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Drink Green tea everyday and with light exercise anyone can lose weight.
No need for Enviga. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--emo&:blink:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' /><!--endemo--> Hot or cold green tea.
I take hot green tea. One Green Tea bag a day. It is working, where Jenny Craig and other long list of sundry programme failed. Even with Jenny Craig programme one had to take 2 pills everyday which contains green tea extract.
Green tea increase metabolism.

Lost 23lbs in 4 month. <!--emo&Smile--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--emo&:thumbsup--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbup.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbup.gif' /><!--endemo--> Asia's largest hospital now under watch
[ 20 Oct, 2006 0256hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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AHMEDABAD: Over 100 pairs of hidden eyes will now guard Civil Hospital, the biggest hospital of Asia. The advanced CCTV monitoring system for enhanced security and services was launched at the hospital premises on Thursday.

"The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, with its 2,000 beds,would be the first government-run hospital in the country to be equipped with such an extensive surveillance system. The cameras have been installed in all wards and key areas of the hospital to ensure advanced security in the hospital, to provide better services to the patients and prevent theft," said health minister Ashok Bhatt.

Plans are also afoot to give a fresh impetus to emergency medical services in the state. "We plan to bolster the emergency medical network by integrating 'ICU-on-wheels' with satellite communication for prompt medical attention to people.

Tele-medicine would also form an integral part of this network," added Bhatt. There are 20 ICU-on-wheels and the state is expecting to get 20 more soon.

A team of personnel has been stationed inside the hospital to monitor the CCTVs 24x7.Apart from prevention of local thefts that were rampant in the hospital especially in the store and other medical sections, the monitoring system will also come in handy in times of disaster.

"A public address system will enable us to give emergency instructions to the staff and doctors during disasters thus helping us make instant arrangements," said hospital superintendent Dr MM Prabhakar.

This public address system is also pegged to be shortly made into a two-way communication system.

"We have plans to impart yoga lessons to the patients. The system will also be used to play bhajans and instrumental songs for music therapy," said Bhatt.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Avoid milk for better health </b>
beasts in my belfry | Maneka Gandhi
No product has been as heavily advertised as milk. Using religion, science, doctors, teachers, bureaucracy, film stars and whosoever can influence the sale, the Government has tried to ensure that everyone buys milk or any of its forms.

The fact that no Indian can digest it and that the health fall-outs are alarming - ranging from acne to kidney failure, diabetes and cancer - has been ignored and well concealed from the public. In some cases, the omission has been inadvertent - no medical students are taught nutrition in medical colleges so they do not know the relationship between food and disease and continue to parrot what they have learnt from their parents who learnt it from their parents.

In some cases the industry and scientists have deliberately suppressed evidence in order to promote milk drinking.<b> India is the largest milk producer and the second largest exporter of milk. In spite of this, the per capita availability of milk is one of the lowest in the world. There simply is not enough milk and with the hundreds of licences given to meat exporters and the thousands of unlicenced meat factories (Delhi has 11,000 illegal butcheries), buffaloes and cows are now been sold in their prime in the thousands to be killed for meat.</b>

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>In Mumbai, many Muslims want to eat the meat of pregnant and milking buffaloes and cows and every second truck that goes into Deonar illegally carries these animals and the meat sold with the teats attached so that it can be shown that the animal was a mother. I have a documentary taken secretly in Deonar showing a buffalo being milked by the butcher before her throat is cut. So, as a result, milk production in India is not increasing - it is declining. But the demand, thanks to advertising, is growing. So a huge industry of fake milk has stepped in to fill the breach.</span>

Milk-sellers have, for years now, produced synthetic milk. It costs Rs three per litre and sells at Rs 10 to 15 per litre. <b>Synthetic milk is prepared by using urea, caustic soda, refined oil, detergent, starch, glucose, sugar and pond water. Cheap refined oil is used as a substitute for milk fat. Caustic soda is added to the blended mixture of chemical and natural milk to neutralise the effect of increased acidity, thereby preventing it from turning sour during transport. Detergents are added to emulsify and dissolve the oil in water, giving the frothy solution the characteristic white colour.</b>

<b>According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, chemical or synthetic milk looks like natural milk but it is harmful to the point of causing cancer. Urea destroys the kidneys. Caustic soda, which contains sodium, acts as a slow poison for those suffering from hypertension and heart ailments. It is especially harmful for foetuses and pregnant women. There are some ways to make out whether your milk has synthetic milk in it.</b>

