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  • Every boat clinic has a 16-member team, including two doctors, a general nurse-cum-midwife (GNM), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and laboratory technician.

    Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

    Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, people have been forced to sleep out in the open or adjust in cr...

  • Promoted as a two-minute miracle meal, Maggi noodles are popular across Asia (these ones are from Phillipines/Malaysia)

    Why The Maggi Affair has angered and enthralled India

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Hitting the headlines of every Indian daily, for a few days now has been – no, you could never have guessed, L’Affaire Maggi. After samples of Maggi noodles, manufactured in March 2014, were found to...

  • A mother feeding illicitly brewed local liquor to her infant   |    
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    Alcohol : A pacifier for infants and pregnant women in villages of Andhra Pradesh

    |By Riti Sinha| When the child cries, a mother feeds it milk. But this is not the case in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Here, when the child cries, all the other does is stick a bottle of locally brewed spurious liquor into its mouth. Macherla ...

  • India sells an estimated 1 million bottles of water everyday

    Bottled Risk

    [By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to flavored water and wate...

  • Adulteration unchecked : Photo: gettingEasy.com

    Why food adulteration is so rampant in India?

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Ompal Singh, a Food Safety Officer (FSO) in Gautam Buddh Nagar District, always has his hands full. Singh has close to 400 permanent and temporary sales outlets under his jurisdiction (Jewar and Sadar Sub-Divisions of...

  • (From left) Saira, Shahjahan and Sameena are three of the many conscientious community volunteers who have joined hands with religious leaders under a special initiative that aims to improve the overall health of the over 1.6 lakh Muslims living in Tonk, in Rajasthan | Photo Credit: Abha Sharma/WFS

    ‘Azan Can Wait, A Newborn Can’t Wait To Be Breastfed’

    [By Abha Sharma] Tonk (Women’s Feature Service) – Until a few years back, there was no way that mothers like Salma, Nagma or Zebunnisa in Tonk, a small town in Rajasthan, could feed their newborn till an elder in the family came over to whisper the ‘...

  • A tailing pond at Jadugoda; refuse material from the mines are pumped into the pond | Photo: Ashish Birulee

    India’s nuclear dream ‘nukes’ lives in Jadugoda

    |By Sanjay Pandey| Jadugoda: India stormed into the Privy League of nuclear-powered countries three decades ago with a controlled explosion in Pokhran. But in the pursuit to collect raw material, to fuel its nuclear dreams, the government has ended u...

  • Promoted as the “pink Viagra”, Flibanserin is nothing like Viagra; it is similar to anti-depressants and affects brain chemistry, and must be taken daily, potentially for years.

    What’s This Hoopla Around The Little Pink Pill

    [By Elayne Clift] Vermont (WFS) – Flibanserin – perhaps derived from “female”, “libido” and “answer” – is Big Pharma’s latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to women’s quest for an eternal wet dream. It comes in the form of a...

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    Defending people’s milk in India

    A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies. A dairy farm in Lonavia, India. Kim Carpenter under a Creative Commons Licence We take care of the cow a...

A child from Afghanistan getting treated in India. Tens of thousands of Afghans are travelling to India for safe, albeit expensive, medical care. Photo: Bioedge

Medical Tourism witnesses fastest growth in India

 By Narendra Kaushik  New Delhi:  Ashurov Saidkul John has a dream.  A gastroenterologist from Tajikistan, John wishes to replicate Medanta, The Medicity, a high-end private hospital of Gurgaon, in Dushanbe, the national capital of Tajikistan.  “We do not have good angiography machines. (And) we don’t have good private hospitals like Medanta in Dushanbe. I want to open one,” he said in ...

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A drain on left of G T Road

Cancer Spread in Greater Noida Villages

|By Narendra Kaushik| Greater Noida: Sukhpal Singh (50) looks to have grown older by a decade in last two years since his wife Bala Devi (45) was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple has been to almost every major hospital in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and is not yet sure whether Devi will be able to fight ...

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Villagers outside the residence of the RMP awaiting treatment| Photo: Riti Sinha

Village doctors go viral

[By Riti Sinha] Ghattu: Excessive antibiotic doses, unnecessary injections, steroids, consumption of unlabelled medicines. This is the reality of healthcare in Ghattu village, located within the Ghattu Mandal in the Mahabubnagar district which despite the availability of the government-owned primary health centre (PHC) within the village, is home to a large number of unqualified medical practitioners providing health care to ...

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Photo : Brad Bethell , under Creative Commons

The Drag on E-Cigarettes

|By Le Houezec Jacques| RENNES – Michael Russell and Murray Jarvik, two pioneers of smoking-cessation research in the 1970s, would probably have welcomed the development of the electronic cigarette or “personal nicotine vaporizer” (PNV). Beyond serving as a temporary aid for people attempting to quit smoking cigarettes, such new nicotine-delivery systems could act as long-term alternatives to tobacco – making ...

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India’s sterilisation programme focuses on women|Source: PTI photo

Inside India’s sterilisation camps

|By Sabu S Padmadas|The Conversation| A sterilisation camp held in Chhattisgarh, an impoverished state in central India, has claimed the lives of 13 women, most of whom were young and marginalised. The women, who died within hours of the procedure, were among a group of 83 patients sterilised over the course of just five hours at the mobile clinic.It now ...

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Liquor ban in Kerala | Photo: www.mole.my

Alcohol ban causes controversy in India

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist| A week ago, the Kerala High Court upheld a government decision to ban alcohol in most parts of the state. Keralites who proudly advertise their state as ‘God’s own country’ are bitterly divided on this issue. Kerala women, however, feel paradise was lost long ago – their men account for the country’s highest per-capita ...

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The shortcomings of Liberia’s health-care system long preceded the Ebola outbreak | Photo - Dr. Randal J. Schoepp under a Creative Commons Licence

Health in a Time of Ebola

|By Prabhjot Singh| NEW YORK – In Sub-Saharan Africa, any child with a fever should receive immediate medical care to prevent death from malaria or pneumonia. But, as panic about the spread of Ebola grips Liberia – as well as Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria – people there are increasingly associating clinicians and health-care facilities with exposure to the disease. Ensuring ...

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Responding to Ebola

|By Jeffrey D. Sachs| NEW YORK – The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for re-thinking some basic assumptions of global public health. We live in an age of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that can spread quickly ...

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We’ll never find an Ebola vaccine without taking some risks

|By Connor Bamford and Andrew Shaw, University of Glasgow| The Conversation| The current West African ebolavirus outbreak, which has now reached more than 1,000 cases and resulted in more than 800 deaths, is a reminder of the often unpredictable nature of viruses and the difficulties in finding and developing vaccines and antivirals. The outbreak appears to have focused efforts. Anthony ...

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The second branch of the Humanity Hospital in Sunderbans

Sunderbans gets a hospital for the poor, by the poor

Widowed at the age of 23, Subhashini Mistry toiled hard for decades to save enough money for her dream project-to build a hospital for the poor.Today, the 70-year-old can look back with satisfaction at two-storeyed buildings located in Haspukur and Sunderbans, which stand testimony to the realization of a dream she never gave up.  |By Sanjay Pandey| Four decades ago when a ...

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