Immune deficiency main reason for infant mortality: Experts

New Delhi, March 5 : Primary immuno-deficiency diseases (PIDs), where new-born children are born with a weak immune system against diseases, is the main reason for high infant mortality rate in India, paediatric experts said here Saturday.

Mental patient chained to tree for over five years

Mental-patient-chainedJaipur, March 4 : Unable to pay for her treatment and getting no assistance from the government, the family of a mentally-ill woman in Rajasthan's Karauli district has kept her chained to a tree for more than five years now.

Ummedi Devi, 35, a resident of Dabar village in the district, over 200 km from Jaipur, developed the illness over five years back and since then has been kept under restraint.

India faces acute shortage of dialysis units

dialysisew Delhi, March 4 : India gets 1.5 lakh (150,000) patients with kidney failures every year and a majority of them die within five years due to the acute shortage of dialysis units in the country, an expert said Friday.

There are only 1,470 hemodialysis units in the whole country, whereas 40,000 of them are immediately required, said D. S. Rana, secretary, Indian Society of Hemodialysis.

THSTI,IAVI announce new HIV vaccine design program in India

 THSTI,IAVI announce new HIV vaccine design program in India New Delhi, Mar. 4: The Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous institute of the Indian government''s Department of Biotechnology, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has announced an agreement to jointly establish, operate and fund an HIV Vaccine Design Program in India.

The program will include the establishment of a new laboratory on the campus of THSTI in New Delhi.

HIV vaccine design program launched in India

HIV vaccine design program launched in IndiaNew Delhi, Mar 3 : The Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous institute of the Government''s Department of Biotechnology, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
(IAVI) has jointly announced an agreement to operate and fund an HIV vaccine design program in India.

Smoking early in pregnancy linked to risk of heart defects in infants

 Smoking early in pregnancy linked to risk of heart defects in infantsNew Delhi, March 1: A new study has found that maternal cigarette smoking in the first trimester was associated with a 20 to 70 percent greater likelihood that a baby would be born with certain types of congenital heart defects.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects, contributing to approximately 30 percent of infant deaths from birth defects annually, reports English. news. cn.

Pregnant women in China to be tested for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B

 Pregnant women in China to be tested for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis BNew Delhi, Mar 1: Pregnant women across China will receive free screenings for HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B, and if they test positive, they will be treated at hospitals to prevent them from transmitting the diseases to their children.

Non-communicable diseases threaten southeast Asian economies: WHO

Non-communicable diseases threaten southeast Asian economies: WHO  New Delhi, Feb 28 : Non-communicable diseases such as cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases cause three out of five deaths in southeast Asia, posing a serious public health threat and impeding development in the region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday.

One-third HIV cases in age group 15-24: UNICEF report

aidsNew Delhi, Feb 25 : Of the over 33 million HIV-AIDS cases reported worldwide every year, around one-third are adolescents of the age group 15-24 years, revealed a report by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The State of the World's Children (SOWC) report 2011 was released by UNICEF in the capital Friday.

Pregnant women beaten, abused in Madhya Pradesh district

pregnant-womenBhopal, Feb 22 : Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh saw 26 maternal deaths in nine months of 2010. Not only were the pregnant women routinely turned away from community health centres of their villages, they were even beaten and abused by nurses and health staff of the district hospital, a report released here Tuesday said.

Healthcare programme for elderly approved

Ghulam-Nabi-AzadNew Delhi, Feb 22 : The government has approved a special programme for providing proper healthcare facilities for the elderly, parliament was informed Tuesday.

"Government of India has approved the National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) to improve health services for the elderly," Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Rotary India to arrange 5,000 heart surgeries for poor kids

Heart-SurgeryKolkata, Feb 22 : Rotary India Humanity Foundation, an arm of Rotary International, will pump in Rs. 75 crore over the next three years for 5,000 surgeries on under-privileged children suffering heart diseases in the country.

Disclosing this at the launch of the Foundation's programme "Saving Little Hearts", Rotary International president Kalyan Banerjee said the number of surgeries may also reach 7,500 within the three-year period.

In rare case, woman delivers after ovarian tumour surgery

In rare case, woman delivers after ovarian tumour surgery  Mumbai, Feb 22 : In what doctors call a first for India, a Mumbai-based woman who had undergone a critical laparoscopic ovarian tumour surgery delivered a healthy girl child and both the mother and daughter are doing fine, her doctor said here Tuesday.

