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Aggressive Tobacco taxation policy can reduce cigarette smoking

Lung cancer is the most common and deadly cancer worldwide. About 1.4 million people are diagnosed of lung cancer this year out of which // 85% will die before 2010. Habit of smoking is reducing in high income countries, but it is fastly increasing in low and middle income countries. The most important cause of lung cancer occurrence is smoking. Globally smoking related disease causes 5 million d...

Policemen face trouble fighting malaria

Malaria has killed one policeman and affected at least 20 deployed to fight Maoist extremists in Orissa's Sambalpur district, a policeman said Saturday. ..The state government has deployed over a hundred men of the Orissa State Armed Police // in three villages of Sambalpur district where Maoists had killed five people last month... .."There is no basic healthcare in the villages where we are pos...

Lawmakers alerted on new tobacco control policies by research team

The Smoking ban around the world can be materialized by increasing cigarette taxes, raising the smoking age and adopting new or enforcing current regulations that prevent or delay youth smoking according to a researchers. // This move is expected to improve the lives of billions of people addicted to this habit. It is time that lawmakers quickly adopt the suggestion and act accordingly... .. “O...

CMHA Calls For Better Trained Police For Dealing With The Mentally Ill

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has called for better training for policemen while dealing with suspects who suffer from mental illnesses. // The Alberta Police had used a Taser on a man, which resulted in his death. The CMHA is of the opinion that this could have been avoided if specialized training had been provided to the men in uniform. ....The victim was a well-dressed man who...

Police should work as Mental Health Workers

The executive director, Treatment Advocacy center, Mary T. Zhanowicz, reports that police officers should engage themselves in providing mental support and treatment to people with mental illness//. Law enforcement officers can mentally support and provide care and help to mentally ill persons and prisoners who are psychologically disturbed and there are increased chances of these mentally ill pe...

New policy allows Britons to decide on treatment center

The right to choose health policy to Briton citizen could increase advertising competition among Britain hospitals. The new policy is aimed at // reducing the waiting time of the patients for getting treatment from NHS as the people can make their own choice of treatment at any of the four NHS centers or private hospitals at their comfortable location and choice. Health Secretary as assured tha...

New UK Policy Threatens The Flexible Working Scheme

The British Medical Association (BMA) said that the financial crisis would put an end to the new scheme, which helps the lady doctors wanting to work part-time after childbirth. // ..This scheme comes under the National Health Center (NHS). But ministers are posing a threat to stop the scheme and transferring the powers to the regional health bosses. ..This move was taken mainly to solve the f...

Clash of Difference of perceptions in food policy among Principals’ and Director

A research conducted to study food service policy acceptance in schools it has been found that there is a difference between principals' and foodservice directors' perceptions. // ..They have different ideas of 'competitive food' policies...These highlight the need for communication among key stakeholders addressing new wellness policy development mandated by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthor...

Private Health Insurance Policy Holders on the Rise

There has been a remarkable increase in the membership of health insurance companies. The public hospital waiting list cuts is one of the major reasons for it//. ....Southern Cross Healthcare, a major health insurance company in New Zealand, has enrolled around 7,500 new members to make a total of 808,000. ....According to Claire Austin, Executive director of Umbrella group Health Funds Associati...

BEST Employees And City Policemen Seek HIV/AIDS Treatment

Nearly 250 employees of the BEST and 300 city policemen are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS. So far, 150 and 100 HIV positive cases have been detected // among BEST and city police force respectively. It is feared that the number of HIV/AIDS cases among the police could be higher. ....The social stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and fear of discrimination prevents many policemen from comin...

Police Look For Clue's Near Gas Stations In Teen Killing

The death of Dominique Samuels, whose burned body was found on Sunday, has mystified Boston police who are now looking for clues in nearby gas stations. //Police hope to find if anyone filled canisters during the last weekend. ..Detectives are scouring gas stations near Franklin Park where the body was found. Police say the 19-year-old Milton High School cheerleader was killed somewhere else be...

Global Fund Policy Encouraging Drug Resistance

WHO has warned Global Fund, the world's leading funder of treatments for infectious disease, that its current policy of Treating AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria// carried a risk of causing drug resistance. ..However as health exp...

Study Shows No Difference between Policosanol and Placebo

According to a trial result it is said that the dietary supplement policosanol is no better than a placebo. This drug is used as an alternative to reduce cholesterol.// It is made from the waxy coating on sugar cane and sometimes from beeswax, wheat germ and rice bran. The study results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ..The study was conducted by Heiner Bertho...

Police Team Permitted to Interrogate Rahul Mahajan

Hospital authorities treating Rahul Mahajan, the son of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan, for a suspected case of drug overdose Monday gave the go-ahead to Delhi Police to interrogate him//. ....'We have declared Rahul as fit for interrogation and he will soon be out of the intensive care unit,' said a senior doctor of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. ....'A police team h...

