Supreme Court seeks Centre reply on plea for capping treatment cost of COVID patients in private hospitals
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the Centre on the PIL filed by Avishek Goenka for fixing an upper limit of cost for COVID-19 treatment by private hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Supreme Court asks private hospitals if they are ready to charge Covid-19 patients at Ayushman Bharat rate
The apex court said it is not asking all the private hospitals to treat certain number of COVID-19 patients for free. SC said it is asking only those private hospitals which have been given land at concessional rates by the government to treat certain number of coronavirus infected patients for free. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Gradual fall in recovery rate of COVID patients in Delhi in last 10 days: Data
This is the first time in the past two weeks that the recovery rate has fallen below 40 per cent. (Source: The Economic Times)
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HP's 3D printing tech helps manufacture ventilator parts for COVID-19 treatment in India
New Delhi, June 4 () HP Inc on Thursday said it has partnered with Redington 3D in India to produce 1.2 lakh ventilator parts for AgVa Healthcare. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Some private hospitals have limitations in boosting Covid care: Max Healthcare chief
“Whether the intent is mala fide or it’s a genuine mistake must surface from due scrutiny and by an appropriate authority,” Soi told ET in an interview. “Action should be taken where due, not because something goes viral (on social media).” (Source: The Economic Times)
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Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study
Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus. The drug did not seem to cause serious harm, though -- about 40% on it had side effects, mostly mild stomach problems. (Source: The Economic Times)
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WHO's decision to resume HCQ clinical trial a step in right direction, say experts
The global heath body had earlier suspended the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) arm of the clinical trials of experimental COVID-19 drugs over safety concerns. However on Wednesday, it recommended the trial to be continued following a review of safety data. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Genie Labs to make IIT-Delhi's PCR diagnostic assay kit for Covid-19
While standard RT-PCR kits in the market are probe-based, this design does away with probes completely. Instead it detects COVID-19 specific RNA sequence in samples. As a result the cost of testing is reduced to a fraction, making the kit affordable and accessible in this time of dire need, a company statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Post Covid, things will pick up where they left off: Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare
We have strengthened our processes, protocols, conducting stringent screening of employees and sanitization methods to deal with this highly infectious environment. Being quaternary care hospitals catering to immune compromised patients for oncology and solid organ transplants, our facilities and protocols ensure safety of our patients, he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Made-in-India health gear makes me feel optimistic: PM
“The initial gains make me optimistic,” Modi said referring to Make-in-India initiatives in the healthcare sector in his address to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), virtually inaugurating its silver-jubilee celebrations from Delhi. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Physical distancing, masks, eye protection may help prevent COVID-19: Lancet study
The systematic review of existing evidence was commissioned by the World Health Organization, the researchers said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Max completes healthcare merger with Radiant Life
“Max India shall stand dissolved effective today,” Max Healthcare said in a statement on Monday, adding that amalgamation and demergers as per the sanctioned scheme have been successfully completed. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India far away from peak, much better positioned in COVID-19 fight than other nations: Govt
Lav Agarwal said it is wrong to just look at the total number of cases and state that India has the seventh highest number of cases as the population of countries also should be taken into account. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Bihar to give 2.5 million HCQ tablets
The ICMR has been pushing for the use of HCQ to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection among frontline workers and, last month, it expanded the scope of the antimalarial medicine ’s use. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Indian millennials more anxious about health, finances than global counterparts
A comparative analysis of impact of Covid-19 on consumer sentiments in 15 countries reveals that Indians are more concerned about their physical well-being, health of their family members, making upcoming payments and as a result are delaying large purchases. (Source: The Economic Times)
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'Enhance testing capacity and get states to ease process of registering phlebotomists'
A governmental panel dealing with Covid-19 testing and surveillance has asked the health ministry to enhance testing capacity and get state governments to ease the process of registering phlebotomists. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Four or more dosage of HCQ showed significant decline of COVID-19 among healthcare workers: ICMR study
As healthcare workers deputed in the treatment of coronavirus patients are at the higher risk of contracting virus, a pivotal study done by India's apex medical research body has revealed a significant reduction (>80 per cent) in the odds of COVID19 infection in the HCWs was identified with the intake of six or more doses of HCQ prophylaxis. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Excellent job by India in reducing COVID-19 related deaths by clamping lockdown: Indian-American doc
