Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docs

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is broad term to describe progressive lung disease that may include emphysema, bronchitis, breathlessness and irreversible asthma and so on. With Delhi’s smog becoming a discussion in the entire country, a burning question about non-regulated air pollution is in front of us. My Medical Mantra tries to understand how air pollution is a leading cause of rising COPD in metro cities

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docsDelhi’s smog has become the topic of discussion these days. With air pollution becoming one of the prominent causes for COPD, doctors across the countries say it is worrisome. Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants; that includes smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.), and second-hand smoke. Owing to which, people experience breathlessness and […]

Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds survey

Being a mother of a premature baby can be quite difficult owing to the cluelessness of the whereabouts of the nutrition for the child. According to a new survey conducted by a leading healthcare and research foundation, mothers with information about nutrition are four times more prepared than those mothers who have not undergone any counseling during delivery

Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds surveyPreemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. According to World Health Organization, India tops the list of 10 countries with the greatest numbers of preterm births with an elephantine figure of 3,519,100 births a year. Every year, an […]

WHO: Ending tuberculosis in the sustainable development era

Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent. However, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track, and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention. As a result, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease

WHO: Ending tuberculosis in the sustainable development eraToday 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, which brought together delegates from 114 countries in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation opened the Conference, together […]

India vows to eliminate TB by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference

Speaking at the first high level plenary, JP Nadda said that India has ended polio and will use a similar intensified effort to end TB also. The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination in India has essentially four pillars to address the major challenges for TB control, namely- 'Detect, Treat, Build and Prevent'

India vows to eliminate TB by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference  “Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. Like so many diseases, TB strikes the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest,” said Dr Tedros while opening the WHO Global Ministerial Conference to #EndTB Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, today reaffirmed India’s commitment to eliminating tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 at […]

That ‘pinch of salt’ tied to hypertension

According to World Health Organization, 9.8 million people die every year due to hypertension. The single most important cause for hypertension is salt. Hence, there is a very strong need to control salt consumption. On November 12, 'Salt Satyagraha' was held at IIT Powai in order to create awareness about the same

That ‘pinch of salt’ tied to hypertensionFor most of the Indians, bland food is a no-no and the taste enhancer that has turned into our best food-buddy. Yes! Salt has come a long way. Salt is perhaps most well-known for its roles as a food preservative and flavoring agent. However, studies regarding salt consumption and its ill-effects have been highlighted quite a few times. […]

Jaslok Hospital starts Mumbai’s first adolescent clinic

India has the largest population of adolescents in the world – 253 million. Owing to this demographic, it is of utmost importance to start taking adolescent health more seriously

Jaslok Hospital starts Mumbai’s first adolescent clinicJaslok Hospital and Research Centre launched the first adolescent clinic today in Mumbai. The clinic is aptly named ‘Lighthouse’ aims to address concerns related with the physical, mental and emotional health of the youngsters. Adolescence is a time of transition that can be filled with questions and challenges, hence this clinic intends at providing expert […]

This is how you can avoid HIV

HIV is considered a blood-borne illness, which means that the virus must come into contact with the blood to spread an infection. However, it is also spread through other bodily fluids

This is how you can avoid HIVSince the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, 35 million people worldwide have died of HIV and AIDS. People now live long and reasonably healthy lives with HIV, thanks in large part to antiretroviral drugs that slow the growth of the virus. Treatment is expensive, though, and is often associated with a wide range of […]

What does WHO’s annual TB report mean to India?

According to the annual report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 30, TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. Moreover, all the 7 countries that top the list of TB burden are from Asia or Africa. My Medical Mantra tries to ask experts about this unsolved pivotal problem country

What does WHO’s annual TB report mean to India?Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most rampant causes of death in the country. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual TB report, the disease remains to be the top infectious killer even in 2016. The report further adds that, India tops the list of countries with highest number of patients infected by TB with […]

Want to cut down on excess sodium? Try something spicy

 If you add some spices to your cooking, you can cook food that tastes good without using as much salt. Though habit and preference matter when it comes to spicy food, but even a small, gradual increase in spices in your food may have a health benefit

Want to cut down on excess sodium? Try something spicyConsuming too much salt is known to be bad for you. And according to a study recently covered by Medical News Today, too much sodium can significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and the mineral — which is usually derived from salt — can double the risk of heart failure. In fact, the […]

WHO report: 8.5 Lakh TB cases go unreported in India

On October 30, World Health Organization (WHO) realised its annual TB report on tuberculosis (TB). It reveals that TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV

WHO report: 8.5 Lakh TB cases go unreported in IndiaAnnouncement of wiping out tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025 apart, projections in World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual TB report 2017 released on Monday, look dismal for the nation. Of the 27.9 lakh estimated patients, only 19,38,158 TB cases were notified in public and private sector in India, which means that over 8.5 lakh cases […]
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