Outdoor air pollution killed 0.65 million Indians in 2010: study

Of the 3.3 million premature mortality worldwide in 2010 caused by outdoor air pollution, about 0.65 million deaths took place in India. These deaths were in adults older than 30 years and in children younger than five years. India has the second highest premature deaths caused by outdoor air pollution. With 1.35 million deaths annually, … Continue reading Outdoor air pollution killed 0.65 million Indians in 2010: study

Over 3 million premature deaths in India in 2013, says study

In 2013, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, household air pollution from solid fuels, unsafe water sources and smoking were the top avoidable risks associated with health loss and a significant amount of disease burden among Indians in both sexes. Of the five top risks, high blood pressure, diabetes and household air pollution from solid … Continue reading Over 3 million premature deaths in India in 2013, says study

Amputation: Smokers learnt the hard way

G. Ranganathan, a 50-year-old man from Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, is one of the 44 patients whose leg has been saved by stem cell treatment. He had already lost his right leg due to TAO. He has been smoking for the last 25-odd years. “My right leg was amputated in 2005 and doctors had advised … Continue reading Amputation: Smokers learnt the hard way

Bone marrow stem cell treatment saves legs

Published in The Hindu on August 6, 2009 The results of a clinical trial to save volunteers’ leg from amputation by injecting stem cell concentrate to the limb affected by thrombo angitis obliterance (TAO) have been encouraging. The stem cells were taken from the patients’ bone marrow. The clinical trial is being conducted on patients … Continue reading Bone marrow stem cell treatment saves legs

Detecting breast cancer using thermal imaging

Published in The Hindu on July 9, 2009 Screening to detect breast cancer early may become a reality if thermography (thermal imaging) that is in the early stages of testing is perfected. The trial is jointly done by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam and the Chennai based Sri Ramachandra Medical College … Continue reading Detecting breast cancer using thermal imaging