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19th July 2019

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 allows establishment of DNA Data Banks

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 was re-introduced in Lok Sabha on July 8, 2019. The Bill provides for the regulation of use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons. The primary intended purpose of the new Bill is to expand the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country.

The same Bill had been previously introduced in Lok Sabha in August 2018, but could not be passed in the Upper House and so had lapsed. Some key provisions of the Bill are as below:...read more

Cabinet approves setting up of National Medical Commission

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Union cabinet has approved the National Medical Commission Bill 2019. The Bill provides for setting up of a NMC in place of MCI and repeal of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

Salient features

  • The Common final year MBBS exam to be known as National Exit Text (NEXT) would serve as licentiate exam, for entrance to PG medical course and as screening test for foreign medical graduates.
  • The Bill provides that the national entrance test (NEET), common counselling and NEXT shall also be applicable to Institutes of National Importance (INIs) like AIIMS to have common standards in the country....read more
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Ebola outbreak in the DRC declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC.... read more

Homeopath fined for prescribing modern medicine injection

The family of a woman in Nagpur who died in 2000 after a homoeopath prescribed her Baralgan and Dexamethasone that caused fatal anaphylaxis was declared as a case of medical negligence by the NCDRC. A state commission had earlier found the same, even though the homoeopath was acquitted in a criminal prosecution over the woman's death.... read more

Greater urgency needed in fight against HIV/AIDS, warns UN agency

The UN program leading the global effort to end AIDS is calling for greater urgency and more funding in the fight against the disease, with data showing that the pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections is slowing, and some countries experiencing a rising number of cases.

The news comes in a new UNAIDS report, Communities at the centre, launched on Tuesday at a community event in Eshowe, South Africa,... read more

Working 9 to 5 May Protect Women From Memory Loss

Working women experience a slower rate of age-related memory loss than their nonworking counterparts, suggests new research. Results of a large longitudinal study show that memory decline later in life occurred twice as quickly in women who did not work in mid-life compared with those who did.... read more

No Fracture Risk for New Diabetes Drugs in Real-World Study

Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for the treatment of type 2 diabetes are not associated with an increased fracture risk, new results from a large population-based database suggest.

Researchers studied 73,178 patients aged 40 years and older in the UKCPRD who initiated a glucose-lowering drug starting in 2013. Of those, 9454 patients took an SGLT2 inhibitor (1288 canagliflozin, 5539 dapagliflozin, and 2133 empagliflozin,... read more

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Philippines declares National Dengue Alert

The Health Secretary, Philippines has declared a National Dengue Alert due to the rapidly increasing number of cases observed in several regions, according to the DOH Statement on the Declaration of National Dengue Alert on 15th July. Among regions which have exceeded the epidemic threshold are MIMAROPA (Region IV-B), Western Visayas (Region VI), Central Visayas (Region VII) and Northern Mindanao (Region X). Some regions are being monitored after having exceeded the alert threshold.... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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