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Survivors, samaritans recount moments of anxiety, stroke of luck

Profiles of those who survived the hoarding collapse in Ghatkopar and those who helped rescuers through the night

Bhiwandi resident Mohammed Arshad’s (38) right leg was fractured by the metal frame of the hoarding and he was also injured on his left leg. Presently admitted at the Rajawadi Hospital’s male ward on the ground floor, he said he was lucky to have survived the crash. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:38 AM IST

How a Mira Road mother fought to terminate her 29-week pregnancy

Manisha, 37, from Mumbai, underwent a medical termination of pregnancy at 29 weeks due to a serious congenital heart abnormality

While the loss of her much-awaited second child was traumatic, she finds solace in her decision that spared her baby from suffering.
Updated on May 11, 2024 09:11 AM IST

Shiv Sena elders regroup to support Uddhav Thackeray, “save democracy”

Emphasising the party’s original mission in 1966 to safeguard the rights of Marathi people, the group contends that this cause has once again become relevant

A bunch of 70- and 80-plus former Shiv Sainiks have regrouped to form the Jestha Shiv Sainik Kaksh (Senior Shiv Sena Wing) at Sena Bhavan in Dadar. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:18 AM IST

Missed vaccination during pandemic leading to sparing mumps cases in Mumbai

Mumbai pediatricians report a surge in mumps cases, with one leading to pancreatitis in a 10-year-old. Vaccination and hygiene practices are key for prevention.

Mumbai, India - Nov. 9, 2023: Dr Shilpa Varma, the doctor who treatment to Mumps patient 9 years old Zinath Fatima at Janta Nagar, Mankhurd in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, November 9, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 04, 2024 09:30 AM IST

Heat and dust: How leaders deal with tough campaign conditions

The support system: Helpers appointed for intermittent BP checks and physio sessions, and personal chefs to monitor diets and ensure sustained hydration

Union Minister and BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari faints while addressing a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, at Pusad in Yavatmal district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:06 AM IST

City gynaecologist proposes overhaul of termination of pregnancy act

Dr Datar’s suggestions address various gaps in the current framework, including limitations in the form used by Medical Boards to provide opinions on termination. This oversight, according to him, adds complexity for pregnant individuals seeking to terminate their pregnancies

Mumbai, India. Jan 12, 2024. Gynaecologist Dr Nikhil Datar outside Bombay High Court on Friday. Datar who was among the first to notarise a living will, has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court regarding the poor response from the state government on the issue. Jan 12,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 06:56 AM IST
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KEM Hospital to launch state’s first public heart transplant programme

KEM Hospital in Mumbai set to launch heart transplant program, becoming the first public hospital in the state to do so. Two patients already on waitlist.

Mumbai, India - April 17, 2020: People passby KEM Hospital, Parel in Mumbai, India, on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 09:17 AM IST

Bombay HC to examine pregnancy termination beyond 24 weeks at private hospitals

Bombay HC to assess if pregnancies beyond 24 weeks can be terminated at private hospitals by chosen doctor, respecting woman's right to choose.

As the law in India does not permit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless there is danger to the mother’s life, the woman and husband may move Supreme Court to seek permission to abort the foetus.(Representational photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 12:34 PM IST
By, Sahyaja MS

11 injured after fire breaks out in Malad building

The cause of the fire was due to a short circuit in the electric cabin and was extinguished in a few minutes by the fire brigade

The fire was confined to a meter cabin on the ground floor at 9.48am. At level zero, the Mumbai fire brigade called it a stop fire call and doused it with the help of only one fire tender by 9.54am. (Satish Bate/ HT)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 08:45 AM IST

Tata Memorial organises sports fest for kids with cancer

Nandini Save of Duhita Foundation, said that they would choose children who had the potential to participate in district, state and national level sports

Tata Memorial organises sports fest for kids with cancer
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 09:53 AM IST

Tata Memorial Centre elevates its patient navigation training course

Named after the boatman who assisted Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman in crossing the river Ganga, the Kevat programme has trained 130 students who have aided over six lakh patients. The programme comprises a clinical oncology module covering major cancers such as head and neck, breast, gastrointestinal, and gynaecological cancers

Nishu Singh Goel, who heads the programme said apart from starting the masters in patient navigation this year, they are also decentralising the existing diploma courses by offering it in other peripheral hospitals. She said the diploma course was so far held at Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel wherein all the learning and teaching took place in TMH and internship in other hospitals. We will now start the course in our Varanasi, Visakhapatnam and ACTREC-Kharghar centres. (HT)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 08:00 AM IST

State allows CPS to restart 10 courses

State medical education department allows resumption of 10 CPS courses in Maharashtra after meeting with CPS committee. Courses include dermatology, gynaecology, surgery, and more.

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Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:32 AM IST

Week after state’s rule, Dr Datar presents living will to custodian

BMC-appointed custodian in Mumbai receives living wills, including one from Dr Nikhil Datar who filed a PIL for enforcement of SC directive.

Week after state’s rule, Dr Datar presents living will to custodian
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 07:30 AM IST

JJ becomes first public hospital to offer trans voice surgery

Dr Nerurkar, who has performed close to 60 trans voice surgeries, said that when a trans person wants to become a man, within six months of getting testosterone injection, the voice becomes masculine. It is the male wanting to become female where voice becomes a hindrance

Updated on Mar 12, 2024 08:14 AM IST

Pathologist association tells MMC to take action against ghost pathologists

The MAPPM has 3,500 registered pathologists in the state. The association had started area-wise WhatsApp groups of their members to find out such errant laboratories and ghost pathologists in the state, especially in the rural areas

In a letter dated March 6, MAPPM has asked the council to issue strict guidelines regarding the presence of pathologists in the process of laboratory reports and bring in regulation in the practice of pathology. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Show cause notice sent to Bombay Hospital doctor who failed to perform one of three surgeries

MMC serves show cause notice to Bombay Hospital doctor accused of not performing agreed surgery, pending cases to be fast-tracked with expert help.

