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27th August 2018
WHO list of essential diagnostic tests in primary healthcare

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever list of essential diagnostic tests earlier this year. The list includes tests recommended by the WHO for use in ‘primary health care’ and ‘health care facilities with clinical laboratories’.

The word ‘essential’ means that these tests should be available at all times in primary health care or higher health care facilities and they should be affordable with assured quality and accuracy.

At the primary healthcare level, the list starts with basic hematological investigations such as hemoglobin, TLC, DLC, and recommends using a hemoglobinometer/dipstick, hematology analyser or hemocytometer. Most hematological tests can be indirectly estimated by slide method more

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Alcohol consumption can increase the risk of prostate cancer
The condition is treatable if managed on time
New Delhi, 26 August 2018: Consuming at least seven drinks of alcohol per week during adolescence can increase the risk of high grade prostate cancer later, as per a new study. Heavy alcohol intake between the age of 15 and 19 increased the odds of this condition by 3.2 times. The prostate grows rapidly during puberty and is potentially more susceptible to carcinogenic exposure during the adolescent years.

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and can also spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body. Although the condition is curable, it can become life threatening if not appropriately managed on time.

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