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Kaunain Sheriff is based in Delhi and covers health and environment.

Weeks after craniopagus surgery: For one AIIMS twin, a reintroduction to toys
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“After being shifted out of ICU, they were admitted to a private ward. However, we have now shifted Kalia to another ward, which has been converted into a makeshift ICU. Since Kalia still continues to be on ventilator support, he is being monitored by a team of critical care specialists,” a source said.

Malnutrition, pollution taking the biggest toll Delhi: New study
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

In Delhi, non-communicable diseases comprised 61.2% of the total disease burden. The top causes were ischaemic heart disease (9.6%), iron deficiency anaemia (3.4%), COPD (3.4%) and diabetes (3.2%).

Delhi air pollution: Every breath you take
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

DELHI SMOG | From premature births and underweight children to a flare-up in arthritis to increased risk of stroke. A report on how the city’s air has become a silent killer.

Entry pay scale reduced, AIIMS faculty shoots letter to director
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Move despite 17 faculty members leaving AIIMS

Delhi pollution: In smog city, smoker’s cough haunts non-smokers too
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

100% spike in number of patients with respiratory disorders: Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

When AIIMS junior doctor had an appointment with President Putin
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Bhat, who joined AIIMS in January 2015 as a junior resident (emergency medicine), was chosen by the medical fraternity at the event — which included over 300 doctors from across the globe.

Smog rises to emergency levels: How the haze can harm Delhi
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Air pollution in Delhi: As smog raises pollution towards emergency levels, Indian Express explains where it came from, why it tends to linger in Delhi, and the ways in which it can impact health.

High Court’s gift to boy who sketches using his foot: a prosthetic arm
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Responding to the notices, the medical director of Lok Nayak Hospital told the court that the child “suffers from severe disability” and that the money for the prosthetic limb will be “organised through Delhi Arogya Kosh”.

Sexual assault of girls: NHRC asks Delhi govt to pay up
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The NHRC’s order comes after police arrested the superintendent on charges of molestation in June 2016

Odisha conjoined twins: Taken off ventilator support, one baby starts recognising mother
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

AIIMS had successfully conducted India’s first craniopagus surgery to separate Jagga and Kalia, who were joined at the head. While Jagga has been taken off ventilator, doctors said Kalia’s condition is stable but he continues to be on ventilator support.

Challenge for AIIMS: Getting twins to survive separately
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

AIIMS doctors said the “sudden change in physiology” of the twins, Jagga and Kalia, is the biggest challenge being faced by the critical care team during post-operative care.

In first such surgery in India, AIIMS separates twins joined at the head
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Since 1973, only 60 such surgeries have taken place across the world. The last one was reported from Philadelphia in June this year.

Use your energy in work instead of job search, AIIMS tells its staffers
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

The AIIMS administration passed the memorandum on October 18, issuing an “advisory” to the regular employees of the institute, regarding “forwarding of application of regular employees of the Institute for Employment/Deputation (within or outside AIIMS)”.

Aarushi Talwar murder case: Key evidences that caught attention
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The CBI case “stood snapped”, the Allahabad High court ruled, while acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the 2008 murder of their daughter Aarushi. Indian Express examines the “key evidence” that caught the court’s attention.

Pollution lower than last year but health risk continues: AIIMS
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

While pollution levels recorded this Diwali are on the lower side compared to last year, the AIIMS official said it will still “make a dramatic difference in the overall health of the individual”.

2008 Delhi blasts case: Inspector fails to identify key accused, classified ‘hostile’
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The public prosecutor sought permission to declare Inspector Rajendra Singh Seharawat as “hostile” after he repeatedly failed to identify the accused of being a key conspirator in the blasts.

Light to lives on diwali eve: Organs of brain dead man at AIIMS donated to four patients
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation (ORBO) at AIIMS confirmed that the family of the man has donated his liver, heart and both kidneys, while his cornea has been stored in the eye bank.

Crumbling infrastructure, lack of facilities: Woman takes govt to Delhi HC over baby’s death
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

In December 2015, the petitioner was admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, where she alleged that the hospital did not perform surgery “in the garb of non-availability” of operation theatre (OT). This resulted in the death of the foetus

Non-physical factors lead to 60% pain in cancer patients: AIIMS
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

"The study reveals that all factors such as physical, social, spiritual and psychological pain should be considered while treating cancer pain in palliative care patients,” said Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, Head, Department of Onco-Anaesthesia, Pain and Palliative care, BRAIRCH.

