Neurocysticercosis: Worms thriving in brains, Assam’s tea garden workers lose lives, livelihoods

What is the News? According to a study, Neurocysticercosis(NCC) was one of the leading causes of seizures in developing countries particularly in areas without proper sanitation and where pig-rearing was widespread.  What is Neurocysticercosis(NCC)? Neurocysticercosis(NCC) is a zoonotic disease. It is a neurologic infection caused when a human consumes meat from — or is indirectly… Continue reading Neurocysticercosis: Worms thriving in brains, Assam’s tea garden workers lose lives, livelihoods

Make the mental well beings of teacher a priority

News: Pandemic has impacted the lives of all in one way or another. Teachers are also not an exception in this. What are the issues faced by the teachers due to the pandemic? Security: Teachers who teach in low-fee private schools often have low salaries, poor working conditions and no systemic protection. Read more: The decline… Continue reading Make the mental well beings of teacher a priority

Omicron likely to cause re-infections, surge in cases, say experts

What is the news? The new variant of COVID-19 i.e. Omicron is spreading across India. The experts say that the surge is likely due to reinfections (people getting infected with the virus again) and even vaccinated people getting infected. What are the concerns about this variant? More transmissible than Delta. This is evident from the… Continue reading Omicron likely to cause re-infections, surge in cases, say experts

What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

News: Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) shows remarkable improvement in New Welfarism. Must read: NFHS-5 and its findings – Explained, pointwise What is New Welfarism? According to the authors, New Welfarism does not prioritise the supply of public goods such as basic health and primary education as governments have done around the world historically. Instead,… Continue reading What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

World Health Assembly agrees for global treaty to ‘strengthen pandemic prevention’

What is the news? The World Health Assembly (WHA) took the historic decision to form a global treaty to “strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response” in its recent session. The decision came at a time when the global COVID-19 situation has once again become wary with the detection of the Omicron variant last week, the… Continue reading World Health Assembly agrees for global treaty to ‘strengthen pandemic prevention’

Omicron’s lesson: We’re not covid-safe until everyone is

News: The emergence of Omicron has evoked fresh demands for booster shots. Rich countries continue to stockpile and administer booster shots, while people in many low and low-middle income countries wait for their first jab. However, the emergence of new variants from low-vaccination-coverage regions essentially means that covid could be a never-ending battle. The only… Continue reading Omicron’s lesson: We’re not covid-safe until everyone is

It’s time for a paradigm shift in how we treat illnesses

News: Antibiotics have become our preferred method of treatment nowadays. This has made treatments more standardised with no customised treatment for individuals irrespective of their genetic diversity. But, the indiscriminate use of antibiotics has resulted in the emergence of antibiotic resistance, a worldwide health concern. Hence, we need to push for a better alternative medicine… Continue reading It’s time for a paradigm shift in how we treat illnesses

Explained: Why Indian kids show diabetes signals early

What is the news? The study was conducted in Pune to understand why diabetes is so common in Indians. They have tracked women from before they became pregnant and during their pregnancy, and their children through childhood, puberty and now as adults. What are the findings of the study? High glucose and insulin concentration in… Continue reading Explained: Why Indian kids show diabetes signals early

Wanted: A truly generous health cheque for underserved Indians

News: India’s public health expenditure remains one of the lowest among major economies in the world. It needs to do more to achieve decent standards of healthcare for all. How much India spends on Health care? India’s annual spend on Health care is around ₹2,000 per capita. India’s annual health budget has stayed barely above… Continue reading Wanted: A truly generous health cheque for underserved Indians

India needs to sign up for life course immunization

News Right from the days of smallpox, vaccines were designed for all age groups. However, after the smallpox eradication and launch of an expanded programme on immunisation (EPI), there were efforts to increase vaccination for children. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is a need to take stock of the status of… Continue reading India needs to sign up for life course immunization

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

What is the News? Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 has been extended for 180 days with effect from October 21,2021.So far, 1,351 claims have been paid under the scheme. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for health workers Fighting Covid-19 Launched by: It is… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

Indigenous knowledge shared by Gujarat based farmer can combat Mastitis, an ailment of dairy cattle

What is the News? Based on the indigenous knowledge shared by a farmer from Gujarat, National Innovation Foundation(NIF) has developed a poly-herbal and cost-effective medicine named Mastirak Gel to treat Mastitis, an infectious disease of dairy cattle. What is Mastitis disease in Cattle? Mastitis is an infectious disease condition resulting in an inflammatory reaction in… Continue reading Indigenous knowledge shared by Gujarat based farmer can combat Mastitis, an ailment of dairy cattle

Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

What is the News? The Department of Biotechnology has launched a ‘One Health’ consortium in a virtual mode. What is the purpose of the ‘One Health’ Consortium? One Health Consortium has been launched to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial, & parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India. The consortium will also… Continue reading Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

What is the news? Bharat Biotech is on the threshold of becoming the second Indian vaccine maker to receive an emergency use approval in the domestic market for a children’s Covid vaccine.  The company’s vaccine for children has received a conditional approval from an expert committee of the drug regulator. The next steps will have… Continue reading Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

The next step is a constitutional right to health

Synopsis: Presently, any investment in health care has failed to translate into a sense of security and sanctuary for many Indians. So, the logical next step would be providing the fundamental Right to Health for all. Introduction The present pandemic, not only shows the deficiencies in our health care, but also devastated it further. So,… Continue reading The next step is a constitutional right to health

Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

What is the news?  The new vaccine “RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S)” with its trade name “Mosquirix” was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. This is the first and only vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.  About the vaccine – Mosquirix  Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline… Continue reading Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

Health Benefit Package under Ayushman Bharat revised

What is the news? The National Health Authority (NHA), the apex body for implementing Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), has revised the Health Benefit Package (HBP) Master under the scheme. About the revised changes in the Health Benefit Package In the revised version of the Health Benefit Package (HBP 2.2), new… Continue reading Health Benefit Package under Ayushman Bharat revised

An inclusive plan for healthcare systems to be built back better

Synopsis: Need to strengthen and transform our health systems by making them more equitable, resilient and sustainable for all. Introduction Countries in the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region, continue to respond to the pandemic aggressively, battling new and more transmissible variants. In addition to covid-19, the region faces a range of pressing threats, from… Continue reading An inclusive plan for healthcare systems to be built back better

Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

What is the news? The pandemic spurred an increase in the use of Internet devices has resulted in an increase in gaming addiction throughout India. About the Online games and gaming addiction in India According to the All India Gaming Federation, India’s online gaming industry is expected to be worth ₹15,500 crores by 2023. A… Continue reading Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis 

What is the news?  Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners launched the first-ever global strategy to defeat meningitis. Meningitis is a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.  What is the aim of the strategy?  The strategy ‘the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030’, aims to prevent infections and improve… Continue reading WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis 

Union Minister launches the “Amrit Grand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE”

What is the News? The Union Minister of Earth Sciences has launched the “AmritGrand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE”. He also addressed the 10th Biotech Innovators Meet. What is the “AmritGrand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE”? The challenge aims to identify 75 startup innovations in telemedicine, digital health, mHealth with BIG Data, AI, blockchain and other technologies.… Continue reading Union Minister launches the “Amrit Grand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE”

4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021 concludes

What is the News? The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has addressed the closing session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue. What is the Indo-US Health Dialogue? Indo-US Health Dialogue is being hosted by India. The dialogue aims to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries. The… Continue reading 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue 2021 concludes

Plan to discontinue the vitamin A supplement programme is hasty

Synopsis:  Some researchers have suggested stopping of vitamin A nutrition supplement program. But this needs careful analysis. Introduction Recently, in a study published the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, some researchers argued that the government’s National vitamin A Supplement (VAS) programme should be partially discontinued. They argued that the VAS programme is leading to a condition… Continue reading Plan to discontinue the vitamin A supplement programme is hasty

Drug Regulations in India – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction  An adulterated cough syrup of a private firm, Digital Vision, has caused the death of 13 children in 2020. Publicly available data (RTI) shows that Seven Indian state regulators, including that of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Kerala, have found drugs from the company to be substandard at least 19 times since… Continue reading Drug Regulations in India – Explained, pointwise

PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

What is the News? The Prime Minister has launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. What is Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission? Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission aims to provide digital health IDs for all Indian citizens to help hospitals, insurance firms and citizens access health records electronically when required.  What are digital health IDs? It is a… Continue reading PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks”, a key initiative to support the medical devices, notified

What is the News? The Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has notified the Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks”. What is the Scheme for Promotion of Medical Device Parks? Under the scheme, medical parks will be developed to provide common infrastructure facilities in one place thereby creating a robust ecosystem for… Continue reading Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks”, a key initiative to support the medical devices, notified

COVID-19: WHO recommends Regeneron antibody therapy for high-risk & seronegative patients

