‘Each year, 6 lakh newborns die within 28 days of birth in India’

A quarter of global neonatal deaths happen in India where nearly 600,000 newborns die within 28 days of their birth every year, according to a new Unicef study. The study, which found the number of newborn deaths in India was one of the highest in the world, says the causes of such deaths are preventable …

India building digital health ecosystem: Nadda

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda on Monday said India is committed to reforms in health services delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Addressing delegates from around a dozen countries at the Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, he said the ICT had great potential to improve delivery of healthcare services and …

15 ‘Samsung Smart Healthcare’ centres launched in Tamil Nadu

To provide affordable yet quality healthcare to patients from the lower strata of society, Samsung India and the Tamil Nadu government on Monday launched 15 “Samsung Smart Healthcare” centres in the state. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami formally launched the centres by inaugurating one such centre at the government hospital at Edappadi in Salem district. “Our …

7th edition of Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival in March

The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival will be back with its seventh edition during the Easter weekend of March 30-31 at Baikunth Resorts in Kasauli, the organisers said. The two-day festival, organised by Genesis Foundation, will feature bands and artistes including Rabbi Shergill, Suraj Jagan, Thermal and a Quarter, When Chai Met Toast, Parvaaz and …

India, Iran sign nine agreements, agree to stop terror forces (Roundup)

India and Iran on Saturday pledged to stop the forces of terrorism and extremism, delinking it from religion and agreed that there should be an end to terror sanctuaries even as the two countries broad-based their relationship by signing nine agreements, including one on connectivity relating to the strategic Chabahar port. Reflecting the deepening of …

India, Iran sign nine agreements, agree to stop terror forces (Roundup)

India and Iran on Saturday pledged to stop the forces of terrorism and extremism, delinking it from religion and agreed that there should be an end to terror sanctuaries even as the two countries broad-based their relationship by signing nine agreements, including one on connectivity relating to the strategic Chabahar port. Reflecting the deepening of …

Six working groups formed to shape ‘Modicare’

The government on Friday formed six working groups to finalise the structure and functioning of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), popularly called “Modicare”, an official said. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at the end of a two-day deliberations with 31 states and union territories, said six working groups were formed to “finalise …

Leucoderma a misunderstood disease, says Geetanjali Thapa

Actress Geetanjali Thapa essays the role of a young meme artiste affected by leucoderma in Onir’s latest directorial “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. She says that most people don’t understand that it is a non-communicable skin disease. “In the film, my character (Archana Pradhan) just happens to have leucoderma. It’s not like ‘this poor thing’ has it. …

Pad Man Akshay installs sanitary pad vending machines

National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar has installed a sanitary pad vending machine in Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot and hopes to put several across India. Akshay, whose latest release “Pad Man” delves with menstrual issue and hygiene, especially in rural India, took to Twitter on Thirsday to share a photograph of him along with Shiv …

Parrikar suffers food poisoning, admitted to Mumbai hospital (Lead)

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was on Thursday rushed to the Lilavati hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with food poisoning, an official said. A formal statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said that Parrikar was in Mumbai for a “routine check-up”. “Chief Minister will be unavailable for next two days, as he has …

This wearable sensor can track your eye movement

Using cheap toilet tissue, scientists have developed a novel disposable band aid-sized wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movements. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in healthcare and robotics. Researchers, in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, showed that by tearing a tissue …

Alzheimer’s disease reversed in mouse model

In a breakthrough, scientists have successfully reversed the formation of amyloid plaques — crucially involved in Alzheimer’s disease — in the brains of mice with the neurodegenerative disorder, thus improving their cognitive function. The study showed that gradually depleting an enzyme called BACE1 can completely reverse the formation of amyloid plaques — protein fragments that …

Private sector must chip in to achieve health outcomes: Vice President

Days after India launched a mega healthcare scheme covering 40 per cent of its population, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the health outcomes cannot be achieved by the government alone and the private sector has to chip in. “While the government is taking all measures to develop healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the …

This ‘selfish’ gene may prevent heart disease

Scientists have identified a “selfish” gene that can potentially remove cholesterol from blood vessels and help prevent heart disease. The gene, called MeXis, acts within key cells inside clogged arteries to help remove excess cholesterol from blood vessels. In mice, MeXis was found to control the expression of a protein that pumps cholesterol out of …

