Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2396

Life & Health

Asthma - can we live with it?

Not all ailments are of the type that can be cured completely over time, even though they are not life threatening. Asthma, which afflicts an estimated 300 million people worldwide, is one such disease that cannot be cured though it can consciously be controlled. Those who keep it under check, through a proper lifestyle, diet and regular medication, are able to lead a normal life, said Professor (Dr) Surya Kant, Head of the Respiratory Medicine Department at King George's Medical University, in an interview given to CNS (Citizen News Service).

Asthma - can we live with it?
diconary view

In the light of the findings of this study, countries should reconsider their positions on this important health policy – smoke-free legislation

Large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma have been noticed with the introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe, reveals the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke free legislation of child health.

diconary view

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
diconary view

Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?

Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) but largely failed to agree with consensus on a regional road-map to achieve these promises by 2030. The window of opportunity is not closed yet - Asia Pacific nations still can demonstrate leadership on implementing SDGs by agreeing on an ambitious plan to move forward.

Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
diconary view

What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?

I met Lucy in Khayelishta (near Cape Town) on the bright sunny morning of 4th December 2015 - just two days after she had celebrated the 10th birthday of her lovely daughter. A cured multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB survivor, her face glowed with the happiness and pride of winning her battle against two dreadful diseases.

What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?
diconary view

Anoda declares war on cancer!

The other day a gulf national who is a very close associate of mine showed a picture of a fruit in his mobile phone and asked me whether I am familiar with that fruit?

Anoda -  Botanical name:-Annona muricata. Family name:-ANNONACEAE English name:- custard apple.
diconary view

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health

India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system which is not running on cost-to-cost or for-profit motives. This is why privatisation of public health system is not only weakening it but also jeopardizing access to healthcare for most in need.

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health
diconary view

Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

It is most welcoming and glad to hear that Sri Lanka has ratified the World Health Organization – FCTC Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products which is effective from February 2016. Already 15 Parties have ratified this important protocol.

Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products
diconary view

Significant evidence that the flavored tobacco products sales ban successful in New York City

A study conducted by Dr. Shannon M. Farley, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, reveals that flavoured tobacco product sales and odds of ever using flavoured tobacco products or using any tobacco products among teens have declined significantly after ban enforcement began.

diconary view

A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes

A large number of children were exposed to SHS in the home. Encouraging of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and cessation in adults has the potential to reduce SHS exposure among children and prevent SHS-related diseases and deaths, reveals the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) a research conducted among one billion children in 21 countries (Tobacco Control – BMJ publication).

A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes
diconary view
Syndicate content


.