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.

Haryana to recruit 400 doctors

Haryana to recruit 400 doctorsChandigarh, Feb 12 - The Haryana government has begun the process to recruit 400 doctors for its hospitals.

Besides, all vacant posts of doctors and medical staff will be filled in the coming months.

"For speedy recruitment, the process has been brought out of the purview of the Haryana Public Service Commission and a special committee has been set up to do the job," Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said Saturday.

‘Leftover’ Chinese singles are in the grip of depression

‘Leftover’ Chinese singles are in the grip of depressionNew Delhi, Feb 12: China''s first mental health survey has revealed that more than 70 percent of urban Chinese singles getting nearer to their "expiry date" for marriage are in the grip of depression.

These "leftover" men and women, as they are called in Chinese, are defined by the All-China Women''s Federation as single women above the age of 27 and single men older than 30.

Sanitary napkins can reduce cervical cancer risk: Survey

sanitary-napkinNew Delhi, Feb 8 : Nearly 12 percent of women who use sanitary napkins are at a lesser risk of cervical cancer than women who resort to unhygienic sanitary practices, a survey said Tuesday.

"Unhygienic sanitary practices can lead to infections in the urinary tract. This can result in cervical cancer," Alka Kriplani, professor with the gynaecology and obstetrics department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS), told IANS.

How about glowing skin as V-day gift

How about glowing skin as V-day giftNew Delhi, Feb 6 - If you've tried everything to keep your girlfriend happy - from irresistible chocolates and romantic night-outs to flowers, then perhaps it's time to gift her a body polishing session this Valentine season.

Suvodeep Das, marketing head of Kaya Skin Clinic, said there is an increase in demand for the treatment during the Valentine season, with the festival of love falling Feb 14.

Right diet, rest, key to high marks: Experts

horlicks-Mission-Exams-2011.New Delhi, Feb 5 : Students stressed about upcoming exams should focus on having a protein-rich diet and taking regular breaks between study sessions to score well, experts said here Saturday.

The first leg of Horlicks Mission Exams 2011 was launched here to help students and parents cope with the upcoming examination season.

Women becoming more susceptible to heart diseases: Expert

woman-heart-attackNew Delhi, Feb 5 : Changing lifestyle, stress and a poor metabolic profile are making young and middle-aged women more susceptible to heart diseases, a cardiology expert said here Saturday.

Indian infant mortality rate dips

IMR-bigNew Delhi, Feb 3 : The infant mortality rate (IMR) - which reflects the number of deaths per 1,000 live births - has dipped by three points in both rural and urban areas of the country, as per the latest estimates released by the union health and family welfare ministry Thursday.

The IMR in urban areas came down from 53 in 2008 to 50 in 2009, while in rural areas the figure dropped from 58 in 2008 to 55 in 2009, according to the sample registration system (SRS) estimates.

Government for alternative medicines like unani

Government for alternative medicines like unani Aligarh, Feb 3 : The Indian government is making efforts to integrate alternative systems of medicine like unani into the national health care structure, Minister of State for Health S. Gandhiselvan has said.

New technique uses alcohol to save heart

New technique uses alcohol to save heartNew Delhi, Feb 1 - Who says alcohol is always bad for health? Ask doctors and they will tell you how a few drops of alcohol can cure you of a rare genetic heart disorder through a technique that is fast replacing the conventional surgical method.

Alcohol septal ablation is the technique used to treat muscles hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which causes abnormal muscle growth leading to obstruction of blood flow.

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