India needs strengthening of healthcare delivery to tackle quackery

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Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

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Reason behind people gaining weight as they get older decoded

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Microplastics harming our drinking water: Study

London: Tiny pieces of plastic in our waste streams break down further during treatment processes, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK and Deakins University in Australia investigated nano and microplastics in water and wastewate...

IVF for aged couples remains a question of medical ethics, child rights

Chennai: The news of a 74-year-old woman becoming mother for the first time after delivering twins in Andhra Pradesh has triggered a fresh round of debate over the ethical issues concerning in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure for aged couples beyond 50 years of age.

Shift to vegan diets may cause brain nutrient deficiency: Study

London: Shifting to plant-based and vegan diets risks worsening an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health, a study claims. Choline is an essential dietary nutrient, but the amount produced by the liver is not enough to meet the requirements of the human body. The nutrient is critical to brain health, particularly during foe...

Usage of mouthwash could negate benefits of exercise: Study

London: The blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise is significantly reduced when people rinse their mouths with antibacterial mouthwash rather than with water, according to a study which shows the importance of oral bacteria in cardiovascular health. The study, published in the journal 'Free Radical Biology and Medicine', suggests that health profes...

Soft drink consumption linked to risk of early death: Study

London: Consumption of soft drinks — whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners — may be associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study. The study, involving over 450,000 participants from 10 European countries, found that those who drank two or more glasses of soft drinks, including sugar-sweetened and artificiall...

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Mumbai: All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai are shut after met department on Wednesday forecast "extremely heavy rainfall" over the next 48 hours in Mumbai and adjoining Raigad district.

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Non-iodised salt affects Tamil Nadu’s battle against iodine deficiency

Chennai: Despite being banned in Tamil Nadu, the availability of non-iodised salts in the domestic markets, is severely affecting the state’s fight against iodine deficiency.

Study claims only 3% women in India work out regularly

Chennai: The ICMR-INDIAB study, which has covered about 27 states with a total sample size over one lakh people above the age of 20 years, has pointed out that only three per cent women in the country undertake physical activities on a daily basis.

Hormone therapies increase breast cancer risk, even a decade later: Study

Paris: Hormone therapy to relieve menopause symptoms slightly increases the risk of breast cancer, according to a large-scale study published on Friday (August 31) in The Lancet.

Poor nutrition, low child survival rate pushes J’khand, MP at bottom of child w...

New Delhi: Poor nutrition and low child survival rate has pushed Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh to the bottom of an index that tracks children's well-being through three dimensions of healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts. According to the index, Kerala bagged the top spot due to its exceptional performance in health,...

Indians have higher average resting heart rate: IHS

Kolkata: Indians have an average resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute which is higher than the desired rate of 72, Indian Heart Study (IHS) has found. The IHS also highlighted that unlike people of other countries, Indians have higher blood pressure in the evenings than in mornings. The study was conducted on 18,918 participants, both men and women,...

Kashmir issue raises concern among docs, leaves medical fraternity divided

Chennai: A week after the Indian Medical Association had sent out a letter to medical journal ‘Lancet’ for breach in propriety commenting on the political issue of Kashmir in its August 17 issue, a group of doctors have raised concerns over public health and healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter, the group of 20 doctors, who expressed their concer...

‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ faces flak for wrong portrayal of bipolar disorder

Ajith-starrer Nerkonda Paarvai (direct gaze) might have opened to rave reviews for the storyline and performances. However, mental health experts and activists are up in arms over the portrayal of bipolar disorder in the film, saying it perpetuates stigma related to mental illness through such misrepresentations. A petition filed on Change.org b...

Decoding Huntington’s disease: NIMHANS hosts first conference in India

Chennai: Since her childhood, Odissi dancer Daksha Mashruwala knew there was a medical condition running in her family. Her maternal grandmother developed difficulties in her movements and was eventually bedridden. Some years later, her mother developed a similar problem and soon they knew it was a genetic disease. Eventually, her aunt and uncle showed t...

