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Social franchising in health ensures better services for all

Social franchising in health ensures better services for allAgra, Dec 9 : Arati Yadav is pregnant with her first child and although she is aware that her husband's meagre salary won't be able to afford her medical services at a private hospital, she is nevertheless adamant about good quality care for this phase of her life.


Delhi to run for spinal surgery awareness

Delhi to run for spinal surgery awarenessNew Delhi, Dec 7 : Around 80 patients, who have undergone surgery for back pain, will be running the Delhi Half Marathon Dec 15 to promote awareness on the condition and viability of safe spine surgery.


Two in five kids don't have right BMI: Survey

Two in five kids don't have right BMI: SurveyNew Delhi, Dec 3 : Two out of five kids in India were found not to have the right Body Mass Index (BMI) levels, according to a health and fitness survey which covered 77,669 children in 176 schools across the country.

The children were in the age group of 7-17 years from 176 schools in 68 cities and 17 states. The fitness parameters were measured over a period of 24 months.


Get long term glow with skin treatments

Get long term glow with skin treatmentsNew Delhi, Nov 28 : Makeup can conceal your facial flaws on your wedding day, but for long term results, try skin treatments like peels and dermaroller therapy two to three months before your D-day, says an expert.

Shuba Dharmana, cosmetic dermatologist, Le’Jeune Med Spa suggests various skin rejuvenation treatments:


Mystery disease claims 12 lives in Bihar

Mystery disease claims 12 lives in BiharPatna, Nov 27 : A mysterious disease has left 12 people, including three women, dead in Bihar's East Champaran district in the past four days, officials said Wednesday.

East Champaran district magistrate Sridhar C. said all the deaths occurred in Bahurupia and Phulwaria areas of the Sugauli block, and were due to an unknown disease.

"A team of medical experts is examining the cause of the death," Sridhar said.


How rice bran oil can help reduce cholesterol

bran oilNew Delhi, Nov 26 : Rice bran oil, which is very good for health, can protect the consumer from the dangers of coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it has been revealed.


Himachal doctors told to prescribe generic drugs

Himachal doctors told to prescribe generic drugsShimla, Nov 21 : Himachal Pradesh has made it mandatory for doctors in government hospitals and dispensaries to prescribe generic rather than certain branded drugs from Dec 1, an official said here Thursday.

"From Dec 1 the doctors will start prescribing 191 generic medicines which have been shortlisted so far," director of the state health and family welfare department Kulbhushan Sood told IANS.


Why SLS free shampoos are better for your hair

Why SLS free shampoos are better for your hairNew Delhi, Nov 16 - Shampoos, which are marketed as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) free, have become increasingly popular and are being preferred by most of the hair experts.

Rod Anker director Monsoon Salon and Spa has come up with some reasons to why sulfates are included in shampoos and why one should avoid them.


4,727 dengue cases in Delhi

4,727 dengue cases in DelhiNew Delhi, Nov 8 : The number of people testing positive for the dengue virus in Delhi increased to 4,727 from 4,618 on Nov 4, a municipal health official said Friday.

The vector borne disease claimed six lives, but no fatality was reported in the past week.

An additional 57 cases have been reported from other areas of the National Capital Region.


Simple ways to lose belly fat after pregnancy

Simple ways to lose belly fat after pregnancyNew Delhi, Nov 6 : Want to cut belly fat post-pregnancy? Choose fresh food over refrigerated one, don’t consume the same kind of dish everyday and chew well, says an expert.

Capital-based Rita Bakshi, gynaecologist at the International Fertility Centre, suggests how to get back in shape post delivery:

- Fresh fruits: When you eat fruits, remember not to refrigerate them for a long


Dengue crosses 4,500 mark in Delhi

Dengue crosses 4,500 mark in DelhiNew Delhi, Nov 4 : The number of dengue cases in Delhi has risen to 4,618 from 4,402 on Oct 28, a municipal health official said Monday.

The vector borne disease has claimed six lives but no fatality has been reported in the past week.

An additional 53 cases have been reported from the rest of the National Capital Region.


Dengue cases go up to 4,207 in Delhi

Dengue cases go up to 4,207 in DelhiNew Delhi, Oct 24 : Dengue cases in the capital Thursday rose to 4,207 from 4,074 Monday, said municipal health officer N. K. Yadav.

Till now, there have been six confirmed and eight suspected deaths from the vector-borne disease, according to the capital's civic authorities.

Of the 4,207 cases, 4,164 has been reported from Delhi and remaining from the adjoining states.


Not just women; men too get affected by bone diseases

Not just women; men too get affected by bone diseasesNew Delhi, Oct 19 - Bone diseases among women are a common occurrence, but of late these problems, especially osteoporosis, are fast affecting men, mostly after they turn 60, experts say.


