Mamata publicly rebukes private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (Roundup) (7 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday gave an unprecedented public tongue lashing to city-based private hospitals for "unethical" money-making practices and announced the formation of a regulatory commission to monitor their activities.

AAP government nod for Rs 200-crore loan to North civic body (22:04)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The AAP government on Wednesday approved a loan of Rs 200 crore to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for payment of salaries of employees.

Frame policy to rehabilitate cured mentally sick people: SC to centre (22:00) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the centre to frame a policy for rehabilitating patients who have been cured after treatment at mental hospitals across the country.

Delhi Health Minister inspects mid-day meal kitchens (20:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday inspected three mid-day meal kitchens in north Delhi and collected food samples which he sent for examination to a laboratory.

Dough kneaded with feet? Delhi eatery raided (20:14)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Authorities on Wednesday raided Delhi's iconic Kake Da Hotel after an unverified video showed a cook kneading dough with his feet. The restaurant denied the charge.

Mamata asks hospital: Has kidney racket stopped at your hospital? (20:10) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday publicly lashed out at the privately run Medica Superspecialty Hospital here for its alleged role in kidney racket, ordering it to check the practice. The hospital, however, denied the charge.

Cancer death rates across Europe falling faster in men: Study (19:44)
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Death rates due to cancer in the European Union (EU) are falling faster for men than women, a new study has found.

1,850 drugs sold in India Not of Standard Quality: Health Ministry (19:16)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said it has found 1,850 samples of drugs sold in India 'Not of Standard Quality (NSQ)' while 13 were found spurious.

New drug combination may combat hearing loss (18:54)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a drug combination that can regenerate hair cells in human ears that detect sound waves and translate them into nerve signals enabling us to hear sounds.

Surgery at Ghaziabad hospital saves newborn with feeding problem (18:50)
Ghaziabad, Feb 22 (IANS) A baby baby born with a life-threatening birth defect of the digestive tract leading to feeding problems is now taking full breastfeeding, thanks to complex surgery performed at a hospital here.

How to look gorgeous beyond 30s (18:44)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The ravages done unto your skin by environmental factors become visible as you age and dark spots and discolouration begin to appear. But it doesn't need to be that way, says an expert.

Andhra doctor rescued in Libya after 18 months (Lead) (18:16)
Hyderabad/New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) A doctor from Eluru in Andhra Pradesh who had been kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Libya in 2015 has been rescued and is being brought back to India, the government said. The doctor's family in India is overjoyed at news of his rescue.

Common heartburn drugs linked to 'silent' kidney damage (17:56)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) A group of drugs commonly prescribed for heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux may lead to gradual yet "silent" kidney damage, warns a study.

Mamata pulls up private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (Lead) (17:32) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday pulled up city-based private hospitals for "unethical" money-making practices and announced the formation of a regulatory commission to monitor their activities.

Gene that may strongly influence obesity identified (17:06)
Toronto, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have identified a "foraging" gene that could play a very important role in making humans obese or lean.

What Twitter reveals about successful dieters (16:16)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Successful dieters are focused on the future, generally more social and have larger social networks, says a study based on analysis of tweets posted on the microblogging platform.

India to hold world forum on homeopathic medicine regulation (16:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) India will host the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine -- to be inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Sripad Yesso Naik -- here from February 23.

Mamata pulls up private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (14:56) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday pulled up city-based private hospitals for excess billing and "unethical" money-making practices and called upon hospital authorities to show a "humane" side.

Epilepsy linked to stress, shows Apple app study (14:44)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Stress and lack of proper sleep are the major reasons for seizures in people with epilepsy, a study conducted using an Apple Watch app has showed.

Why India cannot follow new WHO guidelines to protect mothers (14:38)
By Devanik Saha
India must double antenatal visits by health workers to pregnant women to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline released last November. Is India ready to implement this and other new guidelines to protect its mothers? It is not, an analysis of government data and research studies shows.

Texas judge blocks cutting funds to Planned Parenthood (14:36)
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state can't cut off funding for reproductive healthcare group Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015, which critics said were misleading.

SC asks industrial units to install effluent treatment plants (14:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all industrial units situated in severely polluted areas across the country to install primary effluent treatment plants within three months, failing which they will be shut.

Zika may cause miscarriages, thinner brain tissue (14:02)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Zika virus can cross the placenta -- intended to protect the developing foetus -- in the first trimester to cause a high percentage of miscarriages as well as thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells of the foetus, researchers have found.

New robotic arm can make laparoscopic surgery cheaper (13:04)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a robotic arm that can drastically cut down the cost of performing complex, minimally invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery.

Testosterone treatment may raise bone density, correct anaemia (12:38)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Elder men who undergo testosterone treatment may have improved bone density levels that can determine risk for fractures and anaemia, a condition in which the blood does not have enough healthy red blood cells, a study has found.

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