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29th April, 2017
Waist circumference a better indicator of health than BMI

A new study says that the waist circumference, and not body mass index (BMI), is a better indicator of increased risk of death from cardiovascular causes or any cause. 

In the study, normal weight individuals who had central obesity i.e. higher waist-to-hip ratio were at a 22% higher risk of death from any cause and a 25% higher risk for death from cardiovascular causes compared to these who are obese according to BMI but did not have central fat accumulation. The study jointly conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia and Loughborough University in England has been published April 26, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The body mass index is the most commonly used measure of obesity, which is based on height and weight of a person. It is calculated as weight (in kg) divided by the height squared (in cm). But, it does not measure body fat. The correct method to measure obesity is to measure body fat, especially the fat around the abdomen. A high waist-to-hip ratio indicates high amounts of abdominal fat.
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IMA lauds mandatory bioequivalence studies for drugs
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New Delhi, April 28, 2017: In what can be called a long overdue move, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has made bioequivalence studies compulsory for all drugs before they are launched in the Indian market. The draft amendments were first advertised in early February for public comment. Following this, the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 2017 were formally amended through a notification on April 3 to incorporate the change.
 
Bioequivalence studies are conducted to establish that both the original patented drug and a generic version of it have the same biological equivalence. This means they should work the same way, to the same extent, and for the same purpose. Welcoming this move, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon - Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement, said, "For a long time, doctors have been prescribing generic drugs with no data on how these would perform.
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