When should you throw away your leftovers?

Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Be sure to eat them within that time. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately

When should you throw away your leftovers?Refrigeration is the most important invention in the history of food. But while commercial and home refrigerators have only been used for the past 100 years or so, people have long used cool natural environments to store foods for extended periods. Temperature is important for controlling microbial growth. Just as we find food wholesome, bacteria […]

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states report

Living in India and inhaling lungful of polluted air every day is like being a chronic smoker according to a recent report by India’s State-Level Disease Burden Initiative

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states reportThis partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked. Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations […]

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals study

A new study conducted by a researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that all infectious diseases are driven by seasonal elements

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals studyProfessor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and peer-reviewed journal articles. She then mapped the time of year when outbreaks tended to occur, ranging from common infections to rare tropical diseases. As reported in the journal […]

Maharashtra: 302 people died due to swine flu since January

Pune, Nashik, and Satara districts of Maharashtra are the worst affected districts. The incidence of the H1N1 virus is rising, caution doctors

Maharashtra: 302 people died due to swine flu since JanuaryTill date, 2,375 people have been tested positive for swine flu in the state. 1,775 patients have been discharged. While 600 patients are currently admitted to the hospital, 33 have been put on the ventilator. Swine flu cases have been increasing rapidly by the day. Dr Pradeep Awate, Nodal Officer infectious disease, Maharashtra, stated, “From […]

World’s first human case of rat transmitted hepatitis confirmed in Hong Kong

The first known case of a human infected with a version of the hepatitis E virus carried by rats was confirmed in Hong Kong Thursday, September 27. According to University of Hong Kong (HKU) researchers, it remains unclear how the patient contracted rat hepatitis E, a genetically distinct form of the virus that was previously isolated in rodents

World’s first human case of rat transmitted hepatitis confirmed in Hong KongResearchers say it is unclear how the man contracted the virus, but refuse bins outside his home were infested with rats. There had been no previous evidence that this strain of the virus could be transmitted to humans. The human version of hepatitis E is usually spread through contaminated drinking water. ‘Highly divergent’ Doctors discovered […]

Shocking: Nearly 2.6 lakhs of deaths in India caused due to alcohol abuse

The figures in India relating to the alcohol consumption are worrisome and raise a number of red flags. The alcohol per capita consumption in India was at 2.4 litres, 4.3 litres and 5.7 litres in 2005, 2010 and 2016 respectively

Shocking: Nearly 2.6 lakhs of deaths in India caused due to alcohol abuseWHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in […]

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stay

The report mentions that situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 per cent of hospitalised patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to 7 per cent in high income countries

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stayAccording to a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report highlights that inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or […]

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infections

At day two of the World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation (WCNR) 2018, one of the most awaited sessions was about neuroinfections in developing countries. It spoke about infections like chikungunya and encephalitis in these countries

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infectionsThe second day of WCNR seems more than just promising. Whether it is the topics chosen or the guests who have come down to Mumbai, it was a marvel to attend. One such dynamic session was about neuroinfections in the developing world. The session was chaired by Dr M Chandrashekhar, Dr R Chakor and Dr […]

Post the deluge in Mumbai, BMC held an emergency review meeting on Monday

It has been nearly a week since August 29 which turned out to be a dreadful day for several people in Mumbai. The city itself came to a standstill due to incessant rains. After this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) held an emergency meeting on Monday to review the preparations to stop the spread of infectious diseases in the city. The meeting was chaired by the Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital in Parel, Mumbai

Post the deluge in Mumbai, BMC held an emergency review meeting on MondayTuesday, August 29, will be a day that will go down in history. Mumbaikars will never forget this fateful day, when aamchi Mumbai was severely flooded. The BMC had recently urged the citizens to take preventive medication in order to avoid diseases like leptospirosis. There is a risk of an increase in mosquito breeding sites […]