To grow, India must invest in public health

While there is much debate about the current state of India’s economy, it is pertinent to ask what factors might slow economic growth over the longer term. In this context, the poor state of our nation’s public health is important. Despite some vigorous steps by government, we still rank among the weakest performers in the […]

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Lok Sabha passes Prohibition of E-Cigarettes Bill

NEW DELHI : Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill that seeks prohibition of e-Cigarettes in India with Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, calling the ban as a “pre-emptive strike” on the “hazardous” addiction. Harsh Vardhan said that with The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, […]

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The Cancer Miracle Isn’t a Cure.

In the next few years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States. Later in this century, it is likely to be the top cause of death worldwide. The shift marks a dramatic epidemiological transition: the first time in history that cancer will reign as humankind’s number-one killer. It’s a good news/bad […]

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Men with Breast Cancer Face High Mortality Rates, Says Study

Men with breast cancer are more likely to have lower overall survival rates than their female counterparts, a study said. “The persistent disparity, derived from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database, suggests a possible distinct cancer biology, less effective treatment or compliance issues, and perhaps unhealthy lifestyles among men may be responsible […]

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Cancer cases rise by over 300% in 1 year

NEW DELHI: Cases of common cancer, including oral, cervical and breast cancer, diagnosed at state-run NCD clinics increased by nearly 324% between 2017 and 2018, according to National Health Profile, 2019 data. In 2018, out of 6.5 crore people who visited these clinics for screening, 1.6 lakh were diagnosed with one of these common cancers, compared to 39,635 […]

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Long-term Asbestos Exposure Can Trigger Lung Cancer in Children, Say Experts

After the US health regulators found traces of asbestos in samples from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby powder and forced the company to recall 33,000 bottles of talcum powder, physicians in India have warned that long-term exposure of asbestos can trigger lung cancer in children. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that […]

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Pancreatic, Colorectal Cancer Up 10% in 30 Years, Says Study

Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017, the results of a major study conducted across 195 countries revealed. The results, presented at the UEG Week Barcelona, found that the number of pancreatic cancer cases increased by 130 per cent over […]

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Big Tobacco, war and politics

The Cigarette: A Political History Sarah Milov Harvard University Press (2019) The history of the tobacco industry, and its shameful campaign to delay regulation while millions died because of its products, might seem fully explored. Yet in her chronicle The Cigarette, historian Sarah Milov manages to bring fresh insight into how the industry’s power hooked government treasuries, the […]

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