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Modi govt now plans to promote traditional Tibetan medicine system Sowa-Rigpa

Sowa-Rigpa or science of healing is based on indigenous medicine of Tibet enriched with Ayurveda, Chinese and Greek medicine.
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US censures Gujarat-based Torrent Pharma for inferior quality medicines

In a strongly-worded letter, US Food and Drug Administration has accused Torrent of ‘repeating the failures and lacking control over the manufacture of drugs’.

AYUSH ministry will now suggest 50 packages for inclusion under Ayushman Bharat

An earlier proposal by AYUSH ministry to include 19 packages was rejected by National Health Authority, which wanted ‘tertiary care’, not ‘preventive care’.
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New UK research shows food labels too complicated for most shoppers to understand

Empowering people to make good decisions at mealtimes starts with shoppers knowing what’s in the food they’re buying.
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Patients forced to buy key thalassemia drug as Delhi govt cancels tender for free supply

AAP govt cancelled the tender as it received only one bid — from Cipla, the single firm selling Deferiprone in India — for contract to supply the drug to Delhi hospitals.
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In a single week, 3 giant strides made towards detecting and curing cancer

Teams from Glasgow & Belfast make progress in detecting brain & prostate cancers, while one from Queensland may have found a cure for all cancers.
Demonstrators hold signs during the U.S. Youth Climate Strike in New York, U.S. | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

Anxiety, depression, PTSD — how climate change is affecting mental health

Multiple studies have shown how direct and indirect effects of climate change, exacerbated by inaction, are affecting mental health of people.
A devotee offers prayers to the rising Sun during Chhath Puja as toxic froth floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river, at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi

AIIMS doctors find excessive toxicity in patients, say heavy metals are all around us

Study by AIIMS Clinical Ecotoxicology Facility, set up to study effects of pollution & climate change, finds iron, mercury, lead in excess amounts in patients' bodies.
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Ministers’ group to regularise e-pharmacies after Modi govt fails to meet 100-day target

The second Modi govt wanted to introduce the e-pharmacy framework within 100 days, but couldn’t, owing to pressure from brick-and-mortar chemists.
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Panic over diseases can help prevent epidemics, but also create other health problems

Exaggerators in public health fields may think they can do no harm by issuing alarming warnings. But there are costs to such tunnel vision.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.