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India must have palliative care for millions fighting cancer, diabetes, et al. Kerala offers hope.

Palliative care helps individuals afflicted with non-communicable diseases to live meaningful and active lives as long as possible. In resource-constrained economies like India, it’s still beyond the reach for most, but Kerala’s “home care” model offers hope to millions. The state has institutionalised palliative and terminal care for efficient and affordable healthcare delivery.

Healthcare

Preventive healthcare: a shield against cancer and other non-communicable diseases

Screenings such as mammography, detection of lung cancer through CT scans, or acetic acid visualisation of the cervix, along with age-appropriate physical activity, are proven methods of cancer prevention. However, people usually don’t prioritise healthcare. The only way to increase awareness is by educating them through audio-visual messages and the social media.

Pharma

Recalled by GSK, acidity drug accused of causing cancer still sells in India. Blame varying test results.

A study in the US has found 3,000 times higher carcinogen content in anti-acidity drug ranitidine. But it’s business as usual in India. While GSK and Dr. Reddy’s have recalled the drug globally, Cadila Pharma and JB Chemicals say they will continue to sell it as their internal tests have shown that the presence of N-DMA in their products is within permissible limits.

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