Asia Health
More heart attacks in Singapore, but fewer dying due to faster care
Specialist services at cluster hospitals a big help, says Subra - Nation
Chemo-radiotherapy better for large cervical cancer tumours
Delhi sees zero vector-borne diseases cases in March
Baby with rare disease can now go for surgery in China - Nation
District falls short of pulse polio vaccination target
More newborn boys admitted than girls in paediatric ICUs: Data
Hitachi develops method to detect childhood cancer from urine
2018-04-19 05:48:53 The Yomiuri Shimbun Hitachi Ltd. has developed technology capable of detecting childhood and other forms of cancer by analyzing urine, allowing checks to be conducted more simply, the company has announced. Hitachi plans to begin a demonstration experiment in April using samples from 250 people, both cancer patients and people who are healthy. The company aims to put the technology into practical use in the early 2020s   Read More ...
Drug shortage at Cancer Hospital
2018-04-19 05:04:34 It is reported that there is a shortage of certain essential drugs at Cancer Hospital, Maharagama. Few patients expressing their views to Hiru News said that they were not able to collect medicines from the hospital during the past week and they are inconvenienced as a result of that. Those drugs are imported by State Pharmaceutical Corporation. When contacted, the Director of Cancer Hospital, Dr   Read More ...
Korea to establish public medical school for provinces by 2022
2018-04-16 00:11:59 The government and the ruling party said they will establish a public medical school in Namwon, North Jella Province by 2022 as part of efforts to expand medical services in the region. The Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare held a meeting at the National Assembly to discuss the plan Wednesday. "There is an urgent problem to secure manpower to deal with patients, diseases and childbirth in the provinces," said Kim Tae-nyeon, a DPK lawmaker   Read More ...
More heart attacks in Singapore, but fewer dying due to faster care
2018-04-12 12:48:19 Singapore - The number of people getting heart attacks in Singapore has shot up in recent years - but far fewer are dying because of them. Heart attacks used to kill one in six people who suffered them here in 2007. Fast forward to 2016, only one in 12 people hit by heart attacks was dying as treatments became better and quicker   Read More ...
Warning issued against mosquito-borne viral infection
2018-04-06 00:14:16 Health authorities issued a nationwide warning for Japanese encephalitis _ brain swelling caused by a mosquito-borne viral infection _ after they confirmed the presence of a mosquito vector here. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Tuesday, culex pipiens mosquitoes were found in Busan April 1, more than 20 days earlier than in previous years. Almost all, or 99 percent, of people infected with the vaccine-preventable disease show either no symptoms or experience a mild fever or headache   Read More ...
Doctors remain at odds over 'Moon Jae-in care'
2018-04-06 00:13:36 Doctors and medical professionals with varying interests remain at odds over "Moon Jae-in care," expanded coverage of the state-run health insurance program, amid the government's drive to control fees for medical services. The initiative _ a major campaign pledge offered by President Moon Jae-in _ seeks to guarantee better access to affordable healthcare especially to the "socially vulnerable" including the underprivileged, children and the elderly   Read More ...
2 doctors, one nurse arrested over deaths of newborns at university hospital
2018-04-06 00:12:36 Two doctors and one nurse were arrested Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide over the deaths of four newborns by bacterial infection at Ewha Womans University Hospital in western Seoul late last year. The Seoul Southern District Court issued warrants for the three, including pediatric professor Cho Soo-jin, 45, and another doctor identified only by the surname Park after arraigning them on Tuesday   Read More ...
Bus driver with pneumonia entitled to compensation
2018-04-06 00:11:58 An administrative court in Seoul recently ruled that a man who developed pneumonia 10 months after working as a cram school bus driver was eligible for state compensation for a work-related illness. Seoul Administrative Court ruled partially in favor of the man, 78, identified only by his surname Park, who sued the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KOMWEL) after the labor ministry-supervised organization had earlier rejected his request   Read More ...
Specialist services at cluster hospitals a big help, says Subra - Nation
2018-03-27 01:48:19 PUTRAJAYA: The provision of specialist services at cluster hospitals has helped to reduce congestion at main general hospitals, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said the implementation of the cluster hospital concept has improved the general quality of service, and allowed specialist services to be more widely available to the people via partnerships, as well as optimal utilisation of existing resources at lower costs   Read More ...
