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Indiscriminate use of convalescent plasma therapy in Covid patients not advisable: ICMR
The countrys apex health research body, ICMR, has issued an advisory stating that indiscriminate use of convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) in coronavirus infected patients is not advisable. The Covid-19 caseload in India has mounted to over 89 lakh. In an "Evidence Based Advisory to address Inappropriate Use of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Patients", the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a potential donor for convalescent plasma should have sufficient concentration of antibody working against Covid-19. ....read more
Mental Health During and Post Covid-19
Actions such as social distancing during the current pandemic can make people feel lonely and increase stress and anxiety. Join us today at 7pm on Medtalks with Dr K K Aggarwal for an insightful discussion on some common mental health problems and their causes during and after Covid-19.Just click on www.facebook.com/drkkaggarwal or https://perfecthealthmela.com/vevent2/hall1a.php
CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster - Loss of taste and smell may affect the senses even after patients recover
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev 1145: Loss of taste and smell may affect the senses even after patients recover, states The Washington Post.Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 complain that certain smells seem strange and certain foods taste awful. This is termed parosmia, a disorder that temporarily distorts odors and often makes them unpleasant. This may be more debilitating in some ways than loss of smell. Parosmia suggests that the sense of smell is returning. However, it may continue for an extended period of time and can also make certain foods intolerable. The worst offenders usually include fried foods, eggs, coffee, and chocolate. ....read more
CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: HCFI-CMAAO Eco Friendly Crackers
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev 1150: Round Table - Expert Group on Environment Zoom Meeting on “Green crackers”15th November, 2020, 12 noon-1pm Participants: Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India and CMAAO; Prof Meenakshi Dhote, Dept. of Environmental Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi; Dr SK Tyagi, Ex- Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board; Dr Dipankar Saha, Ex- I/C Air Pollution Laboratory, Central Pollution Control Board; Sh Pradeep Khandelwal, Chief Engineer, East Delhi Municipal Corporation; Dr M Dwarkanath, Ex- Member Secretary, Puducherry Pollution Control Committee and Ex- Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Environment, Govt. of Delhi; Dr Uday Kakroo, Director, Heart Care Foundation of India: Dr Anil Kumar, Ex- Director, Dept. of Environment, Govt. of Delhi and Director, Heart Care Foundation of India; Ms Ira Gupta, Advocate, HCFI; Dr S Sharma, Editor IJCP Group Key points from the discussion: The meeting was chaired by Prof Meenakshi Dhote.There is little public awareness about green crackers, particularly in low income areas. ....read more
All those who feel they are at their wits’ end and wonder how things don’t ever work out for them, can relax and dwell on all those failures that life has taken them through and turn failure into success. 1.Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means you haven’t succeeded yet. 2.Failure doesn’t mean you have accomplished nothing. It means you have learned something. ....read more
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New Delhi: India is in dialogue with the US-based biotech giant Moderna over the progress in the clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, which the firm said has shown 94.5 percent efficacy, official sources said on Monday. Moderna on Monday said the independent National Institutes of Health-appointed Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against COVID-19, found the vaccine to have an efficacy of 94.5 percent.
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the central government is examining all possibilities to extend cold chain facilities in case Pfizers Covid-19 vaccine needs to be procured. Responding to a query on vaccine storage at low temperature, Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog member (Health) said it would be a huge challenge for any country to maintain cold chain facility at a lower temperature of -70 degree or -80 degree celsius and scale-up vaccine procurement.
In the next 20 years, your children would still be in early adulthood but India could be on the edge of a crisis led by obesity. Yes, this is the indication by the San Francisco based Public Library of Science which underlines that the number of obese Indians will triple while one in four of them would be obese by 2040. While this is a worrying trend, the pandemic has worsened it by leading to an increase in a sedentary lifestyle. However, as parents you can work towards ensuring your child’s healthy future by cutting down on their screen time and replacing it with an easy-peasy free-hand exercise session.
Rattled by the shortage of doctors and other health staff in government facilities, brought into focus during the ongoing pandemic, the Punjab Government has been seeking to fill nearly 4,000 posts lying vacant in a bid to improve the situation and make affordable healthcare more widely available. In June-end, the government even decided to speed up the recruitment process by allowing the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to hire the staff via walk-in interviews and doing away with the lengthy process of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) or the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board. However, the response insofar as acquiring specialist doctors is concerned has been far from satisfactory. Against the 142 posts advertised in this category, only 62 candidates have shown interest.