attacks the immune system and currently has no cure

HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cureScientists have reported the first case of a cancer drug that “drastically and persistently decreases” HIV-infected cells which can’t be tackled with conventional HIV treatments. The case, a 51-year old, HIV-positive man receiving treatment for lung cancer was reported as a letter in the Annals of Oncology journal today, World Aids Day, and has been […]

20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’

Consuming cannabis can be a bad idea as it can be dangerous. Most of those who consume cannabis or alcohol even once in their lifetime believe that it is of no harm. However, this 40-year-old from Mumbai, is battling with the side-effects of cannabis, in spite of consuming it only once, that too twenty years ago

20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’Cannabis is infamous for its acute disease spreading properties such as cannabinoids. Acute anxiety, hallucinations, chest heaviness, schizophrenia and such ailments are known side-effects of consuming cannabis. Occasional drinkers or smokers generally use the excuse about how intermittent consumption could not have serious side-effects. But, contrary to this belief, a 40-year-old Mumbai man has been […]

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai man

His parents started noticing that he had become irritable, suspicious of people’s intentions, angrily picking up fights, gradually progressed to muttering to self, abusing, running out of the house , spending long hours in front of the mirror etc. That’s when the doctors realised he had schizophrenia, a side-effect in this case of ‘smoking pot’

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai manFor the 32-year-old, Jian Kapoor (name changed) smoking pot was a ‘fun’ with friends. Kapoor was working in a management firm and he would smoke the pot with his friends about a year back. He was becoming way too irritable and increasingly suspicious of everyone. His worried parents approached a city doctor for help. “His parents […]

‘I had only one option, to quit drugs or die’

Addiction – be it of alcohol, smoking, a person or drugs takes a toll on your mental and physical health. Similarly, a 34-year-old drug addict from Mumbai had hit the rock bottom but by a conscious decision, strong will power and family’s support, he managed to beat the addiction

‘I had only one option, to quit drugs or die’At the age of 14, when children oscillate between classes and extra curricular activities, Vian Shroff (name changed), an Andheri resident, got into drugs since the year 1995. “I was 14-years-old, when I got into drugs. It was out of curiosity, fun and peer pressure,” said Vian. Vian informed that he didn’t get an addict […]

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never before

A recent study reveals that nowadays teenagers prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a litany of social media apps, as compared to teens from the past generations

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never beforeToday’s teenagers don’t seem to care much about hitting the open road, scoring a six-pack with a fake ID, or asking their peers out on dates. According to a recent study from psychologists Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, teenagers instead prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a […]

Anaesthetic drug addiction: a problem among medical practitioners

Doctors say that they are witnessing a rise in the number of doctors who themselves are coming to them complaining about their addiction to anaesthetic drugs. Being from the medical field, it is easier for them to acquire anaesthetic drugs, say experts

Anaesthetic drug addiction: a problem among medical practitionersWhat would you do if someone in your family is addicted to a drug? Most probably, you would opt to visit a doctor for de-addiction. In a surprising turn of events, doctors across Maharashtra say that they are seeing a rise in the number of doctors complaining about their addiction to anaesthetic drugs. About six […]

Doctors welcome move to legalise marijuana for medicinal purpose

An impending debate about using Marijuana for medicinal purpose has resurfaced after Minister of Women and Children Development, Maneka Gandhi suggested legalising Marijuana in India. Marijuana is a popular psycho-active drug that is known for its pain-relieving effects and its medicinal use is allowed in many countries across the world. Doctors say, it is a nice move, if followed with caution

Doctors welcome move to legalise marijuana for medicinal purposeAn already impending debate has now resurfaced after the Minister of Women and Children Development, Maneka Gandhi, has suggested legalising Marijuana in India for its medicinal purposes. Marijuana is a popular psycho-active drug that is known for its pain-relieving effects and its medicinal use is allowed in many countries across the world. On Sunday, the minister […]

Post GST 78 per cent medicines to remain unaffected, affirms NPPA

NPPA’s twitter handle assured that complaints regarding traded drugs will be entertained; this twitter handle will accept and register specific and actionable complaints regarding non availability of any drug for follow up

Post GST 78 per cent medicines to remain unaffected, affirms NPPAContrary to reports that Goods and Service Tax (GST) will make medicines expensive, the National Pharmacists Pricing Authority (NPPA) tweeted on their official handle, Prices of approximately 78 per cent of all actively used and traded drugs in the country are going to remain unaffected post GST. Prices of approximately 78% of all actively used […]