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 Heat waves: The silent epidemic

  • The study has been authored by  Dileep Mavalankar, director Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar (IIPHG).
The India meteorology department (IMD) has forecasted that this summer is going to be very hot.(HT Photo)
The India meteorology department (IMD) has forecasted that this summer is going to be very hot.(HT Photo)
Published on May 12, 2022 11:43 AM IST
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 Impact of Covid- 19 on mental health of children and adolescents

The article has been authored by Kritika Amin, Kanishka Sharma, therapist of Plexus Neuro and Stem Cell Research Centre. Parth Sharma, research fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System.
Covid-19 has brought about disproportionate changes in the lives of children and adolescents, pushing them far away from the ‘normal’ growing curve
Covid-19 has brought about disproportionate changes in the lives of children and adolescents, pushing them far away from the ‘normal’ growing curve
Published on May 09, 2022 04:09 PM IST
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Partnerships that can power people and the economy

  • The article has been authored by Shama Karkal, CEO, Swasti Health Catalyst and Chair, Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
Evidence exists that investing in primary health care can boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 6% and four times the economic returns.
Evidence exists that investing in primary health care can boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 6% and four times the economic returns.
Published on May 02, 2022 03:36 PM IST
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Role of gene testing in identifying different variants of SARS-CoV-2

  • Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai
The variant Omicron was first detected in South Africa and Botswana and is believed to be even more transmissible, laying upon more challenges to detect. The virus just like any other virus proliferated into various sub-variants, namely, BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, and the most recently tracked ones like the XE, BA.4, and BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron.
The variant Omicron was first detected in South Africa and Botswana and is believed to be even more transmissible, laying upon more challenges to detect. The virus just like any other virus proliferated into various sub-variants, namely, BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, and the most recently tracked ones like the XE, BA.4, and BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron.
Published on Apr 19, 2022 11:56 PM IST
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Leapfrogging into the future of Indian pharma 

The article has been authored by Samina Hamied, executive vice-chairperson, Cipla and vice-president, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.
The Indian pharmaceutical industry ranks third worldwide for production by volume and caters to 20% of the global demand in the generic market in terms of volume.(AP)
The Indian pharmaceutical industry ranks third worldwide for production by volume and caters to 20% of the global demand in the generic market in terms of volume.(AP)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 04:49 PM IST
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Role of gene testing in identifying different variants of SARS-CoV-2

The piece has been authored by Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai
Genome sequencing is a time-driven procedure and even if we can sequence all Covid-19 samples in India, the S-gene target failure still be the fastest way to detect Omicron cases.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Genome sequencing is a time-driven procedure and even if we can sequence all Covid-19 samples in India, the S-gene target failure still be the fastest way to detect Omicron cases.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 06:48 PM IST
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Tackling effectively the maternal and child health emergencies

The piece has been authored by Tapasvi Puwar, Associate Professor and Dileep Mavalankar, Director - IIPHG
According to government data, 52% pregnant women access public health facilities for delivery services. Under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, India’s maternal mortality rate has to be brought down to below 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.(HT Archive)
According to government data, 52% pregnant women access public health facilities for delivery services. Under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, India’s maternal mortality rate has to be brought down to below 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.(HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 11:31 AM IST
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Feed more hungry people for less money– help them plant

The piece has been authored by Rein Paulsen, Director, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Billions of people have already struggled through the last two years; acute hunger skyrocketed and the threat of famine once again returned.
Billions of people have already struggled through the last two years; acute hunger skyrocketed and the threat of famine once again returned.
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 11:27 AM IST
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First 1,000 days of life are key to addressing malnutrition 

The article has been authored by Dr Shariqua Yunus, United Nations World Food Programme in India 
Prevalence of malnutrition remains high at 35.5% stunting; 19% wasting, and 32.1% underweight including a high prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency disorders.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Prevalence of malnutrition remains high at 35.5% stunting; 19% wasting, and 32.1% underweight including a high prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency disorders.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 05:55 PM IST
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Health Savings Accounts for India - Another string in the bow?

