Hepatitis C drug can help improve condition of coronavirus patients: Study
Though there was no change in recovery time, the researchers also found that the interferon therapy if administered after five days of hospitalisation resulted in increased deaths. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can you be reinfected from coronavirus? Experts assure it ’s very unlikely
While little is definitively known about the coronavirus just seven months into the pandemic, the new virus is behaving like most others, they said, lending credence to the belief that herd immunity can be achieved with a vaccine. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delhi-based Dr Dangs Lab selected as central lab for Covaxin human clinical trials
"We are extremely privileged to announce that Dr. Dangs Lab, New Delhi has been provided the opportunity to serve the nation by being selected as the central lab for the Human Clinical trials of Covaxin; India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine being developed and manufactured by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the ICMR - NIV," it said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Households to cut and store waste masks, gloves for 72 hours before disposing: CPCB
"Waste masks and gloves in general households should be kept in paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to disposal of the same as dry general solid waste after cutting the same to prevent reuse," the CPCB said. This is the fourth time the CPCB has issued guidelines on management of bio-medical waste generated from coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

29,557 patients recuperate from Covid-19 in 24 hours, highest single-day recovery so far
A total of 1,50,75,369 samples have been tested up to July 22 with 3,50,823 samples being tested on Wednesday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) officials said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ESIC beneficiaries to soon get facilities of hospital empanelled under Ayushman Bharat
The process will start in 102 districts, covering about 120,000 ESIC subscribers and 15 ESIC hospitals, in the first phase. It will later be extended to the whole of India. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Long Road Ahead: Vaccinating India will take at least two years, say Doctors
“We need to vaccinate 60-70% of population to get herd immunity. If we get access to a vaccine by December, it would take two years to vaccinate 60% of population,” Dr Sandeep Budhiraja of Max Healthcare said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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“Aatmanirbhar” inspired, The Ace Defence - N95 5-layer face masks by Piramal Nextgen – Chinai Piramal Group
India is one of the largest producers of personal protective medical and healthcare equipment. Through these trying times of COVID-19, there are a few compan... (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research shows that Covid antibodies fade rapidly, raising risk of lost immunity
The correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine outlined research on antibodies taken from the blood of 34 patients who had recovered after suffering mainly mild symptoms that didn ’t require intensive care. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 63.13 pc with record 28,472 patients recuperating in 24 hours
The health ministry said that effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases has led to an improvement in recovery figures while case fatality has been falling continuously. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Double-shot coronavirus vaccine tests raise new pandemic challenge for the world
Producing vaccines and deploying them to the world ’s population in the midst of a pandemic would be a massive challenge even if researchers are able to deliver one-dose inoculations. A need for two would make manufacturing and logistics even more complex. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Indian medical experts welcome Oxford human trial results for coronavirus vaccine
The trial data of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University reveals that it is safe and induces immune response, with mild side effects in some participants, scientists announced on Monday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: India ’s rising obesity problem
While obesity is still at a nascent stage in India, it very much remains an issue that needs tackling by policymakers. The foremost task is to use data to inform policy decisions. India lacks holistic data on malnutrition, which is important to understand the demographic and socio-economic factors driving undernourishment and obesity. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delhi's sero-prevalence study finds 23.48 per cent people affected by Covid-19
The study, which was conducted from June 27 to July 10 by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with the Delhi government, also indicated that a large number of infected persons remain asymptomatic, it said. A sero-survey involves testing of blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against an infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevalence of Covid-19 infection, at 55%, is the highest in Ahmedabad containment zones: Sources
While data indicates that a large population in the containment zones has already been infected and developed some immunity to Covid-19, Ahmedabad has become a cause of concern for the Centre. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Three Covid vaccine developers report promising initial results from human trials
Two of the vaccine developers — the first, a partnership between Oxford University and British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca; the second, Chinese company CanSino Biologics — published their early results as peer-reviewed studies in The Lancet, a British medical journal. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Oxford University coronavirus vaccine safe, induces immune response, says Lancet study
The vaccine candidate has been developed by the Jenner Institute, a part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. The formulation is backed by AstraZeneca PLC, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India may start exporting ventilators: Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal
