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Health News

May 2008

India should aim to eliminate Type-1 polio virus by 2008 end, say experts

Express News Service Posted online: Friday, May 30, 2008
New Delhi, May 29: The India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on Polio has recommended that the Health Ministry should focus on eliminating Type-1 polio virus this year and prepare to eradicate Type-3 virus transmission by 2009.

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By 2010, 60 % of world's heart patients will be in India'

May 29, 2008, Ajit Jain
Dr Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine and vice president of research, Health Research Institute, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [Images], says by 2010, India is expected to have 60 per cent of the world's heart patients and that in India problems of the heart are increasingly striking younger people.

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Smart cards for wider health access to mothers

May 28, 2008
CHENNAI: The Directorate of Public Health will soon launch a scheme to provide ‘smart’ cards to mothers who seek to access public health centres (PHCs).

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India's medical tourism to earn Rs 8,000 Cr

May 27, 2008
New Delhi: Easy access to visa facilities permitted by India to overseas patients coupled with the best emerging medical infrastructure in large and tertiary towns will fatten the country's forex earning to an estimated Rs 8,000 crore by 2012, a new study has said.

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Jharkhand's doctors on contract go on strike

Ranchi | May 26, 2008 IST
Nearly 600 doctors employed with the Jharkhand government on contract struck work Monday demanding preference in an appointment drive. The strike affected health services in villages.

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World Health Assembly hopes India will eradicate P1 poliovirus first

New Delhi | May 26, 2008 IST
The World Health Assembly (WHA) at Geneva hopes that India will be the first polio-endemic country to eradicate the most virulent P1 virus that leads to the disease and has asked the country to continue large-scale vaccination campaigns.

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Shortage of blood: Banks don't maintain buffer stock

26 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Wondering why India faces immediate shortage of donated blood, especially in emergency like the terrorist attack in Jaipur?

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ICU machines gather dust at govt hospital

25 May 2008, IST,Ambika Pandit,TNN
NEW DELHI: In a colossal waste of public money, machines worth Rs 8 crore, bought over six months back for an intensive care unit (ICU) to be set-up at Jag Pravesh Chandra General Hospital in Shastri Park in east Delhi, still lie unused.

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Japanese Encephalitis vaccination drive in U.P. put on hold

May 25, 2008
Lucknow: The Japanese Encephalitis vaccination drive in eight districts of Uttar Pradesh has hit a roadblock due to delay in arrival of vaccines from quake-hit China.

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Patient moves from pillar to post for aid

May 25, 2008
KORAPUT: Chief Minister's Relief Fund, which was established with a mission to support the poor for minimising their suffering from diseases, seems to have failed to reach the common man for its complexity and alleged lack of interest among the service providers to extend the facility to the people.

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Pharmacist devises technology to make drugs at cheaper cost

May 24, 2008
BERHAMPUR: A cheap technology to prepare fast disintegrating and fast mouth-dissolving drugs in tablet form has been devised by Bibhu Prasad Panda, a young pharmaceutical scientist of the city.

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India fears generic drugs may be hit by fake medicine definition

Fri, May 23 2008. IST, Bhuma Shrivastava
New Delhi: A day before member nations of the World Health Organization, or WHO, meet in Geneva to discuss measures needed to deal with the increasing incidence of counterfeit drugs, the Indian government and public health activists have strongly opposed adopting a broad definition of such medicines and the steps to tackle their growing availability in global markets.

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Elderly can't be denied medical insurance: SC

23 May 2008, IST,Dhananjay Mahapatra,TNN
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has come to the rescue of senior citizens who are often refused renewal of their mediclaim policies even by public sector insurance firms only because they need frequent hospitalization which leads to higher reimbursement claims.

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Indian generic pharma cos under fire at global meet

23 May 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: India will need to rally support of other developing countries in the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Friday to oppose a key resolution on counterfeit drugs, which is against the interest of the domestic generic pharma industry.

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Mediclaim can't be denied for pre-existing diseases: SC

23 May 2008, IST,PTI
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that public sector insurance companies cannot refuse to provide medical cover policies to those suffering from pre-existing diseases and said such an action was arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional.

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'India among worst-hit by health worker shortage'

23 May 2008, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
NEW DELHI: The world is short by 4.3 million health workers with India being one of the six south-east Asian countries facing the brunt of this acute shortage.

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Rein in quacks, docs urge govt

22 May 2008, IST,TNN
CHENNAI: With complaints of quackery piling up with the TN State Medical Council, its executive committee has sought help from the state police.

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Heart disease to be top killer by 2030

21 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Coronary artery disease (CAD) - a condition in which blood vessels get narrowed or blocked due to deposition of cholesterol, affecting blood supply to the heart - will be the number one killer in 2030, causing 14.2% of all deaths worldwide.

