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)
Source: The Economic Times - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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)
Source: The Economic Times - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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)
Source: The Economic Times - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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)
Source: The Economic Times - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India will have to play key role in mass production of coronavirus vaccine: France
Dozens of researchers across the globe are racing against time to come out with a vaccine for coronavirus that has infected nearly five million people and killed over 3,30,000 globally. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Replaceable filters’ for N95 masks soon
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, there's been a worldwide shortage of face masks — particularly the N95 ones worn by health care workers, they said. Although these coverings provide the highest level of protection currently available, they have limitations, the researchers noted in the journal ACS Nano. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Ministry asks states to buy PPEs from the GeM portal also
The Union Health Ministry has asked states to also directly buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the suppliers onboarded on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal in addition to the supplies of PPEs being sent by the Centre. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare workers hold black ribbon protest against new quarantine guidelines
As per the Union health ministry guidelines issued on May 15, healthcare workers serving in COVID-19 areas do not need to undergo quarantine unless there has been violation in the use of PPE or any other form of high-risk exposure or they have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lancet study finds no benefit for hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients
The scientists said these drugs should not be used to treat COVID-19 patients outside of clinical trials until results from randomised clinical trials are available to confirm their safety and efficacy for COVID-19 patients. They explained chloroquine, an antimalarial drug and its analogue, hydroxychloroquine, are commonly used to treat autoimmune diseases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children
UNICEF reported a significant delay in planned vaccine deliveries due to lockdown measures and a dramatic reduction in the number of available flights. More than 40 of Africa's 54 nations have closed their borders, though some allow cargo and emergency transport. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of plasma therapy successful, claims Pune hospital
Convalescent Plasma Therapy is an experimental procedure where plasma from the blood of a recovered COVID-19 patient is transfused to a critically ill coronavirus patient. The blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 develops antibodies. When injected into the blood of another patient, these antibodies are supposed to help that person fight the infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1000-fold increase in quantum of COVID-19 tests: ICMR
A total of 25,12,388 samples had been tested by 9 am of May 20, and the testing capacity has been scaled up to 1 lakh tests per day, it said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt stimulus package does not address immediate concerns of healthcare system: Fitch Solutions
On March 11, the Ministry of Finance increased allocation - 0.008 per cent of the country's GDP - to the health services division to support an expansion of healthcare spending, Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (a unit of Fitch Group) said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dilemma for doctors as Roche ’s experimental drug for Covid-19 is ‘life-saver’ but too costly
In India, the drug sold under the brand name Actemra, is approved for the use in autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and for six months treatment it costs Rs 2.5 lakh. For Covid-19 patients who are administered this drug, the cost is Rs 60,000 per dosage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wipro founder Azim Premji is an early investor in US firm Moderna
Wipro founder Azim Premji is an investor in Moderna, the firm that has emerged a frontrunner for Covid vaccine. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RIL's Nowfloats forays into tele-medicine, looks to on-board 1 lakh doctors
"We have on boarded 6,000 doctors who can provide consultation to patients over online video. Patients will not need to download a separate app for accessing doctors. They will get a link from the doctor on Whatsapp or any other messaging platform that can be accessed in a browser," Nowfloats head of research, Nikhil Salkar told. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dilemma for doctors as Roche ’s Covid drug is ‘life-saver’ but too costly
In India, the drug sold under the brand name Actemra, is approved for the use in autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and for six months treatment it costs Rs 2.5 lakh. For Covid-19 patients who are administered this drug, the cost is Rs 60,000 per dosage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIIMS to soon conduct 1st autopsy to study virus
India has decided that invasive technique should not be adopted for forensic autopsy in Covid-19 deaths as mortuary staff are exposed to potentially dangerous health risks due to organ fluids and secretions even after taking the highest precautions, say the new Standard Guidelines for Medicolegal autopsy in Covid deaths in India by the ICMR. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What can a COVID-19 antibody test tell us?
Studies are still underway to determine what antibody level would be needed for immunity. It's also not yet known how long any immunity might last. For now, the tests are most helpful for researchers trying to track how the virus spreads in communities. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Machines used for testing drug-resistant TB can be now used for confirmation of COVID-19 cases
Now, the ICMR has issued revised guidelines for TrueNat testing for COVID-1, saying the "TrueNat system is now a comprehensive assay for screening and confirmation of COVID-19 cases". According to the guidelines, all samples of suspect COVID-19 should be first tested by the E gene screening assay. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 1 crore people have availed free treatment under Ayushman Bharat so far: NHA
Also, 2,132 patients have availed or are currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) in the country, the National Health Authority (NHA), which is responsible for implementing the scheme, said on Wednesday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Amid migrant exodus, ICMR revises testing strategy
Besides an urgent drive to check migrant workers for flu and fevers, all symptomatic frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of Covid-19 will also be tested through the gold standard RT-PCR test given the large number of such persons including Asha workers and municipal officials involved in the exercise. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heavy smoking blamed for Indonesia ’s 6.6% coronavirus death rate
While smoking has been declining globally, in Indonesia it ’s still common -- and growing -- and public health experts argue it’s no coincidence that many of the 18,000-plus coronavirus patients in the vast island nation have died. The fatality rate in the country is about 6.6%. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-pharmacies operating illegally via site linked to Aarogya Setu
A lobby of over 850,000 chemist outlets across India has asked the government to delink the Aarogya Setu Mitr portal from the government's Covid tracker Aarogya Setu app, saying several 'foreign-funded and illegally operating' e-pharmacies were using the portal to advance their business interests in India. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mumbai hospitals unhappy with state treatment
Threats of arrests, government takeover and FIRs for letting staff get infected - that's the reality for private hospitals in Mumbai, the country's Covid-19 nerve center. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Schaeffler India supports fight against Covid-19