“There is not much requirement of ventilators… even those that were projected earlier, are not being used. We may start exporting ventilators,” Piyush Goyal said at a virtual event of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce& Industry, Kolkata. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Fighting the Covid battle: India gets sites ready for Phase-3 vaccine trials
Currently India has six different vaccine platforms that target different mechanism, and each have benefits of their own mostly in terms of scale up and mass production. (Source: The Economic Times)
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43 hospitals across 11 states covered by AIIMS video consultation programme: Health Ministry
To strengthen the government's efforts to reduce COVID mortality, the AIIMS Delhi had started the 'e-ICU' video consultation for state doctors on COVID clinical management earlier this month. The video consultation program in the coming weeks would cover ICU doctors from smaller healthcare facilities across the country. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Second plasma bank in Kerala set up in Wayanad for treating Covid-19 patients
The District Medical Officer DrR Renuka, who inaugurated the plasma bank on Sunday, said the convalescent plasma therapy has been found effective for treating the critical COVID-19 patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19 spread may spike in monsoon, winter with fall in temperatures: IIT-AIIMS study
A study conducted jointly by researchers at IIT-Bhubaneswar and the AIIMS has shown that the spread of COVID-19 may pick up pace during peak monsoon and winter with a fall in the mercury. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indiscriminate use led to bogus tocilizumab injections: FDCA
The patented drug is manufactured only by Switzerland-based Roche Pharma and marketed in India by Cipla, he said, adding that since May, as many as 6,400 tocilizumab injections have so far been imported in Gujarat. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older children spread the coronavirus just as much as adults, a South Korea study finds
A new study from South Korea tells that those between the ages of 10-19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. Children under age 10 were roughly half as likely as adults to spread the virus to others, consistent with other studies. (Source: The Economic Times)
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C-CAMP announces winners of AMR Quest 2020
The AMR Quest 2020, which was launched in February, focuses on nurturing exceptional innovative ideas and solutions in the AMR domain that can potentially cut across geographies in tackling superbugs and superbug-related infections, said C-CAMP in a press release. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus India: Recoveries exceed active cases by 2.95 lakh, says health ministry
Medical attention is being provided to all active cases, either in home isolation or in hospitals for severe cases, it said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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BCG vaccine being tried for Covid-19 elderly individuals in hotspots in India
The study sponsored by the ICMR will recruit 1,450 elderly individuals within the ages of 60 and 99 with no preexisting conditions such as diabetes and will run across six centers in India. The hypothesis for the BCG vaccine comes from studies that have shown that the vaccine — besides protecting children against tuberculosis — also has non-specific effects against other respiratory tract infections. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19 won't be controlled unless tests are conducted 'at scale': Tata Group chief
"The past few months have been very challenging, but they have also been a great demonstration of the value of collaboration. I am proud of how we have worked together to battle this disease," N Chandrasekaran, the Chairman of Tata Sons -- the holding company and promoter of all Tata Group companies -- said in a group newsletter. (Source: The Economic Times)
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With steady decline, active cases now constitute a third of total tally: Health Ministry
"Collaborative strategy among the Centre and states has also ensured that the growth of COVID-19 cases in restricted to certain pockets of the country," the ministry said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Too soon to say whether recovered COVID patients lose immunity with time, say scientists
Some special cells of the immune system may still offer protection against the disease, the scientists said as questions swirl on whether people who have recovered from COVID-19 can get it again -- even those whose antibodies dwindle progressively as the days and weeks pass. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India's 1st fully indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia gets DCGI nod
The ministry said the vaccine will be used for active immunisatiuon against invasive disease and pneumonia caused by 'Streptococcus pneumonia' among infants. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CCI approves Aceso's acquisition of 58.92% stake in HealthCare Global Enterprises
In a tweet, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it "approves acquisition of upto 58.92% stake of HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited by Aceso Company Pte. Ltd." (Source: The Economic Times)
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China ’s Fosun pulls out of $300 million healthcare deals amid negative sentiment
According to sources, both deals were at an advanced stage, and Fosun had formally proposed terms for acquiring a stake in the companies, one of which is Apex Kidneycare. The name of the Bengaluru-based hospital could not be immediately ascertained. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Empowered committee to discuss proposal to allow export of ‘covid care’ medical devices
The health ministry has proposed allowing the export of Covid-19-related medical products such as goggles, face shields, masks, ventilators and non-surgical aprons, having built a sufficient buffer of these items and to prevent manufacturers saddled with inventory from closing their plants due to a lack of local orders. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Tech Mahindra to unveil Covid-testing program that could show the world how to safely open businesses