India currently has over 1,82,00 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 5,164 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry. According to the World Health Organisation's COVD-19 tracker, India is the seventh-most affected nation in terms of coronavirus cases after the US, Brazil, Russia, UK, Spain and Italy. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid, non-Covid trash! Fast-filling yellow bins keep medi-waste handlers on their toes
Corporate and government offices, which are resuming operations after the two-month lockdown, have been advised by various state-level Pollution Control Boards to take the help of bio-medical waste handlers to dispose-off “disinfectant consumables” and anti-Covid safety gears used by their employees while on duty. This may add to the workload of medi-waste handlers. (Source: The Economic Times)
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PM Modi says advancements nations make in health sector will matter more than ever
Addressing an event at the Rajiv Gandhi Health University in Bengaluru via video conference, he sought a discussion on whether new models can be conceived that make telemedicine popular on a larger scale. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Most private labs in Karnataka yet to ramp up Covid-19 testing
Of the 62 laboratories in Karnataka, 28 are private. The state has tested 2.8 lakh samples as of May 30 and the data shows that just 1/8th of these samples were tested by private labs. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Three Indian companies get licence to manufacture NASA's coronavirus ventilators
The three Indian companies are Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge Ltd and Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd, the space organisation said in a statement on Friday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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57% worried of high-priced COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals: Survey
The survey conducted by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, received around 40,000 responses on five questions related to public perception of government and private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. (Source: The Economic Times)
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National case fatality rate dips to 2.84%, falls below 3% for first time since April 7
The Covid-19 case fatality rate (CFR) for India was 2.84% on Friday, for the first time below 3% in the last one-and-a-half months. The rate indicates the percentage of people who have died of the pandemic among the total number of people who have tested positive. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Singapore SC dismisses Singh Bros' appeal against HC order
In another setback for former Ranbaxy promoters Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, a Singapore Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed their appeal against the order of the Singapore High Court which had earlier refused to set aside the arbitration award in favour of Japanese drug firm Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Early action helped the state control the spread of virus: V Ravi, Karnataka Health Task Force
Karnataka and its capital Bengaluru have managed to keep coronavirus infection numbers low as compared with other regions. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Beyond the lockdown, to reduce deaths prevent the clusters
In India with the country in lockdown, we only are made aware of few clusters, namely, in Nizamuddin, Chennai vegetable market, Nanded pilgrimage and Mumbai slums. Moving forward, the formation of clusters will define the course of the epidemic in India. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: New algae-based respirator may help people wearing masks breath easy
The algae in the respirator conduct photosynthesis and remove carbon dioxide (C02) and other air pollutants while producing oxygen, making the air passing through it more breathable, the researchers from Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Symptomless COVID-19 infection may be more prevalent than thought: Study
According to the findings, published in the journal Thorax, more than four out of five of passengers and crew who tested positive for the infection had no symptoms. The researchers also noted that there is a pressing need for accurate global data on how many people have been infected so far. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Healthium MedTech launches anti-microbial gloves TruShield
Manufactured at Kunigal, Karnataka, these AMGs are made from a patented technology using a quaternary ammonium compound that the company said in a statement kills microbes and provides 99.99 per cent protection for healthcare professionals and patients up to eight hours. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Resumption of elective surgeries required to soften COVID-19 blow to healthcare sector: MTaI
Elective surgeries account for about 50 per cent of revenues for hospitals in normal business conditions. Reduced revenues have curtailed hospitals' ability to pay for supplies of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices, thereby severely disrupting entire healthcare value chain, it added. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Health Ministry seeks inclusion of vulnerable groups in social protection schemes
The Health Ministry received representations from civil society organisations and key population representatives, like injecting drug users, the transgender community, female sex workers and HIV/AIDS-affected people, that they are "greatly affected" in terms of livelihood, nutrition and access to shelter and other essential services, officials said Thursday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India acted as pharmacy of the world in response to coronavirus: Ministry of External Affairs
