Covid: Indian variant being investigated in UK
Some cases of the Indian variant have been found that are not linked to travel, a scientist says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Incredible Shrinking And Growing Brains Of Indian Jumping Ants
A new study of Indian jumping ants shows they have the ability to shrink and expand their brains — a first for any insect.(Image credit: Clint Penick) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Doubek Source Type: news

How the Tiny Kingdom of Bhutan Out-Vaccinated Most of the World
The Himalayan nation has given more than 60 percent of its people a shot. Some villages were reached by helicopter, and health workers hiked through ice and snow. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chencho Dema and Mike Ives Tags: Bhutan Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) South Asia India Serum Institute of India Source Type: news

Covid update: Variant is ‘causing people to be concerned’ – details on Indian strain
THE COVID variant under investigation first emerged in India, and now Public Health England confirmed 73 cases of the B.1.617 coronavirus in England and four cases in Scotland. What's there to know about this mutation? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Susceptibility to Covid high immediately after vaccination
Several cases of infections have been reported after taking Covid vaccinations across the country. The observation may explain some of that, according to Lancet India Task Force. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Recommendation of 3rd booster dose based more on conjecture than data, say experts
India is battling a massive surge in COVID-19 cases and health ministry data updated on Sunday showed that a record single-day rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus infections has taken the country's total tally to 1,47,88,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India under siege from COVID-19, hospitals overwhelmed
India reported 261,500 new cases, taking the total caseload to nearly 14.8 million, second only to the United States which has reported more than 31 million infections. India's deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,501 to reach a total of 177,150, the data showed. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Understanding American Indian youth in residential recovery from substance use disorder: risk and protective experiences and perceived recovery support - LaPlante DA, Whelshula M, Gray HM, Nelson SE.
Historical trauma has contributed to the reality that addiction disproportionately affects tribal communities, including American Indian youth. We sought to understand American Indian youths' own experiences and perceptions of the environments to which the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mind the gap: gender differences in walkability, transportation and physical activity in urban india - Adlakha D, Parra DC.
Introduction Insufficient physical activity (PA) is a key contributor for premature mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite the well-documented health benefits of PA, few women achieve the recommended levels of PA. The global averag... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Bicycle Comfort Level Rating (BCLR) model for urban street segments in mid-sized cities of India - Beura SK, Chellapilla H, Panda M, Bhuyan PK.
This study thus aims ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

The relationship of self-compassion and suicide risk factors in American Indian/Alaska Native people - Dolezal S, Winterowd C, Farra A.
In this study, positive aspects of self-compassion (i.e., self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness of one's thoughts and feelings) were explored in relation with suicide risk factors (i.e., perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness) in a c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and reaction time in commercial vehicle drivers- an exploratory study - Kamalesh R, Krishnakumar M, Mathangi DC.
Context Road traffic accidents [RTA] are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in India. Obstructive sleep apnea [OSA] has been identified world over as one of the risk factors in vehicle collisions. The estimated death due to RTA attributable to OSA i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist
Indian coronavirus variant has potential to ‘scupper’ lockdown easing, says professor of immunologyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia should be placed on the UK ’s “red list” for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist.Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, said it was “mystifying” and “confounding” that those flying in from the country were not required to stay in a hotel.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nadeem Badshah Tags: Coronavirus Science Travel India Immunology Infectious diseases UK news Source Type: news

India Record 234k Fresh Covid Cases 1,341 Deaths In 24 Hours
India's Covid caseload rose to 1.45 crore with 2,34,692 fresh infections - the sharpest-ever daily spike - as the country recorded over... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID vaccines don't stop one from getting infected, but help in reducing severity: Health economist
Anup Malani, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School and the university's Pritzker School of Medicine, has been leading a series of COVID-19 serosurveys in cities and states across India with economic development-focused think-tank IDFC. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Indian pharma exports grow at 18 percent to 24.44 bn in FY 21
"We have observed a big leap in our exports in the month of March 2021 which is USD 2.3 billion (figures for March are provisional) and is highest among the exports of all the months of this financial year, the growth rate for this month is 48.5 per cent against the exports in March 2020 (USD 1.54 billion)," Udaya Bhaskar, Director General of Pharmexcil said in a release. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Indian pharma exports grow at 18 percent to $24.44 bn in FY 21
"We have observed a big leap in our exports in the month of March 2021 which is USD 2.3 billion (figures for March are provisional) and is highest among the exports of all the months of this financial year, the growth rate for this month is 48.5 per cent against the exports in March 2020 (USD 1.54 billion)," Udaya Bhaskar, Director General of Pharmexcil said in a release. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

