‘Movies are a reflection of society we live in; Dear Zindagi is a take on various contemporary issues’

It takes efforts to discuss a stigma as sensitive as mental illness and how seeking help for your emotional issues is similar to seeking help for any of your bodily illness

I agreed to watch Dear Zindagi primarily for its director, Gauri Shinde. I thought she did an exemplary job with her last movie, English Vinglish, which depicted the transformation of a low on confidence home-maker to a woman with a high degree of self-esteem through her efforts to learn English. It made for a highly […]

A guide on how to speak to a diabetic

Diabetes is not about pills and doctors alone. Increased blood sugar causes a lot of heartaches in the family. Dealing with feelings, myths and behaviours are some of the greatest challenges. The medical treatment is very important, but the environment can have beneficial or harmful effects on the person. Thoughts, feelings and sensations in the […]

Conceiving takes longer in smokers

Smoking appears to accelerate loss of eggs, reproductive function and may advance menopause by several years

The health risks of tobacco smoking are well known with regard to diseases of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Substantial harmful effects of cigarette smoke on fertility have become apparent, but are not generally appreciated. Cigarette smoking has a negative impact on the ability to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term. Impact […]

How to have painless sex after spinal surgery

People having undergone surgeries for the treatment of spinal cord injuries are often concerned about their sex life post-surgery. Back pain may interfere with intimacy, decrease sex drive (libido) and interfere with sexual enjoyment. Patients with pelvic numbness or nerve dysfunction may feel less stimulation and pleasure or have difficulties developing or sustaining an erection […]

80% blindness cases can be prevented if treated in time

On the occasion of World Sight Day, doctors encourage eye-donations

October 13 is observed as World Sight Day as announced by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim is to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The day is marked with various important advocacy and communications events on eye care. The theme […]

The ‘epidemic’ of kidney failure has reached gigantic proportions in India

The ‘epidemic’ of kidney failure has reached gigantic proportions in IndiaKidney failure occurs due to a variety of reasons and can largely be grouped into two types – those that are completely reversible (acute) and those that are not (chronic). The chronic disease eventually progresses to end stage when the only treatment options are dialysis or kidney transplantation, the latter being the preferred option. Both […]

Ways to beat back pain

Back pain is uncomfortable, episodes of which vary; they may be acute, sub-acute or chronic depending on the duration. The pain may be characterised as a dull ache, shooting or intense pain, or a burning sensation. The pain may extend into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include […]