What is Leprosy?

Context: Every year last Sunday in January is observed as Leprosy Day. This year, it was on 29th January. Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. Relevance: GS II- Health Dimensions of the Article: What is Leprosy? What are the symptoms? How does it spread? -Source: The Hindu

About Trans fat

Context: According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), five billion people globally are exposed to harmful trans fat, which is increasing their heart disease and death risk. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: About Trans fat Initiatives to Reduce Trans Fat Intake: National Level: Global Level: -Source: Down to […]

What is Norovirus?

Context: Recently, The Kerala Health Department confirmed two cases of the gastrointestinal infection norovirus in class 1 students in Ernakulam district. Relevance: GS II- Health Dimensions of the Article: What is norovirus? What are the symptoms? What precautions can one take? Treatment: -Source: Indian Express

What is Immune Imprinting?

Context: Since last September, countries like the UK and the US have rolled out variant-specific or bivalent boosters, in the hope that they would provide better protection against the coronavirus infection in comparison to the original vaccine. However, a slew of recent studies has shown that a phenomenon in our bodies, called immune imprinting, might […]

Measles and Rubella

Context: As the new year dawned, so did a crucial target for India. India had set a target to eliminate measles and rubella (MR) by 2023, having missed the earlier deadline of 2020, due to a variety of reasons, exacerbated by disruptions due to the pandemic. An earlier target that was set for 2015 was […]

Cancer in India

Context: A new report says cancer deaths in the US have declined by a third over the past three decades. This trend is yet to be reflected in India. Even with improvements in treatment, both the incidence of cancer and mortality continue to rise in the country. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: […]

About Lymphatic Filariasis

Focus: GS II: Health Why in News? Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare chairs National Symposium on India’s Roadmap to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) About Lymphatic Filariasis Treatment:

Ebola Virus Disease

Context: Recently, Uganda declared an end to an Ebola virus outbreak that emerged almost four months ago and claimed the lives of 55 people. The move was confirmed in a statement issued by the WHO. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: About Ebola Virus Disease How does it spread? What are the symptoms? […]

What is E-Sanjeevani?

Focus: GS III- Health Why in News? Union Government’s free telemedicine service, e-Sanjeevani, has recently crossed another milestone by touching nine crore teleconsultations mark. What is E-Sanjeevani? Benefits of telemedicine

About Kala Azar

Focus: GS III- Health, Prelims Why in News? Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare chairs a high-level meeting with State Governments to review elimination of Kala-Azar from the country by 2023 About Kala Azar There are three types of leishmaniasis The Visceral leishmaniasis, which is commonly known as Kala-azar in India, is fatal in over […]