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Affordable Quality-Assured Asthma Medicines Bring Hope to Low-Income Countries
Bobby Ramakant

This World Asthma Day, people suffering from asthma in low- and middle-income countries can find new hope in its theme “You Can Control Your Asthma”, thanks to the Asthma Drug Facility created by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Whom Are the Houses for Under the Kanshiram Urban Poor Housing Scheme?
Bobby Ramakant

In the list of those who were alloted houses under the Kanshiram Urban Poor Housing Scheme last month, not a single urban poor figures from the two slum dwellings that were bulldozed last year in state capital Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh.

How Safe Are Our Hospitals? The Stark Reality
Shobha Shukla

Infection and communicable diseases form a large part of the health care burden in India, despite the ongoing progress made to combat and control life threatening diseases. Amongst these, the most difficult to treat infections are those that the patients pick up while in a hospital, says Dr Sudhir Krishna.

Let Jill and Jack Play and Eat Well
Shobha Shukla

With increasing affluence and socioeconomic changes, India, like the rest of the world, is witnessing an obesity epidemic, especially in children and adolescents.

Beware The Trans Fatty Acids
Shobha Shukla

The National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) under the leadership of Dr Anoop Misra, with support from the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, organized a symposium on “Trans Fats: Global and Indian Perspectives,” with a view to promote healthy living.

Heal Thyself With Oxygen
Shobha Shukla

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment for wound healing, that involves intermittent inhalation of 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure, inside a special treatment chamber.

Don't Always Have Your Noses Up. Look Down at Your Feet, Too!
Shobha Shukla

On an average, a person walks a distance of more than three trips round the earth in one life time. With such high demands on our dainty feet, quality foot care is essential.

70% of Lower Extremity Amputations Happen to People with Diabetes: IDF
Bobby Ramakant

Over one million lower extremity amputations are performed each year, 70% of which happen to people with diabetes. In India, almost 40,000 legs are amputated every year as a consequence of diabetes.

Experts Sound Alarm on Diabetic Foot
Bobby Ramakant

Experts who are convening for the mid-term continuing medical education (CME) on "High-risk diabetic foot" organized by the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), UP Chapter and Indian Podiatry Association (IPA) in Kanpur on Sunday, 11 April 2010, are sounding an alarm bell for people with diabetes to be wary of diabetic foot.

High-Risk Diabetic Foot in Spotlight
Bobby Ramakant

High-risk diabetic foot is the theme of the mid-term continuing medical education (CME) organized by the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), UP Chapter and Indian Podiatry Association (IPA) in Kanpur on Sunday, 11 April 2010.

Urbanization and Health in Spotlight on World Health Day
Shobha Shukla

World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April to mark the founding of World Health Organization. Each year, the WHO selects a key global health issue and organizes international, regional and local events on the Day and throughout the year to highlight the selected area.

There's More to Life than Money: Explore Yourself, Connect with Society, and Find Happiness
Citizen News Service

Convocation address of Dr Sandeep Pandey, who was the Chief Guest, at Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C) Kolkata.

Viva La Woman Power
Shobha Shukla

According to one estimate, every year, more than 100 men and women are either killed or forced to commit suicide by khaps for not adhering to traditional norms.

The Union to Launch International Trial of 9-Month MDR-TB Treatment Regimen
Bobby Ramakan

In this year 2010, which has been declared as Year of the Lung, it is indeed a much-awaited welcome news that International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is to launch an International trial of 9-month MDR-TB treatment regimen.

Do Not Burn The Midnight Oil: Sleep Well And Stay Healthy on World Sleep Day, 19 March
Shobha Shukla

Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking. It is crucial for our overall health and well being. Research shows that we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping. Good quality and restorative sleep is essential for day-to-day functioning.

Till Death Do Us Part!
Anjali Singh

Meet Priti Saini, who has lived through a nightmare for past three years and all thanks to her better half. But yet she today is living up to the image of a dutiful wife!

A Pat on Women's Back on International Women's Day
Shobha Shukla

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. It is a day to look back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, to look ahead at the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women

Asthma Drug Facility Makes Affordable Asthma Medicines a Reality
Citizen News Service

This is certainly another milestone in the Year of the Lungs (2010). The cost of treating asthma has dropped by nearly half in Beninand El Salvador, thanks to the Asthma Drug Facility created by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Five Years in, Tobacco Treaty is Saving Lives
Citizen News Service

Representatives from the 168 ratifying countries of the global tobacco treaty gathered to celebrate the landmark treaty's fifth anniversary. As part of the convening, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a comprehensive report on the state of the treaty, assessing its successes to date and the challenges that remain.

