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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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Govt to soon launch CoWIN-like platform for its vaccination drive

U-WIN will capture each vaccination event of all pregnant women and children under India’s universal immunization programme and will have the immunization schedule for infants, children and pregnant women.

U-WIN will capture each vaccination event of all pregnant women and children under India’s universal immunization programme and will have the immunization schedule for infants, children and pregnant women. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 15, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Health Talk | How real is cognitive impairment in Covid survivors?

Researchers investigated cognitive changes over two-and-a-half years among 1,245 individuals aged 60 years or older who survived the infection

An illustration of the novel coronavirus seen next to a health care worker at a Covid-19 testing centre in New Delhi on October 28. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 08:00 AM IST

NEET-UG likely to be held in online mode

Currently, NEET-UG is conducted offline — in pen and paper mode — wherein students have to solve multiple choice questions on an OMR sheet

A protest being held over the alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 at Jantar Mantar on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 05:01 AM IST

400 million people live with alcohol, drug use disorders globally: WHO

The highest proportion (13%) of alcohol-attributable deaths in 2019 were among young people aged 20–39 years.

An estimated 400 million people live with alcohol and drug use disorders globally. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Rising hysterectomy numbers and the need to avoid unnecessary surgeries

A new study from India puts the country-wise prevalence of hysterectomy at 11.5% in women aged 45 years and above.

The percentage of hysterectomies performed for reasons such as cancer and severe post-partum haemorrhage is the least reported. (Representational image)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

LK Advani hospitalised; BJP veteran ‘stable and under observation’, says AIIMS

The Bharat Ratna awardee, 96, is undergoing treatment under specialists from the geriatric department at the hospital.

File: BJP leader LK Advani (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 06:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Indians failing to meet recommended standard of physical activity, finds study

Half of Indian adults didn't meet physical activity recommendations in 2022, leading to increased health risks.

People exercising at Marine Drive in Mumbai. (Kunal Patil/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 10:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ice boxes, ventilator beds in RML’s facility for heat stroke in Delhi

In the past week, the hospital has tended to 20 to 30 patients suffering from heat stroke-like symptoms

The Heatstroke Immersion Cooling Unit at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital was launched on May 8. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Intense heatwave claims at least 53 lives, confirm Delhi hospitals

This is the first time the state government has confirmed deaths due to the year’s sizzling temperatures

A heat stroke centre at the RML Hospital, in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 10:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

4% of antibacterial agents under development globally in India: WHO

The aim is to steer antibacterial research and development to better counter the ever-growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

First released in 2017, this WHO annual report evaluates whether the current R&D pipeline properly addresses infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria most threatening to human health.
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 04:45 AM IST

Sysmex Astrego awarded £10m Longitude Prize for point-of-care UTI test

Of the 10-million-pound Longitude Prize, £2 million was awarded to various innovators to refine their technology and the final winner receives £8 million

The winner, PA-100 AST System, is a high-tech, transformative, rapid, point-of-care test for UTIs. (@Challenge_Works | Officia X account)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 01:39 PM IST

WHO confirms human case of bird flu in India

A case of human infection with bird flu caused by the H9N2 virus was detected in a four-year-old child in West Bengal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

WHO confirms human case of bird flu in India
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

States told to ensure hospitals adhere to fire safety norms

The direction came after the ministry held a review meeting with states at which the fire at a private hospital in east Delhi that killed six newborns was highlighted

Six infants were killed in the fire at the Baby Care New Born Hospital in Vivek Vihar, New Delhi, on May 25. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:08 AM IST

56 heatstroke deaths in the last 3 months, MP toll highest: Govt data

In the 56, Madhya Pradesh reported the maximum number of deaths at 14, followed by Maharashtra (11), Andhra Pradesh (6) and Rajasthan (5).

