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Smoking is declining, says WHO report

Non-smoking is the new trend worldwide. Going by the new data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of non-smokers is increasing all over the world. The

Landmark resolutions at WHA but old problems persist

The World Health Assembly (WHA) concluded its 68th session in Geneva on May 26 with Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda, the president for this year’s assembly, saying &lsqu

Don`t shy away from yoga benefits, says WHO as Delhi gets ready to bend

Notwithstanding needless controversies and posturing by pseudo-secularists, yoga is relevant in current India, suffering from effects economic growth. Those are skeptical should unde

India reduces open defecation by 31 percent: UN report

India has ‘moderately’ reduced open defecation by 31 percent since 1990 but succeeded significantly in providing access to improved drinking water to more people in urban and rural area

India sets up experts group to monitor spread of Zika virus, WHO calls for emergency meeting

The government has constituted a technical group to monitor the situation arising out of spread of Zika virus and measures to be taken by the authorities. This step came after health minister J P N

India not investing enough in health sector, says WHO

WHO representative to India, Dr Henk Bekedam, on Thursday said that the alarming rise in diabetes in India was related to government’s low investment in healthcare. “Over

Stories you should not miss on world health day 2016

The World Health Day falling on April 7 every year is a global health awareness day under the sponsorship of World Health Organization (WHO). On this day, we would like you to read eight stories co

Should sugar be taxed to fight diabetes, obesity?

Should sugar be taxed to fight diabetes,

Wrong lifestyle responsible for spike in diabetes cases: JP Nadda

Union minister of health and family welfare, JP Nadda on Thursday said that there is urgent need for the government to focus on the youth and plan a multi-sectoral approach with other departments t

On world health day, Govt announced several e-health initiatives

Stressing on the need to utilise technology for improving health standards of people, union health minister

Nearly half the world at risk of malaria: WHO

As the world observes anti-malaria day, the world health organisation said that half of the world’s population - 3.2 billion people - remain at risk of malaria. In 2015, 214 million new cases

Over 14,000 malaria cases in Maharashtra in 2015

Maharashtra state reported 14,209 cases of malaria, including five fatal ones, in the year 2015, but Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation [BMC] says malaria rate is now coming down. Dr

Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur among world’s 10 most polluted cities

The South Asian region has shown an increase of five percent in air pollution level in more than two-thirds of its cities. Delhi has some reason to cheer after the release of the Wor

In search of affordable medicines for the poor

A high-level panel hosted by India as part of the BRICS group of countries discussed the issues of trade deals that inhibit access to medicines and also limit policy space for governments to legisl

How caregivers are falling prey to Tuberculosis

We ring the doorbell, the door opens slightly and we quickly step inside a cramped two-room flat in Delhi. Raju gives us a furtive look and shuts the door to avoid prying eyes. Before we can talk t

“If a worker dies of TB, the committee should be held accountable”

The risk of TB infection among healthcare workers (HCWs) is largely understudied and preventive measures are clearly not in place. Blessina Kumar, chair, Global Coalition of TB Activists, discu

World blood donor day: 70% blood donations in India voluntary

World Blood Donor Day is observed every year to mark the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian physician, born on June 14, 1868. In 1901, he discovered the first three human blood groups, ABO

World Hepatitis Day: Only one in 100 patients gets treatment

 Only one in 20 people with viral hepatitis are aware that they are suffering from the disease. One in 100 suffering people are being treated. On World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organisa

New guidelines by WHO for treatment of STIs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidelines for the treatment of three common STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis - as they are becoming more and more resistant to known tre

In India, TB burden higher than previously estimated: WHO

While efforts to respond to tuberculosis (TB) saved more than three million lives in 2015, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report shows that the TB burden is actually higher than previously estim

When TB numbers go out of count

India currently has the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the world. But hold your breath! A new study has suggested that the number of TB cases in India is a gross underestimate. In

All you need to know about COP7

The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) began near Delhi on Monday. It is the first occasion that a COP meeting is being held in India. COP7, being held from Nove

