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2nd February, 2018
What the Budget 2018-19 has for the health sector

  • Two new initiatives under ‘Ayushman Bharat’ program
    • National health policy 2017 has envisioned ‘Health and Wellness Centers’ as foundation of India’s health. The creation of 1.5 lakh centers will make health care accessible to the people. These will provide comprehensive health care including NCDs and maternal and health services. And also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic tests. 1200 crore allocated for this flagship project.
    • Flagship ‘National Health Protection Scheme’ launched to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families meaning 50 crore beneficiaries by providing Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. This will be the world’s largest govt. funded national health program. The govt should also come out with a uniform insurance premium so that those who do not come under this scheme will pay the premium out of their pockets. This also means that health care will now reach villages. Smaller hospitals will open, which is good.... read more
Top News

Child and maternal malnutrition remain major health risk factors

New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Child and maternal malnutrition continues to be the most challenging risk factor for health loss in India, the Economic Survey said on Monday. It listed air pollution, dietary risks, high blood pressure and diabetes as other key health risk factors facing the country.... read more

Global Medical Bodies In Joint Call To President Erdogan

Five global medical organisations have sent a joint letter to President Erdogan of Turkey calling for the immediate release of the leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).
Eleven Council members of the TMA were taken into custody yesterday (Tuesday) as a result of a statement issued by the Association declaring that war was a public health concern.... read more

Practice Updates

Guideline adherence, not patient volume, may be better hospital heart failure metric

In evaluating the quality of care given to those hospitalized with heart failure, adherence to clinical guidelines may be a better measure of quality than the number of heart failure patients a hospital admits, according to new research published January 29, 2018... read more

Rivaroxaban + Aspirin causes 50% reduction in the risk of stroke

Results of the study COMPASS presented at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2018 in Los Angeles show that in patients with stable atherosclerotic vascular disease, combining the anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer) with aspirin cuts the ischemic stroke rate by almost half without significantly increasing ... read more

Intracameral administration of antibiotics reduces infection post-cataract surgery

Using intracameral antibiotics after cataract surgery is associated with lower endophthalmitis rates, according to the findings of a new meta-analysis reported in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, online January 11, 2018.... read more

Eating a Mediterranean diet improves IVF success rate

A Mediterranean diet may help improve success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) with higher chance of clinical pregnancy and live birth among non-obese women attempting fertility, say researchers in a study reported January 30, 2018 in the journal Human... read more

Tisagenlecleucel in children and young adults with B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia

In this global study of CAR T-cell therapy published February 1, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a single infusion of tisagenlecleucel provided durable remission with long-term persistence in pediatric and young adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL,... read more

Pediatrics Updates

Robotic Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse in Pediatric Patients.

The findings of a new study published in The American Surgeon indicated that robotic rectopexy provided a safe, reliable, and short-term resolution of rectal prolapse in pediatric patients. This study reviewed the experience of robotic rectopexy at a single institution.... read more

Surgical approach to megarectum and/or megasigmoid in children with unremitting constipation.

The goal of a new study published in the Annals of Medicine and Surgery was to determine the outcomes of surgery in children with functional constipation (FC), and to contribute to formulating a standard of care for children with megarectum (MR) and/or redundancy of the sigmoid colon (MS) who fail medical management..... read more

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Union Budget 2018: a budget for the poor and not-so-much for the common man
Preventive health and health insurance given major push
New Delhi, 1st February 2018: The Union Budget 2018 presented at the Lok Sabha seems to a pro-poor budget with many reforms and initiatives being directed towards their welfare. The focus has been on universal health coverage and affordable healthcare, two aspects which must be pertinently addressed—and seem to have been addressed at length this year.
The three facets of the healthcare budget this year have been enhancing the quality of medical education, covering all poor households under the Jeevan Bima Yojana, and promotion of preventive healthcare.
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