Bullying among adolescents hurts both the victims and the perpetrators

Name-calling, hair pulling and cyberbullying: About one-tenth of adolescents around the globe have been victims of psychological or physical violence from classmates at least once in their lives

Bullying among adolescents hurts both the victims and the perpetratorsA new study carried out by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has shown that victims and their perpetrators both suffer as a result of these attacks. They are more inclined to consume alcohol and tobacco, are more likely to complain of psychosomatic problems, and their chances of having problems with their social environment […]

WHO: New report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisis

International organisations unite on critical recommendations to combat drug-resistant infections and prevent a staggering number of deaths each year

WHO: New report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisisThe United Nations (UN), international agencies and experts today released a groundbreaking report demanding immediate, coordinated and ambitious action to avert a potentially disastrous drug-resistance crisis. If no action is taken, warns the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance who released the report, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year […]

World Immunisation Week: Adult vaccination, an ignored area in healthcare

This week is World Immunisation Week, which runs from April 24th to 30th. The campaign, celebrated worldwide, aims to champion the power of vaccines to protect our health and prevent outbreaks

World Immunisation Week: Adult vaccination, an ignored area in healthcareThe Government of India, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), considers childhood vaccination as the first priority, but there is not yet focus on adult immunisation. Adult immunisation in India is the most ignored part of healthcare services. Celebrated in the last week of April, World Immunisation Week aims to promote the use […]

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) releases new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more: WHOYoung children should not spend more than an hour a day watching television and videos or playing computer games and infants less than one-year-old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams […]

WHO releases first-ever guidelines on digital health interventions  

On Thursday, April 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services

WHO releases first-ever guidelines on digital health interventions  Over the past two years, WHO systematically reviewed evidence on digital technologies and consulted with experts from around the world to produce recommendations on some key ways such tools may be used for maximum impact on health systems and people’s health. “Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage,” says […]

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 […]

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce health risks from air pollution

In a study from Harvard Medical School, researchers exposed test mice to fine particulate matter before putting some on a special diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. They found that mice taking the supplement could prevent and reduce inflammation from the toxin

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce health risks from air pollutionAs air pollution continues to rise around the world, number of illnesses associated with low air quality, such as dementia, diabetes and kidney, lung and heart disease, could also rise. However, new research from Harvard Medical School found that omega-3 fatty acids can actually prevent and treat negative effects from air pollution. Every day, we’re […]

Pune hospital launches ‘Love Your Limbs’ campaign to raise awareness on limb loss

Pune hospital launches ‘Love Your Limbs’ campaign to raise awareness on limb lossAccording to WHO, there are more than one million amputations performed every year, with up to 70% of these amputations related to diabetes. Moreover, as per other estimates, below the knee amputations are the most common, representing 71% of dysvascular amputations. Given these statistics, leading doctors at the launch emphasized on the need for adopting […]

Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as chief scientist of WHO

In a major revamp of its senior management structure, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday has been given the responsibility of managing a newly set-up science division to Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as chief scientist of WHOShe was one of the three deputy director-generals supporting the director-general in overseeing all programmes. She was the first Indian to hold the position at WHO. Dr Swaminathan will now be chief scientist in a newly created department in the WHO. The revamp, laid out in an internal memo sent to staff and seen by […]

World Hearing Day: Know how your headphones could be severely damaging your ears

People who listen to loud music using headphones are ‘blighting their lives,’ states the World Health Organisation (WHO). Previously, WHO has stated the safest way to use headphones is at around 60 per cent volume, ideally no longer than an hour per day

World Hearing Day: Know how your headphones could be severely damaging your earsIt should not be surprising that noise, when excessive, can have a damaging effect on our health. Moreover, you may be exposed to this form of ‘pollution’ even without realising it. The term noise pollution is typically associated with loud motor vehicles, construction work, airports, or children screaming. But the category also includes ‘leisure noise’ […]
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