Health

  • Battery less cardiac pacemaker powered by heart 5 hours 49 minutes ago

    London: Researchers have developed a new battery less cardiac pacemaker which is based on an automatic wristwatch and is powered by heart motion. "Batteries are a limiting factor in today's medical implants. Once they reach a critically low energy level, physicians see themselves forced to replace a correctly functioning medical device...
  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study 2 days ago

    Washington: An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week 3 days ago

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • Girl-gang members at greater risk of unprotected sex 3 days ago

    Young girls who join gangs to find their lost freedom are at a greater risk of unprotected sex with multiple partners and substance abuse, says a new study. Adolescents who have strained relationships with family and community members and have displaced housing may find a sense of belonging with gangs. "Girls with...
  • Ebola kills 1,500 health care workers 4 days ago

    There's growing concern about the increasing number of health care workers becoming infected with Ebola. Public health experts say part of the problem is a shortage of protective gear in more remote areas. The Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 1,500 health care workers. ...
  • WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola 5 days ago

    Freetown: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst ever outbreak of the disease. At least 1,427 people...
  • Six passengers quarantined at Delhi airport hospital test negative for Ebola: Government 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the six passengers who were quarantined at the Delhi airport hospital on fears of having been exposed to the Ebola virus have tested negative. The passengers who arrived in Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday have now been shifted to the Ram Manohar...
  • AIIMS doctors begin signature campaign against Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi's removal August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: In the national capital a group of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday have started a signature campaign protesting the removal of Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. According to the Health Minister, Sanjiv Chaturvedi was removed from his post by the government as...
  • WHO, Health Ministry working on 'preparedness plan' on Ebola August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with Health Ministry to formulate a "preparedness plan" to deal with just in case if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country. "Preparation is a very critical aspect. WHO is working with the Ministry of Family Welfare and Planning to ensure...
  • Eminent writer UR Ananthamurthy in a critical condition, put on life support August 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Eminent Kannada writer and thinker UR Ananthamurthy is battling for his life at Manipal hospital in Bangalore. The 82-year-old stalwart of Indian literature has been unwell for a long time. He has been undergoing a daily dialysis after both his kidneys failed a few years back. According to the...
  • Ebola scare: Health Ministry conducts screening at all airports in India August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 531 passengers are being tracked at airports across India for Ebola. But no positive cases have been detected so far. The Health Ministry is conducting screenings at all airports. Till August 21, there had been 1350 deaths and 2473...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Medical health cards mushroom as against insurance policies August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: With medical costs going through the roof, patients are in the frantic on looking for options that could save family budget from expenditures that cannot be done away due to the necessary procedures which the patients have to undergo. The traditional health insurance plans have been a solution until...
  • American Ebola survivor doctor says 'thrilled to be alive' August 22, 2014

    Atlanta: Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary,...
  • Tobacco ban: Health Ministry to make law more stringent August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Tobacco control seems to have finally taken precedence in India. First the Modi government made cigarettes costlier, then called for nationwide ban on tobacco products and now for the first time in over a decade since the cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) was formed, the...
  • Centre sacks AIIMS CVO from his post, move seen as violation of CVC Act August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Without citing a reason for the decision, the Health Ministry has removed the Chief Vigilance officer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sanjeev Chaturvedi from his post. However, amidst criticism for the decision Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that Chaturvedi was "not eligible" for...
  • 5 arrivals in India found to have contact history with Ebola cases August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virus-affected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with positive cases of the disease, the health ministry said. The details of the said five passengers have...
  • Sikkim: Health officials draw up plan of action to keep Ebola at bay August 19, 2014

    Gangtok: A meeting of senior officers of the Health Department was held here to formulate a plan of action for prevention and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in Sikkim. Health Secretary Dr K Bhandari, who chaired the meeting on Monday, said no case of Ebola had been reported in the state...
  • Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The union Health Ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease. Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent...
  • Injected bacteria can shrink human tumours August 17, 2014

    Washington: In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a modified version of a bacteria that produces a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumour response in rats, dogs and humans. In its natural form, Clostridium novyi (C novyi) is found in the soil and, in certain cases, can cause tissue-damaging infection in cattle, sheep...
  • Ebola death toll on the rise, outbreak to continue August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Death toll due to Ebola continues to rise even as the disease has already claimed more than a 1000 lives so far. Health officials are now in the race to develop treatments which are mostly based on experimental methods as there is no proven treatment or vaccine for...
  • New health apps, games reward patients who take their medicines August 16, 2014

    San Francisco: A group of ex-gaming industry executives say they can use their design chops to solve a major health challenge: Sick patients neglecting to take their medication and costing employers and insurance providers billions of dollars. Jason Oberfest began thinking about applying game design tricks to complex medical problems in...
  • More than one million people affected by Ebola outbreak: WHO August 14, 2014

    United Nations: With more than one million people affected by the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the WHO has warned that there is "no early end in sight" to the severe health crisis and called for "extraordinary measures" to stop the transmission of the disease. According to the latest update...
  • 'No suspected Ebola case in Rajasthan' August 13, 2014

    There has been no suspected case of Ebola virus in Rajasthan, a senior government health official said. No person was found having symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) nor anyone reported to any hospital in Ajmer, state Medical and Health Director Dr BK Meena told PTI on telephone. He said it was...
  • Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school August 13, 2014

    Guinea: The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her months after she survived Ebola. Long gone are the days when she...
  • No suspected case of Ebola virus disease in India: Government August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country even as the Cabinet Secretary took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the Government on the deadly virus. According to an official release issued, a...
  • West African Ebola outbreak death toll reaches 1,013: WHO August 12, 2014

    Dakar: The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to August 9 in three West African countries, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people...
  • Jaswant Singh's condition remains critical August 10, 2014

    Former cabinet minister and BJP leader Jaswant Singh continued to remain on life support systems and under the continuous observation of medical experts in hospital in Delhi on Sunday. The 76-year-old leader was admitted to the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) on August 8 in a critical condition. "Jaswant Singh's condition is...
  • Ebola: Karnataka health minister writes to PM, seeks more checks at Delhi, Mumbai airports August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan to step up vigilance for possible Ebola virus affected patients landing at Delhi and Mumbai airports; the only two airports in the country that receive direct flights from Africa. He has...
  • Government sets up control room, helpline for Ebola virus surveillance August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday set up a control room and launched helpline numbers to maintain an intensive surveillance to prevent the spread of dreaded Ebola virus in the country and provide information about it to the common people. "The helpline numbers 23063205, 23061469 and 23061302 were made operational this...