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Past articles by Anonna:

National Health Mission: Govt flags violation by Opp states; Punjab gets warning

The state has been funded for upgrade and running of 379 primary health and wellness centres, 2,488 sub-centres, and 162 urban PHC-health and wellness centres. → Read More

Kerala to undertake door-to-door campaign to test, treat anaemia

The Kerala government’s initiative will be rolled out in addition to the Centre’s Anaemia Mukt Bharat programme. The campaign will reach 1.3 crore women across the state in six months. → Read More

G20 health delegates practise yoga on beach in Kerala

This is the first of the four meetings of health leaders and officials scheduled through the year with the other three expected to take place in Goa (April 17-19); Hyderabad, Telangana (June 4-6) and Gandhinagar, Gujarat (August 17-19). → Read More

UP firm Marion Biotech linked to death of Uzbek children told to halt production

Inspection finds ‘deviations’ from good practices at manufacturing unit → Read More

Centre sounds Covid alert: Need for caution, uptick likely in January

The government re-introduced random sampling of international travellers December 24 onward, with nearly 6,000 passengers tested over the last three days. → Read More

After Gambia, an Indian syrup linked to deaths of 18 kids in Uzbekistan

In a statement, the Uzbekistan ministry said laboratory tests of the preparation found presence of the contaminant ethylene glycol. It said the medicine was consumed without prescription and in a higher dose by the children affected. → Read More

Fact Check: No, the XBB variant is not more dangerous than Delta

XBB is the dominant variant in India now. But in most people it will cause no more than a fever, cough, and cold. Even case counts have been low — only 158 daily on average during the week ended December 19. → Read More

Covid advisory again: Random test at airports, try to use mask

Sources in Delhi said two cases of the Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which is reported to be driving the surge in China, have been detected in India so far — the first in Odisha in September, and the second in Gujarat in November. → Read More

Lalu Yadav gets daughter’s kidney: What the organ donor & recipient need to do after a transplant

A kidney transplant immensely improves the quality of life of people with chronic kidney disease who are under dialysis, says Dr HS Mohapatra, professor of nephrology at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital → Read More

Postbiotics: How the food you eat creates molecules to fight cancer cells

For good postbiotics to be formed in your body, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, mostly as salads. Reduce cooking time, says Dr Deep Jyoti Bhuyan, Western Sydney University → Read More

Do multivitamins boost brain health and memory?

Vitamins do have an impact on cognition though not as profound. What is needed is an antioxidant called glutathione, says Professor Pravat Mandal, former director-in-charge of the National Brain Research Centre → Read More

Why exercising in afternoon or evening could be more effective for diabetics?

Study says afternoon and evening exercise are good for diabetics. Dr Ambarish Mithal, Chairman and Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Max Healthcare, recommends resistance training twice a week to prevent muscle loss and improve insulin activity. → Read More

She missed her polio drops, was paralysed, walked on callipers and became a doctor

Despite being able to do her daily chores, walk by herself without callipers, complete her medical degree and the mandatory one-year long internship, Laxmi Chaudhary was given a 100 per cent disability certificate by Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi and disqualified from the PG course. She challenged the decision in courts, and won → Read More

Why millets are better than rice, wheat or your breakfast cereal for diabetes, heart and weight loss

Not for nothing are millets being called the next superfoods. Experts break down what makes them the perfect recipe for future-proofing our lives → Read More

How Type-2 diabetes increases the risk of strokes, dementia

A recent study also shows that diabetics who followed seven healthy habits were less likely to get dementia. These included no current smoking, moderate alcohol consumption – one drink a day for women and two for men – moderate physical activity for 2.5 hours a week or vigorous activity for 75 minutes, seven to nine hours of sleep daily, a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables and whole… → Read More

How govt’s essential medicines list ensures supply, keeps prices in check

The new list, issued on September 13, has included more cancer medicines, newer diabetes drugs, and even four drugs that are under patent. → Read More

List of essential drugs updated, new diabetes, anti-cancer drugs added

Updated for the first time since 2015, NLEM has changed anti-microbials, keeping in mind the resistance pattern, including drugs that are part of national missions such as Bedaquiline, used for treatment of TB, and added nicotine and two opioids for replacement therapy. → Read More

What does the future Covid-19 vaccine look like? It has to be multivalent

A combination of ancestral and BA.1 (which was one of the variants that caused the January surge) will provide the widest protection while a combination with BA.4 or BA.5 will provide good protection against the variants in circulation. If we plan to add more than one variant, Delta might also be added, says Dr Anurag Agarwal, Dean of Biosciences and Health Research at the Trivedi School of… → Read More

India gets first COVID-19 nasal vaccine. Why it could reduce infection, stop transmission

With the vaccine being delivered through a nasal spray, it will do away with the need for needles and syringes currently required for all the COVID-19 vaccines available. It will also reduce dependence on personnel trained to give shots. → Read More

Cervical cancer vaccine ready, likely to be part of govt’s immunisation programme

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla, on the sidelines of an event to celebrate the “scientific completion” of the vaccine, said: “The government of India will induct it in a few months in the national programme. It will be affordable.” → Read More