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HARYANA CM DEDICATES UPCOMING 2,000 BED HOSPITAL IN FARIDABAD TO LOW COST HEALTHCARE
Haryana Chief Minister , Mr Manohar Lal on May 09 , 2016 laid the foundation stone for the Mata Amritanandamayi Math ’ s new 2,000-bed Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre ( Amrita Hospital ) in Greater Faridabad , in the presence of Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri , Vice Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math . The construction of the state-of-the-art healthcare facility will be spread across nearly 100 acres in Sector 88 , Greater Faridabad . The new hospital will include a highly specialised multidisciplinary Children ' s Hospital with maternal and foetal medicine including all paediatric subspecialties .
HSI CALLS FOR ADOPTION OF ANIMAL-FREE ‘ TOX21 ’ TESTING MODEL FOR SKIN ALLERGY
After European Union ’ s chemical law became the first in the world to embrace a non-animal replacement strategy for a complex area of toxicity based on a robust understanding of human biology , Humane Society International , India has urged the regulatory authorities , including the Drug Controller General India and the Central Insecticides Board- Registration Committee , to follow suit . HSI , India anticipates a substantial reduction in animal testing for skin allergy under the European “ REACH ” chemicals law following the recent move by EU nations . Skin allergy testing has traditionally relied on invasive and dubious tests on guinea pigs and mice , and this remains the case in chemical , pesticide and cosmetic regulations in much of the world , even though animal tests have been shown to be less predictive of human responses than modern non-animal approaches .
The “ Tox21 ” approach to chemical safety testing began as a recommendation of the US National Research Council in 2007 to map the biological “ adverse outcome pathways ” disrupted by chemical toxins in human beings , rather than observing the effects they have on other species of animal . Today an extensive international effort to map AOPs is under way through the 34-member-country Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , on the basis of which new globally recognized OECD test guidelines are developed .
SKIN CANCER LESS PREVALENT IN INDIA , MINISTER QUOTES ICMR STUDY
As reported by the Indian Council of Medical Research ( ICMR ), incidence of skin cancers has been increasing since the last few decades worldwide . However , incidence of all types of skin cancers is low among Indians . ICMR has informed that based on the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research-National Cancer Registry Programme report , for estimated number of incidence Cancer cases of all sites in the drought affected States in the last three years , the proportion of increase in these States is no different than seen in other States . This was stated by the Health Minister , Mr J P Nadda in the Parliament recently .
CLIMATE CHANGE A LEADING CAUSE FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE ?
Climate change may be accelerating rates of chronic kidney disease caused by dehydration and heat stress , according to a paper appearing in a recent issue of the prestigious Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ( CJASN ). The findings suggest that a condition called heat stress nephropathy may represent a disease of neglected populations , but one that may emerge as a major cause of poor kidney health in the near future .
Authored by a multi-continent team of nephrologist and climate change researchers , the paper describes reports of heat stress nephropathy — or chronic kidney disease consistent with heat stress — that are already occurring throughout the world . The investigators believe the risk for heat stress nephropathy has increased due to global warming .
NURSING PROFESSIONALS CRITICAL FOR NATION ’ S HEALTHCARE GOALS , SAYS PRESIDENT
The President of India , Mr Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel on May 12 , 2016 on the occasion of International Nurses Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan .
Speaking on the occasion , the President said nursing professionals are the backbone of the healthcare system . Nurses play a vital role in all aspects of healthcare , be it national health campaigns like polio eradication , mid-wife services and community education . Their level of commitment and care are much valued in the achievement of the nation ’ s healthcare goals . Their inputs into health sector policies are equally important for they help in creating the necessary supportive work environment for their practice .
INVESTING IN ADOLESCENT WELLBEING CRITICAL FOR HUMAN RACE , SAYS LANCET REPORT
Decades of neglect and chronic under investment have had serious detrimental effects on the health and well-being of adolescents aged 10 – 24 years , according to a major new Lancet Commission on adolescent health and well-being launched in London on 10 May , 2016 . Two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV / AIDS , early pregnancy , unsafe sex , depression , injury , and violence remain a daily threat to their health , well-being , and life chances .
Evidence shows that behaviors that start in adolescence can determine health and well-being for a lifetime . Adolescents today also face new challenges , including rising levels of obesity and mental health disorders , high unemployment , and the risk of radicalization . Adolescent health and wellbeing is also a key driver of a wide range of the Sustainable Development Goals on health , nutrition , education , gender , equality and food security , and the costs of inaction are enormous , warn the authors .
MEDICAL DEVICES ARE BOOMING GLOBALLY , SAYS THOMSON REUTERS INNOVATION REPORT
Following the reported 6 percent year-over year decline in medical devices from the prior period , innovation in this area got a shot in the arm to become the most active of all technology sectors covered . It had the largest year over- year increase , 27 percent , and all of its sub sectors had double-digit growth , with Medical Aids and Oral Administration seeing the largest increase : 45 percent as per a report by the Thomson Reuters State of Innovation 2016 global report .
Giving the details further , the report in its summary for the sector says ,
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