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1.6 million children unvaccinated in India; Afghanistan and Pak rank better

Persistent socio-economic barriers and geographical disparities hinder immunisation efforts, with significant impact on global health

1.6 million children unvaccinated in India; Afghanistan and Pak rank better
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 5:43 PM IST

IMA announces national alliance of medical professionals to tackle AMR

AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to antimicrobial medicines such as antibiotics, antibacterials, and antivirals, according to the World Health Organisation

IMA announces national alliance of medical professionals to tackle AMR
Updated On : 10 Jul 2024 | 7:26 PM IST

As Covid-19 ticks up, US advisers recommend a fall vaccination campaign

With fresh COVID-19 cases bubbling up in some parts of the country, health officials are setting course for a fall vaccination campaign. An influential government advisory panel on Thursday recommended new shots for all Americans this fall. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must endorse the recommendation. Officials acknowledged the need for vaccinations is not as dire as it was only a few years ago. Most Americans have some degree of immunity from being infected, from past vaccinations or both. COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations last month were at about their lowest point since the pandemic first hit the United States in 2020. But immunity wanes, new coronavirus variants keep emerging and there are still hundreds of COVID-19-associated deaths and thousands of hospitalizations reported each week. What's more, health officials have reported upticks this month in COVID-19-associated emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and a pronounced increase i

As Covid-19 ticks up, US advisers recommend a fall vaccination campaign
Updated On : 28 Jun 2024 | 9:49 AM IST

Rare flesh-eating bacteria that can kill in two days spreads in Japan

At the current rate of infections, the number of cases in Japan could reach 2,500 this year, with a 'terrifying' mortality rate of 30%

Rare flesh-eating bacteria that can kill in two days spreads in Japan
Updated On : 15 Jun 2024 | 2:21 PM IST

US govt to fund up to $500 mn for studies on oral, nasal Covid vaccines

The funding is part of Project NextGen, a $5 billion initiative led by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)

US govt to fund up to $500 mn for studies on oral, nasal Covid vaccines
Updated On : 14 Jun 2024 | 6:56 AM IST

India logs second ever human case of bird flu in Bengal: How to stay safe

A bird flu case of infection in a human being was detected in a four year old in West Bengal. The patient, admitted to a local hospital since February, has been treated and discharged

India logs second ever human case of bird flu in Bengal: How to stay safe
Updated On : 12 Jun 2024 | 4:14 PM IST

Mexico death linked to bird flu strain never before seen in humans: WHO

The current risk posed by the H5N2 virus to the general public is low, according to the WHO, which said no further cases were reported after an investigation

Mexico death linked to bird flu strain never before seen in humans: WHO
Updated On : 06 Jun 2024 | 9:10 AM IST

WHO members approve steps to bolster health regulations for pandemics

The World Health Organization says member countries on Saturday approved a series of new steps to improve global preparedness for and response to pandemics like COVID-19 and mpox. Countries agreed to amend the International Health Regulations, which were adopted in 2005, such as by defining a "pandemic emergency" and helping developing countries gain better access to financing and medical products, WHO said. The agreement came as the UN agency wrapped up its six-day World Health Assembly this year, after plans to adopt a more sweeping pandemic "treaty" at the meeting was shelved largely over disagreements between developing countries and richer ones about better sharing of technology and the pathogens that trigger outbreaks. But countries agreed to complete negotiations on the pandemic accord with the year, "at the latest", WHO said. Lawrence Gostin, a public health law expert at Georgetown University, hailed a "big win for health security", and posted on X that the move "will ...

WHO members approve steps to bolster health regulations for pandemics
Updated On : 02 Jun 2024 | 7:45 AM IST

WHO chief refers to Indian traditional medicine centre at Geneva address

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday referred to the Global Traditional Medicine Centre set up in India and the first global summit on traditional medicine hosted by the country as he underlined that the year 2023 was a productive one in the UN health agency's work supporting access to medicines and other health products. "We also established the Global Traditional Medicine Centre in India, and hosted the first global summit on traditional medicine," Ghebreyesus said in his remarks as he presented his report to the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva. In March 2022, the Government of India and the UN health agency had signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of peopl

WHO chief refers to Indian traditional medicine centre at Geneva address
Updated On : 27 May 2024 | 11:32 PM IST

WHO hopes to bring countries together on reinforcing pandemic preparedness

The World Health Organisation begins its annual meeting on Monday with government ministers and other top envoys hoping to reinforce global preparedness for the next pandemic in the devastating wake of COVID-19. But the most ambitious project, to adopt a pandemic treaty, has been shelved for now after 2 1/2 years of work failed to produce a draft that countries could unite behind by Friday, as originally hoped. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insists it's not a failure and the World Health Assembly this week can still plot the way forward. When diplomats, health officials and activists were still attempting to produce a draft treaty, he predicted the assembly could be one of the most significant in WHO's 76-year history. Not anymore. WHO officials and others have been eager to build on the momentum of concern from the coronavirus pandemic, with the risk that the more it fades into history, the less the public and policymakers will be interested in preparing for a

WHO hopes to bring countries together on reinforcing pandemic preparedness
Updated On : 27 May 2024 | 2:26 PM IST

Efforts to draft pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on steps

A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed for now to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. After COVID-19 triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. In 2021, member countries asked the U.N. health agency to oversee negotiations to figure out how the world might better share scarce resources and stop future viruses from spreading globally. On Friday, Roland Driece, co-chair of WHO's negotiating board for the agreement, acknowledged that countries were unable to come up with a draft. WHO had hoped a final draft treaty could be agreed on at its yearly meeting of health ministers starting Monday in Geneva. We are not where we hoped we would be when we started this process," he said, adding that finalizing an international

