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WHO Director General Margaret Chan, right, with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon.

WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’

ABU DHABI: World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action to drive tobacco companies “out of business” and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the… Read more »


Air pollution in Delhi exceeds WHO limits

NEW DELHI: The level of air pollution in Delhi exceeds the limits prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO), government said in Rajya Sabha. The air quality monitoring data for… Read more »


Blue Shield loses state tax-exempt status

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Blue Shield of California is protesting a state decision to strip the nonprofit health insurer of its tax-exempt status, which the company has held since its founding in… Read more »


New way to regenerate heart tissue found

WASHINGTON: In a discovery that may pave the way for regeneration of damaged heart tissue, scientists have successfully stimulated the mouse heart to grow new cells. Researchers have shown that… Read more »


Green tea could help improve MRIs: study

BERLIN: A new unexpected role for green tea – to improve the image quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) – has been discovered by researchers, including one of Indian-origin. Sanjay… Read more »


Body posture may affect memory, learning

WASHINGTON: Body posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge, affecting memory and learning, a new study suggests. The studBody posture may affect memory, learning WASHINGTON: Body… Read more »


Alcohol ignition interlocks to prevent drunk deaths

WASHINGTON: Installing a built-in blood alcohol level tester in every new car in the US that keeps intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel could prevent 85 per cent of… Read more »

Glenmark barred by HC from selling its anti-diabetes drugs

Glenmark barred by HC from selling its anti-diabetes drugs

NEW DELHI: Indian pharma major Glenmark pharmaceuticals was today barred by the Delhi High Court from making, marketing or selling its anti-diabetes medicines on the ground that it had “prima… Read more »

Air pollution level in Delhi exceeds WHO limits

Air pollution level in Delhi exceeds WHO limits: Govt

NEW DELHI: The level of air pollution in Delhi exceeds the limits prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO), government said in Rajya Sabha today. The air quality monitoring data… Read more »

New swine flu strain in India may carry dangerous mutations

New swine flu strain in India may carry dangerous mutations

WASHINGTON: The swine flu virus in India which has killed more than 1,500 people in the last three months may have acquired mutations that make it more severe and infectious… Read more »

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa

Republican presidential hopefuls split on immigration

DES MOINES, Iowa: The clear rift over immigration has opened up publicly in the emerging Republican presidential field, with most potential 2016 candidates calling for enforcement of existing laws and… Read more »


US health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

NEW YORK: Public health officials in the U.S. are exasperated by their inability to persuade more parents to vaccinate their children, saying they’re dealing with a small minority who are… Read more »

Dr Rahul Jindal is Professor of Surgery and Global Health at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland, US

Indian doc selected for Fulbright-Nehru Chair

WASHINGTON: A top Indian-American physician has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India. Ahmedabad-based HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences would host Doctor Rahul Jindal during the… Read more »


AIIMS docs remove 17 kg tumour from woman

NEW DELHI: In a major surgery, a tumor weighing 17 kg was taken out from the abdomen of a 30-year-old woman suffering from a rare ovarian tumor (growing teratoma syndrome)… Read more »


Students learn about health care careers

MINOT, N.D.: Future health care providers are receiving valuable training in Minot before they’re even out of high school. Long-time instructors Brenda Demke and Mary Keller said there are about… Read more »


McDonald’s dropping human antibiotics from chicken

NEW YORK: McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone… Read more »


3 to 5 cups of coffee may lower heart attack risk

SEOUL: People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of heart attack as they are less likely to develop clogged arteries, a… Read more »


WHO lauds India for anti-smoking mechanisms

GENEVA: The World Health Organization has lauded India’s tobacco control mechanisms, calling the country a “champion” for curbing “tobacco marketing in films”. “India is a champion from the point of… Read more »


Bill controlling mental health drugs rejected

TOPEKA, Kan.: A proposal for controlling Kansas’ costs for expensive mental health drugs in its Medicaid program failed in the state Senate because some members worried that patients wouldn’t get… Read more »


Immigration plans on hold after ruling

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and… Read more »