16 million abortions a year in India, 81% at home


India recorded around 15.6 million abortions in 2015, reports the study published in The Lancet. The study says that not only do a lot more Indian women than previously thought undergo abortions every year, an overwhelming number 12.7 million (81%) take medicines at home instead of going to hospitals. Only around 22% or 3.4 million abortions were done in public health facilities. The study points out that there is need for improved contraception services to help couples prevent unplanned pregnancies in the country.

More people avail healthcare but they opt for private hospitals

Data from an analysis by Brookings India shows that there is a decline in percentage of people not seeking medical services when they were sick from 15.1 (in 2004) to 12.4 (in 2014) out of every 1000. This implies that there is an 18 per cent increase in Indians seeking some form of healthcare when they report being sick. But data from the NSSO highlights that not only are more Indians being hospitalised over the past few years but most of them go to private hospitals due lack of access to public healthcare facilities. 

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A new diagnostic test on cards for prostate cancer

A new diagnostic test on cards for prostate cancer

By : Dr. Shikha T. Malik

Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men worldwide. Now a group of Indian scientists have identified a sensitive and specific diagnostic marker for prostate cancer that may differentiate between cancerous and non-cancerous prostate enlargement. That may help patients and their doctors make difficult treatment decisions.

Gujarat far behind on health indices

Gujarat far behind on health indices


Amid the election fanfare, it is significant to know how Gujarat has performed on health indicators. The impact of high economic growth on health and nutrition outcomes in Gujarat has been mixed. Full immunisation coverage has improved to 50.4% in NFHS-4 but Gujarat is still close to the bottom among Indian states. However, it has performed well in one area which is safe birth deliveries.

Healthy habits can ease genetic heart disease risk

Healthy habits can ease genetic heart disease risk

By : Dinesh C Sharma

Unhealthy lifestyle can easily trigger diabetes and heart disease among people who are genetically predisposed to them. A new study has found that people who are even genetically more prone to get diabetes and heart diseases can reduce their risk with lifestyle modification. Healthy food and physical activity can reduce the risk for  people who are genetically predisposed to them.


India's health infrastructure divide

India’s most comprehensive health report reveals huge disparities between states and their disease burdens. Similar is the situation of healthcare infrastructure. India is facing an acute shortage of public healthcare facilities and therefore people heavily rely on private healthcare providers. Due to dearth of government healthcare facilities, 80% of population visit a private practitioner for their health needs. 

Women face dual nutrition challenge

According to Global Nutrition Report 2017, Indian women face nutritional challenges stemming both from malnutrition and obesity. Anemia is a major health issue among the adolescents in India with 51% women sufferring from anemia. Whereas 22% of adult women are obese. While under nutrition are predominant in rural India, urban India is facing the challenge of over nutrition.The report looked at 140 countries and found ‘significant burdens’ of nutrition.

5 Indian states have 50% cancer patients

India has around 1.8 million people suffering from cancer. Five states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh houses 50% of the cancer patients according to latest data from 2017.  Tackling cancer is becoming a serious issue in India and dearth of cancer hospitals and doctors especially in rural areas is responsible for increasing the magnitude of the problem. 

Maharashtra,TN leads in organ donation

In India it is mainly the living donors who donate organs. About 23% of the organ transplant is being done with organs obtained from the cadavers according to latest figure from the government. Tamil Nadu  is a state that pioneered organ transplant in India. Almost 44% organ donations come from the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu making them the top two states with maximum organ donations.  

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