‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco Day

A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service in government hospitals in Maharashtra; they have been roped in for the programme. They are expected to spread awareness on anti-tobacco through lectures to adolescents who are a vulnerable group when it comes to the people affected by the health hazards of tobacco consumption

‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco DayThis year on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, i.e. May 31, a ‘cancer warrior’ would be meeting police personnel, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) employees and staff across the schools in Pune, to spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service […]

Pune NGO starts ‘Patients Voice Campaign’ survey urges people to vote for health rights

The poll comprises of three questions: Is government control necessary to curb unregulated functioning of private hospitals? Are concrete solutions required to improve the standard of government hospitals? And should Maharashtra government enact a law for protection of patients’ rights?

Pune NGO starts ‘Patients Voice Campaign’ survey urges people to vote for health rightsJan Aarogya Abhiyan, a Pune based NGO has launched a ‘patients voice campaign’. As a part of the campaign, the NGO is planning to weigh people’s perception on the need to regulate private sector, on the condition of public hospitals and need to have laws for protection of patients. The group is appealing citizens to […]

Family the strongest pillar in treating schizophrenia, say therapists

On the eve of World Schizophrenia Day, My Medical Mantra meets patients and medical practitioners, who reiterate the value of love in the healing process

Family the strongest pillar in treating schizophrenia, say therapistsStarting next month, Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA), Pune, will have a new office assistant, Shamali (name changed). What makes the 25-year-old special is that till recently she was undergoing treatment at SAA. “Starting June 1, SAA will be my office. All this while, I’ve been spending time at the day care centre here. I look forward […]

Mumbai witnesses a third swine flu death as Pune toll touches 54

In case of Maharashtra 1,058 swine flu cases were detected so far since January and 210 deaths. Among this 752 patients have been discharged and 96 are still under observation in hospitals. Whereas 8 patients are on ventilator and 27,754 have been vaccinated

Mumbai witnesses a third swine flu death as Pune toll touches 54A third swine flu death has been reported in the city, a 30 year old woman died due to swine flu after she succumbed to an infection. Originally from Allahabad, she was resided in Bhandup since the last month. BMC has urged people to not panic and seek medical help immediately after observing the symptoms. […]

Sixty blood bottles collected at a Pune wedding

Groom, wanted to set a new trend, arranges blood donation camp on the wedding day. As many as 60 attendees donate blood. Bride expects rise in number of such cases in future.

Sixty blood bottles collected at a Pune weddingHow often do we see a wedding where the groom, in wedding attire, donates blood first and then got married? It was an unusual Pune wedding scene, where both groom and the bride decided to arrange a blood donation camp on the day of their wedding where around 60 invitees and relatives who had come […]

Know about Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform India’s first uterus transplant

Considered as an expert in laparoscopic pelvic surgery and gynaecological cancer surgery in the world, Dr Shailesh Puntambekar has developed laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cancer cervix known as the “Pune Technique” globally

Know about Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform India’s first uterus transplantDr Shailesh Puntambekar is a cancer surgeon specialised in laparoscopic cancer surgery. He is heading the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, a centre for advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery in Pune. Considered as an expert in laparoscopic pelvic surgery and gynaecological cancer surgery in the world, he has developed laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cancer cervix known […]

Due to uneasy temperature swine flu toll still shows no signs of abating

Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. It infects the respiratory tract resulting in barking cough, decreased appetite, and nasal secretions and can be transmitted easily through the air, skin, saliva and contaminated surfaces

Due to uneasy temperature swine flu toll still shows no signs of abatingAs per the latest data received from state’s health department, Maharashtra has seen a steep rise in swine flu cases with 134 deaths between January and April this year. Among this 16 people were from Marathwada region. Whereas 19 people are on ventilators. The department also informed that Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Solapur and Pimpri […]

As Maharashtra sizzles above 40 degrees, swine flu cases are on an upswing

As per the data received from the health department, till March, 80 people have died due to swine flu and 353 cases so far have been reported form various hospitals across Maharashtra

As Maharashtra sizzles above 40 degrees, swine flu cases are on an upswingAs India reels under the blistering heat and parts of Maharashtra sizzling above 40 degrees Celsius, the change in weather pattern in March is a great cause of concern for Maharashtra government. As per the health department data, 80 people have died due to swine flu and 353 cases have been reported from various hospitals […]

515 bacteria have found a new home: Your smart phone

Pune-based scientists found three new species of microbes from swabs taken from mobile handsets. Along with types of bacteria, scientists also found nearly 30 types of fungi from 27 handsets

515 bacteria have found a new home: Your smart phoneThere are more microbes on mobile phones than on toilet seats. While this has been known for the last few years, for the first time, Pune-based scientists found three new species of microbes from swabs taken from mobile handsets. Overall, the scientists had found more than 500 types of bacteria and nearly 30 types of […]

Champion of women’s health awareness campaign Pravin Nikam selected for state youth award

23-year-old Pune resident's inspiration to work for social cause, was due to the unjust treatment meted out to a girl from Assam who was not allowed to go to school while she was on her period

Champion of women’s health awareness campaign Pravin Nikam selected for state youth awardWith wide recognition of your work, there comes great responsibility,” says 23-year-old Pune resident Pravin Nikam, who is selected for the State Youth Award by the Government of Maharashtra. Nikam’s extensive work for spreading menstrual hygiene awareness has given him recognition not just locally, but also globally. Nikam’s journey began in 2011, when he met […]