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Pune group training youths to provide emotional aid, prevent suicides

Every year, more than 1,00,000 people commit suicide in India. Among the various known causes of suicides include family problems, financial distress, professional problems.

India has largest TB burden. (Express Archive)

A jab or a pill, that is the tuberculosis question

India’s MDR-TB burden is estimated at 79,000. It uses injectables kanamycin, capreomycin and amikacin. Bedaquiline was rolled out in 2016 in a phase-wise control trial.

World Health Organisation classifies gaming as addiction

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

High uranium in Indian aquifers: where, why

Several studies have linked exposure to uranium in drinking water to kidney diseases. The World Health Organisation has set a provisional safety standard of 30 microgrammes of uranium per litre.

Environment pollution

Govt has made ‘serious’ efforts to curb air pollution: Environment Minister after World Health Organisation’s report

In a statement, the ministry said as most of the polluted cities lie around Delhi and along the Indo-Gangetic plain, it is critical that the respective state governments are sensitised to take up urgent action on cleaning air.

Environment report has bad news for Pune: In six years, greenhouse gas emissions increase by 29 pc

World Health Organisation to South-East Asian countries: Accelerate efforts to address air pollution

The combined effects of household air pollution and ambient air pollution will become increasingly hard to address if not tackled early, the World Health Organization official said.

14 of India's cities are among the top 20 most polluted ones globally

14 of India’s cities are among the top 20 most polluted ones globally — Here’s the list

A new pollution report by the World Health Organisation has ranked 14 of India’s cities in the top 20 most polluted cities across the world. Here’s the list.

What is Disease X

What is Disease X?

Disease X is a mystery pathogen, that has been added to the WHO’s Blueprint priority diseases for the first time this year. Here’s what it is.

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What is World Diabetes Day 2017?

It was Frederick Banting who discovered insulin in 1922, therefore, November 14 is the date when the world acknowledges the work of Banting by spreading awareness on his birthday.

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Why rising TB numbers may not be a bad thing after all

Gap between TB incidence and notifications is very large in India; rising numbers probably indicate better reporting rather than higher incidence of disease

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Impact evaluation: Why flagship BPL health insurance scheme is in rather poor health

Eight years after it was launched, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana remains hamstrung by inflexible procedures and an inadequate coverage ceiling, finds new evaluation of its impact.

World Health Organisation urges governments to create green public spaces stating health benefits

WHO Regional Director for South East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh said rapid urbanisation was challenging the ecosystem, severely affecting physical and mental health being.

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North Korea rejects South Korea group’s offer for malaria help

Despite the lack of South Korean assistance, North Korea has in recent years reported declining cases of malaria thanks largely to anti-malaria aid programs by international organisations. According to WHO records, North Korea had 21,850 malaria cases in 2012, but 7,010 cases in 2015.

WHO reports first 3 cases of Zika virus in India, all from Gujarat

Zika virus cases: “This report is important as it describes the first cases of Zika virus infections and provides evidence on the circulation of the virus in India,” WHO said.

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The Everywhere Poison

An urgent mass awareness campaign on lead-related issues is needed