"India has acted as the pharmacy of the world and healthcare supplier to all parts of the globe. India has the ability to be a bridge between the developed and developing world and facilitating a two-way flow of information, products and expertise. There is growing interest in yoga and ayurveda," Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary in the MEA, said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Remote control by govt leaves many pvt hospitals with that sinking feeling
Diktats by various state governments, especifically the ones in Delhi and Mumbai, have been pushing hospitals to reserve beds for Covid-19 while also introducing price caps on treatment. (Source: The Economic Times)
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New antibody kits may have a China link, too
After initial hiccups over validating the efficacy of Covid-19 antibody testing kits made in China, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has started the process of approving kits made by about 15 companies from Germany, the US, Israel and China. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Remdesivir improves time to recovery in COVID-19 patients: Study
New York, May 27 () Remdesivir, the antiviral under clinical trials for treatment against novel coronavirus infection, is superior to the standard of care given to COVID-19 patients, according to a new study. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Patanjali's plea for Ayurvedic medicine trials raises eyebrows
Media reports said the district Collector approved the proposal for clinical trial of some Ayurvedic medicines of the Patanjali group on COVID-19 patients but later quashed it. Patanjali Ayurved's MD Acharya Balkrishna told that there is a need to understand the company does not want to undertake any new experiment or trial of Ayurvedic treatment regime on COVID-19 patients in Indore. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Indian IT helps global healthcare firms fight Covid-19
Pune-based Persistent Systems has, along with the Biocomplexity Institute, created Covid-19 response solutions for nurses as well as mobile apps for patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Talk to labs to cut test costs: Centre to states
Private laboratories have maintained that they are doing a “service to the nation” and that even with Rs 4,500 they are not able to recover their expenses and are continuing the tests at a time when non-Covid test volumes are significantly down. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mixed opinion by Indian experts on WHO's temporary pause on hydroxychloroquine trial
While some experts feel that after the WHO decisions, country's medical centres will have to take HCQ and chloroquine our of the treatment regimen of COVID-19 patients, others opined it is "not binding" for India to oblige with the decision of the world body. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Pvt hospitals upset over Delhi's order to reserve 20% beds for Covid patients
Delhi government's directive to private hospitals to reserve 20% of the beds for Covid-19 patients has raised concerns over cohorting of patients and increasing the pandemic spread in the city. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Centre aims at doubling testing to 2,00,000 a day, with focus on states witnessing migrant influx
The Centre plans to double its Covid-19 testing capacity to 200,000 a day, with a special focus on states facing an influx of migrant workers. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Health products get a boost as desis look to build immunity
Products such as olive oil, soya oil, mustard oil, fortified bread& biscuits, and powdered chocolate drinks are in huge demand. During normal times, such products would grow at just 5-10% annually, but now they are registering annualised growth of 20-40%, industry executives say. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Tata Trusts, Tata group ties up with two medical institutions to assist health care professionals
The Trusts ’ intervention follows the Chairman, Mr. Ratan N. Tata’s statement that “urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the Covid-19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face.” (Source: The Economic Times)
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Manufacturing of PPEs, N95 masks ramped up; ensuring quality through stringent protocols: Health minister
"There are some reports in a section of the media expressing concern about the quality of personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls," the ministry said, clarifying that the products referred to in the reports have no relevance to the procurement being made by the central government. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Took lessons from swine flu outbreak, devised 'intelligent testing strategy' against COVID-19: ICMR
The apex health research body said to cater to the increasing need for testing, India developed an "intelligent testing strategy to remain ahead of the virus" by significantly shoring up its diagnosis infrastructure. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Prices of N-95 masks down by up to 47% after NPPA advisory
N-95 masks were earlier being sold in the market for Rs 150 to 300 per unit and after the advisory by the the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), prices have been cut. (Source: The Economic Times)
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AICTE, CSIR to host hackathon for Covid-19 drug discovery
The hackathon is being organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and AICTE. The ideas submitted will be worked upon by CSIR labs, startups and other private organisations. (Source: The Economic Times)
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The signal in the noise: Using the best data to combat Covid-19 in India
If we ignore biases in data sets and analysis, it will hamper the efforts to defeat the virus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health infrastructure must be ramped up to ensure preparedness for next 2 months, says government
The government has asked the eleven municipal areas to step up monitoring in old cities, urban slums and other high density pockets like camps and clusters for migrant workers for management of COVID-19 cases. (Source: The Economic Times)
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