Small bite, big threat

More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases. This World Health Day – … Read more

New potential Malaria treatment detected

Scientists have discovered a new molecules that can kill the malaria parasite, paving way for effective treatment for the disease. Using ultra sophisticated computerised modelling tools, researchers were successful in identifying a type of candidate molecules toxic for the pathogen, but not for the infected human red blood cells. The most severe form of malaria … Read more

BP above normal may up stroke risk

People with a blood pressure level slightly above the normal reading of 120/80 may have an increased risk of stroke, a new study has warned. Blood pressure levels ranging from 120/80 to 139/89 can raise the risk of stroke by 66 per cent, according to the research. The meta-analysis looked at all of the available … Read more

Odisha to tackle heat wave conditions

The Odisha government has asked all the District Collectors to take adequate measures to tackle intense heat wave conditions in the state. Special Relief Commissioner of the state, Pradipta Mohapatra today told media persons at Bhubaneswar that the Collectors have been asked to conduct review meetings everyday on the heat situation, the measures taken in … Read more

Third Line Treatment of HIV/AIDS

The first line and second line antiretroviral therapy (ART) is given to HIV/AIDS patients free of cost in all ART Centres across the country presently. The Technical Resource Group on ART on 27th December, 2013 recommended providing third line antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients through 10 centres of excellence across the country. The process for … Read more

Free Testing Facilities for Diabetic Patients

According to report published by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) (the 6th edition of IDF Atlas published in November, 2013) the number of diabetic patients is about 65 million in the country. The data available from the Indian Council of Medical Research, India Diabetes (INDIAB) Study estimates the number to be 62.4 million approximately. Government of … Read more

National AIDS Control Programme Phase IV launched in India

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad launched the National AIDS Control Programme Phase IV (NACP IV). NACP-IV aims to accelerate the process of epidemic reversal and further strengthen the epidemic response in India through a cautious and well defined integration process over the five-year period, 2012- 2017. It consolidates the … Read more

Kerala Campaign Against Cancer

Kerala Campaign Against Cancer – a comprehensive Rs 10 crore programme aimed at tackling the increasing incidence of cancer in the Kerala state through cancer awareness creation and prevention, was launched on Tuesday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who launched the state-wide cancer awareness campaign, said that it was high time that the people were made … Read more

Women in rural India – RGGVY empowered the rural women

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) has made a significant difference to the lives of women in rural India. Various evaluation studies of RGGVY commissioned by Rural Electrification Corporation reveal that the programme has empowered the rural women. 75% of women surveyed in Rajasthan stated that they are able to work in the fields after electricity … Read more

Jane Gilchrist from Bickley died aged 100

Jane Gilchrist, from Bickley – a woman who fought for over a decade to open an NHS clinic in Bromley has died at the age of 100. Jane Gilchrist worked for 12 years to set up the facility, which offered homeopathic treatment for those unable to afford private healthcare. The campaigner was for many years … Read more

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