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Health News

May 2007

India to protest grant of yoga patents by US

NEW DELHI: May 30, 2007
The Indian government has decided to lodge its protest against yoga-related patents issued by the US Patents & Trademarks Office

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WHO asks countries to ban smoking in indoor workplaces

NEW DELHI: May 29, 2007
In a tough policy guideline to combat tobacco consumption, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday urged all countries to ban smoking in enclosed workplaces and public buildings.

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Shunned HIV-hit widow turns to begging

Cuttack | May 29, 2007
An HIV positive widow has been reduced to begging for survival in
Orissa after villagers ostracized her and her son out of fear that the
disease can be passed on by social contact.

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AIDS patient dies after humiliation in Bengal govt hospital

KOLKATA: 29 May, 2007
An AIDS patient, who was readmitted to a government hospital in Kolkata after he was humiliated and driven out by employees, has died.

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Hospital worker molests 3 women

HOWRAH | May 29, 2007
Three women were allegedly molested by a Group-D employee in the female ward of a rural hospital in Howrah on Friday and Saturday.

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Polio drops for 3,43,770 children

AMRITSAR| May 28, 2007
In the drive against polio, district administration and health department have made elaborate arrangements to administer polio vaccine to 3,43,770 children upto the age of 5 under the National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation round on Sunday.

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Chikungunya scare in Orissa: 4 die

Bhubaneswar | May 27, 2007
Panic gripped Kural village in Orissa's Nayagarh district after four persons died due from suspected chikungunya in the past four days, a health official told Sunday.

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Rs.4 crore set aside to provide assistance to poor patients

Puducherry | May 26, 2007
The Health Department has been providing assistance to poor patients to undergo surgeries or take treatment in specialty hospitals outside Puducherry.

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Two die of anthrax in Orissa

Bhubaneswar | May 25, 2007
Two people have died of anthrax in Orissa's tribal dominated Koraput district, while five have contracted the deadly disease in the last two days, health officials said Friday.

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Super speciality hospitals for U.P.

Lucknow | May 25, 2007
Uttar Pradesh Government on Thursday decided to invite proposals from private sector for setting up seven super speciality hospitals in the State.

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Maharashtra overhauls health machinery

MUMBAI | May 25, 2007
The state government has reorganised its public health machinery with a view to improve health services across the state. With the National Rural Health Mission's (NRHM) ambitious agenda as its guiding note, the state directorate of health services (DHS) has been bifurcated into community-based public health and hospital-based services.

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Kolkata hospital turns away AIDS patient

KOLKATA: 24 May, 2007
An AIDS patient, who could barely breathe and move, was made to wait all day at Medical College Hospital here only to be told that he couldn't be admitted. This came after a ward boy sought money from the family, which they didn't have. No reason was given for the refusal.

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WHO approves new kala-azar injection

PATNA: 24 May, 2007
aromomycin intra mascular injection has been added to WHO Essential Medicines' Lfor treatment of kala-azar disease.

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Global campaign planned to target alcohol abuse

Geneva| May 23, 2007
The World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday agreed to target alcohol and alcohol addiction worldwide with a campaign warning against the risks of abuse.

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FDA approves birth control pill for continuous use

Washington | May 23, 2007
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first birth control pill for continuous use that can stop indefinitely a woman's monthly preparation of pregnancy.

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Outrage over HIV child being denied treatment

Kolkata | May 23, 2007
A six-year-old HIV infected boy was allegedly denied treatment in Kolkata's state-run hospitals, triggering angry reactions and an appeal to President A.P.J Abdul Kalam for help.

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Drug-resistant TB rampant in India

NEW DELHI: 23 May, 2007
The world's most untreatable form of tuberculosis, extreme drug-resistant TB, has been detected in India and could account for 8% of those who suffer from the strain of the disease which develops immunity to multiple drugs.

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Health survey of Pandit migrants

Jammu:May 23,2007
The Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Mangat Ram Sharma on Tuesday asked doctors to prepare a detailed report after conducting health survey of Kashmiri migrants, including women and children.

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Kolkata hospital employee arrested on molestation charge

Kolkata | May 23, 2007
An employee of the state-run super speciality SSKM Hospital in Kolkata was arrested Wednesday for "outraging the modesty" of a female patient during a medical test Tuesday night.

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Patient gasps to death

HOWRAH: 23 May, 2007
A critically injured man, gasping for his last breath, was put on oxygen only to be discovered by the hospital superintendent later that the cylinder was empty.

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Extremely drug resistant TB a growing problem in India

Washington | May 22, 2007
Extremely drug resistant TB, or XDR-TB, is a serious problem in India, according to the first study to look at the prevalence of this form of the disease in the country.

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New social health scheme for vulnerable sections

NEW DELHI: May 22,2007
An incentive-based Accredited Social Health Activ(ASHA) Scheme under which 5,450 activists would be deployed to cover 109 lakh residents of slums, jhuggi jhopri clusters, resettlement colonies, unauthorised colonies and rural areas was approved by the Delhi Cabinet on Monday. A sum of Rs. 40 crore has been earmarked for selection, training and as incentive for the activists during the 11th Five Year Plan period of 2007 to 2012.

