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Health Ministry to launch population based prevention, screening and control programme for five NCDs and risk factors

Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) which are Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) such as heart attacks and stroke, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases and Asthma) and Cancer inter alia account for over 60% of all mortality in India.  Of these, nearly 55% are premature mortality. This imposes a financial and social cost on families and the country.  According to the World Economic Forum, India stands to lose $ 4.58 trillion (Rs 311.94 trillion between 2012 and 2030 due to non-communicable diseases.

Since these conditions do not exhibit symptoms until complications set in, it is essential to detect them early.  Early detection of NCDs not only enables onset of treatment but prevents high financial costs and suffering.  For some cancers, survival rates are good when they are detected and treated in the early stages.  Screening for these conditions, which can be undertaken at the level of the sub centre or Primary health Centres helps early detection and…

We will reduce stigma around mental illness....

The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts are more important than providing extra money for services. Theresa May said the importance of support networks for people with mental illness had been brought home to her by the observation that anyone at work with their arm in a plaster would have colleagues talking about their injury, while “if you have a mental health problem, people are more likely to try to avoid you”.
Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise itRichard Bentall
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As part of her vision for a “shared society”, May will announce measures on Monday aimed at improving the support available for people with mental health problems. “Money is going into mental health, but it is always wrong for people to assume that the only answer to these issues is about funding,” she said. May is due to announce that Dennis Stevenson, a former HBOS chairman and a m…

The world’s longest human chain to create awareness of prohibition and alcohol addiction.

Historic and unprecedented, says Nitish; three crore people from all 38 districts formed 11,400 km-long chain, officials said

Bihar on Saturday witnessed the ‘longest human chain ever made’ to support the prohibition enforced in the State since April last year. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, along with other leaders participated in the 45-minute-long chain, termed it “historic and unprecedented,” but some school students in various parts of the State were reported to have fallen unconscious after standing in the queue for long.

“Over three crore people participated in the human chain across the State to affirm their commitment to the prohibition. The human chain has been historic and unprecedented,” Mr. Kumar told journalists. Earlier, Mr. Kumar reached Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and joined hands with ruling alliance partners like Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and other leaders. Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Lok Janshakti Party also participated in the chain.

Dalai Lama hails liquor prohibition in Bihar

The Dalai Lama also reminded his devotees that Lord Buddha said consumption of even a drop of alcohol is a sin and how Mahatma Gandhi also tried to bring in prohibition.
The Indian Express
Dalai Lama hails liquor prohibition in Bihar. The Dalai Lama also reminded his devotees that Lord Buddha said consumption of even a drop of alcohol ...

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association between youth exposure and subsequent drinking.  Alcohol is the leading cause of death and disability for young males aged 15-24 in nearly every region of the world, and young females of the same age in the wealthy countries and the Americas.

The experts call for governments around the world to renew their efforts to address the problem by strengthening the rules governing alcohol marketing with more effective independent statutory regulations. Their call coincides with the publication of a series of reports in a supplement to the scientific journal Addiction that presents the latest evidence on alcohol marketing and its impact on children. Key findings from the collection of peer-reviewed manuscripts include:

·Exposure to alcohol marketing is associated with youth alcohol consumption

· Analys…