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Severe dearth of clinics, health personnel in Delhi: Report

Severe dearth of clinics, health personnel in Delhi: ReportNew Delhi, Aug 31 : With only two clinics for every 10,000 people, Delhi is in urgent need of more clinics, dispensaries and and health personnel, an official report released here said Saturday.

"Despite a rise in clinics and dispensaries, the per capita availability of public health facilities in Delhi remains low at two clinics per 10,000 people," said the Delhi Human Development Report 2013


Dengue kills three in Guwahati

Dengue kills three in GuwahatiGuwahati, Aug 29 : Dengue has claimed three lives in Assam's main city Guwahati in the last eight days, officials said, adding many patients were warded in hospitals.

While one man, Raju Dewan, died Thursday in a city hospital, his wife Loni Dewan breathed her last in the same hospital Tuesday. Another person, Kandarpa Deka, died due to dengue Aug 21.


28 years on, betel nut pulled out of man's lung

28 years on, betel nut pulled out of man's lungPatna, Aug 28 : Seventy-five-year-old Krishna Kant Jha is now a relaxed man. After 28 years of suffering from chronic cough and regular bouts of fits, a piece of betel nut was found to be cause of his problems and was finally extricated from his lungs.

Jha, an advocate in Samastipur district, said he suffered for more than two and half decades. Dozens of doctors treated him but failed to discover the betel nut in his lungs.


Bihar issues dengue alert

Bihar issues dengue alertPatna, Aug 23 : The Bihar government issued a dengue alert Friday after over a dozen people were affected by the disease in Rohtas district, officials said.

Health officials have been directed to take preventive measures and provide proper treatment to dengue patients, said an official in the chief minister's office here.

A special dengue ward has been opened at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), its superintendent Amarkant Jha Amar said.


To be born in the lap of luxury

To be born in the lap of luxuryNew Delhi, Aug 23 - Who doesn't want to bring up his child in a cocoon of comfort? Little Lavanya's parents, however, decided to take this a step further and ensured their first born came into the world in a lap of luxury - literally.


'Set up more sleep clinics'

'Set up more sleep clinics'Kolkata, Aug 20 : With one out of every 20 Indians suffering from sleep disorders, setting up more sleep clinics and comprehensive treatment facilities is imperative, feels a US-based Indian sleep disorder specialist.


Tripura infant with 'two heads' gets new life

Tripura infant with 'two heads' gets new lifeAgartala, Aug 19 : An eight-month-old Tripura infant got a new lease of life after doctors in a Kolkata hospital successfully removed in a rare, five-hour operation a second head growing on top of his head, a doctor said.


Get rid of lice with home remedies

Get rid of lice with home remediesNew Delhi, Aug 16 : Monsoon woes don’t end with dandruff. The sweaty and sticky scalp brings lice with it. Worry not, as there are solutions in the form of onion and garlic juice.

Hair transplant surgeon Sakshee Sareen says that due to accumulation of sweat in the scalp, chances of hair lice or fungal infection increases during the monsoon season.


Dengue kills one in Odisha

Dengue kills one in OdishaBhubaneswar, Aug 13 : The authorities Tuesday confirmed this year's first dengue death in Odisha.

The woman, who belonged to Talcher area of state's Angul district, about 170 km from here, died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar Sunday, an official at the state health control room told IANS.

At least 123 new cases of mosquito-borne dengue have been reported, taking the total infected by the disease in the state this year to 972, he said.


Oink Oink! No five-star morsels for Goa pigs

Oink Oink! No five-star morsels for Goa pigsPanaji, Aug 8 - Pigs reared in Goa will no longer get to eat the choicest leftovers from five-star hotels.

A recent order by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has banned all the 36 five-star hotels in the coastal tourist state from back-channelling leftovers, veggy and fruit peels and pulp to piggeries citing pollution concerns.


Canshala : A school of hope for kids with cancer

I love lost, forgotten things: 'The King's Deception' authorMumbai, Aug 7 - It's called Canshala and is an island of peace and learning for a group of ailing children for whom education had, at one stage, become a distant dream due to their treatment for life-threatening cancer.


Shape eyebrows the right way

Shape eyebrows the right wayNew Delhi, Aug 6 - You can use a lot of eye makeup products on your lids and lashes. But bushy or unshapely eyebrows can kill the look.

Makeup artist Megha Puri suggests how to shape the eyebrows according to the face cut. Here are her tips:

Long face: Since the focus will be on shortening the length of the face, go for a thick straight one.

Round face: To complement facial features, a high arch shape will be apt.


