Public Health

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Cyclists cover their faces to avoid pollution amid heavy smog, on November 8, 2017 in New Delhi, India. Delhi was enveloped in a thick blanket of haze for the second consecutive day with air quality levels deteriorating. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia says all schools to remain shut till Sunday. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Health Emergency Declared In New Delhi As Toxic Smog Blankets The City

Toxic smog has cloaked the Indian capital city of New Delhi this week, sending its air pollution levels off the charts and prompting officials to declare a public health crisis. The level of PM2.5 (a...
A cattle carcass is pictured on the Agropil ranch as the Pilcomayo river faces its worst drought in almost two decades, in Boqueron, on the border between Paraguay and Argentina, July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Climate Change Is Already A Public Health Crisis, Top Medical Journal Says

Climate change is already taking a major toll on public health and threatening to reverse progress made over the past century in combatting infectious diseases, according to one of the world's oldest...
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. President Barack Obama described climate change as one of the key challenges of our time Monday as he announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions. As a step to try to adapt, Obama announced power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

What A Surgeon General Learned From The Opioid Crisis Could Help Fight Loneliness

During his tenure as surgeon general, Vivek Murthy was known for his work battling the nation's opioid crisis, including issuing a 400-page report on addiction and mailing letters to doctors imploring...
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives at the The White House on August 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump returned to Washington after hosting a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, and attending a veteran's convention in Reno, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Rolls Back Obama's Birth Control Coverage Rule

NEW YORK ― President Donald Trump's administration issued a new rule Friday that allows all employers to opt out of including birth control in their health insurance plans for any moral or religious r...
A demonstrator wears an American flag themed hat and a campaign scarf during the 'Pittsburgh Not Paris' rally in front of The White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Fairfax County Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia sponsored the event in which hundreds gather to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Less Healthy Americans Were More Likely To Vote Trump, Research Finds

Parts of the U.S. where gains in life expectancy during recent decades fell below the national average were also areas where Donald Trump was more likely to outperform Hillary Clinton in the 2016 pres...
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Why Snakes Should Matter To The Make In India Mission

One risks being mocked for juxtaposing snakes with the "Make in India" initiative which recently was spoken of in the same (albeit a bit laboured) breath as Apple Inc. Inspired by 'pop patriotism' many Indians are eager to sever from popular imagination any associations India has with snakes. But of course, snakes aren't going anywhere. Just because snakebites hardly occur in the posh neighbourhoods of Lutyens' Delhi or the cosy newsrooms of media-houses doesn't mean they have disappeared from India.
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Public Places For Private Pleasures

As I ran past the line-up of nude buttocks of men having their daily bowel movement, I saw the tide pick up and the water come to shore. Countless men quickly stood up from their squat positions and ran back further onto the beach. While I had seen their backsides, I now enjoyed a full view of their front as well. It is then that I noticed something that took me by surprise. Numerous men were sporting erections...
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India's Growth Story Needs A Shot In The Arm, Literally

Every year, 2.7 crore children are born in India. This is the sum that we hope becomes the dividend of India's growth equation. This cohort, it is projected, adds to India's celebrated profile of having the world's largest youth population for the next two decades -- approximately 356 million 10-24-year-olds. Projections peg great hope on this statistic, anticipating it to be the major factor driving the plot of India's growth story. However, there are daunting challenges accompanying this demographic advantage, particularly when it comes to health.
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It's High Time Bollywood Acknowledged Cancer Survivors

Despite the great technical and cultural strides of the last 44 years, mainstream Hindi cinema has sadly not yet eschewed the 'fatality outlook' around cancer. More recent films like Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), Dasvidaniyan (2008) and Aashayein (2010) all showed lead or important characters ultimately surrendering to cancer without even putting a decent fight. While the ailment certainly still kills people, it is disheartening to see that not a single mainstream movie has shown the other side of the story: that people also kill cancer.

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