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Health News

July 2008

Dementia underestimation?

Chicago | July 30, 2008

Dementia rates in developing countries, including India, may be considerably higher than official estimates and closer to rates in wealthy countries. This is the finding from a study reported at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease here, and published by The Lancet.

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Three dengue cases reported in Capital

New Delhi | July 30, 2008

Three dengue cases were reported in the national Capital on Tuesday, prompting the municipal health authorities to ask the hospitals to remain on alert and report any new case immediately.

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Diabetes may threaten TB control

New York | July 29, 2008

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), according to a review of published studies. As a risk factor for active TB, the increasing prevalence of diabetes may threaten global efforts to control TB, suggest researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in the latest issue of the journal PLoS ( Public Library of Science) Medicine .

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Malnutrition deaths haunt Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal | July 29, 2008

Malnutrition deaths continue to haunt Satna district of central India's Madhya Pradesh state where as many as 13 kids have reportedly succumbed to it

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India okays national mission on medicinal plants

New Delhi | | July 29, 2008

The Government of India has given a go ahead for the implementation of the centrally sponsored scheme of National Mission on Medicinal Plants at a total outlay of Rs 630 crore to boost the medicinal plant sector.

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UNESCO to launch EDUCAIDS at Mexico summit

New York | July 29, 2008

The UNESCO will launch a new resource pack at the 17th International AIDS Conference to be held in Mexico City (Mexico) from August 3 to 8

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Free insurance cover for Himachal fisherman

Shimla | July 29, 2008

The Government of Himachal Pradesh is extending premium free insurance cover of Rs 50,000 to all the licensed fishermen operating in India's hilly state benefiting about 11 thousand families engaged as full time fishermen in the state.

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Ranbaxy expects US drug office to drop motion next month

New Delhi | July 29, 2008

The US Federal Drug Administration (USFDA) is likely to withdraw by Aug 3 its court motion on alleged illegal drug sales in the US by India's largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories, a top company official said Tuesday.

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AIIMS sexual health seminar gets youths' thumbs up

New Delhi | July 29, 2008

Use your cell-phones to plot your menstrual chart, instructed doctor Kiran Singh of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) to a bunch of wide-eyed women, mostly college students in their late teens and early twenties, at the hospital premises Tuesday.

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Most women, children in Bihar are anaemic: study

Patna | July 29, 2008

Sixty-seven percent of women and 78 percent of children in Bihar, one of the most underdeveloped states of India, are anaemic, according to a report.

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India seeks to make 2nd October 'World No Alcohol Day'

New Delhi | July 29, 2008

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday sought the support of India's proposal for observing 2nd October every year as 'World No Alcohol Day'

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Polio rears its head again in western Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow | July 28, 2008
Uttar Pradesh health authorities will launch special rounds of the polio eradication drive, especially in Badaun and its adjoining district, after the reappearance of the highly infectious polio strain virus - P1 - for the second time, officials said Monday.

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India invites Brazil to invest in medical ties

New Delhi | July 28, 2008

India Monday called on Brazilian pharma industry to invest in clinical trials as the country has emerged as a hub in the sector.

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CII recommends grading of hospitals

New Delhi | July 28, 2008

In an effort to assess the current status of hospital accreditation in the country, the Confederation of Indian Industry recently conducted a study on “Accreditation of Hospitals in India”. It was done under the aegis of the CII healthcare sub-committee on standardisation and quality.

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Conference on synergy in healthcare

New Delhi | July 28, 2008

The second South Asian Conference on Synergy in Healthcare will be organised at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here from November 3 to 6. The theme of the conference is “Planning and Designing of Speciality Healthcare Facilities” with focus on safe hospital.

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Cardic unit opened

Puducherry | July 28, 2008

The Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute has established a cardio thoracic unit to perform heart surgery, including coronary artery bypass surgery.

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India, Brazil, South Africa to push for health cooperation

New Delhi | July 27, 2008

The health ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa will meet here Monday and Tuesday to push forward their cooperation in the health sector.

