ICMR releases book on its landmark health research successes

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released a coffee table book ‘Touching Lives’ which includes 16 of its most path-breaking health research achievements which has left a positive impact on the lives of Indians. J P Nadda, Union Health Minister unveiled the book which will inspire more such landmark achievements from Indian scientists

ICMR releases book on its landmark health research successesBe it the invaluable contribution in developing the highly effective DOTS treatment module for tuberculosis (TB) or micro-nutrient fortification of food products or life-saving interventions like oral rehydration solution and vaccines or fluorosis treatment to documenting rare blood-groups, ICMR has worked tirelessly towards achieving the vision for a healthy India. As a celebration of its […]

Dr Balram Bhargava takes over as Director General of ICMR

Professor Balram Bhargava had taken charge of Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-cum-Secretary Department of Health Research (DHR) on April 16

Dr Balram Bhargava takes over as Director General of ICMRDr Bhargava is also a professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS); he is a leader in the field of biomedical innovations public health and medical research. He graduated in medicine (MBBS) and he went on to secure MD and DM with specialisation in Cardiology. He is a […]

Drinking alcohol directly linked to DNA damage, reveals study

Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations

Drinking alcohol directly linked to DNA damage, reveals studyDrinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, […]

Union cabinet approves MoU on health and medicine between India and Iran

The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Iran on cooperation in the field of health and medicine. The MoU was signed on February 17, 2018 during the visit of the President of Iran to India

Union cabinet approves MoU on health and medicine between India and IranThe MoU will encourage cooperation between the two countries and strengthen bilateral ties between them. The MoU covers the following areas of cooperation: Exchange experience in training of medical doctors and other health professionals. Assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities. Regulation of pharmaceuticals,   medical   devices   and   cosmetics   and […]

Drinking tea can reduce glaucoma risk, suggest study

The researchers found that the participants who drank tea every day had a 74 per cent lower risk of developing glaucoma than those who didn't. Tea contains phytochemicals and flavonoids, which have been observed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties

Drinking tea can reduce glaucoma risk, suggest studyDrinking a cup of hot tea every day could lower the risk of developing glaucoma, a study has suggested. Tea-drinkers were 74% less likely to develop the eye disease, according to which study looked at the eyesight and food and drink habits of 1,678 people in America. Glaucoma affects 57.5 million people and is one […]

Being married can protect you against dementia

Research has shown that people with spouses tend to be healthier than those without them. This may explain part of the findings, say the researchers: Married couples may motivate each other to exercise, eat healthfully, maintain social ties and smoke and drink less - all things that are associated with a lower risk for dementia

Being married can protect you against dementiaBeing married could help stave off dementia, a new study has suggested. Levels of social interaction could explain the finding, experts have said, after the research showed that people who are single or widowed are more likely to develop the disease. Experts conducted an analysis of 15 studies which held data on dementia and marital […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

New cancer test can detect 8 types of cancers, offering new hope to patients

The Cancer Seek test was able to detect tumours about 70% of the time on average in more than 1,005 patients with early-stage cancer. Crucially, it did so before the cancers had spread, giving patients the best chance of beating the disease

New cancer test can detect 8 types of cancers, offering new hope to patientsA new blood test that can help in the early diagnoses of eight common cancers before they spread and risk patients’ chances of survival has been developed by Australian researchers. The new test would help early detection of cancers affecting the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, bowel, lung and breast, Xinhua quotes a statement from […]

‘Doctors should look at traditional medicine with modern perspective’

My Medical Mantra speaks with Dr Suresh Patankar regarding his nomination to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India. It is a statutory body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which monitors and regulates higher education in Ayurweda, Siddha and Unani

‘Doctors should look at traditional medicine with modern perspective’Dr Suresh Patankar, a Pune-based urologist and President of Ace Multispecialty hospital, has been recently nominated to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India. The CCIM is a statutory body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which monitors higher education in Ayurweda, Siddha and Unani. It regulates Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. […]

In a first, human gene edited to stop disease

Science is going through a golden age in editing DNA, thanks to a new technology called Crispr; named breakthrough of the year in just 2015. By using this technique, it's possible to reduce the burden of this heritable disease on the family and eventually the human race. However, this is not about to become routine practice. There is a question on its safety, and that can be answered only by far more extensive research

In a first, human gene edited to stop diseaseScientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families. It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. The US and South Korean team allowed the embryos to develop for five days before stopping […]