Alcohol use during pregnancy linked to birth abnormalities: Study

Researchers have found that low to moderate alcohol use by pregnant patients may contribute to subtle changes in their babies’ prenatal development. The study was published in the journal, ‘Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research’. “In exploratory analyses, the effect on gestational age was more pronounced in male infants, and for birth length, it actually was stronger in females,” Bakhireva said.

Indian President Droupadi Murmu unveils ‘Made in India’ gene therapy for cancer

In a ray of hope for millions suffering from cancer, Indian President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday unveiled the country’s first indigenously-made and affordable gene therapy for the deadly disease. Launching the gene therapy treatment called “CAR-T cell therapy” at IIT-Bombay, President Murmu said that it will be successful in giving new lives to countless patients.

AI technique accurately predicts deadly heart rhythms: Study

In a new study to see if artificial intelligence (AI) could identify whether a person was in danger of a deadly cardiac rhythm, an AI tool accurately detected the condition 80 per cent of the time. The study’s findings, led by Dr Joseph Barker in collaboration with Professor Andre Ng, Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester in the UK and Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, were published in the European Heart Journal – Digital Health.

Why UV protection is crucial for eye health all year round

The radiant warmth of the sun, while comforting, conceals a potential threat to our eye health. Many are aware of the necessity of shielding their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, yet the importance of safeguarding our eyes often goes overlooked. However, understanding the crucial role of UV protection for eye health, regardless of the season, is paramount in preserving our vision and preventing long-term damage.

Musk’s company Neuralink showcases first person playing video games just by thinking

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday shared a video clip where a person was seen playing video games just by thinking, courtesy the Neuralink brain chip. Paraplegic Noland Arbaugh, 29, was seen in a video shared to X using just his mind to play online chess. ‘See that cursor on the screen? That’s all me. It’s all brainpower,” he was quoted as saying in the video clip. He also managed to move the computer mouse side to side across the online chess board.

IIT Madras designs customizable electric standing wheelchair ‘NeoStand’ to empower disabled

Now, people with disabilities can reach for a book, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee standing by a counter as easily as others at the touch of a button. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday launched ‘NeoStand’, an indigenously developed customizable electric standing wheelchair.

USAID Asst Administrator for Global Health Atul Gawande to begin India visit on Tuesday

Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Atul Gawande, will be visiting India from March 19 to 22 to move forward the US-India health partnership. During his visit, Assistant Administrator Gawande will be visiting New Delhi, Dewas and Indore in Madhya Pradesh to engage with government officials, healthcare professionals, academics, civil society, and business leaders.

Op-Ed: Are mobile screens the new cocaine?

In 2017, Frontiers in Psychiatry published ‘An Update Overview on Brain Imaging Studies of Internet Gaming Disorder’ as part of their research on IGD or Internet Gaming Disorder. The conclusion was startling: “There is an emerging evidence that IGD is associated with similar brain mechanisms responsible for substance use disorders. The brain imaging studies in IGD show similarity in brain mechanisms between IGD and substance use disorder and therefore support the classification of IGD as a behavioral addiction.” Well, mobile screens can be addictive.

Stress Rampant in India: A wake-up call for action

Last year a study done by a major insurance company in India, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, reported that 77% of Indians are experiencing at least one symptom of stress regularly. World Health Organization defines stress as, “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.” In simpler terms, stress is how our body, mind, and behaviors respond to outside events by interpreting them, and making judgments about controlling or influencing them.

Indian experts explain why women are thrice more at risk of migraines than men

Changes in hormones may explain why migraines are three times more common among women than men, said Indian experts in New Delhi on Sunday. Migraine is a severe headache that starts usually on one side but can be bilateral, and associated with a pulsating or a throbbing quality. It is accompanied by nausea or vomiting, and is also associated with the irritability to sound and noise and it worsens by doing routine activity.

One in eight people globally is now obese: Lancet

One in every eight persons is or more than one billion people around the world are obese, a precursor to several disorders such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, revealed a study released by the Lancet on Friday. The study showed that in the last three decades obesity among adults has more than doubled worldwide. Among children and adolescents (aged between 5 to 19 years), the condition has increased four times. The study also revealed that 43 per cent of adults were overweight in 2022.

Leaky blood vessels behind Long Covid-linked brain fog, says study

In a major discovery, a team of scientists discovered disruption to the blood vessels in the brains of patients suffering from Long Covid and ‘brain fog’. The team from Trinity College Dublin showed that this blood vessel “leakiness” was able to objectively distinguish those patients with brain fog and cognitive decline compared to patients suffering from Long Covid but not with brain fog.

Indian cardiologist speaks on preventing and reversing heart diseases at AsaMai Temple in Hicksville

An Indian cardiologist renowned globally for his non-invasive cardiac therapies spoke about the therapies and their potential impact on heart health at the AsaMai Temple in Hicksville on February 18.

Dr. Bimal Chhajer spoke at an event organized by World Vegan Vision in collaboration with the Indian Association of Long Island (IALI) and Sattvic Group Co., aimed to shed light on the crucial role of diet and lifestyle in preventing and reversing heart diseases.

Priya Kasturi: Self-determination using ‘shat sampatti’; first virtue shama – calmness

Priya Kasturi writes: In the journey of self-determination using inspiration from Vedic philosophy and adapting the concept of the six-fold virtues known as “Shat Sampatti”, Shama or calmness is the first virtue. This virtue involves cultivating mental equanimity and composure, encouraging us to remain calm and composed in the face of challenges, thereby maintaining inner peace and balance.

New IDC report says GenAI will save $100 bn in healthcare in Asia-Pacific by 2025

Generative AI (GenAI) will free up to 10 per cent of clinicians’ time, translating into an estimated $100 billion in annual healthcare savings in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) by 2025, to realize more workflow automation and efficiency. This was the primary finding in a new report published by International Data Corporation (IDC) this past week.