Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6

If you are a parent, you've likely been up at night with a coughing child or one that's just plain sick. In an effort to help your child breath and feel better, you may have reached for over the counter cough and cold remedies. Doctors say these remedies rarely relieve the symptoms of a cold and can have dangerous side effects in children

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6Recent research in the BMJ found that certain cold remedies may not help young kids with nasal symptoms and could even cause harm. A paediatrician stated that parents shouldn’t give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to kids under six years old. Instead, remedies like rest and hydration can help soothe symptoms while a cold runs […]

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states report

Living in India and inhaling lungful of polluted air every day is like being a chronic smoker according to a recent report by India’s State-Level Disease Burden Initiative

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states reportThis partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked. Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations […]

With a change in weather, here are some important tips top avoid falling sick

While flu antiviral drugs can help in some cases, they are not meant to act as a substitute for the flu vaccine. Since flu season is right around the corner, it is important to start taking preventative measures. Here are five easy tips for avoiding the flu this year

With a change in weather, here are some important tips top avoid falling sickFlu vaccine The most significant preventative step you can take is to get a flu shot each year. Since the viruses keep evolving, the World Health Organization makes regular updates to their recommendations for vaccine compositions. Though influenza can affect people all year round, illnesses are particularly high during flu season. Keep your hands clean […]

Man ruptures throat by suppressing a sneeze

The man explained that he had attempted to quash a sneeze by blocking his nostrils and mouth. He experienced an immediate popping sensation in his neck, which quickly swelled up. As time passed, it became painful to swallow, and his voice vanished almost entirely

Man ruptures throat by suppressing a sneezeIf you are about to sneeze, even if you are in a quiet place, doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with […]

This winter, keep influenza at bay

Influenza cases peak in winter and just after the monsoon. At times, the flu can be deadly. Experts advise quick medical attention to prevent it

This winter, keep influenza at baySeasonal influenza is characterised by a sudden onset of high fever, cough), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose. Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “It is a very common communicable disease which affects young, elderly, diabetics, those who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung […]