Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday cleared the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill with a crucial amendment brought in by the government to increase representation of States in the new body, as demanded by the Opposition. The Bill was passed by a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had earlier cleared the proposed law on July 29. The NMC will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).... read more
Thailand becomes first in SEAR with WHO classified emergency medical team
Thailand has become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to get WHO classification for its emergency medical team (EMT). This classification makes Thailand EMT the 26th team in the international roster of WHO classified, internationally deployable medical teams.
The classification followed two days of intense evaluation by a team of experts from WHO Regional Office, Ministry of Health of Indonesia,... read more
Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF
While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, according to the Head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
"The health, social and economic benefits of breastfeeding - for mother and child – are well-established and accepted throughout the world", said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.... read more
Atherosclerosis Risk Rises With Less Education; Smoking Is the Link
An association between achieved level of education and the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis in a cohort of middle-aged adults appeared to be directed by whether they were smokers and how much they smoked.
Those with less than a university education showed a significant 46% increased adjusted risk for generalized atherosclerosis compared with people who had attended university.... read more
'Presenteeism' Takes Toll on Menstruating Women
Women who push themselves to work or study despite menstrual symptoms like painful cramps may be less productive on those days and might benefit from being able to work from home or take a day off and make it up later, a survey suggests.
The online survey, conducted in The Netherlands, found that the average woman took off 1.3 days per year for reasons related to her periods. ... read more