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Heart diseases are steadily rising in India

New Delhi, 14th July 2018: Deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are on the rise in India, causing more than one quarter of all deaths in the country and affecting rural populations and young adults the most, says a new studypublished in The Lancet Global Health. What is alarming is the finding that even though most deaths were among people with previously known cardiac disease, at least half were not taking any regular medications for the condition. In India, most deaths occur at home and without medical attention. Deaths due toRead More


FDA strengthens warning for use of antibiotics

New Delhi, 12 July 2018: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened warnings for the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. This comes in the wake of findings indicating that this class of antibiotics can cause mental health problems and serious blood sugar disturbances, including hypoglycemic coma in people with diabetes. The fluoroquinolone class is among the most widely used in India, where hundreds of generic versions of the drugs are available. The new safety warnings are for all fluoroquinolones, including those taken by mouth or injected. India is theRead More


Improved governance and adherence to regulations a must for the success of Ayushman Bharat

New Delhi, 10 July 2018: In a recent development, the NITI Aayog has unveiled the blueprint of National Health Stack (NHS), a shared digital healthcare infrastructure. This is in line with the implementation of the Centre’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat and other public healthcare programmes in the country. Among the key components of NHS are national electronic health registries, a coverage and claims platform, personal health records framework, national health analytics platform and Digital ID. It is expected to boost the creation of healthcare solutions based on technology. The NitiRead More


Zika infections could be an unrecognized cause of miscarriages and stillbirths

New Delhi, 7th July 2018: According to a new study, pregnancy loss due to Zika infections that do not show any symptoms may be a common but unrecognized cause of miscarriages and stillbirths. Zika virus is widely known for causing children to be born with a brain abnormality called microencephaly and other malformations. Zika disease in human adults includes fever, rash, headache, joint and muscle pain, as well as red eyes. However, most are asymptomatic. In another finding, it has been explained that India’s Zika is genetically distinct from twoRead More


The Economic Times mentions Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India(HCFI), in its publication Inspiring Cardiologists of India

New Delhi, 02 July 2018: In what can be called as a proud moment for the Indian medical fraternity, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, the President of HCFI, has been accorded a mention by The Economic Times in a publication titled Inspiring Cardiologists of India. Apart from describing his multifarious achievements, the publication has given him the moniker ‘Doctor with a stethoscope’. Dr Aggarwal was also acknowledged for his contribution to medicine by the Delhi Medical Association on Doctor’s Day which falls on 1st July every year. ApartRead More


The Economic Times mentions Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India(HCFI), in its publication Inspiring Cardiologists of India

New Delhi, 02 July 2018: In what can be called as a proud moment for the Indian medical fraternity, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, the President of HCFI, has been accorded a mention by The Economic Times in a publication titled Inspiring Cardiologists of India. Apart from describing his multifarious achievements, the publication has given him the moniker ‘Doctor with a stethoscope’. Dr Aggarwal was also acknowledged for his contribution to medicine by the Delhi Medical Association on Doctor’s Day which falls on 1st July every year. ApartRead More


A significant percentage of Indian population still at risk for malaria infection

New Delhi, 28th June 2018: A recent research has found that the immune cells called natural killer (NK) cells may be used to develop future malaria vaccines. NK cells are found among people living in areas where the parasite is common. The team identified a molecule that was essential for activation of NK cells in response to malaria-infected blood cells. PfEMP1 is crucial for activating NK cells in a manner dependent on antibodies. More than 90% of India’s population is at the risk of a malaria infection, as compared toRead More


Antidepressants can increase the risk of developing COPD

risk of death by 20% for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This habit is also likely to increase the likelihood of hospitalization by 15% due to related symptoms. These drugs can cause sleepiness and vomiting and negatively impact immune system cells. This can further lead to infections, breathing issues, and other respiratory adverse events. In India, COPD is the second biggest cause of mortality and a serious public health concern. COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases, the most common ones being emphysema and chronic bronchitis. ManyRead More


Urgent need to dispel myths surrounding Vitiligo in India

New Delhi, 25 June 2018: About 2% to 5% of the Indian population is affected by vitiligo, a condition which has deep social stigma attached to it. This is primarily because in people affected by vitiligo, white spots or patches appear on the skin. On World Vitiligo Day, there is a need to create awareness on the fact that although it is a medical condition, vitiligo is not contagious. There is an urgent need to remove such myths and accord equal respect and help to those with this condition. VitiligoRead More


‘Golden period’ of post stroke rehabilitation most important

New Delhi, 22nd June 2018: Stroke can hit anyone irrespective of their age. While effective treatment for stroke is evolving in the country, a largely neglected area is the ‘golden period’ of post-stroke rehabilitation. As per estimates, there are more than 1.8 million stroke cases every year in India. Of these, about 15% percent affect people in their 30s and 40s. There is a need to create awareness on the fact that the first 90 days, also called the ‘Golden Period’, in post-stroke rehabilitation are vital. Stroke or a CerebroRead More