Why protecting our environment is a must for safeguarding health

A recently published report by WHO says that around 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water. It also mentions that globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces

Why protecting our environment is a must for safeguarding healthIn order to have safe health it is necessary to have safe environment. When water is contaminated, it is bound to be a cause behind different diseases. Even as healthcare services are coming up with strategies to deal with water-borne diseases, it is imperative to work on the root cause behind these diseases. The safety […]

WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorder

An inability to control sexual urges leads to people neglecting their health. Sufferers do this despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate Patients must suffer from the disorder for six months and experience distress

WHO declares sex addiction as a mental health disorderThe World Health Organization (WHO) has declared sex addiction is a mental-health disorder. Known as compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, it is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading to people neglecting their health despite often deriving no pleasure from being intimate, according to a report issued by the WHO. Patients must suffer […]

Sassoon Hospital nurses arrange ‘health dindi’ for ‘warkaris’

In its unique initiative, nurses at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), had arranged ‘Health Dindi’, in order to create awareness about tuberculosis. A street play was arranged at different places in the city creating awareness among the ‘warkaris’

Sassoon Hospital nurses arrange ‘health dindi’ for ‘warkaris’India is the highest TB burden country with World Health Organization (WHO) statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of a global incidence of 9.6 million cases. Even though the incidence rate is so high, many people are not aware about the diseases. Dr Sanjay […]

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stay

The report mentions that situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 per cent of hospitalised patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to 7 per cent in high income countries

WHO: 10% hospitalised patients acquire infection during their stayAccording to a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report highlights that inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or […]

WHO: Refugees are most vulnerable when it comes to availing healthcare facilities

The major causes of morbidity and mortality among refugees are measles, diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections, malaria and malnutrition, according to the World Heath Organization (WHO). There are many mental health issues, which remain untouched, even though every refuge is suffering from it

WHO: Refugees are most vulnerable when it comes to availing healthcare facilitiesThe refugee crisis is the burning issue that is debated in all national and international conferences. While political, militaristic and economic solutions are prescribed during these talks, there are no sufficient solutions and talks on health of refuges. To mark the occasion of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations […]

Evolving with the times, WHO makes significant changes in ICD-11

International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), published by WHO, for the first time classified gaming as a mental health disorder ; has made a new chapter on sexual health; and also added a new chapter on traditional medicine.The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide. It contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death

Evolving with the times, WHO makes significant changes in ICD-11International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), published by WHO, which classifies around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, has for the first time classified gaming as a disorder; has made a new chapter on sexual health; and also added a new chapter on traditional medicine. It provides a common set of information that allows health professionals to […]

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer cases

According to reports published last year in The Lancet, around 422 million adults worldwide live with diabetes, and 2.01 billion adults are overweight or obese. The findings are important for India as, with an estimated 62 million diabetics, it is widely considered the diabetes capital of the world

Diabetes and obesity prime reason behind rise in cancer casesResearchers at several institutions worldwide — including Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Lyon, France — have recently established that cancers related to metabolic diseases, especially diabetes and obesity, have an increasingly high incidence. According to the team’s data, […]

Polio experts commend India for maintaining polio-free status

Community participation remains an integral part of polio vaccination efforts in the country. The expert group noted that more than 23 lakh vaccinators are mobilised to support every polio mass campaign during which 17 crores children get the oral polio drops

Polio experts commend India for maintaining polio-free statusPreeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare chaired the 27th Meeting of the Polio India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) to review the country programme activities and make recommendations, here today. The expert member group concluded that ‘the country is on the right track’. The experts commended the strong leadership of the Government of […]

Lancet report urges, Nipah virus control needs more than R&D

Nipah virus - an infectious disease, has gained the world’s attention. After the outbreak in south India, it has taken at least 16 lives. A recently published article in The Lancet, mentions that controlling the virus will need more than Research and Development

Lancet report urges, Nipah virus control needs more than R&DNipah virus can also be transmitted from human to human, as in the current south India outbreak, with most cases occurring in family members or health workers caring for individuals sick with the high fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties characteristic of infection. Severe cases can lead to respiratory syndrome, encephalitis, and death- the case fatality […]

WHO launches global action plan on physical activity and NCDs

Stepping up action is needed to reduce sedentary behaviour, promote health. Regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer

WHO launches global action plan on physical activity and NCDsWorld Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal on June 04 to launch the new ‘WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.’ “Being active is critical for health. But in our modern world, this is becoming more and […]
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