Medical councils Claim Lack Of Funds For The New Medical Policy Of The Elderly

The new policy of free personal care for the elderly was planned as a new deal for Scotland's pensioners, which seemed to guarantee the dignity and security //for everyone in old age. But now this policy is filled with controversies over serious lack of funding. Many medical councils are alleging that they have already run out of money to provide the service. ....Earlier this week it was reported...

Police Summoned Apollo Doctors in Rahul Mahajan’s Cas

Delhi Police summoned three doctors of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital for questioning Tuesday over charges they fudged information //on the condition of Rahul Mahajan, who was admitted to the hospital in serious condition of suspected drug overdose. ...."We have summoned the doctors and the questioning is on," said Suman Nalwa, assistant commissioner of police, heading the probe against the ho...

AIIMS Doctors Assists Police in Rahul Mahajan’s Drug Abuse Cas

Doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are helping the police unravel the medical complexities in the drug abuse case involving Rahul Mahajan. // ....The police have obtained the medical records of Rahul, son of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan, and managed to substantiate the "conspiracy" of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to hide information abou...

Neurologists Call For National Stroke Prevention Policy

Neurologists across the country today called for mass screening to identify people prone to brain strokes and urged the Centre to develop a national stroke prevention policy. // ....On the eve of World Stroke Day, the medicos also sought to bust popular myths about strokes -- widely and wrongly believed to be related to the heart and not the brain. .. .."Unlike heart attacks, people know very li...

HIV/AIDS Policy Needed at Workplace: Experts

Employers need to take serious and immediate steps to introduce policies at the workplace with regard to HIV/AIDS // , especially for women employees, representatives from various sectors said at a workshop today. ....Respresentatives of trade unions, human rights organisations, universities, businesses and various NGOs who participated in a workshop on 'HIV/AIDS -- A Workplace Issue: Areas of I...

OPPI Opposes Draft National Pharmaceuticals Policy

Coming down heavily on the draft National Pharmaceuticals Policy, industry body OPPI has said the proposed policy will hamper the growth of the pharmaceutical sector // and lead to the destruction of Indian pharma companies. ...."The previous governments had reduced the number of drugs under control from 347 to 143 and finally to 74. The Drug Policy in February 2002 had proposed a further reduct...

NIACL to Pay Rs 2.19 lakh for Repudiating Mediclaim Policy

A consumer court here has asked an insurance company to pay Rs 2.19 lakh to a man who was denied reimbursement after undergoing cardiac bypass surgery,// and held it guilty of "wrongful repudiation" of the mediclaim policy on the ground of concealment of pre-existing ailments. ....The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission ordering the National India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL)...

China's Insurance Companies Offer Policy for Altitude Sickness

China's health insurance companies will offer a special policy for customers who may suffer from altitude sickness.// ....The policy will be available from August 8 after the insurance companies have liaised with travel agencies and rail ticket offices. ....It will be valid for 30 days and open to people aged between 3 and 70. It will cost 88 yuan ($11) and compensation will include 10,000 yuan...

Cabinet Clears Purchase Preference Policy for Pharma PSUs

The Government today said the central departments, public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies will give first preference to central pharma PSUs like IDPL// and their subsidiaries for purchasing 102 medicines for a period of five years. ....As per a decision of the Cabinet, which met here today, the first preference will also be given to these pharma PSUs and their subsidiaries by state gov...

High Court Orders Taking Shahabuddin to AIIMS in Police Custody

The appeal of incarcerated Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin for specialised treatment for his nagging spinal problem was granted today with the Patna High Court // ordering that he be taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. ....The order was passed by Justice V N Sinha on the basis of a confidential report of the state medical board submitted to the court by Advoca...

Police Stumble into Trading Corpses Racket

The theft of the body of a man who died ten years back from a graveyard has led police to believe that they have stumbled into a larger racket in trading corpses//. ..The missing of the corpse came to light only after family members of Iftikhar, who died 10 years back after being hit by lightning, complained that his body had gone missing from the grave in Malihabad in rural Lucknow. ....The fa...

Delhi Police Quiz Suspects In Girl's Kidnapping

Seven suspects were being interrogated by Deli Police in connection with the abduction of a 17-year-old schoolgirl on Saturday//. Two men in a car kidnapped a student of the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Gandhi Nagar, but the girl escaped in Connaught Place on Friday//. ...."We have registered a case of kidnapping and have questioned seven suspects. But we are yet to arrest anyone," said Rameshwar...

Lower Birth Rate and Fewer Girls under China’s one Child Polic

Since the start of the one child family policy in China, the total birth rate and preferred family size have decreased, and a gross imbalance in the sex ratio// has emerged, finds a study in this week’s BMJ. ....The one child family policy has been in force in China since 1979 and was intended as a short term measure. To examine the impact of this policy, researchers analysed data from the 2001...

