Gennova Bio gets patent to treat brain clots

The Pune-based biotech company has been granted a patent in the US for its version of drug tenecteplase, to treat brain clots (ischemic stroke), the 1st ever in the world. In India, Gennova has already started marketing Tenectase (tenecteplase) for ischemic stroke as an alternative to drug alteplase, which reduced the cost of treatment to ` 29000. The CEO of Gennova Bio is Sanjay Singh.

Private hospitals to provide free treatment

The Supreme Court said all private hospitals in Delhi must provide free treatment to certain percentage of poor patients. Providing treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed due to which land was given to hospitals at a very cheap price. The Supreme Court will monitor the functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.

NPPA fixed prices of 58 drugs

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) fixed the prices of 58 drugs formulations used for the treatment of Cardiac conditions, Hepatitis C etc. NPPA implements and enforces the provisions of Drug Prices Control Order (DPPO) and this move has been taken under DPPO order 2013. NPPA is also entrusted with the task of recovering of amount overcharged by the manufacturer from consumers.

Green licence plates for e-vehicles

To promote electric vehicles in India, the government has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles & yellow for taxis. The purpose behind distinctive number plates is their easy identification for preferential treatment in parking beside other proposed benefits like concessional toll. India at present has 1 to 1.5 lakh electric vehicles.

AIIMS sets up India’s first VBN system

In a first in the country, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences set up Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN) system.VBN is a facility for diagnosis and treatment of patients with small tumour-like spots in lungs. Very few countries like China, Singapore besides the US and Europe have this facility.

ADB to give ` 1,700 crore aid to U’khand

The Asian Development Bank has agreed to give an aid of Rs 1,700 crore to Uttarakhand.The aid will be given for the creation of infrastructural facilities, sewer treatment plants and water supply facilities in urban areas of Uttarakhand. This was conveyed to Chief Minister of Uttrakhand by the country director of ADB’s India Regiment Mission.

Initiative for control of viral hepatitis

The Health Ministry has decided to roll out an initiative for prevention and control of viral hepatitis.Under the initiative, the ministry intends to scale up to 100 treatment and 665 testing centres over a period of next three years in all states.Viral hepatitis is recognised as a public health problem worldwide. India is committed to ending viral hepatitis by 2030.

Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.If approved by President Klaus Iohannis, Romania will become the third nation after the US and Guatemala to open an embassy in Jerusalem.Israel has reportedly offered preferential treatment to the first 10 countries to make the move.

World Liver Day observed

World Liver Day is commemorated on 19th April every year to build awareness and understanding how important the liver is for our body.This year, the theme of World Liver Day 2018 is ‘Riding New Waves in Liver Diagnosis, Staging & Treatment’. According to WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of death in India.

World Haemophilia Day Observed On April 17

World Haemophilia Day is recognized worldwide on 17th April every year to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.It was started by the World Federation of Haemophilia. It also helps to raise funds for patients who cannot afford haemophilia treatment. The theme for World Haemophilia Day 2018 is “sharing knowledge”.

India, Pak to resolve harassment of diplomats

Ind & Pak have agreed to resolve the matter in line with provisions of a 1992 pact on treatment of officials posted at diplomatic missions.Code states that 2 sides will not resort to intrusive & aggressive surveillance & actions such as verbal & physical harassment Both sides have accused each other of harassing & ill-treating diplomats, taking bilateral ties to a fresh low.

Karnataka Unveils ‘Arogya Karnataka’

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah unveiled a healthcare scheme named ‘Arogya Karnataka’ aimed at benefitting about 1.43 crore households in the state. It will provide quality primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to both BPL and above-poverty-line (APL) families in the state. Through the scheme, all the BPL households will get free treatment at government hospitals while for APL households.

Hetero launches HIV treatment drug in India

Hetero Healthcare Ltd. said it had launched generic anti-retroviral fixed-dose combination of =Emtricitabine & Tenofovir Alafenamide in India. The medication is indicated in combination with other anti-retroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age & older. The product will be marketed and distributed under the brand name ‘TAFERO-EM’.

