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, […]

Could energy boosting sports drinks be deadly for your health? 

The sports drink market is expected to see growth in the coming years due to increasing demands worldwide, but the debate on the benefits and health risks associated with its consumption also continues among scientists and the industry

Could energy boosting sports drinks be deadly for your health? Amid the rapid growth of sports drink markets globally, scientists have also been raising concerns about the product’s potential impact on human health. A new study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests that sports drinks can effectively enhance endurance performance, Outside Magazine reported. The findings come from the analysis of […]

P.D. Hinduja Hospital starts signature campaign for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’

More than 3,500 (as of now), Mumbaikars pledge their support via the signature campaign to declare a part of the iconic Cadel Road (Veer Savarkar Marg) as a no smoking street 

P.D. Hinduja Hospital starts signature campaign for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre announced the launch of a first of its kind initiative in the city, a proposal for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street.’ The hospital proposes to declare the 1.8 km stretch on Cadel road between the Kaapad Bazaar Junction (including the PN Kotnis Rd) and Chaityabhoomi (Sant Dyaneshwar […]

Say no to tobacco and second-hand smoke for healthy lungs, warn experts

The focus of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) this year is ‘tobacco and lung health.’ Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and global partners observe WNTD on May 31 and people are made aware about the ill-effects of tobacco and discourage them from using tobacco in any form

Say no to tobacco and second-hand smoke for healthy lungs, warn expertsAs per the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year the campaign will focus on the impact of tobacco has on lungs from cancer to chronic respiratory disease (COPD). People will be informed about lung cancer, the primary cause of which is tobacco smoking. Smoking tobacco is responsible for two-thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Even […]

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 […]
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