Are your greens toxic? greens toxic?

Green, healthy, sometimes toxic (Getty Images) Over-consumption of certain toxins in vegetables and fruit could mar their wholesome goodness Medical literature is replete with the goodness of fruit and vegetables. Science credits these food items with nutrients, antioxidants and fibre. In fact, there is even medical evidence to suggest that vegetarians live longer. But is everything about them good? The ... Read More »

1st lab-in-a-briefcase for faster cancer detection

1st lab-in-a-briefcase for faster cancer detection (Getty Images) Kit conducts test in 15 mins for early check Scientists have developed the world’s first portable labin-a-briefcase that can operate even at high temperatures, to boost early detection of cancer in developing countries. Believed to be the first kit of its kind dedicated to the portable measurement of cancer biomarkers, the concept ... Read More »

Vitamin D deficiency may make HIV treatment less effective

 Low levels of vitamin D may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults undergoing treatment, says a new study. Those infected with HIV often struggle with declining health because their immune systems can not effectively respond to common pathogens. “Because of the immune-destroying effects of HIV, infection usually results in relatively quick death without treatment. The magic of antiretroviral therapy, the ... Read More »

9% of kids with TB resistant to key drug: Study

From two deaths every three minutes to having the highest tuberculosis burden in the world, most surveys related to TB in India throw a startling number. And here is one more: Close to 9% of all paediatric tuberculosis patients are resistant to rifampicin, one of the firstline drugs used in the treatment of the infectious disease. This is 6% more ... Read More »

Your phone can help cure cancer while you sleep

A new smartphone app that allows users to help find a cure for cancer while they are asleep, by pooling their device’s computing power, has been launched in Australia. Taking the fight against cancer from the laboratory to the humble smartphone, DreamLab, an Android smartphone app, gives people the power to help fast track a cure for cancer while they ... Read More »

Dengue threat looms large over tony areas

Area-wise map to help civic body curb disease once perceived as the disease of the poor neighbourhoods, dengue has now become a threat to affluent areas of the city like Ahmednagar Road, Kothrud, Tilak Road, Dhole Patil Road and Ghole Road. The latest report of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which mapped the area-wise distribution of 925 dengue cases recorded ... Read More »

Dengue cases cross last year’s mark

The city has been witnessing menace of vector-borne diseases as the cases of dengue and malaria crossed the previous year numbers.  Each day , around two cases of dengue, seven of malaria and four of falciparum are being registered with private hospitals of the city. According to the figures issued by health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the city ... Read More »

Having consistent source of health care is key factor in limiting kids’ repeat visits to the hospital

It’s a question of major importance to parents, health policy makers and health care professionals — and a focus of national health care quality improvement initiatives. What keeps children from being readmitted to hospitals in the weeks after they’re discharged? Previous research on the subject has focused on the role that hospitals play in the equation. But a new study ... Read More »

Can Providers and Insurers Team Up to Fix Health Insurance?

This is the third essay in a three-part series looking at problems and solutions in the health-care marketplace. Read part one, on the main problems with the existing insurance system, here, and part two, on new attempts to sell insurance directly to patients, here. “In health care, the days of business as usual are over.” So began an essay, published ... Read More »

How Performance Reviews Can Harm Mental Health

PHOTO: ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES By CHANA R. SCHOENBERGER October 26, 2015 24 COMMENTS Big companies are starting to rethink how they do performance reviews. And that might do a lot to help their employees’ mental health. In recent years, giants like Microsoft Corp. and Eli Lilly & Co. have dropped the standard model of performance reviews where an employee meets with ... Read More »