Madhya Pradesh reported the maximum number of deaths at 14, followed by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Heatstroke killed 46 persons in May: Govt data

Among heatstroke cases, 24,849 cases have been reported since March 1, under the Centre’s surveillance programme, out of which 19,189 were reported in the month of May

These heat spells coincided with the Lok Sabha elections being held between April 19 and June 1. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 01:50 PM IST

Battling the resistance: A Wknd interview with Dr Abdul Ghafur

For 15 years, he has waged a war on antimicrobial resistance. Now he is on the jury of the £10 million Longitude Prize. ‘These inventions give me hope,’ he says

 (Photo by Hena Ghafur)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 03:33 PM IST

With NICUs too costly for many, are smaller clinics necessary evil?

The Baby Care New Born Hospital on its website said it is an institute dedicated for neonates specially premature and extremely low birth weight babies.

Men gather near the remains of a burnt vehicle at the accident site after fire blazed through a children's hospital in New Delhi on May 26, 2024. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)
Updated on May 27, 2024 06:18 AM IST

World health assembly 2024: India to showcase its digital health schemes

India will focus on showcasing on how digital tools and services have brought on a health transformation in the country at the upcoming 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 27 to June 1, according to government officials

World health assembly 2024: India to showcase its digital health schemes
Updated on May 26, 2024 06:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Covid-19 reversed decade’s worth progress in life expectancy improvements: WHO

Global life expectancy fell by 1.8 years to 71.4 due to Covid-19, erasing a decade of gains.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (REUTERS)
Updated on May 25, 2024 10:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Covid-19 eliminated decade-long gains in global life expectancy: WHO

Covid-19 rapidly emerged as a leading cause of death, ranking as the third highest cause of mortality globally in 2020 and the second in 2021

The Americas and Southeast Asia were hit hardest with life expectancy dropping by approximately 3 years. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on May 24, 2024 06:53 PM IST

750,000 deaths linked to AMR can be prevented annually, says Lancet

The four-paper series suggests that without prioritising action on AMR, the global death toll - currently 4.95 million per year from AMR-linked infections - will steadily increase

A volunteer prepares prescription medicines to give them for free to those most in need at the Tzedaka Foundation's Community Medicine Bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AFP)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt likely to launch portal to unify insurance claim process

The government is likely to launch the National Health Claim Exchange (NHCX) — a single portal to submit and process health insurance claims across hospitals in the country — in the next two-three months

Govt likely to launch portal to unify insurance claim process
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ICMR distances itself from safety study on Covaxin

ICMR distances itself from BHU study on Covaxin safety, threatens legal action against authors for unauthorized acknowledgment.

ICMR collaborated with Bharat Biotech on developing the inactivated vaccine. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 12:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

WHO releases 2024 list of top antibiotic-resistant bacteria

AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites no longer respond to medicines, making people sicker and increasing the risk of disease spread, illness and deaths

The logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated on May 19, 2024 06:16 AM IST

Medical norms in works for congenital sex disorders

The committee, which included paediatric surgeons, endocrinologists, and clinical psychologists from across India, met at AIIMS on May 11

Medical norms in works for congenital sex disorders
Updated on May 18, 2024 08:58 AM IST

Surge in bad health due to lifestyle choices, age: Study

Air pollution, smoking, low birthweight and short gestation were also among the largest contributors to disability-adjusted life years in 2021

Despite global decreases, the disease burden from child and maternal malnutrition risk factors remained high in some parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:57 AM IST
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Single-dose HPV vaccine can achieve immunity similar to 2 doses: Study

Single-dose HPV vaccine could provide similar immunity as two doses, easing burden on vaccination programs in countries like India with high cervical cancer rates.

According to government estimates, worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. In India, it is the second most common cancer among women after breast cancer. (Representational image)
Updated on May 15, 2024 07:14 AM IST

NIN's dietary guidelines are a recipe for healthy living

The dietary guidelines emphasise the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity to combat India's rising burden of non-communicable diseases

The ICMR guidelines recommend sourcing of macronutrients and micronutrients from a minimum of eight food groups.
Published on May 13, 2024 09:00 PM IST

No final agreement as deadline for pandemic accord closes

WHO said that significant progress had been made regarding the drafting of the accord and that the talks are going to continue further till the start of the World Health Assembly towards May end

World Health Organisation (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 11:29 AM IST

‘Consumption of ultra-processed food linked to elevated risk of early death’

Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, and ready-to-eat or -heat products

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 09, 2024 08:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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