India's Kumbh festival attracts big crowds amid devastating second Covid wave
'I left everything to God', says one devotee who attended the festival amid a devastating second wave. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

American Indians Receive $4 Billion to Combat COVID-19 American Indians Receive $4 Billion to Combat COVID-19
The CDC reported that Native Americans and Alaska's indigenous people were 3.5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than the non-Hispanic white population, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, said.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Virus Variants Inciting India's Second Surge, Epidemiologists Say Virus Variants Inciting India's Second Surge, Epidemiologists Say
The second surge of COVID in India has swamped hospitals much faster than the first because mutations in the virus mean each patient is infecting many more people than before, epidemiologists say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 16, 2021 Category: Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID Surge as Beds Fall Short Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID Surge as Beds Fall Short
Many Indian hospitals were scrambling for beds and oxygen as COVID-19 infections surged to a new daily record on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 16, 2021 Category: Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

UK finds more cases of variant linked to severe second wave in India
Discovery of 77 infections with new strain prompts calls to add India to Britain’s travel ‘red list’ (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Covid UK: India still not on travel ban list despite 77 new variant cases being found
A No 10 spokesperson said that the red list for banning travellers entering the UK is 'under constant review' and that countries are only added to it if it is deemed necessary. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India Covid variant: Two reasons why new variant found in UK raises major concerns
THE NEW Indian variant of coronavirus that's landed in the UK could threaten the gains the country has made. The variant contains "double mutations" that make the pathogen particularly lethal, warned the Indian health ministry. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Day workers leaving India's cities as virus dries up jobs
Migrant workers are piling into rail stations in India’s financial capital Mumbai to go to their home villages as virus-control measures dry up work in the hard-hit region (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ginger benefits: Ginger root may 'reduce cholesterol' – and other health benefits
GINGER root is one of the oldest medicinal foods around - and there's good reason why this spice has gained timeless popularity. An Indian proverb stated: "Everything good is found in ginger." Which health benefits can it provide? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK, PHE (Updated 15th April 2021)
A new variant has been designated a Variant Under Investigation () by . The variant, first detected in India, includes a number of mutations including E484Q, L452R, and P681R. has identified 77 cases of this variant in the UK and all appropriate public health interventions will be undertaken, including enhanced contact tracing. This variant has been designated -21APR-01. and international partners continue to monitor the situation closely. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Biden Administration Warned That it is Courting Disaster on Global Covid-19 Vaccines
[AHF] AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The Indian and South African governments, along with 175 former heads of state and governments, WTO member states, and Nobel laureates are calling on Biden to support the waiver that would relax patent rules in order to boost vaccine supplies for the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

India finds itself short of COVID-19 vaccines after gifting and selling doses abroad
Facing soaring cases and overflowing hospitals after lockdown restrictions were eased, it also abruptly changed the rules to allow it to fast-track vaccine imports, having earlier rebuffed foreign drugmakers like Pfizer. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccinations near 12 crore-mark in India: Health ministry
A total of 66,689 COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) were operational, marking a rise of an average of 21,689 operational centres (45,000 CVCs on average are functional on any given day). Workplace vaccinations have also enabled such a high turnout of beneficiaries, Union Health Ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India may witness 2,320 deaths per day due to Covid by first week of June: Lancet Report
The experts have strongly recommended a temporary ban on gatherings of groups larger than 10 for the next two months. Significantly, it did not recommend a blanket national or state lockdown, as opposed to localised, phased restrictions or closures. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt aims for 6-7 crore Covaxin doses/month by July-August
The state-run Public Sector Undertaking (PSUs) will manufacture the drug on the basis of transfer of technology. “The government of India will be supporting to prepare their facility to provide 10-15 million doses per month by August-September,” the government said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla urges US to lift raw material export ban to ramp up vaccine production
SII is currently manufacturing anti-coronavirus vaccine Covishield, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The vaccine is not only being used in India, but exported to a number of countries. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Drug lobby asks Biden to punish countries pushing for lowering costs of coronavirus vaccines
(Natural News) The drug industry has asked President Joe Biden’s administration to punish Colombia, India, South Africa and other countries that want to produce coronavirus vaccines without permission from the manufacturers, according to a recent report from GreatGameIndia. The drug industry has filed several documents with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the federal... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exploring changes in gang involvement and associated risk factors for American Indian adolescents in reservation communities - Fox LP, Moore TM.
Reservation communities are among emerging communities for gang activity, in which reports of a rise in youth and/or criminal gangs began occurring after the 1980s. Gang membership has been found to pose a public health risk, strain community resources, an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Public Health England reports 77 cases of new Indian Covid variant in UK
Public Health England has added yet another variant, this one named B.1.617, to its list of those under investigation, because of 'sustained international transmission' after finding 77 cases in the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emergency Department Visits for COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity - 13 States, October-December 2020
Data from 13 states indicate that compared with White persons, Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native persons experienced 1.7 times the rate, and Black persons experienced 1.4 times the rate of emergency department care visits for COVID-19 during October-December 2020. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 15, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: African American health American Indian - Alaska Native Health Emergency Department Visits Hispanic health MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source Type: news

