Two Key Health Datasets Differ, Reveal Incorrect Reporting By States

New Delhi: India’s progress on public healthcare has failed to keep up with its economic growth over the past decades, putting a binding constraint on the economy, Niti Aayog’s 2018 report, ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’, said. Ranking states and union territories (UTs) on a Health Index, the report noted that compared with India’s economic progress and achievements, its rates of improvement in health outcomes have remained lower than those recorded in developing countries with comparable levels of spending on health. This, along with the middle-income trap that a member of the Prime Minister’s…

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Brainstorm Health: Drug Company Profits, Vaccine Skeptics, Pharma Price Fixing

Hello and happy Monday, readers. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Another week, another dire report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the historic measles outbreak winding through America. As of May 10, 839 measles cases have been confirmedacross 23 states, a hike of 75 cases in the past week alone, according to the agency. There are now more than ten times as many confirmed measles cases in 2019 as there were in 2010, when the highly infectious disease had nearly been wiped out in the United States. We’ve…

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This Mother’s Day, gift your mom a health insurance policy

Covering your mother under a health insurance is important as most Indian mothers lack adequate health insurance during the critical stages of their lives. As per a recent survey, women in India just account for 30% of health insurance policies. This becomes all the more critical when access to good health care can mean the difference between life and death. Most women in urban cities juggle between work and home and this is further bundled with unhealthy lifestyle habits including lack of sleep, no exercise and unhealthy food habits leading…

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Healthy nutrition tips for those fasting in Ramadan

Vegetable dishes should be preferred for both suhoor and iftar meals. Muslims around the world will be fasting for a month as of May 6, willingly abstaining from eating and drinking. But fasting can be a little difficult, especially for those in the northern hemisphere, as the days are longer. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and self-purification, both physically and spiritually. Therefore, we need to learn how to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. First of all, it is necessary to consume foods in four groups which are milk…

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Child mental health services waiting times ‘not good enough’ in Grampian

NHS Grampian’s chief executive has said it is not good enough that some waiting time targets for mental health services for children are not being met. Improvements are said to have been made in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but some children in Moray are waiting up to 29 weeks to be assessed. The health board is redesigning mental health services for children. Amanda Croft told BBC Scotland that ongoing new investment would make a difference. A new facility is expected to open in Aberdeen later this year. Youth mental health report…

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Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

A recent study says that obese kids are at greater risk of suffering from emotional problems, suggesting a close link between obesity and mental health. Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock New Delhi: Childhood overweight or obesity is a serious health problem that has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the world, including India. It can have both immediate and long-term health consequences. According to a recent study, obese kids are at greater risk of suffering…

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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

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

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, 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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