Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) supplements continue to flock the market, FSSAI lacks regulation

Para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA is a precursor of folic acid and exists in dairy products such as eggs, milk, and meat. It is usually used in dietary supplements to improve skin health. In an order dated June 29, 2018, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned the use of PABA in the products […]

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Family Planning: A burden on Indian Women

Women in India alone carry the responsibility of contraception in India, even if it sometimes comes with a health warning. Alka, 35, decided to get sterilized along with the c-section when she had her second child. The process is called ‘postpartum sterilisation’ and is generally considered to be safe. However for Alka, the decision was […]

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Biomedical waste: An unseen threat

Unregulated biomedical waste contributes to rising environmental hazards, say experts. Citizens demand biomedical waste management plants be relocated outside municipal borders. Gayatri finds herself in a state of confusion as she notices that the regulation of biomedical waste treatment is being violated at hospitals. “If we want to find out the real truth about biomedical […]

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Conversion Therapy: illegal and failed attempt to change sexual orientation

Conversion therapy is persisting in India through quacks, religious gurus and healthcare practitioners with conservative training backgrounds. Balaji, a motivational speaker did not doubt their sexuality from the get-go. They knew they were gay and had no qualms about it. But the society had a different point of view, at every point in their life […]

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Life Outside the Woods has Turned Oppressive for Iruligas

In the wake of a prolonged protest, only 43 Iruliga families received new homes after they were relocated from Ambigahalli forest. Still, basic facilities remain elusive. With orange-tinted saree and a sky-blue weaved blouse under a pouring bright sun, Boramma sits chewing betel leaves, fingers tracing their paths across the leaves. Two months have passed […]

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Karnataka yet to realise the potential of ABArK

Lack of awareness around the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka (ABArK) scheme blocks eligible claims. In the waiting room of Vydehi Hospital, Basavaraj, a farmer from Raichur is waiting for the receptionist to call him for a follow up checkup. The ABArk scheme has put a smile on his face as it helped him cover for […]

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Acceptance of male sterilization remains low in Karnataka

Female sterilization is the most accepted contraceptive among couples. One out of 10 men uses condoms according to the National Family Health Survey-5. Rama Belgavi, (38) of Harohalli in Bengaluru’s rural area, was dressed in a faded blue saree with her head covered by her pallu and spoke hesitantly, “After my second child during the […]

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