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Attacks on hospitals inhumane, say Delhi doctors

New Delhi | July 27, 2008

The medical community here has termed as an "inhumane act" the targeting of hospitals in Saturday's serial blasts in Ahmedabad, and has condemned the attacks.

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The sorry state of Delhi's women labourers

New Delhi | July 27, 2008

They live and work in the capital, but the city's 200,000 women labourers - most of whom work at construction sites - along with their children are some of the worst sufferers when it comes to health indices.

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NGO raises “13 malnutrition deaths”

Bhopal | July 26, 2008

A Right to Food Campaign support group here has raised the issue of “13 malnutrition deaths” in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, the worst-hit State with 60 per cent children suffering from malnutrition. Sachin Kumar Jain of Vikas Samvad, an NGO working with M.P. Lok Sangharsh Sajha Morcha, another NGO, said there are huge gaps and the interventions to combat the problem of malnutrition have not delivered the desired results.

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NCC organises rally against female foeticide

Bhubaneshwar | July 25, 2008

For most cadets of the NCC here, Thursday was a different day. Rather than sweating out in field learning skills of shooting or drills and improving physical fitness, they were silently listening to impact of female foeticide on the society and learnt their role to fight out the menace

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Health officials on high alert in Ganjam district

Berhampur | July 24, 2008

The health officials in Ganjam district are on high alert after locating stains of vibrio cholerae bacteria in the stool samples of persons suffering from diarrhoea in remote areas of Patrapur block.

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State to extend telemedicine facilities

Bhubaneshwar | July 27, 2008

The Orissa government has decided to extend telemedicine facilities to 22 districts more during the current financial year. Three medical college hospitals would be connected with 10 district headquarter hospitals each through the telemedicine.

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New sex education module to stress on abstinence: NACO

New Delhi | July 28, 2008

Condom and safe sex are terms that will find no mention in the new sex education module being devised for school students in India. It will instead stress on abstinence, the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) announced Monday.

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World-class facilities now at Pant Hospital

New Delhi | July 30, 2008

A number of world-class facilities including modular neurosurgery operation theatres, epilepsy monitoring unit, a separate arrhythmia centre, surveillance system and microwave-based bio-medical waste management system were inaugurated on Tuesday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at G.B. Pant Hospital which is a super-specialty hospital associated with Maulana Azad Medical College here.

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40 lakh artisans in India to get health insurance

New Delhi | July 22, 2008
About 40 lakh artisans would be provided health insurance coverage under the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojna (RGSSBY) over five years period

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Doctors seek common admission tests in Gujarat

Surat | July 22, 2008
Doctors at the New Civil Hospital here Tuesday closed all the out patient departments as part of their protest to demand a Gujarat-wide common entrance examinations for postgraduate courses

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Uttar Pradesh to set up cell to check sex determination tests

Lucknow | July 22, 2008
The Uttar Pradesh government will constitute a vigilance and monitoring cell to check the mushrooming of illegal ultrasound and diagnostic centres undertaking the banned sex determination tests in the state..

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Allahabad varsity patent to help cure skin disease

Lucknow | July 22, 2008
The Allahabad University has claimed to have got its first independent patent for a process to culture a fungal organism that would effectively help cure a skin disease.

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Uttar Pradesh to woo doctors to work in villages

Lucknow | July 22, 2008
Uttar Pradesh will launch a reward scheme to encourage government doctors to undertake jobs in villages, a senior official said Tuesday.

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Health insurance for Jharkhand poor from October

Ranchi | July 22, 2008
The scheme for BPL families would be first launched in Ranchi, Garwah, Chaibasa, Dhanbad and Deoghar districts of the state

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Delhi offers health smart card to BPL families

New Delhi | July 21, 2008
The Government of Delhi distributed smart cards to BPL families for cashless treatment in more than 80 private and all government hospitals

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Caution against dengue, malaria

NEW DELHI: July 21, 2008
Cautioning the citizens about prevalence of seasonal diseases in the Capital, Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee Vijender Gupta has informed that high-density breeding of mosquitoes causing dengue and malaria had been detected in a number of Delhi’s colonies.

