New policy to provide ART irrespective of clinical stage: Nadda (23:58)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday announced a new Test and Treat Policy for HIV, under which as soon as a person is found to be positive, they will be provided with ART irrespective of their CD count or clinical stage.

11 Haryana towns certified free of open defecation (19:18) IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, April 28 (IANS) Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that 11 towns/cities of Haryana have been declared free of open defecation.

HC seeks government response on plastic egg, vegetables from China (19:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from Central government on a plea alleging that vegetables and eggs made of plastic were being imported from China and sold in Indian markets.

Capping stent prices to affect patients, slab pricing right way: Ramadoss (Lead) (18:54)
Chennai, April 28 (IANS) The central government's move to cap the stent prices may backfire and affect Indian patients and also the medical tourism potential, former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Friday.

Grandmother's smoking linked to autism in grandchildren (18:10)
London, April 28 (IANS) If a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 per cent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours, says a study.

Yoga may reduce symptoms of menstrual disorders (17:44) IANS Photo Service
London, April 28 (IANS) Practicing yoga may enhance mood and reduce pain in women affected by menstrual distress associated with physical and psychological symptoms, says a study.

Kolkata, Howrah air quality 'non-compliant' for more than five months (17:26) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Four year data of air quality in the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah shows that both the cities remain "non-compliant" with respect to particulate pollutants for more than five months in a year, especially during winter time, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board said on Friday.

Capping stent prices may backfire, hit medical tourism: Ramadoss (17:24)
Chennai, April 28 (IANS) The central government's move to cap the stent prices may backfire and affect medical tourism potential, former Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Friday.

Mizoram to ban animal import amid health issues (17:18)
Aizawl, April 28 (IANS) Mizoram has banned the import of pigs and cattle from Myanmar, Bangladesh and north-eastern Indian states amid fears of a viral disease, an official said on Friday.

Trump fails to force healthcare vote in first 100 days (15:04) IANS Photo Service
Washington, April 28 (IANS) Despite a furious push, House Republican leaders were unable to wrangle the votes necessary to move forward on their latest effort to repeal Obamacare, denying President Donald Trump a major legislative victory during his first 100 days in office.

CRISPR gene editing tool to help fight arthritis (14:04)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, researchers have found a way to rewire mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions.

Gujarat has one of India's worst immunisation records (April 24-30 is World Immunisation Week) (12:16)
By Alison Saldanha
Among larger Indian states, Gujarat has the least number of vaccinated children: 50.4 per cent (2015-16 data). The immunisation rate of the fourth-richest state (2013-14) is now worse than that of some of the most backward states -- Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, called Bimaru (or sick) states.

Countries must intensify vaccination delivery services: Experts (23:24)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Noting immunisation averts 2-3 million deaths every year worldwide, experts on Thursday urged all countries to accelerate action to increase awareness for immunisation and further intensify vaccination delivery services.

Bengal doctors observe National Black Day against state act (22:30) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Sporting black badges, hundreds of doctors here on Thursday observed National Black Day in protest against the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Act.

Goa to host 'feni' festival,m says Tourism Minister (21:54)
Panaji, April 27 (IANS) A 'feni' festival will be held soon in the coastal state of Goa to highlight its medicinal value, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Thursday.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria receive highest polio vaccines (18:54)
New York/New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria -- the only three polio endemic nations in the world -- received highest doses of vaccines in 2016, said a Unicef statement on Thursday.

UN expresses concern over HIV prevalence in Karachi (14:34)
Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan should chip in with all resources available to contain HIV, a senior official of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said, a media report said on Thursday.

Sharjah Ruler inaugurates mobile clinic for elderly (14:32)
Sharjah, April 27 (IANS/WAM) Sharjah's Ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi inaugurated a mobile clinic for the elderly at the University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates.

Drinking coffee can halve prostate cancer risk (14:14)
London, April 27 (IANS) Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may reduce prostate cancer risk by more than 50 per cent, show results of a study on 7,000 Italian men.

Samsung launches Smart Healthcare Citizenship Initiative (13:48)
Aizawl, April 27 (IANS) Samsung India on Thursday introduced the 'Smart Healthcare Citizenship Initiative' that provides affordable and quality healthcare to patients from the economically and socially weaker sections at Civil Hospital here.

Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa (11:54)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood).

Early kidney transplant must for children with renal failure (23:24)
Chennai, April 26 (IANS) Early transplant of kidney is important for children diagnosed with advanced kidney failure, said a senior nephrologist on Wednesday at the local Kavery Hospital, where two boys underwent successful kidney transplant recently.

NGT shuts polluting industries along Ganga channel (23:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed 13 polluting industries situated along tributary or major drain of the Ganga river to be shut down.

Stent price capping will put patients in jeopardy: Experts (19:26)
Hyderabad, April 26 (IANS) The government's move to put a price cap on stents, which are used to open up blocked arteries, has drawn flak from the health experts, who believe this will block innovation and put patients in jeopardy.

NHRC notice to Delhi hospital for running without equipment (18:24)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from Hindu Rao Hospital over allegations that one of the oldest and biggest hospitals here was operating without the necessary equipment.

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