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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
5th May 2016
WMA in Joint Appeal to UN over nuclear weapons
Health Federations Cite Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Joint Appeal for Prohibition and Elimination
The leading international federations representing the world's physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have told a special UN working group that the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons requires urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them as “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.”
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) have submitted a joint working paper—“The health and humanitarian case for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons”—to the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), which holds its main meeting in Geneva this week to decide what new legal measures are needed to achieve nuclear disarmament. The OEWG will report back to the UN General Assembly later this year.
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Hi, I have been told by my doctor that my thyroid is increased wrt to the basic rate. May I know if there is anything I can do to make to normal also if you could help me with the health diet.
Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar, Endocrinologist, replied:
Mr. Lybrate-user, if tsh levels are more than 10 mi u/ml then treatment with thyroxine is required. Since there is no mention about actual levels, it is difficult give more   
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IMA welcomes Supreme Court’s order continuing the implementation of 85% Pictorial Warning on
Tobacco and related products
In a landmark judgment, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India refused to entertain any stay on the implementation of 85% pictorial warnings on tobacco packs and related products. As per the judgment passed yesterday by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (Bench comprising of Hon’ble Mr Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Hon’ble Mr Justice Amitava Roy, it is ordered that cigarette manufacturers to comply with the new rules. The Bidi & Tobacco Manufacturers Association have been contending to get the stay on the grounds that pictorial warning should not be more than 40%.
Indian Medical Association has been fighting for the implementation of the 85% of the pictorial health warnings since long and welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision. According to them, tobacco consumption is one of the primary reasons for the increase in the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as strokes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, asthma and all efforts must be made to educate people about its overall impact on a person’s overall health and well-being.
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