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Medical Systems

A case of 'diminishing' returns

Author(s): Rakesh Kalshian
Issue Date: May 15, 2015
Homeopathy doesn't work. In fact, you are probably better off without it. This caveat comes from Australia’s National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC), which last month declared homeopathy as useless in treating ailments ranging from common cold to malaria.

Bitter ABS medicine for AYUSH

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2015
What's good for biodiversity is not always good for business—or so it appears. The long overdue guidelines on access and benefit sharing (ABS) of biological resources notified by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in November 2014 is proving to be bitter physic for the makers of AYUSH or traditional medicines who fear their healthy profits will decline.

Healing a tradition

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013

Needle effect

Author(s): Indu Mathi S
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2013
ACUPUNCTURE is an ancient healing system that involves inserting thin needles in the body. It has been around for over 2,500 years and is said to treat several ailments, including heart diseases. Researchers have now reviewed four studies on the effects of acupuncture on an individual before and after an exercise-session. Based on their observations, they suggest the therapy can act as a performance enhancer for athletes.

Turmoil in academia

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: May 15, 2012
On May 13 when the term of the body of governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) expires, it seems there would be no one at the helm of medical education in the country. The Union health ministry is still undecided on who should take charge of MCI.

Dr nature on call

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Scientists working to develop new ayurvedic drugs are concentrating on the treatment of memory disorders. Says Sukh Dev, professor of chemistry at IIT-Delhi, “Ayurveda prescribes several remedies for improving memory and intelligence. Our experiments are validating many of these claims.”

Agony of the waiting

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2000
Government hospitals in India have a reputation for being noisy places. But there is a noticeable difference if you reach the oncology department. Even if it is more crowded than most other sections, you can sense a strange calm in the Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( aiims ), New Delhi.

The other course

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1996


Issue Date: Oct 31, 2011
People the focal point The editorial “Lessons from Kakarapalli” (September 1-15, 2011) is a wake-up call for industries eyeing land and other resources of poor people.

Pulse relief

Author(s): Shrutika Mathur
Issue Date: May 15, 2010
static magnetic fields produced by natural or artificial magnets are believed to relieve arthritic pains, help heal wounds and even add to vitality. Several in the medical establishment call such treatments pseudoscientific. Historical records show that magnetic therapy was used as early as the fourth century BC by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. A recent study attempts to use magnetic therapy to cure migraines—the neurological condition that alters the very definition of a headache.
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