Feeling breathless might be something you experience on a day-to-day basis. Whether it was when you ran to catch that bus or train, or when you decided to walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator. Whatever may be the reason for your shortness of breath the feeling can be quite debilitating, making you want to take a few minutes to ‘settle down’. But imagine if the feeling of …
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Ekta and Ajay had begun interacting with each other at a conference in Mumbai for cancer survivors in 2007. Thereafter the two, who had successfully fought off the dreaded disease in childhood, were engaged in a common battle of looking for a life partner. After an unsuccessful and long hunt for a suitable match, the two, in their mid-20s, got married to each other in 2010 under pressure from …
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Although required in small quantities like other vitamins, vitamin C is indispensable for proper functioning of the body. You all must have studied during your school days that deficiency of vitamin C is related to skin problems, which is true. But recent and ongoing studies on the role of vitamin C in maintaining good health gives us more reasons why we should include sources of Vitamin C in …
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Scientists are trying to use cancer ‘monorails’ which will  lure tumours to parts of the body that are safe to operate on.  A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology designed nanofibres thinner than a human hair which cancers ‘choose’ to travel down.  Studies on animals have shown that tumours can be shrunk big conning cancer cells into migrating down the fibres and are currently …
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There can be nothing more traumatic for a parent than to have their child diagnosed with a disease like cancer and Emraan Hashmi recently went through that when his son was detected with a malignant tumour in the kidneys.  Ayan underwent a surgery for the tumour in Mumbai and also underwent chemotherapy in Toronto. In a recent interview with Bombay Times, the actor described his experiences, …
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In a breakthrough, scientists have used a novel RNA technique to discover seven new tumour-suppressor genes for head and neck cancers whose role was previously unknown.  The technique developed by Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development can eliminate the random bystander genes and identify the ones that are critical for cancer, researchers said.  Applying …
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A new study has found that breast cancer survivors can reap benefits of weight training programs. Through that study, researchers at Florida State University and other institutions found that if you put female breast cancer survivors on a weight training program and fed them prunes, they could at least maintain their current levels of muscle mass and bone density. Co-author of the study, Lynn …
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A team of researchers is set to conduct a study to determine if several potentially toxic compounds that exist in polluted air are capable of entering the brain from the bloodstream and causing brain cancer. The research by scientists at the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai will be done in laboratory mice and will focus on three – naphthalene, …
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Are you on dietary supplements to build a robust body? Get alarmed as a breast cancer drug is reportedly being sold in bodybuilding dietary supplements. Researchers warn that breast cancer drug tamoxifen - mixed in dietary supplements and used by bodybuilders to prevent and treat gynaecomastia (breast swelling) caused by anabolic steroid use - is being sold as a bodybuilding dietary …
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A gene, known simply as Brg1, is a key regulator of leukaemia stem cells that cause the disease according to researchers at the Institute of Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of University de Montreal, Canada. ‘When we removed the Brg1 gene, the leukaemia stem cells were unable to divide, survive and make new tumours. In other words, the cancer was permanently shut down,’ claimed Julie …
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Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre was founded in the 1970s by  philanthropist Seth Lokoomal Chanra. His mission and vision was later translated by Dr Shantilal J. Mehta – a visionary in the field of medicine. The name of the hospital was derived from the name of  Mr Seth Lokoomal Chanra’s wife Smt. Jasotibai, whose vision was to provide every patient – irrespective of their …
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In a ray of hope for cancer patients, harmless metal implants at the cancer site can reduce side effects from chemotherapy. The discovery could make treatment more targeted than existing therapies, avoiding unwanted side effects - such as hair loss, tiredness and nausea. These occur when chemotherapy drugs carried in the blood kill healthy cells as well as cancer cells. 'We are hopeful that this …
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Skin cancer is not something one comes across commonly in India. But none-the-less the risk of developing this form of cancer is still a possibility. Here are the top 10 facts about the disease by Dr. J.B. Sharma, Senior Consultant, Medical Oncology, Action Cancer Hospital, Delhi. Fact #1: Skin cancer is uncommon yet possible in India It is not very common in India and constitutes approximately …
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