Caution: remove false teeth before surgery

Paris: This is the story of a 72-year old retired electrician in Britain — lets call him "Jack" — who forgot to tell his surgeon that he wore dentures. Anyone reading this account of what happened next is unlikely to make the same mistake. Six days after having a benign lump removed from his belly while under general anaesthesia, Jack turned up at the ...

IIT Kharagpur researchers develop low-cost blood test device

Kolkata: Researchers from IIT-Kharagpur have developed a low-cost diagnostic device which can perform various pathological tests by using blood taken from a fingerprick. The device requires only a paper strip based kit integrated with a smartphone to enable analytics and readout functions and an LED light for imaging, an IIT KGP statement said on Tuesd...

Ads don’t lie? Doctors warn against Dr Google, half-truths

Misleading medical advertisements and ‘Dr Google’ are becoming a menace for both patients and doctors, doctors have opined. While several ads have false claims, Dr Google is a click away from helping patients diagnose ailments. Speaking at the South India Media Summit 2019 (SIMS) on Friday (August 9), Dr. Gomathy Narsimhan, consultant liver t...

Vocational skills to help mentally ill patients after cure

Chennai: Brian, an inmate of the Institute of Mental Health, now has a new lease of life. Employed at the Writer’s Café in Chennai, he will soon be trained to work full time, brewing coffee as a barista. Upstairs, on the first floor, Suresh* will soon be handling service at Chettiya Veedu, a Karaikudi special restaurant. The two are among the first lot of I...

Odisha among top 5 states to benefit from Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan 

Chennai: Odisha seems to be making good use of the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) scheme with 8,702 women receiving free ante-natal care this year. According to a recent government data, Odisha was featured in the top 5 states which benefitted from this ambitious scheme that offers health check-ups for pregnant women in their second and t...

IIT-G develops low-cost, hand-held device to detect bacteria rapidly

Researchers at IIT Guwahati have developed a novel low-cost, hand-held diagnostic device to detect bacteria almost instantaneously without the need for cell culture and microbiological assays. The device will enable rapid detection of bacteria, which is important not only in healthcare, but also in anti-bioterrorism measures and environmental mo...

Only 46% pregnant, lactating mothers receive take home ration under nutrition program...

New Delhi: Despite a high enrolment rate of 78 per cent, only 46 per cent pregnant and lactating women received Take Home Ration under the supplementary nutrition programme, according to a survey conducted by the NITI Aayog in 27 districts. The survey also found that of the 64 per cent eligible children registered with Anganwadi services, only 17 per cent ...

Syria’s first lady says totally cancer-free

Beirut: The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview aired late on Saturday (August 3) that she was "totally" free of breast cancer after a year of treatment. "My journey has ended... I totally conquered cancer," said Asma al-Assad, sporting a stylish short haircut and a long white dress, in an interview broadcast on state televisio...

Health Ministry warns of punitive action as doctors continue strike

New Delhi: As doctors of two Centre-run hospitals, AIIMS and Safdarjung, continued to boycott work for the third consecutive day on Saturday (August 3) in protest against the NMC Bill, the Health Ministry warned them of taking punitive action like termination of their service if they do not join duty immediately. Following the ministry's direction, the two...

Nandini milk in Karnataka is now ‘smart’ with Vitamin A and D 

Chennai: Do you have Vitamin A and D deficiency? Here’s a news for you. Nandini, the well-known milk brand of Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (KMF) has fortified milk with Vitamin A and D. This new fortified milk will be suitable for preparing tea/coffee, milkshakes, and other milk products. This comes as a relief for people who are fitne...

Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Asia: Lancet study

London: Malaria resistance to two first-line anti-malarial drugs has spread rapidly from Cambodia to neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and University of Oxford in the UK found that descendants of one multi-drug resistant malar...

Neglect by global health community fuelling oral health crisis: Lancet study

Oral diseases present a major global public health burden and these are the most prevalent disease condition in India for the past 30 years, according to a study published in the Lancet on Friday (July 19). According to a Lancet Series on oral health, it affects around 3.5 billion people worldwide and in low-income countries, the current situati...