Eighty-five cases were tested for swine flu on February 1, 18 of which came back positive.
Drug resistant malaria superbugs have appeared in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and are threatening to undermine all progress made against the disease.
What the health sector needs is much greater attention – in terms of both financial and human resources – to meet the demands of providing universal and free healthcare.
Despite emphasis on ’empowerment’ over ‘entitlements’, which comes with its own set of problems, health and education remain invisible in the Modi government’s social policy agenda.
Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda had previously maintained that the sector had no funding issues, but recently revealed documents show he now believes his department needs more money to meet its objectives.
Thanks to universal testing and easy access to treatment, the Canadian province of British Columbia has seen a major decease in HIV-related mortality.
They found that organophosphates, common in India, are broken down by microbes in the human gut into glucose – and ask us to reconsider their use for the sake of our farmers.
Aimed at curbing the use of opioid based painkillers, the proposed measures would include cigarette-style warning stickers on every prescription.
Trump has vowed to use new bidding procedures to curb the soaring cost of new drugs. There’s a better solution, however, that doesn’t risk also curbing the development of lifesaving treatments.
There is no justification for the Ministry of AYUSH’s reliance on an invalidated practice, which could lure patients of diabetes into a false sense of security.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective.
Researchers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have said that none of the 14 antibiotics used to treat the “nightmare” bacteria had worked.
“My depression was always tied up with the conviction that I was literally good for nothing. I spent most of my life up to the age of thirty believing that I would never work.”
There are several issues with the National Medical Commission Bill – the primary being that it fails to provide a holistic approach to healthcare, and excludes nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals from its ambit.
Even when several government departments and ministries collect data across institutions and other stakeholders, these are not in line with standard definitions.
Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will kill eight million more people a year by 2030, the study by WHO and US National Cancer Institute said.
Experts who carried out the studies found that medicine and healthcare are routinely both over- and underused, causing avoidable harm and suffering and wasting precious resources.
It’s unadvisable to participate in too many marathons because the heart may be damaged in a few. And current scientific knowledge is unable to accurately identify the vulnerable.
In the last three years, malnutrition has claimed the lives of about 1,600 children in Palghar, a tribal region battling high unemployment and poverty.
Emerging diseases on which the experts are keeping a close eye.
The Rs 6,000 announced by the prime minister as universal maternity entitlements is already mandated under the National Food Security Act 2013, although the government has chosen not to implement it yet.
Diseases shape entire societies and cultures. A disease can do more than just inflict suffering – it can shut down a whole civilisation. Of all the diseases that decimated emerging cities, tuberculosis was the worst.
Alternative faecal sludge management systems that are effectively planned in a network to cover entire cities can make Swachh Bharat a reality.
Australia has fewer than 300 aboriginal doctors, but things are gradually changing with some aboriginal doctors determined to make a difference.
Mothers facing emotional difficulties often do not come out to their families about it due to stigma. In some cases, they may even be unaware that their distress has a name.
India should not persevere with its focus on privatising healthcare or relying on health insurance.
“The quantum of profit for companies is higher [in medical camps], where they have independent access to captive patients and can push their products for treatment after diagnosis.”
According to doctors working in hospitals providing low-cost treatment, the number of patients has reduced by about 30% since demonetisation.
Many families in China have turned to the increasingly popular, unregulated market of online pharmacies, agents and peer groups for cancer drugs.
In Malkangiri district of Odisha, villagers and civil societies blame the deaths of a large number of children on malnourishment while the officials attribute them to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria.
Known as rVSV-ZEBOV – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus–Ebola Virus Vaccine – the vaccine was first developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Johnson & Johnson should be careful while branding its product as ‘ORSL’, a title resembling that of the ORS solution prescribed to treat dehydration from diarrhoea.
The concept of ‘feeling emotions’ often finds itself at loggerheads with dispensing effective medical care, and should be done away with.
Studies have found that bloated claims in news reports are often simply carried over from university and journal press releases, which are approved by scientists.
Rural healthcare is quite the powerful oxymoron in India.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a mechanically-run government programme without a strong economic and environmental foundation and accompanying consciousness about what toilet cleanliness means.
Unless India’s public healthcare infrastructure is improved considerably, development and investment in other sectors will mean little.
The pain and sorrow of bereavement is supposed to get easier to bear as time passes. But what if it doesn’t? Psychiatrists call it ‘complicated grief’ – and it can be treated.
A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men’s attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
Beyond the contribution of individual CMs like Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu developed a commitment to universal and well-functioning public services thanks to the power of democratic action, public reasoning and social action.