What is the news?  Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) approved the Regeneron antibody combination for treatment of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  What is Regeneron?  Regeneron is a combination of two drugs — casirivimab and imdevimab.  It has reduced mortality in seronegative patients with severe infections. The drug cocktail replicates the natural antibody response of human beings. Last year it was approved by the… Continue reading COVID-19: WHO recommends Regeneron antibody therapy for high-risk & seronegative patients

Now, insulin can be kept without refrigeration

What is the News? A team of scientists from Kolkata have developed a “thermostable” variety of insulin named “Insulock” which eliminates the need to keep it refrigerated.  What is Insulin? Insulin is a hormone that helps control the body’s blood sugar level and metabolism — the process that turns the food you eat into energy.… Continue reading Now, insulin can be kept without refrigeration

Ex Gratia: Why GOI should pay, Compensating Death

Synopsis: The court mediated decision for COVID 19 death compensation will help the poorest. Introduction Recently, Centre on the suggestions of the Supreme Court has agreed to provide financial relief of ₹50,000 per deceased individual to families of those who died of COVID-19. It will also include those who were involved in relief operations or… Continue reading Ex Gratia: Why GOI should pay, Compensating Death

How Poshan vatikas can help bridge the nutrition

Synopsis: Self-reliance and the adoption of sustainable food systems to address nutrition security amongst women and children is needed to address the tackle the challenge of nutrition. Introduction In the backdrop of Poshan Maah in September 2021, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is keen to promote the establishment of “Poshan Vatikas” across the… Continue reading How Poshan vatikas can help bridge the nutrition

Covid deaths: Centre okays ex-gratia, state funds to cover it

What is the News? The government of India has informed the Supreme Court that National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for loss of life due to Covid-19. Background The Supreme Court of India had directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to recommend guidelines for giving ex gratia… Continue reading Covid deaths: Centre okays ex-gratia, state funds to cover it

Explained: CIA officer on India trip reports Havana Syndrome; what is known about its symptoms and causes so far

What is the News? A US intelligence officer on an Indian trip last month has reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome. This is the first instance of the phenomenon being reported in India, at least on record, and could have diplomatic implications. What is Havana Syndrome? Havana Syndrome refers to a set of mental health symptoms… Continue reading Explained: CIA officer on India trip reports Havana Syndrome; what is known about its symptoms and causes so far

Pandemic study reveals lack of trained health personnel

What is the News? The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) have released a report titled ‘Health Workforce in India-Why, Where and How to Invest’. What are the Key Findings of the Report? Nurse to Doctor Ratio: The nurse to doctor ratio in India is estimated to be 1.7:1. This… Continue reading Pandemic study reveals lack of trained health personnel

India will resume exports of covid-19 vax from Oct to meet its commitments

What is the News? India will resume the export of COVID-19 vaccines under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme to fulfil the commitment towards COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access). What is the Vaccine Maitri Programme? Vaccine Maitri Initiative was launched by the Government of India in January 2021. Purpose: It is a humanitarian initiative undertaken by India… Continue reading India will resume exports of covid-19 vax from Oct to meet its commitments

A spike – India must prioritise vaccines to States and districts that are at greatest infection risk

Synopsis: Given the Indian population, vaccinating all adults itself is a challenge in India, given that supply challenges still persist. Introduction Recently, India administered a record 2.5 crore vaccine shots in a day to mark the celebration of the Prime Minister’s birthday. It is equivalent to the populations of the whole of Australia, two-thirds of… Continue reading A spike – India must prioritise vaccines to States and districts that are at greatest infection risk

New research: Scientists attempt to turn edible plants into vaccines

What is the News? Scientists and Researchers at the University of California are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. What is the purpose of the project?  The project aims to demonstrate whether they can convert plants like spinach and lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. What is the key… Continue reading New research: Scientists attempt to turn edible plants into vaccines

Should children be giving COVID 19 jabs

Synopsis: Vaccination has helped the world to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the debates over-vaccination of Children still continues. Introduction Covid-19 has impacted all sections of society, especially children. Debates have been going on to initiate Covid vaccination drives for children. This issue was raised, particularly in India, when the reopening of schools was tied… Continue reading Should children be giving COVID 19 jabs

How India ramped up its vaccination drive

Synopsis: India’s vaccination drives have evolved over the last two decades. It has overcome not just scientific challenges, but also social issues like hesitancy. Introduction India’s health infrastructure was put under severe stress by the 2nd COVID wave. The best remedy to prevent recurrence is to complete the vaccination drive. However, Vaccination faces a great… Continue reading How India ramped up its vaccination drive

