Osteoporosis: What you ought to know
December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm
The term osteoporosis is synonymous with women > low calcium > weak bones > fractures. But there is more to the osteoporosis story than just calcium deficiency. Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones such that they are at high risk to fracture.
In 2008, an estimated 25 million Indians
Headaches – why you should take them more seriously
December 10, 2012 at 9:08 am
Every head has its own headache. - Arab Proverb
In the literal sense, a headache is a nervous system disorder that refers to pain felt in the head region - above the eyes and ears as well as back of the head and upper neck. Frequently occurring headaches can become a disability leading to poor
Can genetics help assess your diabetes risk?
November 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm
A 2006 research study in New England Journal of Medicine had two interesting observations. One, a variation of the TCF7L2 gene is linked to prediabetes (blood sugar is high but below diabetes range) which indicates a higher likelihood of developing diabetes. Other data showed that changes in food
Living with diabetes
November 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm
November 14 is World Diabetes Day.
According to the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, in India, the number of diabetics rose from 50.8 million in 2010 to 62.4 million in 2011. So millions of Indians cope with diabetes on a daily basis and, while some of these diabetic patients may require
Why monitoring your blood glucose levels is important
October 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The upcoming World Diabetes Day on November 14th brings to our mind the blood glucose test which is a key player in the diabetes story. Most people have gone through this test, usually included in a panel of blood tests conducted in a pathology lab, which assists a doctor to diagnose a health
When fatigue means much more than tiredness
October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am
Everyone feels tired, at the end of the day, as a result of 12-14 waking hours spent in physical and mental work plus emotional interactions. This kind of tiredness is relieved by a break from the daily work routine, doing something relaxing such as listening to music and a good night’s sleep.
Why popping pills is dangerous for you
October 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Scene 1: My annoying headache refuses to go away, so I’ll just take an extra painkiller – after all what harm could one tablet cause?
Scene 2: Nowadays I don’t have time to eat a proper meal, so I should start having more multivitamin and supplement capsules.
Scene 3: Tomorrow’s big
Stroke – a reality check for young India
September 29, 2012 at 7:40 am
29th September is World Heart Day
One morning Rahul, a cheerful and healthy-appearing 29 year old, was unable to bounce out of his bed as usual and needed help to arise from the bed. After a few anxious moments he felt alright and went about his regular routine. However, friends and family urged
Acidity: A cause for heartburn
September 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm
Jai, after skipping lunch to finish his project on time, goes out for dinner with friends. Along with good company, he thoroughly enjoys the rich (spicy and fried) food, a few drinks and after-meal smoke. He goes home and immediately heads for his bed but wakes up 30 minutes later feeling queasy
Why prayers are good for your health
August 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own - Madame de Stael, Swiss author
A prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā) can be defined as the act, individual or collective, of communicating with
What your eyes could indicate about your health
August 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. - G. K. Chesterton
Eyes have inspired poetry and philosophy for time immemorial and are arguably the most attractive human facial feature. The cosmetic industry thrives on enhancing the colour, shape and size of (a
There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives
August 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm
Over the post-independence years India has launched several health programs. In this article we highlight a few such programs that have improved or have the potential to improve the health of India’s populace.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Healthcare achievements of post-independent India
August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Health is wealth. In recent years, India appears to have finally internalized this old adage to apply the much-needed and long-awaited focus on the health of its citizenry.
In 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated “We recognise health as an inalienable human right that every individual can
Air Pollution: Urgent cause for concern
July 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm
India is now ahead of China - and everyone else - in having the dubious distinction of having the world’s most polluted air. Earlier this year an Environment Performance Index (EPI) report placed India at the bottom of the 132 countries assessed. Air in some Indian cities has particulate matter