Asia Health
Widow sues lab, pathologist after husband dies of cancer
New relaxation room for families of young patients at IMH
Eiger BioPharma abandons blood pressure drug after failed study
Housewife sues medical lab and pathologist for negligence after husband dies of skin cancer
One in five diabetics without retinal disease suffers from colour blindness: Study
Water sports may expose you to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Fast food may make immune system more aggressive: Study
The stigma of Tuberculosis is a harsh reminder of the social injustices faced by women
2018-01-19 10:08:27 Updated: January 8, 2018 10:31 am My (Nandita) battle with tuberculosis (TB) started during my first year of college. Over a period of eight years, I was diagnosed with intestinal tuberculosis, twice. This is a rare type of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that causes acute stomach pain, fever, vomiting, and rapid weight loss. I underwent six surgeries to remove the infected portion of my intestine, and endured multiple medicines including month-long courses of painful injections   Read More ...
Our aim is to bring down child mortality rate to zero, says Pankaja Munde
2018-01-19 07:32:09 The Maharashtra government has inaugurated the third phase of the Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health & Nutrition Mission, with an aim to bring the state’s child mortality rate to zero. According to officials from the women and child development department, the mission will be implemented from January 2018 to December 2022. It will focus on the first 1,000 days of all children below six years of age in tribal regions   Read More ...
Toothpaste ingredient can combat malaria, finds robot scientist
2018-01-19 07:27:46 An anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent commonly found in toothpaste, soaps and detergents can be used as a drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant, a study led by an artificially-intelligent “robot scientist” has revealed. The study aided by the robot scientist “Eve” discovered that the ingredient “triclosan” affects parasite growth by specifically inhibiting an enzyme of the malaria parasite, called “DHFR”   Read More ...
Suicide bid by patient
2018-01-19 07:23:33 A 35-year-old TB (tuberculosis) patient attempted suicide by slitting his throat with a knife at Government Hospital for Chest & Communicable Diseases in Visakhapatnam city on Thursday. According to the police, he reportedly committed the act, as he was not able to celebrate Sankranti with his family members. He has been identified as Y Srinu, native of Chodavaram area, and was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago for treatment   Read More ...
Long queues for medicines, waiting period for surgeries at GTB Hospital
2018-01-19 07:15:03 Patients had to wait long durations for medicines and doctors asked patients to come back after three months for surgeries at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said after conducting a surprise inspection there on Thursday. Some improvement. Mr. Kejriwal said though there had been an improvement in facilities at the hospital and the patients he interacted with were generally happy, there were certain issues that needed to be addressed   Read More ...
Japan’s government to aim for ‘ageless society’ with planned policy encouraging seniors to stay healthy and keep working
2018-01-19 06:13:29 Japan should aim to become an “ageless society,” where people aged 65 or older will not be automatically regarded as seniors but will be encouraged to stay healthy and work, according to a draft of a revised government policy on the elderly released Wednesday. The draft, marking the first revision in five years of the country’s policy on the elderly, also said people should be allowed to delay the age they start receiving public pensions, to over 70, with the government hoping they will continue to be part of the labor force even after retirement   Read More ...
Compound fights drug-tolerant lung cancer … in mice
2018-01-19 05:29:21 Through experiments with mice, researchers confirmed that a newly-discovered chemical compound inhibits the proliferation of lung cancer cells previously resistant to existing anticancer drugs. The researchers, most of them with the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research in Tokyo’s Koto Ward and Tokyo University of Science, found that the substance suppresses the proliferation of cancer cells through a different mechanism from conventional agents   Read More ...
Asia factories eyed for generic drugs
2018-01-19 05:16:48 The Yomiuri Shimbun The government is planning new measures to help Japanese companies construct pharmaceutical factories in Asian countries, where labor costs are lower than in Japan, to encourage the production of more generic drugs, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The Headquarters for Healthcare and Medical Strategy Promotion chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proceeding with the study, and will likely introduce measures as early as next fiscal year   Read More ...
Fitness and wellness retreats to splurge on
2018-01-19 05:09:23 With travellers becoming increasingly health-savvy, more hotels are offering vacations where guests can get active, eat nutritionally balanced meals, be pampered and enjoy the restorative power of nature. If that sounds like what you need, try out one of these packages, where activities and accommodation are taken care of, and all you have to do is book your flights and pack your bags   Read More ...
