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Northeast Governments Warn Against Andhra Fish

The Indian State Governments of Assam and Tripura have warned people against eating fish// brought in from the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, saying the long time taken in transit rendered the fish stale and rotten posing serious health hazards. ....The warning follows a report by the Central Health Research Institute that fish packed with rice husks gets contaminated during the eight to 10...

Hangovers: why some people suffer and some don’

Japanese study had identified a mutant form of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase// (ALDH)that is responsible for some people feeling less or no hangover from consuming alcohol. ....Researchers from Mitsukoshi Health and Welfare Foundation have found that the toxicity of acetaldehyde leads to hangovers in individuals who have a particular genetic makeup. ....Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) is the m...

The Indian Government has given the nod to conduct Human volunteer trials inorder to develop preventive AIDS vaccines

The Indian Government has recently approved human volunteer trials for the country's second preventive// vaccine against HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. A vaccine for the developing world, where anti-retroviral drugs are out of reach for millions of HIV-infected people, would be the ultimate prize in the fight against AIDS. But efforts to find one have been hampered by the virus's ability to m...

The Central Government of India had issued a list of approved ingredients for use in ayurvedic, siddha, unani drugs

The Central Government of India has now issued a list of permitted additives ,preservatives// and antioxidants with their corresponding reference standards or grades that should be followed in the manufacture of Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani drugs. The list was issued after a number of reports claimed that individuals found consuming such medications on a long-term basis had developed adverse effects...

Tanzanian Government Sanctions $20 Million For AIDS Arug

East Africa as an estimated population of 35 million of whom two million people// have been infected with HIV. About 14,000 people die every year from HIV infections an estimated 12% of the country’s children are orphans as they lost their parents due to AIDS. ....Tanzania has planned to provide free anti-retroviral drugs (drugs which acts against HIV) to 500,000 HIV/AIDS patients within a perio...

Government Organisation Proposes Strict Guidelines For SubStandard Medical Devices

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in India has decided to prepare a set of guidelines for uniform action against the manufacture// of not of standard quality (NSQ) medical devices, diagnostic reagents, diagnostic kits etc. The guidelines drawn out would prescribe the exact procedures to be followed and action to be taken against the manufacturers by every state drug controll...

Indian Government warns Gujarat regarding possibility of bird flu

The Gujarat government has been warned against suspected carriers of the dreaded bird flu virus. The Indian Government has issued a warning to raise awareness in the State. //More than 60 people have died due to the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the Southeast Asia since 2003..."The central government has alerted the state animal husbandry department to watch out for birds specially from Southeast As...

Indian Government Sets Up Task Force For Avian flu

The government of India is closely watching the ‘Avian Flu’ that is spreading through migratory birds from China. //It has now formed a task force to tackle this emergency. ..The task force is headed by Cabinet Secretary B.K.Chaturvedi and includes secretaries of health, environment, animal husbandry and agriculture ministries. The inter-ministerial task force is to formulate guidelines on how to...

Delhi Government To Interlink All Major Hospitals Through e-Governance

The Government of Delhi is planning to interlink its major 29 hospitals to share information about its patients and disease //condition and treatment provided. This computerization and interlinking of data would be helpful to citizen in providing better treatment by which doctors can know the case history and treatment provided to this patient. Government will develop 42 modules of software to de...

Kerala Government is in High Alert for Bird Flu

There is a wide spread of alert following the possible anticipation that migratory birds may reach Kerala, as lot of migratory birds visit Kerala during winter. // Though early officials where happy about the change in direction by some of the migratory birds from not coming to India this winter like, the migratory bird ‘Bar-headed geese’ usually migrate to India in winter and were affected by th...

No Threat of Bird Flu Assures Govt

NEW DELHI: The government of India has today assured that there was no real threat of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) in the country // ....The government has set up a nationwide surveillance system to keep a close eye on the on the domestic poultry population and migratory birds and to constantly monitor the situation in the country and take appropriate action as and when required. ...."We are kee...

Philippines Government prepares to counter bird flu

Philippines Government is getting prepared to counter any bird flu cases in an effective way as it controlled the spread of SARS earlier. //Philippines president Arroyo has appointed two important members of her Government to prevent any possible attack and also increase the awareness to people on possible bird flu attack. ..President Arroyo has appointed her Agricultural Secretary Domingo Panga...

Government Takes Tough Stand Against Falling Sex Ratio

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that the government is very concerned about the falling sex ratio in the country and plans to take several steps to check female foeticide, which is the main cause for the same//. ..Dr Ramadoss said that there were plans to set up surveillance cells and conduct countrywide sting operations to check this unfortunate practice that prevails on a larg...

