Nikita Mishra

  • New anti-cancer drug ignites hope for Progeria patients 30-03-2015 08:38 AM

    Mumbai: The Scientists in Boston have found that an anti-cancer drug can reverse the ageing process. The drug, currently in trials is the only ray of hope for the 80 children in the world living with Progeria, a rare genetic disease which accelerates ageing. 15-year-old Nihaal is among the 80...
  • World TB Day: Government yet to make plans to ensure availability of new drug 24-03-2015 09:42 AM

    New Delhi: Three years ago, 12 cases of the lethal, almost impossible-to-treat strain of extremely drug resistant Tuberculosis were identified in Mumbai in which six patients died within months of the diagnosis. Tuberculosis which was a disease curable in the 90's, has mutated into this lethal strain in a span...
  • Gujarat Health department to look into MIT report suggesting mutation in H1N1 virus 16-03-2015 03:49 PM

    Ahmedabad: Days after a study by MIT claimed that the H1N1 virus in India has mutated, the Gujarat Health department has said it will study the claim. It is setting up a panel of top health experts to analyse the study's findings. Gujarat is one of the states with the...
  • Swine flu virus mutated, no reason to panic, say experts 13-03-2015 09:00 AM

    Mumbai: A recent report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims that the swine flu virus has been mutated to take on a more infectious strain. However health experts have said that there is no reason to panic. The report claims that virus has mutated and has taken on a...
  • Indian Science Congress showcases robot with multiple cameras to defuse bombs 05-01-2015 10:40 AM

    Mumbai: In an innovative invention, the Indian Army has built robots with multiple cameras which are being used by them to defuse bombs. Named as Daksh, the robot can carry 20 kgs of weight, climb stairs and even steep slopes. It can even take x-ray images. The Army has been...
  • Living It Up: Depression in children 14-12-2014 01:52 PM

    In this edition of 'Living It Up', we talk about the growing depression in children. Irritability, continued sadness and social withdrawl are some of the symptons associated to depression. ...
  • Indian dies of Ebola in Liberia, says Health Ministry 26-11-2014 08:47 PM

    Mumbai: An Indian has died of Ebola in Liberia, said the Health Ministry on Wednesday. Mohammed Amir, who was employed in a pharmacy in Liberia, died of Ebola virus infection on September 7. Members of his family were informed about the incident. Earlier this month, a man from Liberia was...
  • The real cost of Ebola

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    It is ravaging across West Africa. Aid agencies are now pledging in support. Big pharma is stepping up R&D and assuring of a "cure" by...

  • Living it up: Depression in children on the rise 26-10-2014 04:16 PM

    In this episode of 'Living It Up', experts comment on the rising depression in children. Irritability, continued sadness and social withdrawal are the various symptoms associated with it. Genetics plays a key role in protecting one from depression. ...
  • Centre says India Ebolafree; 112 passengers who arrived from Liberia declared safe 27-08-2014 09:03 AM

    New Delhi: The government clarified that none of the 112 passengers who returned from Liberia on Tuesday have Ebola. All of them were screened and found to be healthy- except for one passenger who had fever and sore throat. That passenger has been isolated in the quarantine cum isolation facility...
  • Ebola alert!

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    Three West African countries demand the world's attention and aid right now.. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are battling the largest and possibly the deadliest...

  • Is your meat safe?

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    Let's hope you're not reading this while enjoying your chicken sandwich! The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) conducted a lab study on ...