  • The study is authored by Aarushi Gupta, senior research associate at Dvara Research. Bindu Ananth, co-founder and chair of Dvara Trust. Bindu Ananth and Hasna Ashraf are fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health Systems. 
Health Savings Account (HAS) could be used for low impact-high frequency needs (medication for chronic conditions).(HT File)
Health Savings Account (HAS) could be used for low impact-high frequency needs (medication for chronic conditions).(HT File)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 02:35 PM IST
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Ending TB by 2025 needs more clinical research on drug resistance

  • Dr Lorenzo Guglielmetti is a doctor and the Médecins Sans Frontières director of the international endTB project. Dr Vijay Chavan is a chest specialist at the MSF TB Clinic in Mumbai.
A few weeks after the initial diagnosis of TB, more bad news awaited Zainab. Microbiological tests showed that the TB bacteria were resistant to all four usual TB drugs and to some of the drugs used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
A few weeks after the initial diagnosis of TB, more bad news awaited Zainab. Microbiological tests showed that the TB bacteria were resistant to all four usual TB drugs and to some of the drugs used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
Published on Apr 02, 2022 03:27 PM IST
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Defining a new pathway for enhanced healthcare

  • The article has been authored by Nachiket Mor, visiting scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health.
Defining a new pathway for enhanced healthcare.
Defining a new pathway for enhanced healthcare.
Published on Mar 19, 2022 06:50 PM IST
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Putting air pollution on the agenda

The piece is authored by Amar Patnaik is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Odisha; a former CAG bureaucrat and currently a lawyer.
A 2019 study revealed that although 90% of Indians are aware of what air pollution means, their understanding of its causes and effects is sorely lacking. (PTI)
A 2019 study revealed that although 90% of Indians are aware of what air pollution means, their understanding of its causes and effects is sorely lacking. (PTI)
Published on Mar 19, 2022 12:48 PM IST
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How to win the struggle with alcoholism

  • The study has been authored by Dr V Ramana Dhara 
People with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), the medical term for alcoholism, have an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.(Unsplash)
People with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), the medical term for alcoholism, have an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.(Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 12:15 PM IST
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Hidden hunger is a threat to achieving 2025 global nutrition targets

  • Dr. Ashutosh Mishra, clinical epidemiologist and senior Regional technical director, Southeast Asia, Vitamin Angels. Dr. Hema Divakar, senior consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and is the chairman and CEO of ARTIST for Her, a premier institute based in Bangalore to create a lasting social impact for the advancement of women's health care in India.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required by our bodies in very small quantities. Although required in minimal quantities, their deficiencies during pregnancy can lead to poor pregnancy (women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy) and birth outcomes (children born to malnourished mothers are more likely to be born too small, too soon, or stillborn).
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required by our bodies in very small quantities. Although required in minimal quantities, their deficiencies during pregnancy can lead to poor pregnancy (women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy) and birth outcomes (children born to malnourished mothers are more likely to be born too small, too soon, or stillborn).
Published on Mar 16, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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Investment in Primary Health Care: COVID-19 and beyond

  • Dr. Swati Mahajan, Chief of Party, NISHTHA/programme director, Jhpiego and Dr. Mayank Shersiya, senior programme officer- health systems development, NISHTHA/Jhpiego.
Investing in primary healthcare is foundational for achieving UHC and Sustainable Development Goals.
Investing in primary healthcare is foundational for achieving UHC and Sustainable Development Goals.
Published on Mar 16, 2022 01:08 PM IST
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Learning to live with Covid

Dr Anurag Agrawal, Director of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
The severity of an infection is best seen through the lens of host immunity. Chickenpox and measles, which strike no fear in our hearts, decimated the native American population during the European colonization.
The severity of an infection is best seen through the lens of host immunity. Chickenpox and measles, which strike no fear in our hearts, decimated the native American population during the European colonization.
Published on Mar 16, 2022 12:51 PM IST
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Focus on policies to encourage made in India drugs against rare diseases

The article is authored by Anjali Taneja, associate director of Science Policy Initiative at Ashoka University.
In India, nearly 70-90 million people suffer from RDs; which is expected to be an under-reported figure; the actual number could be higher.(Twitter/This_Life_Mag)
In India, nearly 70-90 million people suffer from RDs; which is expected to be an under-reported figure; the actual number could be higher.(Twitter/This_Life_Mag)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 02:20 PM IST
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In search of India’s Chen-Kuo-Fu and the Charak Shapath

  • Bhanu Duggal is Officer on Special Duty (Health), NITI Aayog, and head of cardiology, AIIMS Rishikesh The views expressed are personal 
In 1822, the Britishers established the Native Medical Institution (NMI) in Calcutta to provide medical training to Indians. Anatomical, medical, and surgical texts were translated into vernacular languages and indigenous systems of medicine were taught alongside western medicine.
In 1822, the Britishers established the Native Medical Institution (NMI) in Calcutta to provide medical training to Indians. Anatomical, medical, and surgical texts were translated into vernacular languages and indigenous systems of medicine were taught alongside western medicine.
Published on Mar 02, 2022 03:45 AM IST
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Medical colleges today must focus more on research to improve health

  • The study has been authored by Sanjay Zodpey, vice-president, academics, Public Health Foundation of India and director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi
The co-location of medical college hospitals supports the training of students as well as providing a spectrum of health services.
The co-location of medical college hospitals supports the training of students as well as providing a spectrum of health services.
Published on Feb 01, 2022 05:18 PM IST
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Do our current health system challenges give us an opportunity to leapfrog?

