Indian institutions are delving deeper into the study of genetics, a move that could have significant impact on health in India. As of now, Indian genomes only represent 0.2 percent in the global genetic databanks. The current majority of genomes — around 96 percent — are of European ancestry. With known genes almost exclusive to […]
India has the second highest burden of sickle cell disease in the world. Speaking at an Apollo Hospitals event in June, Dr Gaurav Kharya, clinical lead at the Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy, identified a “‘sickle cell belt’, that is, a significant population of the Deccan plateau of Central India, northern Kerala […]
India is considered to be the world capital for thalassemia. Thalassemia is a genetically inherited disease caused by four defective genes responsible for the formation of the globin molecule. This molecule is a part of haemoglobin, the aspect of the blood that is responsible for the transport of oxygen. Due to the mechanism by which […]
Huntington’s disease is a relatively unknown condition in India. The same lack of awareness does not apply to mobile phones. However, a new app could allow all mobile users the capacity to identify the early-stage symptoms of the disease.
Huntington’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that is fatal in all cases. The disease begins with minor symptoms but progresses into a disabling condition that typically ends a person’s life within twenty years of their diagnosis. Knowledge of the disease in India is severely lacking, translating not only to public awareness but also including […]
Hypertension is a silent disease. It affects millions of Indians and responsible for 10.8 percent of deaths in the nation. This year, World Hypertension Day is being observed with the theme “Know Your Numbers”, highlighting the importance of screening for high blood pressure and ensuring it is kept under control. The occasion is observed annually […]
Dhanya Ravi lives with a rare disease, the physical symptoms of which have left her in fear of even the most mild of physical activity. Even a sneeze may cause fractures in her bones.
Hundreds of thousands of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide may not be responding to treatment simply because they are not Alzheimer’s disease, according to recent data. Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the numerous other kinds of dementia are becoming a global health issue. Increases in life expectancy the globe over have placed millions of people into the […]
Yesterday marked World Haemophilia Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition and its largely hidden footprint in India. For India’s many haemophiliacs, suffering is often in silence. Haemophilia is a genetic condition which means sufferers do not have enough clotting factor. This refers to a group of proteins in the blood which works […]
After fifteen years, a father has won a legal battle over medical expenses he paid to treat his daughter’s genetic condition. The Gujarat High Court has ruled in favour of Harshadkumar Pandya, an assistant teacher in Rajpipla, whose daughter was born with Silver-Russell syndrome, a form of dwarfism. Fifteen years back, on the advice of […]