US moved closer to military intervention in Syria

The US moved closer to military intervention in Syria with President Barack Obama saying he was considering a “limited, narrow” strike without involving ground forces even as Russia dismissed claims about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime as “utter nonsense.” Obama said Washington was “looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow … Read more

External Assistance For Reconstruction in Uttarakhand

The State of Uttarakhand has suffered extensive damage to physical infrastructure like roads, bridges, embankments, public buildings, house etc. due to the recent heavy rains, flash floods and landslides. The task of reconstruction and rebuilding the infrastructure would require huge quantum of funds. Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has decided to seek external assistance … Read more

Action taken by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for relief operations in Uttarakhand – An update 30.6.13

A three member high level team from the Ministry is stationed in Dehradun to assess the public health situation and coordinate with the State Health Authorities to provide whatever assistance is needed. It consists of the Director, Emergency Medical Response; Director, National Centre for Disease Control and Joint Director, National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme … Read more

Diabetes increasing in India – 8% suspected for diabetes

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report entitled “Assessment of burden of Non-Communicable Diseases 2006”, the prevalence of diabetes in the age group of 30 to 89 was ranging from 26 to 200 per 1000 in Urban females and 78 to 333 per 1000 in Urban Males. In rural areas, it was … Read more

IMF downgrades forecast for global economic growth to 3.3 percent

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded the forecast for global economic growth of 2012 to 3.3 percent in the World Economic Outlook unveiled in Tokyo before the IMF-World Bank 2012 annual meetings. “The world recovery continues, but it has weakened further. In advanced countries, growth is now too low to make a substantial dent in … Read more

Osteoporosis :: IOF recognizes ESCEO European guidance for osteoporosis diagnosis and management

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has welcomed the recently published paper European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women(1) from the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO).

Rheumatoid Arthritis :: Cardiovascular Disease Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk for developing heart disease than the general population; however, it is difficult to identify which patients are at increased risk. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed a simple approach to predict heart disease in these patients within ten years of their initial diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Health :: Number of cases of most vaccine-preventable diseases in US at all-time low

A comparison of illness and death rates for 13 vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S., before and after use of the vaccine, indicates there have been significant decreases in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths for each of the diseases examined, according to a study in the November 14 issue of JAMA.

Exercise :: Program of exercise and education improves function and symptoms in women with fibromyalgia

An exercise program that incorporates walking, strength training and stretching may improve daily function and alleviate symptoms in women with fibromyalgia, according to a report in the November 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. These benefits appear to be enhanced when exercise is combined with education about managing the disease.

Liver :: Plasma serotonin levels can correlate with degree of liver insufficiency

Liver cirrhosis is a worldwide disease with an incidence of 5 – 10% and represents a major health problem everywhere. Prognosis depends on the degree of liver damage and etiology of cirrhosis. Treatment is complex and often very expensive. Due to this, the attempts of researchers are focused on finding the most optimal therapeutic modalities, which depend mostly on the stage of cirrhosis.

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