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Medical devices regulation: Boon or bane?

Central regulation of medical devices is to come into effect in India as of April, it has been reported.  Once the shift has come into force at the beginning of the forthcoming fiscal year, all medical devices and equipment for the purposes of “diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, investigations and for supporting or sustaining life” will be […]

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Tobacco prices: Experts demand action

Tobacco is among the leading threats to public health in India. Between 1998 and 2015, the number of smokers in India increased from 79 million to 108 million. At present, fourteen percent of adults use smoking tobacco. 25.9 percent of adults use smokeless tobacco. Although fewer Indians are using tobacco today than at the start

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Child health: How climate change will affect it

“A child born today will experience a world that is more than four degrees warmer than the pre-industrial average, with climate change impacting human health from infancy and adolescence to adulthood and old age,” reads a report published yesterday by The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change – lending a chilling insight into the

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OpEd: A Balanced TMR to Address Healthcares Twin Aspects of Affordability and Quality

One of its fastest-growing sectors, India’s healthcare industry is expected to cross the US$372 billion mark by FY 2022. Increase in private investments since the government allowed cent percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in medical devices is seen as one of the policy decisions strengthening India’s dream of having a niche in quality care delivery. 

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Sex discrimination and women in the workforce

Endemic sex discrimination takes its toll on the Indian economy, with the absence of women in the workforce, an imbalanced sex ratio, and social prejudices holding back a boon for India’s GDP.  According to a report published recently in The Print, almost 120 million women who have at least a secondary education do not participate

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A trans fats-free India by 2022?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) intends for India to be a trans fats-free nation by 2022 with efforts underway to phase them out from food in the next coming years.  “Momentum is growing for the global elimination of industrially-produced trans [fats], with nearly one third of the world’s population in 28

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Online retailers to act against e-cigarette sales

Online retailers have said they will take action to make sure e-cigarettes are not sold on their platforms in the wake of the Centre’s ban on the devices.  Following the announcement of the ban on Wednesday, it was reported that some online retailers such as Amazon and Flipkart still had e-cigarettes listed for sale. Both

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India’s e-cigarette ban: Online retailers still list them

India’s e-cigarette ban came into force this week, but electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are still listed for purchase by online retailers.  Vendors such as Amazon and Flipkart continue to offer some devices although others have acted in accordance with the government prohibition. Sites including Vapestop and Litejoy have discontinued trading in the wake of

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Insurance boon for IVF?

Some insurance companies may cover in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) under health insurance plans, it has been reported.  The news comes as a boon for couples struggling with infertility, a condition affecting an increasing number of Indians. According to the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction, between ten and fourteen percent of Indians struggle with their fertility. In

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Is the Centre about to ban e-cigarettes?

The controversial push by the Union Health Ministry to ban e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is closer than ever to manifesting in law. Ministers have been sent an ordinance for review, which outlines how the Centre intends to ban the production, sale, and imports of the devices.  Under the Prohibition of E-cigarettes

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