Health

Nearly 50% cancer patients are uninsured, study

Indian News       Jan 31, 2019

  Mumbai: With healthcare expenses touted to rise in coming years, a grim reality has come to the fore as doctors believe almost 50 per cent of cancer patients pay out of their pockets for treatment, an Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance study shows.     Edelweiss Tokio Life...

Blood cancer can lead to premature ageing

Facts       Jan 31, 2019

  Blood cancer can accelerate ageing in healthy bone marrow cells, scientists have found for the first time, paving the way for anti-ageing drugs in the future.   It is well known that ageing promotes cancer development. However, this is the first time that the reverse has...

25% reduction in air pollution can add 2-3 yrs of life expectancy in major Indian cities

Facts       Jan 30, 2019

  Life expectancy of Delhiites will be up by nearly three years if the target of the National Clean Air Programme to improve air quality by 20 to 30 per cent in the next five years is fulfilled, according to a new study.   Union Environment Minister...

Interim Budget 2019-20: Focussing on Health Insurance & Wearable Technology

Articles       Jan 28, 2019

  The current NDA government ushered in a new hope amongst the Indians with its call for ‘health assurance’ replacing the traditional ‘health insurance’. According to the EY 2018 report on ‘Global analysis of health insurance in India’, only 20% of the 1.3 billion population in...

Insurers' Wish-List for the Budget 2019-20 

Indian News       Jan 28, 2019

  Piyush Goyal, India's interim finance minister, will present the budget on Feb. 1, in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently in the United States for medical treatment.   Following are some of the pre-Budget expectations from some of the prominent Indian insurers     ...

Over 89,000 people in Tamil Nadu benefited from Ayushman Bharat: PM Modi

Indian News       Jan 28, 2019

  Madurai (Tamil Nadu): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said here that over 89,000 people in Tamil Nadu have benefited from the Centre's Modicare health insurance scheme.   He made the remarks at a public rally here after he laid down foundation stone for an All...

Lancet report blames 'Big Food' firms for fuelling obesity, climate change

International News       Jan 28, 2019

  Big Food is portrayed as the new Big Tobacco in a sweeping report that links the industry’s influence to a global obesity epidemic, along with malnutrition and climate change.   The Lancet Commission on Obesity blamed a growth-focused sector for a system that gorges populations on...

Chickens that lay eggs with anti-cancer drugs

Facts       Jan 28, 2019

According to a BBC report,researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers. The drugs are 100 times cheaper to produce when laid than when manufactured in factories. The researchers believe that in time production can be...

Scientists reveal ideal diet that can prevent 11 million deaths each year

Facts       Jan 20, 2019

  Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its populations — including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. If the world followed the “Planetary...

Delhi a 'gas chamber', better not to live in city, says SC about pollution

Indian News       Jan 18, 2019

  New Delhi: Delhi is a "gas chamber" where it’s difficult to live because of pollution and traffic congestion, said the Supreme Court on Friday, pulling up authorities for failing to improve air quality.   "In the morning and evening, there is so much pollution and traffic...