SC uploads collegium decisions: ‘Good step, but process of selection must be transparent’
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

"They should publish about how they judged a performance, whether they interviewed a prospective candidate or the criteria for appointment or the material that is to be considered in case of such an appointment.”

New AIIMS clinic hopes to clear fog of questions around cancer
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The new AIIMS clinic, started a week ago, aims to teach patients and family members about self-examination techniques, early detection and safe practices to prevent of cancer.

Not enough rooms for doctors, queues at AIIMS dept get longer
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

According to an official, the 11 doctors have been provided just four rooms, and two morning OPD slots every week (Wednesday and Saturday), apart from an additional rheumatology clinic that runs every Thursday afternoon.

Code Blue
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

In December 2012, four critically ill patients at Sushruta Trauma Centre died when the oxygen supply snapped. Five years on, few lessons appear to have been learnt. The Indian Express looks at the state of affairs

Change Agents: ECHO travels, taking specialist doctors to places where there are none
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a concept of weekly or fortnightly virtual clinics that use teleconferencing to bridge the gap in healthcare resources by using the best specialists to reach out to underserved areas.

Tijar jail CCTVs not working since day before incident
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

The observation comes after the Delhi Police, through its affidavit filed before the court, said that CCTV cameras were not-functional “since September 13”. The alleged assault took place the next morning.

September 14 incident: Delhi High Court orders check-up of 47 inmates amid claims of assault inside Tihar
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

An undertrial, Jamal, lodged in Tihar jail number 3 and facing trial in 11 cases, had moved the HC alleging that he was “administered poison by authorities” and “beaten mercilessly”.

Stressed AIIMS doctors press for a psychologist, ask for helpline number on campus
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), AIIMS, has written to the director saying that apart from recruiting a counselling psychologist, they should start a helpline number on the campus.

Mahmood Farooqui acquittal order ‘dishonest on fact’, will appeal in Supreme Court: Vrinda Grover
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The HC, while acquitting Mahmood Farooqui, said that “... it remains in doubt as to whether such an incident” as narrated by the woman took place. It further said that “if at all it had taken place”and if “it was without consent”, Farooqui “could discern/understand the same”.

Forensic psychology: What is it, what can it reveal on the death of Sunanda Pushkar?
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

With the probe in the case going nowhere, police say they want to pursue a new line of investigation. The Indian Express explains what it is.

Amid series of surgeries, doctors link hip damage to various supplements
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Doctors at MAMC are now studying the adverse impact of weight-gain supplements on the hip joint.

Milder form of dengue dominant this year: AIIMS
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The latest MCD data reveals that 2,215 cases of dengue have been reported in the capital this year — a 60 per cent increase as compared to last year. According to MCD data, 1,177 cases of dengue have been reported in the city and 1,038 cases have been reported, where the infection has been acquired from outside the city.

‘Self-medication and expired medicines making eye infections worse’
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

In India, corneal infection is the leading cause of blindness after cataract and the indiscriminate use of TEMs in developing countries, including India, is responsible for increased occurrence of such infections

Uttar Pradesh: 19 dead in Baghpat boat mishap
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

According to police, all the victims were daily wage labourers from Harijan basti in Katha. While some of them worked at a brick kiln across the river, others would take the boat to reach neighbouring state Haryana, where they worked in agriculture fields.

Kidney donation token of rare friendship
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Driver from Bareilly gets new life from friend whom he taught driving, helped with cash during his daughter’s birth.

Aam Aadmi Polyclinics: A check-up
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Meant to serve as the second tier in AAP government’s ambitious healthcare reform plan, the capital’s polyclinics are trying to cope with a lack of doctors and equipment, and an ever-increasing patient influx. The Indian Express reports from two of the busiest ones.

One Last Game: The story of Indian children’s growing digital addiction and its alarming repercussions
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

From killer games such as the Blue Whale Challenge to technology-induced disorders, the story of Indian children’s growing digital addiction and its alarming repercussions.