Digitisation of medical sector is good for our health

A recent survey by Docplexus, India’s largest and fastest growing community of doctors, revealed that 83% of physicians preferred online medical learning as it removes demographic barriers and is convenient

Digitisation of medical sector is good for our healthIn this day and age, there’s hardly an industry left untouched by technology. In the medical sector, technological innovations are facilitating better and faster diagnoses, optimal resource utilisation, reduction in errors and a positive change in the way care is delivered. Healthcare digitisation and advanced medical technologies are making possible a more affordable, data-driven personalised […]

Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  

Researchers used retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method in ophthalmology and applied an algorithm based on statistical biomarker tool for early detection of certain eye disorders

Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  Early diagnosis of certain eye diseases and studying the early progression of the diseases has now become possible, thanks to the work carried out by a team of researchers from three institutes — IISER, Kolkata, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and BARC, Visakhapatnam. The researchers used the retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method […]

Mercedes develops new tech to prevent car crashes caused by medical episodes

The car maker's research and development chief, Ola Kallenius, says cars will soon be equipped with heart rate monitors in the steering wheel, as well as the ability to communicate with wearable fitness trackers

Mercedes develops new tech to prevent car crashes caused by medical episodesFatal road accidents caused by medical episodes could be consigned to history in the near future. Mercedes-Benz revealed a partnership with Phillips medical instruments at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will see vehicles play a key role in monitoring the health of drivers. The car maker’s research and development chief, Ola Kallenius, […]

How volunteers with no medical training are fighting diseases the world ignores

150 volunteers have been trained since 2014 to hold monthly 'community dialogues' in villages, gathering large groups of people to talk about neglected diseases

How volunteers with no medical training are fighting diseases the world ignoresFor people suffering from painful diseases in remote parts of the world, neighbours volunteering as health educators can be their best shot at getting help. Ordinary people, without any formal medical training, have stepped up to teach others about common illnesses in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of […]

Diet debate: Are diet drinks a no-go?

It's rare in life to have your cake and eat it too. But are low-calorie sweeteners the guilt-free way to be naughty?

Diet debate: Are diet drinks a no-go?Nobody is going to claim that regularly drinking full-sugar pop is good for you with a 500ml bottle of cola containing around 200 calories. But a diet version can come in at just the one calorie. Simple logic would suggest that swapping a full sugar drink for a diet version cuts calories from your diet. […]

Emerging diseases and the threat they possess in 2017

Population pressure, climate change and ecological degradation may be contributing to a situation where zoonosis – the movement of a disease from a vertebrate animal to a human host – is more common

Emerging diseases and the threat they possess in 2017The phrase “emerging disease”, to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s. But it was the realisation in the late 1970s and early 1980s that the world was in the throes of previously unrecognised pandemics of […]

Andhra government’s ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ to raise awareness on health and medical issues

Starting January 1 , the programme will generate awareness on one health-related aspect each month among rural people

Andhra government’s ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ to raise awareness on health and medical issuesIn order to create awareness among rural people across Andhra Pradesh about various aspects of health, hygiene and diseases, state government launched a novel medical and health programme ‘Swasth Vidya Vahini’ on Saturday. However, awareness activities under the programme will be taken up only from January 1. Under this programme, medical, dental, nursing and home-science […]

Conjoined twins seen for the first time without bandages as they head to rehab after separation

Jadon and his brother Anias were separated in a 27-hour surgery on October 13. It has been the fastest recovery in history although Anias's progress is slower

Conjoined twins seen for the first time without bandages as they head to rehab after separationFormerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald have transferred to a new hospital to begin rehabilitation nine weeks after being separated. The twins were separated in a 20-hour procedure at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx on October 13 and 14. On Wednesday, they left the New York City hospital that had been their home […]

Air pollution is costing India 3 per cent of its GDP

A World Bank Disaster Management and Climate Change Unit report states total environmental degradation damage amounts to Rs3.75 trillion, which is equal to around 5.7% of GDP

Air pollution is costing India 3 per cent of its GDPThe cost of serious health consequences from particulate matter pollution is estimated to be around 3 per cent of India’s GDP, according to a Health Ministry statement in Lok Sabha. Minister of State for Health and Family welfare Anupriya Patel, in a written statement to the parliament, cited the ‘India – Diagnostic Assessment of Select […]

Medical community alarmed by global rise of diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke if the disease is left undiagnosed or poorly controlled

Medical community alarmed by global rise of diabetesThe rise of diabetes is causing avoidable deaths and imposing substantial costs on ailing healthcare systems. Alarmed, lawmakers are attempting to improve prevention and get the emerging pandemic under control. Diabetes is a growing healthcare challenge and one of the four priority non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, targeted for urgent action by […]