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Implement health ministry advisory on banning e-cigarettes, chief customs commissioners told

NEW DELHI The Department of Revenue has written to all chief commissioners of Customs to ensure the implementation of the advisory issued by Union Health Ministry banning the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). ENDS includes e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-shisha, e-nicotine-flavoured hookah and other devices that enable nicotine delivery. The circular by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs urged …

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High level of heavy metals found in urine samples post-Diwali: CPCB

NEW DELHI High level of heavy metals, including lead, was found in the urine samples of many patients due to direct or indirect exposure to firecrackers post-Diwali last year, according to the Central pollution Control Board. Heavy metals can pose serious health threats. Heavy metal toxicity can damage central nervous, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. According to a study …

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Delhi HC stays online sale of drugs, prescribed medicines

NEW DELHI The Delhi High Court has stayed the sale of drugs and prescribed medicines on the internet by online pharmacies. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao passed the interim order on a plea seeking a ban on “illegal” sale of drugs and medicines online. The court had earlier sought responses of …

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India’s first artificial heart valve technology launched

NEW DELHI In line with the Make in India initiative, global medical device maker Meril Life Sciences on Saturday launched its first indigenously designed and manufactured artificial aortic valve for patients who are at a high risk or unwilling to undergo open heart valve replacement surgery. The Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Replacement (TAVR), which will be sold under the brand name …

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Life expectancy in Delhi reduced by 1.5 years due to pollution: Study

NEW DELHI As Delhi reels under high levels of air pollution, a study on Thursday said the city recorded the highest levels of exposure to ultra fine particulate matter, PM 2.5, last year while asserting that outdoor pollution reduced the average life expectancy in the national capital by 1.5 years. The study, published in …

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World’s first baby born from transplanted uterus from dead donor big breakthrough: Doctors

BRASILIA/NEW DELHI The world’s first baby born using a womb transplanted from a dead woman is a breakthrough in the field of obstetrics and a great advantage for women combating infertility, say Indian doctors. According to a case study published in The Lancet on Wednesday, a healthy baby girl was …

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