India's Environment Minister: No data on air pollution deaths

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The Union minister of environment, forest and climate change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said in Parliament that there is no conclusive data available in the country to establish direct correlation of death/diseases exclusively to air pollution. However, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)released a study last month. The report of the study says that "one out of every eight deaths in India in 2017 could be attributed to air pollution". In Delhi, alone 51% of total deaths are attributable to air pollution according to the report. 

In India, 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet

India is among the top 10 worst countries for access to basic sanitation. The Indian Government has a target of eliminating open defecation by the end of 2019 and Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission claims to have reduced the proportion of people defecating in the open by 40 per cent. Also, the administrative data available on Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin portal says that the sanitation coverage is 89.4% yet 56 % of people are without access to alteast basic sanitation acccording to a 2017 wateraid report.

 
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Punjab – cradle of science popularisation in India

Punjab – cradle of science popularisation in India

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As Punjab hosts India’s largest science outreach event this week – annual session of the Indian Science Congress at Phagwara – it is time to recall how the state...

Interview with Dr Aman Iqbal, Healthcare

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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.  

Anti-cancer drug tweaked to make it more effective

Anti-cancer drug tweaked to make it more effective

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Cancer drugs are generally toxic and result in serious side effects in patients. A group of Indian researchers have now ...

Evergreen Shrub: A life saving plant

Evergreen Shrub: A life saving plant

By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

IIT-Roorkee researchers have developed a set of fluorescent carbon nano-dots that promises to serve as a diagnostic agent for cancer.  

Fighting the Tide of Fake Medicines

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How heavy metals are spreading drug resistance

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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.  Now a new study by epidemiologists from America, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, has reported that PM2.5 also impacts disease burden of diabetes.

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

By : Dinesh C Sharma

India has witnessed an alarming rise in the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers in the past 25 years, a series of new studies published on Wednesday in The Lancet and its associated journals have revealed. Detailed estimates of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, and suicide show that their prevalence has gone up in every Indian state between 1990 and 2016.

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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.

Will India be able to eliminate Kala-Azar?

Kala-Azar has been endemic to Bihar since years. But recent data shows huge improvements and a steady decline of 36% in Bihar. But this year Jharkhand records 7 per cent increase in Kala-Azar cases highlighting that the elimination of disease is becoming a difficult task for India. 45 % of world’s Kala-Azar cases were reported from India and India has already missed the Kala Azar elimination deadline.  

Cholera hotspots in India

Cholera was much wiped out at a high rate in India but it is raising its head again. The major reason remains contaminated water and poor sanitation. Since, only 28% of households use piped water, there are all the more reasons for cholera to stretch across the length and breadth of India. Five Indian states including national capital carry 75% burden of the disease in India.

 

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