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Perfect Health Mela

New Delhi | July 21, 2008
The 15th edition of the mela is being organised in association with MCD and the Delhi Government’s Department of Health and Family Welfare.

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World at risk of 'inevitable' disease pandemic

Washington | July 21, 2008
The world is at the risk of an 'inevitable' disease pandemic, which could kill 50 million people and wreak massive disruption around the globe, the Brit Government has warned.

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Tied up for four years, mentally ill child finally gets help

Bhubaneswar | July 21, 2008
Six-year-old Niranjan Sahu has spent the last four years tied up in an Orissa village. He was mentally challenged and his widowed mother had no money for his treatment. Help has finally come after district authorities stepped in and agreed to meet his medical expenses.

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HealthMap website identifies disease outbreaks earlier than WHO

Washington | July 21, 2008
Website HealthMap has started to identify outbreaks of infectious diseases earlier than traditional methods, say reports.

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Chennai centre to offer kidney transplants across blood groups

Chennai | July 20, 2008
A hospital in this Tamil Nadu capital city Sunday inaugurated a centre that will conduct complex kidney transplants using Japanese technology where the donor and the recipient need not have the same blood groups.

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Drug for treatment of breast cancer launched

Bangalore: July 19, 2008
Biocon Limited, in alliance with the U.S.-based Abraxis Bio Science, on Friday announced the launch of Abraxane, an oncotherapeutic drug for treatment of breast cancer, in India.

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PGI to offer telemedicine in subcontinent

Chandigarh: July 19 2008
“The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) has been chosen as one of the super-speciality institutes for implementation of telemedicine programme in SAARC countries,”

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Indian firms to cut malaria drugs prices

New York | July 18, 2008
Four Indian companies have decided to cut price of a key malaria drug following a pact signed on Thursday with the US-based Clinton Foundation

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Harsh punishment for spurious drug makers

New Delhi: July 18, 2008
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2005, which envisage harsh punishment to persons involved in manufacture and trade of spurious drugs.

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Land allotted for Apollo Hospital

Patna: July 18, 2008
The Bihar Industrial Area Development authority (BIADA) has allotted 25 acres of land for setting up multi-speciality Apollo Hospital at Bihta in Patna, according to official sources.

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Government sets up committee to look for new AIIMS director

New Delhi | July 17, 2008
The government Thursday announced the setting up of an 11-member committee, headed by Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, to select a new head for the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

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Gujarat to host InformEx India 2009

Ahmedabad | July 17, 2008
Gujarat will host InformEx India 2009, an international trade exhibition of pharmaceutical and trade industries, March 12-14, 2009, said Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyasa here Thursday.

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Varanasi rearing malnourished children

Varanasi | July 17, 2008
Hundreds of children in the district, between 0-6 years, are malnourished and underweight though around 2529 Aanganwadi centres are run under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to provide young children of this age group with an integrated package of services, including supplementary nutrition, health care and pre-school education.

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India to become global hub for clinical trials

New Delhi | July 17, 2008
High number of doctors and language advantage will make India a global hub for clinical trials and the industry is likely to grow to US $546 million

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Over 10 million condoms distributed in Bihar last fiscal

Patna | July 16, 2008
Bihar has left other states behind in free distribution of condoms in India, officials at the state's AIDS control society said here Wednesday. The state has distributed 10.1 million condoms in 2007-08.

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Indian American pinpoints Achilles heel of killer HIV

Washington | July 16, 2008
University of Texas researchers led by Indian American Sudhir Paul have pinpointed the Achilles heel in the protective mechanism of HIV, the virus that claims millions of lives worldwide when it develops into AIDS. The finding may give hope to millions of HIV positive people.

