How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians advise

In the aftermath of a major event, people are focused on the event itself and less on how to talk to kids. News is always available and bombarding us, even on channels we may not expect, such as social media, where children spend their time

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians adviseParents wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks have a new resource to help them, published online in the medical journal JAMA Paediatrics. “There have been a lot of changes in how we receive news and the types of news we receive, which has impacted the […]

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of children

Increasing addiction to crime shows on TV unleashes a plethora of negative effects on the children, and experts say this is a dangerous trend. Parents and caregivers have to be vigilant about what the kids are viewing on TV and online. The distinction between children friendly shows and other virtual content is a decision for parents to make

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of childrenKunal Singh (name changed) was a cheerful, talkative boy who would be actively involved in his day to day activities at home and school. Six months ago, he started having sleep issues which were a result of frequent panic attacks during the night. For a nine-year-old, having frequent anxiety attacks is a rare phenomenon. Hence, […]

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’

The biggest concern right now is about the game's accessibility across the Internet. Parents should talk to their children and create awareness about malicious content online. Teachers and counsellors in schools and colleges must give children time when they approach them wanting to speak to them about any problem

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’Last week a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor terrace of his building in Andheri, Mumbai. Police investigations are probing the role of an internet game as the driving force behind his death. The game is named Blue Whale. Why is the name Blue Whale associated with such a game – […]

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s life

The Blue Whale game is unlike any online game where a participant can win by crossing a level. This is a 50-day game wherein participants are given a challenge for each day and suicide is the price of winning. Once a participant signs up for this game, the curator on the other side warns them that there is no turning back from the game. And at no point can you quit or opt out of the game

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s lifeGames generally are supposed to be fun and engaging for everyone who is part of it. Playing games had always been an activity which brought joy to children. Who knew that games could turn out to be so diabolical and twisted that it could claim a life of an innocent young boy? The suicide of […]

‘Spice’ may grow up to be very popular, say experts

A day after My Medical Mantra reported about the incidence of a new drug, ‘spice’ in the city, social networking websites, Twitter and Facebook, took to discuss the matter in detail. ‘Spice’ Drug, commonly known as synthetic weed is coincidentally reported to be common among young girls and teenagers

‘Spice’ may grow up to be very popular, say experts‘Smoking-up’ is a commonly used term among the teenagers these days. So much seems to be the daze of addiction that most of them don’t realize what’s ‘rolled in those papers’. Shockingly, a new drug seems to have hit the Indian shore. For one, it is dangerous as no one knows about its ill effects completely. […]

Body shaming can be a health risk for teenagers

Body shaming is one of the biggest problems in today’s young generation and has become a problem for both genders as body image goes deeper than just making somebody feel bad in the moment. It also makes them feel ashamed about their body

Body shaming can be a health risk for teenagersToday’s young generation does not see wrong in expressing their opinion. That is true, but shutting out anyone with a different body type than them is not okay, say doctors. Body shaming is commonly seen in both girls and boys. Girls in their teens want to look thin and boys want to join the gym […]

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatrists

Doctors across the city have been receiving cases of teenagers, mainly girls, between 14 and 20 addicted to synthetic weed or Spice, which gives the same high as weed but cannot be identified through tests

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatristsSudeep and Megha Parab noticed a sudden change in the behaviour of their teenaged daughter, Natasha (all names changed), some time back. The 17-year old had bloodshot eyes and she was experiencing sudden mood swings. At times she would be dizzy, and there were instances when she would be constantly irritable. However, when the Parabs […]

New treatment can give instant migraine relief to children, teenagers

The treatment involves administering anesthetic to a small cluster of nerves that are believed to be linked to migraines. These nerves are located at the back of the nose. During the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block, a small, flexible catheter is inserted into each nostril and used to disable the SPG for a short period of time

New treatment can give instant migraine relief to children, teenagersHeadaches are some of the most common afflictions of the central nervous system. Almost half of the world’s adult population report having had a headache at least once in the last year. In the United States, it is currently estimated that approximately 12 percent of individuals aged 12 and above have recurrent migraines. Migraines can […]

Poor diet in teen years may increase breast cancer risk in early adulthood

Although the study cannot prove cause and effect between a pro-inflammatory diet during adolescence or early adulthood and premenopausal breast cancer, the team believes that the results further highlight the importance of a healthful diet

Poor diet in teen years may increase breast cancer risk in early adulthoodPrevious studies have associated an unhealthy diet – particularly one that is low in vegetables, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and high in red and processed meats – with chronic inflammation, which may raise the risk of certain cancers. According to the new study, it is this diet-induced inflammation that may increase a woman’s […]