India

Chandigarh to host global meet on venous diseases

venous-diseasesChandigarh, Jan 31 : Nearly 200 doctors from around the world are expected to participate in a two-day international conference on venous diseases (diseases affecting the veins) to be organised here Feb 4, an official said Monday.

This conference is being organised by the Venous Association of India (VAI) to update young doctors about advancement in the treatment of venous diseases.


China ''on verge of stem cell breakthrough''

China ''on verge of stem cell breakthrough''New Delhi, Jan 29: China is on the verge of achieving a breakthrough in stem cell research, says a top scientist in the field.

Zhou Qi, chief scientist with the stem cell research project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said Chinese scientists are expecting a major scientific breakthrough to be made within the next decade, reports the China Daily.


SleepCare Solutions launches sleep disorder treatment facility

SleepCare-SolutionsHyderabad, Jan 27 : The country's first facility to treat sleep disorders has been set up here by the Hyderabad-based SleepCare Solutions (SCS) in collaboration with Philips Respironics, and plans are afoot for 25 more state-of-the-art centres.


How battle against polio was won in Uttar Pradesh

How battle against polio was won in Uttar PradeshMeerut, Jan 24 - From 26 cases of polio in 2009 to none align="left"last year, Meerut district is a mirror of the cheering development taking place in polio-endemic Uttar Pradesh.

And a key role played in this success story is by the influencers or volunteers who go from house to house to overcome initial resistance, especially in Muslim-dominated areas, to the polio vaccine.


Punjab herbal firm claims to have found cure for HIV/AIDS

NixonLudhiana, Jan 22: A herbal company in Punjab, Nixon Biotech Private Limited, has claimed to have found a herbal cure for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).


Lethal virus not spreading in Gujarat, says minister

Haemorrhagic-FeverGandhinagar, Jan 20 : The lethal Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is not spreading in Gujarat with all the over 50 samples sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) testing negative and no fresh case coming to light, state Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said Thursday.


Immediately isolate new lethal virus patients: Virology institute

lethal-virusPune, Jan 19 : Patients detected with the deadly Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) should be isolated immediately so that the virus is not transmitted to others, a National Institute of Virology (NIV) official said here Wednesday.

"The virus that has so far killed three people in Gujarat is a category 4 virus, the most dangerous of all," NIV director A. C. Mishra told IANS.


Rolled out cigarettes more addictive, shows study

Rolled out cigarettes more addictive, shows study  Wellington, Jan 13 : Smokers who prefer roll-your-own tobacco may be more intensely addicted to the habit than those who puff on readymade cigarettes.

Doctoral graduate Amy Lewis at the Victoria University in New Zealand investigated how tobacco smoke influences proteins involved in cigarette addiction.


Cancer, diabetes programme to be extended all over country

ghulam-nabi-azadHyderabad, Jan 12 : The Indian government plans to extend the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke to all the 650 districts of the country under the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).


Shorter gaps in pregnancies ‘up risk of autism’ in second sibling

 Shorter gaps in pregnancies ‘up risk of autism’ in second sibling  New Delhi, Jan 10 : A new study has reported that pregnancies with less than thirty-six months gap leads to a higher risk of autism in the second sibling.

The study involved more than 600,000 second children born in California between 1992 to 2002.


New age art celebrates 50 years of the pill

New age art celebrates 50 years of the pillNew Delhi, Jan 9 : In the age of fast love, multiple relationships and early maturity, the 'pill' or the oral contraceptive has become the woman's most intimate friend. And a first-of its kind art project, featuring works by leading contemporary Indian and international artists will celebrate 50 years of the pill in the capital.


Delhi to make diabetes test mandatory for pregnant women

Kiran-WaliaNew Delhi, Jan 8 : In a bid to save two lives -- that of the mother and the child, the Delhi government will make diabetes test mandatory for all pregnant women, state Health and Woman and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia said Saturday.

"By making the diabetes test mandatory for pregnant women, we will be able to make them aware about diabetes and its ill effects," Walia said at the inauguration of the symposium 'Diabetes Management in Pregnant Women'.


Need protocol on doctors with foreign degrees, MCI told

Medical-Council-of-IndiaNew Delhi, Jan 7 : The government has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to put in place a protocol that makes it simpler for a doctor with foreign qualification to work in India, an official said here Friday.


India shares 21 percent of global diseases: WHO

WHONew Delhi, Jan 7 : India needs to dramatically improve its health situation to sustain growth as it shares 21 percent of the global disease burden, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Friday.