Winds Of Change
Shobha Shukla

As a national daily has rightly pointed out, the great churning process of our moribund education system has begun, thanks to several new steps being initiated by the HRD Ministry. Every day new ideas seem to be cropping up. But it is imperative to tread carefully if one has to sift the grain from the chaff in this stupendous task.

Will You be My Valentine?
Shobha Shukla

Every February, across the world, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day by ‘carrying our hearts on our sleeves’?

"Three Idiots" Give Society Words of Wisdom
Dr Shura Darapuri

It is a great satire on the education system and the attitude of society. It tells us rote learning can be very harmful. That knowledge is to ‘know’ and not just in the name of educating ourselves memorise whatever comes our way.

In Remembrance of the Mahatma and Mary Ward
Shobha Shukla

30th January happens to be the death anniversary of two great personalities, who were very different from each other and yet had so much in common – Mahatma Gandhi and Mary Ward.

Tobacco Control is Most Cost-Effective Way to Prevent Cancer
Rama Kant

The occurrence of certain diseases due to lifestyle changes like diabetes, respiratory/cardiac diseases, tobacco related disease and cancer, has now been recognized, and public health programmes are also being initiated against them. But these are few and far between.

Development Journalism is Crucial for Social Change
Kulsum Mustafa

Emphasizing the great importance of development journalism in today’s world, Ms Sangeeta Rajeesh, senior editor, Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai said that it is very essential that we sensitize our journalists towards focusing on issues relevant to development.

Time for Grown-Ups to Listen to Young Sane Voices: Save Fuel, Save Environment
Bobby Ramakant

The young people are the true custodian of our future, so their voices must not be ignored. The children who live in urban slums in state capital of Uttar Pradesh gave a powerful message to grown-ups to save the environment.

Mind That Diabetic Foot
Shobha Shukla

A Citizen News Service interview with Dr Ajith Kumar Varma from AIMS on diabetic foot. 50% of all leg amputations happen to people with diabetes.

CSMMU Surgery Department Celebrates Its Foundation Day
Shobha Shukla

The Department of Surgery (General) of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU, upgraded King George's Medical College - KGMC) has been functioning for almost a century now (98 years to be precise).

State Media Schools' Summit in Lucknow
Kulsum Mustafa

Lucknow will for the first time play host to a summit of media schools of Uttar Pradesh on 21 January 2010. UNICEF and Amity school of mass communication, Lucknow, are the joint organizers of this unique event.

2010 is Year of the Lungs
Bobby Ramakant

The year 2010 was declared as year of the lungs to recognize that hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer each year from treatable and preventable chronic respiratory diseases.

Microbicide Trial Results Signal End of One Chapter, Focus Turns to Promising ARV-Based Candidates
Citizen News Service

While acknowledging disappointment in the trial results announced today, the Global Campaign for Microbicides noted that the failure of PRO 2000, a candidate microbicide gel, to show effectiveness against HIV was only the “end of the beginning” in the search for a safe and effective product.

36 Million People with TB Cured: New WHO Data Released
Bobby Ramakant

Some 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) over the past 15 years through a rigorous approach to treatment endorsed by WHO. New data, released by WHO, also indicate that up to 8 million TB deaths have been averted.

Jurmil Morcha and CJP Karnataka Enlighten Bangaloreans About Chhattisgarh's Marginalized
Pushpa Achanta

Jurmil Morcha, a local people’s movement from Chhattisgarh participated in a recent series of events in Bangalore as a response by the Campaign for Justice and Peace, Karnataka (CJPKar) to the gross human rights violations on adivasis and dalits in that state.

Responding to TB, HIV, COPD and Tobacco Smoking Needs Coordinated Approach
Bobby Ramakant

Tobacco smoking, TB, HIV and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are all burgeoning problems in resource poor settings. The evidence of their potentially devastating effects on global public health is increasing and they require a coordinated approach for control. These diseases all occur in predominantly resource-poor countries.

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