Health ministry to study inclusion of Pneumococcal vaccine in NIP
2018-03-23 14:01:00 GEORGE TOWN: The Health Ministry will conduct a study to see if there is an urgent need to include the pneumococcal (PnD) vaccine in the National Immunisation Programme (NIP), said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. "So far, there is no need to include the vaccine in the NIP and we will conduct a comprehensive study to see if there is and to see if there are many cases involving pneumococcal disease and if there is a need for the ministry to list it in the NIP   Read More ...
18,336 Malaysians diagnosed with depression last year: Hilmi
2018-03-20 11:00:47 KUALA LUMPUR: A Health Ministry study conducted last year found 18,336 Malaysians suffering from various stages of depression, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. He said these findings were obtained through mental health screening programmes conducted on 273,203 individuals at health and community clinics last year. Of these, 4.03% or 11,811 people were found to suffer from mild depression, 1   Read More ...
Bold girl goes bald to support cancer patients - Nation
2018-03-20 04:50:23 LANGKAWI: Newly bald, Shiray Tan, 16, gets asked many times if she has cancer. No, she is fine. She sacrificed her hair in a campaign to show solidarity with those battling cancer and was surprised by the reaction she got. “My friends and family have been very supportive but random strangers give me stares and I have had people approach me to ask if I have cancer   Read More ...
Traditional and complementary medicine blueprint 2018-2027 launched
2018-03-13 15:00:49 KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) today launched the Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Blueprint 2018-2027 (Health Care) as a guide through a systematic and sustainable approach in developing the T&CM industry for the coming ten years. The minister said the enforcement of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2016 (Act 775) had made Malaysia one of the very few countries to have enacted a unique piece of legislation that would regulate the diverse practices and practitioners of traditional and complementary medicine in the country   Read More ...
Health Ministry launches Blueprint on Traditional and Complementary Medicine
2018-03-13 13:01:14 KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has launched a ten-year Blueprint on Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) to facilitate, regulate, integrate, and develop the industry.   Read More ...
Sunmed unveils gamma knife icon to treat brain cancer
2018-03-13 12:00:57 KUALA LUMPUR: Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed) today unveiled the revolutionary Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, an advanced radiation machine to treat neurological disorders and brain conditions that typically require neurosurgery. It is the latest version which also allows for staged or fractionated treatments. Sunway Group Healthcare Services managing director, Lau Beng Long said the Gamma Knife treatment was an initiative to provide quality patient-centred, coordinated care for those needing innovative and effective treatment options for brain cancer   Read More ...
Chemo-radiotherapy better for large cervical cancer tumours
2018-03-13 07:11:41 Two major studies presented at the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) on Wednesday revealed that surgical intervention can be ruled out for treating cervical cancers where tumours are larger than 4 cm. Both studies, announced on the occasion of International Women‘s Day, have shown that concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy give better disease-free survival rates. In the first study, which looked at locally advanced cervical cancers, patients showed a 7% better disease-free survival rate when treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy simultaneously as compared to chemotherapy and surgery   Read More ...
More help at hand for dementia patients
2018-03-13 04:45:18 helping hands will be extended to people suffering from dementia, through community efforts that are being strengthened even as the incidence rises in Singapore with the ageing population. An estimated one in 10 people aged 60 and above has dementia, which is the gradual decline of the brain and its intellectual abilities such as thinking, memory and judgment. Half of those aged 85 and older have it   Read More ...
Pune: Complicated jaw surgery helps 83 year old woman close her mouth again
2018-03-13 02:08:51 Doctors at Sahyadri Multispecialty Hospital in Pune on Monday performed a complicated jaw surgery on an elderly woman, who had dislocated her jaw while yawning a month ago. The surgery led by Dr Prasad Dadhe, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, provided the 83-year-old woman a much-needed relief from the pain and tough time she had been going through. Dr Dadhe said the elderly women got her jaw locked following a dislocation after yawning   Read More ...
Delhi sees zero vector-borne diseases cases in March
2018-03-13 01:42:31 Only three cases of chikungunya have been reported by the various MCDs in the Capital in 2018 as compared to last year where 46 cases were reported by March. No cases of malaria and dengue have been reported in March confirms the report, while the total number of cases this year is two and nine, respectively. While the vector-borne diseases spike during the months between May and October, there were still a significant number of cases in the first quarter last year, where ten cases were reported for malaria and 12 of dengue   Read More ...
