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    • Convergence of technologies needed to fight cancer, says Kalam April 13, 2014

      Srinagar: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Sunday expressed concern over the rising number of cancer cases in Jammu and Kashmir and said there was a need to have convergence of various technologies to fight such diseases. "There has been a rise in cases of cancer in Kashmir and it...
    • Strong muscles in kids lower heart disease, diabetes risk March 31, 2014

      New York: Teenagers with stronger muscles have a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes later in life, a study shows. Stronger kids also have lower body mass index (BMI), lower percent body fat, smaller waist circumferences and higher fitness levels. "It is a widely-held belief that BMI, sedentary behaviours...
    • Fighting the discrimination on World Epilepsy day March 26, 2014

      10-12 million people in India suffer from epilepsy but very few know that 70 percent patients can be cured. But it's the stigma that's the hardest to fight. On world epilepsy day, CNN IBN meets Ankur Khanna who's determined to fight this discrimination. ...
    • SC notice to Centre, Ranbaxy on plea against adulterated drugs March 14, 2014

      New Delhi: There is more trouble for pharma giant Ranbaxy. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the company as well as the Centre on the basis of a petition that has sought a probe against Ranbaxy for allegedly supplying adulterated drugs in the country. The apex court has,...
    • Looking back at the days of practising surgery

      Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
      Having practiced surgery, in public and also in private sector hospitals, I am full of memories - of gratitude, of indifference and threats, dejection and...

    • Living It Up: Bugs vs drugs, the battle against superbugs March 7, 2014

      Superbugs could erase a century of medical advances, acc to the Lancet health journal. This came after another recent warning from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention saying we are at end of the antibiotic era. Meaning - soon no antibiotics will work for us and many infections...
    • Brain injury may be present even without symptoms March 4, 2014

      Washington: Damage to the brain may still occur even if symptoms of traumatic brain injury are not present, scientists, including one of Indian origin, suggest. Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to...
    • Eating fish can boost good cholesterol levels March 4, 2014

      London: Increasing the intake of fish to a minimum of three to four weekly meals can boost good cholesterol levels which may provide protection against heart diseases, a new study has found. People who increased their intake of fatty fish had more large High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) particles in their...
    • Daily yoga reduces stress in breast cancer patients: Study March 4, 2014

      New York: For breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, yoga exercises can help regulate stress hormones and improve the overall quality of life. While simple stretching exercises counteracted fatigue, patients who participated in yoga exercises experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation...
    • Fresh guidelines outlined on medical care to rape victims March 4, 2014

      Nagpur: The Union Health Ministry, which has drawn new guidelines for treating rape victims, has asked all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examination of victims besides outlawing the two-finger test performed on them, dubbing it as unscientific. The Department of Health Research (DHR) along...
    • Women have more resilient brains: Study March 3, 2014

      Washington: Women are able to carry higher levels of genetic defects without getting brain development disorders such as autism, a new study has found. The study provides compelling evidence in support of the "female protective model", which proposes that women require more extreme genetic mutations than do males to push...
    • Effective HIV vaccine comes closer to reality March 3, 2014

      Washington: Scientific have discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a key site, paving way for an effective vaccine for the deadly virus. Researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the...
    • SC issues notice on discrimination against HIV children March 3, 2014

      New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the centre and all the states on a petition saying there should be no discrimination on admitting HIV positive children to schools. An apex court bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan issued notice after NGO Naaz Foundation urged it to...
    • Free pharmacy store, convergence block inaugurated at AIIMS March 3, 2014

      New Delhi: Out-patients at AIIMS will be able to get free generic drugs from Monday, thanks to a pharmacy store that opened on its campus on Sunday. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated a 'Free Generic Pharmacy Store' and a multi-storied Convergence Block that will house departments from the...
    • AIIMS starts unique health ID number system for its patients March 2, 2014

      New Delhi: AIIMS has started issuing Unique Health Identification numbers to its patients with a view to electronically track medical care facilities provided to them and also to have a systematised database in place. Till now, all patients at AIIMS were identified by the Out Patient Department (OPD) cards issued...
    • Medical treat for Indian patients as Silent MRI scanner launches in country March 1, 2014

