Bengaluru returned to family doctors in third wave

In the third wave of the pandemic, general practitioners played an important role in the treatment of Covid patients due to extensive immunization and a milder version of the virus. In January, a 37-old general practitioner, sat at her desk, with a stethoscope around his neck. About 90 people arrived in one day in January, […]

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State of healthcare like medical students, up in the air

Private medical education remains largely unaffordable, students swarm to countries like Ukraine, while the healthcare system in India suffers. Sumy, Ukraine, is located 1500 kilometres (km) from Hungary, 1300 km from Romania, 1250 km from Poland, 700 km from Belarus, and 155 km from Belgorod, Russia. As of Monday, almost 700 Indian students remained stranded […]

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Portable ECG for bridging gaps in healthcare

Though portable ECG can be expensive for personal use their use at local PHCs can be beneficial. Health experts have recommended portable electrocardiographs (ECGs) at Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and for personal use at home to enable timely monitoring. However, patients are unaware of these facilities and cannot afford them. Doctors are demanding that every […]

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Biosimilars: not so familiar

Market penetration of Indian biosimilar drugs in domestic and international markets is an issue of concern. India leads in pharmaceutical exports but lags in biosimilars. Industry insiders say, Indian market has a huge scope for biosimilars but issues with the development, manufacturing, registration, and more pose threats to it. Chitta Ranjan Padhi, engineer at Dr. Reddy’s […]

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Midwives: Caught in the middle of nowhere

High rates in India’s caesarean section (C-sections) births have led midwives to point out the gaps in conventional Indian healthcare and how they struggle to fit into the medical picture. Indian midwives say the Indian health system has no place for their natural birthing profession. Birthing practices that harm mothers and children are popular despite […]

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Self-examine now, don’t regret later

Consumption of oral contraceptives, alcohol, smoking and genetic inheritance are becoming a leading cause of breast cancer in women. Lack of awareness and fewer screening tests are leading to late diagnosis of breast cancer cases in Karnataka. Doctors say that the number of women diagnosed in the metastatic stage has increased. Susheela Sukumar, a 54-year-old […]

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Mental healthcare will burn a hole in your pocket

With high expenses, several parents in Bengaluru shy away from mental healthcare sessions amid the pandemic. Bengaluru: High consultancy fees amidst the pandemic have made mental health counselling options inaccessible for several parents and children in Bengaluru. Archana, a mother of two, approached several psychologists for her son at the beginning of 2021. At least […]

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