UK Govt Says On Course For National Chlamydia Screening

The British government has said it is on track to roll-out a nationwide screening programme for chlamydia, the sexually transmitted disease which can cause infertility in both sexes//. ....So far nearly 80,000 people have been screened for the disease, which is difficult to detect but is easy to cure, following the launch in 2003 of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP). ......There h...

Avian Influenza: Government to set up expert committee

The Government in its determination to gear up to meet the avian flu threat, has decided to set up an expert committee to keep a close watch on bird flu cases and also to suggest preventive measures.// ..Animal Husbandry Secretary P M A Hakeem said "Though we have no cases of bird flu in the country, we want to take precautionary measures and the committee to be formed will include representativ...

Indian Government Keen On JE Vaccine Supply And Patenting Of Indian Medicine Formulations

Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, in an attempt to tackle the issue of vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis has left for Beijing to approach China, the only country where the vaccine is available in a sizeable // quantity. The heavy toll of valuable human lives in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has prompted the initiative by the health Minister... ..The health minister has also planned for deta...

Govt Keen To Propagate Stem Cell Research On Right Track

To avoid quackery in the field of stem cell therapy, and propagate the stem cell research on right track, the Government has decided to work on improving the protocols involved in this therapy. // .. The system would be developed under the leadership of director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), according to Union health secretary P K Hota... ..The decision come...

Effective family control measures and stem cell research focus of Indian Government

Union Health Minister said that family planning in India would be achieved by measures such as increasing awareness about the same rather than the use of force.// The strategy is termed as "population stabilization". ..He expressed that the program would turn out to be effective only if people came forward through a voluntary procedure. He also referred to the "The National Population Policy of...

Government To Consider Ragging Victim's Plea

The Kerala Government will soon take a decide whether the nursing student who was the alleged victim of sexual ragging by her seniors at the School of Medical Education in Kottayam be granted admission in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.// ....The next state cabinet meeting on November 30 will also discuss a request for providing financial assistance to the student for completing her academic...

Bird flu In Indonesia: Government To Launch ‘Village Preparedness’ Schee

In an effort to curb the spread of the lethal disease in the country, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced the launching of a bird flu monitoring// system, called "Village Preparedness", which will hopefully be implemented within the span of one month. ....The "Village Preparedness" scheme, which would involve millions of people at village level, is being launched in order...

Singapore Government to Raise Fund For HIV Treatment

The Singapore Health Ministry said that they will be raising fund to help women and children infected with HIV. Mr. Balaji Sadasivan, Minister of State for Health has asked the public to contribute// money to the fund, which could help thousands of women and children infected with HIV. It is estimated that more than 61% of HIV positive women in singapore are married and reports say that there cou...

Iranian Government Declares Holiday Due To Pollution

Increased air pollution which has attained critical levels compelled the Iranian Government to declare two days of public holidays. All the organizations in the country will remain closed on// 7 and 8 December 2005. The primary, junior high schools, and kindergartens in Tehran have already been closed down by the Government, while the elderly and those who suffer from heart problems have been adv...

Government Should Restrict Junk Food Marketing

Reports from the National Academy of Sciences had shown that the marketing of Junk food by the food industry is responsible for the increase in obesity of children’s. Various organizations// have urged the Congress to have a check on the advertisement food industry is also responsible for the increase in obesity of children’s. The Science organization have asked the Congress to have a check on th...

Law To Govern Acupuncture

The Ontario Government of Canada has put new law that makes Alternative medicine practitioners including acupuncture doctors to meet strict legislation to confirm that they have fulfilled all the training requirements and professional expertise with high standards//. This new legislation is brought by the Government to check the credibility and standard of these professionals. ....Acupuncture wo...

Government May Downgrade Cannabis

An inquest is being conducted into the death of Rene Anderson who took part in a trial with regard to a cannabis-based drug. The Sativex drug is derived from the plant, and it has been authorized by the UK Government.// The drug was administered to Rene Anderson for relieving her of painful symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. ....Rene Anderson is reported to have developed psychosis after the admin...

Australian Government To Stockpile Anti-Bird Flu Drug Relenza

The Australian Government has announced that it will be spending $60 million to buy 1.8 courses of the anti-bird flu drug Relenza from Biota Holdings. //Australian Health Minister Tony Abbott confirmed the order yesterday. ..The drug had been licensed by Biota to pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline, but Biota had alleged that GSK failed to market this properly. GSK has refuted this allegation....

JCU Gets A$ 3 million Government Funding

The health services in Australia’s Townsville will be revolutionized after a A$ 3 million federal grant which was given to the James Cook University (JCU).// A rural medical school has also been announced by Tony Abbott, the Health Minister, at JCU. The University’s new clinic will cost A$ 3 million, and permit students to study in Atherton, Cairns, and Mackay. This will serve to give them experi...

