Due process must to declare sanitary pads as essential item: Centre

Mumbai: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has told the Bombay High Court that a decision to declare sanitary napkins as an essential commodity can be taken only after following the due process.

Missing in lockdown: Lakhs of pregnant women and newborns

Indian authorities failed...

India’s first plasma bank to be set up in Delhi to fight COVID: ...

The Delhi government will...

WHO identifies Oxford’s ‘AstraZeneca’ as front-runner for COVID-19 ...

The WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that AstraZeneca has more scope given their plans and vaccine trials

Nausea, diarrhoea, runny nose: US adds three new COVID-19 symptoms

New Delhi: Congestion or runny nose, nausea and diarrhoea are the three new additions in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s existing symptoms list for COVID-19, which has already claimed nearly five lakh deaths worldwide.

People with mild to medium colour blindness can now get driving licence

New Delhi: The government on Friday said those with mild to medium colour blindness can now obtain driving licence. The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has issued a notification in this regard for necessary amendments in required forms of motor vehicle norms. "The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification for amendment ...

Woman finds out she is a man during treatment at Kolkata hospital

Kolkata: For thirty years she led a normal life with no complications, until recently, when doctors, while treating her for abdominal pain, discovered that she was a man suffering from testicular cancer. Surprisingly, her 28-year-old sister, who underwent necessary tests following the revelation, was also diagnosed with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome — ...

Following a lull, organ transplants witness a spurt during COVID-19

When doctors at the Sahyadri Special Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, realised that eight of their patients had passed away in the first phase of lockdown in India to contain COVID-19 while waiting for over two months for a transplant, they decided to restart the transplant program. In the second week of May, the first transplant from a deceased don...


Unchecked, unquestioned, police atrocities continue

According to NCRB data, between 2001 and 2018 as many as 1,727 people have died in police and judicial custody.

Rolling lockdown and more: Strategies for reopening economy post COVID

London: Scientists have recommended three strategies, including a cycle of lockdown and relaxation, for the safe reopening of economies in low and middle-income countries after months of strict social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19″ Tamil Nadu govt suspends public transport till July 31

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that public transportation services in the state would remain suspended until July 31 as part of precautionary measures to control the spread of COVID-19.




Hospitals face shortage of doctors, nurses; govt focused on increasing beds

New Delhi: As the number of beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients is being increased, there are complaints of acute shortage of manpower — doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff to treat coronavirus patients, putting further stress on the city's health infrastructure. Private hospitals say the shortage is due to a lack of experts to treat co...

Tripura govt to distribute nutrition kits to pregnant, lactating women

Agartala: As part of its efforts to fight malnutrition and maternal mortality, the Tripura government has launched a scheme — Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar — under which it would provide nutrition kits, containing ghee, jaggery among other items, to pregnant and lactating women. Announcing the scheme, state Minister for Social Welfare and Social Educa...

Cipla to price COVID-19 drug Cipremi at less than ₹5,000 per vial

Pharma major Cipla will price its generic version of antiviral drug remdesivir at less than ₹5,000 per vial in keeping with its conviction of providing access to the medicines at affordable cost, the company said on Tuesday (June 23).

Stop advertising, give research details: AYUSH ministry orders Patanjali

The Ministry of AYUSH on Tuesday (June 23) ordered Ramdev Baba's Patanjali to stop advertising it's COVID drug until "issue" is examined.

Punjab: 10,000 doctors protest ordinance; clinics, pvt hospitals closed

Chandigarh: Clinics and private hospitals were closed in Punjab on Tuesday (June 23) as around 10,000 doctors launched a protest under the banner of the Punjab chapter of IMA, demanding rollback of the Punjab Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Ordinance, 2020. Terming the ordinance anti-doctor and anti-public, the protesters claimed the go...

Patanjali launches ‘Corona kit’, claims 100% COVID-19 cure in 7 days

Ramdev Baba’s Patanjali on Tuesday (June 23) launched an Ayurvedic medicine kit which the company claimed can cure coronavirus within seven days, which is lesser than the usual 14-day period.

Govt says 1,340 ‘Made in India’ ventilators delivered under PM CARES

New Delhi: Nearly 3,000 of the 50,000 'Made in India' ventilators sanctioned under the PM CARES fund to help COVID-19 patients have been manufactured and over 1,300 have been delivered to various states, an official statement said on Tuesday (June 23). On May 14, the PM CARES Fund Trust had decided to allocate ₹3,100 crore for the fight against the COVID-1...

IMH to come up with guidelines to deal with mental health during crisis

An ongoing study by the state-run mental health facility, Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Tamil Nadu is soon to come up with guidelines to combat mental health needs in the time of a pandemic, disaster, or emergency in the future. Manikkam (name changed), a 46-year-old resident of Vandavasi, Thiruvannamalai district, had to be brought in by an...

Loss of smell and taste can predict COVID-19 early

Just before starting his shift in the third week of May this year, Dr A Ravi, nodal officer, Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, had ordered breakfast from a hotel nearby. Finding it totally bland, he contacted the restaurant to complain and he was informed that they have not received any such complaint regarding the South Indian breakfast from another customer. He promptly decided to get himself tested and the same day he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Can Siddha medicine be used in COVID-care? Docs say more testing needed

Chennai: Amid doctors reeling under pressure to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the National Institute of Siddha (NIS) in Chennai has claimed that it has treated 160 patients infected with the coronavirus in a span shorter than the normal recovery time.

Money or stigma: What keeps you away from mental health treatment?

While the much needed conversation on mental health is now being acknowledged in the country, it is time we also look at how affordable mental health treatment really is.

Novel human antibodies provide protection against COVID-19: Study

Washington: Scientists have discovered antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease, when tested in animals and human cell cultures. Injections of such antibodies could, in principle, be given to patients in the early stage of COVID-19 to reduce the level ...

At most risk, the elderly battle anxiety, abuse amid COVID-19 lockdown

Besides the trail of death across the world, the COVID situation has also spread panic, stress, and restlessness among the people. The more the restrictions are put in place to check the spread of the epidemic, the more people get agitated. While the young and middle-aged are able to cope with the situation, it is the elderly who are getting anx...

Women in India may have higher COVID-19 death risk than men: Study

New Delhi: While studies have shown that men are more prone to dying from COVID-19 than women globally, an analysis of case fatalities in India suggests that females may have a higher relative-risk of COVID-19 mortality in the country. Scientists, including Abhishek Kumar from the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi, used crowdsourced data to provide...

The challenge of conducting clinical research during a pandemic

The global health community is working at unprecedented speed to find ways to treat and prevent Covid-19. One of the largest efforts, a multinational clinical mega-trial called Solidarity, was launched by the World Health Organization to test several regimens: the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine; an experimental antiviral drug, remdesivir; ...

Sudden loss of taste, smell may become a norm for COVID-19 test

New Delhi: The government is mulling over the inclusion of sudden loss of taste and smell as a criteria for COVID-19 testing, sources said on Friday (June 12) as India witnessed a surge in coronavirus infections with the tally heading towards the three lakh mark.

This breathalyser by an Israeli team can sniff out coronavirus in a minute

Kolkata: An Israeli professor and his two masters students, including an Indian, have developed a COVID-19 breathalyser that promises to detect the coronavirus within a minute, joining a long list of scientists trying to make screening of the infection faster and easier.

Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in 10 hrs: Study

London: The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may spread across nearly half the surfaces of a hospital ward from a single spot in an isolated room in just 10 hours, according to a simulation study. The study, published as a letter in the Journal of Hospital Infection, aimed to safely simulate how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 may sprea...

Rules drafted for procuring unapproved drugs for critical COVID-19 patients

New Delhi: Seeking to facilitate the availability of experimental drugs for severely-ill COVID-19 patients, the Union Health Ministry has issued a draft notification for "compassionate use" of any unapproved drug that is in the phase-III clinical trial globally. The draft New Drugs and Clinical Trials (Amendment) Rules stipulate the manufacture and import ...

COVID-19 pandemic may be over in India around mid-Sept: Report

The COVID-19 pandemic may be over in India around mid-September, claim two public health experts from the health ministry who used a mathematical model-based analysis to draw this projection.