Primary Health Care in Maharashtra: Implementation issues, funding crunch hold back Manav Vikas scheme
2018-03-13 00:19:00 It was in September last year when Sanga Vasave, 24, delivered her fifth child, a boy, in Chimalkhedi village of Nandurbar district in Maharashtra. Despite weakness, the anaemic woman returned to work in a farm 15 days after the delivery. Six months on, squatting in her dark hut with toddler Anil in her arms, she says: “Our ration was over. I could no longer sit at home   Read More ...
Unhealthy Binaries
2018-03-12 22:17:45 As India moves towards creating structures for universal healthcare with the National Health Protection Scheme, we need to get rid of some bugaboos that have kept important providers of healthcare out of the purview of public good in India. The first, most deep-rooted misleading belief, is that private practitioners are less suited to deliver healthcare services than public healthcare professionals. This is based on the baseless presumption that private practitioners are committed to profit while government doctors exist to serve the public   Read More ...
City surgeon to head SAARC society wing
2018-03-12 19:34:00 Breast surgeon and director for KIMS-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases, Dr. P. Raghu Ram was appointed Chairman for International Affairs of SAARC Surgical Care Society for 2018-2020. The society represents interests of surgeons in eight South Asian countries, SAARC member nations. Dr. Raghu Ram said Royal College of Surgeons of England has agreed to partner with the Society to start a programme where young and meritorious surgeons would be selected for paid, two-year advanced surgical training at centres of excellence in England   Read More ...
Newer gout drug poses risk to heart patients
2018-03-12 18:31:11 Gout sufferers with major pre-existing heart disease face a higher risk of death if they are treated with the drug febuxostat, a large long-term study has concluded. The risk of death from cardiovascular disease was 34 percent higher with febuxostat than with an older drug, allopurinol. When researchers considered deaths from any cause, the risk was 22 percent higher with febuxostat   Read More ...
Expats exploiting public insurance loopholes face crackdown
2018-03-12 15:06:22 The government is considering making it more difficult for foreigners and overseas Koreans to "exploit" the state-run healthcare system by revising the relevant laws, health officials said Tuesday. The move comes amid the increasing number of non-Koreans found to have abused the healthcare system here as they leave the country after undergoing expensive medical treatments after paying only a fraction of the costs in premiums   Read More ...
Anthera to explore options after lead drug's trial failure
2018-03-12 14:01:31 REUTERS: Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday it would evaluate all strategic options after its lead drug failed in a late-stage trial. The company also said it would stop developing the drug, Sollpura, which aimed to treat improper digestion due to cystic fibrosis. Sollpura failed to meet the main goals of the study in patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, the company said   Read More ...
5 truths you should know about asthma
2018-03-12 08:14:17 Even if you don’t know the numbers, you simply need to walk into the medical room of a school to know that a nebuliser is standard equipment. With rising outdoor and indoor pollution, high stress, and poor eating habits, asthma is one more ‘lifestyle disease’ so many people struggle with today. Here Dr Sundeep Salvi, Director, Chest Research Foundation, Pune, tells us what we should know about this “panic disorder of the airways”   Read More ...
Living with a cancer patient: Here’s how a caregiver can also be a therapist
2018-03-12 06:11:34 “Our life would be so much better if I had not fallen ill,” said my father to me one evening. “No one wants to fall ill, it’s just a phase of life. Things will get better,” I replied. He seemed unconvinced and continued to mull on that thought. Cancer treatment can bring with itself an onslaught of negative feelings like guilt, fear, anger and endless worries   Read More ...
Baby with rare disease can now go for surgery in China - Nation
2018-03-12 02:02:22 PONTIAN: Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng has lent a helping hand to the family of six-month-old Siti Nur Aaira with a RM90,000 donation for the baby to undergo a liver transplant surgery in China. Siti Nur is suffering from biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts. She urgently needs the surgery which costs about RM250,000   Read More ...
New dental facility inaugurated
2018-03-11 21:15:23 A new dental facility Aster Ramesh Duhita dental care was inaugurated on the premises of Ramesh Hospitals here on Sunday. Director General of Police M. Malakondaiah inaugurated the Aster Ramesh Dental wing at the hospital. Mr. Malakondaiah said tobacco had emerged as a major cause for oral cancer in the world, adding that a lot of awareness had to be created on oral hygiene   Read More ...
District falls short of pulse polio vaccination target
2018-03-11 21:13:50 The oral polio vaccine was administered to over 1.83 lakh children under five years of age in Ernakulam district on Sunday to achieve 87% coverage in the pulse polio immunisation programme. The district’s target was to reach out to 2.10 lakh children. For two days from Monday, health workers from primary health centres will visit households to administer the vaccine to children who missed the immunisation drive   Read More ...
