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Dementia to triple in next 30 years globally

WHO launched The Global Dementia Observatory on 7 December 2017, a web-based platform launched today, will track progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally. It will monitor the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment. Pic Courtesy: WHO

WHO recognises dementia as a public health priority. “Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, 6 million of them in low- and middle-income countries,” says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, ...

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India advances fight against malnutrition with National Nutrition Mission 

File Picture - Maneka Sanjay Gandhi addressing at the inauguration of the National Conference on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition, in New Delhi on September 19, 2017.

India has a number of schemes directly/indirectly affecting the nutritional status of children (0-6 years age) and pregnant women and lactating mothers. Inspite of these, level of malnutrition and related problems in the country is high. There is no dearth of schemes but lack of creating synergy and linking the schemes with each other to achieve common goal. NNM through robust ...

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Stroke is preventable; need urgent attention globally

All have good reasons to prevent stroke; getting aware is a formidable first step!

The call to action, issued by the World Stroke Organisation to mark World Stroke Day on Sunday the 29th October, responds to new data that shows stroke was responsible for over 116 million years of life lived with disability (YLD) worldwide in 2016. This adds to existing global mortality data that positions stroke as the second largest cause of death. ...

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Counselling of Parents and Family members of Divyangjans is very important- Smriti Irani

The topper of the Indian Civil Services-2014 Examination, Ira Singhal addressing at the inauguration of the “Inclusive India Summit-2017”, in New Delhi on September 12, 2017.

Inclusive India Initiative is a mass awareness campaign of the National Trust aimed at reducing the barriers for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, by making the workplaces, public zones and educational institutes more inclusive and accessible. Aligned with the goals of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), this initiative aims at full participation ...

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Industry-Academia collaborate to foster innovation and ease burden of disease

Harsh Vardhan addressing at the launch of the National Biopharma Mission “Innovate in India (i3)”, in New Delhi on June 30, 2017.

A 250 million USD program of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, is a first- of-its-kind mission that brings together industry and academia to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the biopharmaceutical sector. This flagship program of the GOI in collaboration with World Bank, will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Enterprise, ...

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Excess of Social networking, computers can lead to painful & sleepless nights

Women are more vulnerable to CTS

India is moving fast into digital revolution thanks to our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who shook almost everyone with sudden demonetisation shock. Today, computer, laptops, e-notebooks have become household names with the advent of technology. Not just the office goers work over it but,housewives and our smarter younger generation have e-homework, games, social networking etc. done on these hi-tech ...

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“Stroke Rehabilitation: Translating Evidence to Practice”: A workshop par excellence

“Stroke Rehabilitation: Translating Evidence to Practice”: A workshop par excellence

Tinu Sethi | Rehab Editor Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Divyangjan) conducted a workshop on “Stroke Rehabilitation: Translating Evidence to Practice” on 19 November 2016. It was a hands- on workshop that aimed at disseminating the various therapeutic approaches in treating brain stroke and related evidences based on recent researches to support the same. The ...

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Times Group’s VARDAN for effective rehabilitation 

VARDAN, a welfare initiative from the Times Group

Tinu Sethi | Rehab Editor Unlike the developed world, the emerging countries are slow to realise the potential of the preventive care, early diagnosis and most crucial to healthy living- complete rehabilitation for safe and holistic recovery. A patient needs special care, or rehabilitation from almost all ailments and especially to recover from life threatening diseases. Fortunately, the rehab sector ...

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Smartphone app for early and smarter diagnosis of Autism

Smartphone app for early and smarter diagnosis of Autism

  Autism is a lifelong neurological condition, a developmental- behavioural disorder. The symptoms of Autism appear in the first three years of life. It is a condition that is mushrooming worldwide. It’s a spectrum disorder that falls under the umbrella of pervasive developmental disorders. Other diagnosis included under this umbrella includes rett’s disorder, asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified ...

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Occupational Therapy has key role for enabling lives of people across developed and emerging countries

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There many differences between the first world and the emerging economies. Most of the first world counters have advanced economies, matured healthcare systems and its population greying. The Third world or the emerging economies have fast growing economies, you workforce and under under-developed healthcare facilities. Amid these wide ranging variations, Occupational Therapy has a large role to play in promoting ...

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Proper dietary intake of the folic acid in the mothers-to-be as major prophylaxis against Spina Bifida

Raveena Tandon with spina bifida children at Go Folic Campaign by SBF (courtesy:SBF)

  International Federation for Spina Bifida and hydrocephalous observes 25th October as the World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day dedicated to raise awareness, understand and encourage the rights of persons with these conditions. Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect (from which our spinal cord is made in due course of development of the child in the womb). This may ...

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A third of UN member states don’t permit people with mental illness the right to vote or marry

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PWI Bureau| New Delhi On World Mind Matters Day 2016, a global survey funded by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), of laws and policies in 193 United Nations (UN) member states reveals the level of discrimination faced by people with mental illness in the areas of marriage, voting rights employment and right to contract. WPA reveals global extent of social ...

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