AHMEDABAD: Drumit Shah recently woke up with acute pain in the chest. He woke up his father who instantly took him to a physician. The doctor carried out an ECG and concluded that Drumit was suffering from a heart attack. The shocker is that Dhrumit is only 20 years old and is currently studying in third year BCA!

Dr Shamik Brahmbhatt, interventional cardiologist at Krishna Heart and Super Specialty Institutes said that Drumit's main artery supplying blood to the heart was completely blocked. The blockage was removed and a stent was put to restore blood flow to his heart even as he suffered a heart attack.

Data from different national and regional surveys show that hypertension is common in developing countries, particularly in urban areas, and that rates of awareness, treatment, and control are low. Several hypertension risk factors seem to be more common in developing countries than in developed regions. Findings from serial surveys show an increasing prevalence of hypertension in developing countries, possibly caused by urbanisation, ageing of population, changes to dietary habits, and social stress.

The camera pans in. The grins of smiling school children fill the frame. An enthusiastic teacher, played by a famous Bollywood actress, sits in the centre.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Corinna Hawkes and colleagues provide a perspective from South Africa on the rise of multinational and domestic food companies, and argue that government should act urgently through education about the health risks of unhealthy diets, regulation of Big Food, and support for healthy foods.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Kelly Brownell offers a perspective on engaging with the food industry, and argues that governments and the public health community should be working for regulation, not collaboration.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Carlos Monteiro and Geoffrey Cannon provide a perspective from Brazil on the rise of multinational food companies and the displacement of traditional food systems, and offer suggestions for the public health response.

New Delhi: The amount of salt and sugar on the menus of fast food companies in India may soon come under the scanner.

Weight loss is no more a simple calculation of calories consumed and burnt. Studies show exposure to certain toxins in the environment can make it difficult for one to shed extra pounds. What are these toxins? How do they affect body?

Twelve-year-old Gayatri from a school in Kandivli is a backbencher. Not only are her scores low, but she is also overweight for her age and hence made to sit at the back of the class.

An alarming increase in Non Communicable Diseases viz. high blood pressure, arthritis and cholesterol, has been detected among school children, an expert warned.