No improvement in Arun Jaitley’s health

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has not shown any significant improvement in the last two days, sources said. “Jaitley has been put on life support and is being continuously monitored by a team of doctors. His condition is the same for the last two days,” a source in the premier hospital said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited AIIMS on Sunday. Several other leaders, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union ministers…

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Trump calls for mental health reform after shootings — but his policies threaten coverage

President Donald Trump on Monday called for reforms to the nation’s mental health laws after back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohioover the weekend killed at least 31 people. “We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” Trump said in an address to the nation from the White House on Monday. “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”   But Trump’s critics and health policy experts say moves out of the White House have made and will make it more…

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Hepatitis A becomes health emergency in Florida

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that used to be fairly uncommon in the United States. This year, however, cases of hepatitis A infection have escalated to a worrying degree. This month, Florida has declared hepatitis A a health emergency.       The state of Florida has now declared the hepatitis A outbreak a ‘public health emergency.’ Hepatitis A is a disease that affects the liver, and which can occur when a person drinks water or eats food that was contaminated by the fecal matter of another person infected with hepatitis A.…

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‘I am fortunate my mental health is more robust than my physical health’

Are you in pain now?” is a question I am often asked after revealing the infliction of my chronic migraine. “What, even now?” comes the dumbfounded response when I nod my head and comment that my pain has been relentless for 12 years now. “But you’re laughing!” they add. In writing this column about my experience with an invisible disability, I have been conscious about getting the tone right. The nature of hidden disabilities is such that much of the pain is out of view. With words, I have attempted…

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The “Effective Dose” of Work You Need to Feel Fulfilled Is Surprisingly Low

Now that the World Health Organization has officially recognized the symptoms of ‘workplace burnout’, it’s clear that the mental health effects of too much work are a global concern. While it may feel tempting to walk away from work altogether, scientists warn that not working is also linked to mental health issues. As a paper published Tuesday in Social Science & Medicine, there’s an “effective dose” of work we should be doing each week to reap the rewards — and it’s not that much. Indeed eight hours a week would be enough for average worker.” As part of…

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Doctors’ strike reflects inadequacies in India’s health infrastructure

NEW DELHI: Increasing incidents of violence against doctors is emerging as one of the major factors hindering efficient delivery of medical services at a time when India’s healthcare system is undergoing a transition. The health infrastructure remains inadequate in a country of more than 1.2 billion people and the number of doctors is woefully adequate. However, expectations from medical facilities have risen. The nationwide strike by doctors, which has been triggered by a brutal assault on a resident doctor in West Bengal, Paribaha Mukherjee, last week indicates a widespread problem that…

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Health tips: Why you should drink more water during summers

It is extremely important to drink water and keep yourself hydrated during summers. (Photo: Getty Images) During summers, our bodies try to cool down through the natural process of sweating, which in turn can cause dehydration. This makes it essential for us to drink more water, as less water content in the body can lead various ailments. Dr Ajay Agarwal, Director, Dept of Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Noida shares the factors that determine a person’s water intake, and also mentions the quantity of water a person should drink in a…

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Scott Morrison pledges $2.8m for school-based mental health program

 Scott Morrison promised $42m on mental health initiatives for young and Indigenous Australians in the election campaign. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Scott Morrison will announce $2.8m for a school-based mental health program on Tuesday, after pledging during the election to “break the curse” of youth suicide. The funding commitment to preventative service batyr Australia, which was developed by a university student suffering mental ill-health, will allow the program to expand its online footprint. Ahead of the announcement in Sydney, Morrison said the innovative approach of batyr focused on early intervention by…

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Kaiser Permanente mental health workers threaten to strike

About 4,000 mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente will go on strike next week at facilities throughout California if they and the healthcare giant fail to reach a new contract before then, the workers’ union said Thursday. The main issue, the National Union of Healthcare Workers says, is that Kaiser is being too slow to enable its patients to access mental health care. NUHW President Sal Rosselli said the strike would start Tuesday if the separate contracts for Kaiser’s Northern California and Southern California mental health workers are not reached…

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Impact Of Family Structure On Health Of A Child

The eventual progress of children into successful adults is largely attributed to their innate talent, the educational institutes they have passed out from as well as their propensity to work hard. However, the contribution of one’s family structure on the overall health of a child is often understated. Health does not only mean physical health. In this context, health includes other aspects such as emotional, social and cognitive. The family’s role in developing these various indicators of a child’s health, especially during formative years, is crucial. Emotional health A range…

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