Doctors say comorbidities list for COVID-19 vaccination is highly restrictive

The list of comorbidities approved by the Health Ministry is overly restrictive and complicated. Many conditions, including obesity, have been left out. The focus seems to be on people with severe diseases and combination of comorbidities. On February 27, the Health Ministry released a list of 20 comorbidities that will make a person in the … Continue reading Doctors say comorbidities list for COVID-19 vaccination is highly restrictive

Coronavirus spares no major organ

Lungs are just the ground zero for the virus while the novel coronavirus spreads its lethal tentacles to multiple organs — heart and blood vessels, kidneys, gut, and brain — not necessarily in one patient. As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 crosses 2.7 million and deaths is fast approaching 192,000, physicians are beginning … Continue reading Coronavirus spares no major organ

Cardiovascular disease risk high in rural area near Chennai

A large study that followed-up people for nearly eight years in a rural area near Chennai finds that cardiovascular disease is becoming an important preventable cause of death in rural areas. In the study area, two-thirds of people who developed cardiovascular disease died. Contrary to the general notion, cardiovascular disease is becoming an important preventable … Continue reading Cardiovascular disease risk high in rural area near Chennai

‘Tobacco products become affordable after GST’

The final price of cigarettes increases by only 0.18%. In the case of bidi and smokeless tobacco, the final price hike is 8.8% (about Rs. 1.30 per pack of 25 sticks) and 6%, respectively. With the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017, all tobacco products — cigarettes, bidis and smokeless — … Continue reading ‘Tobacco products become affordable after GST’

At 2.51 million, India ranks number one in pollution deaths

Pollution has been responsible for most non-communicable disease deaths — heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With 2.51 million premature deaths in 2015, India is ranked number one in pollution-related deaths. India accounted for about 28 per cent of an estimated 9 million pollution-linked deaths worldwide in 2015. China recorded the second highest number of … Continue reading At 2.51 million, India ranks number one in pollution deaths

Flat lying posture doesn’t do much for stroke treatment

There is no significant difference in the disability outcomes for patients who have suffered acute stroke, whether they received treatment lying flat on the back with the face upwards or in a sitting-up position with the head elevated to at least 30 degrees. This is the conclusion of a major trial that involved over 11,000 … Continue reading Flat lying posture doesn’t do much for stroke treatment

BHU researchers use laser to remove blood clots

It is now possible to remove blood clots in a less risky way, thanks to research carried out by scientists at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. A team led by Prof. Debabrata Dash from the Department of Biochemistry  has for the first time used photothermal therapy using near-infrared (NIR) laser and … Continue reading BHU researchers use laser to remove blood clots

Non-communicable diseases killed more Indians in 2015

  In 2015, India, like other developed countries, had more number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases. In the case of males, deaths due to non-communicable diseases (3.6 million) were more than double that caused by communicable diseases (1.5 million), while it was nearly double in females (2.7 million due to non-communicable diseases and nearly … Continue reading Non-communicable diseases killed more Indians in 2015

Alcohol users in India face higher health risk, mortality

Alcohol use is responsible for about 4 per cent of global burden of disease. But current drinking has been found to disproportionately raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and injury in people living in low-income countries (LICs) such as India and Zimbabwe and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) such as China and Colombia. Till date, all … Continue reading Alcohol users in India face higher health risk, mortality