Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.
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A tale of two countries, and their approach to IVF treatment: In India, the rules are being amended too, but in favour of couples
Walking and strength training are more effective than other exercises, a review of 200 studies shows. But experts warn that it cannot replace other treatments
Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It is preventable and curable. And yet, the disease ends up taking lives. This too can be stopped
The recent budget announcement by the Union finance minister to encourage an anti-HPV jab is a step in the right direction
The allocation for the scheme has seen a jump of about 4% from ₹7,200 crore in the budget estimates of 2023-24 to ₹7,500 crore for 2024-25
About 1 in 5 people develop cancer in their lifetime, approximately 1 in 9 men and 1 in 12 women die from the disease
The allocation for the scheme has been marginally increased by about 4% from ₹7200 crore in the budget estimates of 2023-24 to ₹7500 crore for 2024-25
Till now, random testing of samples for anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is limited to big hospitals in cities, or tertiary care facilities
The jury is still out on the use of such treatment modalities in a poor country like India, though it has the fourth largest population of cancer patients
Latest data from the World Health Organisation shows a heartening decline in tobacco use. What could possibly explain this?
The WHO report shows that 150 countries have been successful in reducing tobacco use, with India among the countries that have taken the most effective measures
Currently, tobacco use is still estimated to kill at least eight million people each year, including an estimated 1.3 million non-smokers who are exposed to passive smoke, said the report
The new guidelines come against the backdrop of deaths reported in certain countries such as Gambia in Africa that were linked with consumption of Indian drugs
A book that provides a detailed insight into the past and future of the space world, and why countries are racing to have the most space missions
The directive comes in a week when the outbreak of JN.1 variant in some states triggered concern that it could spark wider outbreaks.
The government has called for increased testing and surveillance to track new variants, including the JN.1 sublineage of the BA.2.86 variant.
According to the data released by the health ministry of Kerala, the state has reported three deaths and 292 fresh cases over the past 24 hours. The number of active cases in India stands at 2,311
Many countries are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases around the start of the holiday season, largely owing to the highly infective JN.1 variant
The JN.1 sub-variant a new sub-lineage of the BA.2.86 (also known as Pirola) — by itself an off-shoot of the widely circulating Omicron variant.
The data from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) report was based on testing of samples in various states across the country
WHO’s recent report shows that cases of the mosquito-borne disease have increased globally, but India is the only country to have bucked the trend
The samples will be sent to advanced regional laboratories to test for the microbe causing the illness
The decision is likely to drop prices of treatment anywhere between one-tenth and one-hundredth of current market costs
The need for strengthening surveillance among human, animal husbandry and wild life sectors has been recognised as a matter of abundant precaution
The study said that the spate of such sudden deaths can be attributed to past-Covid hospitalisation, binge drinking, and intense unaccustomed activity.
A total of 26.36 million children out of the eligible 26.38 million received their first dose of measles containing vaccine in 2022-23, according to data shared by the health and family welfare ministry
The days after Diwali are marked by uncontrolled levels of PM2.5 and 10 in the thick, rancid air over our cities. It’s time for a ready reckoner
The new global projections are part of the 8th annual report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change
Avoid fire-crackers burning especially by people suffering from asthma or another lung disease, the ministry said in an advisory on Friday