Health Update

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Asthma

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to AsthmaAccording to a recent study, Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to asthma. This makes the populations of sunlight deficient regions more prone to this disease of the respiratory tract.

In the study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Juan C. Celedon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and co-investigators examined the association between vitamin D levels and markers of asthma severity and allergy in 616 asthmatic children between the ages of 6 and 14 from Costa Rica. They found that 175 had insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian Women

Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian WomenAccording to a WHO report, Cervical cancer claims lives of around 300,000 women worldwide every year and around 130,000 new cases are reported in India every year out of which some 8,000 are from West Bengal alone.

"This makes cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in India and represents approximately one-fourth of the world's total cervical cancer cases and mortality," said a paper released by Qiagen, the German global market leader in sample technology and CNCI, a state-run Cancer Research Institute here on Tuesday.

Dr. J. J. Dalal and his Cardiology team saves life of 92-year-old man!

Dr. J. J. Dalal and his Cardiology team saves life of 92-year-old man!Few week ago, a 92 year old man suffered from an acute myocardial infarction (death of heart muscle) and was hospitalized in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai.He was given treatment as well as medication for 15 days but, all in vain. He still continued complaining about severe chest pain.

After viewing his unstable condition, Dr Dalal without losing a single minute, has suggested option of angiography. But his family members were seen worried about invasive procedures as he was 92 years old.

SSKM Hospital Performs State’s First-Ever Liver Transplant

liver transplantA successful liver transplant operation has been carried out on Roushan, a seven-month-old baby girl, at the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata, on Friday.

According to reports, this was the first time that a transplant operation was performed in the eastern part of the country.

The infant's father Rajab Ali, a mason from Burdwan district, donated a portion of his liver to save the baby.

The hospital functionaries said that the baby was suffering a serious liver problem from the very first day of her life.

Liver transplantation was the only way through her life could be saved.

UTMB Researchers: Fat-Soluble Form Of Vitamin B1 May Treat Common Cause Of Blindness

UTMB Researchers: Fat-Soluble Form Of Vitamin B1 May Treat Common Cause Of BlindnessA new study has revealed that a type of vitamin B1 could become a new as well as effectual treatment for one of the world’s major causes of blindness.

University of Texas Medical Branch researchers think that 10 to 15% of blindness cases in the US take place because of uveitis, a swelling of the tissue positioned just below eyeball’s external surface.

Moreover, the researchers also said that it produces even higher rates of blindness all through the world.

Researchers Find Secret Behind Turmeric’s Therapeutic Power

Indian Turmeric Powder Finally, the researchers have unravelled the secret behind the much hyped therapeutic power of the main component in turmeric, a spice regarded as auspicious and antiseptic in India.

The study was conducted by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, professor of biophysics, University of Michigan and his fellow workers.

The research indicated that turmeric has been used in various ways for hundreds of years in Indian folk medicine in order to heal injuries, infections and other troubles related to health.