The Covid-19 risk screening program underway at Tech Mahindra on the HealthCube platform, uses patient risk factors -- age, gender, medical conditions, potential exposure, recent travel or being in a crowded place, public health data, aggregations from previous screenings, patient symptoms, etc -- to compute a risk score for patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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IIT Delhi's low-cost COVID-19 test kit to be launched commercially on Wednesday
While the institute had kept a price rider of Rs 500 per kit, the company Newtech Medical Devices, which is launching the kit named 'corosure' on Wednesday, has not announced the price yet. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Alcohol-based hand sanitisers to attract 18 pc GST: Authority for Advance Ruling
The Authority for Advance Ruling said that although the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has classified hand sanitisers as an essential commodity, the GST law has a separate list of exempted goods. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Government lab starts testing Oxford ’s vaccine candidate to determine its sterility
The Central Drugs Laboratory in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, is testing the first batch of the vaccine candidate to determine its sterility — to find out if the vaccine is of standard quality and is safe to be injected — sources in health ministry told ET. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Private hospitals empanelled under CGHS will charge fixed rates
The Delhi government last month issued an order fixing the cost of a COVID-19 isolation bed in any private hospital in the range of Rs 8,000-10,000 and an ICU bed with ventilator at Rs 15,000-18,000 per day. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 62.93 per cent: Health ministry
In the last 24 hours, a total of 19,235 people were cured of the coronavirus infection. This has resulted in the cumulative total number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients rising to 5,34,620 on Sunday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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‘Compassionate use’ means life for a fortunate few
Drugs under clinical trials in other countries can be brought to India to treat life-threatening diseases, but prohibitive cost remains a worry. (Source: The Economic Times)
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In a race with HCQ, remdesivir and Coronil, Paracetamol has witnessed a sudden rise in demand
Sudden demand for paracetamol has been taken to be a possible clue to people concealing Covid-19 at home. People who have, or think they have, a mild case of Covid are staying at home and taking it. And those who don ’t want to be thought to have Covid are taking it too, like travellers who don’t want to be quarantined. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IMA demands setting up of all-India medical services for healthcare administration
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded the setting up of an Indian Medical Service (IMS), on the lines of IAS, IPS and IFS, to bring about a drastic change in the healthcare sector, the doctors' body said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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A bridge too far? Aarogya Setu, ​India's gamechanger app, is losing its charm
But notwithstanding its widespread adoption — the app has 130 million downloads, an impressive feat by any measure — it has lately been hobbled by a lack of clear purpose, privacy concerns and questions about its accuracy and effectiveness. This has meant slowing downloads even as the pandemic rages on, and speculation about what could be the app’s role in the future. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Season of two viruses? Scientists worried that dengue outbreak may aggravate COVID-19 crisis
While the number of COVID-19 cases races towards the 8,00,000 mark with 7,93,802 cases on Friday and 21,604 fatalities, the incidence of dengue is also high. According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), 1,36,422 dengue cases were diagnosed in 2019 and an estimated 132 people died. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No compromise on rigorous evaluation for vaccine candidates: Scientific Advisor VijayRaghavan
Phase 1 of the human trial of any vaccine usually takes 28 days and that is followed by two other phases, VijayRaghavan said while addressing a webinar at the Vivekananda International Foundation. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Doctors advised to use Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients strictly under laid-down protocol
To prevent black-marketing and overcharging of the drug, India's drug regulator Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has asked manufacturers to set up a helpline where the patients or their family members can contact in case the drug is not available in the market and also put on their websites details of distributors and supply chain. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Make first serosurvey data public: Experts
The group of public health experts has now written to the director-general of ICMR to disclose the findings of the survey that was conducted to estimate how much of the population in containment zones of hotspot cities had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Healthcare can be India ’s next IT sector, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
India is already the pharmacy of the world, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said, and hoped for more engagement of the government ’s imagination with the sector. “Sixty per cent of the vaccines that are produced for the world come from India, why are we not really thinking about vaccine diplomacy for the world?” she asked. (Source: The Economic Times)
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8.8 cr footfall recorded at health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat since Feb 1
In the last five months, 1.41 crore individuals were screened for hypertension, 1.13 crore for diabetes and 1.34 crore for oral, breast or cervical cancer, the ministry said. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, medicines were dispensed to about 5.62 lakh hypertension patients and 3.77 lakh diabetes patients at the HWCs in June alone, according to the statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
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