Painless delivery: The pros and cons of epidural analgesia

Pregnancy is undoubtedly the most beautiful phase of a couple’s life. But preparing for the birth can both be exciting and anxious for the parents-to-be. While the nine months are full of dreams and planning, the final countdown can make the mother-to-be curious, anxious and fearful about labor and the pain associated with it. However, the...

Want fair & glowing skin in summer? Zap sun tan with simple home remedies!

Don’t you just love the joys of summer? The bright sun, the lovely beach, lazy swimming sessions and amazing backyard barbeques! But we abhor the skin tan that comes with being in the sun for just a few minutes. While a healthy honey glow looks great on certain skin tones, most Indians dread the...

A glimpse into pros and cons of water birth

Heard about doulas or about water birth? Delivering a baby inside water has been taken up by a number of hospitals and is racing fast on the “delivery” popularity charts. Water birth is listed under alternative birthing methods and there is a speculation on “are water births safe?” Let’s give you some more details...

‘Queen of Heart’ campaign to educate women on CVDs

The Centre for Community medicines AIIMS, New Delhi and Biocon have teamed up to launch the "Queen of Heart" campaign aimed at creating awareness on cardiovascular diseases among Indian women. Biocon is a joint initiative of Heal Foundation and the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA). "Queen of Heart”, an archetype initiative, will reach approximately 450...

Do’s and don’ts for strong bones!!

Bones are undoubtedly the support system of our body. Strong bones not only provide strength and balance to the body; they also ensure a good posture that is vital for enhancing the overall appearance of the body. Calcium and vitamin D are the key when it comes to building strong bones. While calcium makes up...

Isis Pharma calls-off development of rheumatoid arthritis drug

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it will discontinue development of its experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug following poor Phase 2 trial results. It said patients taking the antisense drug ISIS-CRPRx for alleviating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis showed statistically insignificant results. Though patients in the trial did show improvement, it was not significant when compared with those in...

86% Chinese kids can recognize cigarette brands: study

‘Knowledge is power’, goes the adage. Here is an instance of knowledge being destructive power. Findings of a U.S. study suggest that 66 percent of the children in developing countries are aware of at least one brand or logo of a cigarette. The rate of smoking amongst adults is already the highest in the world...

Salt in drugs raise heart attack risk- Study

Higher salt content in diet is known to spur cardiovascular events. Thus cutting salt and taking recommended medicines is the most prescribed treatment option. Ironically, some of the commonly used medicines contain high salt levels that pose health troubles for users. According to the findings of a new study, over-the-counter pain killers like paracetamol, aspirin,...

19% nations fully implement WHO’s infant formula Code

Only 37 of the 199 countries completely adhere to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, a World Health Organization report published ahead of World Breastfeeding Week reveals. Breastfeeding is indeed the best source of nourishment in infants. It not only boosts child health but also cuts the likelihood of a range of diseases...

Molecule that suffocates cancer cells discovered

In a remarkable medical breakthrough, researchers at the Cancer Research UK have found a new molecule that suffocates cancer cells in low oxygen environments. In the new discovery, researchers have unfolded a new molecule that blocks the master switch, HIF-1, which allows cancer cells to thrive in low oxygen levels. How new cancer fighting molecule...

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