Lim Kit Siang okay after tumour removal surgery
2018-01-18 17:01:17 KUALA LUMPUR: DAP leader Lim Kit Siang is reported to be in good health after undergoing post-diagnosis surgery for Stage 1 cancer. Johor DAP chairman, Liew Chin Tong who confirmed the matter, said Lim, 76, had regained his health after the surgery to remove a small tumour in his left kidney. Lim would be back active on the political front this month, according to Liew   Read More ...
Health Ministry working on 'bundling system' to pay private hospital fees
2018-01-18 14:01:14 PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is working towards ensuring that a "bundling system' is in place for private hospitals to charge a single overall payment for rendered medical services when treating their patients in the future.   Read More ...
In Graphics: Feeding for six months reduced type 2 diabetes risk
2018-01-18 08:17:34 जो मां छह महीने या अधिक समय तक ब्रेस्ट फीड करवाती हैं उन्हें टाइप 2 डायबिटीज होने का खतरा घटकर लगभग आधा रह जाता है.   Read More ...
Japan’s government aims for an ‘ageless society’ with a plan to keep healthy seniors working
2018-01-18 06:08:52 Japan should aim at becoming an “ageless society” where people aged 65 or older will not be automatically regarded as seniors, but will be encouraged to stay healthy and work, a draft of a revised government policy on the elderly said Wednesday. The draft, marking the first revision in five years of the country’s policy on the elderly, also said people should be allowed to delay the age they start receiving public pensions to over 70, with the government hoping they will continue to be part of the labor force even after retirement   Read More ...
CCRC to conduct study of cancer, lifestyle diseases in Kalamassery municipality
2018-01-18 04:15:09 The Cochin Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) will soon begin a pilot study of lifestyle diseases in Kalamassery municipality. The study will be an elaborate one, covering a number of aspects of the people’s lifestyles in the area, their dietary habits, disease trends, the quality of water people have access to and a number of other factors, making the questionnaire nearly seven pages long   Read More ...
Integrated system to improve hospital services
2018-01-18 02:11:15 Soon, the Delhi government will develop a Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) which will integrate all the government hospitals, polyclinics and mohalla clinics. The idea was floated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday in a review meeting of working of all the hospitals in the Capital. Chief Minister Kejriwal directed the Health Department to develop the most modern HMIS of an international standard to integrate all the Delhi government hospitals, polyclinics and mohalla clinics   Read More ...
Japan to aim at 'ageless society' with more healthy seniors working
2018-01-18 01:46:38 TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan should aim at becoming an "ageless society" where people aged 65 or older will not be automatically regarded as seniors but will be encouraged to stay healthy and work, a draft of a revised government policy on the elderly said Wednesday. The draft, marking the first revision in five years of the country's policy on the elderly, also said people should be allowed to delay the age to start receiving public pensions to over 70, with the government hoping they will continue to be part of the labor force even after retirement   Read More ...
After 3 patients’ deaths: Kin accuse three private hospitals of negligence
2018-01-18 00:37:15 The families of three patients, including a two-year-old girl, who died in three different private hospitals in Kolkata on Wednesday have filed police complaints alleging medical negligence. The incidents were followed by protests by the families and a heated argument with the hospital administration in one of the cases. AMRI, Mukundapur. A protest was held outside AMRI Hospital in Mukundapur on Wednesday following the death of two-year-old Oyetri Dey, a resident of Sonarpur, Kolkata   Read More ...
‘Hep B vaccination at birth may not be necessary’
2018-01-17 22:20:26 A multi-centre study in north India has shown that many newborns are protected at birth by natural antibodies to Hepatitis B and that the vaccination is not necessary at birth. The study, funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), lends support to the government’s approach to vaccinate babies born at home starting at six weeks instead of at birth   Read More ...
Showing students the path to a balanced diet
2018-01-17 21:22:47 While the newly revamped syllabus will take aspects of physical fitness and nutrition closer to students, both State Board and CBSE schools have been urged to promote healthy eating among students even in the past. An official with the education department said that in 2016, they had instructed schools to ensure that students do not buy unhygienic food from petty shops and vendors near school premises   Read More ...
Liberal arts undergrads can apply to pursue medicine
2018-01-17 20:02:16 Liberal arts undergraduates from Yale-NUS College will find it easier to pursue a career in medicine with the launch of a tie-up between the college and Duke-NUS Medical School. The two schools have jointly launched a new pathway for liberal arts students who plan to go into medicine, in a bid to "shape future clinicians who appreciate the inter-connectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice"   Read More ...
