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10th January, 2017
Private bill for free breast cancer treatment
  • Private bill for free breast cancer treatment: NCP MP Supriya Sule has proposed a private member’s bill for providing free treatment to all women suffering from breast cancer in government hospitals. The Breast Cancer (Awareness and Free Treatment) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the recently concluded winter session, but it is yet to be taken up for consideration
  • Michigan strain of H1N1 detected: More than 100 cases of HINI influenza have been recorded in Jaipur, Rajasthan, with over 10 deaths in the past one week. The spike in the cases is being attributed a new type of H1N1 virus called the Michigan strain. The Rajasthan government on January 3 sounded an alert in the State after more than 400 people were diagnosed positive for swine flu virus in December 2017. As many as 241 swine flu deaths have occurred in the State since January 2017. H1N1 is associated with increased hospitalization and deaths among elderly and young children.
  • Former Indian Medical Association president Dr. K.K. Aggarwal said: “Though the virus may be less dangerous, it is certainly more contagious. It is likely to infect more people who have not developed immunity to it yet.”... read more
Top News

New Consumer Protection Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) A new Consumer Protection Bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha, seeking to set up an authority to safeguard consumer rights in view of current challenges posed by e-commerce, direct selling, tele-marketing and misleading ads, among others.

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 was introduced by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in the Lower House and it seeks to replace the 31-year-old law. ... read more

Practice Updates
Multi-gene test predicts early heart disease risk

A risk score based on multiple genetic differences, or polygenic risk score, predicted significantly more cases of early-onset heart disease than standard tests for single genetic defects, according to new research published in the journal Circulation: Genomic and Precision more

First next-generation sequencing test to detect multiple mutations in solid tumors

The US FDA has approved FoundationOneCDx (F1CDx), a next-generation sequencing test, which can detect mutations in 324 genes and two genomic signatures in any type of solid more

Eating green leafy vegetables slows cognitive decline in older adults

Consumption of approximately 1 serving per day of green leafy vegetables and foods rich in phylloquinone, lutein, nitrate, folate, a-tocopherol, and kaempferol may help to slow cognitive decline with aging, suggests a study of prospective study of an older US community population reported December 20, more

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine position statement on informal milk sharing

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) has published a position statement on informal breast milk sharing for the term healthy infant January 8, 2018 in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine. The statement discusses two important strategies, in particular, to maximize the safety of community-based breast milk sharing, more

A new radiotracer facilitates early detection of lung bacterial infection

2-18F-fluorodeoxysorbitol (18F-FDS), a new radiotracer, can identify and track bacterial infection in lungs better and can better differentiate bacterial infection from inflammation compared to other tracers tested, as shown in a new study published in the January more

Chemoprevention of squamous cell carcinoma of skin with topical fluorouracil in high risk patients

Using 5% fluorouracil cream twice daily for 2 to 4 weeks in patients with history of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) reduced the need for surgery by 75% over the year after treatment for SCC, says a study published online January 3, more

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Plan your health expenses and insurance for eventualities
Actor Shrivallabh Vyas’ demise is a lessonon why it is imperative to set aside a health budget every month
New Delhi, 09 January 2018: Actor Shrivallabh Vyas recently passed away, unable to pay his hospital bills. Late Vyas was known for his prominent roles in Aamir Khan’s Lagaan and Sarfarorsh, movies which performed well at the box office. However, unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for Vyas to consolidate his financial position. He was bed-ridden for few years after a paralytic attack in 2008. During the time he was in the ICU of a Jaipur hospital, his wife and daughters struggled to pay the medical bills. His medical expenses were taken care of by actors including Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Irrfan Khan, among others.
In light of the above incident, it is time to revisit one’s health and plan health expenses. The Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) premium is deducted on a person’s gross salary, which is 1.75% from the employee contribution and 4.75% from the employer contribution -- a total of 6.5%.
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