Speaking at a seminar on "Public Heath: Engaging the diaspora" on the first day of Pravasi Bharti Diwas function here, Nata Menabde, the WHO representative in India, said no country had succeeded without solving basic health problems.


Tripura launches 'at birth vaccination' for Hepatitis B

Tripura launches 'at birth vaccination' for Hepatitis BAgartala, Jan 7 - Hoping to stem the incidence of Hepatitis B, the Tripura government Friday introduced 'at birth vaccination', based on the China model that attained 99.98 percent success in curbing the disease.


Towel removed from woman's bowel after three years

Raipur, Jan 7 - Doctors in a Chhattisgarh town relieved a woman of three years of severe stomach pain after they removed a towel stuck inside her bowel after she deliverd by caesarean section, her husband said Friday.

The towel was taken out of 30-year-old Sabnam Praveen Wednesday by a team of surgeons led by Neeraj Sindey of the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) in Bilaspur town.

Sabnam's husband Nassibuddin told IANS over phone from Bilaspur that his wife had been in unbearable pain for the past three years and finally got relief after the surgery.


Outdated blood testing contributes to HIV among thalassemic kids

Outdated blood testing contributes to HIV among thalassemic kidsNew Delhi, Jan 7 - Hundreds of thalassemic children get infected with HIV-AIDS every year during crucial blood transfusions as most blood banks, including the Indian Red Cross, are not equipped with an advanced blood testing facility that can detect the virus accurately and in a short time, say experts.


Myth busting: Eat to lose that extra flab

New Delhi, Jan 6 - Please eat or you are not going to lose weight, says Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, the size zero protagonist, standing a popular notion on its head.


Healthcare firms eye choppers as air ambulances

Healthcare firms eye choppers as air ambulancesNew Delhi, Jan 6 - In keeping with global trends, helicopters are now being eyed as air ambulances to provide emergency medical aid and ferry patients to hospitals across India.

A beginning has been made with Delhi-based OSS Air Management acquiring two AugustaWestland AW-109's for starting the first helicopter ambulance service in Bangalore by the middle of this year.


Kidney disease gene linked to debilitating mental disorder

kidney-diseaseNew Delhi, Jan 5 : Oz researchers have found that gene mutations, which cause a rare kidney disease, may also be involved in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Researchers from the Centenary Institute in Sydney have identified mutations that stop the gene working properly in the kidneys, and suspect these same mutations are also involved in OCD, reports English. news. cn.


Misuse of antibiotics can harm kids: Experts

Misuse of antibiotics can harm kids: ExpertsNew Delhi, Jan 5 : More than a million children in China have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin, say medical experts.

Yang Zhiyin of the Chinese Medical Association said that of the 1.8 million deaf children on the mainland, 60 percent lost their hearing because of improper drug use, largely related to streptomycin, reports the China Daily.


Bhopal junior doctors to continue strike

junior-doctors-strikeBhopal, Jan 4 : Junior doctors in two city hospitals announced Tuesday that their strike, demanding protection inside the hospital, will continue indefinitely after talks with the health minister failed.

The junior doctors of Sultania and Hamidia Medical College hospitals have been on strike following abuse and threats to Sultania doctors Sunday by attendants after a newborn baby was declared dead.


Want to quit smoking? Get professional help

Want to quit smoking? Get professional helpNew Delhi, Jan 4 - Promising to quit smoking is one of the most common New Year resolutions. However, by the end of the first week of January, the craving for nicotine drives people to break the pledge.

Will power may not be enough to kick the habit, experts say. With some help from doctors and by using a nicotine substitute, chances are high to get over the craving.


Allahabad old age couple provides shelter to discarded AIDS patients

HIV-AIDSAllahabad, Jan 1 : In a remarkable gesture towards humanity, an old age couple in Uttar Pradesh''s Allahabad city are providing shelter to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) patients, who have been discarded by their family members.

Kamar Jyaz Zaidi, the owner of shelter, said that they did not get any help or charity from anywhere for running shelter home.


Allahabad old age couple provides shelter to discarded AIDS patients

Allahabad, Jan 1 : In a remarkable gesture towards humanity, an old age couple in Uttar Pradesh''s Allahabad city are providing shelter to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) patients, who have been discarded by their family members.

Kamar Jyaz Zaidi, the owner of shelter, said that they did not get any help or charity from anywhere for running shelter home.


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