Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR Sadness and other negative feelings are all normal reactions to a serious loss and/or tragic event. Also, everyone suffers, now and then, from a mild case of ‘blues.’ Medical research says that there may be a biochemical foundation to such responses. Or, depression, the topic in question, may be ‘biologically- or

Colic: Agony in The Belly

Words: Dr Narayan C DESHPANDE One of my good, old teachers of clinical medicine would often articulate, in his impeccable Queen’s English, that the abdomen is a ‘temple of surprises.’ The abdomen is unquestionably a difficult-to-fathom ‘customer’ — it is not just the abdominal pain, or colic, which starts and ends that matters. The whole


Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — and, behavioural abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. These include memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention. Some people with

Hair Apparent

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR Hair loss is not just a cosmetic problem; it is actually a medical disorder. It not only affects one’s self-confidence, it can also ‘hijack’ one’s career. Research suggests that people with hair loss don’t get promotions on time. Studies suggest that certain cells [stem cells] that can send molecular signals to

Obsessed Fixation

Words: Dr Narayan C DESHPANDE A 2014 report, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was primarily intended to better inform doctors about obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD]. The report  quoted Dr Jon E Grant, MD, a psychiatrist at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, US, illustrating the case of a nineteen-year-old man who

Pressure Cauldron

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR Sickness of the mind, or body, reveals how our systems work — and, why loss of equilibrium often leads to a breakdown. To bring a sense of measure to this component, we’d draw on a wealth of information related to the latest biological, biochemical and medical findings, especially in our age

4 Common Kids’ Disorders

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a common disorder in kids. The word, eczema, comes from the Greek, for ‘to boil, or flow out.’ The expression is, of course, used for a group of skin conditions that show a pattern — with redness, itching, serum-filled blisters, crusting and scaling. Atopic eczema is

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