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Biden to appoint Mandy Cohen as Director of the CDC; The latest health stories from around the world

Public health advocates are applauding the news that President Joe Biden intends to name Mandy Cohen, a physician and public health expert with broad government experience, to lead the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.adj1029?et_rid=785235729&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&af=R&et_cid=4766136&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_source=sfmc Biden will appoint Cohen by the end of the month to replace current CDC Director Rochelle Walensky […]

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Alzheimer's disease

Indian study finds potential new Alzheimer’s disease biomarker

Initial test results from studies conducted in India may have uncovered potential biomarkers that could be used as an early detection tool in diagnosing individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.  A group of researchers led by professor Pravat Mandal at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) in Manesar, Gurgaon have found a statistically significant correlation of

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Fungus, fungal disease

Fungal disease revealed to be a large scale threat to Indian health

While diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV are at the forefront of media attention regarding infectious disease, one threat has long gone overlooked – fungal disease. A recent study that brought together expertise from three Indian teaching hospitals: AIIMS New Delhi, AIIMS Kalyani, West Bengal and PGIMER Chandigarh along with The University of Manchester. Together

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Why is it important for you to know about NDHM and NDHB in India on World Health Day 2023?

Today, on World Health Day (WHD), India, like the rest of the world is celebrating 75th anniversary of World Health Organisation (WHO). In 1948, several countries came together to form WHO with a mission to improve public health. 75 years later, with many successful healthcare interventions, WHO continues to motivate action to address health challenges

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Rare diseases continue to blight India

Rare diseases continue to reap a considerable toll in India as patients struggle to avail treatment despite notified policies from the Central Government. “Rare diseases are a serious public health concern in India, with an estimated burden of about 80 to 96 million cases reported annually,” said Dr Prashanth Bagali, Practice Head-Oncology at Strand Life

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Indian e-Pharmacies under renewed scrutiny by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI)

The Indian government is likely to take strong action against the misuse of drugs by the e-pharmacies, including their closure, news agency ANI said, citing sources. The report said that the e-pharma companies’ model is problematic as it can be detrimental to patients’ health. https://www.livemint.com/news/india/epharmacies-under-radar-centre-likely-to-initiate-stern-action-11676587508512.html Recently, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) served notices

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Measles outbreak attributed to low vaccine coverage

A measles outbreak in Mumbai, followed by Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Malappuram in India over the past month has drawn attention to the large number of unvaccinated children. Over 16,000 suspected cases have been recorded in India. Of the 20 children who have died of measles since October 26 in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, just one

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Dr Soumya Swaminathan to resign as chief scientist at the WHO

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the WHO, will resign from her post on November 30 after a five-year stint and return to India. The 63-year-old, who is two years short of the WHO’s mandatory retirement age, told The Indian Express that she felt an urge to do “more hands-on practical work” and that she

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Invasive mosquito species linked to unusual malaria outbreak

Scientists have linked an invasive mosquito to an unusual outbreak of malaria in Ethiopia. Anopheles stephensi, native to southern Asia, was first identified in Africa a decade ago in the Republic of Djibouti, which borders Ethiopia. It has since spread to at least four other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. www.science.org/content/article/unusual-malaria-outbreak-tied-invasive-mosquito? Now, amid lingering questions about whether

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Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the WHO

Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), on the basis that Omicron and the variant’s latest offshoots have likely rendered them obsolete. www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/who-strongly-advises-against-use-two-covid-treatments-2022-09-15/? The two therapies – which are designed to work by binding to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 to neutralise the virus’ ability to infect cells

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