<b>Natural milk has no pronounced taste but is slightly sweet. Any pronounced taste is abnormal. Synthetic milk is bitter. Milk should have no smell but "mixed" milk smells. Natural milk is not soapy if rubbed between the fingers. Synthetic milk is soapy. Real milk remains white on boiling.</b>

<b>Synthetic milk turns yellow. Real milk doesn't change colour when it is stored. Synthetic milk turns yellowish. Natural milk with urea in it comes to you with a much more yellow colour than natural milk. Real milk is acidic (a PH value of 6.8). Synthetic milk is alkaline. If fresh milk is tested with litmus paper. blue litmus paper turns red and red litmus paper turns blue. This doesn't happen if the milk is mixed.</b>

In a study done by Aligarh Muslim University in 2002 on synthetic milk identification, researchers found t<b>hat most natural milk was adulterated with synthetic milk</b>. According to the study, <b>the Government and industry taking the milk only check fats and solids</b>. <b>Since all the other checks (estimating the sediment, the bacterial count, the freezing point (which changes after artificial milk is added), etc) are expensive and time-consuming, a few samples are taken now and then and sent to the laboratory - while the rest of the milk is allowed to be sold. Even when the milk turns out to be "mixed", no action is taken against the dairy that sold it.</b>

It is sad that no Government organisation, least of all animal husbandry department (whose job is to ensure that you drink milk and eat meat), or the Ministry for Consumer Affairs pays any attention to the huge and open sale of mixed milk.
<!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo--> Doctors Can Google Tough Cases
By Sara Goudarzi
LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 10 November 2006
09:56 am ET
When stumped with an ailment they can't diagnose, doctors can turn to the Internet search engine Google.

Using three to five search terms from 26 diagnostic cases from the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers did a Google search to see what kind of diagnosis they could get.

Google searches found the correct diagnoses in 15 of the cases, the researchers write in this week’s issue of the British Medical Journal.

It’s estimated that doctors carry close to two million facts in their head to aid them in analyzing ills. However, with the ever expanding pool of medical knowledge, the task grows ever more challenging.

“Our study suggests that in difficult diagnostic cases, it is often useful to Google for a diagnosis,” the researchers note. Arguably, everything could be found on the web if only one knew the correct search terms. Therefore, Google searches by a “human expert,” such as a doctor, have a better yield.
<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Check hair loss in BPO job: Survey
[ 12 Nov, 2006 1654hrs ISTPTI ]

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NEW DELHI: Job aspirants beware! Your receding hairline can erode your prospects of landing plum posts in the BPO industry.

A survey of patients visiting a prominent hair-care clinic show that only 27 per cent of balding men were called for interviews in the BPO sector.

"Hair disorder primarily stems from stress. The comparatively higher rate of lifestyle change, less sleep, unhealthy food and odd working schedules of employees in the BPO sector leads to increased stress which in turn leads to hair loss," Mukesh Batra, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Dr Batra's Positive Health Clinic said.

In Bangalore, it was observed that 70 per cent of total patients visiting the clinic had signed on for hair loss treatment, of which 27 per cent were from the BPO sector, he said.

Other non-BPO service industry professionals constituted about 20 to 25 per cent of patients, but the highest number were from the call centre industry, Batra said.

Batra also said it was normal for a person to lose between 50 to 70 strands of hair a day, but if it went above 150 strands a day, immediate treatment was needed to avoid further hair loss.

Allopecia is a condition which causes a person to lose hair in small, round patches. The above observations were made during treating the patients, Batra said.
Antiviral Paint Kills Flu on Contact

By Bill Christensen

posted: 17 November 2006
05:25 pm ET

A remarkable new anti-viral polymer can be applied like paint and could help reduce the spread of germs in public areas and hospitals. The "biocidal paint" was developed by MIT's Alexander Klibanov.
In a graphic demonstration (see photo), a regular commercial glass slide and another one coated with alkylated PEI "paint" were sprayed with aqueous suspensions of Staphylococcus aureus cells, and then incubated. Some 200 bacterial colonies are seen on the unprotected slide—and only 4 on the protected one.

Klibanov writes:

Our recent studies have resulted in a new, "non-release" strategy for rendering common materials (plastics, glass, textiles) permanently microbicidal. This strategy, involving covalent attachment of certain long, moderately hydrophobic polycations to material surfaces, has been proven to be very effective against a variety of pathogenic bacteria and fungi, both airborne and waterborne. This work continues along with a quest for creating material coatings with anti-viral and anti-sporal activities.
Klibanov and his colleagues found that the prickly polymer worked on bacteria; they tested it with the smaller flu virus and found the same effects. They applied droplets of a flu solution to glass slips painted with the polymer. After a few minutes' exposure, they were unable to recover any active virus from the samples, meaning the coating reduced the pathogen's abundance by at least a factor of 10,000.

How does it work? In the case of bacteria, the polymer seems to gouge holes in a microbe's cell wall and then spill out its contents. The polymer molecules stay rigid because they are all positively charged and repel each other; they are like strands of hair standing on end from a static charge. The spikes have sufficiently few charges, however, that they can breach bacterial walls, which repel strongly charged molecules. The polymer probably neutralizes flu
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>AIIMS finally gets trauma centre </b>
Staff Reporter | New Delhi
With the opening of the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Monday the casualties in road accidents in the Capital may decline. For India, where accident death occurs every two minutes, this trauma centre will definitely be a boon. Currently the services have been started on a dry run basis to check the adequate facilities required in future and to meet the additional requirements needed during the emergency.

The authorities are also planning to organise training programmes for police personal so that there is an effective co-ordination during the emergency between the hospital authorities and the police. According to them, the centre would operate fully only in March after analysing the operations. Dr Shakti Gupta, spokesperson of AIIMS said, "We have shifted 55 'not so critical patients' from AIIMS to JPNATC. This has been done on a trial basis to check the deficiencies in the services that may occur in the future and make adequate arrangements according to that." Earlier, the casualty ward handled trauma cases. Now, a separate hospital dedicated to it would definitely enhance treatment, added Gupta.

The trauma centre will have full range of specialists (surgical and non-surgical) and equipment available 24 hours a day, and will be able to admit high volume of severely injured patients. This would include establishment of simulation centres for training personnel in all aspects of trauma care from pre-hospital care to rehabilitation. <b>The centre will have 10 major operation theatres.</b>

The JPNATC is spread over 20,600 square metre, seven-storey hospital with <b>200 beds, including 16 ICU beds and 2 casualty operation theatres. The hospital has currently recruited around 957 fresh staffs including doctors, nurses and other technical staff and 6 months orientation training will be provided to the staffs. At least 40 per cent deaths occur on the roadside due to delay in treatment. The centre will network among the hospitals of MCD, NDMC, Railways, armed forces and Delhi Government.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
No of beds are too high and only 2 OT.

Delhi need atleast 3-4 Trauma center.
<!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo--> Delving into mysteries of the brain
[ 29 Nov, 2006 2057hrs ISTREUTERS ]

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CLEVELAND: A young woman, confined to a wheelchair, is told to think about moving another wheelchair in front of her, first to the left and then forward.

As if by magic, the wheelchair follows her mental commands."She was controlling the chair with her imagination,"said Timothy Surgenor, president and chief executive of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems.

Surgenor was using the video of the woman, who was paralysed by a brain stem stroke, to demonstrate a technology called BrainGate to some 900 researchers, physicians and investors attending a meeting at the Cleveland Clinic earlier this month.

The woman had a tiny sensor that analyses brain signals implanted on the part of her brain that controls hand movement.

A small plug protruding from just above her ear is connected to a computer that in turn has a wireless connection to the electronic wheelchair she was controlling.

"What we are doing now is just the tip of the iceberg,"Ali Rezai, director of the Brain Neuromodulation Centers at the Cleveland Clinic, said in an interview. "This concept is evolving."

For people living with paralysis, the technology has the potential to be life-changing. Stephen Heywood was one of some 30,000 people in the US suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and a participant in the BrainGate trial.

"After being paralysed for so long, it is almost impossible to describe the magical feeling of imagining a motion and having it occur,"Heywood said in an e-mail to his brother after a session controlling a robotic arm. Heywood's fight with the disease was documented in the movie So Much So Fast.

Surgenor said BrainGate should be commercially available before the end of the decade. "A lot of the technology that supports BrainGate is already out there,"he said.

Cyberkinetics provides the operating system. The goal is to make the components small enough and wireless, thus eliminating the need for a plug on the scalp.
<!--emo&Tongue--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' /><!--endemo--> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/He...show/701015.cms
<!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo--> Melman and his colleagues experimented with a gene dubbed hMaxi-K. The gene creates additional molecules in the smooth muscle cells of the penis that can help potassium ions flow out. This basically relaxes muscle cells in the penis, allowing blood flow required for an erection.

