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Drug resistance increases risk of death in Indian hospitals

Study maps the effect of drug resistance on hospital mortalities in India Drug resistance is one of the biggest killers in Indian hospitals. In one of...

Half the pregnancies in 6 Indian states are unintended

New Guttmacher study exposes how the world's oldest family planning, dating back to 1951 programme fails Indian women Exposing glaring loopholes in India's family planning...

Opinion

Comparing air pollution to smoking trivialises tobacco hazards

It is time for the post Diwali haze in Delhi. As the air quality index goes from poor to hazardous, and readings shoot past...

Avoid decongestants in kids under 6 yrs, experts say in BMJ

Decongestants should be avoided in children under 6 years and given with caution in children under 12 years Decongestants should not be given to children...

Research

Infectious disease calendar could help break their cycles

Seasonal cyclicity of infectious diseases may help in preventing outbreaks Each acute infectious disease has its own seasonal window of occurrence. It may vary among...

Air pollution increases emergency visits for heart, lung diseases

Exposure to ozone and nitrogen oxides causes the most damage, find scientists As Delhi reels under post Diwali air pollution, a new study shows how...

Cancer drug can reduce bone fracture repair time by 60%

New targeted therapy for bone fracture increased bone density, lower toxicity, and reduced healing time by 60% What if the entire month of inactivity following...

Depression after child birth; it’s all about immunity

Animal studies show the immune system may have a role to play in postpartum depression The immune system might play an important role in...

Genes are overrated when it comes to how long you will...

Family trees of 400 million people show genetics has limited influence on longevity Although long life tends to run in families, genetics has far less...

World over, more men are dying of malignant melanoma

The death rates in women have stayed the same or have declined The rate of men dying from malignant melanoma has risen in populations around...

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Doctor's Corner

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Explainers

Manohar Parrikar

Pancreatic cancer is rare, 5-yr survival rate for stage IV is 1%

As the veil lifts over Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar's ailments, Medibulletin explains pancreatic cancerAfter months of suspense and in and out of hospitals,...

As Delhi reels again, the why, what and how to, of air pollution

Avoid a run, stay indoors, if you can this November weekWith continued burning of crop stubbles in neighbouring states and dipping temperatures having sent...
Facts about Acute Flaccid Myelitis from CDC

‘Polio-like’ illness reported in US: Should you worry?

Facts about Acute Flaccid Myelitis from CDC Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare but serious condition. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area...
Zika Mosquito

Zika in Jaipur: all you need to know about the infection

There is panic after several positive cases of Zika were reported from Rajasthan. Medibulletin takes you through the disease Weeks after a woman tested positive...
polio vaccine, polio virus contamination, polio II virus

Polio virus contamination what, why, what next: an explainer

Reports of contamination of the polio virus put India's polio free status at stake Contamination of over one lakh doses of polio vaccine with a...
Diphtheria, Antitoxin, Diphtheria deaths

Diphtheria death toll in Delhi rises to 26, medical panel looks for lapses

Diphtheria death toll in Delhi rises to 26 after two more children died of the infectious disease on Sunday Two more children died on Sunday...
Coconut oil

Poison or superfood? Why coconut oil is creating such a buzz

Harvard professor's claim about coconut oil being "pure poison" has angered many IndiansLast month, claims by Dr Karin Michels, a Harvard professor that coconut...
Arab, camel, MERS

Why S Korea’s first MERS case in 3 yrs is causing worry

An explainer on why the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is such a feared disease South Korea's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)...

The “rat fever” that is terrorising Kerala: an explainer

As several hundred cases - both confirmed and suspected -  of leptospirosis are reported from Kerala following the floods, the bacterial infection has caused...
Jan Arogya

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya: India’s baby step to UHC

The insurance/assurance scheme for 50 crore people, the largest Govt programme in the world, could be a game changer In less than a month the...

New Hepatitis C treatment will do away with liver transplants

Today, health minister J P Nadda launches National Hepatitis Control Programme of which, the mainstay is directly acting anti-virals, to be available free at...
Russia white nights

FIFA World Cup 2018 and the Russian white nights

Extended light hours in Russia would play havoc with the daily rhythms of visitors - both footballers and their fans Germany lost to Mexico, Poland...
Suicide, Epilepsy

Bourdain, Spade suicides shine the spotlight on depression

Celebrities have come out and spoken about their own battles, yet depression remains poorly understood Two back to back celebrity suicides have shone the spotlight...
Fruit bat is natural carrier for Nipah virus

God’s own country is haven for deadly Nipah virus

A virus carried by fruit bats claims 10 lives in KeralaTen people have died from a rare virus, named Nipah, in Kerala. Nine others...
BP medicine can check diabetes

Hypertension causes half of all stroke deaths in India

High blood pressure is the primary culprit behind stroke and coronary artery disease in IndiaIndia is grappling with a huge hypertension burden, a large...