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Scientists decode how UV rays damage our skin

Ultraviolet rays weaken bonds between cells in top layer of skin and causes damage

23 Aug 2019 2:37 pm
New controlled-release oral pills to treat fungal infections

The tablets release the Amphotericin B drug in a sustained and controlled manner over a period of 10 days

22 Aug 2019 7:11 pm
Microplastics in drinking water not alarming, but there isn't enough research or data on it: WHO

The global health agency said there doesn’t exist enough research and reliable data to conclude that the situation is alarming

22 Aug 2019 1:24 pm
डायबिटीज और हृदय रोग को बढ़ा सकता है भारतीय डिब्बाबंद खाना और पेय

12 देशों के 4 लाख से ज्यादा खाद्य और पेय उत्पादों नमूनों की जांच के आधार पर यह सर्वे किया गया है। इस सर्वे में भारत के उत्पाद सेहत के लिए सबसे नुकसानदायक बताए गए हैं। 

21 Aug 2019 4:06 pm
Indian pharma firms receive 34% of FDA warnings this year

These warnings were for misbranding, selling unapproved medicines and violating Current Good Management Practices

21 Aug 2019 1:43 pm
WHO will release its first report on microplastics in drinking water

The report is expected to add to the knowledge pool on the subject, especially on how the presence of microplastics in drinking water affects human health

20 Aug 2019 5:54 pm
This silk protein can help make beauty and skincare products

Scientists have discovered that a protein produced by silkworms can be used to develop a range of beauty and skincare products

20 Aug 2019 3:52 pm
New hope for treating inflammation-induced anaemia

A traditional herb commonly known as gudduchi or giloy could be useful in treating such anaemia, find Pune scientists

19 Aug 2019 6:27 pm
IMA slams the Lancet on Kashmir editorial

The medical journal has reacted to an internal administrative decision of India under the garb of concern for the health of Kashmiris, said the doctor's body

19 Aug 2019 4:53 pm
Pills by jugaad: Excerpts from Bottle of Lies

A new investigative book, Bottle of Lies, says that Indian cancer drugs are contaminated; cholesterol medication has shards of glass; and, blood pressure pills contain a live bug. In these excerpts, the author, KATHERINE EBAN writes about Jugaad, an Indian model of aggressive shortcuts, the ability to dodge onerous rules to get the desired results

16 Aug 2019 11:20 am
'Generic industry makes poor-quality drugs for nations with lax regulations'

Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies, is an investigative journalist whose articles on pharmaceutical counterfeiting, gun trafficking and coercive interrogations by the CIA have won international attention and numerous awards. She speaks to Down To Earth about her book and generic drugs

16 Aug 2019 10:35 am
FDA approves new oral three-drug regimen for extensively drug-resistant TB

The treatment involves pretomanid tablets in combination with bedaquiline and linezolid, collectively referred to as the BPaL regimen, and has an efficacy rate of 90 per cent

15 Aug 2019 2:44 pm
Possible Ebola cure: 2 drugs successful in preventing death

Two of four potential drug candidates found to cure disease, says WHO

14 Aug 2019 5:39 pm
India has fourth highest number of measles cases in the world: WHO

The country’s disease incidence rate per million is 29.68, the lowest in the top 10 countries

13 Aug 2019 7:00 pm
Remedy for neuropathic pain could be in the offing

lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in body secretions like tears and saliva, can be a leading cause for pain

13 Aug 2019 6:21 pm
Memory, attention difficulties often part of normal life

There are two main reasons healthy adults experience difficulties with their memory and/or attention: highly demanding lives and normal age-related changes

13 Aug 2019 4:57 pm
Measles cases triple in a year: WHO

More than 180 countries reported 364,808 measles cases between January 1 and July 31 2019. In the same period last year, 129,239 cases were reported from 181 countries

13 Aug 2019 10:27 am
International Youth Day: Education needs transforming for children’s mental health

The younger generation has to be equipped with resilience and ability to handle pressures and challenges by inculcating academic excellence and building better life skills