  • Common man faces the brunt of high vegetable prices 16-07-2014 03:41 PM

    After onions, now it is tomato prices which have shot up in major cities. In the capital, tomato prices have gone from Rs 35 per kg last week to Rs 50 per kg this week. It has doubled from Rs 20 to Rs 40-50 per kg in Hyderabad. ...
  • Novartis cannot ignore India's huge market: Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance 01-04-2013 09:15 PM

    The secretary general of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, DG Shah said that Novartis was merely posturing and it could not ignore the huge market that India provided to its products. ...
  • Patent case: Decision on legal recourse after reading SC judgement, says Novartis 01-04-2013 07:52 PM

    The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Swiss drugmaker Novartis's attempt to win patent protection for its cancer drug Glivec. ...
  • New mobile tower radiation norms from today 01-09-2012 06:29 AM

    Mumbai: India has the worst cellular tower radiation norms in the world. But from Saturday new guidelines are being implemented. Cellular towers will have to reduce the amount of radiation they emit to 1/10th of the current level. But is the new limit sufficient to reduce serious health risks, given...
  • Eureka! Skin cells turn into beating heart

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    The heart cells created from patients' skin are at the same stage of development as those of a newborn baby. The study is exciting for...

  • 7 pc antimalarial drugs in India fake: Study 24-05-2012 01:14 PM

    Mumbai: In a shocking study published in medical journal, The Lancet, scientists have found that one-third of malaria medicines in South East Asia and Africa are either fake or of poor quality. What is even worse is that a majority of these fake medicines are being manufactured in India and...
  • A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    ...And this is not a cliche anymore... Wolfing junk food like burgers, pizzas, pastas, fried chicken, and washing it down with can-loads of ...

  • Cancer drug made cheaper, patients to benefit 13-03-2012 07:02 PM

    Mumbai: The Indian Patent Office has given the Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma Limited the go-ahead in the form of a compulsory license to legally make and sell a low-cost generic version of German company Bayer's anti-cancer drug, Nexavar. The Controller of Patents PH Kurian, in a 62-page ruling, observed that with...
  • Cancer 'wonder drug' affects bone density: report 01-03-2012 09:51 AM

    Mumbai: A new concern has come to light for those battling breast cancer. A drug commonly used in India to treat the condition has been found to decrease bone density in older women. Considered a 'wonder drug' for breast cancer treatment, Exemestane, sold under the brand name, Aromasin, is commonly...
  • Is India well equipped to battle cancer? 08-02-2012 07:22 PM

    Mumbai: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's battle against cancer has put the spotlight once again on the disease that claims 20,000 lives a day worldwide. The question is whether India is well equipped to battle the world's biggest killer. Diagnosed with germ cell cancer, cricketer Yuvraj Singh is currently undergoing chemotherapy in...
  • Mumbai in throes of deadly TB disease 08-01-2012 09:06 AM

    Mumbai: In a dangerous trend, tuberculosis, which already kills a thousand people everyday in the country, has mutated yet again - this time infecting 12 people with an incurable form of the disease. It doesn't get any more alarming. As you read this story, India is being gripped by a...
  • Diabetes, hypertension cases on the rise in India 09-11-2011 08:37 AM

    Mumbai: Life in the fast lane, fuelled by fast food and typical every day urban habits are your worst enemy. A new study by pharma company Sanofi, done on 16,000 people across eight states finds that one in five Indian adults in the metros suffers from both diabetes and hypertension....
  • Coming soon: A vaccine for malaria

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    It's a eureka moment for scientists ... Experts have made a breakthrough with a malaria Vaccine being clinically tested in Africa right now. The new...

  • Four crore Indians have mental illness: Study 11-10-2011 09:46 AM

    New Delhi: Startling facts coming to light during Mental Health awareness week. A new study says that almost four crore Indians suffer from mental illnesses and there's an extreme shortage of psychiatrists. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, the number of suicides in India could be reduced by...
  • One in four Indians die of heart diseases: Report 29-09-2011 08:41 AM

    Mumbai: Recent data reveals that around five million Indians suffer from heart problems. Huge amount of stress, lack of exercise and bad eating habits are some of the reasons doctors in India say almost half of their cardiac patients are well below the age of 40. Pramod, 23, a heart...
  • Never too young for a heart attack

    Health-y-Hiatus |  Nikita Mishra
    How different could a 23-year-old Mumbaikar be? So I thought, before I met Pramod, an animator by profession. Stuck in a sort of limbo, a...