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Number of blind people in India comes down from 1.20 crore to 80 lakh

New Delhi: The union health ministry has issued a notification which says any person who is unable to count fingers from a distance of three metres would be considered as blind, as against the earlier stipulation of six metres, which was adopted in 1976.

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Interview: Dr Nirmala Srinivasan, a disability rights activist who has been fighting a ‘battle without battle lines’

Dr Nirmala Srinivasan, a disability rights advocate and Ashoka fellow, is the founder of FACEMI (Families Alliance on Mental Illness), the first national forum in India for families that are engaged in taking care of treatment, rehabilitation and support of their members suffering from mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder (Severe Mental Disorder, SMD) or Common Mental Disorders (CMD) such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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Doctor who asked junior to ‘kill’ patient suspended | Two deaths spark recall of St Jude heart devices

A government doctor, who was recently caught on audiotape allegedly telling his junior colleague at a hospital in Agra to “kill” a TB patient seeking admission, has been suspended from duty.

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Number of TB cases in India is double current estimates, says new study

London: The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in India may be up to two to three times higher than current estimates, suggests a new study.

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MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced new recommendations to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment outcomes for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through the use of a novel rapid diagnostic test called MTBDRsl, and a shorter, cheaper 9-12 months treatment regimen. The new treatment regimen can be completed in 9-12 months — less than half the time required by the current 24 months treatment standard used worldwide.

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India witnesses 10 lakh new cancer cases, six lakh deaths in a year

New Delhi: India has seen a 7.5 percent rise in the number of cancer patients due primarily to poor lifestyle choices such as consumption of alcohol, ‘pan masala’ and tobacco, a study has revealed.

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How India tackles adverse drug reactions — by ignoring data

With 10 percent of 3.63 trillion medicines popped worldwide in 2015, India is the world’s third-largest medicine market. It stands to scientific reason that these drugs will have side effects.

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Indian firm developing vaccine for Zika virus

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is developing world’s first vaccine for Zika virus, which has been declared as public health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

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Zika virus outbreak constitutes public health emergency: WHO

Geneva: The recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil constituted a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

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Zika virus likely to spread across US: WHO

Washington: The Zika virus is likely to spread across the US, the World Health Organisation has warned.

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