WMA signs up to promoting universal health coverage

The World Medical Association has committed the world’s 12 million physicians to promoting the benefits of universal health coverage across the globe

WMA signs up to promoting universal health coverageIn a special ceremony in Geneva yesterday, WMA President Dr. Leonid Eidelman officially signed the UHC2030 Global Compact for a safer, fairer and healthier world by 2030. The ceremony came on the second day of the World Health Assembly. Dr Eidelman said that universal health coverage was key to reaching the World Health Organization’s ‘triple […]

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 […]

World Asthma Day: Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that transport air to and from the lungs. A healthy lifestyle, no smoking, avoiding drugs and asthma triggers are the best ways to treat asthma and keep its symptoms under control

World Asthma Day:  Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthmaAsthma is a heterogeneous disease, characterised by long-standing airway inflammation. It is manifested by respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a dry cough that varies over time & intensity. According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 383,000 deaths due to asthma in 2015. In […]

World Asthma Day: How to tackle asthma triggered by pollution

The theme for World Asthma Day 2019 is STOP for Asthma: where STOP stands for Symptom Evaluation, Test Response, Observe and Assess, and Proceed to Adjust Treatment. Though, asthma cannot be cured but appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy good quality of life

World Asthma Day: How to tackle asthma triggered by pollutionWorld Asthma Day (WAD) is organised by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), in order to create awareness about asthma and its management across the world. On this day activities are carried out throughout the world to motivate asthma patients to keep help them manage it. Here, we brief you about how pollution is tied to […]

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 […]

How does the brain adapt to hear better after vision loss?

Adults who lost their vision at an early age have more refined auditory cortex responses to simple sounds than sighted individuals, according to new neuroimaging research published in the Journal of Neuroscience

How does the brain adapt to hear better after vision loss?The study is among the first to investigate the effects of early blindness on this brain region, which may contribute to superior hearing in the blind. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence have suggested that people who experience vision loss often develop a more enhanced sense of hearing. So what happens inside the brain? According […]

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boys

Playing video games may not necessarily impair children’s social skills, and a new study suggests that any behavioural effect that frequent gaming might have may occur only in pre-teen girls

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boysThe rising popularity of video games in recent years has raised questions among parents, doctors and educators about the potential for gaming to negatively impact children’s psychological and social development, researchers note in Child Development. But much of this research has focused on kids who spend too much time gaming or favour violent games. For […]

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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