Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                                  Dated:08 October,2019

FIFA and UN kick off healthy living campaign

(UN): The World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA have teamed up to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. By signing a memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters, both organizations committed to a four-year collaboration that will promote healthy living through football globally, potentially spreading the message to huge numbers: “Half the world watched the 2018 World Cup”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the launch of the partnership. “This means there’s huge potential for us to team up to reach billions of people with information to help them live longer, healthier lives”.

Goals of team WHO/FIFA

  Advocate healthy lifestyles through football.

  Bring in policies to ensure FIFA and national football events are tobacco-free, with WHO providing advice on health matters.

  Develop lasting improvements in health and safety at FIFA events.

  Develop programmes and initiatives to increase participation in physical activity through playing “the beautiful game” at all levels.

The Science of Hygiene: Good hygiene is key to preventing infectious diseases
Hygiene and cleanliness are often considered synonymous, but they are not the same. According to the WHO, hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases. Cleaning involves removing dirt etc. from objects or surfaces. It can be personal cleanliness or that of our environment. Cleanliness therefore is a means to achieve hygiene.

There are many different kinds of hygiene. ....read more

Conquer your inner Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnad for inner happiness
Navratri is a process of detoxifying the body, mind and soul; fasting is an integral part of the detoxification and purification process or the “spiritual yagna”.

Fasting does not simply mean “not eating” or missing a meal, it denotes controlling one’s desires. Non-fulfillment of desires is at the root cause of anger and unrest. Navratri is a time to let go of all desires.

The first three days of Navratri are devoted to pursuing activities that stimulate and create Rajsik thoughts in the mind and reduce the negativity in the mind and the body. The next three days are allocated to practicing positive behavior and activities (by practicing Yoga Sadhna as described in nine forms of Durga and in the last three days, one is supposed to read and learn about spiritual positive things in life. ....read more

Happy Dussehra: Fighting your health demons for a healthy life!
This Vijaydashmi, people should find ways to beat key lifestyle evils like stress, depression, insomnia, obesity, smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Dussehra is one of the most important Hindu festivals, which marks the triumph of good over evil. During the festival, devotees worship Lord Rama, who ended the rule of Ravana, thereby reinstating goodness in the World. Likewise, this Dussehra, each one of us should try and fight the evils within us for a healthy and long life. ....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

20 Lucknow parks to get 'health ATMs'
ET Healthworld

LUCKNOW: A visit to the doctor will soon become as easy as going for a morning walk. Under the Smart Cities Mission, Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will set up 'health ATM camps' in 20 prominent parks of the city. Visitors can get themselves examined by a physician on payment of Rs 20. A permanent structure will be made for these camps which will be held in the morning every weekend starting at the end of this month. After a primary check-up, the doctor may consult experts on video conferencing and refer the patient to a hospital. "The camp will offer consultation, not treatment. The set-up will be beneficial for those unable to visit doctors due to lack of time. Issues like blood pressure, heart rate, diabetes, cholesterol and body mass index will be addressed," said municipal commissioner Indramani Tripathi. The civic body will spend around Rs 3.5 crore for setting the ATM camps. In the first phase, Lohia Park and Janeshwar Mishra Park will be covered. Besides, the civic body will also construct a book cafe, where books regarding mental and physical strength will be available. "The project has been adopted from Pune Municipal Corporation," said Tripathi.

After deluge, Patna stares at dengue crisis
Hindustan Times-Ruchir Kumar

Dengue scare looms large over Patna after 231 positive cases were reported at government hospitals here since September 28, when heavy rains lashed the state capital, leading to waterlogging in many localities. The overall tally of dengue cases reported so far in the state this year had gone up to 1,127, which was lower than last year’s 2,122 cases. Of the 10 dengue positive cases reported at the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) on October 4, seven were from Patna, said its chief casualty medical officer Dr Abhijeet Singh. “A day later, we reported seven dengue positive cases, of which three were from Patna. We had sent around 400 samples for laboratory tests in the past one week,” he added. As against 35 beds in dengue wards, the PMCH has added another 30 for dengue patients, said its superintendent Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad. “We have added additional 10 beds in paediatrics and another 20 in medicine ward for dengue cases coming to our hospital,” said Dr Prasad. At the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH), only two cases of dengue have been reported so far this month, said deputy superintendent Dr Gopal Krishna. Most dengue cases are coming to the PMCH after many wards of the NMCH were submerged in knee-deep water following heavy rains on September 28. Its indoor medicine ward as well as the emergency unit was shut between September 28 and 30. The intensive care unit of the NMCH is still shut after rainwater entered its premises. The government, however, said it was wrong to attribute the spike in dengue cases to the recent waterlogging in Patna. “This is the season of dengue. It is wrong to attribute all dengue cases being reported now to waterlogging in Patna. Of the 2,122 dengue cases reported last year till December, 1117 were from Patna. This year, we have so far reported 1,127 dengue cases,” said Bihar’s principal secretary, health, Sanjay Kumar.

India and China are top hot spots of antimicrobial resistance in animals, shows new study

Asian giants China and India must take immediate steps to preserve antibiotics essential for human medicine by restricting their use in the livestock industry, recommends an author of a new study on antimicrobial resistance. The study, published on September 20 in Science assessed the development of drug-resistant pathogens in developing countries. It found hot spots of multidrug resistance in animals in parts of China and India, as well as rapidly emerging ones in Kenya and Brazil. Ramanan Laxminarayan, study co-author and founder-director of the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, Washington, told SciDev.Net: “Immediate actions are required in China and India to mitigate the impact of antimicrobial resistance on both their own animals and citizens and as part of the wider global community.” With 73% of all antimicrobials sold globally being used on livestock and poultry, antimicrobial resistance has worsened in both animals and humans, reducing the efficacy of several vital antibiotic medicines, says the study. Antimicrobial resistance is defined by the World Health Organisation as the ability of disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and some parasites to defend themselves against antimicrobial medicines. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective with infections persisting and often spreading to other animals or humans. Over the past two decades, antimicrobial resistance in animals has increased dramatically, says Laxminarayan, who is also a senior research scholar at Princeton University, New Jersey, US. “Between 2000 and 2018, the proportion of antimicrobials that were more than 50% resistant increased from 15% to 41% in chickens and from 13% to 34% in pigs,” he said.

New guidelines being planned for streamlining recall of medicines
The Indian Express- Prabha Raghavan

The government is planning to draft new guidelines to ensure its drug regulators can effectively recall substandard medicines released in the market here — in a move expected to improve the quality of drugs consumed by patients in the country. At present, there is little clarity on how effectively regulators are able to remove such products from the market after they are found to have quality issues. While India already has guidelines to recall medicines found not to be meeting quality standards, they have so far been used “mainly for biologics,” said a senior Health Ministry official on condition of anonymity. The fresh guidelines are expected to be the first in India for medicines made from chemical ingredients, the official added. “When a batch is found to be NSQ, it has to be immediately recalled from the market, but there is no proper mechanism right now to give this information to the chemist shops,” the person said.