Dr VG Somani takes charge as the DCGI
Dr VG Somani takes charge as the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). He was serving as the Joint Drugs Controller (India). He has been appointed for a period of three years.... read more
Africa heads into the last mile to be free of wild polio
Africa passes a milestone threshold – three years with no case of wild poliovirus detected.
This three-year landmark sets in motion a comprehensive evaluation process by the Africa Regional Certification Commission to determine if the entire WHO African Region of 47 countries indeed can be declared to have eradicated wild poliovirus. Certification that the WHO African Region is free of... read more
Newer insulin 3-5 times costlier in India, says study
Globally, one in two people who need insulin, lack access to it due to high prices and poor availability. The problem in India is availability, quality and the huge price differential between newer, second generation (rapid and long acting) insulin and older versions.
One of the most comprehensive studies ever done on insulin globally, published in BMJ, points out huge differential, saying human insulin is far more affordable than analogue insulin,... read more
India ranked lowest in survey of packaged foods, drinks
Packaged food in India has been ranked lowest in terms of its healthiness in a major global survey of packaged foods and drinks.
The George Institute for Global Health analyzed more than 400,000 food and drink products from 12 countries and territories around the world. Countries were ranked using Australia's Health Star Rating system.... read more
One dead, over 100 ill in Spain's biggest Listeriosis outbreak
A 90-year-old Spanish woman died on Tuesday, 56 people have been hospitalized and dozens more taken ill in what is believed to be the biggest outbreak of listeriosis recorded in Spain, the health minister said.
A nationwide alert was sent out after listeria, the bacteria behind the infection, was suspected in a brand of packaged pork manufactured by Seville-based Magrudis, acting Health Minister Maria Luisa Carcedo told Cadena Ser radio.... read more
Heart failure patients with HIV face higher risk of sudden cardiac death
The risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) appears to be higher among heart failure patients who also have HIV infection, according to new findings.
A study included 2,149 individuals hospitalized with heart failure without an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), including 344 people living with HIV (PHIV). Compared with other patients, PHIV were more likely to have coronary artery disease, elevated pulmonary artery systolic pressure, cocaine use and co-infection with hepatitis C virus.... read more