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7th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: Government Policies Influenced by IMA so far
  • NABH has recognized IMA as facilitator for its pre-entry level NABH accreditation certification.
  • IMA has been able to halt the PM’s announcement to write drugs without brand names.
  • IMA has been able to halt the government move to allow pharmacist to substitute drugs.
  • IMA has opposed online pharmacies.
  • IMA has been able to halt the MTP Bill allowing AYUSH doctors to perform MTPs.
  • IMA has been able to halt, so far, the government’s alleged efforts in allowing technicians to run diagnostic labs and sign the reports.
  • IMA drug policy of ‘one drug- one company-one price’ has been accepted by government in principle.
  • IMA persuaded the government to raise the age of retirement to 65 years for EHS doctors and later extend it to other categories of doctors.
  • Kerala state has included ‘Noise & Health’ as a chapter in the 8th standard syllabus on the initiative of IMA NISS.
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West and Central Africa left behind in Global HIV response

More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report..... read more


Why International Presence of IMA

International IMA Activities Report 2017
IMA actively participates in WMA, CMAAO, CMA and WONCA meetings. Internationally, WMA deals with all policies related to health, education and regulations related to all the countries in a broad base.... read more

Practice Updates
US FDA approves first biosimilar for the treatment of breast and stomach cancers

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Ogivri (trastuzumab-dkst) as a biosimilar to Herceptin (trastuzumab) for the treatment of patients with breast or metastatic stomach cancer (gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) whose tumors overexpress the HER2 gene (HER2+)....read more


Screening for critical congenital heart disease at birth saves lives

Infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) decreased more than 33% in eight states that mandated screening for CCHD with pulse oximetry. In addition, deaths from other or unspecified cardiac causes decreased by 21%.....read more


Gene-based Zika vaccine is safe and immunogenic in healthy adults

Results from two Phase 1 clinical trials show an experimental Zika vaccine developed by government scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health,...read more


Hot flashes could be precursor to diabetes, says study

A new study published online December 6, 2017 in the journal Menopause has suggested that hot flashes, especially when accompanied by night sweats also may increase the risk of developing diabetes by 18%....read more


Physical activity in mid-life may help protect joint health during aging

Analysis of data from more than 6000 participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health show that maintaining at least low levels of physical activity throughout middle age was associated with lower prevalence and incidence of joint symptoms later in life.....read more


Late life decline in BP in the elderly needs to be monitored

A 20-year cohort analysis of medical records published online December 4, 2017 in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the mean systolic and diastolic BPs decreased for more than a decade before death in patients dying at 60 years and older.....read more

 
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Lifestyle Updates
 
Inspirational Story 1: : Promise Yourself
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Tobacco use and smoking can be discouraged with a more positive approach
These habits can cause, among other things, heart diseases and eventually death
 
New Delhi, 06 December 2017: Tobacco use among children and teenagers claims about one million lives in India, indicate statistics. There is also a huge economic burden among people due to tobacco use. One of the major causes for continued tobacco consumption in India is the fact that it is a part of the country’s social culture. However, a recent study has also indicated that there have been many benefits due to the large pictorial warnings on product packs, higher taxes and an intensive awareness campaign against tobacco consumption.
 
Tobacco use is associated with many adverse health effects and is a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. As per the CDC, smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times, for stroke by 2 to 4 times, lung cancer by about 25 times. In addition, it reduces quality of life, and increases health care utilization and cost.
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