Dr. Poonam Kuruganti has 14 years of multidisciplinary, academic and industry, experience in life sciences. Dr. Kuruganti researched her PhD dissertation (Neuroscience) at Loyola University Chicago and postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She joined the biotech industry as a Scientist (Oncology) and moved to an alternative career path in medical communications. During the course of her career, Dr. Kuruganti has functioned as a research fellow, scientist, editor, manager, writer and reviewer. Her writing experience spans scientific, medical, and health writing projects. She also earned a BSc (Zoology & Biochemistry) and MSc (Biochemistry) from University of Mumbai.
The term osteoporosis is synonymous with women > low calcium > weak bones > fractures. But there is more to the osteoporosis story than just calcium deficiency. Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones such that they are
Every head has its own headache. - Arab Proverb
In the literal sense, a headache is a nervous system disorder that refers to pain felt in the head region - above the eyes and ears as well as back of the head and upper neck.
A 2006 research study in New England Journal of Medicine had two interesting observations. One, a variation of the TCF7L2 gene is linked to prediabetes (blood sugar is high but below diabetes range) which indicates a higher
November 14 is World Diabetes Day.
According to the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, in India, the number of diabetics rose from 50.8 million in 2010 to 62.4 million in 2011. So millions of Indians cope with diabetes on a
The upcoming World Diabetes Day on November 14th brings to our mind the blood glucose test which is a key player in the diabetes story. Most people have gone through this test, usually included in a panel of blood tests conducted
Everyone feels tired, at the end of the day, as a result of 12-14 waking hours spent in physical and mental work plus emotional interactions. This kind of tiredness is relieved by a break from the daily work routine, doing
Scene 1: My annoying headache refuses to go away, so I’ll just take an extra painkiller – after all what harm could one tablet cause?
Scene 2: Nowadays I don’t have time to eat a proper meal, so I should start having
29th September is World Heart Day
One morning Rahul, a cheerful and healthy-appearing 29 year old, was unable to bounce out of his bed as usual and needed help to arise from the bed. After a few anxious moments he felt alright
Jai, after skipping lunch to finish his project on time, goes out for dinner with friends. Along with good company, he thoroughly enjoys the rich (spicy and fried) food, a few drinks and after-meal smoke. He goes home and
Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own - Madame de Stael, Swiss author
A prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā) can be
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. - G. K. Chesterton
Eyes have inspired poetry and philosophy for time immemorial and are arguably the most attractive human facial feature. The
Over the post-independence years India has launched several health programs. In this article we highlight a few such programs that have improved or have the potential to improve the health of India’s populace.
Health is wealth. In recent years, India appears to have finally internalized this old adage to apply the much-needed and long-awaited focus on the health of its citizenry.
In 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated “We
India is now ahead of China - and everyone else - in having the dubious distinction of having the world’s most polluted air. Earlier this year an Environment Performance Index (EPI) report placed India at the bottom of the 132