Psychoactive drug use may up death risk in Alzheimer's patients

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:02

London, Nov 21 (IANS) Benzodiazepine -- a class of psychoactive drugs -- used as first-line treatment of anxiety, agitation and insomnia among persons with Alzheimer's disease, may increase their risk of death by 40 per cent, warns a study.


Nadda seeks report from Fortis after girl's death

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:12

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Calling the death of a seven-year-old girl at Gurugram's Fortis Hospital unfortunate, Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday said the government had sought a detailed report from the hospital.


Facebook Live saves woman who collapsed due to high BP

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:38

New York, Nov 21 (IANS) The audience watching a US woman leading her daily prayer service on Facebook Live helped save her life when she suddenly passed out in the middle of the service, the media reported.


Girl dies of dengue; Fortis charges Rs 18 lakh from family

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 02:10

Gurugram , Nov 21 (IANS) In a shocking case, the parents of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue after undergoing treatment at the Fortis Hospital here, were allowed to take their daughter's dead body after paying the exorbitant bill of Rs 18 lakh.


Suggestions invited for changes to food safety law

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:40

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has invited suggestions and objections for amendments to the Food and Safety Standards (Contaminants, Toxins, Residues) Regulations, 2011, said an official statement on Monday.


Seven Indian doctors win BMJ Awards South Asia 2017

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:54

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Seven Indian doctors have secured prizes from across 10 categories in the fourth edition of BMJ Awards South Asia 2017 that seeks to reward individuals and teams working tirelessly to improve the quality of healthcare across the region.


BRICS scientists plan nanotheranostics for simultaneous cancer diagnosis, treatment

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:56

Moscow, Nov 20 (IANS) Cancer therapy a la paintball? Three teams from BRICS countries, including Russia and India, plan to embark on a project that uses the benefits of nanotechnology to simultaneously bundle both diagnostics and therapy into one package for treating cancer just like paintball activity.


'India can become second largest market for robotic surgery'

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:48

Panaji, Nov 19 (IANS) With the aim of installing 200 more robots and reach over 20,000 robotic-assisted surgeries per year by 2020, US-based Vattikuti Foundation is set to make India the second largest market for robotic surgery in the world after the US, said the non-profit's top executive here.


Gut bacteria linked to multiple sclerosis

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:36

New York, Nov 19 (IANS) The composition of gut bacteria -- the presence of microbiota in the digestive tracks -- at a young age may contribute to the onset and further progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease, a new study found.


Don't panic, H1N1 is curable: SKIMS chief to Kashmiris

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:12

Srinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) The super specialty tertiary care of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here is fully equipped to treat H1N1 flu patients and people should not panic about this as it is a fully curable infection.


Antibiotic resistance: 'Bad bugs, no drugs' turning into reality (Nov 13-19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week)

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:20

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) With the growth of antibiotic resistance already complicating treatments for several diseases in India including common urinary tract infections, the country appears to be in an advanced position to immerse itself in the ignominy of the fast-arriving post-antibiotic world in which even common infections would once again become incurable.


Computer brain training may cut dementia risk by 29%

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:54

New York, Nov 18 (IANS) A computer brain training exercise designed to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention can help seniors reduce risk of dementia by nearly a third, suggest results of a 10-year study.


New findings may improve chemotherapy in cancer treatment

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:58

Chicago, Nov 18 (IANS) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that human cells have a way of detecting and mending DNA damage caused by some common chemotherapy drugs and to knock out this mending function may increase the potency of certain chemotherapy drugs in treatment of cancer.