Health

Sweet tooth behind diabetes?

Oral health reveals a lot about general health and could be a symptom of diabetic issues. The oral cavity provides a continuous source of infectious bacteria and its condition often reflects progression of systemic illness. Historically , oral infections were thought to be localised to the oral cavity alone. A change in paradigm has dispelled this notion, and a whole ... Read More »

‘Over 50% of patients visiting docs suffer from respiratory disorders’

Study: 14.52% People Have Hypertension More than half of all patients visiting primary healthcare centres were found to have respiratory symptoms across all age groups and regions of India, a latest study published in the international health journal Lancet said. The study also highlighted that 21.4% of all patients with hypertension, reported by the primary healthcare practitioners, were younger than ... Read More »

Sugar and spice, not very nice

On World Diabetes day, a nutritionist dispels the myth that keeping sweets at arm’s length is adequate abstinence when tackling the disease. Thirty one-year-old Pragya Mathur calls herself a changed woman, after having battled high sugar levels last year. Her brother and mother were diabetic too, yet, that didn’t prepare her for her own battle with the disease -she had ... Read More »

Too young for sweet nothings

It is important to understand the impact diabetes can have on children In October 2012, Mehul Thakkar and his wife decided to visit a doctor. Their son Niket, then 7, had been losing weight drastically, despite a voracious appetite. “He’d pretty much eat anything,” says Mehul, adding that other factors like frequent urination, exhaustion and a complaint of frequent uneasiness ... Read More »

Depression gets worse after 65 

Living longer may not be a joyride as researchers have found that people get more depressed from age 65 onwards. “It is the first study to tell us depressive symptoms continue to increase throughout old age,” said lead researcher Helena Chui, lecturer in psychology at University of Bradford in England. “We are in a period of unprecedented success in terms ... Read More »

Is microwave cooking bad for you? 

Microwave cooking is a hot debate. Some believe that microwaves may cause cancer and other diseases. Yet it is the fastest, easiest and cleanest way to heat food and bake or grill, which is perfect for young and working adults. So true or false – radiation from microwave cooking negatively affects food and its surroundings? We ditch the myths and ... Read More »

Make this season your healthiest with supplements

Fight off the chills, the seasonal flu, cracked feet and chipped nails with healthcare products and simple tips. Up your vitamins Common colds and winter flu do the rounds every year and although you can’t completely avoid catching them, you can boost your body’s immune system to make it a lot trickier for the bugs to take hold. Ask your ... Read More »

Finding it difficult to concentrate?

No matter how old you are, your ability to concentrate can take a hit due to a variety of reasons. We live in a world today where it is easy to get distracted — thanks to easy virtual access. Here are some of the most common reasons that could be making it difficult for you to concentrate… – Gone are ... Read More »

Blood-brain barrier breached to treat cancer

For the first time, scientists have successfully breached the human bloodbrain barrier non-invasively to effectively deliver cancerfighting drugs into the brain of a patient. Each person has a protective blood barrier lining the blood vessels in the brain to restrict the passage of large toxic substances from the bloodstream into the brain. “The blood-brain barrier has been a persistent obstacle ... Read More »

Cancer drugs, stents at 60% discount soon

Over 200 cancer drugs, 186 medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases and 148 stents and cardiac implants will now be available at central government hospitals at prices 50-60% lower than the open market. The health ministry has launched a programme called AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment), under which the government will run pharmacy retail stores to sell medicines ... Read More »