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Genomics to help address rare diseases

Genomics to help address rare diseases

By : Dinesh C Sharma

Nearly 70 million Indians suffer from rare genetic disease. Indian scientists are teaming up clinicians to address such diseases by applying knowledge generated through the studyof human genome. The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology has signed an agreement with the AIIMS for collaborative research in this area.

Healthcare in India: Going public, and private

Healthcare in India: Going public, and private

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

The first private hospital was established in India in 1984.  By 2004 the private sector accounted for three quarters of outpatient treatment, 60% of in patients and three quarters of the specialists and technology. This evolution of hospitals and private health clinics has helped improve access to healthcare in India. 

Tracking TB becomes simpler with mobile phone

Tracking TB becomes simpler with mobile phone

By : Umashankar Mishra

Technological innovation continues to grow with better research and data collection which can help overcome major healthcare challenges. One such innovation is an App E-detection which helps in identifying active cases and follows up on them on a regular basis. Mobile apps that encourage tracking and monitoring of blood sugar allow diabetics a sense of empowerment.

CWG legacy project spreading to more cities

CWG legacy project spreading to more cities

By : Dinesh C Sharma

The system synthesises data on sources of air pollution, its transport over neighbouring states, modelling processes, impact on public health, food and regional climate to arrive on information products useful to government agencies as well as common people. The information to people is available through a mobile application & from project website.

What is wrong with India's healthcare system?

What is wrong with India's healthcare system?

By : Shazia Salam

How good is India’s health system? What are its biggest weaknesses, challenges and how Indian healthcare system can be rebuilt? Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao’s book, Do We Care provides an incisive look into the structural problems of Indian healthcare system. This is possibly the most important recent book on India's healthcare system.

Indian scientists a step closer to new HIV vaccine

Indian scientists a step closer to new HIV vaccine

By : Bhavya Khullar

India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world— 2.1 million at the end of 2015. A new finding raise hopes for sufferers of a disease that kills thousands of people every year. Indian scientists have identified a new antibody against HIV subtype-C from Indian patients. This finding will help design vaccines against HIV in the future.