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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 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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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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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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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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