The government will soon introduce a National Medical Register to maintain a complete record of all medical professionals, Indian and foreign origin, practising in hospitals or holding teaching and research assignments in medical colleges in India. The centre has framed part-rules under the newly-enacted National Medical Commission Act. Two sets of rules have been framed […]

Recent research has found that a new blood test that looks for circulating tumour cells could significantly improve the diagnosis of prostate cancer and avoid unnecessary biopsies and treatments. According to the research by the Queen Mary University of London, combining the new test with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) results can yield a diagnosis of aggressive […]

New research finds that babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those born vaginally. The most comprehensive study to date on the baby microbiome showed that babies born vaginally pick up most of their initial dose of bacteria from their mother, while C-section babies have more bugs linked to hospital environments, including […]

PGI neurosurgeons have developed a guideline on how to endoscopically manage and treat brain cysts in children below the age of 5 years for the first time in the world medical literature. Before this, the doctors used to decide the type of surgery based on hit-and-trial. Hence, the health of the kids would take a […]

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) could be launching an indigenous dengue vaccine in 2020, designed to counter the outbreak of the vector-borne virus. According to a senior official of the ICMR, the launch would be on a demonstration basis in areas where the disease prevalence is high. Recently, a dengue serosurvey has been […]

For Doctors, the first and foremost area to be concerned about is their patient’s safety. As a coin has two sides, while concerns are being raised about increasing incidents of violence against doctors, the World Health Organisation points out to the other side of the picture by warning us that more than 138 million patients […]

Erramatti Mangayamma wouldn’t have thought that her delivery could create a stir across the country. When 74-year-old Mangayamma from Andra Pradesh delivered twin girls through IVF, she set a world record by reportedly becoming the world’s oldest mother. Without doubt, it is a medical breakthrough, but does that mean that there isn’t a fine line […]

Ayushman Bharat 2.0 is all set to be rolled out on October 1. The new health insurance scheme for the poor would add over 200 packages and offer a larger variety of better quality implants in cardiology and orthopaedics. Recently, the nodal agency for implementation of the flagship programme National Health Authority (NHA) has approved […]

Scientists in China have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to try treating a man with leukaemia and HIV. The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The man needed a transplant of stem cells to replace the damaged ones that were causing his blood cancer. The procedure also allowed the researchers to re-engineer […]

A new device for the early detection of cancer has been launched at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). C-MET, an autonomous scientific society has developed this device under the Make in India scheme and a Bangalore based startup Niramai. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. According to the latest […]