News - Health

Regulation of Surrogate Parenthood in India

New Delhi, May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The advances in human reproductive sciences have made it possible for couples and others to have biologically their own children who otherwise cannot for a number of reasons. This has given rise to the concept of surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction. More common form is IVF/Gestational surrogacy in which the surrogate child biologically belongs completely to the social parents. The other type is gestational surrogacy where the surrogate child is genetically related to the male parent and the surrogate mother.



National Fruit of India Goes on Tour Across Six American Cities

Orlando, Florida, May 2, 2011 (Washinton Bangla Radio) Orlando headquartered National Mango Board, which says that mangoes “have become the darling of chefs” across USA, is organizing “Mango Hometown Tour” in various cities. “We’ve challenged 12 top chefs, two in each of the Mango Hometown Tour cities, to create a mango dish that perfectly represents their regional cuisine”, its announcement says.


Lab to Land Initiative of India Reaching Out to Rural Populace

New Delhi, April 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Programs have a direct bearing on the well being of the rural community. A host of programs sponsored by Central Government and State Governments are being implemented in the field or rural development, agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, watershed, forests and environment, health, education, nutrition, public distribution system, industries, development of women, children, ST/ST and physically challenged persons, rural electrification, management of land records and so on.   . Most of these programs are being implemented under the supervision of District Collector and BDOs. In the implementation of these programs large number of stakeholders comprising Line Departments, NGOs and PRIs are involved.  The achievement of the objectives of the program depends on the commitment and cooperation among the stakeholders and proper knowledge and understanding of the programs.


Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques Act Targeting Adverse Child Sex-Ratio In India

New Delhi, April 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The Pre-conception & Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques (PC & PNDT) Act, 1994 was enacted in response to the decline in Sex ratio in India, which deteriorated from 972 in 1901 to 927 in 1991. Female infanticide had been prohibited through legislation in pre-independence period and certain provisions were included in the Indian Penal code, 1860 for punishing causing miscarriages and other such offences but with the advent of diagnostic technology to detect the sex of the foetus very early on in pregnancy, a need was felt for a specific law to prevent the misuse of technology which could lead to female foeticide.


Antimicrobial Resistance In India: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow

New Delhi, April 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) In 1674, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, could see bacteria through a microscope. Louis Pasteur, in 1865, founded the science of microbiology, and proved that most infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms. This became known as the 'germ theory' of disease. Alexander Fleming, discovered the mould, penicillin in 1928, which could kill many germs that caused infections. Fleming's discovery saved the lives of millions of people during the course of time. Without this drug many soldiers during World War II would have died from infections of the wounds. The discovery of penicillin led to the discovery of a whole lot of other antibiotics such as streptomycin. It was a great step forward in the history of medicine.

We live in an era of medical breakthroughs with new wonder drugs available to treat conditions that a few decades ago would have proved fatal. On this World Health Day 2011, WHO will launch a worldwide campaign to safeguard these medicines for future generations.


Asia Pharma Expo 2011 Exhibition in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 18 March 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News) Asia Pharma Expo 2011 (APE2011), the 8th international exhibition focusing the South Asian Pharmaceutical Industries was organized during February 24 to 26, 2011 at Bangbandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was concluded as one more successful landmark event in the region becoming highly resourceful to bring together the buyers and suppliers on one platform.

At APE2011, more than 424 Exhibiting Companies from 29 countries across the world (including Bangladesh, India, Japan, China, USA, UK, European Union, Gulf region, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, etc.) exhibited their latest technologies and products / services to nearly 9,100 pharma trade professionals who attended the Show.


National Programme Of India for Health Care of the Elderly

New Delhi, March 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India)  The National Programme for the Health Care for the Elderly (NPHCE) is an articulation of the International and national commitments of the Government as envisaged under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) adopted by the Government of India in 1999 & Section 20 of “The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007” dealing with provisions for medical care of Senior Citizen.

The NPHCE has been approved by the Minister of Finance on 10th June, 2010 at an expenditure of Rs.288.00 crore for the remaining period of the 11th Five Year Plan.  This includes 20% share of State Governments (excluding the expenditure on Regional Medical Institutes) amounting to Rs.48.00 crore.  The Government’s share would be Rs.240.00 crore (2010-12). The programme has been implemented in 30 districts of 21 States during the year 2010-11 and 70 will be added during 2011-12.  The programme is expected to be expanded to the entire country during the 12th Plan.


Acharya Sanjoy Chakravarty's Science of Living

Acharya Sanjay Chakraborty
Acharya Sanjoy Chakravarty

The Sciene Of Living - Artists From Around The World
The Science Of Living Through Shabda And Sangeet - Artists From Around The World

Ankan, Kinjal, Reshmi, Bisak, Soumen
Ankan, Kinjal, Reshmi, Bisak, Soumen - Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acharya Sanjoy Chakravarty, younger brother of Pandit Ajoy Chakravarty organized a programme recently at the Jodhpur Park Institute called ‘Science of Living through Science through Shabda and Sangeet’. It was a basically a programme which proved how scientifically we can get peace of mind through noise (not the pollution kind though!) and music and how it can soothe our feelings. A few people like Pandit Tonmoy Bose, Dr.Ranadip Ranjan Ghosh Roy and Dr. Santanu Banerjee as well as Pandit Maharaj Banerjee spoke on the effects of music on our human mind and also how music affects our minds.


Regional Research Institute of Ayurveda in India - A Centre for Research and Alternative Medicine

Gangtok, Feb 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The study of age old practice of Ayurveda is entrenched in the Indian education sector with numerous institutional and research centres in every State of the country preserving and enhancing the growth of medicinal plants.

Sikkim, a Himalayan State blessed with a rich biodiversity, is also under the Ayurveda studies umbrella with Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare setting up a Regional Research Institute (Ayurveda) here at Tadong, 4 kms away from the capital town of Gangtok. The institution is not only providing health services to the people here but is also engaged in research work and survey of the 500 odd medicinal plants found in Sikkim.


A Beautiful Mind (Cosmic Healing)


She has a beautiful mind and she heals the mind and body of those who seek her help. A software developer by profession with a Master’s degree in Computer Application, Ms. Shivi Dua is now a known name in Cosmic healing. She spared some time out of her busy schedule to talk about her therapies to the readers of WBRi. 


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