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Indian doctors show innovative eye-sight treatment

Chandigarh | July 16, 2008
A team of ophthalmologists from Chandigarh has evolved a way to concurrently treat cataract and glaucoma without any complications

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SCB authorities’ charge against nurse

Cuttack | July 17, 2008
In a shocking incident, the SCB Medical College and Hospital authorities on Wednesday detected an ‘unethical’ practice when a staff nurse was trying to draw blood from a genetic disorder patient and her father without the knowledge of the treating surgeon.

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Chickenpox spreading fast in Kolkata

Kolkata | July 17, 2008
Hundreds of chickenpox cases have been reported from all corners of the city in the last month or so. The symptoms are the same — high fever, blisters, joint pain and weakness. But this time it’s more severe.

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Consultative mechanism on de-addiction coming

New Delhi | July 16, 2008
The government has decided to set up a consultative mechanism on de-addiction at the national level. A national consultative committee on de-addiction and rehabilitation (NCCDR) is to be constituted.

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Fears of dengue outbreak loom large: MCD

New Delhi | July 16, 2008
Fall in day and night temperatures due to early onset of the monsoon and critically high mosquito breeding indices being recorded in several areas across the Capital have once again given rise to fears of a dengue outbreak looming large over Delhi.

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Pilot drinking water project for villages

Haryana | July 16, 2008
The Haryana Cabinet has approved a pilot project for providing safe drinking water based on reverse osmosis and related technologies in select water quality affected villages in the Public-NGO-Community Mode.

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Shedding light on pregnancy loss

Puducherry | July 16, 2008
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of JIPMER Soundararaghavan on Sunday said that medical care including appropriate tests at the right time would prevent recurrent pregnancy loss.

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Cigarette cos. manipulate menthol levels to lure young smokers: Study

New Delhi | July 16, 2008
Tobacco companies manipulate menthol levels in cigarettes to hook young smokers, a new study says

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The group Kerala's reformed alcoholics swear by

Kozhikode | July 16, 2008
Many in Kerala, which has one of the highest rates of per capita alcohol consumption in India, say they would never have got over their addiction to liquor but for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

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Haj pilgrims given polio drops

Kanpur | July 15, 2008
At least 700 devotees from Kanpur, Kannauj and Farrukhabad districts, on their way to Mecca for the Haj pilgrimage, were administered polio drops at a special camp held here on Monday.

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Court slams government for sacking railway doctor

New Delhi | July 15, 2008
The Delhi High Court Tuesday slammed the central government for initiating the process for and removing from service a railway hospital doctor without giving him a hearing, and termed it a case of "kangaroo court".

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Give appointment letters to resident doctors, court tells AIIMS

New Delhi | July 15, 2008
The Delhi High Court Tuesday came down heavily on the AIIMS and asked it to furnish appointment letters over 100 senior resident doctors who were already working with the institute.

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Bhutan seeks India's help to set up medical college

New Delhi | July 15, 2008
Bhutan Monday urged India to help build a super-specialty medical college modelled after the AIIMS and allow more Bhutanese students to pursue medical education in India.

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Sting to check illegal sex determination tests

Lucknow | July 15, 2008
Health authorities in Uttar Pradesh have been directed to carry out sting operations against ultrasound and diagnostic centres to catch them in the act if they undertake banned sex determination tests

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Diabetes intensifies tuberculosis risk

Washington | July 15, 2008
Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing active tuberculosis (TB), according to research published in the journal PLoS Medicine.

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India to market first male contraceptive injection in 2009

Kolkata | July 15, 2008
The first 'Made in India' male contraceptive injection is set to hit the market as early as next year with final trials under way to test the drug and rectify some minor side effects.

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Rane fears malaria epidemic in Panaji

Panaji | July 15, 2008
The Goa government is "just short of declaring" a malaria epidemic in the state, said state health minister.

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6,000 years old bones may help scientists combat TB

Washington | July 15, 2008
A team of researchers from Israel, Palestine, and Germany says that 6,000 years old bones excavated in Jericho may help combat tuberculosis.

