New AI tool can help treat COVID-19 patients globally: Study
The technique, known as federated learning, used an algorithm to analyse chest X-rays and electronic health data from hospital patients with COVID-19 symptoms. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AXA launches toll free telemedicine helpline
The telemedicine helpline will be for medical ailments and information on the availability of critically needed healthcare supplies in response to the COVID-19 crisis in India. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ready to partner with interested countries for tech transfer, manufacture of vaccines, says India
Under the Quad framework, India is also partnering with Australia, Japan and the United States to expand the vaccine manufacturing capacity in India, to assist countries in the Indo-Pacific region, again several of whom are small island states and members of the Commonwealth, he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DRDO herbal drug Lukoskin finding huge takers, says AIMIL Healthcare
Till now, more than one lakh patients suffering from the skin condition, also known as leucoderma, have been treated with Lukoskin, with an average success rate of 70 per cent, said Nitika Kohli from AIMIL Healthcare. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As festivals near, govt calls for vaccination, Covid-appropriate behaviour, responsible festivities
"If there is sudden increase in population density then the virus finds it very useful to spread, so the call of the hour is vaccine acceptance, maintenance of Covid-appropriate behaviour, responsible travel and responsible festivities," said ICMR DG Balram Bhargava referring to the coming festivals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women: ICMR Study
Experts have recommended that pregnant women may be counselled for vaccination to reduce the adverse impact of Covid-19 on maternal health with Covid. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 booster dose not central theme at the moment: Government
Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that all adult people in Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Chandigarh, and Lakshadweep have received at least one dose of the vaccine. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PE-backed Indira IVF to set up six clinics in Karnataka
“In the past year of the pandemic, more and more people have come forward to take up IVF. Their perception of the virus has evolved, and the demand has significantly gone up. Despite the slowdown posed by Covid, we have been able to expand to 100 centres from 92 centres before the pandemic,” Mur dia said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Big drop in COVID antibodies within four months of vaccination, study finds
Waning antibodies do not mean that immunised people lose their ability to counter the Covid-19 virus. This is as the body's memory cells may still kick in to offer substantial protection, as per the director of a state-run institute that conducted the study. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DRDO contracts Godrej, 9 other companies to manufacture oxygen generators
Oxygen is a key clinical gas for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, as has been experienced during the second wave of the pandemic in India. These oxygen generators can produce 250 litres of oxygen per minute each which can serve up to 50 patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BLS International ties up National Health Authority to process Ayushman Bharat cards across India
BLS International Services works with over 46 client governments, including diplomatic missions, embassies and consulates and leverages technology and processes that ensure data security. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India marks 75 cr Covid jabs: 'This milestone not achieved overnight', says Dr NK Arora, NTAGI Chief
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India is at the beginning of COVID-19 third wave: Director, PGIMER Chandigarh
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Going 'where money is,' Gulf Islamic Investments readies its biggest deal; to invest more in Saudi and India
Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) co-founder Mohammed Alhassan said the firm plans to buy a stake in a Saudi healthcare company for around $600 mn. Another priority area for GII is India, where the total asset value of the firm ’s healthcare investments doubled in the last two years, according to co-founder Pankaj Gupta. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid vaccine boosters not "appropriate" at this stage: Lancet study
According to the study, even if some gain can ultimately be obtained from booster doses, it will not outweigh the benefits of providing initial protection to those who are still unvaccinated. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Systemic enzyme, probiotic supplements can help resolve post-COVID symptoms: AETL
With an aim to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the health supplements -- ImmunoSEB and ProbioSEB CSC3 -- in patients suffering from COVID-19 induced fatigue, randomised, multi-centric, double blind and placebo-controlled trials were conducted in 200 patients suffering from post-COVID fatigue symptoms, Advanced Enzyme Technologies Ltd (AETL) said in a regulatory filing. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO's approval for emergency use of Covaxin likely this month
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID 19 : "Watch what you Eat : The Tipping Point !"
