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One out of every eight deaths due to air pollution in India: Lancet

India has disproportionately high mortality and disease burden due to air pollution according to a recent Lancet report. Out of total deaths attributable to air pollution, 51·4% were in people younger than 70 years. This study provides a comprehensive assessment of the exposure to air pollution and its impact on deaths, disease burden, and life expectancy in every state of India. The study clearly highlights that one out of every eight deaths in India in 2017 could be attributed to air pollution.

 
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Special Report: Killing costs

Special Report: Killing costs

By : Rohan Gupta

In India, prohibitive cost of treatment and inadequate access to doctors add to the burden of cancer deaths in India. 

Why govt's ban on a lifesaving drug was flawed

Why govt's ban on a lifesaving drug was flawed

By : Nabeela Inayati

Oxytocin is a life-saving drug. Yet, government announced restrictions on manufacturing and supply of oxytocin by private companies.

Big Data may help get new clues to Alzheimer's

Big Data may help get new clues to Alzheimer's

By : Dinesh C Sharma

 A group of Indian researchers has sought to apply Big Data analytics to hunt for early signatures of the Alzheimer’s.

What is ICIJ investigation on medical devices?

What is ICIJ investigation on medical devices?

By : Indrajit Gupta

Global investigation by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposed faults in safety standards of medical devices...

Interview with Dr Aman Iqbal, Healthcare

Interview with Dr Aman Iqbal, Healthcare

By : Health Analytis India

In an exclusive interview, Dr Aman Iqbal talks about his passion for data and AI and why he returned India to start an AI-driven healthcare company.  

Mathematics to make cancer treatment effective

Mathematics to make cancer treatment effective

By : Monika Kundu Srivastava

Scientists at the Pune-based National Chemical Laboratory  of CSIR have developed a mathematical model that promises to deliver better protocols for cancer treatment. It is expected to be of significance as treatment protocols could be developed based on accurate calculations, thus avoiding the preventable and uncomfortable side-effects of cancer treatment, researchers said.

Fighting the Tide of Fake Medicines

Fighting the Tide of Fake Medicines

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

The WHO calls the existence of substandard and falsified medicine an unacceptable risk to public health. Yet every region of the world is flooded with fake medicines. In India, particularly, a flood of fraudulent medicines is threatening the health of tens of thousands of people and a majority of people don’t even know that counterfeit drugs exist.

How heavy metals are spreading drug resistance

How heavy metals are spreading drug resistance

By : Monika Kundu Srivastava

Researchers have identified exposure to cadmium as a reason for Salmonella becoming resistant to antibiotics and have deciphered how cadmium affects the bacteria. Results of the study, published in Scientific Reports, indicate that antibiotics that could treat a severe infection are becoming less effective and those which could only treat mild infections are becoming ineffective.

Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

By : Raghu Murtugudde

The ill-effects of air pollution on human health have been reported extensively. Some estimates attribute nearly one fourth of all deaths in India to air pollution, particularly exposure to particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in size or PM 2.5. A new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health has reported that PM2.5 also impacts disease burden of diabetes.

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Import alerts on Indian units by USFDA

Import alerts by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are on the rise from 41 drug companies in 2015 to 55 till 2019. USFDA issues a warning letter which restricts the ability of that manufacturing unit to supply drugs to the US. In Indian scenario, the letters have been issued on sloppy record keeping and fudging of data including quality control. 

Cost of healthcare in India

Out of pocket (OOP) medical expenses make up about 67% of all healthcare costs in India according to NHA estimates and forms a major chunk in overall healthcare expenditure. High OOP for health brings a financial burden on families and discourage people from seeking timely care. Therefore, government needs to pump in more funds to address healthcare needs of people.

Cancer - India's second biggest killer

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. In India, death rate due to cancer is rapidly rising. According to the government data, India had 15 lakh cancer patients in 2017 and this number is expected to increase. Rate of mortality is alarming, it is India's second most common cause of death after heart disease. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are the worst sufferers. Cervical cancer and breast cancer are the biggest killers among Indian women.

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