While the term “dry eye disease” may conjure up images of a mildly irritating condition, the disease has the potential to cause blindness — a condition considerably more severe than a minor irritation. Studies project that, by 2030, 275 million Indians could be affected by dry eye disease. Due to the sheer number of people […]
Should India’s traditional forms of medicine — covered under AYUSH — be held above scientific scrutiny? An advisory note issued by the Union AYUSH Ministry, dated May 2nd, referred to the systems of alternative and traditional medicine included under the AYUSH banner as an “integral part of the country’s healthcare delivery work…not at all comparable […]
Survival rates for those with glioblastomas — an aggressive form of brain tumour — in India are dismal. Those who develop them have been documented as surviving, at most, fourteen months. The study presenting these survival rates — conducted by the Institute of Neurosciences based in Gurgaon — appear doubtful that a cure is in […]
In an incident reminiscent of the tragedy that occurred at Gorakhpur in August 2017, three patients have died at the Government Rajaji Medical College and Hospital (GRH) due to power failures. All three patients died within an hour in the Madurai government hospital trauma care centre during a power outage. Hospital authorities have insisted that […]
Hypertension is common in the Indian population, but treated only in a slim minority of patients. This is according to a recent study analysing a population sample of 731,864.
Raised blood pressure — or hypertension — is considered the leading risk factor for morbidity and mortality in India. The condition places an individual at a heightened risk for a number of conditions, predominantly cardiac disease — India’s most common cause of death. Despite being one of the conditions of greatest concern in India, many […]
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.
Bacterial infections are a major issue in India. From tuberculosis to standard food poisoning, they account for many of the most common infectious conditions in the country. Diagnosis can often take several days, or even weeks, if the facilities in the area are not prepared to analyse bacterial samples. A new device developed at Penn […]
Drinking water contaminated with arsenic could potentially lead to thickening of the heart’s main pumping chamber in young adults, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. The damage is often only revealed over elongated periods of time, with individuals typically being chronically exposed to a low-level dose. This is the case […]
An Rs 20 crore project has been commissioned by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology to establish a state-of-the-art genomics facility at Allahabad University. Professor Rizvi of the Department of Biochemistry has been named as the principal investigator of the facility. The professor elaborated on the potential for the facility, stating “the technology is […]