To cut doctor shortage, govt adds over 10,500 MBBS seats this year
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to address the shortage of doctors in the country, the government has ramped up MBBS seats by more than 26% over last two years, taking the total number of MBBS seats to around 75000. Besides, nearly 8900 seats have been added to PG medical seats during the period to bolster the number of specialists.... read more
7 Cases of Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Arunachal, Govt Taking Measures to Check Spread of Disease
Itanagar: As many as seven cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been detected in Arunachal Pradesh, health department sources said on Friday.
The department has launched a state-wide drive for early detection and cure of Japanese Encephalitis, in the wake of the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease in neighboring Assam, they said.
"The state government has issued an advisory to all districts to contain the spread of the disease and instructed officials to take adequate measures,... read more
UN Secretary-General condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria's hospitals, medical workers
Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement, António Guterres said that one of the damaged facilities included a large hospital in Maarat al Numan whose location was known to the warring parties.
Mr. Guterres insisted that civilians and public buildings must be protected, in line with a 2018... read more
Good gut bacteria 'help starving children'
A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas and peanuts improves gut bacteria in malnourished children, helping kick-start their growth, research suggests.
These foods were found to be particularly good at boosting healthy microbes in a US study of children in Bangladesh. In a one-month trial, reported in the journal Science,... read more
PRAC Proposes New Measures to Avoid Methotrexate Dosing Errors
The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended new measures to reduce the risk of dosing errors with medicines containing methotrexate.
The new measures include restricting who can prescribe these medicines, making warnings on the packaging more prominent, and providing educational materials for patients and healthcare providers.... read more
Even Cleaning Procedures Can't Kill C. difficile in Hospitals, says Study
Clostridium difficile persisted on several surfaces, such as hospital surfaces and surgical gowns, even after appropriate decontamination procedures, researchers found.
After recommended treatment with disinfectant, C. difficile spores were found on hospital surgical gowns, as well as on stainless steel and vinyl flooring, reported Lovleen Tina Joshi, PhD,... read more
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension May Double Cardiovascular Risk
According to new research, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) in women appears to be associated with an increased cardiovascular risk.
The results suggest that patients with IIH have double the risk of future cardiovascular events compared to controls even after adjusting for body mass index (BMI). This implies that IIH is actually a systemic metabolic condition, and that patients need to have their cardiovascular risk strictly managed,... read more