#RoadSafetyWeek: Importance of emergency care post an accident

Dr Shweta Manohar, Head of Emergency and Trauma, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, explains why it is crucial to undergo a medical check-up post-accident

#RoadSafetyWeek: Importance of emergency care post an accidentEvery year January 11 to 17, ‘Road Safety Week’ is observed, and it focuses on interventions made year-on-year to bring down road traffic accidents. The theme for this year is ‘Sadak Suraksha , Jeevan Raksha’. Generally, the first observation following a road traffic accident (RTA), especially, a -impact one, is that the motorists and pedestrians, […]

Does the sound of someone loudly chewing food bother you?  

Misophonia refers to a disorder where people are selectively sensitive to certain sounds. These sounds act as specific triggers such as lip smacking, breathing, chewing, typing, etc. This cause the affected person to react, the reaction itself can just be mild irritation, or it can worsen to rage and even physical aggression

Does the sound of someone loudly chewing food bother you?  Researchers are still studying this disorder, with some studies finding links between misophonia and post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety. Those who have misoponia might describe it as when a sound ‘drives you crazy.’ Their reactions can range from anger and annoyance to panic and the need to flee. The disorder is […]

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 […]

Do you tend to kick and yell during sleep? Here’s why it happens

Scientists are learning more about a violent sleep disorder in which people kick and yell while sleeping. When people enter REM sleep, they're in a deep sleep. Normally, the brain sends signals to prevent muscles from moving. Those signals are disrupted in people with REM sleep behaviour disorder, which can lead a person to act out dreams, sometimes becoming physically violent

Do you tend to kick and yell during sleep? Here’s why it happensTaking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder, according to a study published in the December 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reason

There is growing evidence that the quality of a person's sleep is linked to the occurrence or severity of a number of psychological conditions, ranging from PTSD to depression. However, this study is the first significant one to explore whether a person's pattern of sleep can be used to predict whether he or she might be vulnerable to PTSD or develop PTSD following a traumatic event

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reasonThe quality of your sleep could play a role in how your brain responds to fear, which, in turn, could determine how likely you are to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. People in the study who got more “rapid eye movement” (REM) sleep had less activity in the areas […]

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatment

People with schizophrenia may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, thanks to research establishing a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia's most common symptoms

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatmentResearchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health; the University of Melbourne; Port Phillip Prison and University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Spain conducted a meta-analysis of 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms. As reported in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, the strongest finding was that all types of […]

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer advice

People experiencing recurring nightmares face difficulty in sleeping again. By relaxing and actively coping with nightmares, one may be able to sleep with content, say experts

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer adviceNightmares are very vivid and bad dreams that occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. Although, it is very common in children, nightmares can happen to anyone, say doctors.  If the nightmares are persistent, psychotherapy and counselling can serve to be useful in addressing a person’s underlying emotional issues. Also listen to calm […]

Wives of HIV positive men likely to suffer from mental illness, states study

The survey underlines that although an HIV positive husband get access to regular counselling, the mental health of the wife remains unaddressed. This contributes to the rise in stress levels among the women who act as primary caregivers for them

Wives of HIV positive men likely to suffer from mental illness, states studyA recent survey conducted by a Pune based NGO and ICMR, found that prevalence of Common Mental Disorders (CMD) in women whose husband are HIV positive is much more than its prevalence among the normal population. The survey underlines that when an HIV positive husband get access to regular counselling, the mental health of the […]

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brain

Previous research has pointed out those individuals who experienced neglect and abuse as children have decreased volumes of white matter in various areas of the brain. The volume and structure of white matter correlate with an individual's capacity for learning, and this component of the brain keeps on developing throughout early adulthood - unlike grey matter

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brainIt is not news that people abused as children are more exposed to clinical depression, anxiety, and a higher risk of death from suicide. But now, researchers have begun to reveal what happens in the brain following this kind of trauma. According to data provided by the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of […]

Elphinstone stampede: Doctors to help survivors to conquer their fear

On Friday morning, the horrific stampede that occurred at around 10:30 am, during morning rush hour amidst a heavy downpour on a foot-over bridge in Mumbai's Elphinstone station has claimed 23 lives with 19 are admitted at the hospital. Owing to which, counselling sessions will be arranged at KEM Hospital in order to help them to overcome the dreadful incident

Elphinstone stampede: Doctors to help survivors to conquer their fearThe gruesome Friday stampede not only snatched away the loved ones of their families. But for those who are injured, the scars are not only on the body but also on their mind. To help the mishap survivor’s cope, KEM Hospital’s administration has decided to counsel them so that they can conquer their fear and […]