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WHO cautions against indiscriminate use of antibiotics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned that the current practice of indiscriminate use of antibiotics is increasingly leading to resistance to medicines, persistence of infections and treatment failure.

Are e-cigarettes safe and effective?

Medical experts have questioned the evidence on safety and effectiveness, underpinning the recommendations of e-cigarettes.

Drug abuse threat to national security: Rajnath Singh

Drug abuse was a serious threat not only to public health but also to national security, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Wednesday.

Stillbirth in first pregnancy ups risk on second time

Women who have experienced a stillbirth have up to a four-fold increased risk of stillbirth in a second pregnancy compared to those who had an initial live birth, says a new study led by an Indian-British scientist.

Special health ministry drive for clean healthcare facilities

The union health ministry on Friday launched a special scheme to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities, an official release said.

World Health Day 2015: Make food safety a shared responsibility

It is a known fact that good health is intrinsic to human happiness. You may own a sprawling home or expensive clothes, but if your body is not well, all possessions seem worthless. For a good life, the perfect mind-body synchronisation is a must.

Centre cautions states against 'wastages' in public health system

 The Government today cautioned states against "wastages" in public health system and asked them to increase their health spending "significantly".

Jury still out on 'benefits' of e-cigarettes

Scientists are debating perception of E-Cigarettes that it helps smokers quit, ban reflexes and does no harm.

Pay attention to declining health in urban areas: WHO

Linking habitat and life expectancy, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed on the alarming situation of declining health in urban areas.

Experts caution over coal usage in Asia

 With increasing dependence of Asian countries on coal-driven power, public health experts Tuesday said "addiction" of nations to coal coupled with climate change effects pose a "serious" threat to health equity.

US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said on Thursday.

Would like to work on public health in India: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that that he and his wife Michelle would like to work on public health issues in India, including the issue of obesity.

Govt slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest

India spends about 1 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, compared to 3 percent in China and 8.3 percent in the United States.

Coal-powered electric cars worse for public health than gasoline counterparts

Coal-powered electric cars worse for public health than gasoline counterparts

A new study has found that driving vehicles that use electricity made from clean, renewable energy instead of gasoline can actually push down death rates due to air pollution by as much as 70 percent.

Senator urges quick confirmation of Dr Murthy as Surgeon General

A top Democratic lawmaker has urged the US Senate to quickly confirm the nomination of Dr Vivek Murthy as the country's Surgeon General, who is the leading official and spokesperson on matters of public health.

Mere toilet building will not fix sanitation issues: Study

Questioning the "health effect" of government's toilet construction drive to end practice of open defecation in the country, a new study has suggested that the approach should not only meet "international coverage targets" but must aim at improving public health in general.

Antibiotic resistance serious global threat to public health: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned in its new report that resistance to antibiotics poses a serious global threat to public health.

Sanitation should be key political agenda`

Deploring the "inadequate" investment in India in the health sector, particularly sanitation, a top public health scientist Tuesday criticised politicians for not making sanitation a key political agenda.

Antibiotics use in farms creating public health crisis

The over-use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries is posing a threat to public health, and the way out is to impose a fee on their "non-human use", says a new paper.

Smokers likelier to quit under strict, city-wide smoking bans

Researchers have said that completely banning tobacco use inside the home - or more broadly in the whole city - measurably boosts the odds of smokers either cutting back or quitting entirely.