Cabinet clears appointment of new ICMR DG

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, as the next Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary, Department of Health Research.

Government claims health initiatives benefitting masses

 To reduce out of pocket expenditure in public health facilities, the government is promoting the use of several initiatives such as the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), the expansion of Universal Immunisation Programme, free emergency referral services and the NHM-Free Drugs Service Initiative and the NHM-Free Diagnostic Service Initiative.

Stroke patients being prescribed ineffective drugs: AIIMS

Over eight lakh stroke patients in north India are being prescribed neuroprotective drugs which are not recommended by clinical practice guidelines set by the world bodies, an AIIMS study has revealed.

NHRC notices to health ministry, ICMR over dubious IVF clinics

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to the union health ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) over media reports about dubious In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics in Delhi.

Streamline clinical trials of vaccines: Par Panel

After indicting a US NGO 'PATH' for conducting clinical trails of HPV vaccines in India "in violation of law and ethical norms", a parliamentary panel has been critical on the role of ICMR and has sought stream lining of the system to ensure such things are not repeated.

ICMR to study large number of malaria deaths in northeast

A team of experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) would study the virulent form of malaria that has claimed a large number of lives in northeastern states, an official said here Wednesday.

'Modi govt should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama'
'Modi govt should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama'

Two days before world's worst industrial disaster's 30th anniversary, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government should raise issues pertaining to the Bhopal Gas tragedy with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in January next year.

India to have new surrogacy law soon

Much in the news for all the wrong reasons, surrogacy in India will soon be a regulated sector with the government bringing in a law to govern all aspects of the process like compensation, age and consent of the surrogate mother.

Rights bodies call for legal framework to regulate surrogacy

With India becoming a hub for surrogacy, human rights bodies have called for rights-based legal framework to safeguard the interests of all major stakeholders.

Change of course

Dearth of good quality doctors could lie in the MBBS currciulum and its assessment process. Prachi Rege consults experts from the field for immediate treatment.

Nature’s Toolbox/ Unraveling Nature’s secrets

The emerging biotechnology sector offers satisfying career trajectory to young aspirants. Prachi Rege gathers intelligence on the feeding, fueling, healing science of life

2,483 new cancer cases detected in two years in Mizoram: ICMR

With over 2,400 new cancer cases, including stomach, lungs and cervix, being detected in last two years in Mizoram, the state tops the list in overall cancer incidence in the country,

Pollution increasing lung cancer in Indian women

In a worrying trend noted by oncologists, lung cancer is increasing rapidly among Indian women. The foremost reason, much against popular perception, is not smoking but environmental pollution.

India launches its indigenous cervical cancer screening device

Today India launched its first indigenously developed device for screening and early detection of cervical cancer.

Rise in cancer deaths in India: Minister

India has seen a steady increase in the number of deaths due to cancer, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has told the Rajya Sabha.

HIV cases down by 57% in India

India is witnessing a significant reduction in fresh cases of deadly HIV, which have come down by as much as 57 per cent, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said today.

Trials to develop vaccine against cervical cancer put on hold

Trials to develop a vaccine against cervical cancer have been put on hold following reported death of patients during the process, government told the Rajya Sabha today.

211 deaths during clinical trials this year

With 11 deaths reported every week during clinical trials in the last three years, government today said there have been 211 such deaths this year till June.

ICMR proposes guidelines to lower cervical cancer mortality

Indian Council of Medical Research came up with guidelines aiming to reduce mortality due to cervical cancer.

Stem cell segment in India to touch $8bn mark by 2015

In India, there are very few players in the stem cell sector.