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A child receives an oral Polio vaccine | Flickr

Two out of three polio virus strains eradicated worldwide, says WHO

Only one polio virus strain now persists in world, but the battle against the disease is far from over.
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Indians will be infected with malaria, cholera and flu as part of new vaccination trials

For all the strides India has made, it wields a heavy disease burden from afflictions such as cholera, malaria and dengue.  
A new investigation has alleged that Johnson & Johnson was aware that its talc powders, contained cancer-causing asbestos

India to re-test Johnson & Johnson baby powder samples, after firm recalls batch in US

Last week, US Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that a particular lot of J&J’s baby powder had tested positive for asbestos — a carcinogen.
Johnson and Johnson baby shampoos. | Commons

Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder batch in US after tests find cancer-causing asbestos

J&J has been under scanner for long, but this is the first time FDA has announced a finding of asbestos. Recent lab tests in India had found the product fit.
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TB cases down but India still has 27% of all global patients, tops WHO list

WHO report says 10 million TB cases were reported globally in 2018. At 27%, India also had the highest number of multi-drug resistant TB cases.
IIT Delhi | Commons

At IIT Delhi, students are developing 5G-enabled air pollution monitors for the capital

Solar-powered pollution monitors developed by IIT Delhi students promise to make the air quality monitoring network faster and more efficient.

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’.
Representational Image | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg

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.

On Camera

File image of BSE building at Dalal Street, Mumbai | Commons

How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.