"There appears to be a change in expression of this gene with aging or disease," Melman explained. "So we're actually correcting a problem with this."

All About DNA
Since there have been adverse results using viruses as agents to transfer genes into humans, the researchers instead chose to transfer the hMaxi-K gene using "naked DNA," or DNA stripped of any proteins. "Naked DNA is the least efficient vector for gene transfer, but the most safe," Melman said.

The therapy was injected into the penises of men aged 42 to 80. The phase I clinical trial has found it safe in the 11 men it tested. Importantly, the transferred gene was not seen in the men's semen, meaning they should not pass it to the partners.

Melman said this therapy "doesn't preclude the use of drugs like Viagra or Cialis. If the gene therapy by itself doesn't cure the problem, maybe other medications at lower doses can."

The findings will be detailed in the journal Human Gene Therapy.
<!--emo&:clapping--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clap.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='clap.gif' /><!--endemo--> Panel slams Ramadoss's MCI move
[ 20 Dec, 2006 0148hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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NEW DELHI: The controversial attempt by health minister A Ramadoss to become the superboss of the medical education fraternity has attracted a stinging indictment from a parliamentary standing committee on health.

The committee has slammed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill as a ploy to end the autonomy of the central body.

The committee, whose recommendations on the controversial Bill were tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, has called the legislation as "an exercise in haste" for which none of the stake-holders — state governments or MCI or state medical councils or IMA and its state branches, or medical education experts — were consulted.

While government could still choose to ignore the recommendations, the Bill would invite sharp political mobilisation too as committee's chairman and SP MP Amar Singh warned of consequences if government went ahead with "dismantling the time-tested structure". On the argument that the Bill was necessitated by corruption charges against MCI, Singh said:"You can seek accountability with autonomy but you cannot end autonomy." He said except health ministry, no other entity was in favour of the changes.

The committee lamented that Centre and MCI, which should complement each other, are actually at each other's throat. That its report was not to be ignored was hammered home by Singh as he told reporters that the recommendations represented the views across the political spectrum — stressing on the name of defence minister A K Antony.

The report has made a stinging indictment of the Bill's provision that MCI would stand dissolved with its adoption and would be replaced by five members to be nominated by Central government.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Health Ministry curb-note makes Ramdev see red </b>
Rahul Noronha | Bhopal
Guru Ramdev Baba's popularity does not seem to be going down too well with the Union Health Ministry.
During a visit to Bhopal, the Yoga expert and guru who seems to have become a hero of the masses for his cures disclosed that the Union Health Ministry had in a notice asked him to continue propagating Yoga but at the same time had also asked him not to make claims about curing serious ailments through the practice of Yoga and use of ayurvedic medicines.

<b>Visibly incensed by the Union Health Ministry's missive, Ramdev said, "I am not making claims about curing diseases through Yoga. It is in fact the people, who have been cured, are saying that Yoga has helped in curing the disease they were afflicted with." Commenting on the Health Ministry notice, Ramdev said, "It has placed me in a state of dilemma."</b>

Reiterating his claim that Yoga could cure supposedly incurable and complex ailments, Ramdev added that Yoga had the indisputable power to render the mind and body disease-free. "I have proof to support my contention," he added. He also said that patients afflicted with AIDS had shown tremendous improvement after being treated with medicines produced by him. He said that he was in the process of conducting clinical trials and would disclose his findings later.

Earlier too, Ramdev's remarks on some controversial issues had brought him in conflict with the Health Ministry. Ramdev had earlier spoken against the use of contraceptives, especially condoms and had advocated a system of restrain to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. " The anti-AIDS programme of the Government does not speak against free sex. Instead, it focuses on using condoms," he said.

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Ramdev said that the Government should introduce Yoga shiksha rather than yaun shiksha as is being done in schools throughout the country. "This would help impose a moral restraint on sexual behaviour of youth," </span>he added.

Ramadoss plan scuttled

In a major set back to Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, Health Standing Committee has refused to endorse the Bill giving the minister more authority over Medical Council of India (MCI). It has struck down provision in the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2005, that gives the Centre power to remove president, vice-president or any member of the MCI on grounds of misconduct or incapacity on the recommendation of the council. 
Ramadoss failed everyone, A mad greedy man failed to do anything in Health sector. What a shame!
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Ram takes on Doss, prescribes good health to Ministry </b>
Shuja-ul-Haq | New Delhi
Baba Ramdev slammed Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Friday and urged him to consider his Ministry a holistic entity and not run it on an "Allopathic mode".

