Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Researchers at Columbia University found changes in the way babies brains developed if their mothers took certain antidepressants. Babies whose mothers took the drugs had more core connections in parts of their brains that control negative emotional responses. Other research has found links to antidepressant use in pregnancy and risks for autism and low birth weights in babies   

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain developmentBabies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHO

Describing each of the 12 bacterium as "priority pathogens" and as greatest threats to human health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says many of these have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHONew antibiotics must be developed urgently to fight a dozen dangerous families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health. Many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics, the United National health agency said. The […]

HIV: Government to provide free of cost viral load testing for patients

The initiative will provide free of cost viral load testing for 12 lakh PLHIV on treatment in the country at least once a year. The health minister further announced that after ‘Treat All’, Viral Load test is a big step forward in treating and monitoring people living with HIV

HIV: Government to provide free of cost viral load testing for patientsCalling it a historic day, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the ‘Viral load testing for all People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).’ “This viral load test is of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong Antiretroviral Therapy,” he said. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health […]

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 […]

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 […]