K’taka: Kangaroo Mother Care helps triplets to survive against all odds

Having triplets is a dream for many. In October 2016, when Renuka Hadapad gave birth to three girls, little did she know that her life would take a different turn. After a prolonged stay in the hospitals for the kids to survive, everything from the past year has been a struggle. Here’s why

K’taka: Kangaroo Mother Care helps triplets to survive against all oddsKangaroo Mother Care (KMC) or skin-to-skin contact is a relatively new concept that has been proven to be a successful support system for newborn preterm babies. This technique has come to the rescue of triplets this time. When Renuka Hadapad gave birth to triplets in the last week of October 2016 in Koppal, Karnataka, she […]

TB: BMC to start year’s first door-to-door campaign

The number of tuberculosis (TB) patients has gone up. A national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025. Owing to which, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has undertaken a campaign to detect new TB patients

TB: BMC to start year’s first door-to-door campaignTuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. To eradicate TB, BMC has undertaken a campaign. BMC’s […]

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy traffic

Emerging research highlights a new element that might influence the chances of developing dementia - living close to major, busy roads, such as highways or motorways

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy trafficDementia describes a wide range of brain illnesses that progressively lead to the loss of cognitive functioning. It affects reasoning, memory, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that approximately 47.5 million adults are currently affected by dementia worldwide. The most common risk factors are age, family history, […]

WHO: Only 40% of children under six months breastfed exclusively

The study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that in five of the world’s largest emerging economies — China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Nigeria — the lack of investment in breastfeeding results in an estimated 236,000 child deaths per year

WHO: Only 40% of children under six months breastfed exclusivelyThe Global Breastfeeding scoreboard evaluated 194 countries and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk). Evidence explains that breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for the child as well as the healing mother. It showed that breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for […]

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illness

If you are a hardcore video game player and can't let that controller go away for a moment, then you must know that World Health Organization (WHO) thinks that your actions could make you a patient of mental illness

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illnessThe World Health Organisation (WHO) will include “gaming disorder” in its international list of illnesses to be released early in 2018. Across the globe, e-sports is a growing trend that reached new heights of fandom in the last few years. Several thousand hardcore gamers throng events every year to participate in huge conglomerations of people […]

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 […]

Meet Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO became India’s pride

Dr Swaminathan was honoured with the highest post ever held by an Indian in World Health Organization in October

Meet Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO became India’s prideWhen Dr Soumya Swaminathan hit the headlines after being chosen as deputy director general of World Health Organization (WHO), it was a matter of pride of not just her, but for every Indian. She is the first Indian to hold a post as prestigious as this in the renowned international organisation. If you thought this […]

People diagnosed with AIDS drops by 56%, states MDACS

On the eve of World AIDS Day, celebrated on December 1, My Medical Mantra looks at the stigma attached to the disease, how far we have come, how close are we to achieve our dream to banish it and what initiatives are being taken by the government

People diagnosed with AIDS drops by 56%, states MDACSAccording to The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the world will be done away AIDS before 2030. Given that the disease has been around for a very long time, many initiatives have been taken from time to time by the government to eliminate the same. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been a massive step […]

Malaria: Only 8 per cent cases detected in India

Revealed a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.  In 2016, India witnessed a total of 331 malaria deaths in 2016, making it the highest in the entire Southeast Asia. The report added that India had the highest number of malaria deaths in 2016 among all other countries in the Southeast Asian region

Malaria: Only 8 per cent cases detected in IndiaAlthough, the Union Health Minister, J P Nadda today stated that India has reduced its new malaria cases by one third, and even crossed the malaria mortality targets of 2020 a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests otherwise. The report released by the WHO on Wednesday stated that India is still struggling to […]

‘India has reduced its new malaria cases by one third,’ says JP Nadda

Reiterating the commitment to eliminate malaria, Nadda stated that the focus on the bordering districts and empowering local authorities with information, tools and knowledge will help malaria reductions in India and its neighbours

‘India has reduced its new malaria cases by one third,’ says JP NaddaIndia has reduced its new malaria cases by one third, and even crossed the malaria mortality targets of 2020. This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the High Level Roundtable on “Accelerating the Elimination of Malaria in the South-East Asia Region”, here today. J P Nadda […]
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