Binge watching TV for hours may up cancer risk in men: study
2018-03-11 12:18:01 Sitting down to binge watch more than four hours of TV over a day could increase the risk of bowel cancer in men, a study has found. Researchers analysed data from more than half a million men and women and found that men who spent less time in front of the TV were also less likely to develop bowel cancer later in life   Read More ...
Interview: ‘Focus of National Health Mission being modified to tackle burden of non-communicable diseases’
2018-03-11 10:16:47 Premature mortality from chronic diseases is becoming a worrying issue in India. At National Health Mission (NHM), director Sanjeev Kumar has taken a series of measures to meet the challenges posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He spoke to The Indian Express about the NHM’s activities. What is the current focus of the National Health Mission? The National Health Mission was launched in 2005 and its main focus has been on maternal and child health   Read More ...
British-Indian boy with cerebral palsy travels to US for revolutionary treatment
2018-03-11 08:09:58 A seven-year-old Indian-origin boy who suffers from cerebral palsy left with his family for the US on Sunday for a revolutionary treatment that has the potential to improve the quality of his life and give hope to others with neurological disorders. Jay Shetty suffers from a debilitating form of cerebral palsy and autism since he was a baby, which means he cannot walk, talk or sit up unaided   Read More ...
Not Again! Woman Allegedly Forced To Deliver Baby Outside Hospital In MP's Katni
2018-03-11 07:33:49 Katni: A woman from Madhya Pradesh's Katni village was forced to deliver a baby right at the entrance of a government health centre with the help of local women after no help was allegedly provided by the hospital staff. After the incident came to light, chief medical and health office (CMHO) Ashok Awdhiya claimed that the woman was provided with all the facility and only during the time of delivery the nurse went to another health care center   Read More ...
Silent killer: Chronic kidney disease is hurting young adults, and they don’t even know it
2018-03-11 04:09:50 For months, Akriti Khanna, 27, ignored the splitting headaches that struck at least once a week. When she finally spoke to a doctor about it in January, she was told her blood pressure was through the roof – 240 / 140 mmHG against the normal 120 / 80. “I was admitted to hospital immediately and tests revealed that my high BP had affected kidney function   Read More ...
More newborn boys admitted than girls in paediatric ICUs: Data
2018-03-11 01:06:06 Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: March 11, 2018 5:02 am The womb is not the only place where the girl child is at a disadvantage. Data from sick newborn care units (SNCU) across the country for the last three years, shows families are reluctant to seek treatment when a premature or very sick baby is a girl, experts say   Read More ...
Siddaramaiah warns private hospitals of criminal action
2018-03-10 19:17:08 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday warned of criminal action against private medical establishments if they refused to hand over bodies to family, insisting on payment of medical bills. He said private hospitals should not insist on clearance of medical bills in the event of death of a patient. They should first hand over the body to the family. If they are unable to pay the bills, the government will bear the expense, he said   Read More ...
Open drains become carriers of diseases
2018-03-10 19:15:43 The ancient open drain system in Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation (RMC) limits, which flows into river Godavari is a major concern for public health. Domestic sewage is let out into the river through almost all major drains by the corporation, leading to water-borne diseases in the rainy season as well as in summer. However, there were no deaths or major incidents of diarrhoea reported in the last few years   Read More ...
Junior doctors to intensify stir
2018-03-10 19:15:22 Junior doctors, who are on a strike for the past three days in the State, on the banner of AP Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA), decided to intensify their agitation till the government met their major demands like immediate registration of their degrees and payment of arrears of stipend. Director of Medical Education N. Subba Rao met the striking junior doctors at Andhra Medical College (AMC) here on Saturday afternoon and appealed to them to call off their strike as the government has already issued GO s pertaining to their demands for payment of stipend arrears and other demands   Read More ...
Abaya, to soak up sun for vitamin D
2018-03-10 19:14:10 An Indian designer is attempting to reconcile women’s fashion, clothing preferences and health in the Middle East, with a slew of designs that promise to soak up the sun. Murcyleen Peerzada, who called Mumbai home before moving to Dubai in 2014, designed an Abaya, a long loose-fitting garment with full sleeves worn by Muslim women, from Microsol fabric. According to the designer, her designs allow greater penetration of sun’s UVB rays for improved synthesis of vitamin D by the skin   Read More ...