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, […]

Pune Municipal Corporation considering to set-up special cell to help notify TB cases

Pune’s health department has floated a proposal for setting up an independent TB cell. With less number of private practitioners notifying tuberculosis (TB) cases, the independent cell will ensure that all TB cases are notified

Pune Municipal Corporation considering to set-up special cell to help notify TB casesRecently the proposal letter was submitted to the commissioner of the Pune Municipal Corporation. The proposal mentions that such TB cell will have an independent full-time doctor and other supporting staff. The proposal accepts that the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in the city needs a stronger push. Officials are sending notices to those […]

24 TB patients commit suicide in the past eight years: States RTI 

Doctors say that depression is the leading cause behind the suicides. Many patients suffer from ‘Psychosis’ due to the medicines which they have to take, and the patients are counselled time and again. Moreover, patients lose their hope to live due to this

24 TB patients commit suicide in the past eight years: States RTI During the past eight years, as many as 24 patients undergoing treatment at Sewri TB hospital in Mumbai committed suicide. According to doctors, many TB patients suffer from depression and that is the reason behind the suicides. On May 2, a woman from Thane, Maharashtra, who was suffering from TB committed suicide by jumping into […]

TB: Discontinue drug donations of bedaquiline offered by J&J, health activists urge Health Ministry

BDQ is an important new drug in the treatment of MDR-TB. The ‘WHO consolidated guidelines on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment,’ has recommended that BDQ be incorporated as a core drug in the MDR-TB regimen and that the drug replace and minimise the use of injectable aminoglycosides in the standard MDR-TB treatment regimen

TB: Discontinue drug donations of bedaquiline offered by J&J, health activists urge Health MinistryThe health activists have written a letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda, urging him to discontinue and phase out the drug donations of BDQ offered by J&J to RNTCP. The TB activists further demand that the government should immediately establish a proper forecast mechanism to determine the number of people with MDR-TB who […]

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however, women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth  These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In a previous study published in The BMJ, the research group showed that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes were at an increased risk of having babies with heart defects. Now, a new […]

Cricket legend VVS Laxman lauds Dr Lalitkumar Anande’s work on TB awareness

Former Indian batsman and Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman saluted the efforts taken by Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Medical Superintendent and Chief Medical Officer of Sewri TB Hospital over his relentless efforts to spread awareness on prevention of tuberculosis

Cricket legend VVS Laxman lauds Dr Lalitkumar Anande’s work on TB awarenessDr Lalit Anande is helping the city contain tuberculosis, first by tending to patients at Sewri TB Hospital, then taking the fight outside. He has helped create awareness about TB in slums, homes and on trains, buses and campuses.   In a tweet, retired cricketer VVS Laxman stated: “Dr Lalit Anande has been spreading awareness […]

World TB Day: ‘TB chose me, because I am a strong person and I could fight back’

In a battle between Debashree Lokhande and Extremely-Drug Resistant TB (XXDR-TB), the gritty woman emerged victorious. The 30-year-old, who suffered from tuberculosis (TB) for seven years, has now successfully recovered from the respiratory disease

World TB Day: ‘TB chose me, because I am a strong person and I could fight back’She is not only invited by United Nations to deliver a talk on her journey as a TB survivor at Netherlands in it’s upcoming conference on TB but she is also doing patient advocacy on different platforms in the country. She has also started her full time work now as a senior architect in one […]

#EndTB: Surgeries at Sewri TB Hospital on hold due to lack of resident doctors

According to the information gathered through the Right to Information (RTI) from 2013 to 2018, 66 staff members including doctors at Mumbai’s Sewri TB Hospital have contracted tuberculosis. This number has now been drastically lowered due to effective infection control

#EndTB: Surgeries at Sewri TB Hospital on hold due to lack of resident doctorsNon-availability of doctors at Sewri TB Hospital has forced the administration to postpone a number of surgeries. Major surgeries have been pending since the past few months. As the young resident doctors are not joining the TB Hospital. According to the experts, fear of contracting the infection is the main reason for young doctors to […]

Battered, not defeated: A struggle of three children with XDR TB

In a rare twist of fate, the parents of three children had to bear witness to their children suffering from TB. But the family did not allow the disease to overpower them. They took it up as a challenge, here is their story

Battered, not defeated: A struggle of three children with XDR TBHave you ever imagined what would happen to you if you were diagnosed with tuberculosis? It seems like a very bleak situation, doesn’t it? Now imagine how would a parent feel if the children in their family suddenly fell ill, only to find out that they have TB? This is the story of the Upadhyay […]

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK study

The World Health Organization estimates that 10.0 million people developed active tuberculosis in 2017, and that 1.6 million people died of this disease

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK studyAccording to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment led by Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people affected with multi-drug resistant TB. Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with […]
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