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…

Read More

Peanut allergy. Conceptual image.

Can Food Allergies Be Prevented?

You’ve probably heard that the occurrence of food allergies is on the rise. Between 1997 and 2007 there was an 18% increase in food allergies in children under 18 years old in the United States. But did you know that there are ways to help prevent food allergies in your little one? Here is the…

Read More


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…

Read More

Go green

“Go Green”

“GO GREEN” with Green Leafy Vegetables Green leafy vegetables are nutritionally dense and should be eaten daily for maximum benefit and are now referred to as “Neglected gold mine”. As of today, more than 1000 green leafy vegetables have been identified as edible. Even if we manage to include 5 different varieties every week, we…

Read More


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…

Read More


Harvard University

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,…

Read More


Parental debt may affect kids

The type of debt parents accumulate might affect how their child behaves. And that could be for better, or for worse, new research suggests. Mortgages fall in the plus column, meaning they’re positively linked to a child’s emotional well-being. But, unpaid credit card bills appear to occupy the negative side, associated with more behavioural problems…

Read More