ICMR head Balram Bhargava wins Dr Lee Jong-wook Prize for Public Health
Excerpts from The Hindu: "When I work with patients, I think about how to apply science to alleviate their suffering. This gives meaning to everything else I do," said Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava after jointly winning the 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier this week.... read more
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) Adopted
The World Health Assembly member states have agreed to adopt the eleventh revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), to come into effect on January 1, 2022.... read more
FDA approves first PI3K inhibitor for breast cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with the FDA-approved endocrine therapy fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2... read more
Mumps and measles cases in England prompt vaccine call
A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunized. Public Health England said even one person missing their vaccinations was "too many". There were 795 cases of mumps in the first three months of 2019, compared with 1,031 in the whole of 2018....read more
Chinese medicine gains WHO acceptance but it has many critics
The World Health Assembly on Saturday formally approved the latest version of its influential global compendium, which includes a chapter on traditional medicine for the first time.
However, not everybody is happy with the controversial move. Some in the biomedical community say WHO overlooked the toxicity of some herbal medicine and the lack of evidence it works,... read more
'90% deaths due to cancer caused by tobacco intake'
Indore: Nine out of 10 deaths caused by cancer are due to consumption of tobacco. In India, 7300 people die every year because of passive smoking, said Dr Arvind Pancholia, a member of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Indore chapter on Sunday..... read more
Hard-to-Treat Uterine Corpus Cancers On the Rise
Among all U.S. women, rates of more aggressive non-endometrioid cancer subtypes have been rising rapidly. And trends show marked racial differences and disparities, with higher rates of uterine corpus subtypes and poorer survival among non-Hispanic black women, reported a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology..... read more