West Bengal

West Bengal initiates fight against HIV/AIDS

West Bengal initiates fight against HIV/AIDSDarjeeling (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 10 : The West Bengal State Aids Prevention Camp Control Society (WBSAPCS) under the guidance of the Department of Health and Family Welfare is planning to involve hoteliers of Darjeeling to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.


50 fall sick after having 'prasad' in West Bengal

50 fall sick after having 'prasad' in West BengalBarasat (WB): About 50 persons fell sick today after having 'prasad' at a religious function at Hingalganj in North 24 Parganas district.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Debabrata Mukherjee said, while 50 had complained of stomachache and vomiting shortly after having the prasad, 22 had to be admitted to the Basirhat Hospital.

The rest were discharged after treatment at local health centre, he said.


West Bengal: 13 infants die in Govt. run hospital

West Bengal: 13 infants die in Govt. run hospitalMalda (West Bengal) Nov 8 : As many as 13 infants have died in the past 72 hours in the government-run Malda Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal.

Hospital authorities confirmed on Friday that 13 deaths were reported after the infants were admitted to the hospital in critical condition. All the children brought to the hospital were underweight.


Over 300 fall sick in W.Bengal after consuming food at religious event

Over 300 fall sick in W.Bengal after consuming food at religious eventKolaghat (West Bengal), Oct. 17 - Over 300 people have been admitted to the Tamluk and Kolkaghat hospitals since last night after falling sick on consuming food at a religious program "Akida" here.


Seven infant deaths at Malda hospital in last 24 hours

Seven infant deaths at Malda hospital in last 24 hoursMalda, (West Bengal), July 12 (ANI): Seven infants have died in the past 24 hours at West Bengal's Malda Medical College and Hospital.

The children were all below one year of age.

The primary cause behind the deaths was septicemia, low weight and respiratory problems as informed by medical superintendent Jotish Kumar Sarkar.


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.


Seafood is latest craze of Kolkata foodies

Seafood is latest craze of Kolkata foodiesKolkata, Jan 29 - Let the nutty flavours of squid meat, the juicy sink-your-teeth-in flesh of prawns, the delicate texture of sweet crab meat and the creamy texture of octopus assail your senses. Fish is no longer the only aquatic offering that will satisfy the palate of the Kolkata foodie.


Finally, a potential vaccine against kala azar

Finally, a potential vaccine against kala azarKolkata, Nov 27 : Scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) here claim to have hit the bull's eye with a potential vaccine directed at the dreaded kala azar disease that claims dozens of lives in eastern India every year.


Nanocapsules the next big thing to prevent alcohol-related gastric ulcers

Nanocapsules the next big thing to prevent alcohol-related gastric ulcersKolkata, Oct 9 : The duo of nanocapsules and antioxidants has the potential to effectively fight gastric ulcers caused by drinking excess alcohol, researchers here say.

During research at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) here, scientists focussed on quercetin, an antioxidant abundantly found in fruits and vegetables including apples, tomatoes and onions.


No dearth of donors, but not enough eye bank staff in India: Experts

No dearth of donors, but not enough eye bank staff in India: ExpertsKolkata, Sep 22 : There's no dearth of people willing to donate their eyes in India but more transplants can't be conducted due to a shortage of eye bank technicians and eye donation counsellors, experts say.


Bengal dengue toll rises to seven, over 2,000 affected

Bengal dengue toll rises to seven, over 2,000 affectedKolkata, Sep 18 - The dengue toll in West Bengal has risen to seven while the number of people affected by the disease has risen to 2,033 people, according to the state health department officials Tuesday.

"The death toll is seven. A total of 2,033 people are down with dengue," said a statement from the department.


'Chewing betel leaf may help fight cancer'

'Chewing betel leaf may help fight cancer'Kolkata, Sep 18 - Chewing 'paan' or betel leaf could help fight a form of bone marrow cancer, a group of Indian researchers say.

A molecule derived from betel leaf may be beneficial to patients suffering from a cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells and the body refuses to respond to common drugs, said a study by scientists in Kolkata and Mumbai.