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Treatment for heart disease saves renal failure patient

Thiruvananthapuram | July 14, 2008
A treatment for heart disease has for the first time in the country worked wonders for a renal failure patient from Kerala who lives in Abu Dhabi.

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ESI to boost medical education in India

July 14, 2008
The Employees State Insurance Corp of India will set up 28 medical colleges and start PG courses to tackle the shortage of doctors in the country

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Golden Hour: hospitals to assist police

Coimbatore | July 13, 2008
Phone number “100” of the city police control room is set to play a vital role in preventing deaths on roads under a programme called Emergency Victim Assistance.

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Pharmacologists told to provide more information about drugs to patients

Puducherry | July 13, 2008
Krisantha Weerasuriya, Regional Adviser, World Health Organisation, has appealed to pharmacologists to work towards providing more information about drugs to patients.

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Decision to appoint AIIMS faculty on contract criticised

New Delhi | July 12, 2008
The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Front for Social Consciousness has criticised the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry’s order to fill up vacant faculty positions at the Institute on a contract basis.

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Rules soon to regulate infertility clinics

New Delhi | July 11, 2008
The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that it would soon frame guidelines to regulate clinics and nursing homes offering Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to childless couple.

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Institutional deliveries go up

Bhubaneswar | July 11, 2008
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Sanatan Bisi on Thursday said the State has achieved a landmark in the field of institutional deliveries.

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CPI (M) wants vaccine units to be upgraded

Puducherry | July 11, 2008
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday staged a demonstration to oppose the decision to close three public sector vaccine production units and demanded fund allocation to upgrade the units

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Pregnancy related ills are many among Asian women

July 11, 2008
Asian women are more prone to pregnancy related complications and death than women in the western countries

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ICRI to teach healthcare management

July 11, 2008
The initiative is aimed at providing qualified manpower to the booming medical tourism sector in India

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Unique robotic surgery at AIIMS

New Delhi | July 10, 2008
The Department of Urology at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here claims to have successfully conducted a unique robotic surgery for bladder pheochromocytoma.

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Non-bailable warrant against doctor

Muzaffarnagar | July 10, 2008
A local court on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against a doctor in connection with the death of a child who contracted AIDS allegedly during treatment at his clinic.

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GE Healthcare, Gujarat Imaging expand facilities

July 10, 2008
GE Healthcare and Gujarat Imaging Centre (GIC), which launched the State’s first molecular imaging centre for cancer detection and treatment recently, are soon expanding the facility to two more cities in Gujarat and one in neighbouring Rajasthan.

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KLE Society bags Kolhapur health city project

July 10, 2008
Belgaum-based Karnataka Legal Education (KLE) Society has bagged the INR 500 crore ‘Medical Health City' project, proposed by the Kolhapur municipal corporation (KMC), after winning the bid against the likes Reliance Group, Hyderabad-based IVRL Group, Chennai-based Apollo Hospital, Delhi-based Value Group, Mumbai-based Hinduja National Hospital and Chennai-based Narayan Rudra Hospital

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For Indian doctors, PG now a long and rustic journey

July 10, 2008
Doctors will have to have a rural stint for a year before getting their masters degree in medicine. Beginning next academic session, doctors will have to undergo a mandatory additional one-year rural internship as part of their post graduate (PG) degree in medicine. At present, PG in medicine is a three-year course, which most doctors pursue to specialise in niche areas.

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Health Minister to review NRHM in Bihar

New Delhi | July 10, 2008
The Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss along with the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will review the progress NRHM in the state

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Most Jharkhand districts are hunger prone

Ranchi | July 10, 2008
Seventeen out of 24 districts of the state have been rated 'food insecure' in the Food Security Atlas of Rural Jharkhand

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India calls stakeholders to check malnutrition

New Delhi | July 09, 2008
The National Nutrition Mission has called upon all sectors to form a comprehensive approach for checking malnutrition and reducing maternal death

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Panacea gets US patent for haemorrhoids drug

Mumbai | July 09, 2008
Drugmaker Panacea Biotec Ltd said on Wednesday it has secured a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for haemorrhoids treatment drug.

