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  • Survey: 35% tobacco-chewing cops have precancerous lesions

    Unusually long working hours and the resultant stress is the cause behind around 30 per cent of the police force consuming tobacco, a recent survey by the Cancer Patients Aids Association (CPAA) has revealed. Among them, 35 per cent had precancerous lesions.

    Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 7:00am
  • Fining citizens won't help, we need a change in mindset: Experts

    Treat public places as you drawing room

    Sunday, 18 January 2015 - 6:00am
  • OTC eye drops causing vision loss in many, doctors warn

    Indiscriminate use of eye drops bought over the counter (OTC), without a doctor's prescription, almost cost an 18-year-old his vision. The teenager (name withheld on request), who is to appear for his HSC exams, developed cataract and near blindness. Doctor say the trend of relying on chemists...

    Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 5:45am
  • BMC-run hospitals paint a scary, stained picture

    Hospitals assumed to be safe havens for patients are turning into hellholes. A walk around the premises of BMC-run hospitals paints a scary picture — red blobs and sprays of spit adorning walls and walkways.

    Friday, 16 January 2015 - 5:00am
  • Spitting to blame for spread of disease

    Pulmonary TB is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). You can contact it by breathing in air droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person. This is called primary TB.

    Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 7:10am
  • Mosquito bites man, what follows is a medical enigma

    Mosquito bites may be one of the most common bites but have you ever heard of a mosquito transmitting a worm in human host? Strange but true. Meet 82-year-old Sohanlal Agarwal, who recently not only battled this one of the most rare eye conditions but also successfully overcame it.

    Wednesday, 7 January 2015 - 7:30am
  • Sion doctors perform rare surgery on 3-month-old kid without chest bone

    When a three-month-old baby was admitted to LTMG Sion Hospital with a chest infection, it was hard for doctors to believe that it will be one of the handful cases of a rare congenital malformation. According to doctors, the child, with a history of recurrent chest infection, was born without a...

    Tuesday, 6 January 2015 - 7:45am
  • Grave issue: Suicide of chronic patient brings back focus on need of psychiatric help in such cases

    Undergoing treatment for long? Consult a shrink too

    Sunday, 4 January 2015 - 7:30am
  • 21-year-old who got heart transplant struggles to get travel insurance policy for US trip

    Hvovi Minocherhomji, 21, might have successfully beaten her heart disease with a transplant, but insurance companies think otherwise. The Bandra resident has been refused a travel insurance policy for undergoing a heart transplant. Hvovi had applied for it in preparation for her trip to Disneyland...

    Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - 7:15am
  • dna impact: Child panel intervenes in Bhandup rape case

    Following dna's report on the 4-year-old Bhandup sexual assault victim wherein she claimed that three more of her classmates were raped by the accused, Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) has decided to serve sou motto notices to the police and school. AN Tripathi,...

    Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 7:30am