Shut Chinese companies hit desi pharma players

The shakeup in Chinese factories in the wake of environmental concerns is sending shivers down the spine of the domestic drug industry, with many fearing there will be supply disruptions and inflationary pressures. The environmental disruption in China has led to a massive increase — as high as 120 per cent — in prices of…

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Fostering innovation for improved health

Indian medical device industry is dominated by large multinationals with extensive service networks. With the entry of new global players and the growing presence of existing ones, import of medical devices, equipment and consumables witnessed a CAGR of around 6.8% during 2010-2015 in USD terms. Consequently, in 2015, imports accounted for nearly 72% of the market….

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Primary health centres at 7,000 railway stations soon

Indian Railways may soon unveil primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country as part of efforts to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in Budget 2018-19. The railways ministry has proposed that its infrastructure be used for providing primary healthcare services at affordable prices. “We have got a…

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For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Last year, the board allowed insulin-dependent students taking classes X and XII board exams to carry sugar tablets, chocolate, candies and water bottles inside the centre. NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clubbed students suffering from Type-1 diabetes with persons with disabilities (PwD) this year, asking them to fill up the forms for classes X and XII exams under this category. Last…

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India Health Industry Sector Report

Healthcare has become one of India’s largest sectors both in terms of revenue & employment. The industry is growing at a tremendous pace owing to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players During 2008-20, the market is expected to record a CAGR of 16.5 per cent The total industry…

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India, Sri Lanka to ink MoU for cooperation in traditional medicine

India and Sri Lanka Government are considering to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy between the two countries. The proposed MoU will be inked between India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous…

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Innovative Trends that Will Transform Healthcare Industry In 2018

The Indian healthcare industry in recent years has significantly transformed with the help of several technological innovations.  Many new players in this sector are redesigning old techniques and treatments to bringing healthcare facilities in the country’s most distant corners. Recently, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India predicted that with increased digital adoption, the Indian healthcare market, which is worth…

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Medical advisory to doctors soon on when to pull plug on life support

India’s apex medical research organisation will notify next month the conditions under which doctors can withdraw life-sustaining treatment for terminally ill patients. Once notified, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) new glossary will become a reference point for doctors in determining limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life. “The draft…

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For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

IN BRIEF Chinese AI-powered robot Xiaoyi took the country’s medical licensing examinations and passed, according to local reports. Xiaoyi is just one example of how much China is keen on using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.  ROBOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to…

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U.S. pressing India to avoid capping medical device prices, allow withdrawals

The United States is pressing India not to extend price caps on medical devices and wants New Delhi to allow firms to withdraw products from the market if they do not wish to sell at government determined rates, a U.S. trade official told Reuters. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has in recent months slashed prices of medical…

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Nation’s biggest medical devices park gets rolling

Telangana on Saturday set the ball rolling for what is touted as the country’s largest dedicated medical devices park. KT Rama Rao, minister for industries and commerce, IT E&C, MA&UD and public enterprises, inaugurated the 250-acre park on the city’s outskirts at Sultanpur in Patancheru of Sangareddy district. Fourteen companies, including the likes of Apollo Hospitals, Cyient Limited,…

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Will GST mitigate the cascading effects of multiple taxes on healthcare ?

In India, the healthcare sector has grown magnanimously since the last century. Today, the contribution of healthcare to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is pegged at 5 per cent. From USD 80 billion in 2012, the healthcare sector is expected to reach USD 150 billion by 2020. Government reforms have played a prominent role in encouraging…

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Healthcare spending to grow at 16 per cent a year, touch Rs 19 trillion by 2020

Demand for healthcare in India is growing significantly. Increased awareness of healthcare drivers and better lifestyle choices – along with vastly improved pharmacological treatment of chronic diseases and higher standards of living – are dramatically extending the life expectancy of Indians in urban areas. Consequently, citizens expect more and better healthcare options as access to…

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Domestic med devices hit by cheap imports

The domestic medical devices industry seems to be facing a double whammy .On the one hand, the industry -which offers cardiac stents, electro-cardiograms, ultrasound machines, heart valves and newborn screening kits -is facing an onslaught of low-priced Chinese imports. On the other, it is being beaten by restrictive conditions on “perceived quality“ in government and…

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Modi’s generics-only drugs plan worries health experts, Indian pharma sector

India’s plan to bring in a law to ensure doctors prescribe medicines only by their generic names risks proliferating the sale of substandard drugs in a country where regulation is already lax, doctors and pharmaceutical executives say. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last month that the government was looking at such a law to improve affordability of medicines in…