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'Indian workforce unhealthy'

21 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: All work and no play is making Indian professionals unhealthy. A study conducted by the World Health Organisation to gauge the health of India's workforce has made some startling revelations.

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Tubectomy cash benefits only for SC/ST women

21 May 2008, IST,Umesh Isalkar,TNN
PUNE: A reservation of sorts has made its inroads in family planning too. Now, only women from the scheduled castes (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs) and those from the below-poverty-line (BPL) category would be eligible for the state government's cash incentives given for undergoing tubectomy.

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Woman compensated for unwanted pregnancy

21 May 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has held the government responsible for the birth of an unwanted child in a poor household because the mother became pregnant despite undergoing sterilisation under a government-sponsored scheme at a hospital.

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Chronic diseases in India on rise

May 20, 2008
According to WHO and World Health Forum joint report, India will incur loses to the tune of US $237 billion by 2015 due to the widespread of chronic diseases among the working population.

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Lifestyle diseases to cost India $237 bn by 2015

20 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Smoking, consuming high-calorie fast food and being a couch potato will not only cut short your lifespan but will also cost the country dear.

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Cancer drug market to touch $48b in 2008'

20 May 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: The global oncology market (anti-cancer drugs) —growing the fastest among all therapies, is expected to touch $48 billion this year, fuelled by higher drug spending in emerging economies including India.

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Key drug prices hit the roof, govt in a fix

19 May 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: To tame the worm or the price — that seems to be the question, which seems to irk policymakers these days.

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Silicosis silently killing hundreds in MP villages

19 May 2008, IST,Nitin Sethi,TNN
BADHGHYAR (DHAR, MP): Kailash's wife is dead. His elder brother is dead.

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Vaccine production in three units could resume: Anbumani

May 18, 2008
CHENNAI: The three public sector vaccine manufacturing units in the country could be allowed to resume production if their restructuring was possible, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Saturday.

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Female condoms - freedom at last?

18 May 2008, IST,CHARU AMAR
It was way back in 1999 that the condom revolution found a somewhat firm footing in India and we were introduced to "insert a coin-get a condom" concept for men. What happened to those machines no one knows, though.

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Polio eradication top priority of govt: Minister

18 May 2008, IST,TNN
PATNA: State health minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Saturday inaugurated special national workshop of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) on Polio eradication.

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Unsafe abortions, a silent scourge

18 May 2008, IST,Meenakshi Kumar,TNN
Savita Joglekar, a mother of two, didn't realise what she was getting into when she visited a local dai (midwife) in her village in Maharashtra, to abort an unwanted pregnancy.

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Neuro patients die as docs avoid Safdarjung

18 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: An acute shortage of neuro- surgeons at one of the country's largest and premium central government hospitals — Safdarjung Hospital — is beginning to take a toll.

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'51% of Indian kids stunted by undernutrition'

May 17, 2008
NEW DELHI: The Lancet has warned that children would suffer irreversible damage in adult life unless proper nutritional interventions are delivered before the age of two.

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Double blow for cancer patients

17 May 2008, IST,Preetu Nair,TNN
PANAJI: On May 9, when Alan (61) called Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, to fix an appointment with a doctor for his 50-year-old wife who's suffering from lung cancer, they refused to entertain him saying that they have stopped treating mediclaim patients referred from Goa.

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Govt okays Rs 346 crore for health, infrastructure plans

Express News Service, Updated: Saturday , May 17, 2008
New Delhi, May 16 , 2008
The Expenditure Finance Committee of the Delhi government today sanctioned Rs 346 crore for various health, infrastructure and education-related projects.

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AIDS incidence coming down in Tamil Nadu

May 16, 2008
MUMBAI: World Bank South Asia Region vice-president Praful Patel said empirical data showing a downward trend in prevalence of HIV in places such as Tamil Nadu was a measure of the success of the anti-AIDS programme.

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"90 per cent of private medical practitioners without degrees"

May 16, 2008
NEW DELHI: Over 90 per cent of private medical practitioners in an urban poor settlement here in the Capital -- where a collaborative research project was conducted -- did not possess formal degrees in any system of medicine, according to a research report released by the Centre for Community Medicine at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

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Hospital claims doc not on rolls

16 May 2008, IST,Deeksha Chopra,TNN
NEW DELHI: The state consumer commission has ruled that the hospital, not the doctor, will be liable to compensate a patient in case of a botched-up surgery or any other kind of medical negligence.

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Affordable drugs delayed over legal tangle

15 May 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: Those who are hoping to see medicines becoming more affordable as government is planning to extend price control on more drugs, may have to wait a little longer.

