Improving access to DOTS is crucial

Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

If there is already a long delay before TB patients in India start treatment, the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy offered by India’s TB control programme does not make it easy for patients to access and complete the treatment. In contrast, patients who took DOTS from private practitioners faced fewer barriers and were more likely to complete the treatment. The results were published recently in the journal BMC Health Services Research.

Improving access to DOTS is crucial

Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

If there is already a long delay before TB patients in India start treatment, the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy offered by India’s TB control programme does not make it easy for patients to access and complete the treatment. In contrast, patients who took DOTS from private practitioners faced fewer barriers and were more likely to complete the treatment. The results were published recently in the journal BMC Health Services Research.

Cervical cancer has the possibility of elimination and can be eradicated from many countries in the world in four to five decades, said Dr. R. Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on cancer control and head of screening group with the World Health Organisation (WHO), at the Asia-Oceania Research Organisation in Genital Infection and Neoplasia (AOGIN) conclave held in Singapore last week.

Personal and public choices eroding health

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) linked to lifestyles have surpassed communicable diseases as the leading cause of lost productivity and premature deaths.

Farm life and the asthma clue

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Scientists say they may have found a sort of magic ingredient to prevent asthma in children: microbes from farm animals, carried into the home in dust.

AYUSH drugs to get trial guidelines

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 00:00

To bring research on Ayurvedic drugs and formulations closer to practices in Western medicine, the Indian Council of Medical Research has released a set of guidelines concerning standards that must be adhered to in testing medicines from AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) schools.

These figures aren’t cooked up

Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

A country raising its voice against violence against women has so far ignored a health concern that is taking a heavier toll than the most serious health conditions. Statistics tell the story: India recorded 45,000 maternal deaths in 2015, cervical cancer claims 74,000 lives annually, and 36,735 cases of rape were recorded in 2014. And the health concern that hasn’t become a talking point yet — burn injuries — claims 91,000 lives of women on average every year. In almost all cases it is the kitchen in the marital home where the woman ostensibly blunders, putting her life at risk. And most victims are young.

Corn starch dries up excess oil leaving skin soft and clear, and kiwis can be used as an effective face scrub for oily skin, says an expert.

Miracle herb, green tea is known for its many benefits and scientists have now discovered something more about it. A chemical in the tea has been shown to improve cognitive ability in persons with Down’s syndrome, scientists and doctors said on Tuesday.

Beer will never taste as good as it does in a brewery’s tap room, but one should be able to judge how fresh it is and try to avoid stale beer. Now, there is an app so that you don’t miss the ‘drinking window’ of a beer.