Breastfeeding for 6 months or more may halve diabetes risk: Study
2018-01-17 18:24:21 Breastfeeding for six months or longer can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by nearly half for women throughout their childbearing years, according to a study. Women who breastfed for six months or more across all births had a 47 per cent reduction in their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not breastfeed at all   Read More ...
Weight-loss surgery may halve risk of death in adults
2018-01-17 18:24:04 Obese middle-aged men and women who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss may have reduced their risk of death by 50 per cent than those tackling their weight through diet and behaviour alone, finds a study. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch or (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass(RYGB)surgery)   Read More ...
Maharashtra: Oil tanker catches fire at Kandla, two crew members suffer burn injuries
2018-01-17 18:12:48 At least two crew members received burn injuries after a major fire broke out at an oil tanker MT Genessa anchored 15 nautical miles off Deendayal Port in Kandla Wednesday evening. The Indian Coast Guard swung into action after receiving the information. All 26 crew members including the two with burn injuries have been evacuated safely. The firefighting is being carried out using tugs and rigs available from nearby resource agencies   Read More ...
Japan’s government aims for an “ageless society” with a plan to keep healthy seniors working
2018-01-17 16:16:21 Japan should aim at becoming an “ageless society” where people aged 65 or older will not be automatically regarded as seniors, but will be encouraged to stay healthy and work, a draft of a revised government policy on the elderly said Wednesday. The draft, marking the first revision in five years of the country’s policy on the elderly, also said people should be allowed to delay the age they start receiving public pensions to over 70, with the government hoping they will continue to be part of the labor force even after retirement   Read More ...
Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in dead goshawk found in Tokyo
2018-01-17 16:16:10 The Ministry of Environment said Wednesday that highly pathogenic H5N6 type of avian influenza virus was detected in a dead northern goshawk that had been found earlier this month at a park in Tokyo’s Ota Ward. The ministry raised its warning to a Level 3 — its highest — from the current Level 2, as other bird flu cases were reported in the western part of the country over the past few months   Read More ...
Widow sues lab, pathologist after husband dies of cancer
2018-01-17 15:02:20 The widow of an information technology specialist who died from skin cancer in 2013 is seeking damages of at least $10.4 million from a medical laboratory and a pathologist. Housewife Carol Ann Armstrong, 52, alleged Quest Laboratories and its medical director, Dr Tan Hong Wui, were negligent for failing to detect a malignant cancer in a skin sample taken from her husband Peter Traynor in 2009   Read More ...
Delhi scheme for quality healthcare cleared: Here is all you need to know
2018-01-17 11:15:54 Lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday approved the ‘Quality Healthcare for All’ scheme. Under this scheme, the Delhi government will ensure that patients coming to its hospitals receive 13 high-end diagnostic tests for free at selected private centres. Most of these tests are not provided at the Delhi government hospitals. To shorten the queues for surgeries at its hospitals, the government has also tied up with hospitals, where patients can be referred if their surgery is scheduled after one month or more at its hospitals   Read More ...
3 hibakusha recognized as having A-bomb diseases by Osaka High Court
2018-01-17 10:01:32 OSAKA -- The Osaka High Court on Jan. 16 recognized three people as having developed atomic bombing-related diseases, upholding a lower court ruling. Six A-bomb survivors, some represented by their bereaved families, had filed an appeal suit against the state, claiming that the government decision not to recognize them as patients of A-bomb-related diseases was unjust and should be nullified, after the Osaka District Court ruled that just three of the six had developed illnesses due to the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki   Read More ...
Govt plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid
2018-01-17 08:09:39 Govt plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid With the assistance of the Government of China, 13 Sri Lankan hospitals will be developed to provide better services to the public, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said. The Minister announced this during a special discussion held at the Ministry recently on developing the Mirigama Base Hospital. The hospital will be developed at a cost of Rs   Read More ...
In 50 years, there’s been no new neuropsychiatric drug: David J. Anderson
2018-01-17 07:20:02 California Institute of Technology neurobiologist David J. Anderson is at the vanguard of studying the neurobiological foundations of emotion. He was the key speaker at the Eighth Annual Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series. In an interview, he discussed what brain imaging experiments in rodents and flies are telling us about their ‘emotional lives’, whether brain mapping can be used to read minds, and how artificial intelligence could guide future neuroscience research   Read More ...