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Ranbaxy says Daiichi deal on track

New Delhi | July 16, 2008
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd will provide all information required for a probe by the US authorities within the next month and a deal with Japan's Daiichi Sankyo remains on track.

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Ranbaxy faces adulteration charges in US

New Delhi | July 14 , 2008
US department of justice has said there was evidence to suggest that Ranbaxy used active pharmaceutical ingredients from unapproved sources, blended unapproved API with approved API in its drugs.

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Ranbaxy says Daiichi deal on track

New Delhi | July 16, 2008
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd will provide all information required for a probe by the US authorities within the next month and a deal with Japan's Daiichi Sankyo remains on track.

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BPL families paid Rs 883 Cr bribe

New Delhi | June 30, 2008
The BPL households in India paid Rs 883 crore as bribe to avail eleven basic and need based public services in the last one year.

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Swiss, IBM breakthrough in osteoporosis diagnosis

Zurich | July 03, 2008
Now early osteoporosis diagnosis and appropriate treatment would be possible due to the new research done by Swiss ETH and IBM labs in Zurich.

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Drugs worth Rs.3 mn seized in Punjab

Ludhiana | July 03, 2008
Punjab's health department officials Thursday seized banned stimulants worth Rs.3 million from one of the biggest suppliers of medicines in the state.

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Health needs of North Eastern India to get priority

New Delhi | July 03, 2008
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss today said that North Eastern States are a priority area for revamping of health infrastructure.

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Two dozen new drug candidates to combat 'bird flu' identified

Washington | July 03, 2008
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego claim to have isolated more than two dozen promising and novel compounds from which new "designer drugs" might be developed to combat Avian flu.

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Mumbai docs close to first male contraceptive

Mumbai | July 04, 2008
Condoms may soon not be the sole symbol of contraception. If preliminary research by scientists from Mumbai is an indicator, men could instead get a vaccine shot once every few months to prevent unwanted pregnancies in their spouses or partners.

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India launches portal to connect the rural poor

New Delhi| July 04,2008
The Government of India on Friday launched multi-lingual portal India Development Gateway (InDG) to help rural people access information relating to agriculture, rural energy, education, health and e-Governance.

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UNFPA calls upon G-8 to tackle population issues

Tokyo | July 04, 2008
The UNFPA has called upon the G-8 nations to tackle the unmet need for family planning, strengthen health systems and address population issues.

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Panacea to enter healthcare sector

New Delhi | July 04, 2008
Vaccine and drug maker Panacea Biotec Ltd has forayed into healthcare by setting up a 220-bed multi-specialty hospital in Gurgaon near Delhi.

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Scientists uncover new target for potential treatment of TB

Washington | July 04, 2008
Scientists have revealed a new target for the potential treatment of tuberculosis, by identifying several molecules that could be developed into drugs to treat the deadly infectious disease.

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Single oral dose of vitamin A may help reduce infant mortality by 15pc

Washington | July 07, 2008
A new study by researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that infant mortality in the developing world can reduced by 15 per cent by administering newly born babies a single, oral dose of vitamin A shortly after their birth.

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New treatment method may benefit lymphoma patients in developing world

Washington | July 07, 2008
Patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the developing world might benefit from a modified chemotherapy regimen, according to preliminary results of a study.

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Rabies vaccine to be included in immunisation programme

Lucknow | July 07, 2008
Uttar Pradesh will soon include rabies vaccination in the government's routine immunisation programme as a large number of people in the state fall prey to this disease every year, a health official said Monday

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Health insurance for Punjab's coop societies

Chandigarh | July 07, 2008
The health insurance will benefit 25 lakh members of cooperative societies in the state with an insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakh for each member.

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Tripura to get multi-specialty hospital

Agartala | July 07,2008
A 40-seated nursing training school would also be set up along with the hospital, first of its kind in the northeastern state

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Molecule that helps kill kidney cancer cells identified

Washington | July 08, 2008 1
A new molecule identified by researchers will help kill kidney cancer cells and eliminate the necessity of removing the organ to save the patient.

