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  • Teleradiology in Singapore JV (March 13, 2007)
    Bangalore based Teleradiology solution announced a joint venture with Singapore 's National Healthcare Group (NHC) where Teleradiology will tap global market through NHG which in turn will tap Teleradiology for manpower.<More>

  • Glenmark's Expansion in Brazil (March 13, 2007)
    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals is planning to double the production capacity and headcount of its manufacturing unit in Brazil in two years and use this production to reach South American markets.<More>

  • Medicine Abuse Rising in India (March 12, 2007)
    A recent United Nations International Narcotics Control Board report expressed concern over the rise in the use of cocaine and excessive abuse of painkiller and cough syrups medicines.<More>

  • India is Pneumonia Capital (March 05, 2007)
    A World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that India has 44 million pneumonia cases making it the pneumonia capital of the world.<More>

  • Iran's Herbal Remedy against AIDS (February 06, 2007)
    Iran announced that its scientists have produced a herbal medicine that boosts the immune system but "not medication to kill the virus" and is intended to be used as an alternative to "anti-retroviral drugs."<More>

  • HIV Drug Trial Stopped (February 05, 2007)
    Joint trials of a microbicide to prevent HIV infections during sex conducted in India and Africa were aborted after safety reasons cited by an independent scientific committee concluded that there was increased risk of HIV infection for women.<More>

  • Heart Disease Incidence Rising (January 30 , 2007)
    An international study on heart disease covering 52 countries and 30,000 patients found that changing lifestyles and diet along with “harmful factors such as cholesterol and history of diabetes” cause heart attack 5-10 years earlier in India than elsewhere.<More>

  • Large Budget Allocation for AIDS Control (January 30 , 2007)
    The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) proposes to spend 67.2 per cent of the total budget on prevention of HIV/AIDS under phase III of the National AIDS Control Programme on targeted interventions and anti-retroviral treatment.<More>

  • Mexican War on Drugs (January 22, 2007)
    Mexico said that it has deployed 7,600 soldiers in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero to neutralize drug gangs who have committed atrocities such as beheadings and perpetrated violence in resort haven Acapulco.<More>

  • Bird Flu in South Korea, Egypt, Indonesia (January 22, 2007)
    South Korean official revealed plans to cull “273,000 poultry within a 500 meter radius” while Egypt reported the 11th death and Indonesia culled thousands of chicken after the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found.<More>

  • Diabetes a Major Worry  (December 26, 2006)
    According to the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) India continues to don the dubious distinction of being the Diabetic capital of the world with the largest number of diabetics—China comes second but leads on pre-diabetic phase population.<More>

  • Reasons for HIV Propagation (December 13, 2006)
    A UNAIDS and World Health Organization (WHO) study has found that “poor knowledge of HIV” especially “among homosexual groups,” male prostitution, and unsafe drug abuse practices are main drivers of HIV propagation.<More>

  • AIDS Deaths Can be Lower (November 29, 2006)
    A recent paper by World Health Organization scientists say that 28 million lives can be saved by 2030 if newer HIV infections are curbed and access to life-prolonging anti-retroviral cocktails increased but warn that 117 million will die if these are not done.<More>

  • AIDS Patients to Get Protection (November 28, 2006)
    The Federal Government is planning to introduce legislation that will make “stigmatization and discrimination” of/against HIV/AIDS infected patients at work place, education institutions, and hospitals a crime.<More>

  • Govt Promises Economic Reforms (November 28, 2006)
    India is planning to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the healthcare and education sectors, continue with reforms in the financial sector, and dilute government equity in public sector enterprises through the Initial Public Sector Offering (IPO) route.<More>

  • Tobacco Companies Targeting Children (November 24, 2006)
    Surrogate advertising is a euphemism for alcohol and tobacco companies advertising using innocuous products sharing the brand name of alcohol and tobacco products, but it looks like they are now using unconventional advertising methods to target children.<More>

  • New Polio Program Needed (November 20, 2006)
    A new study found underlying assumptions of India’s Polio program faulty and has recommended that the nation revamp its immunization program especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where suspicion, illiteracy, and weak-implementation persist.<More>

  • New Bird Flu Strain (November 10, 2006)
    A new strain of bird flu virus, like the one originally found in China’s Fujian Province by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and American St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at Tennessee, has spread to 6 other provinces and 3 other countries.<More>

  • Solar Vaccine Cooler (November 07, 2006)
    An Indian scientist under a grant from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has developed a solar-powered vaccine cooler which replaces traditional lead batteries and ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) thus making it practical and eco-friendly.<More>

