Promises of advancement in career with good pay packets, benefits and facilities ensure that doctors line up for postings in the Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh.
Promises of advancement in career with good pay packets, benefits and facilities ensure that doctors line up for postings in Chhattisgarh’s dangerous areas.
How correct is virtual diagnosis? Can artificial intelligence outperform IRL (in real life) doctors in diagnostic accuracy?
Fasting for 68 days killed a 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad last week. Beyond faith, how does fasting affect your mind and body? We take a look.
Taxing sugars, however, is not enough. Governments also need to ensure fresh fruits and vegetables are widely available and bring down by 10–30% to give people healthy alternatives
If you struggle to nod off or get up frequently in the night for no apparent reason, here’s what you need to do to get the sleep that’s been eluding you.
Scientists have developed two new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against potential influenza pandemics that could kill millions.
With 26 million babies born in India every year and 80% of people infected with Zika virus not developing symptoms, the risk is great for lakhs of pregnant women and their unborn babies.
The provocation that drove two teenagers to stab their teacher to death in west Delhi was his rusticating them for missing school.
After Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh spoke about their clinical depression, now filmmaker Karan Johar is the latest Bollywood celebrity to open up about battling depression.
Heart disease tends to show up in the form of atypical symptoms in women, and usually go unnoticed. Here’s how you can lower the risk.
Heart disease and stroke is the biggest killer of men and women in India, killing one in four people, followed by undefined causes. Here are the top five diseases that are most likely to kill you and those around you.
In an exclusive interview, Melinda Gates tells HT how good data, evaluation and course correction can help accelerate gender equity in India
Paracetamol sales surge each year during seasonal flu, dengue and chikungunya outbreaks across India because it is the safest drug to treat fever and pain.
Delhi is a remote second with 1,724 reported cases till September 11, the last day to which data are available with the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
The chikungunya outbreak in Delhi has grabbed headlines but it accounts for just 11% of India’s 14,656 cases.
Is the high fever you have chikungunya or another viral infection? Here are some clues to help you decide whether you need to get tested for the joint-breaking viral infection
Delhi chief minister underwent a corrective throat surgery in Bengaluru to correct an anatomical problem that led to small amounts of saliva trickling into his airways and triggering persistent coughing
Chikungunya outbreaks have caused death across the world, shows WHO data. India’s worst outbreak was in 2006, when 13.9 lakh chikungunya cases were reported but there are no deaths that can attributed to the disease.
Delhi’s chikungunya death toll has reached seven, with two more people – both men -- dying of complications related to the disease at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
The national capital region reported its first chikungunya death on Monday a few hours after Delhi’s civic authorities confirmed 497 chikungunya and 387 dengue cases over the past week.
Fewer women are choosing to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects that offer the best jobs, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the US$ 39.6 billion-endowed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, wants to change that.
Funds to be collected for handling natural disasters and emergency situations
Two malaria deaths were confirmed in Delhi on September 5, the day the World Health Organization (WHO) certified neighbouring Sri Lanka free of the mosquito-borne disease. Sri Lanka is the second country in the region after Maldives to be free of the parasitic virus, which has infected 471,083 people and killed 119 till July-end in India.
India needs to heavily borrow from Sri Lanka’s public health policy that provide universal health coverage to all. And, like Sri Lanka, not lose focus on goals when programmes are on track
All pregnant women with or without fever must be screened for Zika virus if they live in or have travelled to countries with localised infection, says the World Health Organisation.
It is the second country to eradicate malaria in the region after Maldives, which has been free of the disease since 1984.
The plight of these families underscores human apathy and a basic failure — the breakdown of public healthcare in India.
Faith healing is as old as religion in India and takes as many forms as there are gods. All these tales of healing, however, are anecdotal and have not been validated by independent and unbiased scientific reviews.
The 2.6 billion people living in many parts of Asia and Africa are at high risk of zika infection, predict scientists after analysing travel, climate and mosquito patterns in these regions.
With India’s Surrogacy Regulation bill 2016 getting the Cabinet nod , India has joined most other countries in the world that have made renting wombs illegal and commercial surrogacy punishable under law.