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Stem cell drugs in the making in India

Chennai | July 08, 2008
A stem cell drug common for everybody and yet targeted at specific organ regeneration? Something that can be bought off the shelf like an injection? An Indian research company is in the process of making just that.

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President urges medicos to serve in villages

Mumbai | July 08, 2008
President Pratibha Patil Tuesday said the success of government health schemes would depend on doctors' willingness to serve in rural areas and urged the medical fraternity to send more interns to the villages

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Indian researchers find Japanese encephalitis virus is 'double trouble' for the brain

Washington | July 08, 2008
A new study from the National Brain Research Center at Manesar, Haryana, has found that the Japanese encephalitis virus or 'brain fever' virus damages the brain in two ways, often causing those recovering to commonly encounter psychiatric problems like mental retardation, learning disabilities, speech and movement disorders and behavioural abnormalities.

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Chhattisgarh to use cultural programmes to promote condoms

Raipur | July 08, 2008
Concerned over the rise in cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Chhattisgarh, the health department will hold cultural programmes in rural areas to promote use of condoms, an official said Tuesday

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Women’s groups demand national policy on surrogacy

NEW DELHI | July 09, 2008
Concerned over the indiscriminate proliferation of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and surrogacy-related services in the country, women’s groups have demanded a national policy on ART with surrogacy as an important aspect of the policy.

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Intervention from pregnancy to 2 years of child

NEW DELHI | July 09, 2008
The government will formulate a strategy for special intervention from pregnancy to the first two years of the child for high burden districts to prevent undernutrition.

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New medical facilities for M.P.

SHIVPURI (M.P.) | July 09, 2008
A health revolution is in the offing in Guna and Shivpuri where the District Health Societies are trying to put the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) vision into practice.

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Over 21 lakh children given polio drops in Haryana

CHANDIGARH | July 09,2008
About 21.26 lakh eligible children in 12 districts of Haryana were administered polio drops during the first two days of the Sub-National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (SNID) round of 2008-09, an official spokesman said here ...

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Government hospital, college not to be privatised

Puducherry | July 09, 2008
Implementation of both projects getting delayed owing to paucity of funds, says Health Minister.

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ESI hospitals to extend healthcare to labourers too

Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) | July 07, 2008
Employees' State Insurance (ESI) hospitals currently providing healthcare facilities to industrial workers have now opened their doors to millions of labourers working in the unorganized sector, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said Monday.

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Village health workers to get rapid HIV test kits in India

New Delhi | July 04, 2008
Thousands of village health workers across India will soon be equipped to conduct AIDS tests through rapid HIV test kits, which need just a prick on a person's fingertip and the results are known in 20 minutes

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Haryana signs deal with private medical practitioners

Haryana | July 01, 2008
To provide their services to BPL families under ‘Vikalp’ scheme

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Gates Foundation to back malaria, TB vaccine research in India

Washington | July 02, 2008
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has responded positively to Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss' request to support research programme in India seeking to expeditiously develop vaccines for malaria and tuberculosis.

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Punjab civil hospitals to provide Ayurvedic treatment

Hoshiarpur | Wednesday, Jul 2 2008
To promote the age old science of Ayurvedic and Unanni system of medicines in Punjab, separate wings of Indian system of medicines will be opened in seven civil hospitals in the state within next two months under a scheme of the Union government.

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Assam to launch mobile health network

Guwahati | Tuesday, Jul 1 2008
The Assam government will launch a mobile telephony network for health workers for reaching out to the pregnant women for neo-natal care.

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PeopleHealth to expand to five more cities

Bangalore | Tuesday, Jul 1 2008
After successfully acquiring 100,000 customers in Bangalore, PeopleHealth, a pioneer in Health Management Systems in India, proposes to expand its operations in Chennai, Pune Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai,.

