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1 million HIV/AIDS patients have no access to ART in India

A new report by international agencies suggests that compulsory licensing may be the way forward for India to provide second- and third-line antiretroviral therapy to the over 1 million patients that are currently not covered

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Scientists review fate of H1N1 flu virus

In a new commentary, scientists have reviewed the fates of previous pandemic influenza viruses in the years following a pandemic, and speculated on possible future courses for the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus during the upcoming flu season and beyond

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Maharashtra to install 'silent observers' at sonography centres

Sonography centres across the state will soon have to fall in line and install a special device called a ‘silent observer’ in pregnancy test machines to help curb female foeticide

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HC slams Centre for irrational vaccine policy

The Delhi High Court has criticised the Union government for introducing “irrational” vaccines without conducting research, directing it to consider every aspect before including a vaccine into the national immunisation programme

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After downplaying 'superbug' threat, govt goes after scientists

The government’s licensing authority for medical drugs has served notice on Indian scientists involved in the ‘superbug’ study published last month, asking them to explain how they collected samples for the research and transported them abroad

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Chhattisgarh seeks central help to battle sickle cell anaemia

Sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder, can be extremely painful and cuts life expectancy drastically. The disease is on the rise and is affecting more families than before in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh

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Special public health cadre to treat diseases

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is planning to form a specialised public health cadre comprising people specially trained to effectively deal with the prevention and management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases

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CIC awards Rs 50,000 compensation to poor patient

The Central Information Commission has criticised the Delhi government and asked it to pay a patient compensation of Rs 50,000 for delays in providing him information on free treatment at private hospitals. The case represents the failure of delivery systems to the poor, it said

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Diabetics spend from their personal savings: study

Diabetics spend from their savings, take high-interest loans or sell property to pay their medical bills says a new study on the financial burden of diabetes in India

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Mumbai's malaria menace

Despite official claims, the number of malaria cases in Mumbai continues to climb taking the authorities completely by surprise

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WHO downgrades pandemic status for swine flu

Influenza experts met on August 10, 2010, to assess whether the H1N1 outbreak should be downgraded from its pandemic status

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Erwadi tragedy: Mental health organisations to light candles, remember dead

The Schizophrenia Awareness Association and the Centre for Advocacy in Mental Health will light candles in 25 different cities to remember the 25 people who lost their lives in the coastal hamlet of Erwadi in Tamil Nadu

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Indian fruits and veggies contain toxic chemicals

Indian farmers are injecting hormones into their vegetables and fruits to make them ripen sooner

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Scores hospitalised after gas leak in Mumbai

Over 100 people, including four firemen and a police constable, were hospitalised after they inhaled chlorine gas that leaked from a cylinder at a Mumbai Port Trust godown in Sewri

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Children found HIV+ after blood transfusion

In a medical case that showcases lack of will and shocking negligence, three children in Jodhpur have tested positive for HIV because they were given infected blood. The government-run Umaid hospital in the city provides blood at no cost for children who are thalassemic and require regular blood transfusions

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Assam contemplating study on conflict and heart ailments

Dispur is concerned as many children found with cardiac problems at a recent screening camp were from districts where conflict and violence are severe. But doctors say there is no scientific basis to the belief that mothers living in conflict zones give birth to children with cardiac problems

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Civil rights groups unhappy with Communal Violence Bill

Members of civil rights groups are unhappy with the UPA government for rushing to finalise the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill through a so-called consensus by the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council

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Arsenic in water poisoned 77 million Bangladeshis: study

Tens of millions of people in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking contaminated groundwater, putting them at risk of an early death, say US researchers

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Central team to study H1N1 outbreak in Kerala

A fact-finding team from the Union Ministry of Health will start assessing the swine flu situation in Kerala which has reported 17 deaths and 207 laboratory confirmed cases since May 15. The deaths include nine pregnant women

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Docs can't prescribe tests without reason: health minister

The Centre plans to bring in regulation to reduce arbitrariness in private medical practice and to hold private hospitals and doctors accountable for every stage of the treatment they prescribe

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