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 […]

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 […]

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babies

Doctors said labouring in water may help ease pain and lower the need for anaesthesia for the mother.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) it may also speed up the first stage of labour before the cervix is fully dilated and the baby is ready to emerge. But as the risks may outweigh its benefits, it is advisable that women should avoid delivering babies in water

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babiesA newborn girl in Canada developed a life-threatening infection after being delivered in a hot tub, according to a case report that some doctors say offers fresh evidence that women should not deliver babies in water. The baby girl was delivered full-term and was healthy at birth. But she was hospitalised at eight days old […]

Deafness: Commonly seen in the age group of 18 to 25, say doctors

Earache can be painful. Earache is more common in children than it is in adults. The pain from earache can be constant or it may come and go. It can feel like a burning sensation or a sharp, or dull, pain. According to doctors, improper ear care can cause deafness amongst children and youth in the young age. Ear infections, continuous use of head phones and often use of cell phone are the leading reasons behind deafness

Deafness: Commonly seen in the age group of 18 to 25, say doctorsMost ear pain clears up on its own without any treatment. But if it’s not getting better, or if you have other, more serious symptoms, you may need to see a doctor.  Dr Bachi Hathiram, ENT surgeon and HOD of Nair Hospital said, “Young generation is crazy about mobile phones. Continuous use of ear phones can […]
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