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Teaching of public health in Indian medical colleges: Guest blogger Dr. Kiran Kumbhar

Most medical undergraduate students in India rate PSM (Preventive and Social Medicine) as the most tedious subject in the curriculum; the ennui being exacerbated by, with all due respect to the writers of Park’s, the monotonous nature of the subject’s premier textbook. I believe that public health is such a… 

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Antenatal, postnatal nutritional intervention needed to decrease linear growth stunting in young Indian children

Stunting—a low height for age, also called linear growth retardation—is on the decline in India in certain age groups, but more attention still needs to be paid to it as an indicator of undernutrition in children younger than 5 years, according to an article published recently in Indian Pediatrics. Underweight… 

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Study highlights public health, economic impact of food-borne trematodiases

Food-borne trematodiases are an important cluster of neglected tropical diseases, a recent study found. Many knowledge gaps exist about trematodiases, which are caused by liver, lung, and internal parasitic fluke (worm) infections that cause inflammatory lesions and damage the target organs. “Our results call for new efforts to control and… 

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Economic development, healthcare infrastructure influence hyperlipidemia risk in patients with cardiovascular disease

A recent cohort study published in Circulation found that indices of economic development and health-system performance in different countries were found to significantly impact the odds of elevated total cholesterol in patients with hyperlipidemia and a history of cardiovascular disease. Prevalence of coronary heart disease is on the rise in… 

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Childhood obesity leads to adverse cardiovascular and metabolic consequences as adults

Childhood obesity, a growing problem in India, compromises future cardiovascular health, according to a Canadian researcher in population health, who authored a review on the link between childhood obesity and adverse health outcomes in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. According to data published in the late 2000s, the… 

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Study examines trends in global malaria mortality in India between 1980 and 2010; physicians can play an important public health role

In recent years, Dinghra et al estimated annual malaria deaths in India at 205,000, while  the World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimates were 15,000, triggering extreme debate. Reducing  malaria deaths to zero by 2015 is a goal of the UN Secretary-General. Numerous developments can now assist in reassessing more timely malaria… 

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