Failed to act against dengue, malaria menace?: State to take action

Earlier in June, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has served a notice to MMRDA over rising cases of dengue in the city. As many as 12 workers from the BMC have been diagnosed with Dengue and Malaria, due to the on-going Metro work near Mantralaya

Failed to act against dengue, malaria menace?: State to take actionMumbai Metro’s work is on the full swing. Day in and day out, the workers are on the job to deliver the swanky metro for Mumbaikars. However, Metro work is causing discomfort to BMC workers, and are not able to perform their duties. The reason being stagnant water in the pits, which have been dug […]

Tackling common illnesses in monsoon

Dr Upasana Sharma, Head, Emergency and Trauma, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares her insights about the monsoon-related ailments, its symptoms, and its prevention

Tackling common illnesses in monsoonEnjoying the first showers of the season, eating at roadside stalls, and playing in puddles, is how many of us wish to be associated with the monsoon. However, it is a busy time for doctors, as the season brings with it a multitude of illnesses; Prompt examination and treatment is of utmost importance. It is […]

Use of personal protective measures against mosquito-borne diseases is a must this monsoon

The monsoon season is a double-edged sword - while it provides the necessary relief from the scorching summer, at the same time it brings with it several vector-borne diseases and illness, which can sometimes turn life-threatening

Use of personal protective measures against mosquito-borne diseases is a must this monsoonResearch by medical experts indicates that children are especially prone to such diseases. A WHO study, conducted in 2017, reports that an estimated 219 million cases of malaria were detected in which children in the age group of under five years comprised 61% of malaria deaths globally. The mortality rate is indicative of the seriousness […]

#WorldMalariaDay: Having this one particular blood type can help protect you from severe malaria

Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, one of the most deadly diseases known to humankind. Each year it claims over 400,000 lives, most of whom are children younger than age five

#WorldMalariaDay: Having this one particular blood type can help protect you from severe malariaWhile it’s possible to vaccinate against malaria, virtually all of these cases are in the African region, where protection is often nothing more than a roll of the dice. Now, a recent analysis of 23 papers suggests those with blood type O have the genetic odds stacked in their favour. In sub-Saharan Africa, where severe […]

Medical detection dogs can help diabetics manage insulin levels, finds study

Detection dogs spotted 83 per cent of more than 4,000 episodes of unacceptably high or low blood sugar during trial, and provided a quicker alert than other monitors in some cases

Medical detection dogs can help diabetics manage insulin levels, finds studyNew research by the University of Bristol in collaboration with Medical Detection Dogs has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes. Tradition has it that dogs are our best friends, and researchers have been putting this special connection […]

WHO: India records 24% reduction in malaria cases in 2017

There were 3.5 million more malaria cases reported in these 10 African countries in 2017 compared to the previous year, while India, however, showed progress in reducing its disease burden

WHO: India records 24% reduction in malaria cases in 2017Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable […]

This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoes

In the study, scientists split 139 patients into three groups to test the effects of ivermectin. They found high doses of the drug made human blood poisonous to mosquitos. The effects lasted up to a month, according to the international team of experts. Researchers now hope the drug could be used to stem the control of malaria

This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoesAn ‘exciting’ pill can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes and kill them, research suggests. Scientists discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug and in lower doses is widely used in the treatment of other tropical diseases. It has safely […]

Dogs can help sniff out malaria, finds new study

Dogs can detect malaria by sniffing people’s socks. Study says the animals appear able to identify people infected with the disease even if they are not showing symptoms

Dogs can help sniff out malaria, finds new studyDogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument. Just how powerful is a dog’s nose? Powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion – a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and […]

Patients who suffered from malaria can now donate blood after three years

Earlier, patients were allowed to donate blood one year after completing the treatment. The National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has amended the rules of the blood donation for patients affected by malaria

Patients who suffered from malaria can now donate blood after three yearsWith the aim to curb the spread of infection due to the blood transfusion. National Aids Control Organisation, has taken the decision. Earlier, people affected from Malaria were allowed to donate blood one year after the treatment. NACO has issued the directives to all the State Blood Transfusion Committee. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, […]

Mumbai witnesses drastic rise in cases of dengue

September has witnessed a rise in cases of the vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. In total, 307 cases of malaria and 213 cases of dengue respectively, were recorded in civic-run hospitals. August recorded. The cases of dengue have shot up as they were just 82 cases of dengue in the  month of August

Mumbai witnesses drastic rise in cases of dengueThe city also witnessed 19 cases of leptospirosis this month. The number of deaths due to leptospirosis was one, while dengue also claimed one life. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) report on monsoon-related diseases: Diseases September 2017 September 2018 (Till 16 September) Malaria   849 307 Gastro   532 227 Hepatitis   105 […]
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