Monthly Archives: August 2013


Though I am in my late 40s, I usually feel 30ish and on good days, 20ish. The world however never misses a chance to remind me that I am not 20 or 30 years old anymore. Last weekend my wife and I flew to Hyderabad for a running event. I had pre-reserved the seats 1D […]

Our Death Wish

We are a funny society. On the one hand, we worry about our longevity and getting sick and we go through annual medical check-ups and take medication for hypertension and diabetes. And yet, when it comes to protecting ourselves from injury and accident, we all seem to have an intensely self-callous attitude that seems to […]

Our Frail Lives!

Mrigank Warrier is a 22-years old medical student who blogs to “let go”. His last piece, written after a few of his friends went abroad for further studies, is “…a vent to my apprehensions of the years to come”. Mrigank, here is what happens! All of you do well, some exceptionally so. Those who go […]

Police Raj in Medicine

On Wednesday, private practice radiologists across the state went on a one-day token strike. Most of you would have missed it, since private practice radiology is not an essential service and public and private hospitals did not join the strike. Radiologists are doctors who perform and interpret x-ray studies, sonographies, CT scans, MRIs, angiograms and […]

Questionable Cause and the Nocebo Effect of Mobile Towers

Many years ago, epidemiological studies showed that those on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had a reduced risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) [1]. However, subsequent randomized controlled studies showed an increased CAD risk of HRT. Researchers eventually figured out that those on HRT were typically from a higher socio-economic bracket, with better lifestyle risk control […]