World AIDS Day: HIV still a threat, but rate of spread is down

Headline : World AIDS Day: HIV still a threat, but rate of spread is down Details : Context: Since 1988, December 1 every year is observed as World AIDS day.   About: HIV-AIDS Once contracted, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has the potential to attack the body’s immune cells called CD4 (which help the body to respond to infection). … Continue reading World AIDS Day: HIV still a threat, but rate of spread is down

Price controls can do more harm than good Editorial 3rd Sep’19 Livemint

Headline : Price controls can do more harm than good Editorial 3rd Sep'19 Livemint Details : Logic behind pricing of pharmaceutical products: Many healthcare products such as pharmaceutical drugs require years of research and millions of dollars to develop.Even after that, there is always the risk of a new medicine failing to pass human trials.As an incentive … Continue reading Price controls can do more harm than good Editorial 3rd Sep’19 Livemint

Health: National Deworming Day, National Deworming  Initiative, Significance of Deworming Programme

Headline : Telangana government stalls deworming drive for children Details : The News: The deworming drive aimed at distribution of Albendazole tablets to around 6.68 lakh children in both some districts of Telangana as part of the National Deworming Programme (NDP) could not be held as per schedule. The drive has been put off after two batches of the anti-worm … Continue reading Health: National Deworming Day, National Deworming  Initiative, Significance of Deworming Programme

In Brief: About Anti-vaccine campaign, About Measles

Headline : Global measles cases up 300 per cent year-on-year, WHO Details : News Summary According to WHO, the number of cases of measles world over has seen an increase by 300% in the first 3 months of 2019 compared to same period in 2018. The increase in measles cases around the world is attributed to … Continue reading In Brief: About Anti-vaccine campaign, About Measles

Five actions to turbocharge India’s public healthcare Editorial 7th Apr’19 IndianExpress

Headline : Five actions to turbocharge India’s public healthcare Editorial 7th Apr'19 IndianExpress  Details :  India's rising population has great health services need: India has the world’s second largest population which went from 760 million in 1985 and doubled in size by 2015. This rapid rise in population has not seen an appropriate increase in health services … Continue reading Five actions to turbocharge India’s public healthcare Editorial 7th Apr’19 IndianExpress

A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr’19 IndianExpress

Headline : A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr'19 IndianExpress  Details :  Rare diseases: A rare disease affects a small percentage of people. Most rare diseases are chronic and severe, leading to death or disability. Problems in diagnosis, understanding and treatment: Since these diseases are not found commonly, doctors are typically unaware about them and therefore either … Continue reading A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr’19 IndianExpress

Everything about Autism

Headline : AIIMS doctors develop application to help in timely diagnosis of autism  Details :  The News In the backdrop of the World Autism Awareness Day, doctors at AIIMS have developed a mobile app for early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2 every year. About the App The … Continue reading Everything about Autism

Objectives of Ayush Mission

The Government has launched the National AYUSH Mission with the objectives of:  providing cost effective AYUSH Services, with a universal access through upgrading AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries,  co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs),  strengthening institutional capacity at the state level through … Continue reading Objectives of Ayush Mission

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

. Consider the following statements about National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) 1.     It functions under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution 2.     It fixes/revises the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations Select the correct statements a     1 Only b     2 Only c      Both 1 and 2 d     … Continue reading National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

What is Trachoma?

• It is a chronic infective eye disease caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which is transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge of infected people, particularly young children who are most vulnerable to the infection. • It is also spread by flies which come in contact with the infected person and … Continue reading What is Trachoma?

National Population Policy 2002

National Population Policy 2002  long term objective of achieving a stable population by 2045  To address the unmet needs for contraception, health care infrastructure, and health personnel  To provide integrated service delivery for basic reproductive and child health care.  Maternal Mortality Rate: below 100 per lakh birth.  Infant Mortality Rate: 30 per … Continue reading National Population Policy 2002

Indian Council of Medical Research – ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): It is an apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research and is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. Its headquarters are at New Delhi. It is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry … Continue reading Indian Council of Medical Research – ICMR

Lymphatic Filariasis

Introduction • The national health policy had aimed at eliminating filariasis by 2015 but the deadline was extended to 2017 and now has been shifted to 2020. • But India is likely to miss the target date of stamping out elephantiasis or lymphatic filariasis. Filariasis • Filariasis, called hathipaon (elephant foot) locally, can cause limbs, … Continue reading Lymphatic Filariasis

Everything about Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis It is a viral disease that infects animals and humans. In humans, it can cause inflammation of membrane around the brain. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. JEV is a mosquito-borne flavivirus and belongs to the same genus as dengue, yellow fever and West Nile … Continue reading Everything about Japanese Encephalitis

H1N1 Flu:

H1N1 Flu: It is a respiratory disease caused by a strain of the influenza type A virus known as H1N1. H1N1 Flu is also known as swine flu. It is called swine flu because in the past the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. It can be transmitted from one person to … Continue reading H1N1 Flu:

NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY:

NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs and equipments in India. NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability … Continue reading NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY:

Everything about Surrogacy

What is surrogacy? Surrogacy is where a woman becomes pregnant with the intention of handing over the child to someone else after giving birth. Generally, she carries the baby for a couple or parent who cannot conceive a child themselves - they are known as "intended parents". There are two forms of surrogacy. In traditional … Continue reading Everything about Surrogacy

Measles and Rubella

Measles  Measles  is a deadly disease and one of the important causes of death in children. It is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Measles can make a child vulnerable to life threatening complications such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and brain infection. Globally, in 2015, measles killed an estimated 1, … Continue reading Measles and Rubella