12 Aug 2019 12:16 pm
भारत में मोटापा बढ़ रहा है, जबकि दुनिया में भूख पीड़ित बढ़ रहे हैं: अध्ययन

जैसे-जैसे दुनिया भर में लोग भूख से पीड़ित हो रहे हैं, भारत में लोग मोटे होते जा रहे हैं। साथ ही देश में कुपोषितों की संख्या घट रही है। 

8 Aug 2019 2:36 pm
Blood tests for Alzheimer’s: Two experts on why new studies are encouraging

Blood tests to measure amyloid protein, and possibly tau protein, are becoming much more sensitive and reliable enough to become routine aids in helping to diagnose AD

8 Aug 2019 11:33 am
New sensor may help early detection of prostate cancer

Researchers will measure levels of spermine and spermidine in blood and urine for a more accurate test

7 Aug 2019 6:39 pm
National Medical Commission Bill: IMA defers protest

The association wants to first take public into confidence and wait for 'current political situation' to get better

7 Aug 2019 5:52 pm
How to grow human mini-livers in the lab to help solve liver disease

In a first, the organ was genetically engineered using induced pluripotent stem cells, a type of stem cell that can be generated from adult skin or blood cells

7 Aug 2019 12:55 pm
Hand-held device developed to detect bacteria

It could be useful for anti-bioterrorism measures and environmental monitoring applications besides healthcare

6 Aug 2019 6:25 pm
आयुर्वेदिक औषधियों के इन तत्वों से हो सकता है मिरगी का उपचार

एक नए अध्ययन में भारतीय शोधकर्ताओं ने जड़ी-बूटियों में पाए जाने वाले 74 तत्वों की पहचान की है, जो मिरगी के कारकों को नष्ट कर सकते हैं

6 Aug 2019 6:09 pm
National Medical Commission Bill: Govt ignored key advices

There was no mention of community health providers in the version of the Bill the parliamentary standing committee studied and their opposition to National Exit Test was ignored

6 Aug 2019 1:19 pm
कैंसर के इलाज में सहायक है शाकाहारी भोजन : अध्ययन

अध्ययन से पता चला है कि रेड मीट, अंडे कम खाने से कैंसर के इलाज में मदद मिल सकती हैं

5 Aug 2019 8:38 pm
Cancer cases in India can double every 20 years: Study

Cases of cancers caused by infections are decreasing, while lifestyle and ageing cancers are increasing, found the study

5 Aug 2019 7:56 pm
NMC Bill protestors divided: Resident doctors call off strike, IMA calls for another

While resident doctors are content on being assured to be consulted, the IMA insists on continuing the protest

5 Aug 2019 7:38 pm
क्या आपके स्वास्थ्य केंद्र में डाॅक्टर है?

विजय कुमार डॉक्टर की खाली पड़ी कुर्सी से बात करने लगे

5 Aug 2019 12:23 pm
जानिए क्यों अब अनार नहीं पड़ेगा बीमार

भारत में 2.09 लाख हेक्टेयर क्षेत्र में अनार की खेती होती है और यहां हर साल 24.42 लाख टन अनार उत्पादन होता है।

2 Aug 2019 5:53 pm
ICMR expands India Hypertension Control Initiative to 100 districts

The initiative earlier covered just 25 districts in four states

1 Aug 2019 7:12 pm
Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill

The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha recently, has been objected to by the medical fraternity on a number of grounds

1 Aug 2019 6:52 pm
Madhya Pradesh second state to have plan for antimicrobial resistance

The move will encourage other states to develop their own plans, which in turn, will help in tackling antimicrobial resistance on the national level

1 Aug 2019 2:42 pm
A closer look at how brain fever gripped Bihar

The dreaded acute encephalopathy syndrome has Bihar struggling every year. The state has lost 1,673 children to the disease since 2010, shows data exclusively available with Down To Earth

1 Aug 2019 12:05 pm
डॉक्टरों ने कहा हड़ताल रही सफल, जानिए क्या है एनएमसी बिल का विवाद

आईएमए ने कहा कि एनएमसी विधेयक के खिलाफ दिल्ली में हड़ताल का आंशिक प्रभाव रहा लेकिन दूसरे राज्यों में डॉक्टरों ने सिर्फ आपात सेवाएं दीं। हमारा विरोध अन्य राज्यों में सफल रहा।