Delhi Police Seized 4,400 kg of Banned Drug Mandrax

Methaqualone, popularly known as Mandrax, is a "downer" used to get relief from mental stress and anxiety. Its long-term side effects, however, have led to the banning of the// drug in most countries. ....Methaqualone was introduced in the 1960s into the pharmaceutical market as non-addictive sleeping pills and was also used for other medicinal uses, especially to treat high blood pressure and a...

Police annoyed over the AIDS lecture for China sex workers

According to a newspaper, an AIDS awareness class for sex workers in China had angered the police there.// .. This lecture was conducted for a group of over 50 sex workers by the Center for Disease Control in northeastern Harbin last week, according to the Beijing News. It reported that the local police found the lecture to be "unacceptable". .."The usually underground prostitutes labeled their...

PM promises forward-looking IT, electronics policy soon

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday promised a "forward-looking" electronics and IT hardware manufacturing policy soon to help realise //late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's dream of building a modern India. ....Inaugurating an industrial park set up here by Singapore-based Flextronics, Manmohan Singh termed it as a tribute to the memory of Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in this town on May...

China Embarks On 'One Dog' Policy

In an effort to implement China's 'one dog' policy and check rising cases of rabies, the police will embark on a special drive to crack down on illegal pet dogs from Nov 16. // ....The campaign aims to check illegal pet businesses in Beijing and ensure that citizens have licence for their dogs, local police said. ....In the first three quarters of this year, China recorded 2,254 rabies cases, a...

New Drugs Prices Control Order to Be Issued After Finalisation of New Pharmaceutical Policy

Keeping in view the directions of the Supreme Court it has been proposed in the draft National Pharmaceutical Policy//, 2006 that basket of drugs for price control would be the essential medicine as contained in the NLEM 2003 in addition to the 74 drugs which are at present under price control under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995. After the finalisation of the Policy a new DPCO would be i...

Kerala Drafts a New Health Tourism Policy

A new health tourism policy from Kerala promises heavy investment opportunities for Non-Resident Keralites (NRK), making it a reliable venture ensuring steady returns in the// long term. ....Kerala Tourism Department has planned for an investor meet in Kochi from March 23 – 27 for showcasing the opportunities in the health tourism sector. The meet is expected to be a congregation of major hospi...

Drugs Policy, Turning a Blind Eye?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) sufferers are not being enabled the treatment which would benefit their eyesight//. On the contrary, as per the claims of a labor MP, the primary care trusts (PCTs) are not in a position to sponsor a new treatment which would be beneficial to people with AMD. ....Alice Mahon, a patient, who suffered the condition, is on the verge of suing her PCT, if the t...

Experts Stresses the Need for National Vaccination Policy

A group of experts here have called for a national policy on vaccination and sustained disease surveillance. ......The American consulate here brought together a dozen immunization experts this week. The US has a Vaccine Action Programme (VAP) with India that began in 1984. ...India's vaccination modules go by a plethora of names though it is part of a global programme to achieve 100 percent...

FDA Reaffirms Policy Barring MSM From Donating Blood

FDA on Wednesday reaffirmed a policy that prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood, the AP/New York Times reports. According to the policy, which has been in effect since the early 1980s, MSM are barred from donating blood regardless of sexual activity, safer-sex practices or HIV status. Potential blood donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire before donating, and MSM, inject...

Woolmer’s Death Suspicious, Say Jamaican Polic

The death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Sunday is being treated as suspicious, Jamaican// police say. ....Hours after Pakistan's shock loss to Ireland in the World Cup tournament now on in West Indies, Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room in Kingston. He was declared dead at the hospital. He was 58. ....Earlier it had been speculated possibly accidental overdose of drug or...

UAE Analyses HIV Policies to Plan National Strategy

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is analysing its HIV/AIDS policies to develop a five-year national strategy concerning the killer disease, Gulf News// reported Thursday... ..Officials from governmental agencies as well as international organisations, including the Red Crescent Authority, UNAIDS and UNDP, discussed the HIV/AIDS situation in the country at a workshop. ....The workshop was the firs...

Bone in Woolmer’s Neck Found Broken, Say Police Source

Suspicions that Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer might have been murdered are strengthening.// ..A bone in his had been found broken and it indicates that he might have been strangled in his hotel room, it is claimed. ..Less than 24 hours after Pakistan’s stunning defeat at the hands of Ireland in the World Cup preliminaries on Saturday, the legendary Woolmer was found unconscious in his...

Delhi Police, Home Guards to Guard LNGP

Delhi Police and home guard personnel will guard the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNGP) Hospital round-the-clock to curb the alleged manhandling of doctors/ by relatives of patients.// ...."The existing private security firm taking care of the hospital has been removed with immediate effect. Some 70 home guards along with Delhi police personnel will guard the hospital from now on," Delhi Health Secret...
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