COVID-19 plasma therapy has shown little benefit in patients in India, study finds
The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) involved 464 adults with moderate COVID-19 who were admitted to hospitals in India between April and July. As many as 239 adult patients received two transfusions of convalescent plasma, 24 hours apart, alongside standard care, while the control group comprising of 229 patients received standard care only. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India ’s R & D expenditure is expected to double: Report
In the report titled “Reimagine the future- Life sciences perspective”, JLL has said that the country is looking at a great opportunity to ramp up investments and collaborate with global players in the Pharma& Biotech domain to cater to global needs. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Centre starts drawing up plans for vaccine distribution, puts frontline workers on priority
The government held a high-level meeting with health departments of all states on Friday to discuss drawing up of priority lists for administering the Covid vaccine, once a vaccine candidate is approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No vaccine yet, Indians rush to get a flu shot to reduce risk amid pandemic
Naveet Wig, head of department of medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said an influenza vaccine can help indirectly even if it doesn ’t give protection against Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resources to be in place for viable, effective COVID-19 vaccination system: Niti Aayog
Responding to a question about money required on procuring and distribution of vaccines, he said, "I think it is very premature at the moment to talk about costs, funds and resources required for getting the vaccination... That will depend entirely on what the modalities are, how we go about it." (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine will under distributed under special immunization programme: Officials
The existing digital platform and processes used for the Universal Immunisation Programme are being enhanced to track COVID-19 vaccine administration and movement, from procurement to storage to distribution to individual beneficiaries, as and when the vaccine becomes available, the health ministry officials said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Budget will not be a constraint on the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine: Expenditure Secretary TV Somanathan
Expenditure secy says health ministry will take a call on who gets it on priority and the costs (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India sets aside $7 bn to vaccinate the world's second biggest population against coronavirus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ’s administration estimates an all-in cost of about $6-$7 per person in the nation of 1.3 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The money provisioned so far is for the current financial year ending March 31 and there will be no shortage of further funds for this purpose, they added. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 2,000 patients benefited from plasma therapy in Delhi, says Health Minister Jain
The first plasma bank was opened on July 2 by Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal at the state-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Science (ILBS) in south Delhi. After that another bank was opened at LNJP Hospital, a dedicated coronavirus facility. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Memory loss, fatigue: Coronavirus brings load of post-recovery complications
Some patients are also reporting neurological symptoms, including headache, confusion and delirium, suggesting the virus may also be affecting the brain. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Very large portion of COVID-19 vaccines likely to be manufactured in India: Gates Foundation CEO
In an interview to, Suzman noted that India is doing everything it can right now with the resources at hand to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic to shave off 40% operating profit of private hospitals: Report
Since the pandemic-driven lockdowns that began late March, hospitals have been on a crisis path as people began to avoid going to hospitals for regular consultations and began to postpone elective surgeries, which have been the most lucrative procedures for any hospital, especially organ transplants among others. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harsh Vardhan launches website for information on clinical trial of CSIR ushered repurposed drugs
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been exploring multiple combination clinical trials of antivirals with host-directed therapies for a potential treatment of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India in 'extremely comfortable position' in terms of oxygen availability: Health Ministry
Giving more details, Bhushan said the number of patients on oxygen support, which includes those in ICU, ventilator and oxygen supported beds, increased from 43,022 on September 1 to 75,000 in the third week of that month. The number then started declining and as of Tuesday it was over 57,000, he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Centre considering removing plasma therapy from COVID-19 clinical management protocol
The decision may disrupt ongoing plasma therapy programmes in the country. Several states and hospitals have not only backed the therapy, but have also set up plasma banks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Digital health ID not mandatory for accessing COVID vaccine: Health Ministry
"The NDHM, as it exists today, does not make a digital ID or health ID mandatory to receive service under the digital ecosystem that NDHM is creating. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: ICMR official warns against reinfection after recovery
