India’s killer fruit: Mystery of deadly outbreaks in Bihar solved

A multi-agency investigation shockingly reveals that the fruit litchi has killed hundreds of children in Bihar in the past few years

India’s killer fruit: Mystery of deadly outbreaks in Bihar solvedThree years ago, Dr Rajesh Yadav, an investigator with the India Epidemic Intelligence Service, moved to the city of Muzaffarpur, the site of one of the country’s most mysterious outbreaks. And he waited. Every year in mid-May, as temperatures reached scorching heights, parents took children who had been healthy the night before to the hospital. […]

Has our ‘heartless’ society failed this father and his ailing three-year-old daughter?

For close to a year, Yogesh Mule has been running from pillar to post, in vain, to get a donor heart for his daughter Aaradhya who is suffering from end-stage heart disease. Time is running out fast for Aaradhya

Has our ‘heartless’ society failed this father and his ailing three-year-old daughter?There are some situations which move you to the core. One such situation is that of a hapless father of a beautiful 3-year-old girl, who has been diagnosed with end-stage heart disease and the only way she can survive is through a new heart transplant. For close to a year now, Mumbai-based Yogesh Mule, father […]

After Hrithik Roshan pledged his eyes, eye hospital starts nationwide eye donation awareness campaign

The campaign aims to get 1 million people to pledge their eyes and spread awareness on why it is important to donate eyes

After Hrithik Roshan pledged his eyes, eye hospital starts nationwide eye donation awareness campaignActors learn a lot, about life and otherwise, while playing different characters in their movies. Similar was the case with Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, who experienced the struggle of visually-impaired people while playing the role of a blind man in his recently released movie, Kaabil. While essaying his role, the light-eyed actor was moved by […]

MAPPM wants ban on illegal laboratories as it affects public health

All over Maharashtra there are around 6,000 illegal labs and in Mumbai there are around 500 illegal labs

MAPPM wants ban on illegal laboratories as it affects public healthIn state of Maharashtra, be it rural or urban areas, there are thousands of illegal pathology laboratories run by unqualified personnel. This is quackery in the medical field and is hazardous to the public health. Dr Sandeep Yadav, president of MAPPM said, “All over Maharashtra there are around 6,000 illegal labs and in Mumbai there […]

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’

Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born weighing about a pound each. Born three days under the 24-week legal limit for abortion in the UK, they are the youngest and smallest surviving twins in Scotland

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’Identical twins, thought to be among the most premature ever recorded in Britain, have been described by their parents as “little miracles”. Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born at just 23 weeks and four days, weighing about a pound each. They spent four months in hospital enduring blood transfusions and emergency surgery. The girls have […]

India’s health budget likely to see a substantial rise

An increase in the budget allocation, if finalized, would signal an acknowledgment from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration that the country needs to ramp up spending on the health sector

India’s health budget likely to see a substantial riseIndia’s health ministry is likely to see a substantial increase in funding, after it warned that its programs were short of cash and sought more than $1.2 billion in additional money, according to government officials and documents seen by Reuters. The final numbers could change when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the budget for fiscal […]

1 in every 8 Mumbaikar has cancer, reveals latest study

Latest data released by the Indian Cancer Society says in 2014, Mumbai witnessed 13,564 new cases, which is a 12% increase in four years from 2010 to 2014. The data was collected from 137 city hospitals

1 in every 8 Mumbaikar has cancer, reveals latest studyAccording to latest cancer data released by the Indian Cancer Society, a Mumbai-based cancer registry, there is a marginal increase in cancer cases in Mumbai. In 2014, Mumbai witnessed 13,564 new cases, which shows a marginal increase of 12% from 2010. The data, which was collected from 137 city hospital, states that one in every […]

‘We don’t want sympathy, but respect. Allow us to live a dignified life,’ says leprosy survivor on World Leprosy Day

Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of not only treating leprosy patients, but also accepting them in mainstream society. Today, while India is close to eliminating the disease, the stigma attached to it still prevails

‘We don’t want sympathy, but respect. Allow us to live a dignified life,’ says leprosy survivor on World Leprosy DayAddressing the nation on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary (January 30), which is also observed as World Leprosy Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Mahatma Gandhi’s concern for those suffering from leprosy. Modi reminded the nation of Mahatma Gandhi’s concern, which is not just to treat them, but also to make them a part of […]

India’s first bike ambulance for tribals launched in Gujarat

The service, launched with the help of Suraksha Setu programme of state home department, aims to give quick treatment to people injured in road accidents on highways and remote tribal areas

India’s first bike ambulance for tribals launched in GujaratTribals staying in remote areas of Narmada, Gujarat, will now not have to worry about getting immediate treatment in any case of medical emergency as Narmada police authorities have introduced ‘Bike Ambulance Service’. The service is launched with the help of Suraksha Setu programme of state home department. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India, […]

Scale up efforts against leprosy. Focus on preventing disabilities in children

Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60 per cent were in India

Scale up efforts against leprosy. Focus on preventing disabilities in childrenEnhanced efforts, renewed commitment, and an inclusive approach is needed to end the scourge of leprosy which continues to afflict thousands of people every year, the majority of them in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60% were in India. The other high-burden countries were Brazil […]