Ectopic pregnancy: what is it and who is at risk?

Becoming a mother may be one of the most beautiful moments in a woman’s life. But pregnancy itself can be a difficult time for many women. For example, having abdominal cramps is considered to be normal during the later stages....Read More

What does it mean when our eyes twitch?

How often have you heard that if your right eye is twitching, you have good fortune coming your way? Or that twitching in the left eye is a bad omen? These superstitions have been in our society for a long....Read More

Stress can cause you pain – real, physical pain

We all know someone who gets a headache or stomachache every time they have a big presentation or exam coming up. In fact, we may have our own telltale pain signals when we’re feeling stressed - pain in the shoulders,....Read More

On National Cancer Awareness Day 2019, we take a quick look at cancers that affect only men

Today, 7 November, is National Cancer Awareness Day. Back in 2014, while launching this health day, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said: “It is high time we went into combative mode against this disease.” We could not agree more.....Read More

Bacteria in your stomach may be increasing your risk of colorectal cancer: study

Microbiologists believe that the human gut contains approximately three trillion bacteria that aid digestion and provide protection against infections. The human gut refers to the gastrointestinal tract, which begins at the end of the mouth and ends at the rectum.....Read More

With yoga, you can keep cholesterol within bounds

Yoga can put the brakes on rising cholesterol. Studies show that the low-impact workout has the proverbial butterfly effect - triggering happiness hormones, weight loss and positivity that lower stress and improve overall health. Most forms of yoga are quite....Read More

When to take which medication and why

Ever got a doctor’s prescription to take a tablet “morning-evening”? Did it leave you wondering if 5 pm is as good as 8 pm for the evening dose? You’re not alone. People who take regular medicines - like statins, blood....Read More

What does the colour of your pee say about you?

Pee reveals many secrets to the trained eye - doctors routinely prescribe urine tests to look for infections, kidney problems, liver disease and diabetes. Happily, our pee talks to us too. Sometimes by turning blue, green, purple or neon. Normally....Read More

World Stroke Day 2019: Everything you need to know about brain strokes

In the time that it takes you to read this paragraph, someone in India will have a stroke: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data show that every 20 seconds, one Indian has a brain stroke. According to a 2017....Read More

5 respiratory illnesses that get worse during winters

October has come to an end. Winter is knocking on the door. Lazing around the cosy corners of your home with a hot cup of coffee might feel perfect. But don’t let your guard down completely: the season of comfort....Read More

As pulse polio programme complete 25 years in India, health minister opens new chapter in immunisation

To mark the 25th anniversary of India’s first major pulse polio drive, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is set to launch a new chapter in Mission Indradhanush 2.0 - a nationwide effort to make immunisation available to children in....Read More

3 Tips to Reverse Sun Damage to The Skin, Even In the Winter Months

Exposure to the sun is necessary for our body in many ways. Sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones. However, prolonged exposure to the sun can be harmful for our skin. The....Read More

6 reasons why children become obese

Children can be really mean to overweight and obese peers. Well-meaning grown-ups, too, can chip away at children’s confidence by calling them chubby or healthy. As childhood obesity skyrockets across the world and in India, we need to take a....Read More

Healthy food options for Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, gifts and sweets, is just around the corner. If in addition to being excited about celebrating with family and friends, you are also concerned about gaining a bit of extra weight during this season, we....Read More

Could my stomach ache be appendicitis?

While stomachaches may be super common, they’re never any fun. It’s especially worse when you know it’s unlike any stomachache you’ve had before. If it feels like a sharp, stabbing pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, it....Read More

On World Spine Day 2019, We Look At Easy Ways To Maintain Good Posture At Work

Despite knowing that prolonged sitting can cause various health problems like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, most of us end up sitting throughout the day. Blame the corporate work culture, our studies or driving on roads jammed with Diwali traffic,....Read More

Breast cancer awareness month: what you need to know about early diagnosis

A third of all women who get breast cancer in India die. The reason: late diagnosis when the survival rate plummets sharply till it’s down to just 22% in stage 4 breast cancer. Breast cancer has five stages from zero....Read More