Moderation Is The Only Cure For Hangover

A research team belonging to the Peninsula Medical School has revealed that there is no evidence which proves that hangover cures do work. The UK alone loses £ 2 billion by way of lost wages as a result of hangovers every year. // The news which was published in the British Medical Journal recommends moderation while drinking to prevent hangover. As many as eight agents like propranolol, a yeast...

Government Lifts Ban On Bird Events

A ban imposed by the UK on pigeon racing, bird shows, and falconry events is coming to an end in the country. The ban had been imposed after the avian flu’s lethal strain was // detected in Eastern Europe. The H5N1 bird flu has been responsible for about 70 human causalities and the death of several million birds. ....The ban had been imposed to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the country....

Government To Discourage Smoking

Free nicotine patches will be provided to smokers who suffer from withdrawal symptoms at the Queensland's public hospitals. Stephen Robertson, the Health Minister has revealed that the inpatients of all the // public hospitals in the country will be provided with the Nicotine Replacement Therapy free of cost, from 1 January 2006. ....As many as 3,400 Queenslanders die due to smoking related dis...

Smart drugs for alcohol hangovers not effective

Party alcohol hangovers cannot be cured by taking medications reports a study published in British Medical Journal. Researchers have found from review of eight // clinical trials that complementary and allopathic medicines have no cure in reducing hangovers which occur after alcohol consumption. Some of the common hangover symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting, red eye, tremor, thirst, diarrhea...

Hangover Can Now Be Cured By Eating A Toast With Honey

The good health benefits of a plate of bread, butter and honey have been known for a long time. But it not until recently that honey was found to be an effective treatment for hangover. // It has now been found that a breakfast comprising of honey can reload high levels of sodium, potassium and fructose into the body. ..The chemical held responsible for the hangover is acetaldehyde, according to...

Vermont Governor steps in with a new health insurance plan.

James Douglas the present governor f Vermont has come up with a new strategy for uninsured Vermonters. He said that about one third are still uninsured // because they can’t afford insurance. ..According to his new plan every individual will be assigned to a primary clinician who will analyze his or her health. ..The governor's plan segregates the 60,000 people who are uninsured into three ca...

Government May Have To Develop HIV Vaccine

Edmund Tramont, the US chief of AIDS research has revealed that the Government will have to develop a vaccine for HIV as he is convinced that there is a lack of incentive to //private players to develop a vaccine. The National Institutes of Health’s AIDS Research Chief made this announcement at an employment lawsuit. Such a vaccine developed by the Government can fetch profits, if the vaccine rea...

Punjab Government To Clamp Down On Sex Determination Tests

The authorities in India’s Punjab state are using decoy customers to trap doctors who conduct sex determination tests for unborn babies which // has been outlawed. The State’s sex ratio is less than 800 females for every 1,000 males. ....Officials said the decoy customers would be paid up to Rs.5,000 to help nab diagnostic centers indulging in illegal sex determination tests. Punjab's Health...

U.K. Government to reduce waiting time of patients for non-emergency surgery

United Kingdom Ministry is planning for reduction of waiting time spent by patients before they had there surgery. The Government is planning to reduce the non-emergency surgery time to less // than 18 weeks from time of admission to NHS. Government is hoping the project will be made completed by the year 2008. Patients wait for long time for initial appointment with the doctor, for getting dia...

UK public misled over downgrading cannabis: Govt

THE PUBLIC was misled about the dangers of taking cannabis when the Government unwittingly // decided to downgrade the drug less than a year ago, the British Home Secretary admits today. ..In a highly critical assessment of the decision taken by his predecessor, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke said he is “very worried” about recent evidence suggesting a strong link between cannabis and mental i...

Govt Hospital Surgeons Perform A Rare Cardiac Surgery

In what can be called as a rare feat, cardio-thoracic surgeons at the Government General Hospital, performed surgical correction of a congenital heart defect in a 30-year old woman under 'spinal epidural anesthesia’. // This surgery has so far been done only under general anesthesia. ....This new surgical innovation has been named as 'awake open heart surgery', as the patient remains conscious d...

US Government Licenses New Hypertension Drug

The US Government has licensed Sildenafil to trade under the name Revatio for treating pulmonary hypertension. The University Hospital in Giessen’s pulmonary hypertension// specialist Ardeschir Ghofrani has revealed that Sildenafil is the first drug that can be administered as a pill that has a positive effect in the lung's vessels. “It broadens the right vessels, helps good aeration and improves...

Himachal Pradesh Government To Cancel Licences Of Some Ayurveda Units

A decision has been taken by the State Government of Himachal Pradesh to come down heavily upon ayurveda pharmacies which do not measure up to the minimum quality// standards. The licences of about 11 such units are to be cancelled. The units were found not fulfilling the good manufacturing practice standards (GMP), an official said. ...."In the past few months, officials of the state health de...
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