Millions of women across the country do not have access to something as basic as iron and folic acid which can potentially negatively impact the health of the mother, her pregnancy, as well as fetal development. According to recently released National Health Profile 96.7 per cent women in Bihar do not get full antenatal care and in Uttar Pradesh, the figure is a dismal 94.1 per cent. Data from other states is alarming as well. The main reason behind such neglect are the improper implementation of policies and poor monitoring by the states.
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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Oxytocin is a life-saving drug listed under the National List of Essential Medicines. Yet, govt announced restrictions on manufacturing and supply of oxytocin by private companies.
By : Dinesh C Sharma
Despite developments in medicine, early detection of neurodegenerative disorders remains a challenge. Indian researchers has sought to apply Big Data analytics to hunt for early signatures of the Alzheimer’s.
By : Indrajit Gupta
Global investigation by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposed faults in safety standards of medical devices and how health authorities across the globe failed to protect millions of patients.
By : Nabeela Khan Inayati
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Journalists reporting on traumatic situations and disease such as Ebola, cholera, or HIV-Aids need to develop specialist skills for such work. Their tool kit needs to include techniques such as empathy, less talking - more listening, and a critical need to get the facts right.Cait McMahon PhD, is a managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
When I was the Director General of CSIR, we had started a public–private partnership called New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative, which was directed exclusively towards affordable excellence. That was a game-changer. We need to launch national grand challenges for vaccines to therapeutics to tablets. We did make the US$ 35 Akash tablet, after all.R.A. Mashelkar, noted Scientist and innovator who holds a long list of directorships, degrees and awards, all focused on advancing science and inclusive innovation in India.
Telling the Ebola story with data is a challenging task, how to paint a picture of numbers that inform about the seriousness while neither underplaying [and] nor being alarmist? There has been problematic data reporting…but there’s been solid data journalism too.Sharron Lovell is a multimedia storyteller and educator. She is based in Beijing and lectures on multimedia journalism.
The essential drug list becomes more relevant when the drug market is flooded with many nonessential, irrational drugs for which safer, equally effective & cheaper essential alternatives exist.Dr Mira Shiva, MD, is one of the leading voices of public health in India and coordinator at the Initiative for Health & Equity in Society.
We crunch the numbers, investigate the issues behind the numbers and turn them into fact and figure based stories that matter to the people.Our aim is to make Health Analytics India a single-point source of healthcare data and information in India.Nabeela Khan Inayati, Assistant Editor, Health Analytics India
"If we look at the cancer crisis closely, there is nothing like a new pattern of cancer, but the type of cancer which is predominant in an area keeps changing. It changes every ten years. For instance, earlier, the common cancer in America was tobacco related but that has changed now because the awareness has increased."Dr. Sameer Kaul, surgical oncologist & Founder, President of Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation.
"India provides low cost drugs not only to its citizens but also to most developing countries. Hence, the measures to control prices of drugs must be matched with those to safeguard our sovereignty in drug manufacturing, whether by public or private companies. It is this that will finally result in availability of drugs at affordable prices and will ensure that we move forward towards Universal Health Assurance."Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
It’s commendable that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making efforts to be more data-driven by providing district-level estimates for the first time with NFHS-4, there are still loopholes that need to be plugged.Jisha Krishnan, Journalist