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About The Pompe Disease

Context: Recently, India’s first patient diagnosed with the Pompe disease died after spending nearly six years in a semi-comatose state. Relevance: GS II: Health Pompe Disease Genetic Causes Enzymatic Function and Malfunction Consequences of Enzyme Deficiency Patterns of Onset Impact on Population Available Treatments -Source: The Hindu

Initiative for Snakebite Prevention in Odisha

Context: A UK university team is conducting a pilot study in Burujhari village, Odisha, to decrease snakebite deaths by exploring solutions such as an Early Warning System. With India facing the highest number of snakebite fatalities globally, mostly in rural areas, the WHO has classified Snakebite Envenoming as a critical Neglected Tropical Disease since June […]

About A Monkeypox virus

Context: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has witnessed a significant increase in Monkeypox(mpox) cases, with 12,569 suspected cases and 581 deaths reported from January to November 2023. Relevance: GS II-Health Dimensions of the Article: About Monkeypox virus Zoonotic disease Transmission: Symptoms and treatment Treatment: -Source: Indian Express

What is White Lung Syndrome

Context: An outbreak of a respiratory illness in northern China and Ohio in the US — the White Lung Syndrome as people are calling it — has sparked speculation online of a new pandemic threat after COVID-19. Relevance: GS II: Health White Lung Syndrome: -Source: Hindustan Times

World Malaria Report 2023

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report titled ‘World Malaria Report 2023’. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Malaria: Transmission through Mosquito Bites: Variety of Parasites: While there are many types of Plasmodium parasites, only five of them cause malaria in humans: Transmission Process: World Malaria Report 2023: Key Insights Annual […]

Walking Pneumonia

Context: Recently, a mysterious influenza-like illness termed as Walking Pneumonia has gripped school children in China. Relevance: GS II: Health Walking Pneumonia: A Mild Form of Respiratory Infection Prevalence and Transmission: Symptoms: Treatment: -Source: The Hindu

Key Features of Ixchiq Vaccine

Context: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States recently granted approval for Ixchiq, the world’s first vaccine for chikungunya. Developed by the European vaccine manufacturer Valneva, this novel vaccine represents a crucial advancement in addressing the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Key Features of Ixchiq Vaccine […]

About Sickle Cell Anaemia

Context: The United Kingdom’s drug regulator recently approved the world’s first gene therapy treatment for sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Sickle Cell Anaemia Symptoms The symptoms of sickle cell anaemia can vary from person to person, but common symptoms include: Treatment Currently, there is no cure for […]

About National Health Claim Exchange (NHCX)

Context: The National Health Authority (NHA) and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) have joined hands to operationalize the National Health Claim Exchange (NHCX). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: National Health Claim Exchange (NHCX): Development and Purpose: Key Features: National Health Authority (NHA):

Generic and the Missing Ingredient of Quality

Context: In India, numerous patients opt for a second opinion at a pharmacy, seeking advice from the seller rather than a qualified pharmacist. Individuals with basic reading abilities, regardless of educational background, interpret doctor’s prescriptions and provide information on medicines. Relevance: GS2- Health Mains Question: What are impediments in access to affordable yet effective medicines in […]