Nadda rolls out free viral load tests for HIV

Health minister JP Nadda has launched the free Viral Load Tests, which measure the quantity of virus in the body.The move is likely to benefit 12 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the country. The test is of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong anti-retroviral therapy.

Gundu Hanumantha Rao passes away

Well-known Telugu cinema comedian Gundu Hanumantha Rao passed away in Hyderabad.He was suffering from heart and kidney ailments and was undergoing treatment. The actor was facing a financial crisis, following which the state government and actor Chiranjeevi came forward to help with his treatment expenses. He acted in nearly 400 films and received three Nandi state awards.

Centre drafts 10-city plan to clean Ganga

12 : The Centre has drafted a plan to check the flow of sewer water into the river Ganga by installing sewage treatment plants (STP) in 10 major cities.These cities reportedly contribute about 65% of the total polluted water flowing into the river. As per an official of National Mission for Clean Ganga, these STPs would ensure 100% sewage treatment.

Floating Treatment wetlands inaugurated

It is the largest floating treatment wetland having plants as cleaning agents was inaugurated on Nekampur lake, Hyderabad.The plants on the floating treatment wetlands help to clean the lakes by absorbing nitrates and oxygen in water.Cleaning agents planted on the FTW include vetivers, canna, cattalis, bulrush, citronella, hibiscus, fountain grass, flowering herbs, Tulsi and ashwagandha.

Manipur launches health assurance scheme

Manipur CM N Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a pioneering health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people. 10 advanced life support ambulances will be given as gift of Statehood Day to Manipur.The CMHT will provide cashless treatment to the poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.

Brazilian becomes 5th to get rabies cure

A teenager from Brazil has become the fifth person ever in the world to be completely cured of rabies.Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nerves and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. The treatment involves administering antiviral drugs while putting the patient into a chemically induced coma to protect the brain from damage.

Free treatment for Hepatitis C

The health ministry is set to roll out a National Programme for Control of Viral Hepatitis from the 2018-19 financial year.With the focus on Hepatitis C, an anti-viral treatment that costs $63,000-94,000 for the full course in the US and Europe will be provided free at all government health set-ups. Hepatitis C is caused by a blood-borne virus which affects the liver.

1st digital Online Oncology Tutorial

The Health Ministry launched the country’s first digital online oncology tutorial series designed in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Centre.The series is aimed at educating doctors in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various forms of cancers.Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Door-to-door campaign against TB

Health ministry has launched a 15-day door-to-door campaign across the country for early detection, diagnosis & treatment of tuberculosis to eliminate the disease.Supervisors will make door-to-door visits to find TB patients & give them free medical treatment till they are cureAccording to WHO, an estimated 2.8mn cases of TB occur in India every year, out of which 1.7mn cases are reported

Naidu launches scheme in Assam

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for an inclusive society with no discrimination against differently abled people.Naidu launched the Deen Dayal Divyangajan Sahajya Scheme on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Under the scheme every differently abled person in the state would be entitled to a one-time grant of Rs 5,000 for their treatment.

NPPA cap prices of essential medicines

NPPA has capped prices of 51 essential formulations, including those used for the treatment of cancer, pain, heart conditions and skin problems. The prices have been slashed in the range of 6 to 53%. In separate notifications, the drug price regulator said it has notified ceiling prices of 13 formulations while revising the same for 15 formulations.

Committee to curb custodial deaths

Maharashtra set up a seven-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sudhir Shrivastava to recommend ways to stop the custodial deaths. Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar informed that the committee will recommend measures so that people get proper treatment at police stations. He said that, the number of custodial deaths in Maharashtra has now come down from 36 to 15-16.

Free treatment for road victims: Kerala

Kerala has decided to formulate a trauma-care scheme in the State wherein all emergency care and treatment will be provided to accident victims free-of-cost for the first 48 hours. The government will pay for the emergency care expenses incurred by a hospital. No money should be collected from the accident victim or his/her relatives for the emergency.