The challenges and expectations in heading WHO

The process for selecting the chief of the world’s biggest multilateral health organisation is underway. The next director-general (DG) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be elected

Stories you must read over the weekend

 “Our farmers have been modifying their crops for centuries through the method of conventional breeding. But here we have not modified but *genetically engineered* the mustard parental l

World’s first malaria vaccine soon

 The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot settings in 2018, the results of which would give an indication of whether they can be deployed on a wider scale, the World

“There is power struggle as well as ideological struggle in the government”

S Srinivasan is the managing trustee of LOCOST, a charitable trust involved with the production of low-priced quality generics for over 32 years. He has also been active in works like t

High Dose: How your medicine bill is likely to shoot up

In a country of 1.3 billion people, the government’s expenditure on healthcare rarely becomes a matter of pride. In 2013-14, India’s total healthcare expenditure was Rs 4.5 lakh crore,

ALIMCO ties up with British charity to make wheelchairs

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India, a Miniratna-II CPSU, has signed an agreement with Motivation Charitable Trust of UK to manufacture WHO compliant wheelchairs in

“Trade deals can have adverse impact on access to generic medicines”

Dr Ghys also holds the post of chief, strategic information and monitoring division of UNAIDS. The division’s main functions include analysis of levels and trends in the AIDS epidemic, an

Rich man’s bitter pill

Martin Shkreli, an American entrepreneur and hedge fund manager, hogged global headlines last year when he suddenly hiked the price of Daraprim, a life-saving drug used in the treatment of AIDS and

Air in most Indian cities hazardous: Greenpeace

None of the Indian cities comply with standards prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a Greenpeace report.   The report “Airpocalypse” as

India makes strong case for cheap meds

The governing body of the UN’s health agency that sets the agenda of work on global health met late January. In its 140th session, the executive board (EB) of the World Health Organisation (W

Stories you must read over the weekend

  Tribals in the land of the legendary Birsa Munda in Jharkhand are fighting against the amendments of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNTA) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SPTA).

The battle to access affordable medicines heats up

Tobeka Daki, a single South African mother and health activist from the eastern Cape, died fighting breast cancer in November last year. Her oncologist had told Tobeka that she needed trast

Stories you must read over the weekend

  The nutrition crisis continues to stare at us, despite the fact that India is the fastest growing large economy today. In running after GDP growth, the human development index

Sustainable health care model possible in India

Book: Health Care Reforms in India: Making up for lost decades Author: Rajendra Pratap Gupta Publisher: Reed Elsevier India Pvt.

Over 3,000 adolescents die every day in the world: WHO

More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a report from WHO and partners. In 2015, more than two-thirds of these

Dengue could be history soon

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Melinda Gates in April volunteered to get bitten by the dengue causing Aedis mosquitoes in Indonesia. They were donating blood

Tobacco users reduced by 81 lakhs: Nadda

 Tobacco users have gone down by 81 lakhs and youth consuming tobacco has also seen a marked decrease, said union health minister JP Nadda at the National Consultation on Accelerating Implemen

Making cancer treatment accessible

 In a world that sees far-from-perfect global healthcare systems, lack of access to cancer treatment – a disease which currently is the second leading cause of death – is the most

India faces acute shortage of doctors

The union government is keen to create an All India Medical Service, just like the IAS and IPS.   A letter has been sent to all chief secretaries of the states and un

Indians would live a lot longer if air quality improves

If India reduced its air pollution to comply with the WHO’s air quality standard, its people could live about 4 years longer on average, or a combined more than 4.7 billion life years, said

World is running out of antibiotics: WHO

There is going to be a huge lack of new antibiotics in coming future. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that there is “a serious lack of new antibiotics under devel

Decline in tobacco consumption in Maharashtra: Survey

 Tobacco use among adults has come down in Maharashtra, showed the findings of the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS2) . As compared to earlier report of GATS1 (2009-2010), th



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