US activists, politicians demand FDA reclassify ‘Toxic 3 Os’ used in sunscreen

What is the News? A coalition of environmental groups, community leaders, academics and businesses in the USA have filed a petition seeking the removal of sunscreen products containing what they call “the Toxic 3 Os.” What are Toxic 3 Os? Toxic 3 Os are three chemicals namely Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene. These chemicals are active… Continue reading US activists, politicians demand FDA reclassify ‘Toxic 3 Os’ used in sunscreen

Saline gargle RT-PCR test tech transferred to MSME Ministry

What is the News? The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI) has transferred the indigenously-developed saline gargle RT-PCR technique to the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises(MSME). About Saline gargle RT-PCR Technique Saline gargle RT-PCR is a technique that will be used for testing Covid-19 samples. Developed by: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). How… Continue reading Saline gargle RT-PCR test tech transferred to MSME Ministry

Nursing syllabus gets a major revamp

Synopsis: The revamped programme for B.Sc nursing is aimed at standardization and includes medical ethics and simulation training. Introduction: The syllabus of BSC Nursing programmes has been revised. This is the first major overhaul after 1947. The revised curriculum has been standardized, updated and is aimed at bringing uniformity in nursing education across India. Who… Continue reading Nursing syllabus gets a major revamp

Its time for national conversation on how to live with the virus

Synopsis: The goal is not to eliminate the infection, but to reduce sickness and mortality. Introduction This article highlights the impact of Covid on people’s lives and what can be expected in the future. Given that virus is constantly evolving, how we shape our policies is crucial for a healthy society. What are the limitations… Continue reading Its time for national conversation on how to live with the virus

Inside the unfolding healthtech revolution

Synopsis: Growth of Digitalisation in India is catalysing the growth of innovative Healthtech startups and this gives India an opportunity to address the issues plaguing India’s Public health care. What are the issues plaguing India’s public health care? COVID has put the focus back on India’s inadequate healthcare infrastructure, which has been affected by issues… Continue reading Inside the unfolding healthtech revolution

Why health journals have called for climate action

What is the News? Editors of more than 220 leading health journals from all over the world have published a joint editorial asking governments to take immediate and more ambitious climate action to hold global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5°C from pre-industrial times. Purpose of the Joint Editorial The joint editorial in health journals comes… Continue reading Why health journals have called for climate action

Chandigarh’s first Pollen Calendar can help identify potential allergy triggers and guard sensitive people from exposure

What is the News? Chandigarh has got its first pollen calendar. This can identify potential allergy triggers and provide a clear understanding for clinicians as well as allergy sufferers about their causes to help limit their exposure during high pollen loads. What is Pollen? Pollen is a fine yellowish powder released by plants. They are… Continue reading Chandigarh’s first Pollen Calendar can help identify potential allergy triggers and guard sensitive people from exposure

Indian scientists studying garlic extracts for potential covid treatment

What is the News? Indian scientists are studying garlic extracts for treating covid-19. About the Study The study is being conducted by the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad. They are jointly researching natural garlic essential oil as a potential inhibitor of ACE2 protein. ACE2 is a… Continue reading Indian scientists studying garlic extracts for potential covid treatment

Why Moderna’s mRNA candidate brings new hope for an HIV vaccine

What is the News? Moderna has announced the human trials for two HIV vaccines, namely mRNA-1644 and mRNA-1644v2-Core. About the two HIV Vaccines The two vaccines are based on the same platform — mRNA — as Moderna’s Covid vaccine.  Working: The vaccine is expected to work similar to the Covid-19 vaccine — by getting the… Continue reading Why Moderna’s mRNA candidate brings new hope for an HIV vaccine

One vaccine makes more vaccine than another. Does it matter?

What is the news? The researchers are still working to understand how long their protection lasts, and how it differs from one person to another. Getting answers to these questions is a crucial step to determine who will need a booster shot. The studies have found that the Moderna Vs Pfizer vaccines have certain subtle… Continue reading One vaccine makes more vaccine than another. Does it matter?

World failing to address dementia challenge: WHO report

What is the News? The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a report titled ‘Global status report on the public health response to ‘dementia’. About Global status report on the public health response to dementia Objective: The report takes stock of progress made towards the 2025 global targets for dementia laid out in the WHO’s… Continue reading World failing to address dementia challenge: WHO report

Indian Railways rolls out Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways

What is the News? Indian Railways has rolled out the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways. About Hospital Management Information System(HMIS) Objective: HMIS is an initiative of Indian Railways to bring the entire Railway Health System on a single architecture to provide faster, seamless and hassle free healthcare. Implemented… Continue reading Indian Railways rolls out Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways