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Heatwaves may be lethal for those with hypertension

With the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reporting highs of almost fifty degrees Celsius over the weekend tensions are looming regarding heat related deaths. One key concern is the increased risk of complications in those living with hypertension. Heatwaves have seen highs of 49 degrees in Delhi, with neighbouring Gurugram in Haryana recorded 48.1 degrees Celsius, […]

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Bipolar disease remains unaddressed in India

Roughly one in every 150 Indians suffer from bipolar disorder, according to senior consultant psychiatrist Dr Bhaskar Mukherjee from Kolkata. However, of these individuals, less than thirty percent are currently receiving any degree of treatment. Mayoclinic characterises bipolar disorder as a “mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or

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No mixing vaccines for COVID-19 boosters

A new study by Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore has suggested that mixing vaccines for COVID-19 shows a mixed result depending on the initial vaccination schedule, presenting programmatic challenges moving forward. The government, in light of this newfound data, has suggested that they may not allow booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines other than the one

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COVID-19 cases begin to rise once more in Delhi

COVID-19 cases are once again rising in Delhi, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday. While COVID-19 cases have increased in the capital, it has been reported that people are not developing severe disease and the hospitalisation rate is low. Given the severity of lockdowns in neighbouring China following outbreaks in cities such as Shanghai,

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Is heart disease underdiagnosed in women?

Heart disease may be being underdiagnosed in women, and a simple alteration of the perception of the disease may change this fact. Studies have shown that more men die from heart disease than women. In 2017 in India heart disease caused 2.64 million deaths, of which, women accounted for 1.18 million, while men accounted for

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A TB-free India by 2025? Health Minister reaffirms commitment

Marking World Tuberculosis Day Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has once again reaffirmed the Indian Government’s commitment to making India tuberculosis (TB) free by 2025.  “Tuberculosis is a preventable & treatable disease. On World TB Day, we reaffirm commitment to make India TB-free by 2025 by ensuring access to quality healthcare & advanced treatment. Together

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A big push for AI in India?

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Centre and groups representing private companies to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to track disease outbreaks in the country. “We plan to use artificial intelligence in a big way in public health. This is the first step

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Delhi High Court weighs in on rare disease treatment

The Delhi High Court has recently voiced their disapproval of the continued neglect for the treatment of rare diseases.   The Court took issue with the fact that funding for treatment was still not being provided for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) despite requests by the Court. The High Court passed an order on 14th December

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Third wave of COVID-19 appears to be in decline

A total of 161,386 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 across the 1st February according to Union Health Ministry data. The caseload marks a consistent decline from the peaks of around 350,000 recorded in mid January, giving a positive indication that India’s third wave may be in decline.  Keeping in line with data being recorded elsewhere

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