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World’s First Leprosy vaccine developed in India, to go on trial.

The first exclusive vaccine for Leprosy made in India, will be piloted in five districts of Bihar and Gujarat in a few weeks as a part of the country's efforts at eradicating the crippling disease that affects 1.25 lakh people every year. About 60% of the global leprosy patients live in India, where detection and treatment leave many of them crippled. If the pilot phase shows satisfactory results, the programme will be implemented in other high-prevalence

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NEET ordinance: Supreme Court to hear challenge on 7 July

A Supreme Court bench presided by justice Anil R. Dave will hear on 7 July a legal challenge to an ordinance, which pushed back holding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by a year. The court was hearing a plea brought by health activist Anand Rai, known for exposing the Vyapam scam—an admission and recruitment scandal in Madhya Pradesh—against the Centre’s decision to promulgate the ordinance. The petition that sought the quashing

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POLIO VIRUS found in Hyderabad – alert in Telangana State.

The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded a "global emergency" after an active strain of wild polio virus (P2 strain) was detected in a water sample collected from a sewerage sample taken from the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant on May 17. The government has decided to conduct a special campaign against polio in Hyderabad and parts of Ranga Reddy from June 20 to June 26, and to innoculate more than three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy

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Cannot conduct NEET in 2016 – says MCI

The Medical Council of India will not be able to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses across the country this year, says Council vice-chairman Dr C V Bhirmanandham. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had cleared the decks for NEET by setting aside its 2013 order by which the common test for admissions to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges was quashed. "Till the matter is decided, NEET can be implemented,"

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Supreme Court of India allows Common Entrance Test (NEET) for Medical Courses.  

The Supreme Court of India allows for implementation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses across the country. Hearing a review petition on NEET, the top court said it will hear the case afresh on validity of the common entrance test. "Till the matter is decided NEET can be implemented," the top court said.  

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5 Healthcare ATMs launched in 4 states in India

A total of five healthcare ATMs have come up in four states  Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh  under a Health Ministry pilot that combines telemedicine with a free drugs programme. Each ATM will be manned by a multipurpose public health worker (MPHW) or an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) armed with a multi-parameter patient vital monitor and other devices required for checking basic health parameters.After the patient has

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Twins with different fathers found in Vietnam

A set of twins born to a Vietnamese couple, whose names have not been released, were recently taken for testing because of stark differences in the children's appearances, according to local reports. "Our Centre for Genetic Analysis and Technology lab has tested and found a pair of bi-paternal twins," Le Dinh Luong, president of the Genetic Association of Vietnam, said. "This is rare not only for Vietnam, but for the world," he said, explaining that

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PGMED NEWS – MCI to be restructured – say Parliamentary Standing committee on health.

The Parliamentary standing committee on health has called for a complete restructuring of the Medical Council of India (MCI), arguing that it has failed in its mandate as a regulator of medical education and profession. Tearing into the functioning of the MCI, the house panel recommended that the Act under which it was set up be scrapped and a new legislation be drafted "at the earliest".The health ministry too came in for strong criticism for being

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Bedaquiline – New anti – TB Drug.

Bedaquiline - the diarylquinoline TMC207, is a bactericidal antituberculous agent with a novel mechanism of mycobacterial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase inhibition. Bedaquiline received accelerated approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2012 for use as part of combination therapy to treat adults with multidrug-resistant (MDR) pulmonary TB when other alternatives are not available. Dosing consists of 400 mg orally

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Govt of India withdraws customs exemption on 74 drugs

Govt of India withdraws customs exemption on 74 drugs ------As many as 74 drugs, including life saving ones used for treating cancer and HIV, will see sharp rise in prices as the government has withdrawn customs duty exemption on their imports. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) last week issued a notification withdrawing exemption of levy of basic customs duty on as many as 74 drugs. The medicines on which customs duty will now be imposed

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