Over 300 sick from diarrhea in Bengal

Over 300 sick from diarrhea in BengalKolkata, Oct 16 :More than 300 residents of a West Bengal district have been affected by diarrhea following contamination of a water source, a state health official said Wednesday.

The diarrhea broke out Oct 6 in north Dum Dum, in the state's North 24 Parganas district and since then both adults and children are being brought to the three hospitals as well as medical camps organised by the health department.


One in four Indians do not exercise: Survey

One in four Indians do not exercise: SurveyNew Delhi, Oct 12 : One in four Indians do not exercise and of those who do, about half prefer walking over running and swimming, said a health survey released Saturday.

The survey called the Max Bupa Walk for Health Survey was conducted across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. About 56 percent of the respondents said they liked walking as compared to other physical activities.


Spreading cheer for bravehearts fighting cancer

Spreading cheer for bravehearts fighting cancerNew Delhi, Oct 12 - The festival of lights this year will be special for Pankaj Yadav and many of his extended family of cancer patients and survivors.


At 2,557, dengue spreading in Delhi

At 2,557, dengue spreading in DelhiNew Delhi, Oct 3 : Dengue has seen a steep rise in the capital with the number of cases reaching 2,557 Thursday.

On Monday, there were 2,124 case but in three days' time, the figure has shot up to 2,557.

"Of these, 2,522 cases are from Delhi and 35 from the adjoining states," said municipal health officer N. K. Yadav.


Top five ways to promote hair growth

Top five ways to promote hair growthNew Delhi, Oct 2 : What do you do when oil therapy and regular hair spa fail to keep your tresses healthy? An expert suggests use vegetables like carrots and onions to boost the growth.

Hair transplant surgeon Sakshi Sareen explains how to prepare natural pastes for strong hair:


'Blood deficit in India growing'

'Blood deficit in India growing'New Delhi, Oct 1 : Blood deficit in the country is growing despite donation going up to twice the level that existed in 2007, said an official of the department of AIDS control Tuesday.

"Blood donation in the country has gone up to twice the level... which was in 2007, but deficit of blood continues to increase," said Additional Secretary Aradhana Johri of department of AIDS control at an event here.


Long monsoon spreading dengue

Long monsoon spreading dengueNew Delhi, Oct 1 : Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday attributed the rise in the number of dengue cases, which have already crossed 2,000, to the long monsoon in the capital.

"This year the monsoon has been going on since June, and we have had rainfall even in September. This has lead to the accumulation of fresh water, which are prone to mosquito breeding grounds," he said.


Dengue cases in Delhi cross 2,000-mark

Dengue cases in Delhi cross 2,000-markNew Delhi, Sep 30 : The number of dengue cases in the national capital climbed to 2,124 Monday, up from 1,729 Thursday, an official said. There were no new deaths.

"There are a total of 2,124 cases and three people have died from dengue so far this year," said municipal health officer N. K. Yadav.

Of the total cases, 2,092 patients are from Delhi and 32 belong to adjoining states.


Tattoos: Stylish but dangerous

Tattoos: Stylish but dangerousNew Delhi, Sep 30 : The name of a loved one or animals are often tattooed on the bodies of many people and it surely makes a style statement. However, an expert warns that getting inked carries the danger of infections.

"Tattoos can put you at high risk of bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections. Chances of blood-borne infection also increases through tattoos," Anup Dhir, senior cosmetic surgeon, Apollo Hospital, said in a statement.


`Many urban women die due to heart disease'

`Many urban women die due to heart disease'Mumbai, Sep 28 - Nearly 70 percent of urban women succumb to cardio-vascular diseases, mainly due to late diagnosis and smoking, a top surgeon said here Saturday, on the eve of World Heart Day.

"The tobacco habit is best left alone," Ramakanta Panda, eminent cardiac surgeon and vice chairman of Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, told IANS.


Haryana girls losing out to boys even in fight against cancer

Haryana girls losing out to boys even in fight against cancerNew Delhi, Sep 27 : Gender discrimination in Haryana even extends to cancer treatment. According to a study conducted by an NGO, parents in Haryana either don't bring their daughters for cancer treatment or even withdraw them from treatment midway.


Clear myths to ensure a healthy heart

Clear myths to ensure a healthy heartNew Delhi, Sep 26 : The source of information, or misinformation, can be anything - a neighbour, a commercial, something you had read "a long time back" - but over time, it often becomes something we staunchly believe in. Cardiologists say that in the process of treatment of many of their patients, they have to battle myths, some more common than others, which, if cleared, can go a long way in ensuring a healthy heart and a healthy future.


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