World Is Dealing With a Massive Sugar Glut. India Is Big Contributor

Sugar stockpiles are poised for a record as slowing demand growth and surging production creates the worst-performing commodity of 2018. Consumers have become increasingly wary of the health impact of their sweet tooth, and companies from canned-fruit maker Del Monte Foods Inc. to snack-food seller Mondelez International Inc. are touting products made with less sugar….

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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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Which country has the best food?

(CNN) — We love to write about food. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambaste the bad. This is our take on some of the best food cultures and destinations, but of course it’s subjective. It’s time to find out once and for all, which cuisine is king as you plan where you’ll travel next. United States…

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SMT wins tenders at five Brazilian hospitals

SMT (Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) has succeeded in bagging prestigious tenders amongst Brazilian hospitals for the distribution of stents. The Indian stent manufacturer won tenders at five hospitals including the Army General Hospital, after rigorous examinations and regulatory processes. The alliance will accelerate SMT’s goal towards providing affordable and quality stents for the millions of people suffering…

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Scientists establish connection between bowel inflammation and heart diseases

Scientists have found strong connections between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and heart attacks. Inflammation has long been recognised as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. While studies have shown a…

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Head Transplantation : Is it Possible ?

The noise level in the transplant community has reached a crescendo with the proposed head or whole body transplant venture called ‘HEAVEN’ (Head Anastamosis Venture). The technical feasibility and ethics of ‘Head’ and ‘Whole body’ transplantation are being questioned The success of organ transplantation has been called one of the least expected events in the…

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Paras Healthcare, HEC to set up multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi

Paras Healthcare and Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) are planning to jointly set up a 300-bedded multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi. This will be Paras Healthcare’s eighth hospital and will take its overall bed capacity to 1,305 beds across the country, Paras Healthcare said in a statement. “The new facility in Ranchi will help us further pursue our goal of…

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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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AHA’s New Guidelines for High BP Levels

The American Heart Association (AHA) has revised its guideline for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This new standard is based largely on the findings of the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) study. The trial included data from over 9,000 participants and focused on determining if a BP target of 120 or less…

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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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224 nursing homes, illegal clinics being run in Gurgaon: RTI

A total of 224 nursing homes and illegal clinics are being run under the district’s community health centre (CHC) in the millennium city, an RTI query has revealed. The civil surgeon office of the Haryana health department in the Right to Information (RTI) query said the illegal clinics and nursing homes actively running in Gurgaon are 23 in Patudi,…

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Ayurveda market size seen at $8 billion by 2020

Emphasising that Ayurveda will provide affordable healthcare, Union Minister for State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik on Monday said a three-fold increase in market size of Ayurvedic products from $2.5 billion to $8 billion is expected by 2022. Addressing an “Ayurveda Conclave” here, Naik said: “Ayurveda is witnessing a resurgence in India and around the globe. It advocates preventive healthcare…

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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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This device aims to tackle ventilator-associated pneumonia

Nachiket Deval , a National Institute of Design graduate, had always wanted to make a medical device that would be of use to the masses. He also tried to make one for his thesis project. The natural progression for Deval was to start a company after a few stints in a couple of design and engineering jobs. But…

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Price caps hurting healthcare industry, says Preetha Reddy

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority’s decision to cut prices of stents and knee implants is hurting the healthcare industry, prompting investors to pull out, Preetha Reddy of the Apollo Hospital Group told ET in an interview. The vice-chairperson of India’s largest hospital chain highlighted concerns that the public perception gaining ground -of an industry run by bandits -has led policymakers to…

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Indian Health Industry Profile Update- July 2017

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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Medical camera makes light work of seeing through the body

Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The camera is designed to help doctors track medical tools known as endoscopes that are used to investigate a range of internal conditions. The new device is able to detect sources of light inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s long…

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After stents, Indian Govt. to cap prices on Orthopedic knee implants

NPPA’s preliminary analysis of common components used in knee implants shows profit margins for distributors and importers can be as high as 135%. After slashing the prices of cardiac stents by over 150 per cent the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is all set to bring in price capping for orthopedic knee implants. In a…

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Paras Healthcare raises Rs 275 cr to strengthen its footprint in North India

Gurgaon-based healthcare provider Paras Healthcare has raised Rs 275 crore to focus on strengthening its footprint in North India. The fund was raised through the private equity firm Creador and will be used by the North India-focused healthcare chain to achieve its expansion plans and supporting the existing units for capacity expansion. Gurgaon-based healthcare provider…

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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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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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