Malaria-related deaths reduced by 41% in India, reveals WHO report

India continued to build on its recent success in controlling malaria, with the number of annual deaths going below 10,000 for the first time ever in 2018, a 41% reduction over 2017, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Malaria Report 2019 released on Wednesday, December 04

Malaria-related deaths reduced by 41% in India, reveals WHO reportWHO pat for India, Uganda for achieving a substantial reduction in cases, deaths. India and Uganda have received a special mention from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for their substantial reduction in malaria cases in 2018 over the previous year. According to the World Malaria Report 2019, the two high-burden-to-high-impact (HBHI) […]

Only 43 govt mental health hospitals in place to cater to patients with mental illnesses

The scenario regarding mental health facilities in India appears to be quite grim. Despite the introduction of the National Mental Health Policy in 2014, the on-ground realities as far as access, quality, and affordability of services have been abysmal across the country

Only 43 govt mental health hospitals in place to cater to patients with mental illnessesAccording to the World Health Organization, there are seven crore people in India who suffer from mental illnesses. Nearly 1 in 40 and 1 in 20 persons suffer from past and current depression in India, respectively and nearly 50 per cent of persons with major depressive disorders reported difficulties in carrying out their daily activities. […]

10 states perform poorly on food safety in India, states FSSAI survey

According to the data released, during the year 2018-19, a total of 1,06,459 samples were analysed. While 3.7 per cent of these samples were found to be unsafe, 15.8% were found to be sub-standard and 9% samples had labelling defects

10 states perform poorly on food safety in India, states FSSAI surveyTen States that have performed poorly include Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Telangana, and Uttarakhand. Many of the poorly performing States have not been able to put in place full-time officers for food safety and do not have proper food testing laboratories despite the food safety law coming into force […]

Fish oil supplements have zero effect on anxiety and depression

Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on anxiety and depression according to new research from the University of East Anglia

Fish oil supplements have zero effect on anxiety and depressionIncreased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as anxiety and depression. But a systematic review published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, finds that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit. Omega-3 is a type of fat. Small amounts […]

Climate change already damaging health of children around the world, reveals major study

Climate change is already damaging the health of the world's children and is set to shape the wellbeing of an entire generation unless the world meets Paris Agreement targets to limit warming to well below 2 degrees C, according to a major new report published in The Lancet

Climate change already damaging health of children around the world, reveals major studyA child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change – growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found. Climate change is already harming people’s health by increasing the number of extreme weather events and exacerbating air […]

Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds study

The association between ambient and household air pollution and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a marker of atherosclerosis, has been explored for the first time in a population of a low-and-middle income country by a team led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ‘la Caixa’

Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds studyThe study, performed in a periurban area in southern India, shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index, which means they are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. Previous studies indicate that inflammation and atherosclerosis are most likely responsible for the association between […]

#NationalCancerAwarenessDay: Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware about

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) report, around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use

#NationalCancerAwarenessDay: Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware aboutCancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. Risk factors for cancers Tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are major cancer risk factors worldwide and are also the 4 shared risk factors […]

Online shopping could be listed as an addictive disorder by 2024, predicts Gartner

By 2024, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will identify online shopping as an addictive disorder, as millions abuse digital commerce and encounter financial stress, predicts research firm Gartner

Online shopping could be listed as an addictive disorder by 2024, predicts GartnerBy 2024, the World Health Organization (WHO) will identify online shopping as an addictive disorder, as millions abuse digital commerce and encounter financial stress – Consumer spending via digital commerce platforms will continue to grow over 10 per cent year over year through 2022. The ease of online shopping will cause financial stress for millions […]

People in rural areas of Maharashtra inadvertently consume water laced with excess fluoride

A considerable amount of fluoride enters the human body through drinking water and excess fluoride can be toxic for health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set the minimum and maximum limits of fluoride content for drinking water purposes at 0.5 and 1.5 mg/l, respectively

People in rural areas of Maharashtra inadvertently consume water laced with excess fluoridePeople living in 10 districts of Maharashtra consume water which has excess fluoride content. These rural habitations are yet to be provided with safe drinking water, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Satiation. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), various studies establish that fluoride primarily impacts the skeletal tissues, bones and teeth. […]
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