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Multi-speciality hospital coming up in Gurgaon

JAIPUR:May 22,2007
Heart, cancer and orthopaedic patients in Rajasthan will soon have access to world-class health care services in nearby Gurgaon in Haryana, where a multi-speciality hospital is coming up with the promise to deliver cutting edge patient-centric care.

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Pulse Polio for three days

BHUBANESWAR: May 20,2007
About 45 lakh children below five years of age will be administered polio drops in 18,684 centres across the State during next three days.

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Helpless labourers fall prey to TB in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal | May 20, 2007
The lives of labourers begin from mines and end with tuberculosis in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh. Forced to work in illegal stone quarries because they get no other jobs, constant exposure to silica dust puts the labourers at high risk of getting TB.

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Gilead's AIDS drug awaits patent in India

New Delhi | May 20, 2007
American bio-pharmaceutical major Gilead, which has entered into generic licensing deals with 10 Indian pharma firms to distribute its HIV drug Viread, is hoping to get a patent in India soon.

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Rajasthan's health care initiative hailed

JAIPUR: May 19,2007
The Drugs Consultative Committee of the Union Ministry for Chemicals and Fertilisers has recommended inclusion of Medical Relief Society and Drugs Bank schemes of Rajasthan in the national pharmacy policy and their adoption in other States

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Government hospitals to bail out loss-making pharma companies

New Delhi | May 18, 2007
Four 'sick' public sector pharmaceutical and chemical companies have been turned around with massive infusion of funds and now hospitals run by state governments, the railways and the armed forces have been asked to purchase drugs from them to make them profit making units

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Docs barred from practising in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: 17 May, 2007
In a rare case where doctors themselves moved to act against fellow physicians tainted with allegations of sex determination and foeticide, the Rajasthan Medical Council barred 25 gynaecologists from practising and three radiologists from conducting sonography tests.

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More facilities for blood bank

THANJAVUR| May 17, 2007
The blood bank at Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital (RMH) here has been expanded with additional facilities such as room for collecting blood and donors' rest room.

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Preventive measures to fight malaria in Asom

Guwahati | May 02, 2007
Preventive measures on a war footing to check a malaria epidemic outbreak in Asom have been undertaken though the casualty figures were relatively low this year Altogether 25 malaria deaths have been reported from across the state between January to April, with close to 10000 people affected with the germ.

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7 more children fall prey to malnutrition

BHUBANESWAR: May 16, 2007
A year after 21 deaths were reported in Gudgudia gram panchayat inside the Similipal Wildlife Sanctuary in a span of 60 days, the tragedy appeared to have struck again this year.

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HIV patients need better healthcare

KARUR:May 16
Karur district needs better health care and support facilities for its growing HIV positive population. The fledgling Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) Centre should be strengthened into a bedded facility and become fully operational.

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Polio campaign in Chhattisgarh for kids of labourers

Raipur | May 16, 2007
The Chhattisgarh government will launch a three-day polio immunisation drive from May 20 with a special focus on the children of labourers to help the state get rid of polio disease completely.

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Experts, enthusiasts oppose patent for yoga

New Delhi | May 16, 2007
Angered and alarmed, a good number of yoga enthusiasts and experts in the capital are strongly opposing attempts of patenting yoga overseas.

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Plan to open drug banks in all districts

New Delhi | May 15, 2007
The government plans to set up drug banks in all 604 districts of the country to provide essential medicines to the poor free of charge and a committee has been set up to study the feasibility of the proposal.

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Indian doctors don't upgrade themselves

14 May, 2007
Did you know that doctors in UK compulsorily participate in a continuing medical education (CME) programme to keep up with the latest advancements in medicine? Also, that to maintain their licence to practise, UK doctors are reassessed at regular intervals, normally every five years?

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A new prescription for safe motherhood

NEW DELHI: 14 May,2007
Discarding their rubber gloves and giving the stethoscope a rest, a team of doctors is now busy getting behind the camera and doing some serious script writing for the first venture of its kind by the medical fraternity in the country.

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Response cell at AIIMS

NEW DELHI: 14 May, 2007
A new Disease Outbreak Response Cell has been set up at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here to plan and co-ordinate the response of the Institute to the outbreak of diseases.

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Doctors in PHCs to work in the afternoon

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 13 May, 2007
Minister for Health P.K. Sreemathy has said the duty hours of doctors in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) would not draw to a close by lunchtime and that they should work in the afternoon.

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India lags behind in maternal health

13 May, 2007
As the world celebrates Mother's Day on Sunday, the state of mothers in the country is far from satisfactory as India records the highest number of maternal deaths across the globe.

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'Hospital holding back child for money'

KOLKATA: 13 May, 2007
When Ripa Seal gave birth to a boy on March 19 at AMRI hospital, she probably did not think that she and her husband, Bobby Seal, will be branded "deserter parents".