Yes Bank gives funds for Namami Gange

Yes Bank announced that it has committed Rs. 156 crore to fund first Sewage Treatment Plant to be constructed at Varanasi under Namami Gange Project. Yes Bank has signed a deal with Essel Infra projects for the above mentioned STP. ‘Namami Gange Programme’ was launched to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.

Mobile device for malaria detection

A mobile phone mounted with a super-cheap paper microscope can detect presence of malarial parasites in the blood in 10 seconds, says an Indian researchers’ team. They have developed a system that archives data and maps real-time distribution of the disease in a particular locality. It aims to eradicate human error, enhance diagnosis in remote areas and enable treatment as fast as possible.

8 Projects under Namami Gange Programme

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved 8 projects worth over Rs. 700 crore in the northern belt of the country to take forward the ambitious Namami Gange programme. The 4 projects pertain to sewage management in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Three are related to treatment of drains through bio-remediation and one related to inventorization and surveillance of Ganga River.

President’s medal for former DIG D Roopa

Former DIG D Roopa, who highlighted in a report alleged irregularities at Central jail in Bengaluru, including preferential treatment to V K Sasikala, was conferred the President’s Medal. The award was presented to Roopa for her meritorious service by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan. She was the only woman IPS officer to receive the medal from more than 40 award recipients

First gene therapy for cancer

U.S. has approved first gene therapy in the nation, a treatment that uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight childhood leukemia. The therapy turns a patient’s cells into a “living drug” & trains them to recognize & attack the disease. Marketed as Kymriah & made by Novartis, was approved for children and young adults for an aggressive type of leukemia — B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Free insurance for drivers in India

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies will give free insurance to its 450,000 driver partners in India. Insurance will cover death, disability or hospitalization in case of an accident while using the Uber App. For this insurance programme Uber has tied up with ICICI Lombard, it will provide cover ranging from Rs. 5 lakhs in case of death to Rs. 50,000 rupees for outpatient treatment

Mats that could treat arthritis

Scientists from IIT Guwahati have synthesized mats made of silk-proteins & bioactive glass fibres that can repair worn-out joint in arthritis patient Current treatment methods are limited by lack of viable tissue substitutes to aid the repair process Silk is used to fabricate electrospun mats to mimic cartilage portion & bioactive glass to develop composite material similar to natural tissue

Motorbike ambulance service launched

5 : Maharashtra govt has launched a motorbike ambulance service to provide swift medical assistance to patients. Ambulance will be available through `108′ helpline, have teams of paramedics providing treatment, especially in places inaccessible to larger ambulances, to patients during the golden hour. Royal Enfield motorbikes have been converted into ambulances with emergency medical equipment

Neural bypass surgery for spinal cord

For the first time, a patient in US uses Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralysed limb.

Screening camp educates over 100 expectant mothers

It was a day out for expectant mothers even as they got an opportunity to get themselves screened at the block Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kelambakkam. Staff of the Saidapet Health Unit Division (HUD), especially the village health nurses, brought 109 pregnant women, who are expecting their babies in one or two months from now, for a screening comp and food mela, recently.

24 hour weekly club foot clinic opens at GH

The city has got its second club foot clinic for treatment of the congenital deformity at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Gen. Hospital (GH). This weekly outpatient clinic will function round-the-clock on Tuesdays. A clinic is already functioning at Institute of child Health, Egmore. The clinics have also been set up at the govt. hospitals in Thanjavur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vellore and Dharmapuri. Two more will come up soon at the govt. hospitals in Nagercoil and Tuticorin.

World’s first develop a miniature kidney dialysis machine

In the world’s first such breakthrough, scientists develop a miniature kidney dialysis machine capable of treating the infants and have also for the first time used it to safely treat a newborn baby with multiple organ failure.

