Pollution-related deaths: India among the top ten because of industrial, urban growth, poor sanitation

Excerpts from the report “Pollution and Health Metrics: Global, Regional, and Country Analysis December 2019”, prepared by Global Alliance for Health and Pollution: Pollution is an enormous and poorly addressed health problem. In October 2017, The Lancet Commission on pollution and health quantified the human toll of worldwide pollution—9 million premature deaths a year. The … Continue reading Pollution-related deaths: India among the top ten because of industrial, urban growth, poor sanitation

Mercury, a toxic metal, needs to be phased out from dental amalgam fillings

Toxics Link, an Indian environmental not for profit organization, has called upon the authorities to phase out mercury use in dentistry at a roundtable in Ahmedabad, held in December 22. A note by Toxics Link: Mercury, one of the most toxic metals known to mankind, needs to be phased out from dental amalgam fillings, was … Continue reading Mercury, a toxic metal, needs to be phased out from dental amalgam fillings

How to help solve mental health problems among students

By Daniela McVicker* How do you know if students are suffering from mental health problems and how to help them when they do? Fortunately, we’re not living in the 1950s anymore. Now, if somebody has mental health issues they are not automatically stigmatized and avoided. At the same time, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. … Continue reading How to help solve mental health problems among students

Why more than 20 countries, including India, have banned the sale of e-cigarette products

By Lorraine Martin, James Reihill* The White House recently announced plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes – except for tobacco-flavoured products – because of a rise in the number of middle and high school students using these products. A few days later, India’s cabinet approved an emergency order banning the production, import and sale of e-cigarettes. … Continue reading Why more than 20 countries, including India, have banned the sale of e-cigarette products

Indonesia is a great example to illustrate importance of local leadership and action to control tobacco

By Shobha Shukla* The 4th Summit of Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Prevention (APCAT) will open in Bogor, Indonesia, on September 25, 2019, which also happens to be World Lung Day. This two-days regional meet is jointly organized by APCAT, Ministry of Health Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia, Bogor City, … Continue reading Indonesia is a great example to illustrate importance of local leadership and action to control tobacco

Higher poverty, illiteracy among Muslims explains desire for more children, but situation is changing

By Amitabh Kundu* A reduction in the share of children and an increase in the adult population are important for achieving a high rate of economic growth since it will lead to an increase in the percentage of the working population. The “World Population Prospects 2019” has reported that India’s total fertility rate (TFR) has … Continue reading Higher poverty, illiteracy among Muslims explains desire for more children, but situation is changing

Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

Excerpts from the paper “A comparison of the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using the Health Star Rating nutrient profiling system, 2013–2018”, published in Obesity Reviews, World Obesity Federation: We compared the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages between selected countries using the Health Star Rating (HSR) nutrient profiling system. Packaged … Continue reading Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality