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

WHO 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) […]

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

According 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. […]

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

Ten 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 […]

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Fish oil supplements have zero effect on anxiety and depression

Increased 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 […]

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Are climate change and diabetes linked?

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

A 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 […]

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

The 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 […]

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Researchers help dispel common myths and misconceptions about cancer

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

Cancer 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 […]

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

By 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 […]

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

People 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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Can faith be helpful in curbing adolescent depression?

Although not as talked about as other conditions, suicide has slowly seeped into our collective cultural consciousness, becoming a bigger problem that needs to be addressed as each new year passes by. The rates of adolescents going through major depressive episodes each year have also risen, pushing the World Health Organization to mark it as […]

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