Health

Govt mulling options to enforce ban on e-cigarettes, nicotine flavoured hookahs

Indian News       Aug 18, 2019

  NEW DELHI: The government is mulling various options like bringing an ordinance to enforce a ban on the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS devices, including e-cigarettes, if it fails to get a reprieve from the Delhi High Court, which had earlier stayed its order...

President Ram Nath Kovind

Health remains key challenge in India's development: Ram Nath Kovind

Indian News       Aug 17, 2019

  Wardha: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said health remains a key challenge in India's development, but the Centre was committed to tackle it through its various programmes.   He said lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases put severe constraints on...

IRDA pulls up Bharti AXA General Insurance on furning wrong data

Indian News       Aug 16, 2019

  Hyderabad: IRDAI had served  show cause notice Bharti AXA General Insurance for consistently submitting wrong data through Health Insurance Regulatory Returns for the FY 2017-18. ``It was also surprising that as against correct figure of 52 lakhs, an abnormally high figure of 7.23 Crores was...

President gives assent to National Medical Commission Bill

Indian News       Aug 08, 2019

  New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday.   "It will be notified in the Gazette soon. After that, rules will...

Mexico oil company Pemex offers health bonuses for employees with skinnier waists

Facts       Aug 06, 2019

  At Mexico’s state-run oil company, skinnier waists mean bigger bonuses.   Under Petroleos Mexicanos’s new collective bargaining contract with its union, workers who meet certain body weight standards will receive a “health incentive” of 5,545.40 pesos ($287) a year. To qualify, they must have a body...

Why year-long Ebola outbreak hasn’t triggered payout from pandemic insurance

International News       Aug 02, 2019

  World Bank funding instruments issued to help emerging countries swiftly tackle pandemics have come under the spotlight after the latest deadly Ebola outbreak has yet to trigger a payout.   Following the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and killed at least...

Costs, underinsurance bigger challenge than uninsured in U.S. health system

International News       Jul 29, 2019

  America’s much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, a fact that hasn’t stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders’ call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to President Donald Trump’s...

WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic

International News       Jul 29, 2019

  Geneva/Rio de Janerio Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures - four times more people than a decade ago....

African Swine fever detected at another Bulgarian Pig Farm

International News       Jul 25, 2019

Bulgaria has detected another outbreak of African swine fever at a pig breeding farm near the north eastern city of Ruse, after the deadly virus was discovered earlier this month, the food safety agency said on Wednesday.   That was the 19th case in pigs in...

Is Fitbit next best wearable player after Apple in India? 

Indian News       Jul 21, 2019

New Delhi: The pricey Apple Watch may have led the global smartwatch shipments in the first quarter of 2019, but it is the San Francisco-headquartered activity trackers and wearables maker Fitbit which has emerged as the next best player after Apple, industry experts suggest.    The...

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