Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                           Dated:15th September,2019

Croatia increases health literacy to reduce salt intake
(WHO Europe, Sept. 13, 2019): As part of the comprehensive national health promotion project Healthy Living, Croatia has implemented measures to help people choose healthy food options and to encourage food producers to reduce the amount of salt added to foods. In 2015, salt intake in Croatia was estimated to be around 11.6 grams per person per day – over double the WHO-recommended levels. Salt intake is a key contributor to cardiovascular diseases, which cause around 45% of deaths in Croatia.

In response, the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Health developed the Strategic Plan for Reduction of Salt Intake.It aims to reduce daily salt intake by 4% each year, from 11.6 grams in 2015 to 9.3 grams in 2019.

A key aspect of the Strategic Plan is the implementation of theHealthy Living front-of-pack nutrition labelling system, which allows consumers to quickly and easily identify options that are in line with a balanced diet. Bread is one of the main sources of dietary salt in Croatia. Another key component of the Strategic Plan is to raise awareness among bakers about the health risks of adding too much saltto the food products that they sell.

US FDA finds salmonella bacteria in MDH Sambhar Masala
Three batches of MDH Sambhar Masala were taken off the shelves earlier this week in the US. US FDA found salmonella bacteria in them. The batches were produced by R Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by the House of Spices.

It’s not typhoid bacteria

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella typhi and Salmonella paratyphi. Other Salmonella serotypes are collectively known as nontyphoidal salmonellae and are frequently isolated from the stool of patients with gastroenteritis. ....read more

Mera Asia Mahan 5: Stay connected with your consciousness
All the three sacred books, the Bhagavad Gita, Quran and the Bible, talk about consciousness (soul) as the source of origin and destruction of every cell in the creation.

We are our body connected to the soul through the mind. But this mind is attracted on its way to the desires and attachments. It is the consciousness which decides our faith. If we stay connected and take consciousness-based decisions, we experience inner happiness.

No drug can act in the body without identifying a receptor. Receptors act like a lock and the medicine, the key. The very fact our body has a lock or receptor means that it also has a key (drug) for that receptor. ....read more

Search for happiness in the present moment
Happiness should not be considered as being synonymous with pleasure. Pleasure is transient and is always associated with pain later. Any transient addiction to any of the five senses will either lead to pleasure or pain. Pleasure leads to attachment resulting in more intense and greater desires, and if these are not fulfilled, they cause pain which manifests as anger, irritability or even a physical disease. This type of transient pleasure is chosen by the individuals who attach themselves not to the actions only, but also to its results.

The soul, which is an energized field of information and energy, is controlled by the person’s action, memory and desire. With every action, a memory is created which either gets stored or is recirculated again as an action. If one does not control the desires, the recurrent actions may cause more problems than happiness. ....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

PM Modi to unveil updated version of AB-PMJAY healthcare app on Oct 1
ET Health/ ANI - Priyanka Sharma

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch an updated version of healthcare mobile application, Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) on October 1.

As per the schedule, Modi will unveil the AB-PMJAY mobile app at a mega national event "Gyan Sangam" which will be organised from September 30 to October 1 in New Delhi to highlight the progress and achievements of the scheme. The highly advanced and user-friendly mobile application will have special features like - checking the hospitals, reaching out to the ambulance, know your doctors, checking the details of your wallet, among other facilities for easy access to the user. "This newer version of AB-PMJAY mobile app has unique features. It is designed in a more practical way. Older version of PMJAY mobile app was very basic and only concentrated on beneficiaries. The new PMJAY app will bring all stakeholders under one roof to get the real-time data of beneficiaries, hospitals, medical packages, doctors, concerned people from insurance company, State Health Agency and National Health Agency," said the official who has developed the newer version of PMJAY. "The app will also have an ambulance facility which will automatically connect the patient to it. Also, patients can upload their medical records through a special feature of cam-scanner in it. All data's of the beneficiaries are maintained under high security," an official said.

Hackathon, a nationwide initiative to make disabled friendly toilets
Indian Express - Prerna Mittra

Let’s get real — are we an inclusive society? Do we pay attention to the limitations in our communities? Do we ever stop to think about the tribulations of people with disabilities, and how they go about with their daily lives despite? According to 2011 census, India has a population of 121 crore, of which, 2.68 crore are ‘disabled’ — making up 2.21 per cent of the total population. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines disability as “an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions”. But, for the overall development of a country, it is imperative to think about the welfare of every resident, by eliminating restrictions and doing away with stigmas. A first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative, therefore, is being spearheaded by the Government of India — to ease the lives of people living with disabilities — under its Swachh Bharat Mission. Titled ‘San-Sadhan Hackathon’, the event brings together tech enthusiasts — researchers, start-ups, student innovators and industry experts — to participate in a two-day event to be held in the national capital on September 14 and 15. With their prototypes that makes toilets smarter, more accessible and easier to use, the shortlisted applicants are expected to come up with smart and innovative solutions for toilets in rural and urban areas. “One of the major challenges that concern people with disabilities is that of washrooms. The main fear while using them — mainly public washrooms — is that of a slippery floor. No safety buttons are available either, in case one needs help. At times, the washroom doors are too small for the wheelchair to enter. It becomes a matter of grave concern,” says Pranay Gupta, the co-founder of 91springboard — a co-working space that has collaborated with Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the hackathon.

Labour ministry to provide cashless secondary and tertiary medical care services under AB-PMJAY
ET Health - Yogima Seth Sharma

Labour ministry has decided to provide cashless secondary and tertiary medical care services under Ayushman Bharat package rates to entitled Employees' State Insurance beneficiaries in new 102 designated districts through empanelled hospitals in states where the scheme has been adopted by the state governments. A decision to this effect was taken at the ESI Corporation's 178th meeting held on Friday under the chairmanship of labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. "Further, to avoid any hassle in smooth implementation of this initiative, ESI beneficiaries will be dealt through PMJAY logistics/IT facilities for registration, billing etc. as is done for PMJAY beneficiaries, up to a maximum limit of Rs. 5 lakhs worth of medical expenditure, beyond which individual case will be channelled to ESIC for seeking approval for further expenditure on ESI beneficiary," labour ministry said in a statement. As per the statement, PMJAY beneficiaries may get in-house medical treatment services as per Ayushman Bharat approved packages from underutilized ESI Hospitals while National Health Agency (NHA) will make payment to ESIC directly

Citing rampant misuse, government bans open retail sale of abortion drugs
Mint- Teena Thacker

New Delhi: It will no more be easy to buy popular abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol from your neighbourhood pharmacy, what with the government deciding to ban open retail sale of these drugs. Citing rampant misuse, as specified under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act 2002 and MTP Rules 2003". However, in its recent Drug Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting held on 20 August, the drug regulator instructed the state drug controllers to impose a restriction on the sale of these drugs. "The wholesalers shall supply the kits only to the recognized centres to prevent the misuse of the kit," said the minutes of the DCC meeting. Mint has reviewed minutes of the meeting. These are well-known pregnancy termination prescription drugs and, at present, can be procured from a pharmacy by furnishing a prescription. However, according to the state drug controllers, the drugs are misused by young women and can cause serious side effects, which in extreme cases may even turn fatal.