Opinion

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. 

Can technology be a solution for health issues

Can technology be a solution for health issues

By : Dr. T V Venkateswaran and Jyoti Singh

Preventing heart attacks, measuring soil moisture and detecting explosives may sound disjointed, random problems, but scientists say it is possible to address them using the same concept or technology platform. Practical availibility of technology is a solution to such issues and researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, have achieved this.

A program that turns doctors into muckrakers

A program that turns doctors into muckrakers

By : Robert Steiner

The University of Toronto has now trained 17 doctors and health professionals along with 58 other specialists to work as journalists, some of whom have quickly become award-winning reporters. And the doctors who come want to do more than service journalism; they want to investigate problems that most reporters miss.

Health policy is vital to deal with air pollution

Health policy is vital to deal with air pollution

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Delhi's air pollution has triggered a health crisis and national debate about air pollution. Despite the threat air pollution has posed to the health of India over the past decade, why has so little been done on the health policy front to tackle this looming threat?  More importantly, what are the immediate policy measures we must undertake?

One health policy may not work for all Indian states

One health policy may not work for all Indian states

By : Dinesh C. Sharma

Scientists have identified 333 disease conditions and 84 risk factors for all the states in India and this is the first time that burden of disease has been studied at state-level. This has huge implications for policy makers because it means that one health policy and uniform health schemes may not be workable for all the states.


Air pollution kills, but where is the data?

Air pollution kills, but where is the data?

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

How many people die in India due to air pollution? Nobody knows! Neither the central government nor the state governments collect data regarding number of people suffering due to exposure to polluted air and deaths occurred. While there is so much debate about air pollution in the country. No official data is available.

Consuming fruits,veggies, dals cuts risk of death

Consuming fruits,veggies, dals cuts risk of death

By : Bhavya Khullar

The Lancet has found that people who consume around 375 to 500 grams of fruits, vegetables, and dal per day are at a reduced risk of death. The research was done in 18 countries with 135,335 participants aged 35 to 70 years. Healthy individuals with no reported diseases and complications were enrolled for the study. 

How to save yourself from toxic air

How to save yourself from toxic air

By : Health Analytics India

Reducing the health effects from urban outdoor air pollution is largely beyond the control of individuals. But how can people protect themseleves when there is an air pollution alert, answers World Health Organisation. WHO has issued a set of guidelines and tips that can protect people from the adverse affects of Delhi's toxic air. 

How India can save $1 billion and 90,000 children each year: report

How India can save $1 billion and 90,000 children each year: report

By : Johns Hopkins Report 2017

The Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report, 2017 evaluates the annual progress made in prevention and control of pneumonia and diarrhea by scoring the top 15 highest burden countries. The report highlights that India has improved the most in prevention and control of pneumonia and diarrhoea.

How India can help eliminate neglected diseases

How India can help eliminate neglected diseases

By : Dr. Suman Rijal

Neglected tropical diseases are fighting for attention despite the fact, they are major chronic infections that affect the world’s poorest. In an interview to Health Analytics India, Dr Suman Rijal, Director of DNDi (India) talks about challenges of eliminating the diseases, role of data and why there is less investments in the area of neglected tropical diseases.

Child mortality dips, one million Indian children saved

Child mortality dips, one million Indian children saved

By : The Lancet Report

India has avoided about one million deaths of under five children since 2005, owing to significant reductions in mortality from pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal infections, birth asphyxia, trauma, measles and tetanus, according to a new study by Lancet. The conditions prioritised under the National Health Mission saw the maximum decline.

Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable treatment

Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable treatment

By : Anand Chandrasekhar

For a rich country that is a global hub for pharma companies, Switzerland is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Hepatitis C patients having to pay for pricey drugs. It affects between 50,000 to 80,000 Swiss residents. But only those suffering from a very severe form have the drug needed for treatment covered by their mandatory health insurance.

How reforming Medical Council of India will help eliminate corruption

How reforming Medical Council of India will help eliminate corruption

By : Brookings India Report

National Medical Commission seeks to replace Medical Council of India with a promise to create world-class medical education system. Recently, Brookings India published an impact series of effectiveness and recommendations to be considered for revamping medical education. Here is a short excerpt of major recommendations from  the report.

 

Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

By : Bhavya Khullar

Around 26 lakh stillbirths occurr globally every year, India accounts for the largest proportion with 5.9 lakh cases.A major stumbling block is lack of data on stillbirth in India. A new study by PHFI aims to bridge the gap with a focus on getting insights into possible risk factors and ground level changes required to design and implement intervention policies.

Price Controls and Make in India needs convergence

Price Controls and Make in India needs convergence

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Providing access to affordable and quality healthcare is government's responsibility. Some 1 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare, the main reason remains inability to afford healthcare. Indian government's move to control prices of medical devices is a commendable step and work in progress to tackle healthcare challenges. 

Kidney disease may be linked to pesticide exposure: Study

Kidney disease may be linked to pesticide exposure: Study

By : Bhavya Khullar

A Delhi based study indicated that kidney disease may be linked to pesticide exposure. Doctors at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Delhi found that Chronic Kidney Disease patients had higher levels of pesticides. Although,  the mechanism of how pesticides affect kidney health is yet to be elucidated.

Neuroscientist who uses art to communicate science

Neuroscientist who uses art to communicate science

By : Dr. Leslee lazar

What does neuroscience have to do with graphic designing? Stereotype holds that scientists and designers are vastly different thinkers. A neuroscientist and graphic designer Dr Leslee Lazar is bridging art and science gap to create visual representations of scientific knowledge.

Public healthcare:​ Lessons from the Gorakhpur tragedy​​

Public healthcare:​  Lessons from the Gorakhpur tragedy​​

By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

Negligence kills. That is what happened in Gorakhpur where terrible tragedy cruelly crushed lives of so many innocent children because of lack of timely healthcare intervention. This will be remembered as one of the worst tragedies in India’s public healthcare. What are the lessons from Gorakhpur?




Medical Research: Probiotic can prevent infections in infants

Medical Research: Probiotic can prevent infections in infants

By : Dinesh C Sharma

A quarter of the world's infant deaths happen in India, therefore infant mortality is still a major cause of concern. Reasons of such deaths are infections and diarrhea. A group of Indian and American scientists have found that a bulk of these deaths can be prevented with an inexpensive probiotic-based preventive therapy.