"It is an issue of health and should be managed with a healthy mind," the Baba said, reacting to Ramadoss' comments that he should refrain from making claims that Yoga can cure cancer and AIDS. 

<b>Ramdev asked the Health Ministry not to function as an "Allopathic Ministry" and accept all forms of medicine, including Ayurveda. Ramdev claims that if crores spent on formulating one Allopathic medicine is allotted to Ayurveda, he and his team can do wonders.</b>

The Union Health Ministry also has the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

The Department of Indian Systems of Medicines and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare was established in March, 1995, later to be renamed the Department of AYUSH in November, 2003.

Countering the Health Ministry notice, Ramdev said whatever he practices was not "magic but pure science" and urged the Government to come forward with resources for him to take Ayurveda to new heights.

<b>The Baba has gone on record claiming that it science proves Yoga helps in reducing diabetes, arthritis and stress-related problems, and that deadly disease like AIDS can also be cured with Yoga. Ramadoss has rubbished Ramdev's claims saying that things which are not scientifically and clinically validated, should not be propagated.</b>

Reacting to the notice, Ramdev said the Ministry's directive has put him in a dilemma and that he is of the strong belief that Yoga is indeed the cure for all ailments. The Baba insists Yoga has the indisputable power to render the mind and body disease-free and that the proof to support his contention, he says, is the patients he has cured.

<b>Ramdev has said that nothing would stop him from researching on Ayurvedic medicine and that he proposes to set up a Patanjali Yoga Peeth and University in Madhya Pradesh. "I don't know why controversies revolve around me but hope something good belies it all,"</b> he said.

Ramdev is in the capital to give Yoga tips to Border Security Force jawans to combat stress, a move after recent increase in incidents of suicide in the armed forces.
<!--emo&Smile--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> NRI doc to challenge int'l drug companies

Indo-Asian News Service

London, January 2, 2006

A British doctor of Indian origin and his colleague are set to drastically lower the cost of medicines and pose a challenge to the monopoly of multinational drug companies.

Sunil Shaunak, professor of infectious diseases at Imperial College, London, and Steve Brocchini from the London School of Pharmacy are leading clinical trials in India for a drug for hepatitis C.

The two academics have devised a way to invent new medicines and get them to market at a fraction of the cost charged by big drug companies. Their model is likely to enable millions in poor countries to be cured of infectious diseases and reduce the drugs bill of Britain's National Health Service.

The Guardian reported Tuesday that Shaunak called their revolutionary new model "ethical pharmaceuticals". Improvements devised to the molecular structure of an existing, expensive drug turned it technically into a new medicine, which was no longer under a 20-year patent to a multinational drug company and could be made and sold cheaply.

"The process has the potential to undermine the monopoly of the big drug companies and bring cheaper drugs not only to poor countries but back to the UK," the newspaper reported.

It added that Shaunak and Brocchini had linked up with an unnamed Indian biotech company, which will manufacture the first drug - for hepatitis C - if clinical trials in India are successful. The report added that the trials are sponsored by the Indian government.

Hepatitis C reportedly affects 170 million people worldwide and at least 200,000 in Britain.

Multinational drug companies put the cost of the research and development of a new drug at $800 million. According to Shaunak and Brocchini, the cost of developing their drug will be only a few million pounds.

The report added that Imperial College would hold the patent on the hepatitis C drug to prevent anybody attempting to block its development. The college employs top patent lawyers who also work for some of the big pharmaceutical companies.

"Once the drugs have passed through clinical trials and have been licensed in India, the same data could be used to obtain a European licence so that they could be sold to the NHS as well," the report said.

Shaunak told the newspaper that it was time that the monopoly on drug invention and production by multinational corporations - which charge high prices because they need to make big profits for their shareholders - was broken.

"The pharmaceutical industry has convinced us that we have to spend billions of pounds to invent each drug. We have spent a few millions. Yes, it will be a threat to the monopoly that there is.

"I'm not only an inventor of medicines - I'm an end user. We have become so completely dependent on the big pharmaceutical industry to provide all the medicines we use. Why should we be completely dependent on them when we do all the creative stuff in the universities?

"Maybe the time has come to say why can't somebody else do it? What we have been struck by is that once we have started to do it, it is not so difficult."

