Oblivious to new tech for the ‘neglected disease’

Despite the introduction of fourth generation ELISA test for HIV, only few blood banks in Bangalore have the newest kit. Astha Oriel Few years ago, a bollywood movie described the life of 10 people infected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, despite movies being made over the years to create awareness about HIV, the new […]

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In Karnataka, the cribs are neatly made up but empty

All is not well with Karnataka’s child health scenario. The Sample Registration System (SRS) 2017 revealed that the Infant Mortality Rate in the state has gone up from 24 in 2016 to 25 in 2017. Savyata Mishra A few years ago, a poor couple from Hyderabad and working at a construction site in the city […]

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Organ donation: increasing at a tortoise pace

Though the number of organ donations in Karnataka has increased, the ratio of demand and supply of donations is quite low. Shubhangi Mathur If you are suffering from a disease and intend to go for an organ transplant, chances that you will find a donor have slightly increased but cannot be guaranteed. . Swati Upadhyay, […]

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Win over malnutrition a far-fetched dream in Karnataka

The National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4) shows that the nutritional status of the children under five hasn’t much improved since the last survey conducted a decade ago. Labani Mahanandy Despite years of various government projects running to wipe out malnutrition from the state, the recently updated data of National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4, […]

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Monkey fever not monkey business

As Karnataka recorded  its highest number of KFD cases in three years with the death of ten victims, Bangaloreans have no clue what Kyasanur Forest Disease is. Surbhi Shah What happens in Kyasanur, stays in Kyasanur—is what Bangalore thinks when it comes to awareness of the deadly zoonotic disease. Survey conducted by ‘The Softcopy’ shows […]

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Anti-pollution masks for traffic cops are of no use

Situation dire for traffic cops as nine out of sixteen air quality monitoring stations across the city have unsafe recorded PM 2.5 particulate matter. By Arghyadeep Dutta The on-duty traffic police personnel are refusing to use anti-pollution masks provided by the Bengaluru Traffic Police Department because of the allegedly inferior quality of the mask. These […]

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Heedlessness over awareness – STDs see a rise in the state

Karnataka becomes one among 10 states across the country accounting for 82% of total estimated people living with HIV. By Apoorva GS Bengaluru: According to the 2015-16 National Family Health Survey (NFHS), only 1.3 per cent of the 6.41 crores people in Karnataka use condoms to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). Kamal […]

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Transparency between consumers and eateries

With many state governments introducing the concept of open kitchens in restaurants, to maintain the required standard of hygiene and sanitation, the idea is not taking root in Karnataka, the state where the practice first started sixty years ago. By Riya Sharma Bangalore-based ‘Mavalli Tiffin Rooms’ introduced the practice of opening up of kitchens to […]

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