Please do not mix up surrogacy for adoption. It violates another person’s body for your own gain. It is not the same thing.
Couples, especially foreigners, desperate for a biological child, and infertility experts losing business to other countries like Ukraine and Georgia where commercial surrogacy is legal, are expectedly against it, but independent experts say a stringent law in this unregulated sector was long overdue
Banked breast milk has the potential to save 156,000 premature babies a year. But there aren’t enough banks, or donors. If you’re a healthy new mom, doctors say, you can make a difference
The euphoria of winning gold has no parallel, but what India’s gutsy girls – PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, who won a wrestling bronze — did at Rio Olympics was give 1.3 billion struggling with disappointment of being excluded from the medal tally a reason to rejoice.
Swami Sivananda from Varanasi has a passport that puts his age at 120! The sprightly monk puts his longevity down to a disciplined life of yoga, no sex and a bland food. He’s right, in part. Yoga helps, as does nutritious food, but that’s not all you need to do live long.
Text messaging is a particularly effective and inexpensive intervention because people carry their mobile phones with them through the day and the messages reach them without need for consistent connectivity or Internet capability.
When it comes to nutrition, it’s tough to strike the right balance, however had you try. Multivitamins are an easy go-to option, but what you are likely to be deficit in are just these three vitamins and minerals.
Everything you need to know to thrive and survive dengue fever.
Before flushing your fitness-tracker and deleting your nutrition app in righteous rage, consider dodging these five hidden calorie traps that derail more diets than cheesecakes and banoffee pies.
Jith Kumar Saji underwent India’s first forearm transplant at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Kochi.
India’s first double forearm transplant and third successful hand transplant done in Kochi, more hand donations can give many more double arm amputees their life back, say doctors
New HIV infection increased in 74 countries, including Egypt, Pakistan, Kenya, Mexico and Russia, but has fallen in India, where it has fallen by 32% since 2007
Inhaling all those diesel fumes while standing in a mile-long traffic daily is hurting you a lot. Not only the short-term effects are really bad, they can cause some grievous long-term harms as well. The NGT order could not have come any sooner.
Sudden unexplained weight loss, tiredness, increased thirst and a frequent urge to pee are signs of type 1 ‘juvenile” diabetes, which can also strike older adults in their 40s and 50s.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by the bite of the aedes aegypti mosquito. It is not communicable.
Low-cost software used by a non-physician worker doubles blood glucose control and lowers blood pressure and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in diabetes patients at no added cost
In India, 26 million babies — the populations of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland combined — are born every year. 350 million people were added to India’s population in a decade, compared to China’s rise by 210 million in the same period.
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, The Gene – An Intimate History, is a part memoir, part history of the scientific, philosophical and moral learnings from our understanding of the human genome
Heat-related illnesses take many forms, ranging from painful cramps to potentially-fatal heat stroke. Here’s how to keep yourself safe and healthy.
A little butter and fruit lower diabetes risk, one egg a day doesn’t cause heart disease risk, nuts help you lose weight. Find out how.
Hospitals offering advanced care are needed for media emergencies such as accidents, heart attacks, stroke and cancers, but for minor symptoms like fever, its best to first go to a family physician.
Heart disease shows both an age and gender bias. The symptoms, risk factors, management and outcomes of heart disease can differ widely for men and women, with the disease often being undertreated, misdiagnosed or missed altogether in women.
When yoga enthusiasts take to parks, streets and pavements between 7am and 7:45 am across India on International Yoga Day on June 21, they will not only be celebrating an ancient wellness tradition but also an exercise form validated by modern science.
The health benefits of coffee far outweigh the risks, with close to 20,000 studies done over the past two decades concluding coffee lowers the risk of several diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, liver cirrhosis and Parkinson’s. Here are the leading ways in which this brew protects and restores.
A single donor’s organs saved 4 lives across 3 states, Indore, Delhi and Haryana, in a feat that should be replicated to stem the illegal organ trade that preys on people’s desperation
Indoor air pollution is the second-biggest cause of death after dietary risks, such as over- and undernutrition. While bad outdoor air can affect indoor air quality, there are toxins and allergens other than nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead that can make enclosed spaces deadly.