Akhtari Ansari, 25, underwent a laparoscopic ovarian tumour surgery in the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in September last year. She was five months pregnant then.

Finding true love linked to biological temperament

dr-helen-fisherLondon, Feb 21 : Finding true love is a lot more dependent on our biological temperament that steers us towards a particular personality type, rather than a matter of chance, says a new study.

Helen Fisher, visiting associate professor in anthropology at Rutgers University in the US, seems to have uncovered the key to why some relationships work and others don't.

Tripura on bird flu alert; central teams arrive

Tripura on bird flu alert; central teams arrive Agartala, Feb 19 : Following an outbreak of the deadly avian influenza, Tripura Saturday sounded a bird flu alert and intensified surveillance.

Two central government teams comprising scientists and doctors arrived in Tripura Saturday to assist the state authorities. They are closely monitoring the situation, an official said.

Meghalaya sounds alert on bird flu

bird-fluShillong, Feb 18 : Meghalaya has sounded an alert following an outbreak of avian flu in Tripura and Bangladesh, Deputy Chief Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bindo M. Lanong said Friday.

"All veterinary officials, especially those posted on the Bangladesh border, have been asked to keep a close watch and take all possible preventive measures," he told IANS.

Parents wary of rising cost of kids' education: Survey

Parents-kidsNew Delhi, Feb 18 : A majority of parents in the country are concerned about the rising cost of their children's education, even more than their health, lifestyle or marriage, a survey released here said Friday.

The report "Aviva Education Insights", by research company IMRB International reflected the concerns and aspirations of young parents for their children's education.

Avian flu reported in Tripura, over 3,000 ducks being culled

Avian-fluAgartala, Feb 18 : With a fresh outbreak of bird flu being reported in Tripura, the mass culling of more than 3,000 ducks began Friday in the western part of the state, officials said here.

"We started culling of ducks and other poultry birds Friday. We have told officials to complete the culling drive at the R. K. Nagar government animal firm at the earliest," Tripura government's animal resource development department (ARDD) joint director Jyotirmoy Chakraborty told IANS.

Mental health neglected, multinational partnerships needed: Azad

Ghulam-Nabi-AzadNew Delhi, Feb 17 : Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday pointed out that over six percent of Indians suffer from mental disorders and said there was a need to develop multinational partnerships to address the problem.

"Unfortunately, there is still stigma attached towards people with mental illness and epilepsy within society," Azad said addressing a three-day conference 'Building Partnership in Community Mental Health' here.

Karnataka to ban Endosulfan use

UN-ban-pesticideBangalore, Feb 17 : Karnataka Thursday decided to ban use of pesticide Endosulfan following reports of its health hazard and sought the central government's nod for the measure.

"The cabinet decided to recommend to the central government to ban use of Endosulfan in Karnataka," the state's Higher Education Minister V. S. Acharya told reporters here.

The central government's approval was a formality and it "will give immediate concurrence", he said.

Spanish gay couple's child dream comes true in India

IVF-fertilityNew Delhi, Feb 16 : A Spanish gay couple who wanted to have a child saw their dream come true in India where, through artificial fertilisation, a surrogate mother delivered their twin babies.

Scientists 1 step closer to developing treatment for chikungunya

 Scientists 1 step closer to developing treatment for chikungunyaNew Delhi, Feb 16: Scientists have moved a step closer to developing a treatment for chikungunya, a disease spread by the Aedes mosquito.

According to Straits Times, scientists from Singapore and France have discovered two antibodies that could fight against chikungunya, a disease that currently has no available vaccine or specific treatment.

WHO finds polio virus in Delhi sewage

WHO finds polio virus in Delhi sewage  New Delhi, Feb 15 : In what could be a cause of concern for the national capital, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found the polio virus in the city's sewage. The Delhi government is on alert and has increased surveillance and immunisation of susceptible children.

The WHO, along with the Delhi government, carried out the environmental surveillance under the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) from April 2010 till December.

Rent-a-womb: India becoming surrogate pregnancy hub

Rent-a-womb: India becoming surrogate pregnancy hubNew Delhi, Feb 15 - Surrogate pregnancy, an assisted reproductive technique (ART) in which a woman carries in her womb the baby of another woman, has seen a spurt in India. Due to the healthier lifestyles of to-be mothers and lower costs compared to the West, the country could become a global hub in the field, gynaecology experts say.

Obesity can cause cancer: Experts

Body-fat-cancerNew Delhi, Feb 14 : Body fat, known to trigger problems related to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, is also a potential cause of different types of cancer, experts believe.

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