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Kids’ health at risk from antibiotics

LOCAL children are being widely exposed to antibiotics from tainted food and drinking water, potentially harming their long-term health, according to a study by Fudan University. The research, which was published in the latest edition of Environment International, tested for 21 human and veterinary antibiotics in 505 Shanghai schoolchildren aged between 8 and 11. Traces…

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India prepares for Zika virus

As countries in South and Central America grapple with the Zika virus which has been linked to microcephaly— a birth defect where babies are born with smaller heads which limit brain development — India is preparing for any intrusion of the virus. The Union health ministry is in the process of getting testing kits for…

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50% of kids in 10 states are anaemic : Survey

NEW DELHI – More than 50% of children in 10 states are anaemic, the latest national health survey showed once again highlighting the daunting challenge posed by malnourishment in the country. Besides children, more than half of the women were also found to be anaemic in 11 states and Union territories. However, findings of the…

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Polio vaccination

70 lakh kids to get polio vaccination Chennai: An estimated 70 lakh children in Tamil Nadu below the age of five years are to be covered under the annual national pulse polio immunisation drive that is being held in the state today and on February 21. State Health Minister C Vijaya Bhaskar formally launched the…

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Harvard University’s Public Health School opens centre in Mumbai The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently announced the opening of a centre in Mumbai. The collaboration is aimed at helping to broaden and coordinate the institution’s collaborations to improve health in India and around the world. Harvard alumnus Dr Swati and Ajay Piramal,…

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School Health Program

School Health Programme to cover Type I diabetes With the increasing incidence of diabetes among children, the Gujarat government has decided to undertake screening and medication for this disease in the School Health Programme (SHP) for the year 2015-2016, launched by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday. Also, this year, epilepsy has been added in the…

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