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Women at high HIV risk can use all contraceptives: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on contraceptive use in view of the new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form of reversible contraception, including progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection. However, the guideline emphasizes that correct and consistent […]

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Time to adopt an ‘opt out’ model?

In 2016, Spain conducted a total of 4,818 organ transplants. It translated into 43.4 individual donors per million people (pmp), a figure much higher than the US average of 26.6 or the EU average of 19.6. For over 2 decades, Spain has been the world leader when it comes to organ donation, thanks to its […]

Dr Dharminder Nagar

WHO expands essential lists with new drugs and diagnostics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated the Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics with the addition of some of the new drugs and advanced diagnostic tests.

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LITTLE SUPPORT FOR ‘SECOND VICTIMS’

In an ideal world, patients entering a hospital would benefit from the healing touch of doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, etc

DR SUMIT GHOSHAL

Measles in Europe: WHO urges EU nations to address immunisation gaps

In light of measles data for the year 2018 showing a rising number of deaths from the viral infection, the WHO has urged European countries to target their interventions to those places and groups where immunization gaps persist.

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Fewer exclusions

A working group constituted by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) under Suresh Mathur, Executive Director (Health), IRDAI, to study the standardisation of exclusions in health insurance sector has submitted its report.

Bano Sarkar

Allopaths protest ‘myxopathy’

Even as the union cabinet struck down the bridge course proposed in the National Medical Commission Bill for AYUSH doctors, it left it to the state governments to take necessary measures for addressing and promoting primary health care in rural areas.

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