‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care experts

Yesteryear’s super hit movie, ‘Anand’ grabbed eyeballs for its portrayal of characters and unique presentation of death- acceptance. Anand, is a cancer patient who doesn’t wish to confine to bed in his final days and wished to die peacefully. That is the kind of life that palliative care tries to advocate, to help the person to be bereft of pain and suffering. However, the experts say that we are poorly prepared, in case of palliative care

‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care expertsFor the 83-year-old, Nitin Kumar (name changed) his family was everything. Like anybody in that age, he had started feeling more breathless and came to the doctors with the complaint of heart ailments. Kumar had a severe heart disease which took a toll on his kidney. Kumar’s family approached the palliative care unit at Hinduja […]

Mumbai gets one-of-its kind non-oncology palliative care unit

On the occasion of Hospice and Palliative Care day, PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre launched its palliative care service in the hospital. Its services will include pain relief treatment, counseling and OPD

Mumbai gets one-of-its kind non-oncology palliative care unitOne of the prominent characters in the film Piku was played by Amitabh Bachchan as a doting yet open-minded father, who, in one of the scenes is ridiculed when Irrfan Khan (Rana in the film) says his father was put on the ventilator. ‘Comfort care’ or ‘palliative care’ is the need of the hour. It […]

Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercise

While many people are aware of the benefits of physical activity in theory, many of us find it particularly hard in practice to stay physically active. New research may help to explain why this is so

Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercisePerhaps you have told yourself many times that, as of next week, you will start exercising more. Perhaps next month, maybe even next year. For many of us, however, sticking to a disciplined program of physical exercise is one of the hardest New Year’s resolutions. New research offers clues as to why finding the motivation […]

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease

The disease, an umbrella term to dementia related to the presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a type of protein) in the brain, affects millions across the globe

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease“I am not a medical professional, and I am not a spokesperson for anyone. I am a witness,” says Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of famed Hollywood actor Robin Williams. “What my husband and I went through at the hand of Lewy body disease was so horrifying that I want to see the cause eradicated. […]

Facts you should know about Parkinson’s disease

Facts you should know about Parkinson’s diseaseParkinson’s disease can seem rather mysterious. For starters, it’s hard to diagnose, since the only way to be certain someone had it is to physically examine her brain after death. And even once you’re told that you have it, your prognosis will probably be murky, because it impacts everyone differently. Meanwhile, friends and loved ones may […]

PSP, a disease which doesn’t have any cure or treatment

A daughter narrates how 19 doctors and neurologists over seven years failed to identify that her mother is suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare brain disease that affects only five to six people in 100,000

PSP, a disease which doesn’t have any cure or treatment“She was just standing there,” my dad told my sister, by way of explanation, “and she fell.” My mom managed a small smile, with her big swollen lip, like it was her fault, my sister told me. The three of them were living in a small apartment in Tokyo at the time. This was five […]