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  • Need to end TB, not only reduce burden: Harsh Vardhan Yesterday

    New Delhi: Concerted action has already caused a discernible decline in tuberculosis (TB) rates and all those involved in the war against the disease should try to not only merely reduce its burden, but also end it, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. "TB is omnipresent, but not invincible. It is...
  • Ebola health worker restrictions could deter others: US envoy Yesterday

    Brussels: Some countries are yet to shoulder their share of the Ebola response burden and some restrictions on aid workers returning home from West African nations hit hardest by the disease could deter thousands from helping, Samantha Power, the US envoy to the United Nations, said on Thursday. Power, after visiting...
  • India to spend around Rs 1.7 lakh crore on universal health plan Yesterday

    New Delhi: India will be spending around Rs 1.7 lakh crore ($28 billion) on its ambitious universal healthcare scheme under which free drugs, diagnostic tests and insurance cover will be provided to all its citizens. The scheme under the National Health Assurance Mission, to be rolled out in a phased...
  • Stomach hormone triggers alcohol craving: Study Yesterday

    Washington: A hormone released by the stomach also has the potential to stimulate alcohol craving, a new study has found. Ghrelin is a hormone released by the stomach and it stimulates appetite and food intake. Alcohol is commonly viewed as a psychoactive substance that primarily affects brain function, but it...
  • Healthkart bets big on health, nutrition market in India Yesterday

    New Delhi: eCommerce firm HealthKart is betting big on the multi-billion health and nutrition market in the country as an increasing number of people go online to buy products like health supplements and testing kits. "Unlike other retailers, we are in a speacialised category of health and it is growing...
  • Nita Ambani invited to join board of visitors at MD Anderson Cancer Centre Yesterday

    Mumbai: Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani was on Thursday invited to join the board of visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. MD Anderson Cancer Centre is widely acclaimed as a premier cancer centre, with a commitment to rapidly translate scientific knowledge into better...
  • Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma Yesterday

    New York: Members of the west African community in New York have complained that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October...
  • US troops returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined 2 days ago

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a measure to place under a 21-day supervised isolation regimen all military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa. According to a Pentagon statement, the order will apply to all military services that are contributing personnel to the fight...
  • Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia: WHO 2 days ago

    Geneva: Liberia, the country worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward told a news conference the number...
  • Harsh Vardhan seeks complete ban on e-cigarettes, ENDS 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Favouring a complete ban on e-cigarettes and all products described as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that such products push children towards tobacco habit eventually via nicotine dependence. In his clearest message yet on the controversy over the safety of ENDS,...
  • Norovirus scare grounds flight in New Zealand 2 days ago

    Wellington: An Air New Zealand flight was grounded on Wednesday after it emerged that a group of passengers had been exposed to the Norovirus, which could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain, a media report said. Passengers of the Mount Cook flight NZ5374 were held onboard at the Christchurch Airport after...
  • Harsh Vardhan announces TB-Mission 2020 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Underlining the plans of the Indian government to eliminate Tuberculosis from the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday announced 'TB-Mission 2020'. Vardhan was speaking at WHO's Global TB Symposium titled 'Moving out of the box to end global TB epidemic: with post-2015 strategy'. "While I am all...
  • US isolates troops, Australia imposes visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states 3 days ago

    Washington/Sydney: The US military has isolated soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia imposed a visa ban on the affected countries, policies that critics said would have little benefit but could feed a global panic. Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March, mostly in West...
  • UNICEF warns India against polio risk as cases rise in Pakistan 4 days ago

    New Delhi: "Polio virus doesn't need any visa to cross border," UNICEF warned polio-free India as the number of cases of the paralysing disease reached an alarming high in Pakistan. The UN agency's warning came months after World Health Organisation (WHO) declared India polio-free and Pakistan recently recorded its 200th...
  • Amid criticism, New York Governor outlines Ebola quarantine policy 4 days ago

    New York: Amid criticism of his decision of a mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has loosened some of the restrictions on people returning to the US from West Africa. Cumomo released new guidelines for screening procedures for Ebola at JFK International Airport after White House officials and...
  • EU doubles assistance to combat Ebola to 1 billion euros 5 days ago

    Berlin: The European Union has nearly doubled its assistance to combat the raging Ebola virus in West Africa to 1 billion euros. The heads of state and government of the 28-nation bloc agreed upon the move at their two-day summit concluded in Brussels on Friday. "EU member nations pledged at...
  • Junk food brands using Facebook to target young people 5 days ago

    Melbourne: Junk food brands are engaging with young Facebook users to promote unhealthy foods which can contribute to obesity and lifestyle diseases, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Sydney have shed light on the digital marketing strategies of energy dense, nutrient-poor food (EDNP) brands to teens...
  • PM Modi inaugurates Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Mumbai, shares healthcare agenda 5 days ago

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday digitally inaugurated the newly renovated and expanded 90-year-old Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. The Prime Minister called for a greater focus on preventive healthcare and quality medical services for all. ...
  • US nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganisation' 6 days ago

    New York: Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." Kaci Hickox, who...
  • Watch: India's who's who in attendance as PM Modi inaugurates Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital 6 days ago

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai in the presence of top celebrities and sportspersons. This is the city's first general hospital setup in 1925. It has been renovated and converted into a state-of-the-art facility. The Prime Minister called for a greater focus...
  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama 1 week ago

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and blessed...
  • WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance 1 week ago

    Geneva/London: Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time...
  • 'Dead' hearts transplanted into living patients in world first 1 week ago

    Sydney: In a breakthrough, a team of doctors, including an Indian-origin surgeon, on Friday said that they have successfully performed the world's first heart transplant in Australia using a "dead heart", a major development that could save many lives. The procedure, using hearts that had stopped beating, has been described...
  • Shorter TB treatment not a successful alternative: Study 1 week ago

    London: A shortened four months treatment for tuberculosis may not be a successful alternative to the current six-month standard treatment, scientists have found. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant public health problem worldwide. There were an estimated 8.6 million people who developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease in...
  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: Health Ministry October 24, 2014

    Bamako: Mali's health ministry has said the country had its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl who had recently been in Guinea tested positive for the virus. "Today Mali has its first imported case of the Ebola virus," the ministry said on Thursday in a statement. The girl...
  • New York doctor who treated patients in Africa tests positive for Ebola October 24, 2014

    New York: A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa tested positive for the virus, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. Dr Craig Spencer, 33, is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. Two friends and his fiancée...
  • US dollar 100 million Ebola pledge from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen October 24, 2014

    Washington: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has said he was boosting his donations to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to US dollar 100 million. Allen, who has made earlier donations to the health effort, on Thursday said his latest pledge would include funding the development and manufacture of...
  • Big strides made in fighting tuberculosis: WHO October 23, 2014

    Paris: The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halting and reversing TB incidence has been achieved globally, in all six WHO regions and...
  • Barack Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US October 23, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the US have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as...
  • Ebola death toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000: WHO October 23, 2014

    Geneva: At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of October 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has...