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Modi govt plans PR blitz in newspapers on price cut of anti-cancer drugs

NPPA, the agency behind the price cut decision, is ready with the final copy of the print advertisement but is waiting for approval from the EC.
Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo | Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Now, a cancer-causing substance found in Johnson & Johnson’s ‘No More Tears’ baby shampoo 

Two batches of Johnson & Johnson’s popular baby shampoo have been found to be contaminated with formaldehyde.

Drinking very hot tea or coffee daily can increase risk of cancer by 90%, says large study

The study, published this week in International Journal of Cancer, was conducted on 50,000 people in Iran.
A relative helps a cancer patient to the rest room at Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Institue in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

Modi govt slashed prices of cancer drugs, just not for the costly ones

Govt order has little effect on patented drugs, most of which have been kept out of it. Don't want to kill innovation, says Niti Aayog member.
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India gets new breast cancer treatment that could increase survival odds

Experts say AccuBoost technique could prevent relapse by nearly 50% but warn that studies are needed to test efficacy. India's first device will be installed at Apollo Delhi.
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Nearly 400 cancer medicine prices slashed by up to 87%

The move will result in annual savings of around Rs 800 crore for patients, the Modi government said Friday.
One limitation of current antiretroviral therapy is that patients who carry the virus for a few years without getting treatment can suffer damage to their immune systems (Representational image)

Most probable HIV cure is still far from being the ultimate one

The HIV virus, which infects about 1.8 million people worldwide annually, keeps surprising researchers. So it's best to keep up the fight on all fronts.

IIT-Hyderabad researchers trace Antarctic fungi for cheaper leukaemia treatment

Acute Lymphoblastic/Lymphocytic Leukaemia is the most common kind of childhood cancer, which can prove fatal within a year.
Tasuku Honjo

Cancer treatment patents worth billions in legal soup as Nobel winner fights for payday

Nobel winner Tasuku Honjo has taken ex-collaborator Gordon Freeman to court for leaving his name out of patents on immunotherapy, the evolving cancer treatment.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.