Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adults

The research findings, which appear in JAMA Psychiatry, indicate that people who had high levels of lead in their blood when they were young are more likely to experience mental health issues by the time they turn 38. The study also indicates that they are also more likely to have developed unhealthy personality traits, such as neuroticism

Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adultsLead is a type of metal that people throughout the world have used in the construction of water pipes, added into paint to prevent corrosion, and put into gasoline to maintain engine durability. Lead that accumulates in the body can also disrupt the central nervous system, and some studies have linked lead exposure during childhood […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]

Primary health centres to be set-up at 7,000 railway stations 

This move comes as a part of efforts to boost the National Health Protection Scheme proposed in Budget 2018-19. The scheme is the largest health care initiative ever, covering a population 500 million from the lower-income strata

Primary health centres to be set-up at 7,000 railway stations In an effort to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in the Budget 2018-19, the Indian Railways plans to set-up primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country. The ministry of railways stated that its infrastructure must be used for providing primary healthcare […]

Health Secretary launches the allied health professionals database portal

Today, Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare launched the Allied and Healthcare Professionals’ database portal, as part of Ministry’s commitment to ensure better systems and frameworks for the healthcare workforce in the country. She added that this portal is a provisional measure taken by the Ministry to track and reach out to all the allied and healthcare professionals in the country till such a time that a statutory body is established

Health Secretary launches the allied health professionals database portalAt the launch, Ms Sudan, said that India enjoys a demographic dividend of more than 65 per cent youth below the age of 35 years and the government is eager to provide the country’s youth a strong foundation for continued and sustainable growth. She stated that the country is facing increasing burden of lifestyle diseases […]