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)
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...
It doesn't matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a universal stereotype prevails: Girls are weak and boys are st...
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MSF’s new ‘Out Of Step’ report surveys 29 countries.
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Physical activity is fundamental to health and wellbeing. Yoga can help.
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The WHO is running a mental health campaign to tackle stigma and misconceptions called "Depression: Let's Talk".
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A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack or adequate hygiene, the World Health Or...
It reminds me of René Descartes, the renowned 17th century French philosopher, every time I come across a person with mental illness being greeted with the derision and loathing that is totally...
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An army of sickly and poorly educated children growing up in villages will continue to drag down the country as adults unless the nation's nutrition and education delivery systems are made more effici...
Last month a jury in the US awarded $70 million to a woman who claimed that Johnson & Johnson's baby talcum powder was responsible for her ovarian case. This is not the first such verdict of its k...
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The ₹9,999 air purifier is Xiaomi's first smart home product available in the country.
The World Health Organization has recently recommended a new treatment protocol which is commonly referred to as the Bangladesh Regimen. It can be completed within 12 months, which not only reduces costs but also has the potential to improve treatment outcomes.
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In a somewhat good news for Delhi, the World Health Organisation in its report has said that it is no longer the most polluted city in the world. The WHO's urban air quality database released on Thurs...
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Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where polio continues to be widespread. The problem is greatly exacerbated by the relentless attacks on polio immunization teams by militants, particularly the Pakistani Taliban. It is fair to say that the polio workers in Pakistan have been protecting children at the cost of their own lives.
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The greatest threats to public health are far from shocking or contagious. They are familiar and common. Diabetes--a condition that's often the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity--is expected to increase rapidly to become the world's seventh largest killer by 2030. On World Health Day 2016, we have the potential to re-calibrate our priorities, recognize the public health threat diabetes poses and do something about it. We can defy expectations and beat the diabetes epidemic. The battle must begin.
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UNITED NATIONS -- India is among five countries where projects are underway to develop vaccines to fight the Zika virus currently circulating in 38 countries. The World Health Organization's Director...
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NEW DELHI -- India has the world's highest number of people without access to clean water - imposing a major financial burden for some of the country's poorest people, according to a report released T...
There's no death of frightening reports on India's abysmal road safety record. The most recent is the WHO's "Global Road Safety Report 2015". Due in large part to lax or negligible enforcement of road safety laws, an estimated 207,551 people died in road accidents during 2014. Interestingly, the estimate provided by India's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was 141,526 during the same period. The trend is sobering: with the exception of a short downward blip in 2012, traffic fatalities in India have been rising consistently since 2007.
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LONDON/MUMBAI -- A major Indian supplier of tuberculosis drugs to developing countries has been severely criticised by the World Health Organization for inadequate manufacturing standards and poor tes...
Each one of us is knowingly contributing to air pollution. We take air and air quality for granted like we do many other aspects of our natural environment. We are all forthcoming in identifying the problem and its effects, but there is no acknowledgement of our personal contribution to it. There's a complete absence of a proactive stance in working towards addressing it. We are all seeking greener pastures elsewhere; we do not take responsibility of where we are.
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A news report in January claimed that President Obama's life span suffered a six-hour cut in less than three days during his trip to Delhi, believed to have the most polluted air in the world. Now, the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) landslide victory gives it the perfect mandate to clean up Delhi's air. But, the labyrinth of issues related to Delhi's air pollution makes it a Herculean task.
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Every person has a role to play in reducing the disease burden of leprosy and removing this age-old scourge from the planet. We need to enhance awareness about the early signs of the disease, make treatment available and encourage acceptance of the affected at home, school or at the workplace. These coordinated efforts would improve early case detection and help us reach the goal of zero child cases with visible deformity or grade 2 disability by 2020.
In April 2014, a World Health Organization (WHO) report warned that the world may soon enter a 'post-antibiotic era'. Outside the medical community, few, especially in developing countries, have any inkling that antibiotics, one of the greatest advances of 20th century science, are fast becoming ineffective.