Show cause notice sent to Bombay Hospital doctor who failed to perform one of three surgeries
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State appoints 417 custodians for living will

Maharashtra government appoints 417 custodians for living wills following Dr. Nikhil Datar's petition to Bombay High Court. Court to hear case on Friday.

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Updated on Mar 08, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Maharashtra Medical Council to launch an app to combat fake doctors in state

Dr Rughwani highlighted the uniqueness of the app, stating, “It will be a unique app in the country, and no council has attempted this before. With the widespread use of smartphones, even in rural areas, we aim to empower patients with information on their doctors

Maharashtra Medical Council to launch an app to combat fake doctors in state
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Self-medication likely led to death of Sion resident doc

Second-year resident doctor at Sion's Lokmanya Tilak hospital died after self-administering antibiotic injection, leading to allergic reaction. Authorities conducting inquiry.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Two doctors, victory against cancer: Behind India’s low-cost CAR T-cell therapy

An IIT professor and a doctor at Tata Memorial have developed a low-cost version of a breakthrough treatment. Their mission now: To make it accessible to all.

Rahul Purwar and Dr Gaurav Narula. (HT Photos: Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 11:44 AM IST

Paid for 3 surgeries, Bombay Hosp doctor only performs two

While Sapna was discharged from the hospital on February 12, it was on February 16 that the couple, on the basis of self-examination again, had doubts about the third surgery not being performed and decided to consult another doctor to get a confirmation

Bombay Hospital HT photo by Hemant Padalkar. 24.01.08
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 08:04 AM IST

Tata Memorial study identifies toxicity-reducing agent, holds out hope for cancer patients

Tata Memorial Hospital researchers find dying cancer cells release chromatin particles post-chemo, using resveratrol-copper combo to reduce toxicity in patients.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024 09:10 AM IST

SoBo businessman helps KEM restart liver transplants

KEM hospital restarts liver transplant services with new ICU thanks to a businessman's donation. 23 patients listed for transplants.

SoBo businessman helps KEM restart liver transplants
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 07:40 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Mumbai AIDS Control Society to track 849 HIV patients who left treatment

Dr Vijaykumar Karanjkar, deputy director, MDACS, said, “We have now begun a new initiative wherein our counsellor will call up the patient within 48 hours of either missing a follow-up, investigation or picking up medicines. It will help in bringing the number of LTFU further down

Mumbai AIDS Control Society to track 849 HIV patients who left treatment
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Family stayed with body of kin for 10 days in Saki Naka hotel: Cops

Chimte said that as per the preliminary investigation, there was no foul play involved. “We are probing all possible angles to know the exact cause of death and how the family stayed with the decomposed body for 10 days,” he said

The family checked into Hotel Grandeur on December 21, 2023. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, Manish K Pathak

Vikhroli residents identify plot for temp hospital, write to CM and BMC

The redevelopment of KMJPH is underway, with the BMC having paid ₹13.23 crore to MHADA for a plot of land adjacent to the hospital. “The tendering process for KMJPH is underway but it will take at least three to four years to construct the two 13-storey and 21-storey buildings,” said the official

he 100-bed Krantiveer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Hospital (KMJPH) in Kannamwar Nagar was pulled down five years ago. (HT ARCHIVES)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 06:44 AM IST

Tata Memorial felicitates child cancer survivors helping patients

Dr Banavali said that the 14 survivors had been assisting the department in many ways. “They not only help in fundraising but also in counselling patients, and helping them cope with the disease,” he said. “They also counsel relatives, interact with paediatric cancer survivors and generally spread awareness. Since they have been through the journey themselves, they can contribute in a much better way”

Anamika Soni has been religiously visiting Tata Memorial Hospital twice a week for two hours to teach paediatric cancer patients and survivors different dance forms. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 07:54 AM IST

JJ hospital doctors perform spine reconstruction surgery on 14-year-old boy

Akshay Bhavsar, a Nashik resident, was born with a hump on his back. In the last few years, his spine started growing abnormally, said his father, Santosh, and he was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis — a non-cancerous condition where tumours are formed in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves

The orthopaedic team with Akshay and his family.
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 07:24 AM IST

Six months after launch, three paediatric oncology patients to get treatment at Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar

India's first public sector proton therapy unit at Tata Memorial Centre's Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) will treat its first three paediatric oncology patients this week. The unit uses positively charged particles to bombard cancer cells, sparing normal tissues and reducing side effects. The treatment is free for 60% of patients, with the remaining patients receiving a subsidised rate. Tata Memorial Centre's paediatric department has seen a rise in cases and believes proton therapy will be effective for childhood cancers.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2024 06:34 AM IST

City’s mental health helpline got 1.19 lakh calls in three years

Data from the helpline highlights people’s growing struggle to cope with the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle. Twenty-four percent of calls were related to depression, 22 percent to anxiety and seven percent involved suicidal thoughts. The service provides counselling and support tailored to individual mental health challenges

City’s mental health helpline got 1.19 lakh calls in three years
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:58 AM IST
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