Travel, urbanisation have led to 50-fold rise in dengue cases

Travel, urbanisation have led to 50-fold rise in dengue casesKolkata, Sep 15 - Constant travelling and rapid urbanisation of rural areas have contributed to a nearly 50-fold increase in dengue cases over the last 50 years, say experts.


New devices warn of blackouts

New devices warn of blackoutsKolkata, Sep 7 - Two new devices are now available to monitor recurrent blackouts, which can cause death in 10 percent cases and injuries in 30 percent, a senior cardiologist said here Friday.


Fat, not sugar, contributes to Type-2 diabetes

Fat, not sugar, contributes to Type-2 diabetesKolkata, Sep 4 - Fat, not sugar, contributes to the more common Type-2 diabetes, said a leading scientist of the Visva Bharati University here Tuesday

"Diabetes exists in two forms, Type-1 and Type-2. Ninety-six to ninety-seven percent of patients exhibit the latter type," explained Samir Bhattacharya, while speaking at the Frontiers of Science conference organised by the


209 cases of dengue in Bengal

209 cases of dengue in BengalKolkata, Aug 24 - As many as 209 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported so far in West Bengal, Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharjee said here Friday.

"Today (Friday) we had held review meeting about the status of dengue in the state. Right now there are 209 confirmed cases of dengue in the state," Bhattacharjee told IANS.

When the endemic first came to the fore in the second week of August, the number of confirmed cases was 80.


Beware: Fresh look of vegetables could be due to hazardous chemicals

Beware: Fresh look of vegetables could be due to hazardous chemicalsKolkata, July 26 - The soft, shiny red exterior of tomatoes or the lush, green texture of peas and leafy veggies might tempt one's taste buds and their "freshness" might appeal to the eyes, but there lies something sinister beneath - a toxic concoction of hazardous chemicals.


Coriander-fortified bread is long-lasting and nutritious: Kolkata research

Coriander-fortified bread is long-lasting and nutritious: Kolkata researchKolkata, July 19 - The common breakfast bread has been elevated to a nutrient-packed wheat product by scientists at Jadavpur University, who decided to go green and fortify it with coriander.


Stress taking its toll on youngsters: Experts

Stress taking its toll on youngsters: ExpertsKolkata, Feb 15 - A day after West Bengal saw two youngsters killing themselves and another slashing his ex-lover on Valentine's Day, psychologists Wednesday said stress, nuclear families and lack of communication with parents were affecting young adults.


Type 2 diabetes rising among kids: Experts

Type 2 diabetes rising among kids: ExpertsKolkata, Nov 11 : Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the illness, is on the rise among children under 15-years-old, with altered lifestyles and bad food habits increasing their vulnerability to the ailment, experts say.


Baby allegedly dies after mother cleaned with acid

Baby allegedly dies after mother cleaned with acidMurshidabad (West Bengal), Nov 2 - A newborn Wednesday died in a sub-divisional hospital in this West Bengal district after the mother was allegedly cleaned with an acidic solution instead of a disinfectant. Officials denied the allegation but ordered a probe into the matter.


16 more infants die in Bengal, toll rises to 28

16 more infants die in Bengal, toll rises to 28Kolkata, Oct 28 - The number of crib deaths in government hospitals in West Bengal shot up to 28 after 12 infants died in Burdwan district and four more died in this capital city, officials said Friday.


Bengal hospital says 12 crib deaths 'normal'

Bengal hospital says 12 crib deaths 'normal'Kolkata, Oct 27 - As one more infant died Thursday pushing the crib deaths to 12 in two days in West Bengal's largest referral hospital for children, the hospital said this was not "unusual" as most of the babies were in critical condition.


Chronic acidity shouldn't be ignored, it could lead to cancer

Chronic acidity shouldn't be ignored, it could lead to cancerKolkata, June 29 : As many as 75 percent of Indian patients with digestive problems suffer from what is medically known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD), an abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the oesophagus that damages the inner skin, an expert says.

According to eminent gastroenterologist Prasanna Sharad Shah, about 5-20 percent of the cases could lead to cancer.


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.


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