Many essential medicines in India are priced higher than estimated price, reveals WHO study

The affordability of medicines has long been a concern for developing countries, but today it is also a global one. Each year, 100 million people fall into poverty because they have to pay for medicines out-of-pocket. In India, it is estimated that over 70% of the medical expenditure is an out-of-pocket expenditure

Many essential medicines in India are priced higher than estimated price, reveals WHO studyLowest current prices of 40% essential medicines available in India were priced higher than the estimated generic prices. This fact has been highlighted in the assessment report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on essential medicines. Estimated prices were compared with the lowest globally available prices for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria medicines, and current prices […]

Gadchiroli has one of the highest incidences of mouth cancer in India, states report

A report released by Tata Memorial Hospital reveals that rural and tribal regions of Gadchiroli have one of the highest incidences of mouth cancers in the country

Gadchiroli has one of the highest incidences of mouth cancer in India, states reportEnumerating cancer cases in rural areas remain challenging and posing a challenge to develop cancer control strategies. SEARCH, Gadchiroli and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai have collaboratively developed a method to enumerate cancer cases in under-resourced settings under the Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) in Gadchiroli. The results of the PBCR for years 2015-16 were released today […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeism

The condition also negatively impacts quality of life. Medical practitioners surveyed feel that peppermint oil is a safe and better treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms. Over 3,000 patients and 300 medical practitioners participated in the survey

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeismA study conducted by the Heart Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national health NGO has revealed that about 5 to 10% of the population surveyed experiences symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation or incomplete evacuation. Yet, a majority of them do not seek medical help. The study aimed […]

#WorldHealthDay- A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderly

Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly and a marker of poor physical and cognitive status. Studies in Indian population have shown that incidence of falls in elderly (60 years of age and above) ranges from 14 per cent to 52 per cent

#WorldHealthDay- A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderlyWhen a person grows older, mobility concerns come in to play. Falls are one of the major health problems amongst senior citizens and a common cause of injury in this age group; an event which is most of the times accidental and seen mainly in elderly individuals. Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity […]

#WorldHealthDay- Lack of awareness leading to cervical cancer in Indian women

Indian women face a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. As a part of its prevention, there is an urgent need of awareness programmes to motivate women to get screened routinely and ensure follow-up treatment

#WorldHealthDay- Lack of awareness leading to cervical cancer in Indian womenCancer of the cervix means cancer occurring at the mouth of uterus. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer found in Indian women. India has a population of approximately 365.71 million women above age 15, who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. As per recent estimates, approximately 1,32,000 new cases have been diagnosed […]

#SayNoToWar: Govt hospitals security beefed up, Maha put on high alert

In view of the war-like situation, a high alert has been issued in Maharashtra, with security and vigilance increased across Mumbai. The state government has asked hospitals to increase their security and maintain preparedness in case of a terror attack

#SayNoToWar: Govt hospitals security beefed up, Maha put on high alertIn the wake of the mounting tension between India and Pakistan, at the line of control (LOC), a high alert has been sounded in Maharashtra by the state administration. The state government particularly has asked the hospitals to be on the highest alert and to be prepared to deal with any contingency. Security has been […]

Spain named as world’s healthiest nation, India slides down to 120th rank

Spain has just surpassed Italy to become the world’s healthiest country. That’s according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 economies according to factors that contribute to overall health. Spain placed sixth in the previous gauge, published in 2017. While Spain has reason to cheer, India has had a dismal performance and slipped from its previous ranking of 119 to 120

Spain named as world’s healthiest nation, India slides down to 120th rankSpain has the highest life expectancy at birth among European Union nations, and trails only Japan and Switzerland globally, United Nations data show. Spain by 2040 is forecast to have the highest lifespan, at almost 86 years, followed by Japan, Singapore and Switzerland, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. […]

Medical tourism in India set to grow by 200% by 2020

It could well hit the $9 billion mark, according to Ministry of Tourism figures. As it tries to expand the industry, India is trying to make it easier for people to visit the country for medical reasons

Medical tourism in India set to grow by 200% by 2020It’s also touting advanced facilities, skilled doctors and low-cost treatment but also traditional practices such as yoga and Ayurveda. “India can provide medical and health care of international standards at low costs,” Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said in written response to a query in the Lower House of Parliament. The statement added ‘India excels in […]

Can India lead the way in neglected disease innovation?

In a recent article published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) calls for a comprehensive policy for neglected diseases research in India to foster innovation in drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines, critical for evolving needs of elimination programmes

Can India lead the way in neglected disease innovation?The article titled as ‘Can India lead the way in neglected diseases innovation?’ mentioned that neglected diseases predominantly affect poor and marginalised populations and do not constitute a market that is attractive enough to stimulate private sector investment. The authors of the article then suggest that government should step in with appropriate policies and investments […]

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bags

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), looking at the widespread use of tea bags, has taken cognisance of the potentially harmful staple pins used in packaging tea leaves in tea bags and is seeking a ban on the pins

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bagsFood regulator FSSAI on Wednesday, January 30 issued a notification seeking a ban on the use of pins in tea bags by the food business operators (FBOs) by June 30. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked the FBOs to discontinue manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by […]
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