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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UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

In recommendations to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the degenerative condition in the next 30 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are designed to help medical professionals and governments to develop national policies. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for…

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Health Tips: Best Medicinal Herbs For Longer Life

Have you ever given a thought about how people in olden days used to cure themselves with simple medicinal plants? India was once a pioneer in promoting research on traditional therapy and medication from plants, the branch of science which is renowned all over the world as ‘Ayurveda’. What is most interesting part is that unlike the present allopathic medication, most of these medicinal extracts are completely safe and have no side effects whatsoever when used judiciously. The immense contribution of these plants in making our lives better is unfathomable.…

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Health tips: This particular type of beans can keep Type 2 diabetes in check

Along with black beans, other beans like pinto beans, adzuki beans and kidney beans help in regulating cholesterol and keeping weight in check. (Source: File Photo) Type 2 diabetes leads to a person’s blood sugar level becoming too high. And if untreated, it can result in long-term health problems. The condition entails symptoms like blurred vision, and a feeling of exhaustion all the time. They get further complicated in the long run. Notwithstanding how grave it sounds, it can be prevented and according to a report in Express, following a…

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Children who need help with mental health face postcode lottery – study

 The children’s commissioner for England study also finds that a third of areas have seen a real-terms fall in spending on service provision. Photograph: DWD-Comp/Alamy Stock Photo Children suffering anxiety, depression and other low-level mental health conditions face a postcode lottery when seeking treatment, research has shown. There are wide disparities in spending per child in different parts of England with more than a third of areas seeing a real-terms fall in spending on these services. This is despite soaring demand and increased government funding for children’s mental health nationally, the study…

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Health and Safety Executive ends Brunei project over gay sex law

 A newlywed couple have their photographs taken at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images The government’s official health and safety organisation has said it will stop planned staff secondments to Brunei after unions raised concerns about the ethical and safety implications following the kingdom’s decision to punish gay sex by stoning to death. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was seeking a team of three people to go to Brunei to help the country’s equivalent agency with regulatory work, said all links with the country…

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