It is a new disease and information regarding this is limited as of now, Bhargava said, adding that if antibodies decrease in the body of a person within five months of recovery, there is a possibility of reinfection with COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors are now probing whether COVID-19 is causing diabetes, even with no history
It's already been well-documented that people with diabetes face much higher risks of severe illness or death if they contract COVID-19. In July, U.S. health officials found that nearly 40% of people who have died with COVID-19 had diabetes. Now, cases like Buelna's suggest the connection between the diseases runs both ways. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pollution may increase virus transmissibility making people more vulnerable to COVID-19, say experts
Air pollution may increase the transmissibility of the novel coronavirus making people more vulnerable to the disease and aggravating the COVID-19 situation, experts have said, while warning that those who have had the infection in the past may also have to face new challenges. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech to begin trial of intranasal COVID-19 vaccine soon: Harsh Vardhan
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech to begin trial of intranasal COVID-19 vaccine soon - minister (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus survives on skin five times longer than flu: Study
The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, said the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senior citizens in New Delhi district to get services of psychologists, doctors at doorstep
The move is aimed at providing holistic support to around 60,000 senior citizens living in the New Delhi district, nodal officer doctor Nitin Shakya said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indian meditation and mental wellness apps are finding global takers
A number of Indian meditation and mental wellness mobile applications are increasingly finding global takers, particularly after the Covid-19 outbreak. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO study says remdesivir did not cut hospital stay or mortality in COVID-19 patients
The study found the regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the length of the in-hospital course among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the WHO said on Thursday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over the past three decades, India has gained 10 years in life expectancy: Lancet study
The study, published in the Lancet journal, noted that life expectancy in India has risen from 59.6 years in 1990 to 70.8 years in 2019, ranging from 77.3 years in Kerala to 66.9 years in Uttar Pradesh. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's COVID-19 fatality rate 1.52 percent, lowest since March 22, says Ministry of Health
Thirteen states and Union Territories, including Puducherry (403), Maharashtra (335), Goa (331), Delhi (317), Karnataka (152), Tamil Nadu (135) and Punjab (131), had deaths per million population more than the national average. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To lock down or not? Amid widespread virus resurgence, experts spar over what to do
The stalemate is over whether countries should protect the vulnerable and let the younger people — who face low risk of being severely impacted by Covid-19 — go about their lives and in the process lead to natural immunity, or whether they should reject this idea and implement measures leading to suppression of the disease. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prepared to administer 1 mn COVID-19 vaccines a day: Apollo Hospitals Group
The group will leverage its pan India web of 19 medicine supply hubs with cold chain facilities and use it's 70 hospitals, over 400 clinics, 500 corporate health centers, 4,000 pharmacies alongside omni-channel digital platform Apollo 24|7 to ensure massive administration capacity of COVID-19 vaccines, Apollo Hospitals Group said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jammu and Kashmir government seeks Rs 367 crore from World Bank to fund healthcare institutions
The proposal has been prepared by the health and medical education department with the objective of providing state-of-the-art medical services and facilities to people living in urban areas as well as the remotest parts of the union territory, they said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India under-invested in healthcare, should double spends: Uday Kotak
During the conversation with private equity major Carlyle Group's co-founder and co-chairman David Rubenstein, Kotak said this is the best time to invest in India for foreign investors, adding that the best returns were made on the bets taken between 1999 and 2003, when the country was facing challenging economic prospects. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People with blood type O at lower risk of COVID-19: Recent studies
People with blood type O may have a lower risk of infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes Covid-19, and reduced likelihood of severe outcomes, including organ complications, if they develop the disease, two new studies suggest. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 COVID-19 trials have been paused for safety. That's a good thing
Clinical trials experts said these delays were comforting, in a way: They show that the researchers were following proper safety procedures. But for now, details about the nature of the volunteers ’ illnesses are scant. And although pauses of vaccine trials are not unusual, some experts said that pausing treatment trials — like that of Eli Lilly’s antibody drug — is rarer and perhaps more worrisome. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A digital medical ID for everyone: India prepares ground for unique healthcare revamp
Implementation of the digital health plan will boost productivity and lead to an additional benefit of as much as $250 billion to India ’s GDP over the next 10 years, according to a recent report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Boston Consulting Group. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India ’s successful journey to self-sufficiency in PPE kits
