Health, education to top PM Modi’s meeting with council of ministers

Progress made on setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), among other things, is likely to figure prominently when Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a review meeting with his Council of Ministers on Wednesday. This will be the…

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The health gadgets at CES 2016

SKULOT CHISEL Take Chisel, manufactured by Skulpt. The device is a small, white rectangular box with electrodes embedded in one side. Those electrodes use a technique known as Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). It’s a way to learn details about the body’s tissues by measuring current as it passes through your fat and muscle. You’re supposed…

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Infographic-Healthcare Industry Profile 2015

Strong growth in healthcare expenditure •Healthcare 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 17 per cent •The total industry size is expected to touch USD160 billion by 2017 and…

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Therapeutic hypothermia after nonshockable-rhythm cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia significantly raises the rate of survival with a good neurologic outcome among patients who are comatose after a cardiac arrest with a nonshockable initial rhythm, according to a report published online November 16 in Circulation. Many observational and retrospective cohort studies have examined the possible benefits of therapeutic hypothermia in this patient population,…

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How Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam beat India hollow in health indicators

The Lancet is apparently unhappy with the Indian government’s attitude to public health care. The government has reportedly refuted the allegations, saying that things are improving. But how does our healthcare effort compare with that of other countries? Data from the World Bank health indicators show that Bangladesh and Nepal, with per capita gross domestic product…

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First-of-its-kind Collaborative Initiative on State-level Disease Burden Estimation in India Launched

India has been going through a major epidemiological transition over the past 25 years. The burden of premature death and health loss due to non-infectious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive lung disease and road traffic has increased massively, and the burden due to lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis, diarrhea and neonatal disorders…

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India-UAE meet to develop partnership in medical, healthcare

A two-day exhibition aimed at promoting India as a global healthcare destination today started here during which top-notch medical professionals from the country will showcase their expertise. India-UAE Health Cooperation Programme, an exhibition and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme which aims at promoting India as a global healthcare destination, is being organised by Indian tourism…

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India to host 5th meeting of SAARC health ministers on Wednesday

India is all set to host the fifth meeting of health ministers belonging to SAARC countries on Wednesday to deliberate on key issues, including HIV/AIDS, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and to strengthen collaborations amongst the nations. Health Ministry officials said that the health ministers of all the SAARC nations are also expected to…

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IMA national head trashes Centre’s draft health policy

The Union government’s draft health policy lacks clear directions, said neurosurgeon A Marthanda Pillai, national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), on Sunday. He was in the city for the installation ceremony of the newly-elected office bearers of Pune chapter of IMA. Thirteen years after the last national health policy, the C has brought…

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WHO, Indian health ministry bat for food safety

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Indian health ministry on Wednesday urged the nations of the world to make food safety a priority. The institutions stated that due to the rising number of deaths caused by food-borne diseases, there was an immediate need for every government to partner with civil society, non-governmental organisations and…

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Health ministry launches nationwide TB campaign

  The ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday launched a nationwide awareness campaign against the rising number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country. The campaign – TB Harega, Desh Jitega – features acting legend Amitabh Bachchan as the face and voice of TB prevention and control. As per research statistics, nearly 1.5…

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Limit meat-rich diets, increase fruits and vegs intake to protect your kidneys

A new research has revealed that for patients with chronic kidney disease, diets with a high acid content may increase their risk of developing kidney failure. Researcher Tanushree Banerjee and her colleagues examined whether acid-inducing diets might play a role. Low acid load diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, while high acid diets contain…

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Trial shows new imaging system may cut X-ray exposure for liver cancer patients

Johns Hopkins researchers report that their test of an interventional X-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 has the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy (IAT) for liver cancer. In a report prepared for presentation Dec. 3 at the 100th annual meeting of the…

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New drug effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Washington: Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) have pioneered what is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Resistant to almost all existing antibiotics, “superbugs” plague hospitals and nursing homes. The new findings, funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), provide a much…

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Simple potato extract can control obesity

Toronto: To the delight of potato lovers, researchers have found a simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet which is high in fat and refined carbohydrates. The benefits of the extract are due to its high concentration of polyphenols, a beneficial chemical component also found in fruits and vegetables, said the scientists…

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Flu vaccines boost immunity against many strains

Washington: Researchers have found that seasonal flu vaccines protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types. “The finding suggests the seasonal flu vaccine boosts antibody responses and may provide some measure of protection against a new pandemic strain that could emerge from the avian population,” said…

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Rice can help treat cholera better

London: The main treatment for cholera involves oral rehydration therapy where the patient drinks water mixed with salts and glucose which can increase the toxicity of the cholera bacterium. Scientists have now shown that replacing glucose with rice powder can reduce its toxicity by almost 75 percent. “The problem is that the infecting bacterium also…

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Soon, obesity pill to replace treadmill

Washington: If you don’t like working out on the treadmill, you will soon be able to say goodbye to it. Harvard scientists claim to have made a breakthrough in the obesity crisis. Thanks to them who are developing a  pill which would help the body burn away excess fat. They also claim that could one…

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It’s official! Heavy-drinking smokers find it harder to ‘kick the butt’

Washington: Scientists have now confirmed that people who drink heavily in addition to smoking, cannot quit cigarettes easily. The multi-center study which was led by researchers in Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine also found that though they have a tougher time quitting cigarettes than smokers who drink moderately or not at all, modifying…

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Weight-loss surgery may improve urinary problems

London: A new research has shown that bariatric surgery, or the weight loss surgery may lessen the frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms among obese people. Lower urinary tract symptoms related to urinary frequency and urgency, bladder leakage, the need to urinate at night, and incomplete bladder emptying are associated with obesity in both…

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President Pranab Mukherjee calls for serious thought on health care system

Kolkata: In the wake of rising heath cost, President Pranab Mukherjee today called for a serious thought on nature of healthcare system. “A thought that should seriously engage our attention today is the nature of health system that we ought to have in our country – a commercial, profit-driven system or a system conversant with…

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