Hundreds die in India for lack of organs

Hundreds die in India for lack of organsNew Delhi, Aug 5 : Neera Yadav (name changed), a 20-year old college student suffering from an end-stage renal disease, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Though her parents went from pillar to post, they could not find a donor for her in Delhi and she died last month.

Experts say this is not an isolated case. Hundreds of people in need of organ transplants cannot be saved every year because of lack of donors.


About 50 children ill after drinking water in Bihar school

About 50 children ill after drinking water in Bihar schoolPatna, August 2 : About 50 children were taken ill Friday after drinking water from a handpump at a school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.

On Thursday, 30 children had fallen sick after drinking water from handpumps at two separate schools of Saran and Gopalganj districts.

The Friday incident took place at the government middle school in Runnisaidpur of Sitamarhi, a district police officer said.


Indian mothers still don't see that breastfeeding is best: NGO

Indian mothers still don't see that breastfeeding is best: NGONew Delhi, August 1 - Only 41 percent of Indian mothers initiate early breastfeeding. There is a lack of awareness of the benefits of breast milk in India, an NGO said Thursday.


65 children ill after eating mid-day meal in Bihar

65 children ill after eating mid-day meal in BiharPatna, July 31 : Sixty-five children were taken ill after eating mid-day meal in Bihar's Arwal district Wednesday in the second tragedy related to free school food in the state this month, officials said.

On July 16, 23 children died after eating contaminated mid-day meal in Saran district.

The incident in Arwal district took place in the government primary school in Chandi village, officials said.


Protect your liver from Hepatitis

Protect your liver from HepatitisNew Delhi, July 27 : Many associate liver diseases with alcohol, but that's just one cause, says an expert. Water and food are common carriers of the Hepatitis virus that affects the liver.

Ashish Sharma, consultant, internal medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, explains the different types of hepatitis, the symptoms and vaccines available:


Multi-drug therapy's role in leprosy control hailed

Multi-drug therapy's role in leprosy control hailedNew Delhi, July 25 : Eighteen leprosy-burdened countries, including India, Thursday acknowledged the role of multi-drug therapy in helping reduce cases of the bacterial disease across the world.


Tadpole found in mid-day meal at UP school

Tadpole found in mid-day meal at UP schoolLucknow, July 25 - A tadpole was found in the mid-day meal served to students at a primary school in Moradabad, an official said Thursday.

'Tahri' (cooked rice) was served Wednesday at the Tikhunti primary school in Dilari area and one of the girl student's spotted a fried tadpole in her plate.

She promptly raised an alarm and fled the school to tell her parents.


WHO accused of promoting 'deadly' vaccine

WHO accused of promoting 'deadly' vaccineBangalore, July 23 : A leading journal of medical ethics has charged the World Health Organization (WHO) with promoting the Pentavalent vaccine in countries, including India, though it is known to have caused adverse reactions and deaths in children.


Parents blame pathetic healthcare facilities for deaths

Parents blame pathetic healthcare facilities for deathsPatna, July 20 - The pathetic state of a primary health centre in Bihar and delays in rushing them to better hospitals killed most students after they consumed mid-day meals in their school, the distraught parents say.


Bihar mid-day meal survivors out of danger, says official

Bihar mid-day meal survivors out of danger, says officialPatna, July 18 : The condition of the children who survived after consuming contaminated mid-day meal in their school in Bihar's Saran district is now stable, a health official said here Thursday.

Twenty-five sick children were shifted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in the Bihar capital Tuesday night after their condition deteriorated.


Dengue cases in Odisha rise to 22

Dengue cases in Odisha rise to 22Bhubaneswar, July 17 : Nine more dengue cases were confirmed in Odisha Wednesday, taking the number of those infected with the mosquito-borne disease in the state to 22 this year although no death has been reported so far, an official said.

Of the latest nine cases, highest five cases have been reported from Cuttack city, about 26 km from here. Jajpur reported two cases while Angul and Dhenkanal districts have both reported one each.


Rural poor to get free maternal healthcare in Karnataka

Rural poor to get free maternal healthcare in KarnatakaBangalore, July 16 - An NGO and a research and training institute will soon provide free maternal healthcare to poor families in rural areas across Karnataka.

Christened Panchami, the project is being implemented by city-based NGO Karuna Trust and the Asian Research and Training Institute for Skill Transfer (Artist).


Rising stress causing headaches; women more affected

Rising stress causing headaches; women more affectedNew Delhi, July 15 - "I have a splitting headache". Be it your colleague at work or your spouse at home, this has probably become one of the most often heard complaint today.

Considering the statistics - one-third of Indian women and one-fifth of Indian men suffer from migraine - the frequency is hardly of any surprise. Doctors blame lifestyle changes and stress for this literally gnawing headache and say that women suffer more than men.


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