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Shri J P Nadda chairs high level review meeting on prevention and control of vector borne diseases in Delhi

New Delhi, August 22, 2017: Stresses on importance of community participation, awareness drives, adequate preparedness of hospitals, and cooperation of all stakeholders Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare held a high level meeting to review the activities for prevention and control of vector borne diseases (dengue, malaria, chikungunya and swine flu) in Delhi, here today. Shri Satyendra Jain, Health Minister, Government of Delhi, Mayors of Delhi, Shri C K Mishra, Union Health Secretary, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR), Dr Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Medical Supdts.

New pharma policy may fix drug trade margins

New Delhi, August 22, 2017: In an attempt to make drugs affordable to all, the government has planned a fresh pharmaceutical policy. The policy draft says that the government will fix trade margins for drugs as well. At present, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is in the process of fixing trade margins for a number of medical devices like orthopedic knee implants and cardiac stents according to Business-standard.com. According to the draft, which Business Standard reviewed, “The issue of unreasonable trade margins and bonus offers by various stockists, distributors and re

Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture launch patient trial in Africa for KAF156, a novel compound against multidrug-resistant malaria

· Compound has potential to be a game-changer in malaria elimination, rapidly clearing malaria infection, including resistant strains, and blocking parasite transmission · KAF156 is first compound from the imidazolopiperazines, a novel class of antimalarials, to enter phase IIb combination studies · Clinical trial has started early August in adults with malaria and is planned to expand to adolescents and children in a total of nine countries in Africa and Asia Basel, August 22, 2017: Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have launched a patient trial for KAF156, a next-generat

ZenQ Freedom Cycle Ride 2017, a 30kms cycle ride by 125 IT employees held

Hyderabad based software testing services company, ZenQ to introduce height adjustable Workstations(stand & work stations) in its newly coming up 1.09 lakh sqft facility, to ensure its software engineers stay fit with office job Murali Bollu, MD of ZenQ, India, and US headquartered fast growing pure-play testing services company welcomes the HMD’s proposed Cycling Track along the ORR, which would develop more cycling culture in the city The young software engineers who are getting into the profession must ‘fit, fitness into their work”: Murali Bollu Hyderabad, August 22, 2017: ..3

Vitafoods Asia 2017 Heralds a New Future of Innovation

Inspiring Industry with Next-generation Nutraceuticals & Incisive Learning Opportunities Singapore, August 22, 2017: The seventh edition of Vitafoods Asia, the only event dedicated to the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplement industries in Asia, will take place from 5 – 6 September at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Centred around doing business, learning, and networking, the event expects to welcome over 3,000 trade professionals through its doors, to discover the latest innovations presented by over 250 suppliers and

Abbott Increases Access of Widest Nutrition Portfolio for Rare Metabolic Disorders in India

Collaboration With Healthcare Providers, Nutritionists And Government Allows For Immediate Availibility, Ensuring Faster Access To Babies In Need Of Critical Nutrition Mumbai, August 22, 2017: Abbott, a leader in nutrition science research and development, has announced increased access to Abbott’s nutrition metabolic formulas (ANMF)to help infants diagnosed with Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) in India. The announcement comes on the back of easing of import regulations by the country’s regulatory authority – FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) under the Diet4Life in

Columbia Asia Hospitals CEO awarded “Healthcare Personality of The Year” by FICCI

Bangalore, August 22, 2017: Indian healthcare is growing at a tremendous pace today, owing to its strengthening expansion and services by both public and private players in the sector. Several healthcare organizations and individuals, through their dedication and determination for innovative solutions have contributed positively in countering the challenges that lurk large, on the healthcare sector. The Healthcare Excellence Awards by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI), is an attempt in recognizing the contributions of those who have set benchmarks of excellenc

Pitney Bowes Concludes Code Inspire 2.0: An Exclusive Hackathon For Women

With over 2500 women participating in Code Inspire 2.0, Pitney Bowes continues to encourage 'Women in Tech' New Delhi, August 22, 2017: Aimed at enhancing women representation in technology, Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today announced the winners of its second diversity hackathon 'Pitney Bowes Code Inspire 2.0', targeted at women in colleges, working professionals and those who have taken a career break. Pitney Bowes Code Inspire 2.0 was a week-long programming marathon which had over 2500+ pa

Godrej Security Solutions urges women to take charge of their security

Kick Starts multi-city campaign #IAm Secure; over 150 women in Mumbai take the 'Pledge of Security' Mumbai, August 22, 2017: Godrej Security Solutions, India's leading security solutions provider, kick started a multi-city consumer awareness programme and campaign #IAM SECURE [1]. The objective of this campaign, the first leg of which was held today in Mumbai at Godrej One, is to create awareness among women to be more proactive and take charge of their own security, educate them about the various solutions and also educate them about the importance of learning self-defense for leadin

Johnson & Johnson Announces Partnership with CSIR-IMTECH to Develop Innovative New Tuberculosis Treatments

Memorandum of Understanding brings together best scientists from India and Johnson & Johnson to increase level and accelerate pace of innovation needed to make TB history Bengaluru, August 20, 2017: Johnson & Johnson Private Limited today announced a new partnership with the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to unlock the potential of Indian science and help accelerate the discovery of innovative new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). Under the Memorandum of Understanding, scientists from Johnson & Johnson

Lung transplant- A ray of hope Dr Syed Z Tousheed, Dr Basha J Khan, Dr BV Murali Mohan - Lung Transplant Physicians- Narayana Health City , Bangalore