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Infant deaths: infection confirmed

Thiruvananthapuram : 12 May, 2007
The five-member expert committee appointed by the Government to investigate the death of newborns at Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) Hospital in the past four months following hospital-acquired infection has reported that there was indeed an outbreak of sepsis in the in-born nursery (IBN) at the hospital, which led to an increased proportion of babies dying due to infection.

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India fights depression with pills

NEW DELHI: May 10, 2007 IST
Not so long ago, men and women suffered depression silently. This appears to be changing instead of getting bogged down by low moods, people are combating it to go ahead with their demanding, stress-laden lives. The result: there's a spurt in the sale of anti-depressant drugs.

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Punjab to formulate health policy soon

Chandigarh: May 9, 2007
To upgrade the health-delivery system in Punjab , the State Government would soon formulate a policy on the lines of the national policy on health.

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Free medical aid for senior citizens

JAIPUR:May 9,2007
The Rajasthan Government has decided to provide free medical treatment to all senior citizens above the age of 65 years as a welfare measure for the elderly. Senior citizens were so far getting the facility of diagnostic tests free of cost at Government hospitals.

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Court asks Delhi hospital to explain boy's amputation

NEW DELHI : May 8, 2007
The shocking story of medical negligence that led to a one-year-old child having his foot amputated has moved the Delhi High Court to ask the concerned hospital for an explanation

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Alliance formed in Assam to fight HIV/AIDS

GUWAHATI: May 7, 2007
At least 29 different civil society groups, including people living with HIV, have formed an alliance in Assam to jointly fight HIV/AIDS that has assumed epidemic proportions in the region.

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Indian generic drug is Brazil's pick

RIO DE JANEIRO: May 6, 2007
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has allowed his country to ignore US pharmaceutical giant Merck's patent on AIDS drug Efavirenz and opted for a cheaper generic alternative from India.

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E-waste flood alert sounded

PUNE: May 4, 2007
Your sleek and smart mobile phone will be a junk and a major contributor to the electronic waste (e-waste) within four to seven years.

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High Court warns against ambulance misuse

New Delhi | May 03, 2007
The Delhi High Court Wednesday held that the misuse of ambulances of government hospitals by medical staff would be viewed seriously, stressing that their services be availed of only by patients.

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Probe ordered into baby deaths in SAT Hospital

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: May 3, 2007
The Government on Wednesday designated a five-member expert team to inquire into the death of 23 babies at Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) Hospital here in a month on account of hospital-acquired infections.

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India, US body to jointly develop AIDS vaccine

New Delhi | May 03, 2007
India Wednesday signed an agreement with the US-based International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to develop an AIDS vaccine.

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Mob ransacks Kolkata hospital after infant's death

Kolkata | May 02, 2007
Angry family members of a 10-month-old baby who died at a private city hospital Tuesday ransacked the hospital alleging medical negligence. Several people were injured as police resorted to baton charge to control the situation.

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Transgenders show high awareness about HIV/AIDS: Survey

Villupuram (Tamil Nadu) | May 02, 2007
A huge majority of the transgender community in India is highly aware of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS and their prevention, says a survey by a Chennai-based NGO.

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AIDS patient inaugurates India's first 'condom bar'

Chandigarh | May 02, 2007
A young woman in her late 20s who suffers from AIDS Wednesday inaugurated a unique bar cum discotheque here that has condoms as its theme.

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18 newborn deaths in Kerala hospital, superintendent expelled

Thiruvananthapuram | May 02, 2007
At least 18 newborn babies have died in a hospital here in the month of April alone and its superintendent was Wednesday removed from his post for not informing the state government about the deaths.

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Labour room infection results in several newborn deaths

Thiruvananthapuram | May 02, 2007
Alarmed over the reports that the cause of at least 23 out of 35 newborn deaths at the Kerala's premier medical college hospital here in April was labour room infection, Health Minister P K Sreemathy today removed Sree Avittam Tirunal (SAT) superintendent Rajmohan from his post and instituted a five-member panel to probe the matter.

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Solheim urges Novartis not to challenge Indian Patent Act

NEW DELHI: May 01, 2007
Norwegian Minister of International Development Erik Solheim has urged Novartis to withdraw its case against India, challenging a clause of the Indian Patent (Amendment) Act, which does not grant patents to medicines that are new forms of an existing drug or ``ever-greened'' rather than innovations.

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Now village-level planning in health care

CHANDIGARH : May 01, 2007
The process for planning has been decentralised in Haryana under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Village Health and Sanitation Committees (VHSCs) have been involved in formulating need-based plans at village level.

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Mobile medical units to help tribals

BERHAMPUR: May 01, 2007
The rural inhabitants of Gajapati district, especially the tribals living in remote areas, can now avail medical facilities with the deployment of 10 ambulances for rural areas of the district.

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Major hospitals in Delhi to get additional security

NEW DELHI: May 1, 2007
With complaints about poor security in hospital for the medical staff becoming shriller, the Delhi Health Department is now looking at an additional expense of over 20 to 30 per cent to hire security service for its hospitals.

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