The concerted efforts of the government, businesses and multiple stakeholders turned this crisis into a golden opportunity for indigenous manufacturers. This successful journey has become an inspiration for other indigenous manufacturers, and the AtmaNirbhar Bharat mission is there to support these manufacturers to act on their aspirations. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India pitches for easier cross-border movement of healthcare professionals
New Delhi on Tuesday told the multilateral trade body that restrictive trade practices in the services sector have led to inability of countries in mobilising such professionals during the ongoing pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Three local cos working on antibody drugs for Covid
​​Bharat Serums, Intas Pharma and Biological E along with ICMR are working on antibody therapies for Covid-19 in India. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccines not near, trials just started
The first batch of 100 participants in the Indian trial of the vaccine developed by University of Oxford and AstraZeneca were inoculated on October 8. Serum Institute of India (SII) is conducting the trials. Results of trials of Oxford and Bharat Biotech won ’t be out till 2021. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NephroPlus acquires majority stake in Philippine's Royal Care dialysis centers
RCDC Network is a growing network in Philippines and currently treats approximately 400 dialysis patients across its 6 dialysis clinics located in Metro Manila and other nearby provinces. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immuneel signs pact with Hospital Cl ínic de Barcelona to work on cancer therapy
The collaboration opens up opportunities for co-development of advanced assets to be deployed in Spain and India, said Immuneel in a press release. Immuneel acquired the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise autologous ARI-0001 – a CD19 Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, in India. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Businessman BR Shetty seeks India probe of NMC, Finablr ex-CEOs over $6 bln scandal
Several companies linked to Shetty, including top United Arab Emirates hospital operator NMC Health PLC and payments firm Finablr PLC, have come under severe financial strain this year after short-seller Muddy Waters questioned NMC's financials. At issue, Muddy Waters said, were questions about NMC's asset purchase prices and capital expenditures, which it said were both inflated. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government's eSanjeevani OPD completes 5 lakh tele-consultations since its launch
"As a digital modality of healthcare services delivery, eSanjeevani is gradually shaping into a parallel stream for the Indian healthcare delivery system with the number of teleconsultations per day on the platform touching the 8,000-mark in the last few days," the ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Manipal Health in talks to buy India operations of Columbia Asia for Rs 1,600 crore
​​If the deal goes through, Columbia Asia will be rebranded Manipal Hospitals, which will likely become the second largest hospital chain in India with 26 hospitals and nearly 7,000 beds, behind Apollo Hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid vaccines will require booster doses: Harsh Vardhan
The vaccines developed by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech will require two doses while Cadila Healthcare ’s vaccine requires three doses, he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid warriors: Volunteers who are helping speed up vaccine launch in India
Trial participants must have normal levels for blood pressure and blood sugar. Pregnant women and children are not allowed to be part of the trial. Participants are monitored for next six months for any possible side effects. They also must refrain from drinking alcohol for two months after receiving the dose. Participants receive Rs 500 as transport charges. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 71-lakh mark with 66,732 fresh cases
There are 8,61,853 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which account for 12.10 per cent of the total caseload, the data showed. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital cost capped, but Covid can cripple 80% of families
Responding to growing anger over the high cost of Covid treatment, most states have capped Covid treatment charges. Yet, more than 80% of families would be financially crippled by a single member undergoing Covid treatment. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr. Purshotam Lal – Reinventing Healthcare with Innovations
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Mumbai power outage: BMC assures city hospitals have backup, non-essential work put on hold
A major power grid failure hit the power supply in most parts of Mumbai on Monday morning. Adani electricity said that its teams are working to restore the supply in the affected areas at the earliest. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Digital healthcare to witness exponential growth in next five years, says Practo CEO
Healthcare is a very complex industry from a consumer's standpoint. The consumer is already in a lot of pain and in a high-level of anxiety, "we are trying to make sure that healthcare for the user becomes a simple affair, no matter where he is in the country,... he can access healthcare services on our app," CEO Shashank ND said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feluda test will soon be rolled out to test Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan
Developed by CSIR-IGIB, the paper strip test has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for a commercial launch. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news