India's biggest cities shut down as new virus cases hit 200K
India’s two largest cities have imposed stringent restrictions on movement and one planned to use hotels and banquet halls to treat coronavirus patients (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa CDC urges India to lift COVID vaccine export limits
The Africa CDC director says he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

IHS Awards $16 Million in Grants to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service announced their award of $16 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to combat the opioid epidemic as part of the 2021 Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project. Thirty-five grants were awarded to support innovative approaches and culturally relevant services addressing opioid use disorder in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Sputnik V Vaccine: How effective could India ’s third Covid-19 vaccine be?
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Sputnik V gets nod, how does it compare with Covishield and Covaxin to fight COVID-19
Regulatory testing, nods for use in India were greenlighted in November 2020. Hyderabad based Dr Reddy's, the official licensing partner of the vaccine in India will start importing doses of the vaccine from May. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

India to receive Sputnik V vaccine doses this month: TASS cites Indian Ambassador
Russia has signed several major vaccine production deals with Indian manufacturers, and India is expected to become a hub for production of the shot. This is expected to begin in May, Ambassador Bala Venkatesh Varma was cited by TASS as saying. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

India Covid-19 second wave: ‘A coronavirus tsunami we had never seen before’
India's cases plummeted earlier this year, but are now on the rise again. What happened? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's worst-hit state imposes strict virus restrictions
India’s worst-hit and richest state Maharashtra is imposing stricter restrictions for 15 days in an effort to stem the surge of coronavirus infections that is threatening to overcome hospitals (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Indian jumping ants have ability to shrink brain and re-grow it — study
Colony does not perish when queen dies as ‘chosen’ workers shrink brains and expand their ovariesFew species in the animal kingdom can change the size of their brain. Fewer still can change it back to its original size. Now researchers have found the first insect species with that ability: Indian jumping ants.They are like catnip to researchers in the field. In contrast to their cousins, Indian jumping ants colonies do not perish once their queen dies. Instead, “chosen” workers take her place – with expanded ovaries and shrunken brains – to produce offspring. But, if a worker’s &ld...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Tags: Insects Animals Environment Wildlife World news Evolution Biology Science Source Type: news

Climate change is making Indian monsoon seasons more chaotic
(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic. This is the central finding of an analysis by a team of German researchers that compared more than 30 state-of-the-art climate models from all around the world. The study predicts more extremely wet years in the future - with potentially grave consequences for more than one billion people's well-being, economy, food systems and agriculture. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 14, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

India seeks vaccine boost with Russian jab deal as Covid cases soar
Experts warn Sputnik V production will not alleviate shortages as most doses destined for export (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dr Reddy's working on stability data on 2 to 8 C temperature range for Sputnik V vaccine
Dr Reddys Laboratories on Tuesday said it has received approval from Indian drug regulator for restricted emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik in the country. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Egypt seizes the Ever Given, saying its owners owe nearly $1 billion for Suez Canal traffic jam
Twenty-five crew members, all Indian nationals, remain stuck on board. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news