31 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
‘National Medical Commission Bill will encourage corruption, centralise power’

The Indian Medical Association and experts list a bunch of problems the Bill may introduce in the health sector if passed by the Rajya Sabha

31 Jul 2019 5:56 pm
New molecule promises to address drug resistance

The new molecule is an antimicrobial peptide, which kills bacteria by breaking down their membranes

30 Jul 2019 6:53 pm
वैज्ञानिकों को मिला प्रतिरोधी सूक्ष्मजीवों से लड़ने के लिए नया हथियार 

भारतीय वैज्ञानिकों ने एक नए पेप्टाइड का पता लगाया है, जो दवा प्रतिरोधी एसिनेटो बैक्टर बाउमानी बैक्टीरिया से लड़ने में मददगार हो सकता है।

30 Jul 2019 6:22 pm
छत्तीसगढ़: ग्रामीण सीएचसी में विशेषज्ञ डॉक्टरों के 91.2 फीसदी पद खाली

छत्तीसगढ़ में दूरदराज और नक्सल प्रभावित इलाकों में स्वास्थ्य विभाग चिकित्सकों को वेतन के अलावा 50 हजार तक अतिरिक्त भत्ता भी दिया जा रहा है 

29 Jul 2019 4:13 pm
WHO slams tobacco industry for interference in cessation efforts

The UN public health agency warned its member countries to not fall for such firms’ campaigns that are to manipulate the perception of tobacco products

28 Jul 2019 9:31 pm
भ्रूण लिंग जांचने वाली अवैध मशीनों की ऑनलाइन बिक्री जारी

कहीं भी ले जा सकने वाले नई अल्ट्रासाउंड तकनीकी  का बेजा इस्तेमाल जारी है। बेटियों को खत्म कर देने वाली मानसिकता के लिए यह घातक हथियार बनकर उभर रही है। 

26 Jul 2019 8:44 pm
केरल के बाद मध्यप्रदेश रोकेगा एंटीबायोटिक का गलत इस्तेमाल

एंटीबायोटिक का इस्तेमाल इंसानों ही नहीं बल्कि पॉल्ट्री फॉर्म, मछली पालन, पशुपालन में भी किया जा रहा है। सरकार के इस अभियान में इंसान और जानवर दोनों को शामिल किया जा रहा है।

26 Jul 2019 6:20 pm
‘Growth of affluent Indian kids on par with developed countries’

Nita Bhandari, an internationally recognised public health researcher, spoke to Down To Earth on how India was selected for the WHO study and its relevance

26 Jul 2019 10:36 am
Extremely tiny gold nanorattle may help detect serotonin levels instantly

A group of researchers has developed a nanotechnology-based biosensor for detection of serotonin in blood and urine

25 Jul 2019 6:33 pm
New ingestible, 3D printed pill can analyse gut microbiome

The biocompatible pill can easily sample different stages of the gastrointestinal tract, which was till now impossible to track non-invasively  

25 Jul 2019 12:41 pm
कोख में लड़का या लड़की : 50 हजार रुपये के पैकेज में हो रही अवैध जांच

उत्तर प्रदेश के मेरठ जिले में भ्रूण लिंग जांच और गर्भ से बच्चा गिराने का कुल पैकेज 50 हजार रुपये है। अब भी लड़कियों को इज्जत और कलंक से जोड़ा जाता है।

24 Jul 2019 5:18 pm
India should beware of 10 viral threats, including Ebola

The diseases include Ebola, MERS-CoV, yellow fever, bird flu, Usutu virus, Tilapia novel orthomyxo-like virus, Cyclovirus, Banna Reo virus and Canine parvovirus

24 Jul 2019 8:52 am
कोलिस्टीन पर प्रतिबंध, सीएसई ने कहा- समय पर उठाया सही कदम

स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय ने 19 जुलाई को जारी अधिसूचना में कोलिस्टिन के वितरण, उत्पादन व बिक्री पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया है

23 Jul 2019 7:55 pm