Health & Fitness

Indians prone to rare genetic diseases: Study

  People living in India and other South Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to rare genetic diseases, according to a genomic analysis that may help detect and prevent population-specific disorders. Several diseases specific to South Asian populations had been identified in the past, but the genetic causes of the vast majority remained largely mysterious. The study, led by Harvard Medical ... Read More »

Menstrual leave is a good idea, but will it help break the taboo?

Menstruation in India is still a taboo subject. Most women ask their female colleagues for a pad in hushed tones, making sure their male colleagues do not overhear them. In a situation like this, going up to your boss, especially if he is a man, and demanding a leave on account of your period is not something that a lot ... Read More »

Scientists develop drug that re-programmes cells to fight cancer

Australian researchers have developed a drug capable of reprogramming the immune system to fight cancer, it was announced on Thursday. The landmark new therapy, developed by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, involves removing immune cells from the body to genetically enhance them before putting them back in the body to fight cancer, Xinhua reports. The form of immunotherapy has previously ... Read More »

Amid turning tide, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016: UN

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report on Thursday proclaiming “the scales have tipped”. Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening ... Read More »

A dirty stethoscope may spread superbug infections

If your doctor is monitoring you with unhygienic stethoscopes, chances are that you may contract infections by antibiotic-resistant superbugs, researchers have warned. Infection control guidelines from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection. However, the study showed that healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters, despite its ... Read More »

Ease your pains with the best yoga moves

Yoga provides all kinds of goodness for the body and mind. Its ancient practice that promotes holistic living through a combination of postures and breathing techniques has found widespread favour across the world. Yoga provides side-effect free remedies for curing many daily health problems. Some of the major health problems can be easily treated with yoga         ... Read More »

Cheers to a good heart!

Drinking one pint a day has been linked to reduced risk of developing several serious heart conditions in new large-scale study. Moderate drinking, usually defined as no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – equivalent to around one and a half bottles of wine or seven pints of regularstrength lager – is associated with a lower risk of ... Read More »

Shield your body from monsoon woes

The much awaited rains have arrived but they have brought along with them infections and illnesses. Hospitals report increased cases of itching, rashes, skin infection, throat infection, stomach infection, bloating and other ailments. Temperature fluctuation, pollution, water contamination, wrong food and lifestyle habits contribute to diseases in this weather. The worse thing is that during this season intestinal functions, immune ... Read More »

Control migraine with yoga

Migraine, a primary headache disorder characterised by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe, can be controlled with the help of yoga, feel a group of medical professionals. The doctors pointed out that around 20 to 30 per cent people suffer from migraine in the country. Typically a person with migraine will experience pain on one side of his head, ... Read More »

“Triphala is one of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs”

In India, for the launch of the world’s first ever Genomeceuticals range of products, Dr Dan Gubler, chief scientific officer, Unicity, feels good health is the right combination of nutrition, exercise and science-based supplementation. Diet Modern diet is bad. It is loaded with processed and fast food. When it comes to diet, one should steer clear of simple sugar. A healthy diet is ... Read More »