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TB In India: Is The Crisis "Silent" Or Is No One Listening?

TB In India: Is The Crisis "Silent" Or Is No One Listening? | Public Health News | Scoop.it
India is home to over one-fourth of TB patients globally and has a growing population of drug-resistant TB cases that are hard to diagnose and harder to treat. Yet, ironically, we are credited with designing, implementing and launching one of the world's largest TB control programmes. A strange contradiction that belies our inability, lack of innovative thinking, and insufficient attention and resources to TB.
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Nine TB cases detected in jail

With nine cases of tuberculosis (TB) among the inmates of the Amritsar Central Jail coming to the fore, the authorities concerned have been emphasising on the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the disease, which is considered contagious. The Volunteer Health Association of India, an NGO, has initiated a special awareness camp under the project Axshya while observing World TB Week - 2015.

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Govt plans toll-free tuberculosis helpline

The Union health ministry today announced plans to launch a toll-free telephone number to provide information and support to patients with tuberculosis and expand the number of patients under government treatment.
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IMA national head trashes Centre's draft health policy

IMA national head trashes Centre's draft health policy | Public Health News | Scoop.it
The Union government's draft health policy lacks clear directions, said neurosurgeon A Marthanda Pillai, national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), on Sunday.
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Heath ministry says no going back on bigger warnings on tobacco packs

Heath ministry says no going back on bigger warnings on tobacco packs | Public Health News | Scoop.it
Amid contradictory voices, the health ministry has said the proposal to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco packets from 40% to 85% of the main display area was based on "feasibility study and evidence".
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A Ramadoss Writes Open Letter to PM Modi on Tobacco Controversy

The "blatantly foolish" comments by parliamentarians claiming there is no evidence in India to link cigarettes to cancer is leading to the global impression that "Indian MPs have low acumen," said former Health Minister A Ramadoss.

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Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors | Public Health News | Scoop.it

An MP with an interest in tobacco cannot influence anti-tobacco policy. The very presence of Shyama Charan Gupta on that committee signals what is wrong with tobacco control in India: conflict of interest. Gupta owns a beedi company which accounts for at least 1 per cent of national production, and he should have recused himself. India was among the early adopters of the FCTC, the world’s first public health treaty, but Gupta’s presence on a parliamentary committee which has sent its opinions to the health ministry violates Article 5(3) of the convention, which requires signatory governments to “protect [public health] policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry”.

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Political will and commitment can eradicate tuberculosis

Political will and commitment can eradicate tuberculosis | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Experts says that only with political will and commitment, backed by sufficient resources, can India effectively control tuberculosis.

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How resilient Mumbai is battling multiple drug resistant TB

How resilient Mumbai is battling multiple drug resistant TB | Public Health News | Scoop.it
Bustling Mumbai is undoubtedly India's most vibrant metropolis, but with 60% of its 13 million population living in slums, inevitable shortfalls in housing, sanitation and nutrition make people susceptible to infection.
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No Indian study confirms tobacco use causes cancer: Parliamentary panel

No Indian study confirms tobacco use causes cancer: Parliamentary panel | Public Health News | Scoop.it

New Delhi: As India is set to defer its April 1 deadline for increasing size of pictoral warnings on tobacco products after pressure from various lobbies, head of a Parliamentary panel said there was no Indian study to confirm that use of tobacco products leads to cancer.



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What India Can Do To Overcome Its TB Burden

What India Can Do To Overcome Its TB Burden | Public Health News | Scoop.it

The Indian healthcare system is crippled with multiple challenges and an ever-increasing disease burden. In addition, there has been a pattern of inconsistency in implementing plans at a national level. A number of issues continue to plague TB control in India. If concrete measures are not taken today, India will soon be on a verge of an irreversible situation.

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Indian doctors find success in tackling the ‘invisible burden’ of tuberculosis

Indian doctors find success in tackling the ‘invisible burden’ of tuberculosis | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Despite a lot of progress over the past two decades, TB, spread through coughs and sneezes, infected nine million people in 2013, according to WHO.

