Category Archives: Health

Are distracted doctors risking patients’ safety?

As much as people would like to wholly trust their doctors, medical errors do occur more often than is comfortable. The numbers indicate that these errors may account for thousands of deaths each year. While we know that doctors’ work proves difficult, are there preventable distractions putting patients’ safety at… Read more »

Study shows breastfeeding may reduce the risk of Multiple Sclerosis in women

Mothers who breastfeed for at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies may be 53 per cent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with those who do not breastfeed at all or do so for up to four months, a study has claimed. MS is a disease… Read more »

Autistic females face greater difficulty with daily tasks: Study

Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with real world planning, organisation and other daily living skills, than boys, an analysis has showed. The findings showed that girls were struggling more with these independence skills of executive function including the ability to make a plan, get organised, and… Read more »

Enzyme to preserve nerve function identified : Research

Researchers have identified an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the degeneration of axons, the threadlike portions of a nerve cell that transmit signals within the nervous system. The discovery could open new pathways to treating or preventing many brain diseases since axon loss occurs in all neurodegenerative diseases…. Read more »

C-section rates reveal need for smarter healthcare policy

In 2011-12, over 50 per cent of deliveries in nine of 10 Telangana districts were caesarean section deliveries (C-sections), according to district-level health data. In comparison, none of the districts in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar had C-section rates of more than 25 per cent. C-section is a… Read more »

Language lessons for your baby may start in womb: Study

Love to speak to your unborn baby? Well he or she can typically distinguish the difference between sounds used in various languages even a month before being born, an interesting study has shown. The study showed that foetuses can hear things, including speech, in the womb, although the voice is… Read more »

Just a minute’s running daily may boost bone health

Want to improve your bone health? Running — a high-intensity and weight-bearing physical activity — for just one to two minutes each day may help you, new research shows. The findings showed that women who on an average did 60-120 seconds of running per day had four per cent better… Read more »

Hereditary breast, ovarian cancer on rise in India

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer cases are on the rise in India, three times more than in western countries, said a study by leading bioinformatics firm Strand Life Sciences Ltd on Tuesday. “Breast cancer gene mutations in the Indian population are three times more in India than in the western… Read more »

On Mandela Day, Mumbai girls get hygiene kits, sanitary pads

The South Africa Consulate on July 18 commemorated Mandela Day by distributing packaged hygiene kits to school girls that contained sanitary napkins, soap, hand towel, sanitizer, toothpaste and toothbrush. The Consulate along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation, an NGO, also provided 176 of these girls with a year’s supply of… Read more »