      New Delhi: A new non claustrophobic and Silent MRI machine that promises to make life easier for patients, over the conventional MRI has recently been launched in India. One can now say goodbye to the noise and the claustrophobia one associates with while undergoing an MRI brain scan as the...
    • India's health sector dismal: Amartya Sen February 19, 2014

      Kolkata: Stating that India's health sector is in a "dismal condition", Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday said over reliance on private health sector without the availability of basic public health services would lead to exploitation of vulnerable and under-informed patients. "The state of health care is dismal," Sen said...
    • Indian government to spend more on AIDS control February 12, 2014

      New Delhi: For the first time, the funding for AIDS Control Programme from the Indian government will be more than the funds coming from International donors and agencies. The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) - Phase IV (2012-2017), which was launched said on Wednesday has a budget outlay of Rs...
    • 15,800 more MBBS seats to be created in country: Ghulam Nabi Azad February 7, 2014

      New Delhi: With the availability of doctors being a dismal 0.5 for every 1,000 persons in the country, the Centre has proposed to create an additional 15,800 MBBS seats, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. "The current doctor-population ratio in the country is approximately 1:1,700, yielding a density of 0.5...
    • Medical Superintendents of 13 Delhi government hospitals transferred February 4, 2014

      New Delhi: Seeking to revamp the state's Healthcare system, Delhi government on Tuesday transferred medical superintendents of 13 hospitals run by it. Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, "The decision is majorly to revamp the entire Healthcare sector of the city. Many of the medical superintendents were holding the same post...
    • World Cancer Day: Why patients must not mix treatments February 4, 2014

      Every year, over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer in India. On World Cancer Day today, Dr Manish Singhal talks about the dangers in mixing treatment to treat cancer. ...
    • Ghulam Nabi Azad lays foundation stone for new facilities in AIIMS February 3, 2014

      New Delhi: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday laid the foundation stone of two blocks at the AIIMS that will add facilities of 600 beds and 24 operating theatres at a total cost of Rs 255 crores. "Together these initiatives constitute a major breakthrough in the development of...
    • Bangalore: Rs 225 crore brain research centre to come up January 30, 2014

      Bangalore: A brain research centre at a cost of Rs 225 crore will come up in a joint effort between Indian Institute of Science and a trust formed by Infosys Executive Vice-Chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan and his wife. IISc, the country's premier university for scientific research and higher education, and the...
    • AIIMS launches unique study into vascular, cognitive disorders January 30, 2014

      New Delhi: AIIMS on Thursday launched a research project called 'cohort study' in collaboration with a Dutch organisation to investigate the various factors which may accelerate vascular and cognitive disorders like stroke and Alzheimer's disease. "Stroke mortality in India is 25 times more than that from malaria. Research has shown...
    • Andhra Pradesh: Pregnant woman dies of Swine Flu January 29, 2014

      Visakhapatnam: A 27-year old pregnant woman on Wednesday died of swine flu at a private hospital, becoming the first victim of the disease in the country this year, officials said. The woman, who was tested positive for H1N1 virus succumbed to the disease this morning after undergoing treatment for nearly...
    • Fish oil can increase brain size: Study January 23, 2014

      Washington: Eating more fish can give you a bigger brain and also protect against diseases such as Alzheimer's, a new study has claimed. People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two...
    • Pentavalent vaccine: Vaccine vs free vaccine?

      Not Quite Miscellaneous |  Shalini
      The pentavalent vaccine has been recommended for national scale-up in India. It was first introduced in two states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in 2011 as...

    • Anitbiotic resistance in India: Are there solutions?

      Not Quite Miscellaneous |  Shalini
      Antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest public health epidemics of our time. While national data on hospital acquired infections is still elusive, the...

    • USA: Protein discovery to aid HIV vaccine development January 14, 2014

      Washington: Scientists have determined the structure of a key part of the HIV envelope protein, an advance that brings an HIV vaccine closer to reality. HIV virus has many strategies to hide from the immune system. One of those strategies is a dramatic structural transformation that the virus undergoes when...
    • Amendment to make morphine accessible hangs in balance December 10, 2013

      An Amendment to the Drug Act that will make morphine, a pain killer, accessible across the country still hangs in balance. The question is whether Parliament will find time this winter session to bring relief to Cancer patients. ...