By Team Analysis Alzheimer’s disease is a growing concern worldwide, affecting millions of individuals and their families. As we strive to understand this condition better, several myths and misconceptions must be addressed. Let’s separate fact from fiction and shed light on some critical aspects of the disease: Myth 1: Blood sugar levels are not linked to Alzheimer’s disease Fact: Recent research has revealed a surprising … Continue reading Alzheimer’s myths: What you need to know
How many of you know that Madhya Pradesh (MP) ranks as the third-highest state in terms of suicide deaths? Do you know that Bhopal is the worst affected city when it comes to suicide deaths? Out of one lakh people, 17 die of suicide in MP, compared to the national average of 12! Yet, the state government and agencies fail to notice and mainstream the … Continue reading Need to reach out: Examining the mounting suicide crisis in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh (MP) is known for its tribal population and its cultural and social significance. As the central government notifies the new amendment to the forest conservation act and the state gears up for the upcoming assembly elections, we take a deep dive into what the tribal landscape in MP looks like! MP is home to 21% tribal population and 13.5% of the country’s tribal … Continue reading Tribal landscape in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal Gas Disaster (BGD) didn’t only impact human health but inflicted huge social costs on marginalized communities! How? Read the infographic! On the night of 2nd December and 3rd December 1984, poisonous gas – methyl isocyanate – leaked from the Union Carbide Pesticide Plant which was located in the middle of the city, killing up to 30,000 people and exposing more than half a million … Continue reading Toxic Bhopal: What does the new study on Bhopal Gas Disaster and its impact on human health say?
By Rishabh Shrivastava *Trigger Warning: Suicide* Few days ago, a family of four died by suicide in Bhopal. The tragedy was sensationalized and was published all across as ‘breaking news’ by the local media. However, in doing so, these media platforms forgot to ethically report on this sensitive issue and ended up publishing photos of the deceased members, their home, suicide note, and more. It … Continue reading How NOT to report a suicide: Learning from the case of family suicide in Bhopal
By Team Analysis What? July 3 to 6, 2023 were the hottest days on Earth as per the official data of the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction. The Earth’s thermostat reached a record 17.01 degrees Celsius on Monday, 17.17 on Tuesday, 17.18 on Wednesday, and 17.23 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Why? The researchers have explained that this is due to the dual effect of … Continue reading Explained: Earth’s hottest days in July 2023
The pandemic brutally highlighted the limitations of our healthcare system. However, it is not just COVID-19 that revealed the capacity issues with our system, the burden of several chronic diseases like cancer, TB, HIV, and diabetes are some other instances of how our healthcare infrastructure is reeling under immense pressure. Continue reading Is India’s healthcare system fit to fight the rising cancer cases?
By Team TA India has the highest number of cervical cancer cases according to a study published in The Lancet, followed by China. The central government has taken the initiative to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the Universal Immunisation Programme for young girls in schools. Here is all you need to know: 1. A study published in The Lancet showed that India accounts for … Continue reading All you need to know about India’s inclusion of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme
By Pallavi Pratibha On 21 November 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare unveiled the National Suicide Prevention Strategy – aimed at suicide prevention as a public health priority. It sets the stage for facilitation and coordination of efforts of all relevant sectors and stakeholders. The strategy document also enlists its goals and objectives, action framework, implementation framework and mechanism. The strategy aims to … Continue reading Explained: India’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy
Team TA WHO estimates that more than 55 million people in the world suffer from dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. The number is expected to triple by 2050! Alzheimer’s progressively destroys brain tissue, making people lose their memory. It makes it difficult for people to carry out even day-to-day tasks. Alzheimer’s primarily impacts the lives of elderly people, leaving them more … Continue reading Human right based approach to dementia care in India
By Dr. Ameya Bondre With the recent marriages of Microsoft and Facebook to ‘metaverse’ (“virtual reality + digital second life”), we are now on the verge of always being online and enter the mind of a computer. With the existing toll on mental health due to our parallel digital lives, what would this lead to? A mental health catastrophe, as suggested by a coalition of global scholars to ‘Meta’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Science and … Continue reading Social Media and Mental Health: The debate is ignoring the realities of the developing world
The discussion was organized on the occasion of World Health Day and the theme for this year was “Our Planet, Our Health”. The discussion was moderated by Rishabh Shrivastava who gave a brief outline of the theme and explained why it is important to look at climate change as a threat to public health. For the discussion to begin, Rishabh set a brief background by talking about the key events from the last two years of the pandemic like reporting of the first case in India, imposition of lockdown, issuance of guidelines, vaccination campaign and other landmark events. Continue reading Twitter Hangouts: Reimagining Healthcare in India with Dr. Sonali Vaid
By Rishabh Shrivastava Gender based violence (GBV) has been a long-standing challenge for Indian society. The recently released NFHS-5 reveals that 3 in every 10 women have faced GBV. Along with being a major law and order issue, GBV remains a giant barrier in realizing the health rights of women and girls in the country. It continues to deprive women and girls of bodily autonomy and … Continue reading Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government
By Rishabh Shrivastava Every time we talk about India’s vaccination campaign, we are often reminded of how Israel managed the same and became one of the first countries to carry out maximum vaccination for its people. At present, Canada leads the global vaccination tally at 65.4% followed by Israel at 63.4% and United Kingdom at number three with 61.6% vaccination. In this explainer, we take … Continue reading TA Explained: Behind Israel’s successful vaccination campaign
By Rishabh and Anubhav Second wave of COVID-19 has been brutal for India. More than three lakh people have succumbed to the virus since the outbreak. As per Indian Medical Association, more than 500 doctors have died on the frontline too. Images of Ganga’s riverbed stuffed with dead bodies and news about India’s vaccine shortage are making global headlines. As active cases and positivity rate … Continue reading As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented