Health Update

NHRC asks government to explain shortage of TB drugs

TB-drugsNew Delhi, June 26 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued notice to all health secretaries demanding an explanation on the shortage of medicine for tuberculosis (TB).

Last week, the media reported that drugs for treating TB, particularly children, were in short supply across the country.

The NHRC said in a statement that following the media reports, it had "issued notices to the secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and health secretaries of all state governments/union territories. They have been given two weeks' time to respond".

Infant polio death was rare case of low immunity: Ministry

Infant-polio-deathNew Delhi, June 24: The death of an 11-month-old child due to vaccine-derived polio in Beed district of Maharashtra could have occurred because of low immunity, the union health ministry said Monday.

Vaccine-derived polio virus (VDPV) is extremely rare, and detected in children with immunodeficiency or in populations with low levels of immunization, the health ministry said in a statement.

Shivprakash Mundada, the doctor who treated the child, said: "The death was caused not by polio, but post-viral encephalitis complications."

The polio virus causes complications like swelling in the brain.

18-month-old stable after complex surgery

Roona-BegumGurgaon, June 19 : An 18-month-old girl suffering a rare disorder in which her head swelled to an unprecedented 94 cm is stable and progressing well after a complex surgery, doctors treating her said Wednesday.

According to doctors, Roona Begum has shown a remarkable improvement in her condition. She had been admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) here in April.

"For the first three weeks after she was admitted, we tried to bring down the size of her head to manageable levels. We provided an alternate pathway to drain the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)," said Sandeep Vaishya, a doctor treating Begum.

World's first paediatric hand transplant program begins

paediatric-hand-transplantWashington, June 18 : A US hospital has announced that it is looking for kids for the world's first paediatric hand transplant program.

Boston Children's Hospital said in a statement on its website that the research-based program will offer bi-lateral hand transplants for children living without two functioning hands, reported Xinhua.

Potential subjects for the hand transplant program will be children who are over 10 and "in good overall health" but have been missing both hands for one or more years, the hospital said.

Doctors treat infant with contaminated water syndrome

Doctors-treat-infantNew Delhi, June 14 : Doctors in a hospital here have successfully treated a 23-day-old infant diagnosed with an unusual case of blue baby syndrome caused by contaminated water.

The baby was referred to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with a possible diagnosis of a hole in the heart from Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh last month.

"The baby had turned blue. We tested methemoglobin level and found it to be 67 percent against a normal of less than one percent," said Sastish Saluja, vice chairperson in the department of neonatology.

Dengue cases rise in Singapore

DengueSingapore, June 11 : The weekly number of new dengue cases reported in Singapore continued to rise over the past week amid a latest epidemic, according to official statistics.

A total of 820 infections were reported in the week ended June 8, surpassing the previous weekly record of 756 cases seen this year, according to figures released by the National Environment Agency.

Both were more than the previous peak seen in September 2005 during the worst dengue epidemic in Singapore. About 14,000 people were infected in 2005, with 25 deaths reported, reported Xinhua.

Suncream blocks vitamin D? No, says new study

Suncream blocks vitamin D? No, says new studyLondon, June 8 : Irrespective of the season, we are told to slather on creams with sun protection factor. But are these creams depriving us of vitamin D? A new study indicates that the use of suncreams affects vitamin D levels depending on the way they are applied.

Suncream prevents the skin from burning and lowers the risk of skin cancer, but it is also said that these creams stop your skin from producing vitamin D, reports dailymail. co. uk.

Fever claims nine lives in Kerala

dengueThiruvananthapuram, June 4 : Nine people have died of fever in Kerala and 14,000 new cases, including those of jaundice and dengue, have been reported from across the state, an official said Tuesday.

Thiruvananthapuram has reported the highest number of such cases. More than 2,000 fresh cases have been reported from the hilly district of Wayanad.

At least 91 people Monday tested positive for dengue. Nine people died Monday, and 14,000 new cases were reported, the official said.

Fizzy drinks as harmful as drugs for teeth

Fizzy-drinksLondon, June 1 :  It's time to cut down on fizzy drinks. New research indicates that they are as bad for your teeth as drugs.

The study is based on the experience of woman in her 30s. She drank two litres of diet fizzy drinks daily for three to five years and experienced tooth decay similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user, reports femalefirst. co. uk.

"The key part of this research is the fact the damage was caused by frequent consumption of fizzy drinks," said Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation.

Anti-smoking clinics fail to help China kick the habit

Anti-smoking clinics fail to help China kick the habitBeijing, May 30 : In a country of 300 million smokers and where two trillion cigarettes are produced every year, "smoking cessation clinics" seemed to be a promising business. But the results such clinics have produced show how far off the mark such an effort was.