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Better, cheaper healthcare with dry blood samples

A drop of blood on filter paper, allowed to dry and stored for future diagnostic purposes – considerably easier than the present-day, resource-consuming method using frozen blood samples in plastic tubes. In a new study, Uppsala researchers have successfully measured 92 different proteins in millimetre-sized circles punched out of dried samples. They have shown that…

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Govt cracks whip, no stent can be withdrawn for now

The government has invoked special powers under the law to prohibit stent makers from withdrawing their products from the market for the next six months. Am id reports that several manufacturers, including Abbott and Medtronics, are seeking to withdraw premium, high-priced stents from the Indian market on account of the price cap imposed by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), the…

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These Detox and Recovery Waters Are Actually Worth the Hype

Trendy waters are all the rage, but how many of them really have health benefits? A dietitian investigates which ones to say “yes” and “no” to. Yes: Watermelon Water Watermelon water is more popular than ever, showing the best of the fruit with a high potassium content, lycopene, vitamin C, and of course, water. (Fun…

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How insulin and glucagon work to regulate blood sugar levels

  The pancreas secretes insulin and glucagon, both of which play a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels. The two hormones work in balance. If the level of one hormone is outside the ideal range, blood sugar levels may spike or drop. Together, insulin and glucagon help keep conditions inside the body steady. When…

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Bacteria’s amyloids display surprising structure

Protein clumps in S. aureus differ from those in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s   Clusters of a toxic bacterial protein have a surprising structure, differing from similar clumps associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in humans, scientists report in the Feb. 24 Science.   These clusters, called amyloids, are defined in part by their structure: straight regions of…

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How Common Is Magnesium Deficiency—and Could You Have It?

  Magnesium is an important mineral that aids in energy production, the immune system, heart health, and more. But are you getting enough of it through diet alone?   What to know about magnesium deficiency You may not be as familiar with magnesium as you are with better-known minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc….

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Harvard scientists discuss promise and peril of emerging IVG technique

In vitro fertilization has transformed reproductive medicine and sparked a number of therapeutic and diagnostic breakthroughs.   Now a new, still experimental, technique known as in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) is poised to usher in the next era in reproductive and regenerative medicine. The approach—thus far successful only in mice—allows scientists to create embryos in a…

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A Smart Guide To Scary Chemicals

  Every week, our Facebook feeds explode with new warnings about toxins in our daily lives. But is that couch with flame retardants or your nonstick skillet really going to kill you? We dug deep into the research to find out which chemicals actually pose a risk and what we all can do about them…

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WAYS HEMP CAN KEEP YOU HEALTHY IN 2017

  Hemp truly is a miracle plant. Aside from being an amazing, sustainable fibre for clothing and building material, the seeds can also provide the body with some amazing health benefits.   Here are 8 ways that hemp can help keep you healthy!   1. Hemp Contains Cannabidiol   While hemp barely contains THC —…

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Type 1 Diabetes May Be Triggered By a Common Virus, Study Suggests

  Researchers found that kids exposed to enteroviruses are more likely to develop the autoimmune disease.   A new study suggests that a common virus may increase children’s risk for developing type 1 diabetes, raising the possibility that a vaccine may one day help prevent the lifelong disease. The research is not the first to…

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Are Eggs Considered to Be a Dairy Product?

  For some reason, eggs and dairy are often grouped together. Therefore, many people speculate about whether they’re a dairy product.   For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins, it’s an important distinction to make.   This article answers the question whether eggs are a dairy product.   Eggs, Cottage Cheese,…

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Baking Soda for Acid Reflux: Does it Work?

Acid reflux occurs when some of the acid in the stomach flows back up into the food pipe, or esophagus. The acid irritates the lining of the food pipe and a person may experience a burning sensation in the chest, known as heartburn. A person with acid reflux might also have a sour taste in…

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LASIK and Dry Eyes: What’s the Connection?

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, known as LASIK, is the most common type of laser eye surgery. It is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.   According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the procedure entails a number of unavoidable risks and complications in some patients.   Laser eye surgery is a popular…

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New ‘electron gun’ could help enable X-ray movies

  This illustration shows a miniature electron gun driven by terahertz radiation. A UV pulse (blue) back-illuminates the gun photocathode, producing a high-density electron bunch inside the gun. The bunch is immediately accelerated by ultra-intense terahertz pulses to energies approaching 1 kiloelectronvolt. These high-field optically-driven electron guns can be utilized for ultrafast electron diffraction or…

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