Health | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Preventive Measures against Tobacco

Most cardiovascular diseases and lung disorders are caused by smoking of tobacco. Awareness, coupled with reduced production and supply are crucial measures to curb smoking.

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Healthcare: Needs more focus on benefit than private profit!

New Delhi, September 1 (G’nY News Service): The shoddy state of the Indian healthcare sector needs no introduction. While on one hand India is the global hotspot for cheap generic drugs – on the flip side, the country even lags behind Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal in terms of infant mortality rate, child immunization rate and total life expectancy. Moreover, as the draft National Health Policy raveled in January 2015, over unaffordable health care expenditure bogs down 63 million citizens annually.   The...

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Obesity and Malnutrition will go side by side in the same family

Leading food analyst from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Alan Dangour suggested that the world is heading towards a stage where malnutrition and obesity will go hand in hand within the same family. According to his findings, nutritious food today has become expensive and the high calorie, unhealthy food is easily available. This throws up many contradictions. This suggests that food which is good for us is out of our reach whereas the food that we should be avoiding is easily...

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Drugs to soon treat Ebola of any kind

New York, Oct 8 (IANS) The lethal virus Ebola can have many strains but thanks to a new drug discovery tool, there could soon be therapies to treat all known strains and likely future strains of the disease. Researchers have produced a molecule, known as peptide mimic, that displays a functionally critical region of the virus that is universally conserved in all known species of Ebola, a new study showed. This new tool can be used as a drug target in the discovery of effective anti-Ebola agents. "Our...

Health # Magazine Articles | VOL. 14, ISSUE 85, July-August 2014

Health Inequity in India

Wide regional inequalities exist in the health status of the country. A study of measures like infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, safe delivery and immunisation shows that economic development along with a higher governmental expenditure on health can lead to improvement in the health status.

Health | VOL. 13, ISSUE 81, November-December 2013

Mercury poisoning

Mercury is poisonous in any form. Neurological and behavioural disorders may be observed after inhalation, ingestion or dermal exposure of different mercury compounds.

Health | VOL. 13, ISSUE 80, September-October 2013

Bloody Plastics-Part II

The modern sanitary pads being primarily plastics, clog up drainage and incinerating it leads to noxious air pollutants. Putting the used napkins in landfills adds toxins to the soil and groundwater. Without an environmentally safe disposable product, the spread of sanitary napkin usage would exacerbate the piling garbage at ground zero.

Health | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Medicinal Plants and Climate Change

More than 19,000 flowering plant species have been identified and catalogued in the Indian flora. Out of these over 6000 plant species have been reported in the Indian systems of medicine. Varied study of India’s biogeographic zones shows that the largest number of medicinal plants in the country may be found along the Himalayas. As each section of the Himalayas has specific characteristics in terms of soil and humidity the Himalayas are broadly divided into ‘Trans Himalayan’ and ‘Himalayan...

Health | VOL. 8, ISSUE 47, March-April 2008

Dirt is Good

A farmer’s child is less likely to turn asthmatic as compared to the child of a white collared employee living in the city. And no, it is not always related to urban pollution.

Health # Magazine Articles | VOL. 8, ISSUE 46, January-February 2008

Spurious Drug Menace

The spurious drug industry is well established in India. According to the World Health Organisation 35 percent of the world’s spurious drugs are produced in India, followed by Nigeria. In a recent case a 10-year old Kantabanji based fake medicine manufacturing racket was busted in Bolangir, Orissa. The incident compelled Naveen Pattnaik, Chief Minister, Orissa, to order a probe to understand the ‘modus operandi’ that exists in this trade and also find specific solutions to counter the spurious...