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Incentives for undergoing 'family planning surgery'

Kakinada | Tuesday, Jul 1 2008
The East Godavari District Administration will extend incentives to three people, who have undergone family planning surgeries, on the occasion of 'World Population Day' on July 11.

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Multidrug Resistant TB to be diagnosed in 2 days

Geneva | July 01, 2008
The diagnosis of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) will now take only two days instead of the standard two to three months.

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Chandigarh Health subcentre to help rural poor

Chandigarh | July 01, 2008
The centre will act as a first contact point between the primary health care system and the community, providing medical services at the doorsteps.

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Safer, better treatment for Hepatities B identified

Washington | July 01, 2008
A drug Entecavir has been found to be a safe and effective treatment for patients who don’t respond to lamivudine.

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India to connect with African Hospitals & Universities

New Delhi | Thursday, June 26, 2008
India will be setting up an e-networking infrastructure in 53 African nations to share its expertise in the field of medicine and education.

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Revamp health sector, say doctors

Bhubaneshwar | June 29, 2008
Government doctors of the State are now out to press for an overhaul in health sector and appealed to include technical persons such as doctors in the highest bodies of health, planning, policy-making and implementation.

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Escorts starts OPD session in UP

Lucknow | June 29, 2008
People suffering from heart diseases in Uttar Pradesh will now be able to consult cardiologists from the country’s top cardiac care institute at OPD in their respective regions in the state.

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Vaccine suspension revoked

Puducherry | June 28, 2008
After a period of two-months, the Health Ministry withdrew the suspension of measles and MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines on Thursday. The Ministry had suspended the vaccinations in April following the death of infants in Tamil Nadu after receiving the measles vaccine shots.

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MCD to install 2,000 condom vending machines

New Delhi | June 28, 2008
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi plans to install 2,000 condom vending machines at various toilet complexes, parking sites and other public places across the Capital in collaboration with the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, National AIDS Control Programme and Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust.

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Medical information kiosks at hospitals

New Delhi | June 28, 2008
To provide information on various disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and mental illness to the differently-abled and their parents and guardians, information kiosks are being set up at six hospitals in the Capital.

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Pharma Industry to get grants – in – aid for R&D

New Delhi | June 27, 2008
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved extending grants-in-aid to the pharmaceutical industry for research and development projects, involving clinical trials to develop new drugs for neglected diseases for tropical regions.

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U.P. doctors permitted private practice

Lucknow | June 26, 2008
Doctors of medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh have been permitted to do private practice but won’t be allowed to hold administrative post.

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AIDS Council may endorse draft Gender and HIV Policy

New Delhi | June 25, 2008
National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has sought time from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to chair the second meeting of the National Council on AIDS (NCA), which is likely to endorse the draft Gender and HIV Policy.

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Poor health services plaque Thane-Adivasi area

Sayvan (Thane district) | June 22, 2008
Funds are there but the healing touch is missing; comunity-based monitoring undertaken

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M.P. prepares checklist for Govt. hospitals

Bhopal | June 21, 2008
The Madhya Pradesh Health Department has directed its officials to ensure effective implementation of a campaign launched from June 15 aimed at improving arrangements at government hospitals.

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Health insurance for more BPL families

New Delhi | June 18, 2008
The Kerala government will cover an additional 10 lakh households living below poverty line (BPL) under the Centrally-funded Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.

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Orissa vigilance files criminal cases in WB health project scam

Bhubaneshwar | Tuesday, July 1 2008
The Orissa vigilance department has registered graft cases against seven officials, including a retired bureaucrat, for their involvement in an alleged scam in a World Bank funded health project, sources said Tuesday.

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Indian American doctors resolve to boost healthcare in rural India

New York | July 01, 2008
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) concluded its 26th annual convention in Las Vegas Sunday reaffirming its resolve to boost healthcare in rural India.

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TB testing centre to come up in Kolkata

Kolkata | July 01, 2008
The first multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) testing laboratory in the eastern part of the country is all set to come up in Kolkata by October.

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