Health mela for youth begins today

School and College students can get tips on healthy living Mela that begins today. To promote healthy living among the youth and prevent the onset of non-communicable diseases (NCD), Cancer Institute, Adyar is organising the third edition of the mela from Jan 22 to 26. The mela, at Valluvar Kottam, will have a healthy exhibition focussing on substance abuse, diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, a traditional food court offering millot-based food symposiums on various topics meet-the-expert sessions and cultural events including street plays on tobacco control. Experts say that tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of school are risk factors contributing to NCDs including cardiovascular diseases cancer and diabetes.

Diagnostic kit on cervical cancer

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry launches an indigenous device, AV magnivisualizer, a diagnostic kit to detect early cervical cancer.

India launches Thalassemia and Sickle Cell diagnostic kit

India launches a low-cost indigenously manufactured Thalassemia and Sickle Cell diagnostic kit, which will simplify the identification of seven common beta-thalassemia mutations and two abnormal hemoglobin, common in India.

NGO to recruit train nurses for PHCs

Ekam Foundation a non-governmental organisation working for child and maternal healthcare, will soon recruit and train 741 nurses to be posted at primary health centres (PHC) functioning under the directiorates of public health across the state. The training will be on obstetrics, neonatal, paediatrics, adolescant care and emergency management. In addition will be on obstetrics, neonatal, paediatrics, adolescent care and emergency management.

Over 85,000 screened at free medical camps in city

A total of 86,240 persons were screened by doctors at medical camps organised by Chennai Corporation at 1000 localities in the city. Mayor Saidai Duraisamy inaugurated the mega medical camps. Over 160 Corporation Doctors, 700 private doctors and 2,000 employees participated in the camps, which will continue to be held from 8 am to 4 pm till dec. 9. Doctors from 60 private hospitals are expected to screen at least 20 lakh beneficiaries free of cost by the end of the five-day camp.

Dance academy donates funds for cancer care

Students of Kaladiksha Dance school, donated ` 2 lakh to Mahesh Memorial Trust (MMT) Paediatric Oncology centre at Cancer Institute, Adyar, for the cause of paediatric cancer care. During Vijayadadsami students perusing music and dance pay respects to their teachers through gifts. The contribution made by the students of Kaladiksha Dance school has been towards a social cause every year. This year the School identified MMT, which has been working towards helping children with cancer.

Insurance cover for ryots

Beneficiaries of the CN’s Farmers’ security scheme will be covered under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Insurance Scheme. Chief Minister sanctioned about    261 crore towards installation of new components in cobalt therapy equipment at cancer wards of govt. hospitals in Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli. At the proposed super speciality branch for cancer at the Royapettah hospital, Chennai, a sum of around   993 crore had been set apart towards the purchase of equipment and recruitment of 83 medical and non-medical staff. The branch would be housed in a building, whose construction at a cost of   17 crore was nearing completion.

Conference to discuss carried cancer treatment

On 18th Aug. a conference in the city will discuss use of simple methods for detecting and treating cervical cancer. The need for such a conference was felt as, in 2010, approximately 33,400 women-mostly in rural areas in the country-died from cervical cancer. The death occurred in families with low levels of literacy and the women were in the prime of their  life. Experts from across the country are expected to participate in the conference which will be led by R. Sankaranarayanan, the head of Screening at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France. He is credited with conducting the world’s first large-scale trials of low-tech screening methods for carvical cancer in India.

State Insurance plan to cover cost of treatment, diagnosis

The state govt. has effected a conceptual change in its health insurance scheme for its employees by including medical treatment of various illnesses and associated diagnostic procedures. Under the previous scheme, the cost of surgical procedures was covered, but not that of medical treatment or diagnostic procedures. But, under the new schemes the coverage  will include the cost of medicines, laparoscopic or open surgeries, doctor and attendant fees, room charges, diagnostic charges, dietary charges availed in the approved hospitals, according to a govt. order issued by the Finance Department on June 29.