The public interest litigation seeks the divestment of 32% shares held by public sector insurance companies in the tobacco major ITC.
India ranks last amongst all the BRICS nations in quality and access to healthcare, and 178th out of 195 countries worldwide. It even does poorly even compared to all of its neighbours, bar Pakistan.
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The pollution caused by a nearby mining project is causing skin rashes in children and leaving contaminants in the water and soil.
The healthcare Bill features sharp cuts to the Medicaid programme, drawing strong opposiyion from Democrats, protestors and even certain Republicans.
Tobacco cultivation and the curing process contributes towards deforestation, soil depletion, loss of soil nutrients and pollution due to the heavy use of agrochemicals.
Even though community health centres have been set up to provide free healthcare, the professionals working there and the treatment given to patients leave much to be desired.
The order will likely be a far cry from the president’s previous remarks about the pharmaceutical industry.
My psychiatric condition was (mis)treated as if it were independent of a malarial prophylactic called mefloquine that I had accidentally overdosed on by a single potent pill.
Between 2005 and 2012, about 2,800 patients have died while participating in clinical trials conducted by pharmaceutical companies.
Until the new notification making Aadhaar compulsory under the government’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, healthcare workers say did not even know cash benefits were available.
The Indian Medical Association’s call to ban ultrasound services and exclude doctors of other specialties from the ambit of the law on pre-natal diagnostic techniques will weaken the steps being taken to arrest the declining child sex ratio.
According to a report by a committee headed by Dr. Abhay Bang, as many as 10,000 children die of malnutrition and related illnesses each year in tribal areas of Maharashtra.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had last month directed the authorities to make a comprehensive plan in the matter, while the civic bodies are keeping a tab on mosquito-breeding through regular monitoring.
The vaccine has shown promising results in mice, and researchers estimate that it will be available on the market by 2025. However, a wariness about its cost remains.
Devoid of the context of pregnancies in India, one wonders if the guidelines are a tool to further control women by invoking, through a lens of patriarchy, principles from traditional medical systems.
Data from two trials together involving over 20,000 patients with type 2 diabetes shows most of them can be effectively managed with the safe, effective and more affordable human insulin.
Tanzania has one of the highest rates of albinism in the world. The media in the country has an important role to play in protecting them from harm.
What happens when dissociative identity disorder makes you lose your sense of being an individual?
“Our findings raise questions about the balance of risk and benefit of long-term daily aspirin use in people aged 75 or over if a proton-pump inhibitor is not co-prescribed.”
There is a need for greater awareness of the potentially fatal illness, which is misconceived as an exotic disease only affecting people in rural areas and whose symptoms can be mistaken for dengue, malaria or typhoid.
While there are 800 million people facing starvation or undernourishment, there are approximately 800 million more facing the exact opposite problem. Obesity and undernourishment have become a humanitarian crisis so big they affect more than a fifth of the world’s population.
While some states have managed to increase access to affordable healthcare, it remains below par when compared to other developing economies.
Despite the high out-of-pocket costs, a large number of patients across rural and urban India are choosing private healthcare options.
Three years ago, the US offered people from three African countries temporary protection due to the outbreak of Ebola. Now that the epidemic is over and so is their stay in the country, where do they go?
Even as the Indian Medical Association head claims he was unaware of the polarising VHP leader’s past, others say he could help doctors gain attention to their demands.
The essentiality of communication when it comes to epidemics and life threatening diseases cannot be undermined. It is not only moral but vital to the curative measures that need to be taken.
The 70th World Health Assembly saw the election of a new leader, a strong resolution on battling cancer and unexpected coalitions around access to medicines, among others.
A central team that travelled to Addappady found lack of nutrition among pregnant mothers and adolescent girls to be the main cause for the high infant mortality rate.
The discovery is a fresh blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally, a goal set for the year 2000, but repeatedly pushed back since 1988.
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With the limited availability of the vaccine and men who have sex with men being the most affected group, the upcoming pride parades present a problem.
Most medical tourists need translators, who are hired by hospitals and charge high commissions. Patients are also often forced to do expensive tests, even if they may not understand what’s going on.
Previously, caregivers had to break adult tablets into the dosages required for children and infants.
The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorised into three groups: “Access”, “Watch” and “Reserve”.
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
Do sex markers on birth certificates take away the freedom of self determination and become bases for discrimination?
While there are fewer than ever children being born free of HIV today, the global pandemic still persists, particularly among young women. It roots itself not only in poverty but also gender-based inequalities.
Recent research is beginning to throw some light on whether eating meat during pregnancy impacts the development of the foetus’s brain.
Many believe that bioequivalence testing is necessary for only a handful of medications. In reality, it should be the norm for virtually all drugs.