Dr Poonam Kuruganti

Poonam Kuruganti

Biography

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.
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Osteoporosis: What you ought to know December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm 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 at high risk to fracture. In 2008, an estimated 25 million Indians …
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Headaches – why you should take them more seriously December 10, 2012 at 9:08 am 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. Frequently occurring headaches can become a disability leading to poor …
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Can genetics help assess your diabetes risk? November 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm 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 likelihood of developing diabetes.  Other data showed that changes in food …
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Living with diabetes November 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm 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 daily basis and, while some of these diabetic patients may require …
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Why monitoring your blood glucose levels is important October 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm 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 in a pathology lab, which assists a doctor to diagnose a health …
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When fatigue means much more than tiredness October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am 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 something relaxing such as listening to music and a good night’s sleep. …
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Why popping pills is dangerous for you October 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm 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 more multivitamin and supplement capsules. Scene 3: Tomorrow’s big …
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Stroke – a reality check for young India September 29, 2012 at 7:40 am 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 and went about his regular routine. However, friends and family urged …
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Acidity: A cause for heartburn September 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm 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 immediately heads for his bed but wakes up 30 minutes later feeling queasy …
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Why prayers are good for your health August 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm 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 defined as the act, individual or collective, of communicating with …
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What your eyes could indicate about your health August 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm 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 cosmetic industry thrives on enhancing the colour, shape and size of (a …
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There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives August 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm 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. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “Health …
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Healthcare achievements of post-independent India August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm 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 recognise health as an inalienable human right that every individual can …
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Air Pollution: Urgent cause for concern July 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm 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 countries assessed. Air in some Indian cities has particulate matter …
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