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13th March, 2018
Allahabad High Court directs state govt. to improve medical facilities in govt. hospitals

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri and Ira Gupta

In a recent judgement, the Hon’ble Division Bench of the High Court of Allahabad has issued directions to the State Government, UP for improving the medical facilities in the Hospitals maintained by State Government. These directives were issued in response to two writ petitions filed before the High Court in the matter of Sneh Lata Singh & Others vs State of UP & Others, PIL No. 14588 of 2009 and in Raj Kumar Singh vs State of UP bearing PIL No. 65217 of 2008. The Chief Secretary, Lucknow was directed to ensure supervision and compliance to these directions of the Hon’ble High Court.

In the matter of Sneh Lata Singh & Others versus State of UP & Other, the complainant asked for reimbursement for medical expenses, as well as compensation for physical suffering relating to a pregnancy-related complication (vagina fistula) due to incompetent care provided to her at a govt. hospital. Simultaneously, the writ petition also highlighted various shortcomings in the hospital, notably poor infrastructure, staff shortage, unaccountability and apathy, underutilized funds. .... read more

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Folic acid during pregnancy can reduce risk of autism and other defects
Higher doses recommended in women with certain medical conditions
 
New Delhi, 12th March 2018: Mothers taking the recommended amounts of folic acid during pregnancy can help lower the risk of their children developing pesticide-related autism, says recent research. Folate has an important role to play in DNA methylation, a process by which genes are turned off or on, as well as in DNA repair and synthesis. As there is a lot of cell division happening in a developing fetus, adding folic acid might help in a number of these genomic functions.

Folic acid, also called folate, is a B vitamin. It plays a role in cell production and division, including the production of red blood cells. A daily intake of 400-microgram (mcg) folic acid supplement is recommended while trying to conceive, and then for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.A higher dose is recommended for women with certain medical conditions or a personal or family history of neural tube defects.

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