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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First public sector stem cell bank to come up at KGMU

In what may come as a relief to over 1 lakh patients of thalassemia in India, a public sector stem cell bank is set to come up at UP’s King George’s Medical University here. A project of the university’s transfusion medicine department, the stem cell bank would roll out stem cell therapy to patients of thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia. The proposal is awaiting clearance…

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The exercise pill is here: Burn fat without undergoing fitness training (Video)

For those, who cannot undergo fitness training, ‘exercise pill’ may work as magic for them! A study says, the prospect of an ‘exercise pill’ can be life-changing for people, who don’t work out because of obesity or serious physical disabilities. Hopes for such a pill emerged from scientists who found that an experimental drug allowed mice to run…

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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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European biliary and pancreatic stents market to hit $84 million by 2023

The European pancreatic and biliary stents market, which covers 21 major markets, is set to grow from $60.5 million in 2016 to around $84 million by 2023, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that key drivers of the market include increased cancer rates and…

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Promoting Skill Development and Medical Staff Safety to strengthen healthcare systems

India embarked on its health reform journey a decade ago. A need to address the ever-growing disease burden for a geographically and economically diverse population was recognised in the eleventh and twelfth Five Year Plan, with a host of initiatives and programmes at the onset. The private sector too pledged its participation. However, the current healthcare profile…

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Higher Heart Disease Risk for Disadvantaged Women than Men

Women from low socioeconomic strata are 25 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than disadvantaged men, according to a new study published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The results highlight the need for tailored interventions for women to address the gender gap and deliver the best possible care.     Researchers…

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Which Vitamins are Good for Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears, or if the tears vanish too quickly. There are many treatments for dry eyes. Can vitamins help prevent or treat dry eyes? We find out.   If an individual has a healthy balanced diet, they should be able…

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Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients: Options for Men and Women

  In fertility preservation, reproductive tissues are saved, so that a person may have a child in the future. It usually involves freezing and storing eggs, sperm, or embryos, although other methods may be employed.   Men and women can preserve their fertility if they wish to delay parenthood, or if they are undergoing treatment…

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Freezing As Healing: Inside The Cryotherapy Craze

  The latest rage among celebrities seeking the fountain of youth involves freezing. Cryotherapy began with the use of low temperatures in medicine to eradicate diseased or unwanted tissue, such as moles or skin tags. That’s not what the stars are seeking. Instead, they flock to cryotherapy treatment for its purported ability to burn calories,…

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What is COPD? What causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

  COPD – short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – is a chronic lung condition that is usually associated with tobacco smoking.   COPD is a collection of separate lung conditions – usually both chronic bronchitis and emphysema – which cause airflow limitation, i.e. difficulty breathing.1-4   Contents of this article:   COPD facts, statistics…

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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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7 Acupressure Points for Your Feet to Remove Stress, Headaches and More

Acupressure is a technique where practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to various essential points of our body. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or massaging, as well as other methods. According to American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork…

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Long-Sought ‘Attack’ Signal in Type 1 Diabetes Identified

  In Type 1 Diabetes, the immune system attacks the beta cells, the insulin producing cells that reside in the islets of Langerhans region of the pancreas   In people with type 1 diabetes, the body wages a ruthless campaign of destruction against certain cells in the pancreas because it mistakes them for foreign invaders….

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Top 5 Retracted Science Studies of 2016

  Publish or perish: That’s the mantra among academics. The pressure on researchers to publish new studies, however, may have turned this saying into “publish and perish,” as more than 650 scientific papers were retracted in 2016, jeopardizing the integrity of scientists, and threatening the public’s trust in their work.   Misconduct accounts for the…

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What Things Are Best to Drink for People with Acid Reflux?

  Acid reflux or heartburn is technically known as gastroesophageal reflux. A person with acid reflux or heartburn may feel a burning sensation in their throat and chest, which may be quite painful and distressing.   Acid reflux occurs when the valve, or sphincter, that connects the stomach to the esophagus, or food pipe, is…

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Medical News Today: 2016 cardiology year in review

  Researchers have made huge strides in the field of cardiology in 2016, bringing us closer to better preventive, diagnostic, and treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease. But which studies have stood out this year?   Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number 1 killer across the globe,…

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Microprotein important for maintaining human cell health discovered

In discovering the important housekeeping role that a previously overlooked tiny protein plays in cells, scientists highlight that although so-called microproteins may be small, they could have a big impact on human biology. nobody interacting with proteins This image of human kidney cells shows NoBody (green), P-body markers (red), cell nuclei (blue), and NoBody interacting…

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Can Coconut Oil Help Treat Psoriasis?

  Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes a person to develop scaly patches, also known as plaques, on their skin. Psoriasis symptoms can include silvery scales and itchy, red patches.   The patches can appear on many parts of the body, including elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, and face. Some people also develop scaly…

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Bone Bruise: Symptoms, Treatment, and Outlook

  Most people are familiar with the bruising, discoloration, and swelling that occurs with a blow to muscles and soft tissue. However, what people may not realize is that bones can also become bruised.   Bruises can last from days to months and vary from mild to severe. Bone bruises are among the most serious…

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From Pigs’ Kidneys To 3D Printed Lungs: The Future Of Organ Transplants

All around the world, the requirement for organs far outstrips the number of donations. In India alone, out of the 1.5 lakh people who require a kidney, only 3000 receive one. Researchers around the world have been looking at alternatives to bridge this gap between demand and supply. Right from trying to grow artificial organs inside…

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