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over two lakh ICU beds readied for Covid surge post festive season
The government is gearing up for another spike in Covid infections as the festival season nears, officials said to TOI. More than two lakh ICU beds, half of them with assisted ventilators, are being earmarked for Covid-19 patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CoWin launches new API, here's how to use it to download vaccination status report
KYC-VS can be used by any service provider, private or public, for whom verifying an individual's vaccination status is critical for facilitating a service requested. For instance, an employer may like to know the vaccination status of its employees to resume functions in offices, workplaces etc. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One dose of coronavirus vaccine 96% effective in preventing death, shows data
Vaccination prevents deaths, said the government, adding that new data showed most deaths in the devastating second wave of Covid-19 in April-May were recorded among the unvaccinated. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nerve disorder listed as 'very rare' side effect of AstraZeneca jab
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a "very rare" side effect, occurring in under one in 10,000 people. The disorder is a nerve inflammation that may cause temporary paralysis and difficulty breathing. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

58% of India's adult population got least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 18% got both: Govt
Addressing a press conference, officials said India is still going through the second wave of coronavirus infections and it is not over yet. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crosses 72 crore: Government
According to ministry data, 54,58,47,706 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 16,94,06,447 beneficiaries received their second dose of vaccine, according to the 7 pm provisional report. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIIMS Delhi to conduct Phase 2 of Bharat Biotech's nasal vaccine trials
Bharat Biotech has come out with non-invasive vaccine, which is in the second phase of its trials. The second phase of the trial will be conducted at AIIMS, Delhi among other hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How lung cancer arises in non-smokers revealed
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Environmental risk factors, such as exposure to radon, air pollution, and asbestos, or having had previous lung diseases, may explain some lung cancers among never smokers, but scientists still don't know what causes the majority of these cancers. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Molbio Diagnostics gets DCGI nod for Nipah virus testing
Nipah virus testing can now be performed rapidly on Truenat, a real-time PCR platform, on demand, the Goa-based firm said. This will result in early and fast diagnosis for effective management of the disease and containment of the spread of Nipah virus, it added. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 may not impair lung function in young adults, research shows
However, such patients showed slightly lower measurements for the amount of air they could exhale forcibly in one second - known as forced expiratory air volume in one second (FEV1), which is one of the measures of lung function. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to check Vijaya Diagnostics Centre IPO allotment status
The initial public offer of Vijaya Diagnostics Centre was subscribed 4.54 times on the final day of subscription on Friday. The retail portion was subscribed by 1.09 times; so it is expected that all the retail investors may get the allotment of Vijaya Diagnostic IPO. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Metabolic changes in plasma, immune cells associated with COVID-19 severity: Study
The researchers collected 374 blood samples -- two draws per patient during the first week after being diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection -- and analyzed their plasma and single immune cells. The analysis included 1,387 genes involved in metabolic pathways and 1,050 plasma metabolites. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increased infectivity, ability to escape immunity drove Delta variant: Study
The B.1.617.2 or Delta variant was first observed in India in late 2020. It has since spread around the globe. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 16,000 COVID-19 samples sent for whole genome sequencing in July, August: Centre
Genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2 is crucial to determine incidence and prevalence of the variants of concern. "It is clarified that the number of sequences, as quoted in the report, seems to be taken from Indian COVID19 Genome Surveillance portal," the ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Apollo hospital unit claims completion of 100 robotic cardiac surgeries
"The establishment of a robot-assisted cardiac surgery programme requires a tremendous amount of dedication and preparation, and we are proud to be India's first hospital to complete 100 robotic cardiac surgeries since the program's inception in late 2019," claimed Sathyaki Nambala, senior consultant, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, at the hospital. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Making sense of Covid data isn ’t easy
