Health

How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

Kate Kelland Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage […]

Antipsychotic drugs, restraints and seclusion: Mental health treatments raising concerns

Antipsychotic drugs, restraints and seclusion: Mental health treatments raising concerns

Melbourne woman Jessica* is still struggling to come to terms with the debilitating impact of being on antipsychotic medications for long periods. She started taking them from her early 30s, when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and placed into various public mental health institutions. “In the very early days I was incredibly frightened, because no-one […]

WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

In 2018, playing video games obsessively might lead to a diagnosis of a mental health disorder. In the beta draft of its forthcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases, the World Health Organization includes “gaming disorder” in its list of mental health conditions. The WHO defines the disorder as a “persistent or recurrent” behavior pattern of “sufficient severity […]

At 732 Million, India Tops List on Number of People Without Access to Toilets: Report

At 732 Million, India Tops List on Number of People Without Access to Toilets: Report

In addition to the increased risk of disease, the lack of sanitation facilities also makes women and girls susceptible to harassment. India, the world’s second-largest country by population, has the highest number of people (732 million) without access to toilets, according to a new report. The report by WaterAid, titled Out Of Order:The State of the […]

Indian Doctors Only Spend 2 Minutes With Patients, Which Is Among The Worst In The World, Reveals Study

Indian Doctors Only Spend 2 Minutes With Patients, Which Is Among The Worst In The World, Reveals Study

The length of medical consultation, also called as primary care consultancy, on an average is 2 minutes in India, a study has revealed. The study published in medical journal, BMJ Open, which is the largest international study  on consulting time says that India is listed among the worst. Neighbouring countries Bangladesh and Pakistan have an average […]

At Least 64 Children Died Every Day In Madhya Pradesh In 2016

At Least 64 Children Died Every Day In Madhya Pradesh In 2016

At least 64 children below the age of six died every day in the last year in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh,  and its infant mortality rate is worse that some African countries. The government was forced to come up with the revised figure after former chief ministerBabulal Gaur accused the state government of providing misleading information on malnourished children in […]

Learning from kangaroos: How skin-to-skin contact with parents saves newborn lives

Learning from kangaroos: How skin-to-skin contact with parents saves newborn lives

Carmela Torres was 18 when she became pregnant for the first time. It was 1987 and she and her now-husband, Pablo Hernandez, were two idealistic young Colombians born in the coastal region of Montería who moved to the capital, Bogotá, in search of freedom and a better life. When Torres told her father she was […]