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After polio in India, another virus lurks

Sending alarm bells ringing for India, a rare respiratory virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), one of non-polio enteroviruses may be emerging among children where the polio viruses are no longer cir

‘Health costs raise budget of households’

According to the health ministry’s data, an increasing number of households are facing catastrophic expenditures due to health costs (18 per cent of all households in 2011-12 as compared to 15 per cen

Wastage of healthcare resources annoys PM Modi

Wastage of healthcare resources annoys PM Modi

The inability of states to use their resources, particularly healthcare equipment, seems to have annoyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s TB goal by ’50 ‘unachievable’

In a startling revelation, experts from India in an open letter to British Medical journal “The Lancet” has disclosed that India’s goal to be tuberculosis-free by 2050 will remain “unachievable”.

Pact likely on cancer treatment

India and US are expected to sign an agreement on expansion of vaccine programme and cancer treatment during US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to the country next week.

‘Probability of death by NCDs up in India’

The probability of dying prematurely from non-communicable diseases like cancer and diabetes in India increased from 26.1 per cent in 2010 to 26.2 per cent in 2012 (for the 30-70 age group).

Drug to control Haemophilia B bleeding cleared


In a major relief for people suffering from Haemophilia B, India has approved medicine — Rixubis — for control and prevention of bleeding episodes in adults with the rare disease.

Injectable polio vaccine in October

After using oral polio vaccine (OPV) for decades, India is all set to introduce injectable polio vaccine (IPV) from October this year.

Smoking zones in eateries and pubs may go

In a bid to provide “effective protection” to non-smokers from “involuntary exposure” to tobacco smoke, the government has decided doing away with the “smoking zones” in hotels and restaurants.

Vaccines for Ebola by end of year

Here is good news: vaccines to cure deadly Ebola will be available by the end of this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Sweet are the uses of bonhomie. All that jocular stuff between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during the latter’s visit to India this week was a clincher.

I am happy that we have more tigers today than yesterday. But I am not happy that, as a nation, we are bent on counting tigers and alternately moaning or gloating over it.