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  • dna impact: Sewri TB Hospital to get two ambulances in a week

    A week after dna reported about the absence of ambulance facilities in Asia's largest TB hospital in Sewri, the BMC treated Sewri TB Hospital as a special case and agreed to get two ambulance services exclusively for the hospital in a week's time. The hospital had an ambulance which was used to...

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 5:55am
  • Mumbai traffic cops are much healthier than those in other metros

    It's a pleasant surprise, indeed! The overall health of traffic cops in the maximum city is better than the national average. Given the chaotic traffic situation and extreme weather conditions, one would think constables manning city traffic round the clock would be far from healthy. But it's not...

    Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 6:30am
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

    When two-year-old Shriya Kriplani had fever, her mother thought it was viral. But when she saw blisters popping up on her little palms, feet and tongue, she rushed her to a paediatrician. The doctor diagnosed the condition as hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

    Monday, 22 September 2014 - 7:09am
  • I was annoyed when they isolated me, says Ebola suspect

    Manoj Mourya went to Nigeria last year for work. After he arrived at Mumbai airport on August 24, he was quarantined by BMC as an Ebola suspect. The first person to be isolated on suspicion of carrying the virus, the 34-year-old man spoke to dna about the fear and experience of spending 24 hours...

    Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 6:30am
  • Sewri TB hospital loses its only ambulance

    Asia's largest tuberculosis hospital, the Sewri TB hospital, has been rendered rudderless as the corporation has taken away the only ambulance, asking the hospital to make use of the state's 108 ambulance service that is meant for emergencies. However, most of the time, the hospital's plea to ferry...

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:50am
  • Incessant downpour leads to rise in dengue cases – 33 in September

    The latest monsoon ailment data has BMC worried, with a slight increase in dengue cases. According to BMC health authorities, they are seeing a trend of dengue cases going up in non-slum areas, where they have increased their drive. Dr Mangala Gomare, the epidemiology in-charge at BMC said, "There...

    Monday, 15 September 2014 - 7:53am
  • 5-year-old forgets to breathe, lives to tell the tale

    We breathe to live. But what if we forget to breathe? It may sound absurd but that is exactly what happens to 5-year-old Shriya Raikar when she sleeps. She forgets to breathe. Shriya (not her real name) suffers from a rare disease known as Rohhad syndrome. Her hypothalamus, the part of the brain...

    Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 5:20am
  • Their economic situation pushing drivers into depression, say psychiatrists

    The cost of living has been escalating, and there has not been much improvement on the salary front either! Aren't these factors enough to push up anxiety level and send people into depression? The combination is deadly, say psychiatrists, and these are the major reasons why the number of anxiety...

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 6:05am
  • Those favourite pair of jeans may give you urinary tract infection

    Wearing unwashed tight jeans for many days and lack of hygienic washrooms are becoming a leading cause of urinary tract infection (UTI) among young women, especially college goers, say city gynaecologists. Doctors say they are seeing a rise in this trend and awareness has become necessary as...

    Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 7:05am
  • It's copy cat syndrome, say psychiatrists

    The spate of recent suicides at Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL) can possibly be the copy cat syndrome where a person commits suicide at least partly due exposure to another suicide, say city psychiatrists. Special attention must be paid on people who are depressed to avoid copy cat situations, doctors...

    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 5:35am