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20% of drugs sold in India fake, fear experts

14 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha ,TNN
NEW DELHI: A paracetamol tablet that fails to bring the fever down or, more seriously, a capsule for a heart condition that has no curative effect — imagine putting your faith in a medicine that doesn't cure you, or worse, actually harms your body.

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Drug companies chasing profits, cheating patients

May 14, 2008
NEW DELHI: Exploiting the ignorance of the common man, over half a dozen drug companies in the country have suddenly discovered the hidden virtues of an age-old, low-lying medicine called "doxofylline", claim experts.

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World Health Assembly to be held next week

Geneva | May 14, 2008 IST
The 61st World Health Assembly (WHA) will be held from May 19 to 24 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Ranbaxy inks drug deal with Merck

13 May 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: Ranbaxy has signed a collaboration agreement with US-based Merck for drug discovery and clinical development in anti-infective drugs.

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Proposal to pay double salary to doctors in far-flung areas

May 13, 2008
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government is considering a proposal to pay double salary to doctors opting to serve in far-flung areas which face a shortage of medicos.

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Nobel laureates seek release of Binayak Sen

May 13, 2008
NEW DELHI: Nobel Prize winners from across the world have appealed to India to free human rights activist Binayak Sen on humanitarian grounds to enable him to receive the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights in Washington on May 29.

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European firms sign global e-health deals

May 13, 2008
Two large European e-health suppliers have announced new deals to conduct healthcare work internationally, in the last month.

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Gujarat to start e-diagnosis in all villages

On the back of successful launch of its "e-gram" initiative, under which villages have been offered broadband connectivity, the Gujarat government's health department has announced an e-medicine scheme for rural areas.

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1,110 families refuse polio drops

12 May 2008, IST , Kapil Dixit , TNN
ALLAHABAD: Around 1,110 families have refused vaccination of their children against polio claiming that it causes impotency.

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Antibiotics rule pharma retail market

12 May 2008, IST , Rupali Mukherjee , TNN
NEW DELHI: The first quarter (January-March) of this year has witnessed a change in the domestic pharma retail market with antibiotics and anti-bacterial drugs dominating the show in top 10 brands

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Now, blood donors are just a click away

11 May 2008, IST , Umesh Isalkar , TNN
PUNE: With the advent of websites like www.friendstosupport.org and www.maha-sbtc.com , finding blood donors and checking out the availability of a particular blood group will not be so difficult.

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This monsoon, Assam takes on malaria

10 May 2008
People in large numbers, mostly tribal in Sonapur area of Dimoria block of Kamrup (Metro) district in lower Assam, thronged the health-fair premise, organised by the state health department under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) programme.

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53% Indian kids under 5 lack healthcare

8 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: For a country crowing about its cracking growth rate, here is a fact that should make its head hang in shame.

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Price control for essential drugs

8 May 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: A parliamentary consultative committee attached to the ministry of chemicals has urged the government to bring essential drugs under price control.

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Invest in midwives to improve maternal health

May 6, 2008
New York: Considering the major role of midwives in saving the lives of women around the world, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for greater investments to train these health workers and get them into the communities that need them.

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TB wonder drug that shortens treatment span to be tested

6 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: India may soon be part of an international trial to look at whether the drug Moxifloxacin actually increases cure rate and helps shorten the duration of treatment for tuberculosis patients.

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Pharma gains from diabetes

6 May 2008, IST,Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla,TNN
MUMBAI: Diabetes, cardiac and gastrointestinal illnesses hold sway in India, where chronic therapies comprise more than 40% of the entire market.

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Govt's rural health campaign strikes a chord among masses

5 May 2008, IST,Ashish Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Ever heard of a brand becoming a huge hit without actually selling anything? And that too, a brand sponsored by government?

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PMHS will have just 3,000 docs by '12

5 May 2008, IST,Shailvee Sharda,TNN
LUCKNOW: It's a tale of aging public health service in UP. Nearly 50% doctors in the Provincial Medical Health Services (PMHS) are due to retire by 2012. That will leave the cadre with just 3,000 doctors to cater to the entire state.

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Tighten rules against clinical trials: Panel

5 May 2008, 0326 hrs IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: Reacting against women being used as guinea pigs, the parliamentary committee on empowerment of women has demanded strengthening of legislation related to clinical trials of new drugs. The committee's report on health was tabled in Parliament recently.

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Polio strikes second time this year

5 May 2008, 0224 hrs IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Polio has struck Delhi for the second time this year with the latest victim being a 10-month old boy from Okhla, who was diagnosed with the crippling disease on Friday night.

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Polio cases highest in India

2 May 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: India continues to have the world's highest number of polio cases this year, with the disease having crippled more children till April than it did during the same period in 2007.

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