This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoes

In the study, scientists split 139 patients into three groups to test the effects of ivermectin. They found high doses of the drug made human blood poisonous to mosquitos. The effects lasted up to a month, according to the international team of experts. Researchers now hope the drug could be used to stem the control of malaria

This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoesAn ‘exciting’ pill can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes and kill them, research suggests. Scientists discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug and in lower doses is widely used in the treatment of other tropical diseases. It has safely […]

World Health Day to focus on universal health coverage

The World Health Organization's (WHO) theme for this year’s World Health Day (April 07) is ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.’ Universal health coverage means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care

World Health Day to focus on universal health coverageIn this 70th anniversary year, the World Health Organization is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance universal health coverage (UHC). This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services […]

‘Monitor TB treatment’, PM Modi writes to CM Fadnavis

With the on-going urgency to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB) in the country, by taking a massive step, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the Chief Ministyer Devendra Fadnavis in support to eliminate the disease

‘Monitor TB treatment’, PM Modi writes to CM FadnavisIndia continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, stated the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organization (WHO). In India, an estimated 27.9 lakh patients were suffering from TB in 2016 and up to 4.23 lakh patients were estimated to have died during the year. In a […]

World TB Day: BMC to organise walkathon for ‘TB-Free Mumbai’

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has kick-started its TB free initiative, as part of this initiative several programmes will be organised across the city. It will also illuminate its landmark building in red for a week to raise awareness about the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) declares a theme on world TB Day each year. This year theme is ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world’

World TB Day: BMC to organise walkathon for ‘TB-Free Mumbai’TB Scenario in Mumbai: In 2017, total 45,675 drug sensitive TB patients were notified from both public and private sector in Mumbai. Due to improved awareness and private sector notification efforts, case detection has improved. In 2017, 4,891 new multi-drug resistant TB patients and 670 XDR patients were registered. This is a result of increase […]

Mumbai: TB experts and pharmacist meet to discuss #EndTB strategy

On Saturday, the Indian Pharmaceutical Association had organised a DOTS TB project program. At the event, TB experts, pharmacist, policy makers deliberated regarding how the menace of TB can be cured and what kind of polices can be introduced to benefit TB patients

Mumbai: TB experts and pharmacist meet to discuss #EndTB strategyTuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden. India continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in […]

Exercise can help increase longevity in people with heart disease

Compared to people who were inactive, participants who consistently got the minimum recommended amount of exercise for adults were 36% less likely to die during the study. If these very active people scaled back their workouts over time, they were still 26% less likely to die than sedentary individuals

Exercise can help increase longevity in people with heart diseaseOlder adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests. Researchers examined three decades of data on 3,307 adults who had been diagnosed with coronary heart disease after a heart attack or an episode of severe chest pain, known […]

India initiates process to develop national essential diagnostics list

The National Essential Medication List (EML) in India has been helpful in capping prices of a variety of products, and has increased access to important medicines. For the next step, a smaller working group will be created by the government, to move forward with the EDL process, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year

India initiates process to develop national essential diagnostics listThe Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Delhi, along with several partners, including WHO India and McGill University today convened the first national consultation on Essential Diagnostics List (EDL). To improve access to drugs, since 1977, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a Model List of Essential Medicines. India has published a National EML […]

TB summit: Delhi End TB Summit 2018 to begin tomorrow

Hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership, the Delhi End TB Summit 2018 will be inaugurated on Tuesday, March 13 by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, and addressed by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr J P Nadda, and Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Chair of the Stop TB Partnership

TB summit: Delhi End TB Summit 2018 to begin tomorrowTuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden. The WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the […]

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulations

Many countries have developed advanced policies to reduce the demand for tobacco, which kills over 7 million people annually, but governments can do much more to implement regulations to control tobacco use, especially by exploiting tobacco product regulation

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulationsWHO has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control. A new guide, ‘Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity,’ and a collection of country approaches to regulation of […]

Eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods linked to increased cancer risk

The results published in the British Medical Journal showed that if the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10%, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12%

Eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods linked to increased cancer riskA link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, […]