J P Nadda assures support to Kerala government to manage Nipah virus outbreak

The Nipah virus or NiV infection has symptoms like breathing trouble, inflammation of the brain, fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and delirium. A patient can slip into coma within 48 hours. There is no vaccine for the virus yet, says WHO. The main treatment for those infected is ‘intensive supportive care,’ says the UN health body

J P Nadda assures support to Kerala government to manage Nipah virus outbreakIn view of the rising number of cases and reported deaths due to Nipah Virus in Kozhikode, Kerala, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has assured all support to the Kerala Government and has directed a multi-disciplinary central team from National Centre for Disease Control to immediately visit the district, and […]

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 […]

Here’s why the Indian method of cleaning ourselves is better than the western way

Dry toilet paper can leave behind faeces or cause someone to excessively wipe. Over wiping can create anal fissures or irritate haemorrhoids in the rectum. Celebrities abroad such as  will.i.am, Will Smith and Terrence Howard have spoken about using baby wipes instead. Bidets in toilets are popular in Spain, Italy and Greece but aren't found as often in the United States or other developing countries in the world

Here’s why the Indian method of cleaning ourselves is better than the western wayExperts believe we would be better off ditching toilet paper completely. While countries such as Japan, Italy and Greece use bidets as a way to clean their behinds, countries such as Britain, the US and Australia mainly rely on a bit of trusty loo roll to do the job. But, doctors say wiping could be […]

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. […]

Your daily activities can buy you infections!

Money can buy everything. But what it gives for free at times is unwarranted. Yes, we are talking about some infections that you may contract while you are unaware in public places or may be doing something very naturally and usually. And the bacteria can be transmitted through many sources. Along with money, infections occurring due to train handles, clothes, taps, passing pen and paper, sharing cosmetics, towels, visiting cards, cupboard handles are commonly seen. Here, the experts list out the ways to tackle it

Your daily activities can buy you infections!Amaya Gambhir* (28 years), went out for shopping with her family and picked up a few clothes for trials. After trying some clothes, she experienced severe itching and rashes. This soon turned into unbearable pain and redness on her back. “I rushed to a general physician and was told that this was due to trying […]

New substance discovered by scientist can help treat TB effectively

Among the greatest challenges when treating life-threatening tuberculosis infections is the increasing resistance to antibiotics. But the pathogen itself also makes the life of doctors difficult: its dense mycomembrane hampers the effect of many medications

New substance discovered by scientist can help treat TB effectivelyIn search of new strategies against life-threatening tuberculosis infections, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), as well as Harvard University and Texas A&M University in the USA have found a new ally. They discovered a substance that interferes with the mycomembrane formation of the bacterium. It is effective even in low concentrations […]

Mumbai doctor performs radio surgery in just 23 minutes

Dr Shankar Vangipuram, head of department, Radiation oncology services HCG Cancer centre, claims to perform radio surgery in just 23 minutes, which otherwise requires 90 minutes. He also adds that it is India’s first radio surgery which is conducted in such a short span of time

Mumbai doctor performs radio surgery in just 23 minutes  Ibrahim Khan, an 83-year-old senior citizen, was treated with radio surgery in just 23 minutes. Two years ago, Khan was diagnosed with Trigeminal neuralgia (a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — […]

Can itchy nipples be a sign of something serious?

It is important to remember that anyone who experiences abnormal symptoms should visit their doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. It is important to do this because if doctors discover a more serious condition, the person can receive treatment immediately

Can itchy nipples be a sign of something serious?At some point in their lives, most men and women will experience itchy nipples. Many factors that can cause the condition, most of which are not cause for concern. However, some symptoms should not be ignored. Itching nipples can be a sign that something more serious is going on. What are the causes of itchy […]

Here’s how to protect yourself from pneumonia this winter

Pneumonia can be life-threating especially to kids and people over 65yrs of age. Those people suffering from other chronic illness like lung disease, diabetes or immunocompromised condition are also susceptible as their immunity is considerably low

Here’s how to protect yourself from pneumonia this winterSeasonal changes bring with them various illnesses. Other than the usual cough and flu, viral infections breeze in with the onset of the winter. One of the infections caused by viruses is known to be Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection caused in one or both lungs, occurring due to […]

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance ‘one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today’

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?Bacteria are an integral part of our ecosystem and we share our bodies with many of these tiny creatures. However, they can be the root of serious health problems. There are roughly as many human cells as bacterial cells in our bodies, and our microscopic passengers pay their way by helping our immune system and […]
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