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Only 10 % of mentally ill get treated in India!

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Only 10 % of mentally ill get treated in India!

India and China together have a third of the mentally ill people in the world,but they don’t have enough mental health  services! India and China together account for one-third of global burden of mental illness, higher than the total of all developed countries and yet most people with mental disorders in these two nations do […]

Hyper-tense in Hyderabad?

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Hyper-tense in Hyderabad?

Hyderabad men top the charts when it comes to suffering from `very high’ level of hypertension, in comparison peoples in other cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Dehradun, Bhopal and Patna, a Union health ministry survey says. The data, collated from the ministry’s recently released National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16), shows that 4.5% Hyderabad […]

Assam hospital gives baby HIV transfusion!

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Assam hospital gives baby HIV transfusion!

A child undergoing treatment for burn injuries at Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) has tested HIV positive after being  given contaminated blood at the hospital, claim the parents. The boy, who is three-and-half years old, had suffered 40% burns and was admitted to GMCH in April, 2015. He was kept there for more than five […]

India to face Global Warming related epidemic?

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India to face Global Warming related epidemic?

When more than 20,000 people in Central America died  over a 10-year span because of a ‘mystery disease’ , it caused a lot of concern in many  countries including India. All of those who died were young, their work involved hard labour and long hours in the sun. Now a group of doctors say that India  could be witnessing the  first […]

Day of the humble ANM!

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Day of the humble ANM!

Today, May 5, is the international Day of the Midwife. Most of us, owe our lives to the person who assisted at our birth. Isn’t that a reason to celebrate midwives? Inmost of North India, midwives are known as ‘dai’.  Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) are  village-level female health workers. The ANM is  known as the […]

Sri Lanka first in South Asia to protect HIV infected against school discrimination

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Sri Lanka first in South Asia to protect HIV infected against school discrimination

Sri Lanka will prohibit HIV discrimination in educational settings, says its Supreme Court. This is the first court  in South Asia to make a general pronouncement recognizing human rights of those living with HIV, and sets a precedent for future cases in Sri Lanka challenging HIV discrimination experienced in settings other than education. The court […]

‘Leprosy Free’ Orissa isn’t so:  leprosy rate rises!

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‘Leprosy Free’ Orissa isn’t so: leprosy rate rises!

BHUBANESWAR: Leprosy is on the rise in Orissa! The number of leprosy patients has risen in the state since 2006.The irony is that in 2006-2007, the sate government had declared Orissa (Odisha) leprosy free! Now, it is estimated that about 3 in 20,000 people here have the dreaded disease. State Leprosy Welfare Federation president Duryodhan […]

Toxic Litchis behind Bihar’s encephalitis outbreak !

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Toxic Litchis behind Bihar’s encephalitis outbreak !

The outbreak of ‘encephalitis’ among Muzaffarpur’s children, may actually be caused by Muzaffarpur’s famous litchis (lychees), say a team of virologists led by Dr T. Jacob at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, in Tamil Nadu. The findings were published in Current Science last month (December 2015). Jacob and his team confirm that a toxic […]

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

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Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

[DHAKA] A new US-supported study carried out in Bangladesh has linked low or moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a risk factor for pneumonia in under-five children. This study is significant for India as well, because it shares the groundwater arsenic contamination problem. Findings of the study, jointly conducted by the International Centre […]

Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

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Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

JAIPUR: Would you wash your living room floors or your kitchen with animal excreta? Well, in ‘Post-modern’ India, a health minister, no less, has ordered that government hospital wards be ‘disinfected’ with cow urine! Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Rathore has ordered that Cow urine replace phenyl as a disinfectant in Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SMS) […]

Bihar Govt raids AIIMS-Patna, lures residents!

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Bihar Govt raids AIIMS-Patna, lures residents!

The Bihar government is ‘poaching’ senior residents from AIIMS-Patna, ‘luring’ the residents to government-run hospitals. The government formed a special panel in May to select senior residents for the state-run hospitals. The initiative was aimed at filling vacancies for the position in different medical college and hospitals in Bihar. Interviews were conducted recently and about […]

UP delivers ‘Mother’  of Birthday scams

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UP delivers ‘Mother’ of Birthday scams

LUCKNOW: Can a woman give birth three times in four months? Can a 60 year old have babies five times in ten months? Such aberrations of nature regularly happen in Uttar Pradesh, at least in the paper work of the ‘Janani Suraksha Yojana.’ An audit of beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojna in Uttar Pradesh, which primarily […]

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