WHO releases first-ever list of essential diagnostic tests

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases

WHO releases first-ever list of essential diagnostic testsToday, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. As a result, they do not receive the treatment they need and, in some cases, may actually receive the wrong treatment. For example, an estimated 46% of adults with Type 2 diabetes worldwide are undiagnosed, […]

National Rural Health Mission: Workers to march from Nashik to Mumbai in protest on May 18

Doctors, nurses and staff attached to the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) have called on an indefinite strike. In all, 24,000 workers including the doctors are on strike since May 07. They will hold this march to voice their demands. The protesters have threatened to intensify the strike if their demands are not considered by the government

National Rural Health Mission: Workers to march from Nashik to Mumbai in protest on May 18National Rural Health Mission began in 2005 with the aim to provide the medical services to the poor and needy people who are living in the interior areas of rural India. The doctor, nurses and the staff who are working under the National Rural Health Mission, have been attached to the primary health centres, rural […]

After losing daughter from rare genetic condition, family struggle to save son

Avighna, is barely four-months-old and his entire life is ahead of him. We can make a difference in Shailesh and Arpita’s life by helping them to raise funds for their son

After losing daughter from rare genetic condition, family struggle to save son“I have lost my daughter to the disease, and now my son’s life is hanging in the balance. I need your help to save my son. Will anyone come forward? Will you help me to save my son’s life?” This is the plea of Aarpita Ghadge to the people of India. A call to help […]

Mumbai: FDA’s search for blue ice ends in futility

Maharashtra's Food and Drug Department (FDA) is nowadays searching for the blue ice. You will find this amusing. And one will think why the FDA officers are searching for it? They have searched the length and breadth on Mumbai, but their efforts have not yielded any results. Every time the FDA officers go out for a search, they return empty-handed

Mumbai: FDA’s search for blue ice ends in futilityIn order to curb the use of contaminated ice for which is used for edible purposes, the Maharashtra government decided to split the ice used into edible and non-edible categories. It’s been three months that the order has passed, but the FDA is yet to come across the blue colour ice. But, now the question […]

Have scientists found a cure for the common cold?

Scientists in the UK have developed a new molecule that prevents viruses responsible for the sickness from replicating inside human cells - and if further testing confirms the compound is safe, we could be looking at the unthinkable: a cure

Have scientists found a cure for the common cold?UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. This should stop any cold […]

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt 

The Supreme Court has taken a stern view on the practice of the hospitals to compel patients to buy the medicines from the hospital pharmacy itself. The SC has issued a notice to the centre seeking a response on the same

Why force patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies: SC asks govt The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the union government, to all the states and the union territories. The SC has sought government’s response over why not to restrain the private hospitals from forcing patients to buy medicines from the hospital pharmacies. A petition was filed by a Delhi-based student, Sidharth Dalmia and his […]

Tuberous sclerosis: Parents initiate a campaign to spread awareness

Today, May 15 is observed as National Tuberous Sclerosis Day. There is lack of awareness about tuberous sclerosis (a hereditary disease). To spread awareness on it, the patients’ family whose children are affected with this disease have created a group

Tuberous sclerosis: Parents initiate a campaign to spread awarenessWhat is tuberous sclerosis (TS)? Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is a rare genetic condition that causes noncancerous, or benign, tumours to grow in your brain, other vital organs, and skin. TS can be inherited. Some people only have mild symptoms, while others experience: Autism Seizures Tumours There’s no known cure for TS, but most people can […]

4 steps to eat your way to lower cholesterol

Although diet can be a simple and powerful way to improve cholesterol levels, it plays a bigger role for some people than for others. Don't be discouraged if you have followed a diet but not reached your goal blood level

4 steps to eat your way to lower cholesterolMany people can reduce cholesterol levels simply by changing what they eat. For example, if you are a fan of cheeseburgers, eating less meat (and leaner cuts) and more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can lower your total cholesterol by 25% or more. Cutting back on saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products) and […]

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

Managing heart disease during pregnancy

Pregnancy has a profound effect on the mother’s body and especially the heart. Most of these changes start in the first three months and peak during the second trimester, and plateau during the third trimester

Managing heart disease during pregnancyIncreased occurrences of heart disease have been found in pregnant women, this constitutes a substantial amount of high-risk pregnancies. Changes that occur in maternal circulation have the potential to affect both maternal and unborn baby’s health. Health records show that 4% of pregnancies may have heart issues, with no prior known existence. It is a […]