WHO honors NIMHANS Bengaluru, confers Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion 2024

The National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru has been honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion for 2024 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Established by WHO in 2019, the Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion acknowledges individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made significant contributions to health promotion. This year, NIMHANS has been recognized for its contributions to the mental health sector.

Indian scientists harness plant cells to produce anti-cancer drug

Scientists at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) at Madras and Mandi have metabolically engineered the plant cells of Nothapodytes nimmoniana to increase the production of Camptothecin, which is used to treat cancer. Using computational tools, researchers at IIT Madras’ Plant Cell Technology Lab developed a genome-scale metabolic model for N. nimmoniana plant cells.

AAPI’s new leaders pledge to improve healthcare access, promote diversity and inclusion

iNDICA NEWS BUREAU-   The new leadership team of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has committed to fostering improved access to healthcare, promoting diversity and inclusion, and amplifying the collective voice of the community. “We are committed to your well-being and committed to advancing AAPI’s mission for a brighter future,” Dr. […]

Just one alcoholic drink daily can raise risk of high blood pressure: Study

Drinking even one alcoholic drink daily could raise blood pressure levels, according to an analysis of seven international research studies published on Tuesday in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. For the study, researchers reviewed health data for participants across the seven studies published between 1997 and 2021, and involving 19,548 adults.

WHO classifies non-sugar sweetener Aspartame as possibly carcinogenic to humans, but safe within limits

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday classified non-sugar sweetener aspartame as a possible carcinogen and said it is safe to have it with a daily intake of 40 milligrams per kilogram of a person’s body weight. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) released the assessments of the aspartame.

Covid-19 pandemic likely to settle as seasonal flu this year: WHO

Covid-19, which has so far claimed more than seven million deaths globally, may likely end being a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ this year and pose a seasonal flu threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. “I’m confident that this year we will be able to say that Covid-19 is over as a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing.

Partha Chakraborty Op-Ed: Truth, Reconciliation, and, COVID-19

Partha Chakraborty says: Four years, almost seven million lives (per official count, globally), and trillions of dollars of losses and opportunity costs later, it is time to acknowledge that there is not much about Covid-19 for certain. As we speak, death count is at 1.125 million (1,125,420 to be exact) in the US, almost 700,000 in Brazil, over 530,000 in India, almost 400,000 in Russia, and, just shy of 220,000 in the UK.

Dr. Sampat Shivangi shows the way to upgrade India’s healthcare ecosystem

India’s healthcare sector can be transformed into a world-class endeavor by the optimum utilization of information technology, medicine, finance, banking, and politics. Dr. Sampat Shivangi, a physician, an influential Indian-American community leader, and a veteran leader of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) while addressing the delegates during the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Indore, India on January 9, 2023, spoke on the way forward for healthcare facilities in India and the role of the diaspora in promoting the healthcare ecosystem. 

Dr. Swaminathan honored at AAPI’s 16th Annual Global Healthcare Summit in Visakhapatnam

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist was conferred with the prestigious Prof P. Brahmayya Sastry Oration and Dr. T. Ravi Raju Excellence Award during the 16th Annual Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Visakhapatnam on Friday, January 6, 2023.