India’s poor don’t want money — they want health care

India’s poor don’t want money — they want health care

It’s an important question, because India makes widespread use of cash transfers and is contemplating a universal basic income — cash for everyone. One of the things that appeal to development experts and donors about direct cash transfers is that they’re not paternalistic. Instead of deciding how money is spent, you give people the money, trusting that they have a better idea of their needs than you do and that they’ll spend it wisely. This mostly holds up; studies have found that cash transfers are largely spent on food, housing, and education, and don’t…

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How to stay sane while navigating your child’s teething

How to stay sane while navigating your child’s teething

Having a baby is one of the most exciting and special moments that it is possible to experience. The joy of bringing a new life into the world is unparalleled and the love that you feel for the new infant is something very special – and instant. And those feelings are very good things because raising a child isn’t always easy. From nappy changes in the middle of the night to feeding at inconvenient times, the innate desire to climb things and tears and teething, parenting can be fraught. Teething…

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Health insurers can’t refuse to renew plan because you are a senior citizen

Health insurers can’t refuse to renew plan because you are a senior citizen

I am 62 and have retired from a public sector company. I have a family floater policy from my organisation for ₹2.5 lakh. At present, I am healthy. Do I need to top up my cover? If yes, then by how much? —Parol Ramani A sum assured of ₹2.5 lakh will be inadequate for most advanced surgeries, at prevailing medical prices. At current costs and your age, a ₹10 lakh cover is the minimum you should have. This should be enhanced based on your lifestyle and family medical history. Further, at 62, you…

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Venture Catalysts to invest $10-15 million in early stage health startups

Venture Catalysts to invest $10-15 million in early stage health startups

Venture Catalysts, India’s first integrated incubator that backed companies such as OYO Rooms in early stages, said it plans to invest around $10-$15 million in 8-10 early stage healthcare startups in coming three years. Venture Catalysts so far invested around $5 million in four health startups such as Impact Guru (crowdfunding platform), Hospals (Medical tourism aggregator), Assure Clinics (chain of skin and hair clinics), and WonDRx (prescription digitising firm). Wallfort, the parent company of Venture Catalysts will soon launch Rs 300 crore early-stage venture capital fund for the purpose. Accelerator…

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You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

One of the very first things all students learn in their first economics course is the meaning of the word “cost.” They come to economics thinking that the cost of something is the priceyou must pay. Sometimes the two are equal. Often, they are not. In a field such as health care, cost and price are almost never the same. They are usually not even connected. It follows logically that if you try to control one of these variables by controlling the other, you will fail. And fail miserably. The social cost of…

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Diabetes could contribute to infertility, warn experts

Diabetes could contribute to infertility, warn experts

Infertility affects up to 15 per cent of reproductive-aged couples worldwide. Diabetes causes a lack of glucose control in the body which can make the implantation of the fertile egg in the uterus difficult. Diabetes can cause infertility in both men and women (Representational Image)  |  Photo Credit: IANS New Delhi: Diabetes, commonly described as a “lifestyle disease”, can contribute to infertility in both women and men, warn health experts. “Diabetes can cause infertility in both men and women. Both sexes are at equal risk of infertility,” S.K. Wangnoo, an endocrinologist…

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Brainstorm Health: Health Policy Valentine’s, NantHealth and Baxter, Cancer Deaths

Brainstorm Health: Health Policy Valentine’s, NantHealth and Baxter, Cancer Deaths

A happy Valentine’s Day to those of you who celebrate! I know, I know… Valentine’s can be a sore subject for some, whether for the inevitable singles-shaming, the overt money-grab nature of the whole affair, etc. But there’s a bright spot in all this for the health care nerds out there – and it’s called #HealthPolicyValentines. This is one of my favorite little social media events. Basically, a bunch of Very Online dorks get together and share lame (but brilliant!) puns that relate to health policy. I invite you to look…

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The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

 ‘I revere and adore sleep (scientifically and personally)’ Photograph: Bogdandreava/Getty Images Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you remember the last time you woke up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep. Indeed, surveys by the UK Sleep Council and YouGov reveal that one out of every three people you pass on the streets of Britain…

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Eating walnuts may lower depression risk: Study

Eating walnuts may lower depression risk: Study

The United States of America found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnuts may lower depression risk: Study  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images Los Angeles: Consuming walnuts may lower the prevalence and frequency of depression, and improve concentration levels, according to a study carried out in American adults. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per…

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Healthy diet can beat symptoms of depression: Study

Healthy diet can beat symptoms of depression: Study

The study found that all types of dietary improvement appeared to have equal effects on mental health, with weight loss, fat reduction or nutrient-improving diets all can reduce the symptoms of depression. Dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images Washington D.C.: While many might agree that ice-cream binge can soothe your soul during a rough phase in your life, a recent study suggests that weight loss, nutrient-boosting and fat reduction diets can reduce the symptoms of depression. In a new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, a…

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