Dust, fly ash and carbon from forest fires irritate and constrict the airways passages to aggravate chronic lung illnesses such as pneumonia and asthma worse.
In a run-up to World Environment Day, here are five easy ways to go green without actively changing your lifestyle. If the planet stays healthy, you stay healthy.
Though 70% of India’s population still lives in rural areas, specialised medical care is only available in and around urban hubs.
Entrance exam pressure is not the only thing driving young people over the edge. Suicide is the biggest killer of 15- to 24-year-olds in India, followed by road traffic accidents, shows data from Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 that tracked death from 306 diseases, injuries and risk factors across 188 countries.
When 72-year-old Daljinder Kaur delivered a baby boy in Hisar last month after two years of fertility treatment, she inadvertently triggered a debate on the ethics of older couples using assisted technology to have babies
Oversleeping causes as much health trouble as insomnia, so target to sleep between six and seven hours of sleep each night. But what hurts most is take sleeping pills.
Now you have apps that go a step ahead and offer you customised nutrition, medicine, psychological and exercise advice regularly to help you achieve your peak physical and mental health.
Apart from deficiencies, crash diets also cause a host of physical and mental problems, which range from dizzy spells and hair loss to osteoporosis, anaemia and depression.
India’s target is to be ‘malaria free’ by 2030, but the parasite’s formidable adaptability has helped it evade every frontline drug, making the countdown to elimination far from easy.
The Centre made it easier for bureaucrats to travel on overseas junkets by international agencies a week after banning foreign-funded consultants in ministries, a move that may defeat the government’s purpose of lessening outside influence on policy.
It’s not just tension that cause primary headaches such as migraines, tension-type and cluster headaches.
Dr Henk Bekedam, economist and WHO representative to India warns India that in order to become a global economic power, health needs to be the government’s topmost priority
All relationships have their high and lows, but if your relationship is affecting your self-worth and making you feel guilty and socially excluded, you need to consider where you see it headed. And if you have thoughts, however fleeting, of taking your life, call a friend. It may seem like the end of the world, but things always get better.
For people with type-1 diabetes, the new insulin combination ensures smooth control with less sudden falls in blood sugar levels.
How your lactose intolerance, heart disease and cancer risk can be traced back to gene mutations that evolved over several thousand centuries.
The health ministry is caught between a rock and a hard place after committing to implement 85% pictorial warnings on tobacco packages.
Is driving adding to your stress and pushing you close to breaking point? Find out if your top 10 triggers of road rage are the same as other drivers losing their temper every day
Uncontrolled hypertension, like diabetes, is a risk factor for a clutch of diseases, including heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Globally, 62% of stoke and 49% of heart disease are linked to hypertension, defined as consistently high blood pressure of more than 140/90 mmHg.
On a three-day trip to India, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the world’s biggest private charity, discusses how far the Indian woman has come
Another Women’s Day came and went but women’s risk of troubling, and potentially fatal, diseases will remain the same unless they proactively put their own health at par with their family and friends.
They (Indian government) are coming with a whole focus on family planning that you’ll see come out in early April. They’re talking about a basket of choices and options for women. MELINDA GATES, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Though well intentioned, organisers of the World Culture Festival remain in denial about the ecological impact of the event and refuse to acknowledge the stink it has created
Lots of things damage the liver, including alcohol, hepatitis viruses, bad diets, medicine and drug toxicity. Once damaged, repair takes hard work. Here’s how to keep your liver in the pink of health.
Does your daughter need to be vaccinated against HPV infection? Yes, it’ safe and protects her against painful warts and cervical cancer.
More men are smoking in India than ever before, with the number rising by more than a third from 79 million in 1998 to 108 million in 2015, a report said.
Here are five lesser-known ways in which bad ambient air assaults your mind and body.
Tribal activist was attacked with a mild acid mixed with a chemical, say doctors from Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, where she is being treated for chemical burns on her face
Breathing polluted air does more than trigger asthma, heart attacks, strokes and irregular heart rhythms, it also make you fat without your knowing it.
A little anxiety before exams is natural and is essential for peak performance, but if it’s making you restless and lose concentration, you need active de-stressing to calm the mind.
Games that end with a Boss Fight are less addictive than Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing games.