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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Life & Health

Local response to fury of Bahraich floods

Just a short stroll through Rewali, Adampur, the mud embankment in Kaiserganj, Bahraich, a small district in the flood prone area of Uttar Pradesh, gives you an idea of the gravity of the predicament people here face year after year.

Sixty per cent of people living with HIV in India die due to TB

Sixty per cent of people living with HIV in India are losing their life because of a preventable and curable cause: tuberculosis (TB). India's largest network of people living with HIV (Indian Network of people living with HIV - INP+) held a meeting recently with Cepheid, and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the co-developers of a new rapid 100 minute TB diagnostic test (GeneXpert), to push for quick roll-out and better costing. Representatives from India's national TB programme (officially called "Revised National TB Control Programme - RNTCP") also attended the meet.

Let's count our blessings: Successes of India's tuberculosis (TB) Programme

For a country like India that has the largest number of people infected with tuberculosis (TB) in the world, there are significant life-saving advances made in TB care and control over the past years, despite challenges. A lot more remains to be achieved but the gains made over the past decade, are commendable.

Cost of treatment at private hospitals reasonable

Dr Manjula Karunaratne, Director/COO, Asiri Group of Hospitals said that some high quality and sophisticated equipment are very expensive that recovering the investment would not be that easy. He said that their electricity bill alone comes to between Rs 6 to 10 million and this cost is divided by the number of rooms it alone would be around Rs 1,000 per room.

Food insecurity robs good outcome of quality HIV care

If people living with HIV (PLHIV) are food insecure, then we alarmingly lose the desired good outcomes of quality HIV treatment and care. This was powerfully articulated and backed by evidence in the session of Dr Christine Wanke, Director, Division of Nutrition and Infection, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, USA. She was speaking at the recently concluded Chennai ART Symposium (CART 2011).

When the going gets tough: Resistance to ART

The antiretroviral therapy (ART) has undisputed benefits for people living with HIV. When people living with HIV (PLHIV) become resistant to drugs used in ART, treatment options that they can fall back upon to stay alive and healthy, reduce. This was a major point of academic discussion at the recently concluded Chennai ART Symposium (CART 2011).

Doctor Heal Thy Patient

We are indeed living in hostile times. There is violence not only at the war front, but also in our homes, on the roads and even in hospitals. It seems as if each of these places has become a battlefield. Hospital rage is increasingly becoming a common phenomenon.

Unrecognized Dangers Of Formaldehyde

The Cancer Prevention Coalition is drawing public attention to a two page article in the New York Times, "When Wrinkle-Free Clothing Also Means Formaldehyde Fumes," published on December 10, 2010, which stated that "formaldehyde is commonly found in a broad range of consumer products."

2010 was year of the lung: Lung health needs attention

The year 2010 was declared as year of the lung recognizing that hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer each year from treatable and preventable chronic respiratory diseases.

Hopes rest on a new rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB)

One of the best chances of stemming the tide of tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in low- and middle- income countries is to thwart the transmission cycle – by diagnosing TB early, and treating it successfully without delay.

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