Bird Flu scare shuts down Delhi Zoo

Bird Flu scare shuts down Delhi Zoo

NEW DELHI – New Delhi zoo has temporarily closed after two birds died of bird flu, its curator said Wednesday (Oct 19), a month after India declared itself free of the disease. Riaz Khan zoo  spokesperson said tests had confirmed the birds died of the H5 strain of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu. […]

WHO warns: watch out for Zika!

WHO warns: watch out for Zika!

Watch out India! Zika infections are “highly likely” to keep spreading across Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Hundreds of cases of the virus have been reported in Singapore while two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have already been confirmed in Thailand. The mosquito-borne virus has been detected in 70 countries worldwide, at least 19 […]

Now India must tackle Post Polio Syndrome

Now India must tackle Post Polio Syndrome

With polio now occurring in just two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — investments in medical aid and healthcare are now deemed urgent for polio survivors as they battle the onset of the post-polio syndrome (PPS) decades after first contracting the disease. PPS is a condition with new muscle weakness or general tiredness in persons […]

Sri Lanka has eradicated Malaria, here’s how …

Sri Lanka has eradicated Malaria, here’s how …

Sri Lanka is ‘Malaria Free. ’ Experts and authorities attribute Sri Lanka’s success in eliminating malaria from the island to a concerted effort by multiple programmes acting in concert with a robust national healthcare system. The fight against malaria took 25 years. Hemantha Herath, deputy director of Sri Lanka’s anti malaria campaign, says that case […]

Tooth trouble can bite off your happiness!

Tooth trouble can bite off your happiness!

Every individual wants to look good. We use creams and other cosmetics to make-over ourselves. But we usually forget that using cosmetics cannot make a big change but taking good care of ourselves can definitely do so. Our smile can make a big difference to our personality. For a good smile we need to have […]

Zika likely to migrate to India, China, and South Asia

Zika likely to migrate to India, China, and South Asia

When the Zika Virus packs its bag and begins travelling, India is among the most likely places the dreaded virus will visit, say researchers.  The most vulnerable areas are China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh, says the research. Scientists trying to predict the future path of Zika say that 2.6 billion people […]

‘Rent- a- womb’ will be illegal in India

‘Rent- a- womb’ will be illegal in India

NEW DELHI – The Centre on Wednesday (Aug 24) approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreign couples who flock to these centres  to have a baby. India will join several other countries who have made ‘rent-a-womb’ facilities illegal. Commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed […]

Delhi’s Hi-tech clinics on a new ‘Health Slate’

Delhi’s Hi-tech clinics  on a new ‘Health Slate’

NEW DELHI : For ordinary folk, visits to Delhi’s hospitals were a nightmare of waiting in endless queues,  in smelly, sweaty hallways  that buzzed with mosquitoes. No longer! But now spotless and air-conditioned clinics boasting innovative diagnostic technology and sharply-dressed doctors are opening, bringing healthcare into the 21st century. What’s making them happy is the […]

Three day hunger strike for toilet!

Three day hunger strike for toilet!

In Karnataka, a young teenager, Mallamma did not eat for three days. Why? Her parents did not want to build a toilet in the house. At Danapur, in Gangavati district, she started a hunger strike for a toilet in her house, getting inspired by her teacher at school. At home, when her request for a […]

Death stalks tribal kids

Death stalks tribal kids

Malnutrition is killing the tribal children of Orissa (Odisha). In Nagada village area, in Jajpur district, where five children have died in the past 20 days. While the government says 15 children have died since January, the local Sarpanch puts the number at 17. “Five children have died in 20 days at Nagada. Two of […]

Deadlier than HIV…

Deadlier than HIV…

It’s deadlier than AIDS. Virus-caused hepatitis has become a leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing more people in a year than AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, a report said on Thursday (July 7). And the price of many of the treatments are extremely expensive! Deaths from infection, liver disease and cancer caused […]

Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

Last Saturday was International Menstrual Hygiene Day. How many of us would have thought there’s a whole international day to talk about something that guys would get real queasy about. Nothing much in the newspapers in Patna, we’re sure some women’s organisations somewhere in Bihar must have made a big deal about it. And they […]