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India asks Commonwealth to share best practices in health care

GENEVA: India has asked the Commonwealth nations to share their best practices in critical areas, including health financing and access to essential drugs, to augment health system capacity. “The Commonwealth… Read more »


India needs to improve health care: WHO

GENEVA: India and many other southeast Asian countries need to improve their record on public health care, the WHO said here as it warned that the world will fall short… Read more »

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 3, 2008 file photo, an employee smokes a cigarette at a bar and restaurant in Harrisburg, Pa. In a study released Wednesday, May 13, 2015, smokers with $150 of their own money at stake were far more likely to quit than smokers who didn’t have to wager their money to get cash rewards. "A bit of a stick was much better than pure carrot," said the study's lead author, Dr. Scott Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania. But here’s the catch: Few people were willing to bet on themselves. Nearly everyone who was offered the rewards-only option, though, signed up for a stop smoking program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Smokers quit better when own money wagered

NEW YORK: When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick – but the stick gets better results. In… Read more »

This undated image provided by the New England Journal of Medicine on May 12, 2015 shows a CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient. Boston doctors removed the nearly 3-inch nail after it hurtled into the eye of a 27-year-old landscaper when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacking tool. A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine)

With nail in eye, landscaper survives unhurt

BOSTON: There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he… Read more »


Tobacco a major risk factor for cancers

NEW DELHI: Nearly half of the cancers affecting men and one-fourth among women are related to tobacco as per a report, the Rajya Sabha was informed. “As per the report… Read more »


Rise of retinoblastoma among Indian kids

NEW DELHI: There has been an increase in the cases of retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer, among children in India, according to ophthalmologists at AIIMS. Though the disease… Read more »


Vitamin B3 may help prevent skin cancer

For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of… Read more »


AIIMS docs devise new surgical technique to treat epilepsy

NEW DELHI: Doctors at the country’s premier health institute AIIMS have devised a new minimally invasive surgical technique for treating a severe form of epilepsy, especially in children. The procedure… Read more »


8-9 lakh people die due to tobacco use

NEW DELHI: Nearly 8-9 lakh people die every year due to diseases related to tobacco use, the government said while assuring the Rajya Sabha that a number of multipronged initiatives… Read more »


New test detects more cases of ovarian cancer

LONDON: A new screening test can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found in the largest trial of its… Read more »


New smartphone app to help people cut diabetes risk

NEW YORK: A new smartphone app aims to tackle type 2 diabetes by allowing users to track their exercise and eating habits to curb the risk of developing the disease…. Read more »


J&J seeks bioethics advice on drugs use

WASHINGTON: Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there’s little proof it could help. Now drug giant Johnson & Johnson is… Read more »

AAP holds protests in Jammu over AIIMS issue

AAP holds protests in Jammu over AIIMS issue

JAMMU: Amidst the growing clamor over reports of shifting AIIMS from Jammu region to Kashmir, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today held protests against the state government. AAP volunteers led by… Read more »


Health minister to look into Ramdev’s Ayurveda medicine claim

KOLKATA: Amid the controversy over a purported Ayurvedic product by yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy promising male child, Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan… Read more »


Embryonic twin removed from Indian woman’s brain

LOS ANGELES: In a shocking discovery, doctors in the US have found an embryonic twin complete with bone, hair and teeth in the brain of a 26-year-old Indian woman undergoing… Read more »


Washington health exchange signs up 170,000

SEATTLE: About 170,000 Washington residents bought insurance through the state health care exchange during open enrollment that ended last week, officials reported. That’s about 40,000 more people than bought insurance… Read more »


Cloth masks may up risk of infections: study

MELBOURNE: The use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged, according… Read more »


Malaria on decline in India, half a million die globally

GENEVA: India has seen a “major” decline in the number of deaths caused by Malaria in the last three years even as more than half a million people die globally… Read more »


Sweet potato naturally ‘genetically modified’

LONDON: Sweet potatoes all over the world contain ‘foreign’ DNA sequences, according to a new study which concludes that the popular food can be seen as naturally ‘genetically modified’. Researchers… Read more »


New treatment for asthma in 5 years

LONDON: In a first, scientists claim to have found the root cause of asthma, a breakthrough which could pave the way for a new treatment for the disorder within five… Read more »