A draft bill by the health ministry to penalise those assaulting doctors and other healthcare professionals has been rejected by the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA). Home Ministry states that there is no need for a separate law in this regard, officials said. The proposed bill, which sought to punish people who assault on-duty doctors and […]

A team of researchers, including the researchers in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna has identified genes responsible for schizophrenia. The research was carried out under Etymologically Elusive Disorders Research Network (EEDRN) and published in the November issue of the peer-reviewed international journal ‘Frontiers in Psychiatry’. The research was conducted by AIIMS Patna […]

To provide better healthcare facilities for the people, the National Health Authority(NHA) has adopted the Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs) for their claim at adjudication. These guidelines have been framed by the Indian Council of Medical Research Institute (ICMR). For developing the adoption and implementation of STG’s in the Ayushman-Bharat Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), […]

The diabetic patients in the country have good news which can save their monthly medicine bills. Over 15-20 companies are launching generic versions of the widely-prescribed anti-diabetic drug Vildagliptin, with its price expected to crash by half. The potential of more affordable diabetic care came in the wake of Swiss major Novartis-owned Vildagliptin losing patent […]

Recent research conducted in Bengaluru revealed that the polyvalent anti-venom, which is commercially available in India, is not as effective as perceived. Though India is the home of several poisonous snakes, the common perception is that an anti-venom, which helps counteract the poison, is readily available in the country. This Polyvalent anti-venom is made by […]

The news regarding the government plans on finalising a policy to cap margins of medicines and medical devices across the supply chain has been in the headlines recently. Now, a group of civil society bodies have opined that this move alone will not help make these products affordable. They have written to Minister of Chemicals […]

The Indian Medical Association has lodged a complaint to Maharashtra Medical Council demanding a thorough investigation on the reliability of a research report which says that the medical representatives admitted to paying bribes for the doctors. The report on practices of the pharmaceutical industry by Pune NGO, Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives […]

In a breakthrough, the researchers have cleared a major obstacle in the development of an HIV vaccine, proving in animal models that effective, yet short-lasting antibodies can be coaxed into a fighting force against the virus.  The study was led by a team of researchers at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) and Boston Children’s […]

The new draft rules issued by the Maharashtra state public health department notifies that patients cannot be detained for non-payment of hospital bills. ‘Under no circumstances, a dead body be withheld for non-payment of a hospital bill or any other reason’ reads the draft rules issued in July that seek to amend the Nursing Home […]

AIIMS Delhi and the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) are collaboratively working on a technique for postmortem without dissecting the body. According to Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, it is likely to be functional within the next six months. With its implementation, India will become the first country to start “Virtual autopsy” in the South-East […]