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'Many combination drugs not approved by regulator' -Afshan Yasmeen

-The Hindu Study raises safety, efficacy concerns; call for ban of irrational formulations Of the 110 anti-TB (tuberculosis) Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) available in India, only 32 (less than 30%) have been approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the country’s drug regulator. In the case of Malaria FDCs, only eight out of 20 (40%), have been approved. These statistics, that give rise to safety and efficacy concerns, have been brought...

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Floods, droughts compound diseases in India -Raghu Murtugudde

-The Hindu Business Line The manner in which alternating wet and dry spells trigger disease and morbidity needs to be better understood Monsoon fury was in full display this year with record floods over Kerala as well as widespread floods from Gujarat to the North-East. The season also produced a wide swathe of drought that covered much of peninsular India with a smattering of districts from Gujarat to the eastern regions and...

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Odisha performance pushed down India's Malaria count for 2017: WHO -Sampad Patnaik

-The Indian Express According to WHO, by 2017, India accounted for four per cent of the global burden of Malaria morbidity. Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s sterling performance in cutting down the number of Malaria cases reported in 2017 helped make India, the only country among the top five nations reporting the disease, to register a decline in cases, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Advertising “The country (India) registered a...

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Health policy must recognise the unique challenges that tribals face

-The Telegraph In addition to problems like malnutrition, adivasi communities face newer burdens such as hypertension and heart ailments Pretending that a problem does not exist will not make it go away; it will only complicate the matter further. This is evident from the findings of a new report on tribal health, compiled by an expert committee set up by the Union government in 2013, that claims to be the first comprehensive...

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Food security does not equal good nutrition

-The Telegraph Corruption and traditional attitudes are major reasons why 196 million Indians are chronically undernourished One is what one eats. A study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization confirms that poor-quality diet poses a greater threat to public health across the world than Malaria, tuberculosis or measles and that diet-related factors account for six of the top nine ailments on the global burden of disease. This is worrying for...

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