According to the latest figures, 600,000 people develop lung cancer every year in China, accounting for one-third of the world's total.

Bangalore hospital gives new life to African girl

doctor-surgeryBangalore, May 25 : An eight-year-old African girl from Nigeria got a new life after she was cured of a brain tumour at Narayana multi-specialty hospital in this tech hub.

Though Angel (name changed) underwent surgery in 2011 at the hospital's Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre when she was six years old, doctors diagnosed her of being relieved of the dreaded brainstem tumour (glioma) after monitoring her progress for two years.

"The complicated surgery has set a benchmark in pediatric oncology," the hospital's radiation oncologist, Sandeep Jain, who treated Angel, told IANS here Saturday.

104-year-old operated on successfully

spinal-surgeryNew Delhi, May 24 : In a veritable medical miracle, a 104-year-old man successfully underwent spinal surgery within weeks of recovering from a heart operation, his doctors said here Friday.

"While the spine procedure in itself was simple, there were multiple risks considering the age of the patient and the prior medical history," said Sandeep Vaishya, additional director, neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.

Stressful job might take life

Stressful-jobLondon, May 18 : A stressful job can change the way body handles fat, resulting in raised cholesterol levels and even a heart disease, almost fatal for anyone.

According to Spanish researchers, stressful situations affect how the body metabolises fat - ultimately leading the body with too much 'bad' cholesterol,” reports dailymail. co. uk.

New research shows that stress can lead to dyslipidemia, which is a disorder that alters the levels of fats and lipoproteins in the blood.

Researchers using two drugs to fight cancer

Researchers using two drugs to fight cancerCancer researchers have said in a new research that they have used a combination of two drugs to fight the disease more affectively.

They used a combination of two drugs from Bristol-Myers Squibb that was able to reduce the tumors significantly in about 41 per cent of patients with advanced melanoma. The researchers also said that in some of the total 52 patients in the study, the tumors disappeared completely in the patients.

Vietnam suspends vaccine after 9 kids die

Vietnam suspends vaccine after 9 kids dieHanoi, May 9 : Vietnam has suspended the use of Quinvaxem vaccine until the World Health Organisation (WHO) gives a report, following the death of nine children after receiving the vaccine since November 2012, state media reported.

Quinvaxem is a preventative inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis or whooping cough, hepatitis B and H and influenza Type B.

First case of SARS-like virus in France

First case of SARS-like virus in FranceParis, May 8 : France has identified its first case of coronavirus infection, a virus akin to SARS, the health ministry announced Wednesday.

"This is the first and the only case confirmed in France to date", with an infection by a new virus from the coronavirus family, the ministry said.

It said the infected person had stayed in the United Arab Emirates before returning to France, and is now placed in isolation, reported Xinhua.(IANS)

Unsafe abortions claim lives of 4,500 women per year

Unsafe-abortionsNew Delhi, May 3 : As many of 4,500 deaths or eight percent of all maternal deaths occur due to unsafe abortions every year, parliament was told Friday.

As per Registrar General of India's Sample Registration System (RGI -SRS) survey report (2001-03), 8 percent of maternal deaths in the country are attributed to "abortion" which translates into an absolute number of approximately 4,500 deaths in one year, Minister of State for Health Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Over 600 pigs die of swine fever in Mizoram

pigsAizawl, May 1 : Over 600 pigs have died from swine fever and about 12,200 have been infected in the past two months in Mizoram, officials said here Wednesday.

"The endemic swine fever caused the death of as many as 470 pigs in Aizawl district alone while remaining 130 died in other districts. Over 12,200 pigs have been infected with the disease," a Mizoram animal husbandry and veterinary department official told reporters.

The northeastern state shares border with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Nearly one percent children diabetic: Health minister

ghulam-nabi-azadNew Delhi, April 29 : A sample survey by the government, conducted in schools in three cities, has shown that more than one percent of children suffer from diabetes, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad informed the Lok Sabha Monday.

Azad, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said that under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke, a study was conducted on 92,047 school children in Nainital (Uttarakhand), Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh), and Bhilwara (Rajasthan).

"According to the study, 1,351 (1.467 percent) of the students were suspected to be diabetic," Azad said.

Boy of 11 undergoes open heart surgery in Delhi Hospital

BLK-Super-Specialty-Hospital-DelhiNew Delhi, April 25 : An 11-year-old girl from Africa, who had sickle cell disease, underwent a rare open heart surgery, doctors at a hospital here claimed Thursday.

Ayesha Sadiq was diagnosed with a disorder of the heart valve, which caused outflow of the blood from the right side to be obstructed. She also had sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder.

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