Efforts to draft pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on steps
Updated On : 25 May 2024 | 8:04 AM IST

AstraZeneca withdraws its Covid-19 vaccine, cites 'surplus availability'

According to media reports, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker has previously admitted in court documents that the vaccine causes side-effects such as blood clots and low blood platelet counts

AstraZeneca withdraws its Covid-19 vaccine, cites 'surplus availability'
Updated On : 08 May 2024 | 5:47 PM IST

Productivity loss due to oral cancer in India in 2022 at $5.6 bn: Study

A study by the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), a premier cancer treatment and research institute here, has estimated that the productivity loss of the country due to oral cancer in year 2022 was approximately USD 5.6 billion. India contributes two-thirds of the global mortality due to oral cancer and has a younger population at risk, said the study, which analysed how the disease affected 100 patients treated between 2019 and 2020 with a follow-up of 36 months. The median age of these patients was 47 years at the time diagnosis, and the majority of them were male. The disease-specific survival for early and advanced stages of the disease was 85 per cent and 70 per cent, with a median age of 47 years. "With (a total of) 671 years (referring to these 100 cases) lost prematurely, the loss of productivity was USD 41, 900 for early stage and USD 96, 044 for the advanced stage. Based on population level rates, the total cost of premature mortality was USD 5.6 billion in 2022, representing ..

Productivity loss due to oral cancer in India in 2022 at $5.6 bn: Study
Updated On : 04 May 2024 | 7:00 AM IST

Florida's 6-week abortion ban takes effect, draws doctors' criticism

Florida's ban on most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, went into effect on Wednesday, and some doctors are concerned that women in the state will no longer have access to needed health care. Dr. Leah Roberts, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist with Boca Fertility in Boca Raton, said the anti-abortion laws being enacted by Florida and other red states are being vaguely written by people who don't understand medical science. The rules are affecting not just women who want therapeutic abortions, meaning procedures to terminate viable pregnancies because of personal choice, but also nonviable pregnancies for women who want to have babies. We're coming in between them and their doctors and preventing them from getting care until it's literally saving their lives, sometimes at the expense of their fertility, Roberts said. The new ban has an exception for saving a woman's life, as well as in cases involving rape an

Florida's 6-week abortion ban takes effect, draws doctors' criticism
Updated On : 01 May 2024 | 11:17 AM IST

India second only to China in hepatitis B and C cases, says WHO report

India accounted for the second-highest number of cases of hepatitis B and C in 2022 after China, with 3.5 crore infections, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can cause a range of health problems and can be fatal. According to the WHO's 2024 Global Hepatitis Report released on Tuesday, 254 million people lived with hepatitis B and 50 million with hepatitis C in 2022 globally. India, which was second only to China in the viral hepatitis burden, registered 2.98 crore hepatitis B cases in 2022 while the number of hepatitis C infections stood at 55 lakh. China registered 8.3 crore cases of hepatitis B and C, representing 27.5 per cent of the total disease burden. The report said that with a total of 3.5 crore cases, India accounted for 11.6 per cent of the total disease burden globally that year. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. While they all cause live

India second only to China in hepatitis B and C cases, says WHO report
Updated On : 10 Apr 2024 | 12:24 PM IST

World TB Day: As India's eradication deadline nears, Bimaru states a drag

Experts say that despite the decline in incidence rates, the 2025 deadline may be ambitious

World TB Day: As India's eradication deadline nears, Bimaru states a drag
Updated On : 26 Mar 2024 | 6:32 PM IST

Bharat Biotech's TB vaccine MTBVAC begins clinical trials in India

The trials will assess the vaccine's safety, immune response, and efficacy in preventing TB in adults and adolescents. MTBVAC has been developed after research spanning over three decades

Bharat Biotech's TB vaccine MTBVAC begins clinical trials in India
Updated On : 24 Mar 2024 | 11:52 PM IST

Neurological issues leading cause of ill health, disability: Lancet study

Neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and dementia are now the leading cause of ill health and disability globally, affecting 3.4 billion people in 2021, according to a major new analysis published in The Lancet Neurology journal. Globally, the number of people living with, or dying from, neurological conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and meningitis has risen substantially over the past 30 years. This is due to the growth and ageing of the global population as well as increased exposure to environmental, metabolic, and lifestyle risk factors, the researchers said. The study suggests that worldwide, the overall amount of disability, illness, and premature death -- a measurement known as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) -- caused by neurological conditions increased by 18 per cent over the past 31 years, rising from around 375 million years of healthy life lost in 1990 to 443 million years in 2021. The analysis from the .

Neurological issues leading cause of ill health, disability: Lancet study
Updated On : 15 Mar 2024 | 12:45 PM IST

Artificial intelligence game changer in tracking cases of tuberculosis

Qure.ai and India Health Fund's qXR tool leading better TB notifications

Artificial intelligence game changer in tracking cases of tuberculosis
Updated On : 05 Mar 2024 | 9:19 PM IST

Obesity drugs will not solve our billion-person problem, warns WHO

New obesity drugs such as Novo Nordisk A/S's Wegovy and Eli Lilly & Co.'s Zepbound could be an $80 billion market by 2030

Obesity drugs will not solve our billion-person problem, warns WHO
Updated On : 01 Mar 2024 | 11:10 PM IST