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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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MAHARASHTRA – the FIRST state in the country where women in Govt jobs can avail up to 180 days’ maternity leave while having a baby through surrogacy.

Maharashtra will be the first state in the country where women employees in government jobs can avail up to 180 days’ maternity leave while having a baby through surrogacy. The existing maternity leave rules provide for 180 days’ maternity leave to pregnant women and 90 days for women adopting children. Source - The Indian Express.

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INDIA to switch to Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine.

INDIA to switch to Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine. With India remaining polio free for five years now, the Government of India plans to switch to Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) from its present Trivalent version, in few months in a globally synchronised manner. Trivalent OPV contains live and weakened versions for all the three types (1, 2 and 3) of wild polio while the bivalent vaccine will contain type 1 and 3. India has already introduced injectable

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Kidney disease due to hyperglycemia starts early in prediabetic state itself

Prediabetes might be a target for early treatment to prevent chronic kidney disease in chronic hyperglycemia. A study of 1,261 nondiabetic people aged 50 to 62 years has suggested that apparently healthy persons who have blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not yet in the diabetic range are still at risk of developing kidney damage. Such individuals are more likely to have glomerular hyperfiltration and albuminuria. In the study, 595 people

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Tamilnadu Medical PG Entrance Exam 2016 – 17 on 14th Feb 2016

The tentative date of the Entrance examination for admission to The Tamil Nadu “Post Graduate Degree / Diploma / 6Year M.Ch(Neuro Surgery) /MDS Courses” 2016 - 2017 session will be 14/02/2016 (Sunday) at Chennai. Refer - www.tnhealth.org

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AIPGMEE 2016. Revised date for Chennai centre candidates – 11th January 2016.

Revised date for Chennai centre candidates. AIPGMEE 2016 – Candidates of Chennai centre whose test was deferred due to inclement weather conditions, kindly note that the revised date for the test is 11th January 2016.For further details regarding test centre, session, timing etc. – kindly refer to detailed communication which is being sent individually to the affected candidates. Refer www.nbe.gov.in/aipgmee

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