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India Ranked 143 Among 188 Countries In Health Study

NEW DELHI: A global study on a range of health indicators released today has ranked India 143rd among 188 countries, citing various challenges, including mortality rates, malaria hygiene and air pollution. “Despite rapid economic growth, India was ranked 143rd, below Comoros and Ghana,” the first annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched ... Read More »

ADHD More Common Than Depression in Child Suicide

Young children who die by suicide are less likely to have depression and more likely than their adolescent counterparts to have attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research shows. An analysis of a national database that tracks violent deaths showed that among suicide decedents with known mental health problems, young children aged 5 to 11 years were more ... Read More »

One-third of total maternal deaths in 2015 happened in India: Report

The latest Lancet series on maternal health reveals that nearly one quarter of babies worldwide are still delivered in the absence of a skilled birth attendant. Further, one-third of the total maternal deaths in 2015 happened in India, where 45,000 mothers died during pregnancy or childbirth while Nigeria shouldered the maximum burden of 58,000 maternal deaths. Each year, about 210 ... Read More »

FDA Facilitates Research on Earlier Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a nightmare haunting many Americans. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the most common cause of dementia among people 60 or older. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It eventually robs ... Read More »

New single-dose treatment shows promise in anti-malaria battle

Scientists have discovered a series of a novel compound (bicyclic azetidine series) that shows great promise in the battle against malaria. Four candidate agents were characterised and one compound was found to act on all three life stages of the malaria parasite. The compound was found to cure the disease with just a single, low-dose treatment, provide prophylaxis and prevent ... Read More »

Yoga Helps In Resilience Against Non-Communicable Diseases

Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases and can be used for preventing and controlling many other lifestyle diseases, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Wednesday. “Major non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease are to a great extent due to unhealthy lifestyle. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga ... Read More »

New device spots bacterial infection faster

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) have built a new sensor that can detect bacterial infection in food and water in just 15-20 minutes, much faster than traditional laboratory tests. “Pathogenic bacterial infection is one of the biggest causes of death, and a fast response time is much needed for timely detection and subsequent cure of bacterial infection,” ... Read More »

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment course gets underway in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: The 6th Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment (PHPHI) course under the aegis of the South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development and Research (SACDIR), a Centre of Excellence (CoE) of Public Health Foundation of India is being organized in Hyderabad between 06th to 10th September, 2016 at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad (IIPHH). Supported by the ... Read More »

Chikungunya and dengue in Delhi: Symptoms, cause and control

Delhi continues to struggle as mosquito-borne diseases — chikungunya and dengue — have hit the national capital with a total of 1,331 cases being reported this season. According to the latest MCD figures, Delhi has recorded 771 cases of dengue and 560 cases of chikungunya till September 3, with peaking numbers of 284 cases of dengue and 137 cases of ... Read More »