Scientists discover new antibiotic family in soil

Raising hopes of a potent new weapon in the fight against rising antibiotic resistance, scientists have discovered in soil samples a new family of antibiotics that could eventually be used to combat hard-to-treat infections. The researchers from Rockefeller University in New York used a gene sequencing technique to analyse more than 1,000 soil samples, the …

Sania highlights importance of health insurance

Former doubles World No.1 tennis star Sania Mirza on Tuesday highlighted the benefits of investing in insurance after becoming the first customer of India’s leading health insurance company Max Bupa’s new plan GoActive. “We have all heard multiple instances of lifestyle diseases plaguing not just the old, but also the young and fit. So being …

Modi promotes Modicare among Indian diaspora in Oman

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promoted the new National Health Protection Scheme called Ayushman Bharat announced in this year’s Union Budget in an address to the Indian diaspora in Oman. “In our Budget this year, we did something that drew the world’s attention,” Modi said to thousands of cheering expatriate Indians at the …

650 suffer from diarrhoea in Kolkata, civic body takes measures

As many as 650 people in six municipal wards were suffering from diarrhoea caused by an alleged contamination of drinking water and 28 of them were admitted in a city hospital since Saturday night, an official said on Sunday. Kolkata Municipal Corporation collected samples from different places to detect the cause of the outbreak. “Overall …

Haryana’s first AMRIT pharmacy inaugurated

Aiming to strengthen generic medicine availability, Union Health Minister J.P Nadda on Saturday inaugurated Haryana’s first AMRIT pharmacy here. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) Retail Pharmacy is a scheme through which the government has been attempting to provide medicines for various critical diseases at an affordable rates. The inauguration was part of …

Delhi government failed to utilise 75% health budget in 2017-18: Congress

The Congress on Saturday attacked the Delhi government for allegedly not utilising over 75 per cent of the budgetary allocation for health sector in 2017-18 as it only spent Rs 666 crore out of Rs 2,627 crore. Addressing a press conference here, former Delhi Finance and Health Minister A.K. Walia said: “During its three-year rule, …

Fortis Hospitals to get loaned money back by 2018-19 fiscal’s Q1-end

Fortis Healthcare on Friday said its subsidiary Fortis Hospitals will receive back the Rs 473 crore loan it gave to certain companies by the end of the first quarter (Q1) of FY19. The company response comes after reports pointed out that the loan was given to companies that are a part of its promoter’s group. …

‘Fully’ lab-grown human eggs may lead to new fertility treatments

In a first, scientists have grown human eggs in a laboratory from its earliest stage to full maturity, an advance that could lead to improved fertility treatment for young cancer patients. Previously, the feat was achieved in mice eggs to produce live offspring. But the process proved tricky in humans. However, in the new study …

Ebola virus can infect human reproductive organs: Study

The Ebola virus has the potential to infect reproductive organs of humans, reveals a study conducted on macaques. The 2014-16 West Africa Ebola outbreak was the most widespread of the disease in history, causing major loss of life and socio-economic disruption in the region, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Studies of survivors have …

Fortis Healthcare’s promoters resign from board

The promoters of Fortis Healthcare on Thursday resigned from the company’s board. According to a late night BSE filing on Thursday, promoters Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh have resigned. The development happens days after the Delhi High Court upheld an international arbitral award of Rs 3,500 crore to Daiichi Sankyo against the former …

Mumbai students win ‘Enable Makeathon 2.0’

Mumbai students have emerged as winners for their innovative solution for the hearing-impaired at the second edition of “Enable Makeathon” — an intensive innovation programme organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross. “Enable Makeathon” aims to develop prototypes and affordable solutions for challenges faced by persons with disabilities, particularly those living in rural …

Old chemical compounds may lead to new antibiotics: Scientists

Chemical compounds identified in the 1940s but discarded for having weak antibiotic properties could now be used for developing new antibiotics against drug-resistant infections, researchers say. During the mid-20th century, many different chemical compounds with antibacterial properties were examined, but only a small proportion were selected for development into drugs. With modern-day diseases becoming increasingly …