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  • M-Cat finally banned under narcotic Act

    Mephedrone, which goes by the street name M-Cat or meow meow, has finally been brought under the purview of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. 

    Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 5:30am
  • dna exclusive: Ebola went undetected for 3 months; all have been slow in scaling up; says Dr Keiji Fukada

    Of 23,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, in an outbreak that started last year and vehemently continues into 2015, up to 9000 patients have died. But that is not all. The mortality of health workers is the hidden face of the problem. In an exclusive interview with dna, Dr Keiji Fukada,...

    Friday, 20 February 2015 - 6:10am
  • India in top 20 countries that dump maximum plastic in oceans

    For a pack of condoms, beach goggles, chewing gum boxes, water bottles and bright beach toys to land up on one table appears strange, but that's what plastic debris researcher Jenna Jambeck found — a mixed bag of material she has carefully collected from across coastlines.

    Monday, 16 February 2015 - 5:20am
  • dna impact: Tata Memorial likely to offer lodging for squatter cancer patients

    Hundreds of patients that currently stay on the road outside India's cancer treatment hub Tata Memorial Centre in Parel, Mumbai, may gain respite soon from the misery of living on the streets. A headcount of conducted by dna published in a report, 'Ailing and homeless in Mumbai,' on...

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 7:02pm
  • Swine flu toll hits 38 as 4 more die on Sunday

     With four more deaths on Sunday, the toll of swine flu deaths in the state has touched 38. While two persons died in Nagpur, Pune and Aurangabad recorded one death each.

    Monday, 9 February 2015 - 7:06am
  • 33 swine flu deaths in Maharashtra

    The swine flu outbreak is causing panic in the city, with at least one person succumbing to the dreaded H1N1 virus a day. The latest victim of the disease is a 58-year-old man hailing from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, who died late Thursday night of in civic-run Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli....

    Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 6:45am
  • Experts slam BMC allocation for health — 10% of overall budget

    In 2015-16, Rs3,359.78 crore have been allocated for the health department, a marginal increase of 0.8% from last year. However, the increase itself is a hogwash, say experts.

    Thursday, 5 February 2015 - 6:40am
  • BMC's health budget tumbles downhill since 1960s

    Mumbai may have the wealth that any world class city has, but its public health doesn't match up. Filth, malnutrition, communicable diseases, life-style diseases, sanitation, hygiene and environmental health are all close to the bottom of comparable cities globally. Brihanmumbai Municipal...

    Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Ailing and homeless in Mumbai

    When dna carried out a headcount of patients residing on footpath, the number was a staggering 300, including their family members. A can of worms was opened and heart-wrenching stories of abuse and pain emerged.

    Sunday, 8 February 2015 - 10:17pm
  • Good Samaritan devotes life to cancer patients

    Dressed in a white kurta and pyjama, Harakhchand Sawla can be seen taking a walk around the premises of Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Parel everyday from afternoon till late evening, talking intently to those who are generally overlooked by passers-by, the cancer patients that camp outside TMH.

    Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 7:35am