  • Ayurveda ‘Standardization’ Plans (November 06, 2006)
    Instead of dealing with burning issues such as rampant cases of Dengue, Chickengunya, recurrent polio, and newer strains of tuberculosis (TB), and unacceptable child and maternity mortality rates, Federal Health Minister wants standardization of Ayurveda.<More>

  • Mortality Numbers Lower (November 02, 2006)
    The Federal Government claimed Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) declined to 301 per one hundred thousand and said that six states continued to be worrisome but announced various incentives to encourage women to go for institutional delivery.<More>

  • High Infant Mortality in Bihar: UNICEF Survey (October 27, 2006)
    A survey conducted by UNICEF estimates that about 400 infants below the age of 1 with 2/3rds of those children within a month die every day in Bihar due to causes that could be easily prevented through simple intervention programs.<More>

  • WHO Wants TB Program Sustainability (October 19, 2006)
    Wanting a more effective management of the tuberculosis (TB) programs, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “financial sustainability and manageability” was required in addition to mere funding.<More>

  • NHAI Plan to Tackle Highway HIV (October 16, 2006)
    Migrant population living along highways suffer higher rates of HIV infection because of poor family support, lack of healthcare, unsafe sex, easy access to brothels, and lack of awareness but a new plan is being created to specifically target this population.<More>

  • Mosquito-based Epidemic Outbreak (October 06, 2006)
    Reportedly 76 people died in {Kerala} with Chikungunya and nearly 128,500 cases of Dengue have been reported nation-wide causing severe strain on an ill-equipped and ill-motivated system to deal with the crisis on a war footing.<More>

  • SC Halts Genetic Foods (September 27, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) asked the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to halt approvals to genetically modified products till it can determine that these foods have been sufficiently tested and safe for human consumption. <More>

  • New Polio Campaign in UP (September 23, 2006)
    Facing sharp criticisms from all quarters on failure to curb spread of polio in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss now says that it “will launch a massive campaign” to “win the battle with the virus.” .<More>

  • India Claims to be Yaws-Free (September 22, 2006)
    India ’s Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss claimed that Yaws, a common chronic infectious disease occurring mostly in the warm humid topical regions, has now been eliminated from India but eradication will take another two years.<More>

  • Polio Back Again (September 15, 2006)
    The number of polio cases reported in the first 8 months of this year was 283 compared to 66 for 2005 with most from Uttar Pradesh and 69% of the victims being Muslims even as UN Secretary General warned that India is inadvertently exporting the virus.<More>

  • New Dangerous TB Strain (September 12, 2006)
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a new drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) spreading in several countries and continents including the United States , Eastern Europe , and Africa that could greatly compromise AIDS treatment programs.<More>

  • Ramdoss Absolves Cola Companies (August 23, 2006)
    Expectedly, Federal Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss absolved the cola companies in the Lok Sabha that pesticide levels in their products were “within the permissible levels” and called an independent report “inconclusive."<More>

  • Kerala Ban Cola Production, Industry Cries Foul (August 14, 2006)
    Following reports from a prominent Non-Government Organizations on high pesticide residue in commercially available colas, the State Governments of Kerala banned the production of aerated colas by Pepsico and Coca Cola.<More>

  • Food Bill Passed as Pesticides Makeup Colas (August 03, 2006)
    As a prominent Non-Government Organization (NGO) reported high levels of pesticide and toxins in soft drinks, the Rajya Sabha passed a Bill to consolidate laws relating to food and establish a regulatory body for the food-processing sector.<More>

  • SC Rebukes Government (July 07, 2006)
    Listening to a complaint from resident doctors, the Supreme Court (SC) rebuked the Federal Government for breaking its promise during the anti-reservation strike of not initiating “punitive” action against doctors if they stopped their strike.<More>

  • India’s Malnourished Children (May 3, 2006)
    Dampening the euphoria on economic growth, stock market performance, and increased foreign direct investment, a United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) report on nutrition said India has the most number of malnourished under-five children in the world.<More>

  • Heart Disease Biggest Killer in Rural India Too (April 13, 2006)
    Exploding popular myth that cardiovascular disease is strictly an urban rich phenomenon, a Government, Non Government Organization (NGO), University 3 year study said that 32% of deaths in rural India was due to heart disease.<More>

  • India has 20% World TB Patients (March 24, 2006)
    Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss announced that India would achieve its United Nations set targets for the control of Tuberculosis (TB) by April 2006.
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  • India is “Rabies Capital” of the World (March 23, 2006)
    According to the World Health Organization, India is the "Rabies Capital of the world." <More >

  • ISRO to Assist in Health (January 25, 2006)
    The Federal Health Ministry and National Institute of Communicable Diseases in a tie-up with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will link 400 sites countrywide.<More>

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