Whether you Google these questions, or phone your mother to see what she thinks, the answers you receive are bound to be at best varied and at worst contradictory or even wrong. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt move to distribute Ayush prophylactic medicines will help immunity-boosted lifestyle: PHDCCI
In the next one year, the immunity booster medicines and the written guidelines to combat COVID-19 will be distributed to 75 lakh people across the country with a special focus on the geriatric (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SRL Diagnostics allocates Rs 300-500 cr for expansion by FY23-end
"We have allocated Rs 300-500 crore for expansion needs up to FY23-end... Since we already have a strong laboratory network, we will be adding only about 25-30 labs during this period. We will also be adding 1,500 collection centres in this time," SRL Diagnostics CEO Anand K told PTI. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Take advantage of Rs 50,000-cr loan guarantee scheme: MoS Finance Karad to healthcare sector
Under the scheme, healthcare service providers can avail loans up to Rs 100 crore at an attractive interest rate of 7.95 per cent per annum, to develop and upgrade both greenfield (fresh) and brownfield (existing) projects in other than eight metro cities. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC studies call for vaccinating schoolkids, staff
One study released on Saturday found that the virus could spread rapidly among unvaccinated children in indoor contact with unvaccinated teachers. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking
In recent surveys, nearly half of US and a third of British respondents considered nicotine e-cigarettes to be as harmful as cigarettes, if not more harmful. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India in need of 4.3 million more nurses by 2024 to meet WHO norms: nurses bodies
With 1.7 nurses per 1,000 population, India falls short of the WHO recommended rate of 3 nurses per 1,000 population, they said, noting that the country is in need of 4.3 million more nurses by 2024 to meet WHO norms. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's interests come before vaccine exports, says health ministry
"Every country works with an aim of keeping its people, economy and social system safe," Rajesh Bhushan told a weekly news conference. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why mental health startups haven't yet taken off in India
Despite the magnitude of the problem, risk money has largely eluded mental health startups in India, a sector that receives limited public money. According to data sourced from industry tracker Traxcn, Indian startups in the sector raised $20 million combined between 2016 -2020. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DCGI gives nod for phase 2/3 trials of Biological E's Covid vaccine on those aged between 5 & 18
The phase 2 and 3 clinical trials have be conducted as per approved protocol titled 'A Prospective, Randomised, Double-blind, Placebo controlled, Phase-2/3 Study to Evaluate Safety, Reactogenicity, Tolerability and Immunogenicity of Corbevax Vaccine in Children and Adolescents', a source said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines effective at reducing severe illness, hospitalisation: Lancet study
"We are at a critical point in the pandemic as we see cases rising worldwide due to the Delta variant. Breakthrough infections are expected and don't diminish the fact that these vaccines are doing exactly what they were designed to do -- save lives and prevent serious illness," said study co-lead author Claire Steves of King's College London, UK. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid variant C.1.2 experimenting with itself to know our system: IMA Kerala
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No of COVID-19 breakthrough infections in India within expected numbers: INSACOG
It said based on high stringency reclassification by INSACOG, the total number of Delta sub-lineages - Delta Plus AY.1 to AY.12 - in India are only 856 out of all samples analysed, which is much less than what is reported on some global websites. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vijaya Diagnostics Centre IPO to open tomorrow: Should you apply?
The grey market premium shows the market is also not that enthusiastic about the issue. Grey market premium for Vijaya Diagnostics is at Rs 30, which is 5.6 per cent of IPO price. It suggests there may not be any big listing gains. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections found in 25 per cent healthcare staff in Delhi: Study
Most infections were unrecognised. The Delta- variant thus causes frequent unrecognised breakthrough infections in adequately immunised subjects, reducing any herd-effect of immunity, and requiring reinstatement of preventive measures such as masking, the paper said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What happens when the COVID-19 vaccines enter the body – a road map for kids and grown-ups
The most important thing to understand about vaccines is that they teach your body how to gear up to fight an infection, without your body having to deal with the infection itself. In this way, vaccines help your body be prepared for invasions by germs that could otherwise make you very sick. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination booster: How many more months will it take to fully vaccinate India's entire adult population?
​​While achieving this blistering pace every day may be still some time away, August, at an average 5.74 million daily shots, has proved to be the best month yet for vaccine delivery. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news