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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.
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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.
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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.
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New green crackers promise all the Diwali fun with 30% less toxic pollution

Science Minister Harsh Vardhan said Saturday, two weeks before Diwali, that the green crackers are already available in the market.

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Militarisation of US police since 9/11 makes it see protesters as ‘enemy’, writes an officer

A study of police-involved deaths between 2012 and 2018 found that police kill average 2.8 men every day in the US. The risk of death was higher for black men, like George Floyd.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

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‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
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Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.