Opinion

Severe malaria infections posing new challenges

Severe malaria infections posing new challenges

By : Shikha T Malik

A new study has confirmed a drastic shift in malaria occurrence in India. There is an increase in the number of severe infections instead of mild form of malaria experienced earlier.

Delhi to start monitoring pollen pollution

Delhi to start monitoring pollen pollution

By : Umashankar Mishra

Delhi is struggling with the threat of air pollution. In addition, pollen grains of different plant species spread in the air affect people suffering from respiratory diseases.

India’s neglected tropical diseases

India’s neglected tropical diseases

By : J.Hotez, A.Damania

The high-disease-burden Neglected Tropical Diseases in India are not evenly distributed, but instead focussed in areas of urban and rural poverty.

NGO under scrutiny for Swiss bank accounts

NGO under scrutiny for Swiss bank accounts

By : Anand Chandrasekhar

Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning potential secret Swiss bank accounts linked to a Delhi-based microfinance NGO.

Bael extracts can neutralise cobra venom

Bael extracts can neutralise cobra venom

By : Manu Moudgil

In India, 50,000 die of snake bites every year. Over 350 plant species have been identified as antidotes but there are very few studies to validate traditional medicines.

CSIR scientists working on new vaccine for malaria

CSIR scientists working on new vaccine for malaria

By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

Despite efforts over the decades by scientists across the world, malaria continues to be a major vector borne disease particularly in Asia, Africa and South America.  

Why India should price cap medical devices?

Why India should price cap medical devices?

By : Jisha Krishnan

India’s medical devices market is dominated by imported products, which constitute almost 80% of total sales. Yet, the medical device sector in India remains largely unregulated. 

Will India be able to curb TB by 2025?

Will India be able to curb TB by 2025?

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

India bears a disproportionately large burden of the world's tuberculosis rates. Acc to WHO, India will need to invest at least US$ 3.4 bn in TB control over the next five years to have substantial impact. 

Database on Indian herbs may ease drug discovery

Database on Indian herbs may ease drug discovery

By : Manu Moudgil

A new online database has identified 960 phytochemicals present in Indian medicinal plants that can potentially be developed into drugs. This is good news for the pharmaceutical companies looking for new products

Indian scientists find asthma drug useful in TB

Indian scientists find asthma drug useful in TB

By : Dinesh C Sharma

Scientists at the IISc Bangalore have found that an existing anti-asthma drug is effective against TB. Researchers are exploring options as TB becomes resistant to the available drugs.

What I learnt from drug pricing authority report

What I learnt from drug pricing authority report

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority was formed in 1997 to control the prices of drugs in India. In its latest report, it made shocking revelations how private hospitals are inflating medical bills to over 1,737%. 

Books in medicine: is the juice worth the squeeze?

Books in medicine: is the juice worth the squeeze?

By : Madhukar Pai

In my academic career, I have done my share of editing books and contributing chapters. But for those of us working in medicine or public health, are books and book chapters worth the effort? I don't think so.

More illegally imported medicines seized

More illegally imported medicines seized

By : SWISSINFO.CH

The Federal Customs Administration seized 1,060 shipments of illegally imported medicines in 2017. Notable was the increase in illegal imports from Eastern Europe, including a 40% rise from Poland.

Jumping genes active in old age: study

Jumping genes active in old age: study

By : Vaishali Lavekar

Scientists have been trying to figure out mechanisms underlying changes that occur in behaviour and cognition processes due to aging. The role of retrotransposons is suspected to be critical in the process of aging.

Does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation?

Does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation?

By : DELHI NEWS DESK

Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter answering the 10 toughest questions they get. One of the toughest questions was does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation? 

What’s on your plate ladies?

What’s on your plate ladies?

By : Jisha Krishnan

Less than half, 47% Indian women consume green, leafy vegetables on a regular basis. Overall women are invariably the lowest in the nutrition pecking order and this has real life implications. 

Tripura’s need to reiterate its health commitments

Tripura’s need to reiterate its health commitments

By : OOMMEN C. KURIAN

Tripura needs to put considerable efforts to improve its public health infrastructure and services on which a majority of its people depend — the coming assembly elections offer an opportunity.

What is Medical Council of India bribery scam?

What is Medical Council of India bribery scam?

By : Nabeela Khan

The Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences and 45 other medical colleges were barred from admitting students because these colleges were found to have sub-standard facilities. They allegedly paid money to judges to get favourable verdict.

Potential early biomarker for Alzheimer’s

Potential early biomarker for Alzheimer’s

By : Jyoti Singh

In a significant advance in understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have figured out the way memory deficit develops in early stages.

 

Indian poultry farming breeding drug resistance

Indian poultry farming breeding drug resistance

By : Delhi News Desk

The investigations carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, UK and The Hindu newspaper of India reveal how India’s negligence to combat the use of  antibiotic like colistin is leading to worldiwde drug resistance.    

 

Indian scientist builds army of e-astronomers

Indian scientist builds army of e-astronomers

By : Dinesh C Sharma

Members of unique citizen science project which trains lay citizens to analyse radio astronomy data have made discoveries using data from radio telescopes in India and abroad.

 

 

New study could pave the way for contraceptive

New study could pave the way for contraceptive

By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

Scientists at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) here have come up with a finding that could pave the way for the development of a new type of contraceptive.

