Mumbai: An NGO steps forward to tackle malnutrition

We assume that under nutrition is a rural problem in an underdeveloped settlement. But that doesn’t seem to be the reality anymore. A health NGO, ‘Doctors For You’ (DFY) has a set up in the slums of Mankhurd in Mumbai, specially that branches a ward only to tackle malnutrition

Mumbai: An NGO steps forward to tackle malnutritionAccording to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for 2016, India ranked 97 among 118 developing nations, 15.2% of Indians are undernourished and 38.7% of under-five children are stunted. In fact, India’s malnutrition problem is even worse than its neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and China. Malnutrition is a condition which occurs when there is […]

India still houses high number of underweight children

According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal on October 10, obesity among children between the age group of 5 to 19 years has increased globally over ten times in four decades. On the other hand, India still has about 97 million moderately to severely underweight children as seen in 2016

India still houses high number of underweight childrenOn Tuesday, a study published in the Lancet journal reported that the prevalence of moderate and severely underweight children in India is among the highest in the world. The study was led by the Imperial College in London and the World Health Organization (WHO). The study was conducted by evaluating the Body Mass Index (BMI) of […]

Create awareness to avoid another swine flu outbreak

Swine flu hits back with an increase in the number of patients affected by the H1N1 virus in Maharashtra. The state has recorded the highest number of swine flu deaths in the country this year with a 13-fold rise from last year. In such situations due to the rise in number of patients there should be adequate amenities in hospitals in order to serve the infected in a better way

Create awareness to avoid another swine flu outbreakSwine flu is wreaking havoc in the city. There have been 835 cases and 16 deaths in Mumbai this year till July. Maharashtra has recorded 284 deaths and 2,324 cases till the first week of July. That’s almost 50 per cent of the 600 deaths across the country. So the BMC and hospitals should together initiate awareness […]

Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to do

Globally, India bears the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), parasitic worms which live in the intestine. These worms consume nutrients which are meant for the human body

Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to doWorm infections are rampant among children and they have been adversely affecting their physical as well as mental growth. Worms are a common cause of anaemia and they may also cause intestinal obstruction. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the intensity of the threat caused by worm infections in India. In India 22 crore […]

Elite body fights HIV without medicines

A rare population of HIV patients' mechanism, called 'elite controller', have baffled the doctors worldwide. The elite controller in any HIV patient’s body does not allow HIV Virus to replicate even without starting the treatment, since they already have the internal mechanisms to fight the virus. The research about which is still underway

Elite body fights HIV without medicinesHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a dreadful disease, most doctors agree. Given that most doctors across Maharashtra are wary of treating this incurable disease, a Mumbai based doctor now says he has come across a rare kind of HIV patients called the ‘elite controller’ or the HIV controller’. The doctor is treating 50 such patients […]

India needs to improve hepatitis C surveillance

India stands fourth among 11 countries which carry almost 50 per cent of the global burden of chronic hepatitis. Eliminating of hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a major challenge for India as it is not preventable by vaccination. Early determination of the disease is important

India needs to improve hepatitis C surveillanceWorld Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designed a global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-2021 with a goal to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030. India stands fourth among 11 countries which carry almost 50 per […]

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence

The opposition raised the issue of flavoured supari in the Vidhan Sabha today. Congress MLA, Sanjay Dutt demanded a ban on flavoured supari (areca nut). Later, Girish Bapat informed the house about the measures undertaken by the state government to control the sale of flavoured supari

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offenceAfter Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) flip-flop on banning flavored supari (areca nut), Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration has said the government is considering making the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence. He gave this information while answering a question in the legislative council which is under proceeding for […]

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’

In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision to allow the sale of flavoured supari is a major setback to the on-going anti-tobacco campaign. The new notification issued by the FDA bans sale of flavoured supari from July 20 for next six months

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’  A week after Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Maharashtra lifted the ban on the sale of flavoured supari (areca nut); it has rolled back its order and decided to continue with the ban for the next six months. In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision […]

‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHO

The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot of countries across the globe are have been trying hard to win the fight against tobacco, yet the tobacco lobby is subverting these efforts. Firewalls between government and the tobacco industry must be in place to block industry attempts to influence the tobacco control decision-making process

‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report regarding the consumption of tobacco across the globe. The report studied the positive outcomes of engaging various methods to curb tobacco use and this in turn curbs tuberculosis (TB). The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot […]

Unsafe drinking water a cause of concern: WHO 

Poor sanitation and contaminated water are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid, claimed the report. 3, 61, 000 children under five years of age die due to diarrhoea, the WHO report stated.

Unsafe drinking water a cause of concern: WHO According to a study done by World Health Organization (WHO) last week, 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home. This roughly means that 3 out of 10 people worldwide lack safe drinking water and 6 out of 10 don’t have good sanitation facilities according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF. Poor […]