  • The study has been authored by Nachiket Mor, a visiting scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Tamil Nadu and Raghu Dharmaraju, president at AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) at IISc and fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System. 
Over three lakh adults still die from tuberculosis each year in India, while in China, a country with an equally significant tuberculosis problem, annual death rates have been reduced to below 40,000. Simultaneously, the burden of chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes is rapidly rising across the country.
Over three lakh adults still die from tuberculosis each year in India, while in China, a country with an equally significant tuberculosis problem, annual death rates have been reduced to below 40,000. Simultaneously, the burden of chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes is rapidly rising across the country.
Published on Feb 01, 2022 05:05 PM IST
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Impact of Covid on cancer care: Unaddressed problem and the possible solutions

  • The piece has been authored by Dr Parth Sharma a registrar of the department of medical oncology, Christian Medical College, Vellore. And Dr Ashish Singh is associate professor and the head of the department of medical oncology, CMC Vellore. 
Studies from India and abroad have shown that community-based cancer screening leads to a significant reduction in cancer-related deaths. (Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
Studies from India and abroad have shown that community-based cancer screening leads to a significant reduction in cancer-related deaths. (Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 06:37 PM IST
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Long Covid syndrome – the hidden pandemic

This article is authored by Lenny Vasanthan T, Dr. Bhagteshwar Singh, Dr. Priscilla Rupali
The study reveals abut the long covid.(AP | Representational Image)
The study reveals abut the long covid.(AP | Representational Image)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 05:41 PM IST
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Sedentary behaviour and Covid-19 risk

The study has been authored by Ekta Jain
 Sedentary behaviour goes beyond being a behavioural or lifestyle risk factor in public health studies.(Pixabay)
 Sedentary behaviour goes beyond being a behavioural or lifestyle risk factor in public health studies.(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 06:24 PM IST
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SnehAI - Artificial Intel chatbot for young Indian’s sexual, reproductive health

  • The study has been authored by Hua Wang, Sneha Gupta, Arvind Singhal and Poonam Muttreja
The SnehAI chatbot aims to provide a safe space for Indian youth to have conversations about SRH, dispel sex-related myths and taboos, offer accurate information about safe sex and contraceptive choices, and address mental health concerns.
The SnehAI chatbot aims to provide a safe space for Indian youth to have conversations about SRH, dispel sex-related myths and taboos, offer accurate information about safe sex and contraceptive choices, and address mental health concerns.
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:13 PM IST
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Not so novel coronavirus: A fresh perspective on the pandemic

  • The piece has been authored by Dr Dileep Mavalanka, director, Indian Institute of public Health, Gandhinaga, & Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, senior histopathologist and Media convener at the Gujarat state branch of the Indian Medical Association.
We know a lot about the virus and its behaviour after five variants. We have coped with it quite well when compared to the 1918 influenza pandemic. The pandemic has been a political issue in many countries.
We know a lot about the virus and its behaviour after five variants. We have coped with it quite well when compared to the 1918 influenza pandemic. The pandemic has been a political issue in many countries.
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:03 AM IST
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Check the rapidly emerging pandemic of antibiotic drug resistance

  • The piece has been authored by Konda Chavva, assistant representative in India for Food and Agriculture Organization ( United Nations) and Rajesh Bhatia, consultant, FAO
Unfortunately, a similar dimension of most, if not all widely prevalent human and animal bacterial diseases has been begging recognition of all stakeholders but has been able to attract an inadequate response.(AP)
Unfortunately, a similar dimension of most, if not all widely prevalent human and animal bacterial diseases has been begging recognition of all stakeholders but has been able to attract an inadequate response.(AP)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:02 AM IST
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Telehealth for neurorehabilitation

  • Dr Dorcas BC Gandhi, associate professor, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana
The role of telehealth in improving healthy lifestyles (diet and exercises), prevention of certain diseases has been well-recognised for many years.(HT PHOTO.)
The role of telehealth in improving healthy lifestyles (diet and exercises), prevention of certain diseases has been well-recognised for many years.(HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 05:22 PM IST
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Involvement of people living with non-communicable diseases 

This article is authored by Radhika Shrivastav, Shikha Bhasin,  Jyotsna Govil, Nalini Vemuri, Seema Bali, Nupur Lalvani, Rohan Arora on behalf of Healthy Alliance India
Every year, approximately 100 million people are pushed into poverty as a result of out-of-pocket expenditure for health care, a large proportion due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Every year, approximately 100 million people are pushed into poverty as a result of out-of-pocket expenditure for health care, a large proportion due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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