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ALS challenge: Waste of water or a force for good??

by Shubham Pant
Monday , August 25, 2014 at 13 : 54

An interesting phenomenon happened in social media over the last few weeks: the news feed flooded with images of people dumping ice-cold water on their heads. At first look it seemed to be a plea to the weather gods to cut short this brutal summer; but turns out people were doing it to raise awareness and funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; a rare disease that is universally fatal.

The videos started snowballing and then came the critiques: what will happen to the money that has been collected??? Photographs of impoverished children without water started trending and the Facebook debates have begun. In between all the noise it is important to highlight an important aspect of the campaign: the increasing importance of private funding in scientific research. Government funding for medical research is stagnant in the US; whereas in India it has been...Read more...


Cancer: when to get a medical opinion

by Shubham Pant
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 16 : 20

Cancer is believed to be the second most common cause of death after heart disease. Its symptoms can be similar to those of common diseases. For example unexplained weight loss may be an indication of cancer. Typically people ignore these early symptoms confusing them with other common conditions. Sometimes they are scared to consult a doctor. It is very important to detect cancer before it spreads, as treatment is most effective when cancer is found early. For example, if a breast lump is found at an early stage by examination, timely treatment can result in long cancer free survival. Always remember that every symptom could be explained by a harmless condition. Still, it is important to be aware of the following symptoms of cancer and get them investigated.

Unexplained loss of weight: Substances released by cancer cells can result in weight loss....Read more...



More about Shubham Pant

Dr Shubham Pant is Assistant Professor of Medicine & Director of Clinical Trials, Hematology/ Oncology Section of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has jump-started his own fitness program and this year, wants to inspire us to follow suit... From health tips, to videoblogging his half-marathon training, The Doctor is In, on ibnlive.com.

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