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Antibiotics may soon lose its effectiveness

Antibiotics may soon lose its effectiveness | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger their effectiveness in humans.

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TB gnaws at Chennai men in their twilight

TB gnaws at Chennai men in their twilight | Public Health News | Scoop.it

One in every 100 men in Chennai aged between 55 and 64 has infectious pulmonary tuberculosis, five times higher than the incidence among women. What is more alarming is that a majority of these cases escape detection, the first urban-based TB prevalence survey in the country has revealed.

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Time to walk the talk for accelerating towards a Tuberculosis Free India

Time to walk the talk for accelerating towards a Tuberculosis Free India | Public Health News | Scoop.it

India's fight against tuberculosis (TB) has made remarkable progress despite which formidable challenges remain. With the launch of 'Call To Action For TB Free India' last week amidst strong commitment from India's Health Ministry and other partners in fight against TB, it is high time to start preparing and acting upon the promises made towards ending TB in India, and eventually the world.

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Malnutrition, not HIV, main trigger of tuberculosis in India: Study

Malnutrition, not HIV, main trigger of tuberculosis in India: Study | Public Health News | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: The search for a TB vaccine has proved elusive despite decades of research. However, there is one vaccine that has been found to cut TB disease incidence in India by half -food.Chronic lack of adequate food is the reason for more than half of the TB infections here progressing to become a full blown disease.
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Tobacco Kills, No IFS and 'Butts'- Did Congress and BJP Both Surrender to Lobbies?

A huge controversy broke out after BJP MP and Head of Parliamentary Committee on Tobacco, Dilip Gandhi, stated that there was no Indian study to confirm that tobacco causes cancer. Shyam Charan Gupta, BJP MP and Beedi baron, said that if tobacco causes cancer, how come those who don't smoke have cancer and also retorted that if sugar causes diabetes, will you ban that as well? SP Muddahanumegowda, Congress MP from Tumkur, said that the decision to put the final call on warning size in abeyance was unanimous. Whether it's the Congress or BJP, does the all-powerful tobacco lobby prevail? On We The People, we debate, is it some MPs now who are injurious to health?

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Tobacco produces nothing less than death: Vardhan

Tobacco produces nothing less than death: Vardhan | Public Health News | Scoop.it
BENGALURU/NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: Union Science Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is a former Health Minister, on Sunday added his weight to the mounting tide of criticism heaped on three BJP MPs of a Parliamentary panel in the tobacco row, saying it produces nothing less than death.
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Experts Call For Urgent Action On India’s Alarming TB Epidemic

Experts Call For Urgent Action On India’s Alarming TB Epidemic | Public Health News | Scoop.it
Much more needs to be done about the tuberculosis epidemic currently raging in India, experts say.
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Non-communicable diseases: A new health threat for India

Non-communicable diseases: A new health threat for India | Public Health News | Scoop.it
What sets India truly apart in today’s economy is its gigantic workforce. The country has the largest number of young workers in the world, with 12 million joining the workforce every year. But the question is, how prod
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Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan

Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

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All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi from today

All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi from today | Public Health News | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI: Delhi government on Monday effected a ban on sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco including 'guktha' and pan masala containing tobacco.



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Rich or poor, TB spares no one

Rich or poor, TB spares no one | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Of the 1,000 reported TB deaths in India every day, a large chunk is from the middle and upper-middle classes in urban India.

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The Union teams with Apollo hospital to improve TB treatment adherence, notification

The Union teams with Apollo hospital to improve TB treatment adherence, notification | Public Health News | Scoop.it

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad and The Union (International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease) have introduced a Tuberculosis (TB) intervention programme that will send reminders to patients about administration of drugs and also notify cases to authorities.

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Hookah as harmful as cigarette

Hookah as harmful as cigarette | Public Health News | Scoop.it

That hookah is less harmful than cigarette is a popular misconception that may have serious ramifications for the youth, warns a new study.

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