 

Why killing the NMC bill is not a good idea

Why killing the NMC bill is not a good idea

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

The Parliament Standing Committee is examining a bill which will provide new thrust to medical education in India. While many may disagree, there is unanimity on the need to dissolve the MCI in its current avatar.

A data journalist’s new year’s resolutions

A data journalist’s new year’s resolutions

By : Marianne Bouchart

To celebrate the new year, the GEN has gathered experts to put together a list of resolutions for 2018; things we, as data journalists, should stop or start doing, things we should create, technologies we should try.

Budget 2018: What it means for the healthcare

Budget 2018: What it means for the healthcare

By : News Desk

The government's new National Health Protection Scheme could be a game changer for as many as 500 million people in need and unable to afford healthcare.  But some issues remain unaddressed.

New schemes launched for young scientists

New schemes launched for young scientists

By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

Minister for Science and Technology launched new schemes which seek to help young researchers. The schemes have been lunched with a view to tap the vast potential of young scientific workforce in India.

 

‘Pharmacy of the world’ is in peril

‘Pharmacy of the world’ is in peril

By : Dinesh C Sharma

India is known as the ‘pharmacy of the world’ but could soon lose this tag as the Indian drug industry is increasingly becoming dependent on China for supply of bulk drugs acc to a new study.

Disrupting the healthcare landscape in India

Disrupting the healthcare landscape in India

By : Devmalya Sarkar

New health technologies are expected to have far-reaching implications on diagnostics & treatments. At HITLAB Innovation Summit, expect some innovative ideas to support technology-enabled healthcare solutions in India.

[Health] equity is one of the biggest concerns today

[Health] equity is one of the biggest concerns today

By : The George Institute

Meet Dr. Devaki Nambiar, new Program Head for Health Systems and Equity at the prestigious George Institute for Global Health. In an interview, she says the institute’s future goals will be convening & participating in trans-disciplinary partnerships. 

Data indicates growing burden of lifestyle diseases

Data indicates growing burden of lifestyle diseases

By : Jisha Krishnan

Communicable diseases like malaria and AIDS now kill few people than non-communicable diseases (NCD) like heart diseases, strokes, respiratory ailments and diabetes. The shift from communicable to NCD's is a new challenge for healthcare providers.

Why NHFS-4 is most inclusive data source

Why NHFS-4 is most inclusive data source

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

Data from the recent National Family Health Survey reveals improvements in many key health indicators but it also points towards severe health challenges which the country has been suffering from since long. NFHS-4 is the first of the NFHS series that has collected data from each of India’s 29 states.

Decoding genome of HIV variant found in India

Decoding genome of HIV variant found in India

By : Sarah Iqbal

HIV continues to engage scientists because of its complex nature. A team of scientists from India, UK and Spain have isolated near full genomes of HIV virus. As HIV exhibits huge genetic diversity, the virus undergoes frequent genomic changes.

Virtual psychiatrist’ ​and mental disorders

Virtual psychiatrist’ ​and mental disorders

By : Dinesh C Sharma

India has a shortage of psychiatrists, because of which mental illness remains undiagnosed. A ‘virtual psychiatrist’ tool developed by Indian researchers can help address the problem. It has been found that it can be as effective as diagnosis by specialists.

How a young India is rapidly ageing

How a young India is rapidly ageing

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

There are 103 million aged 60+ according to government data highlighting that both the share and size of elderly population is increasing. India’s total fertility rate shows a trend that India will soon have more old people than young people. 

What does data journalism look like today?

 What does data journalism look like today?

By : Simon Rogers

When you mix journalism with maybe the fastest moving space -  technology,  things change even faster. At a time when the very notions of truth, lies & facts are under attack, data journalism can provide a guide to the mysteries of the daily news cycle.

Gujarat far behind on health indices

Gujarat far behind on health indices

By : OOMMEN C. KURIAN

Official data shows that coverage indicators like immunisation are a concern for a long time for Gujarat. It has shown an extremely worrying worsening trend in the state. Acc to data, Gujarat was one of the few states in India where full vaccination coverage declined since NFHS-2.

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 genetically predisposed to them. A study has found that people who are genetically more prone to diabetes and heart diseases can reduce their risk with lifestyle modification. 

Air pollution linked to heart diseases

 Air pollution linked to heart diseases

By : Health Analytics India

Medical researchers are concerned about pollution particles smaller than 2.5 microns which have the potential to evade the lungs' protective filter system and end up deep in the body. By accumulating in vulnerable areas of body, air pollution particles could trigger cardiovascular risks and worsen heart diseases. However, the disease process remains uncertain and studying the links between air pollution and health is difficult.

Linked Data Solutions in Healthcare

Linked Data Solutions in Healthcare

By : Amrapali Zaveri

This is an exciting time for healthcare data. More and more countries are improving ​collection of ​health data. ​But often this data is stored in ​silos, ​making it ​practically ​useless. ​When routinely collected data is connected and linked in a machine-friendly ​manner ​that makes data useful in ways we never imagined before. It provides actionable insights and has a huge potential to transform healthcare.

Health of India: CSE Report

Health of India: CSE Report

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

A new report by a leading Indian think tank, Centre for Science and Environment says health of millions of Indians is threatened by preventable diseases. Pollution and change in lifestyle are risk factors. Worse, the report points out that the key data on disease burden is missing. While data on NCDs was calculated a decade ago, data related to cancer covers only 10% of the population. 

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