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  • 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 d...

  • (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 ‘...

  • 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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    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 natu...

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    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, w...

  • 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...

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    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 servi...

  • Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goal 3 - health and well-being for all - is attainable but it is imperative that the response to it is fast tracked in the next five years. (Courtesy: UNAIDS)

    Is it the end of AIDS in 2030?

    [By Syed Mohammad Afsar] Geneva – Writing on World AIDS Day a few years ago, I had shared the story of Seema (name changed), a young mother, and her daughter from India. Both are HIV positive. While the mother had started on antiretroviral treatment ...

  • India celebrated International Yoga Day with great fervour with the Prime Minister himself joining people in doing yoga on June 21

    Rediscovering Yoga

    [By Narendra Kaushik] When Vikalp Singh, a farmer in Nawada Village of Greater Noida, would walk to nearby City Park in the wee hours of the morning to carry out his routine of physical exercises last summer, he would not find many people out. But si...

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 up exposing around 50,000 people of Jadugoda, to radioactive pollution – a slow poison that kills over generations.  Jadugoda, a small township in Jharkhand, ...

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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 village is one of the many villages in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh where ...

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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 and the cow takes care of us,’ says Marayal, a farmer in Thalavady, Tamil Nadu. Her two cows produce 6 to 10 litres of ...

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