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Govt notifies stronger pictorial warnings on tobacco packs

With over 2,000 people in India said to be dying every day from tobacco-related diseases, the government’s notification for more graphic pictorial health warnings on tobacco product packs from December 1, 2011, is long overdue

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Antibiotic resistance reaching critical levels, warning for India: WHO

A report on ‘superbugs’ in Delhi’s water supply and warnings from the World Health Organisation about the growing incidence of drug resistant bacteria mark World Health Day

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Delhi High Court orders crackdown on illegal tobacco outlets

Tobacco products are still being sold outside schools and colleges in defiance of the law, a PIL alleged, prompting the court to order better policing, and directing the government to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking

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Indian Supreme Court rules on the right to die

In the absence of legislation on the controversial issue of euthanasia, the Supreme Court has stepped in and ruled that ‘active euthanasia’ or administering a lethal injection to end life cannot be permitted. The court was ruling in the case of 60-year-old Aruna Shanbaug who has been lying in a vegetative state for 37 years after being brutally attacked and raped

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HIV prevalence climbs among FSWs in Mumbai: study

HIV prevalence has gone up from 28.1% to 34.9% among female sex workers in Mumbai and a few other districts in the country, according to a study of six vulnerable Indian states

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Govt defers stricter warnings on tobacco packs

The government has postponed a move to mandate dire warnings on cigarette packs by a year even as the Supreme Court orders it to do more to contain the tobacco menace

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AIDS epidemic stabilises worldwide: UN report

UNAIDS Global Report 2010 claims a 20% drop in the HIV/AIDS infection rate and death rate, with India halving its infection rate in the last 10 years

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'Religious leaders should promote organ donation': Health minister

Expressing disappointment over the dismal rate of organ donation in the country, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked religious leaders to promote this noble cause

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India's TB burden highest in the world: WHO

India carries the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world, with 2 million new cases in 2009, though government and NGOs have “remarkably scaled up their intervention,” says the World Health Organisation

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WHO lauds India's polio eradication efforts

The country’s drive to eradicate polio has been impressive -- reflected in a 95% reduction in the number of cases -- says a top official at the World Health Organisation

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India grappling with mixed burden of disease

Inaugurating centenary celebrations at the Indian Council of Medical Research, one of the country’s oldest medical research bodies, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that as the country moved from being a developing nation to a developed one, it had to face the challenge of communicable, non-communicable and re-emerging diseases

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Low-cost HIV/AIDS drugs by October-end: AIDS Society of India

The AIDS Society of India says low-cost HIV/AIDS drugs will soon be made available in India

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India close to victory in war against polio

On October 24, World Polio Day, India had something to cheer about. The country has reported “record low” polio cases in 2010 -- 39 as against 498 last year. The endemic states of Bihar and UP saw a drastic decline in the number of cases

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WHO and Lancet spar over malaria deaths in India

Malaria is killing more Indians than estimated, says a study reported in the medical journal The Lancet, which puts malarial deaths at 2.05 lakh each year -- 13 times the World Health Organisation estimate of 15,000 deaths a year

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Stop making Indian drugs inaccessible, health activists tell PM

In an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, health activists have asked him to intervene to stop the sale of Indian pharma companies to MNCs, and outlined steps the government must take to ensure access to medicines for the 65% of Indians who currently have no access to them

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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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