COVID control: Centre recommends dark chocolate, turmeric, oats and more

Pointing out that India has been using immunity boosting methods for ages and that these have become more relevant in times of COVID, the government suggested that people consumer more protein-rich food, good fats, and dark chocolate to keep anxiety at bay

Why people are getting COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses on increasing the reach of vaccination amid increasing COVID cases, there are concerns of re-infection among vaccinated individuals.

Deadly African swine fever re-emerging in Asia. Will it affect humans?...

The African swine fever, which has killed millions of pigs across Asia, is re-emerging in the continent, threatening a shortage in meat production and meat protein.

France to begin its first experiment with medical marijuana

France has moved forward with its first medical marijuana experiment after identifying the companies that will supply products to 3,000 patients for two years, starting in March. Advocates hope the move will lead to the drug's legalisation for medicinal purposes.

Tamil Nadu bagged highest allocation for COVID-19 battle

The Narendra Modi government has spent over ₹11,300 crore till date to revamp medical infrastructure in the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the biggest share of the amount allocated to states was bagged by the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Oxford University coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out within six months: Report

London: There is growing hope that a vaccine against coronavirus may be given the green light by health regulators by the end of this year to be rolled out for a vaccination programme in six months time or even less, according to a UK media report. The vaccine candidate under trial by University of Oxford scientists in collaboration with pharmaceutical ...

Small shops could lose 75% business due to junk food ban near schools

Many small shopkeepers will lose as much as 75% of their business because of the recent order of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to ban the sale of junk foods near schools, an industry body has said. The FSSAI decision would affect business worth Rs 15 lakh crore in a year and should be immediately withdrawn, The Confede...

2 TN hospitals voted the best in India for workplace safety amid COVID-19

Chennai: Tamil Nadu has the best ‘large’ and ‘very large’ hospitals in the country in worker and workplace safety while treating patients affected by COVID-19.  While the Omandurar Government Medical College and Hospital (OGMCH) in Chennai has been awarded the best ‘large hospital’ (300 to 600 beds) in the country for the safety of workers amid the pande...

Single-dose radiotherapy as effective against breast cancer as radiation

Women operated for removing breast cancer tumour are usually given radiation radiotherapy to kill any lurking cancer cells after surgery. Usually, radiation therapy lasts for three to five times a week, for about 3 to 5 weeks. A novel, single-shot radiotherapy, that too administered immediately after the surgery, a recent study finds, is as effective as conventional radiotherapy for most women.


Edamalakkudy panchayat: The only COVID-free haven in Kerala

In the midst of the mayhe...

Know the strengths and weaknesses of DRDO’s COVID cure

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) may have approved Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) ‘medicine’ for “emergency use” in treating COVID patients, but health experts are apprehensive about using the drug since they argue its utility has not been established yet.

Explained: What triggered sudden escalation of Gaza Strip violence?

Al Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam. The mosque sits inside a 35-acre site known by Muslims as Haram Al Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and by Jews as the Temple Mount. The site is sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims

WATCH: Do COVID patients need steroids? If so, when?

Alarmed by the indiscriminate use of steroids by physicians to treat COVID patients, Dr Randeep Guleria, a member of the national COVID-19 task force and director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has cautioned that it could lead to “faster viral replication and severe viral pneumonia.”




Over 97K new COVID cases in India in another grim record; recoveries surge

An update by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday morning said the number of active cases crossed the million mark and currently stands at 10,09,976. As many as 40,25,079 patients have been discharged.

India’s COVID count crosses 5 million; last 10 lakh took just 11 days

India crossed the five-million mark in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, accounting for about one-fifth of the global count.

Chinese virologist on the run claims Covid virus manufactured in Wuhan lab

A Chinese virologist who has allegedly fled China claims that she has proof that the SARS-Cov-2 virus is in fact man-made in a Wuhan lab. In April, a French Nobel prize winning scientist Luc Montagnier had also sparked a row by making the same claim.

India logs in 92,071 new COVID cases, recovery rate rises to 78%

India on Monday (September 14) recorded 92,071 new COVID-19 infections, with the total tally mounting to 48,46,427 while the death toll reached 79,722 with 1,136 more people succumbing to the infection in 24 hours. According to Home Ministry data, 37.8 lakh people have recuperated so far, taking the national recovery rate to 78 per cent on Monday....

People shouldn’t fear COVID spread in food packaging: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain.

Safety, efficacy main concerns: Nobel laureate on Russia’s Covid vaccine

Kolkata: Echoing the scientific community’s scepticism over Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine rolled out for emergency use, Nobel laureate Peter Charles Doherty says his “big worry” is there could be refusals for other vaccines if doubts over its safety turn out to be true.

Households to store waste masks, gloves for 72 hours before disposal, says CPCB

New Delhi: In its latest guidelines on disposal of COVID-19 waste, pollution watchdog CPCB has directed that masks and gloves used by everyone, whether infected or not, should be cut and kept in paper bags for minimum 72 hours before disposing of them.

COVID-19: Biggest single-day spike in India with 45,720 new infections

With the country breaching its own record everyday, India registered its highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases while the COVID-19 tally surged past the 12-lakh mark and stood at 12,38,635 cases on Thursday (July 23). The death-toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data. ...

IIT Delhi launches low-cost, affordable COVID-19 test kit

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), testing is the key to combat the novel coronavirus. However, with a massive, dense population in a country like India, testing in large numbers is impractical and not entirely affordable.

‘Active Principle’ from turmeric can potentially improve outcome of cancer therapy

New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras researchers have proved that the active principle from turmeric, known as 'curcumin', can enhance death of cancer cells through a protein called 'TRAIL'. They conducted studies using isolated leukaemia cells from cancer patients and found that non-toxic concentrations of curcumin can significantly incr...

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 to keep track of almost 40 lakh pregnant women and 47.5 lakh new-born children during the nationwide lockdown imposed in late March to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s just 24.05 percent of the estimated number of pregnant women and 17.47 percent of newborns on a pro rata basis. In other words, 76 per...

New swine flu virus strain with “pandemic potential” identified in China:...

A new flu virus strain, identified among pigs in China, is becoming prevalent among workers in the swine industry, according to a study which says the pathogen has "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus." The study, published in the journal PNAS, is based on a surveillance of pigs in China from 2011 to 2018, and found that th...

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

The Delhi government will set up a plasma bank to help COVID-19 patients in the city, announced chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference on Monday (June 29). It is likely to be the first such bank in the country. The plasma bank will operate largely like a blood bank and will be set up in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (...

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...

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...