• Like advanced nations, India too has its share of increasing number baby boomers from all walks of life. Sadly, healthcare does not reach this most neglected population.

    Geriatric population begs for attention

    Senior population below poverty line in India has been at the receiving end of neglect of healthcare authorities. From chronic ...

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    Baby boomers of a different kind

    Unlike increasing geriatric population crowding hospices in the west, our seniors and oft found dying on streets. ...

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    Dravid bats for AIDS. Celebrity power for a cause.

    Star batsmen join growing number of leading politicians, private corporations and celebrities who have lent their voices ...

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    Can you heal her?

    She is poor, HIV positive, mother of 3 children, bread winner and dying. What will you do? ...

Here are some posters issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India, that aim to educate the rural masses on preventive care, social issues, compassion and care. You can download these high-resolution posters for use in your community health and education programs. [Read more…]

Statistics, numbers, allocations, and random comparisons with previous years. For the record only. [Read more…]

Red Alert – Illegal Blood Trade Thrives in India

A few hundred rupees, drugs or promise of a good livelihood is all you need to lure a person to the hell hole of illegal blood trade. Here the unwilling victim is kept locked, drugged, chained and is then drained of the only commodity he has – blood. [Read more…]

Are you qualified to donate blood?

Blood donation is a noble life-saving act that has no equal. It is an honour to be able to donate blood as you play a part in saving someone’s life or improving their health condition. Donating blood is a great way to help a fellow human being. But there may be reasons wherein you will be denied of an opportunity to donate blood.

Read about blood donors and check if you or someone you know are legally and medically qualified to donate blood. Read more

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released its Annual Performance Report for the year 2010 – 2011.

Department of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayush, Department of Health Research and Department of AIDS Control, together form the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of India. Their performance, targets, achievements, status, progress, concerns, etc have been listed down in this annual document. [Read more…]

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”
1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill”
1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
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The human civilization has completed a full circle – from root to root. We are perhaps living in the most exciting times where old is gold, and a bitter root is better than the sugar-laced pill.

Today, after being subjected to a battery of diagnostic tests, invasive procedures, and powerful drugs, the modern man has been reduced to a medical specimen, where the focus is on treating the disease alone. Our obsession with micro management of healthcare condition has resulted in unprecedented damage to a person’s wellness and psyche. While one condition gets treated, five more appear as side effects.

Somewhere down the line, the true definition of health has been lost.

Therefore, there is renewed interest in holistic healthcare where one attempts to look at a person from physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual angle. The value of pulse diagnosis, the effect of herbs, the magic of sunlight, the fullness of breath, is coming back into the regular healthcare methods. Concepts such as wellness, holistic helathcare, Yoga, fresh air, sunlight, herbs, vegetarianism, fasting, etc., are back with a bang. [Read more…]