The team's work on the hepatitis C drug is supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust and help and advice from the Department for Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The report added that the "ethical pharmaceutical" model was unlikely to find much favour with the multinational pharmaceutical companies, which already employed large teams of lawyers to defend the patents which they describe as the lifeblood of the industry.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Delhi turns into suicide Capital
Faizan Haidar | New Delhi
Going by the crime record of 2005 one could easily describe Delhi as the rape Capital. But the crime record of 2006 reflects that the rape Capital has now turned into 'suicide Capital'.

<b>The national Capital witnessed as many as 1,492 suicides in 2006 as against 1,245 in 2005, a rise of almost 250. </b>According to the annual report of Delhi Police, in 2006 one suicide incident is reported every six-hour on an average. Delhi Police is accepting the truth but they still have to make an effort to combat the rise in the suicide incidents.

"It's a disturbing trend and in most of the cases, the victim is either depressed or has a dispute with family," said Delhi Commissioner of Police Dr KK Paul. "Rising number of suicide cases is a social problem and the depressed people need to be identified," added Paul.

While other reasons driving people to commit suicide are failed love affairs, illegitimate pregnancy, unemployment, poverty and career problems. The number of suicide incidents is more than any other crime like murder, dacoity and rape and this is because of psychology of the society.

<b>Out of the 1,492 suicides, 960 were committed by men and 462 by women and the children committing suicide are driven to take the ultimate decision under examination pressure and some of them are also victims of drug abuse.</b>

The other alarming fact is increase in the number of those who are suffering with incurable diseases committing suicide. Despite all the campaigns of the Government, people affected from sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS have not gained acceptance in the society.

<b>In 2005, at least two women suffering from AIDS had committed suicide. However, in 2006, more than 150 people who were suffering from incurable diseases had committed suicide.</b>

<b>In 2006, Janak Puri's District Centre got the name of "suicide spot" in the Capital </b>as seven people committed suicide one by one jumping from the high-rise buildings.

The traditional way of committing suicide is by hanging from the ceiling and in 2006 about 850 people ended their lives in this manner.

More than 200 people committed suicide by consuming poison. There were also a few incidents reported where the entire family had committed suicide.
<b>Cancer deaths finally on decline in U.S.</b> <!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Decreases in smoking may be a major factor, Ward said.

"I think tobacco control has had a real impact. There is also the influence of early detection and screening and thirdly the influence of improvements in treatment," Ward said.

<b>The biggest fall in deaths was seen in colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths, which will affect 112,000 people in 2007 and kill 52,000</b>.

"Colorectal cancer really stands out," Ward said.

"There was a drop in both men and women, both a drop in mortality rates and in cancer incidence." The death rate from colon cancer fell by 5.7 percent in 2003-2004 from the previous year.
The four leading causes of cancer in the United States are:

-- Lung cancer, which will be detected in 213,000 people in 2007 and kill 160,000

-- Prostate cancer, which will be diagnosed in 218,000 men and kill 27,000

-- Breast cancer, which will be found in 180,510 men and women and kill 40,900

-- Colon cancer, which will be diagnosed in 112,000 people and kill 52,000.

The statistics do not include skin cancers known as squamous and basal cell carcinoma, which affect a million people a year

Great news,
<b>Half of India's kids are malnourished </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->With about 46 percent of children underweight — a negligible improvement over the last survey, conducted in 1998-99 — India is in the same league as nations like Burkina Faso and Cambodia. In China, Asia's other rising economic power and the country India so often compares itself with, only 8 percent of children are underweight.

The improved infant mortality rate — down to 57 per 100,000 births from 68 in 1998-99 — remains dramatically higher than that seen in Western nations, such the Netherlands, where it is 4.

In every category where a comparison between the health of people in the countryside and cities was offered, those in rural areas lagged far behind. The rural infant mortality rate, for example, was 62 per 100,000, compared to 42 the in urban areas.
According to Friday's data, nearly 51 percent of women made at least three visits to the doctor when they were pregnant, up from 44 percent in 1998-99. Some 41 percent has children in a hospital or clinic, up from about 34 percent in the last survey.

Some 57 percent of Indian women who are or have been married have heard about        HIV — a big jump from the 40 percent reported in 1998-99 but still likely to be criticized as far too low for a country's with 5.7 million people infected with the disease, the most in the world.

The data also indicated that a much higher percentage of men in the same group — 80 percent — had heard about the disease. No comparison with the data from previous surveys was offered for men.

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