Schaeffler procured and donated emergency medical equipment and essentials for a government run hospital (Aundh hospital) in Pune city. The Aundh Hospital that specializes in treating of diseases related to the respiratory system has been identified as a dedicated COVID-19 hospital by the ministry. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Divide among experts may force ICMR to revise HCQ guidelines
With some microbiologists opposing the use of HCQ for Covid-19, a debate is raging on among members of the task force over continuing with the recommendation, people aware of the mater told. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Non-emergency OPDs at AIIMS likely to resume
India's premier institute AIIMS is likely to resume non-emergency services this week, around two months after it curtailed all elective surgeries due to the rising Covid-19 cases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt's next target: 10 mn tests by July-end, protocol for 20 cities
As India moves into Lockdown 4.0, the Centre is preparing for the crucial next two months, when it may see a manifold rise in Covid-19 positive cases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu challenge to management
Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are posing a tough challenge to India's Covid-19 management as the test positivity rate of these three states is showing a sharp increase in less than a fortnight. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Azim Premji Foundation, NCBS, inStem ink partnership on enhanced testing for COVID-19
The partnership would enable free-of-cost testing for COVID-19 to a large number of people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, using NCBS-TIFR and inStem's high-capacity technical capabilities and skilled scientific personnel, an Azim Premji Foundation statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

States will see COVID-19 peak at different times, says epidemiologist
Professor and Head of Life Course Epidemiology at the Public Health Foundation of India, Giridhara R Babu said the coronavirus is in complete ascendancy stage in states such as West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where it has gone beyond minimal containment. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mathematical modeling suggests containment of COVID-19 possible
The cluster containment strategy aims to contain the spread of the disease within a defined geographic area by early detection of cases, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How COVID-19 can damage your heart
Simply put, when a person is infected by the novel coronavirus his or her immune system tries to fight back. Too many cytokines — small proteins important in cell signalling — are released into the blood too quickly, thus leading to a cytokine reform. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India to set up research reactor for affordable treatment of cancer, other diseases: Nirmala Sitharaman
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the research reactor in public-private partnership (PPP) mode would use irradiation technology for food preservation - to compliment agricultural reforms and assist farmers. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Govt allows export of non-medical, non-surgical masks
The directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a notification that it has amended an earlier order to “allow the export of non-medical/non-surgical masks of all types (cotton, silk, wool, knitted). On March 19, the government had banned export of surgical/disposable masks and textile raw material used for making masks in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After China, India reaches out to LAC, African countries with medicine diplomacy
India had earmarked 5 million HCQ tablets for 28 LAC countries and 100,000 each for 19 African countries. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private hospital treatment cost go up due to protocol measures
The cost of treatment across procedures in private hospitals has gone up by 10-25% with non-Covid patients being charged for personal protective equipment (PPE) used by medical staff and extra sanitisation measures. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Andhra Pradesh plans to invest Rs 16,200 crore to strengthen primary healthcare
The chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to establish YSR Health Clinics at every village secretariat at the earliest. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Art of Clean Living: Covid delivers what Swachh Bharat aimed for
While the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) managed to reduce open defecation and make cleanliness a priority for the government, it could hardly get the public to adopt cleanliness as a way of life. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Only 300 Covid patients have tapped Ayushman Bharat
A month after National Health Authority (NHA) rolled out free Covid-19 testing and treatment for the deprived in private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat, only 300-odd patients have used the government ’s universal health insurance scheme. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Coronavirus may pose a new risk to younger patients: Strokes
Coronavirus may directly infect the endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels, causing injury and swelling that draws proteins that promote clotting. People who have been exposed to the coronavirus should call their doctors if they experience chest pain and shortness of breath, which may signal a blood clot in the lung, or leg pain, swelling, redness and discoloration that may indicate a clot. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India must gear up to face community transmission of COVID-19: Health expert
On some experts suggesting that there is already community transmission (stage 3) of the virus in the country, President of Public Health Foundation of India, Prof. K Srinath Reddy maintained that it is a matter of definition. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delayed survey data blurs India's coronavirus picture
"We would have known the extent of infections, how much is the spread, about two weeks back. The delay is about two weeks," Dr Manoj Murhekar, a task force member and director of the National Institute of Epidemiology, told Reuters on Thursday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 580,000 surgeries in India may be cancelled due to COVID-19: Study
The CovidSurg Collaborative, a 120-country research initiative formed to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on surgeries, has projected that, based on a 12-week period of peak disruption to hospital services due to COVID-19, around 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide will cancelled or postponed in 2020. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doubling time of COVID-19 cases slows down to 13.9 days in last 3 days: Vardhan
About ramping up testing capability, the minister said, "We have now developed a capacity to conduct 1,00,000 tests per day. Today marks an important milestone as we have carried out nearly 20 lakh COVID-19 tests at more than 500 laboratories -- 359 government and 145 private -- in the country." (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lack of medical investment, healthcare infra big challenges for India's COVID-19 fight: Fitch
​​"The continued lack of medical funding and healthcare infrastructure inform our view for the potential epidemic to be worse in India if it is not adequately contained," Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (a unit of Fitch Group) said in its outlook for India's pharmaceutical mar ket. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gujarat co to provide DRDO unit shelters to house patients
Vadodara-based PPE manufacturer, Sure Safety, will soon be providing a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) facility with a 'rapidly deployable, negative pressure shelter' to treat patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tata Trusts upgrading four government hospital buildings into Covid-19 treatment centres
Each hospital will be armed with critical care capabilities, minor operation theatres, basic pathology and radiology, facilities for dialysis and blood storage and telemedicine units. Tata Trusts is harnessing its experience in establishing cancer care facilities and connected service providers to modernise these hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news