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 […]

Seed oils are better for cholesterol than olive oil, reveals study

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease and stroke are the biggest killers worldwide and have been so for 15 years. In 2016, 15.2 million people died because of these cardiovascular diseases

Seed oils are better for cholesterol than olive oil, reveals study  Dr Lukas Schwingshackl — from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke — led the new study. This study was the first to carry out an analysis that allows the impact of several oils and solid fats on blood lipids to be assessed in a single model. Many have compared the effect of replacing […]

Cervical cancer awareness week observed to highlight importance of screening

Cervical cancer is one of the largest contributors to cancer deaths in women. Yet, unawareness prevails when it comes to its vaccination and screening; leading to rise in deaths each year due to cervical cancer. January 21 to 27 is celebrated as cervical cancer awareness week

Cervical cancer awareness week observed to highlight importance of screeningThe high mortality rate from cervical cancer globally could be reduced through a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, early diagnosis, effective screening and treatment programmes. There are currently vaccines that protect against common cancer-causing types of human papilloma virus and can significantly reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent […]

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 […]

WHO: India records 24% reduction in malaria cases in 2017

There were 3.5 million more malaria cases reported in these 10 African countries in 2017 compared to the previous year, while India, however, showed progress in reducing its disease burden

WHO: India records 24% reduction in malaria cases in 2017Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable […]

WHO: Thousands of lives saved, but Rohingyas still continue to be vulnerable

In the past year concerted efforts by the Bangladesh Government, WHO and health partners have helped save thousands of lives, and prevented and rapidly curtailed deadly disease outbreaks among the nearly one million Rohingya refugees. Despite these efforts they remain vulnerable even today with their evolving health needs, and severe funding crunch threatening continuity of life saving health services in their camps

WHO: Thousands of lives saved, but Rohingyas still continue to be vulnerableAround a year ago, nearly 700,000 Rohingyas, arrived in Bangladesh at the beginning of August 25.  It was the largest ever population influx over such a short span of time. Women, children and the elderly arrived with injuries, low immunisation coverage, high rates of malnutrition, in need of reproductive health care and psycho-social support, and […]

India: 1 doctor for 1625 patients

According to the World Health Organization, there is a need to be a doctor behind 1 thousand people. However, in India the case seems to be a little different or so, admitted Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare to Lok Sabha in a written reply. Furthermore, it was informed that the Union Health Minister has a shortage of doctors and health workers in the rural India

India: 1 doctor for 1625 patientsHighlights of the reply: Statistics India’s population: 1.33 billion According to the Medical Council of India, 10, 22, 859 doctors in the country It is estimated that 80 per cent of these doctors are available for medical services Hence, only 1 doctor for every 1,625 people These figures were given Choubey in a written reply […]

WHO: Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP)

Director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Soumya Swaminathan is a well-known personality in the medical arena. The 58-year-old is a paediatrician and a clinical scientist. She is known for her research on tuberculosis

WHO: Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP)Dr Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP) of World Health Organization (WHO). A pediatrician from the Republic of India and a globally recognised researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she has 30 years of experience in clinical care and research. She has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. […]

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO 

 The report has mentioned that low and middle-income countries such as India continued to make significant progress in order to control tobacco. Even Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS - 2) India 2016-17 which had been released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had found a six per cent decline in tobacco use prevalence than the previous year. It also stated that the decline in prevalence was equivalent to a 17% relative decrease, and the number of tobacco users has reduced by about 8.1 million

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO The latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic has seen a positive change in bringing down tobacco consumption among people. The report has found that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to creating no smoking areas. It states that nearly two-thirds of […]