New Delhi, August 20, 2017: Respiratory diseases are one of the largest killers across the globe. They rank second, next only to accidents in conditions causing death in the Indian population. Respiratory diseases do not only cause suffering, they also impose a huge economic burden on the nation. The picture is more devastating if the younger population or the earning members of the family are affected with these disorders. Thousands of people of all ages are victims of these terrible conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fibrotic lung diseases, bronchiectasis (a typ

Columbia Clinic launched at Embassy TechVillagein Bangalore

Will cater to more than 20,000 professionals from companies including Wells Fargo, Cisco, Sony, LG and Flipkart Bangalore, August 20, 2017: Over the last two decades there has been an alarmingrise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and respiratory diseases and cancers in India, especially among the urban population. According to statistics, every year, roughly 5.8 million Indians die from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Around 50.8 million population are affected by diabetes alone, as per WHO records. Another 15 per cent suffers from arthritis, as

The Great Hall of China: double digit growth at CPhI China

The Asian giant Pharma event surpasses 55,000 visits with more than 10,000 overseas visits Amsterdam, August 19, 2017: CPhI and P-MEC China, organised by UBM EMEA, UBM Sinoexpo and China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE), closed in June 2017 with a very successful show, reporting a positive outlook for the Chinese pharmaceutical market's development. Since 2016, CPhI China has experienced a 14% growth in overall visits and a 12% growth in overseas visits – a remarkable achievement for a mature market with 17 previous editions behind it

Philips Avent promotes breastfeeding awareness campaign conceptualised by Pulp Strategy

The awareness campaign is aimed at empowering mothers, mothers-to-be, and their families New Delhi, August 19, 2017: Royal Philips, a global leader in healthcare technology, has recently rolled out an awareness campaign aimed to empower mothers, expecting mothers, and their families in India. Launched under the Philips Avent brand, the campaign promotes the importance of breastfeeding, address societal barriers, while also introducing solutions to prolong breastfeeding as much as possible. As a part of the campaign, Philips Avent supports breast feeding for babies as long as possible, has ro

ESA Medical Resources is Now Recruiting Bariatric Surgeons in Arizona

ESA Medical Resources is now recruiting bariatric surgeons near Tucson, Arizona. Tucson, August 19, 2017: This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful private bariatric surgery practice in sunny Arizona. The practice is seeking a fellowship trained bariatric surgeon to join their growing practice. They are accepting experienced bariatric surgeons and newly trained fellowship candidates. The practice is offering a very competitive compensation package. The program is a COE and in existence for nine years, performing all types of bariatric procedures. The practice serves a population

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New Delhi, July 09, 2015: An international study says spikes in food prices during the last global recession are associated with a higher risk of malnutrition among Indian children. The researchers examined the proportion of children who experienced ‘wasting’ (i.e. thinness), a widely used measure of malnutrition that shows a child has a lower than expected weight given their height (based on World Health Organization standards). They observed progress in child nutrition between 2002 and 2006 when the proportion of wasted children in (undivided) Andhra Pradesh fell slightly from 19% to 18%. However, this improvement had reversed by 2009 when 28% of children were wasting – an increase of 10 percentage points compared with 2006. This was after high inflation in food prices, beginning in 2007 and continuing through 2009. The research paper is published in the online version of the Journal of Nutrition.

The STUDY WAS CONDUCTED BY RESEARCHERS FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION OF INDIA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, with a team from Stanford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They focused on the effect of food prices on child nutrition in the Andhra  Pradesh, one of India’s largest states, using data from the Young Lives project based at Oxford University. The researchers have used survey data from a sample of 1,918 children from poor, middle-income, and wealthy households living in the state, since 2002 for a longitudinal study of child poverty.

The research team combined children’s weight and height measurements from the Young Lives data with official government data on household level expenditure and consumption patterns of food from the Indian National Sample Survey Office and the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau in order to calculate how much children ate across food categories. The researchers found that children’s food consumption dropped significantly between 2006 and 2009 as food prices increased.

There were corresponding increases in wasting among children from poor and middle-income households, but not high-income households between 2006 and 2009. The paper suggests this supports the theory that poorer households have the smallest food reserves and are therefore hardest hit by rising food prices.

The researchers examined interview data from each household on food expenditure based on 15-day periods in 2006 and 2009 across eight food categories (rice, wheat, legumes, meat, fish, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables). To examine the rise in food prices, the researchers used monthly price records collected by the Government of India.

LEAD AUTHOR OF THE STUDY DR SUKUMAR VELLAKKAL, PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION OF INDIA, said: ‘Our findings suggest that poorer households face the greatest risk of malnutrition, in spite of the Public Distribution System, which provides subsidised food to a large proportion of the population. Better targeting of food security policies may be necessary to meet the needs of India’s most vulnerable households.’

“India’s remarkable economic growth in the last decade had not translated in to betterment of children nutrition status because of the rising food prices, we need specific policies help to ensure the affordability of food in the context of higher food prices for promoting children’s nutrition” Dr. Vellakkal added.

STUDY CO-AUTHOR DR JASMINE FLEDDERJOHANN, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, said: ‘Our findings show a sharp increase in wasting associated with food price spikes. It is possible that this rise would have been even greater without governmental programmes like the Public Distribution Scheme or the Midday Meal Scheme, which provides free meals to school children. It’s important to recognise that households may try a number of strategies to cope with rising food prices, such as going without, or switching to low-cost alternatives. More detailed research is needed in this area.’ CCI Newswire

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