The World’s Cheapest Hospital Has to Get Even Cheaper

It was only after a junior surgeon opened the patient’s chest, splitting his sternum with a quick buzz from a handsaw and cranking a savage-looking retractor to pin open his rib cage, that the rare and lethal disease became visible. Cancer surgery for $700, a heart bypass for $2,000. Pretty good, but under India’s new […]

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Study : Only 138 countries define smokeless tobacco in their statutes

According to the study published in the Lancet Oncology journal on Thursday, just six countries check and regulate the content of smokeless tobacco products while only 41 countries mandate pictorial health warnings on them. Describing the extent of the policy implementation gap in smokeless tobacco (SLT) control, researchers stated that there are only a handful […]

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Topic of cancer: New forms, targeted therapies and more

As the disease shape-shifts and affects more Indians than ever before, hope lies in the evolving line of targeted The images were gut-wrenching. There was Manohar Parrikar, looking dapper in one picture, and skeletal in another. The Goa chief minister’s death at the age of 63 followed the demise of another BJP stalwart. Union minister […]

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Smokeless tobacco products flying under the radar of regulation in many countries

Smokeless tobacco products are addictive and cause cancer, yet only a few countries have adequate policies to regulate them. As a result, the global efforts to control smokeless tobacco use are lagging behind the progress made in curbing cigarette consumption. Smokeless tobacco refers to tobacco products that are taken orally or snorted. Across the globe, these products […]

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More policy work needed to reduce use of smokeless tobacco, say researchers

Researchers at the University of York have shown that regulations on smokeless tobacco are still lacking, despite 181 countries agreeing to a common approach to controlling the demand and supply. The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, highlighted that of the 181 countries using the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), only 138 define smokeless […]

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Endless dilemma over the big C

There is a lot more that needs to be done to improve outcomes of rare cancers. Diagnostic accuracy, better treatment and prognosis are the need of the hour The Indian healthcare system has markedly improved in the last few years. However, one of the areas where it lacks is judicious treatment of rare cancers. The […]

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Smokeless tobacco out of tax net, health warnings in many countries

Study in Lancet Oncology highlights gaps in smokeless tobacco control; says its not taxed in many countries, health warnings often not enforced A paper published today in Lancet Oncology describes the extent of the policy implementation gap in smokeless tobacco (SLT) control – for India smokeless tobacco is a major problem. Professor Ravi Mehrotra, Director […]

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Science and health for all children with cancer

In recent years, 5-year survival rates for children with cancer (typically equating to cure) have risen to ~80% in most high-income countries (HICs) (1–4). This progress reflects partly the optimized use of conventional therapies (e.g., cytotoxic drugs) through better risk stratification of patients. For example, on the basis of molecular prognostic markers, treatments are intensified […]

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