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India to revive penicillin, one of world’s oldest antibiotics, 5 yrs after production ended

Doctors across India had put in request to procure the antibiotic used to treat Strep A bacterial infection, which can lead to rheumatic fever & heart disease.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PIB

Ayushman Bharat faces 7 challenges, Modi govt looks at homegrown startups for help

The Modi govt will announce launch of Start-Up Grand Challenge on October 1, when the flagship health insurance scheme PM-JAY completes a year.
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No decision on cataract surgery as Ayushman Bharat adds 237 medical packages, drops 554

Modi govt had proposed to treat cataract under National Blindness Prevention Programme instead of PM-JAY. But NBPP has cited 'excessive burden'.
Schools in Delhi, Odisha, Telangana & West Bengal will not get the comics as they are yet to join the scheme | National Health Authority

Popular cartoon characters Motu, Patlu will now promote Modi govt’s Ayushman Bharat

The comic book featuring details about Ayushman Bharat has been published. Copies will soon be distributed in over 7 lakh govt schools across India.
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GSK Pharma halts supply of top-selling acidity drug Zinetac over ‘cancer-causing’ substance

The US FDA has found a cancer-causing substance, NDMA, in Ranitidine-based medicines like GSK’s Zinetac, and is probing the matter.
The US Food and Drug Administration had on 13 September alerted about Ranitidine as it contains low-levels of cancer-causing substance | Pixabay

After US red-flag, Modi govt asks states to check samples of acidity drug for cancer agent

Drug Controller General of India has written to state drug regulators, asking them to alert manufacturers about Ranitidine & take steps to ensure patient safety.
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Vaping is a problem but banning it would be, too

The harm and toll from smoking tobacco cigarettes seems to have gotten lost in the alarm over vaping.
Harsh Vardhan | Photo: Harsh Vardhan app

Modi govt plans biometrics to fight ‘ghost patients’ of Ayushman Bharat

In an exclusive interview, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan talks of checking fraud under Ayushman Bharat and govt's plans for second year of the scheme.

Opioid use and vaping show medical community’s failure to respect addiction as a disease

Doctors, insurance companies, and regulators have not managed to balance the risks of addiction with the benefits of alleviating pain or helping a patient quit smoking.
PM Modi at the launch of a health and fitness centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme | Twitter

Modi govt’s Ayushman Bharat likely to cover over 90 cr people — 70% of total population

The scheme covers 40% of the population at present. Official document accessed by ThePrint says the government will expand the scheme over time.

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Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal | PTI/ANI

Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have pulled off the greatest Bollywood ‘heist’

How to be private people in a 24x7 online world? Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif just pulled off an impossible feat.

Billionaire backed FabIndia seeks Rs 3,770 crore in IPO

FabIndia aims to submit its draft red herring prospectus as soon as early next year. Its IPO will largely consist of investors selling existing shares.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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