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Lung infections accounted for 69% morbidity in 2018: National Health Profile report

Lung infections accounted for 69% morbidity in 2018: National Health Profile report

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Updates from :  the Hindu.   Acute Respiratory Infections affect children the hardest, say experts Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) accounted for 69.47% of morbidity last year which was the highest in the communicable disease category leading to 27.21% mortality. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal reported a large number of patients and fatalities due to ARI as per the National Health Profile-2019, which was recently released by the Union Health Ministry. According to World Health Organisation, acute respiratory infection is a serious ailment that prevents normal breathing function and kills an estimated 2.6 million children annually every year worldwide. Indians face the double burden of heavy air pollution in addition to the
India’s life expectancy rises to 68.7 years, says National Health Profile 2019

India’s life expectancy rises to 68.7 years, says National Health Profile 2019

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Updates from :  the Hindu. National Health Profile report notes that diabetes and hypertension rate are high among Indians while dengue and chikungunya are a cause of great concern to public health Life expectancy in India has increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16, as per the National Health Profile 2019 released on Wednesday. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70.2 years and 67.4 years for males. For comparison, in last year’s survey, the life expectancy had increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.3 years in 2011-15. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70 years and 66.9 years for males. On the non-communicable diseases (NCD), the survey notes that out of 6.51 crore patients who attended NCD clinics, 4.75%
Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip

Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip

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Updates from :  the Hindu. Total fertility rate in 12 States has fallen below two children per woman India has registered an improved sex ratio and a decline in birth and death rates with non-communicable diseases dominating over communicable in the total disease burden of the country, according to the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence’s (CBHI) National Health Profile (NHP) 2019. The NHP covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, human resources in the health sector and health infrastructure. It is also an important source of information on various communicable and non-communicable diseases that are not covered under any other major programmes. “This information is essential for health system policy development, governance, health res
‘How do we manage our 70-year-old mother’s weight?

‘How do we manage our 70-year-old mother’s weight?

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Updates from :  the hindu Nutritionist Lovneet Batra answers some of our readers’ questions on diet and fitness My mother is 70 years old and house-bound. She is not able to exercise because of arthritis. How do we manage her over-weight? Targeting healthy weight reduces pressure on joints, which eases the pain and inflammation. The balanced ratio between different food groups is key to accelerating fat loss without losing lean body mass. Half of her plate should be soft cooked vegetables, one-fourth a healthy protein and the rest should be carbs from whole grains such as rice, dalia, poha, upma or roti. Make sure her breakfast is within an hour of waking up, lunch within six hours and dinner at least three hours prior to bedtime. People with arthritis tend to ignore protei
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