Will government act upon sweet ‘Poison’ in Kashmir?

Kashmir region has become a dumping ground for fake, adulterated and substandard toffees, candies and other confectionery. This investigative report by ZT reveals that most of these products do not abide by the standards and guidelines as prescribed under the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011 Worse, these products are likely to contain additives, preservatives, taste enhances and other chemicals which are known to have serious health implications both for children and adults. Citing children’s health concerns, 98% of the respondents ZT engaged with in…

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Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India not safe: Experts

Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India may not be safe for patients, says a team of international experts, according to whom, the country’s drug regulatory system allows use of a treatment that has not been found effective or safe. For their study, published in the British Medical Journal, the researchers used World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for approving metformin fixed-dose combinations (FDC) to assess the efficacy and safety of those top-selling diabetes drugs in India. “This work is relevant to an active case in the courts in India. We are…

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Patient battles for life after docs remove kidney ‘Fraudulently’

The family members of a patient from Pattan area of north Kashmir, who underwent a surgery at Al Amin Hospital Hyderpora four days before have accused doctors of removing his kidney “fraudulently” during the procedure. Ali Mohammad Dar, a carpet weaver hailing from Hanjivera village was admitted in the hospital on 02 March 02 for the “stone removing procedure”. The 40-year-old patient was operated by two doctors, who started the surgery on his left kidney at 6 pm on the same day. The USG had suggested ‘small right renal cortical…

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Stop use of antibiotics 3 days prior to market supply, DFCO advisory to poultry dealers

Amid reports about overuse of antibiotics in poultry chicken, the Drugs and Food Control Organization (DFCO) on Tuesday issued an advisory on use of antibiotics in poultry birds. “The poultry farm dealers shall stop use of antibiotics in poultry birds 72 hours (3 days) prior supplying to market,” said the advisory. It has strictly asked the farmers that antibiotics should be administered to the chicken only under veterinary supervision. “Strict action under law would be initiated against violators,” it said. The advisory came days after the 2017 study by New…

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Health Dept, SKIMS records differ on Swine flu deaths

A woman died of swine flu last month leaving behind an eight-month-old baby. She was taken to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, on the evening of February 16, for swine flu treatment. Minutes after her admission to SKIMS, she went into coma and succumbed the next day. Doctors said she was suffering from swine flu, but died due to a heart attack. In all, 32 people have died from swine flu infections in Kashmir in the past six months. As per the SKIMS records, 32 people have died…

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Eating antibiotic injected chicken can prove fatal for humans

Doctors in Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their concern over the use chicken that has been administered with antibiotics for quick growth. The recently conducted research has revealed the consumption of such chicken might put the lives of people at risk. According to the recent research an antibiotic growth controller ‘Colistin Sulphate’ has been found inside chickens that doctors believe is extremely dangerous if consumed. A recent study by researchers from the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) revealed that two-third of poultry farmers in Punjab were found…

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Kashmir witnesses 161 Hepatitis, 207 Chickenpox cases in 2017

At least 161 cases of hepatitis and 207 cases of chickenpox have been reported in 2017 from Kashmir valley, fresh figures of health department have revealed. According to figures available with Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, at least 207 cases of chickenpox were reported in Kashmir between January-December 2017 but there is no mention of where from these cases were reported. The figures reveal that 161 cases of hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver) were reported in the previous year. Government figures reveal that the cases have gone down as…

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To prevent Heart Disease eat these 15 Magnesium filled foods

There are over 3751 magnesium binding sites in your body — so many because your body requires magnesium for more than 300 biochemical functions, including cellular health and regeneration. Adequate magnesium in your body can also help you control blood sugar levels, improve nerve function and energy metabolism, regulate blood pressure, produce antioxidants, and control protein synthesis. You probably didn’t know that magnesium was so important to your diet, right? Well, most Americans don’t, and that’s because most Americans have a magnesium deficiency. And when you don’t have enough magnesium…

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Anti-cancer properties in three rice varieties: Research

Scientists have claimed to have detected anti-cancer properties in three traditional varieties of rice found in Chhattisgarh. A research has concluded that three medicinal varieties of rice – Gathwan, Maharaji and Laicha – have the ability to fight cancer, said scientist Deepak Sharma. The research was conducted by the Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai. These varieties were taken from the rice germplasm bank preserved in IGKV, said Sharma, principal scientist at the genetics and plant breeding department of the agriculture university.…

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Another death due of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 31

A 70-year-old woman from Srinagar died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Monday, taking the death toll to 31. Officials at SKIMS told Kashmir Post that the elderly woman had tested positive and was admitted in the hospital a week ago. “She was a case of comorbidities.” “She was being treated for H1N1 influenza in the isolation ward. She was suffering from many ailments and died today,” they said. With her death, the death toll due to H1N1 influenza has risen to 31. “Since…

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