‘Health ministry working towards using AI in public health,’ Dr Harsh Vardhan

While addressing the Lok Sabha, the Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke about the various developments which are currently taking place in the health ministry and the achievements which the ministry has reached. The Union Health Ministry is working towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a safe and effective way in public health in the country

‘Health ministry working towards using AI in public health,’ Dr Harsh VardhanHealth Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan also said in Lok Sabha on Friday that to address gaps in India’s AI ecosystem and realise its economic impact, the central government has prioritised building AI technology capabilities. “We will be using artificial intelligence to use solve our unsolved issues. We are going to be an important nation to […]

Seeing greenery helps reduce unhealthy cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and junk food

Being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods, new research has shown

Seeing greenery helps reduce unhealthy cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and junk foodThe study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby green space is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving. It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity. Researchers say […]

Driving to work may increase the risk of premature death by 32%

Adults who are obese and commute by car are at a 32% increased risk of death from any cause, compared with normal-weight peers who walk or cycle to work, report researchers

Driving to work may increase the risk of premature death by 32%The finding, which was recently presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, was based on an analysis of more than 160,000 British individuals. For the study, researchers from the British Heart Foundation examined data from 163,149 people (aged between 37 and 73 years) who provided information about whether they drove to work, walked and […]

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) updates global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges, prioritise highly effective therapeutics, and improve affordable access

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHOThe WHO’s Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritise critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems. Published on Tuesday, July 9, the two lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritisation, […]

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertension

A new study soon to appear in the Journal of Public Health suggests that air pollution and living in apartment buildings may be associated with an increased risk for dangerous conditions like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertensionCardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death in developing countries. Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of cardiovascular diseases. Metabolic syndrome is further associated with abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, and higher blood glucose levels. These conditions are associated with a higher risk for various health problems. The causes of these disorders are […]

Artificial light during sleep puts women at risk of obesity, finds study

Sleeping with a cellphone, bright alarm clock on or a television next to your bed puts women at risk for weight gain, a new study found

Artificial light during sleep puts women at risk of obesity, finds studyThere is a close link between lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, and a person’s weight. Researchers now identify another factor as they report that sleeping with a light or television on puts women at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. How much a person weighs is down to a complex interplay of […]

Poor sleep linked to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals

A new study based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suggests that sleep quality may be linked to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, with the strongest association being seen in women

Poor sleep linked to a lack of essential vitamins and mineralsNHANES is a nationally representative sample of American adults that aims to assess the health status of both adults and children throughout the US through interviews and physical examinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get over seven hours of sleep per night. However, in a data analysis study carried […]

Allergies linked to higher junk food consumption, suggests new study

Many childhood food allergies could be due to eating junk food, according to a new study. Children with food allergies, and children who eat a lot of junk food, have increased body levels of molecules called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs)

Allergies linked to higher junk food consumption, suggests new studyAGEs are proteins or fats found in foods that react with sugars to become glycated. They are therefore abundant in processed foods that are packed with sugar and fat like bacon, cake, pizza and burgers. Microwaved foods, as well as barbecued or roasted meat, are also high in AGEs. A new study from researchers at […]

Pune health officer writes a fascinating novel retelling the discovery of cholera with a twist

The genre of medical literature has few classic novels in it. Such original novels are very few in Marathi. A government medical officer from Pune has written a Marathi novel named ‘Anakhi Ek Swalpviram (Another Tiny Comma)

Pune health officer writes a fascinating novel retelling the discovery of cholera with a twistIt is an engaging novella dealing with the discovery of modes of transmission of cholera in Marathi. Also, the biography of John Snow, one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, is written in an entirely interesting form. For the first time, the story of a medical discovery is being told in Marathi in such a […]

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementia

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with dementia, its significant social and economic impact and lack of curative treatment, make it imperative for countries to focus on reducing modifiable risk factors for dementia

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementiaPeople can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. “In the next 30 years, the number of […]
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