Tata Trusts set up healthcare impact lab
2018-01-17 07:18:23 Tata Trusts said on Tuesday that they have opened a healthcare impact lab in IIT Delhi, with a U.S.-based international non-governmental organisation, PATH, to focus on building affordable medical devices for use by grass-roots health workers. “We will bring our expertise on research and they will bring in global expertise in the healthcare domain,” Manoj Kumar, head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tata Trusts, said in a telephone interview from New Delhi   Read More ...
Improving the heartbeat of healthcare system
2018-01-17 07:16:38 The Office of the Nursing Superintendent and Nursing Services of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, organised “Beyond Excellence - A seminar for nurse leaders” here on Tuesday. The Nursing Services of CMC recently obtained Nursing Excellence certification from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. Speaking at the inauguration, Ani Grace Kalaimathi, Registrar of Tamil Nadu Nurses and Midwives Council, said nurses are the heart and heartbeat of healthcare system   Read More ...
Naidu opens health centre at Naravaripalle
2018-01-17 07:13:05 Coinciding with Sankranti, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has showered boons on his native Chittoor district. Ending his three-day stay at his native village, Naravaripalle, on Tuesday, Mr. Naidu left for the airport after inaugurating a Community Health Centre (CHC) built at a cost of ₹6 crore. He also launched work on the proposed four-lane road between Naravaripalle and Padiputlabailu. Addressing the media, Mr   Read More ...
‘Innovation for affordable health care needed’
2018-01-17 07:05:44 “Patients and their families have great trust in the doctors. It is upon you to ensure that the trust is given due respect and that you treat them with care and compassion,” said President Ram Nath Kovind delivering the 45th convocation address at AIIMS here. The President also appreciated efforts by the Union Health Ministry to provide quality health care to all and said, “Programmes like Mission Indradhanush are urgently trying to fill the immunisation gap and protecting all children from killer diseases   Read More ...
New relaxation room for families of young patients at IMH
2018-01-17 07:01:07 SINGAPORE - A new facility has been set up at Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for families and caregivers of young patients to take a break and unwind. The 59 sq m room, officially opened on Wednesday (Jan 16), comes with a lounge, fully-stocked kitchen and dining area, TV, books and Wi-Fi . "We wanted to look after parents' physical and emotional needs   Read More ...
GPs in primary care networks to offer more chronic illness services
2018-01-17 00:00:51 Patients with chronic illnesses will receive more comprehensive treatments with the setting up of new networks that will see private clinics offer additional services, such as counselling by nurses and health screening. Starting this month, 340 private clinics have been grouped into 10 primary care networks (PCNs) islandwide. Of these, eight are new networks. Under the system, general practitioners (GPs) in a network can pool their resources to offer extra services, such as diabetic eye and foot screening, which they could not provide because of high costs   Read More ...
Curbing junk food ads may cut rising obesity in teens
2018-01-16 16:25:23 Curbing these ads may help decrease the risk of rising obesity, which is a key factor in the development of deadly illness such diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer among others, suggests a study, led by an Indian-origin researcher. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of overweight or obese infants and young children up to five years of age, increased from 32 million globally in 1990 to over 41 million in 2016   Read More ...
Eiger BioPharma abandons blood pressure drug after failed study
2018-01-16 15:00:49 REUTERS: Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop testing its drug ubenimex for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after the drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study. The company said it would continue testing the drug for lymphedema, a blockage of fluid causing swelling in the arms and legs   Read More ...
Gene causing diabetes, low blood sugar levels identified
2018-01-16 14:25:45 Researchers have identified a new gene that is thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin — the key hormone in diabetes — from a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions. Besides Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, nearly 1-2 per cent of cases of the blood sugar condition is due to impairment in a gene called MAFA, that can impair production of insulin and also cause insulinomas — insulin-producing tumours in pancreas, the study showed   Read More ...
Merck's Keytruda succeeds in key lung cancer trial
2018-01-16 14:00:53 REUTERS: Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday that a key late-stage study testing its blockbuster drug Keytruda as a treatment for a type of lung cancer was successful. The trial, which tested Keytruda as a first line treatment, met its main goals of preventing cancer from worsening and extending the overall survival of patients with metastatic non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer   Read More ...