Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer Pharmaceutical, was awarded the prestigious Genesis Prize on January 19. The $1 million award is granted for his efforts in developing world leading COVID-19 vaccine. ''Bourla had received the largest number of votes in an online campaign in which some 2,00,000 people in 71 countries participated'', stated the Prize Foundation. Meanwhile, Bourla hopes to travel to Jerusalem this summer for the event.
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A government doctor has been arrested by police on January 18 in Kerala, after banned contraband was found from his possession. Identified as Aquil Mohammed Hussain, the doctor was working as surgeon in a government medical college. According to police, 2.78 gram MDMA and one LSD Stamp were recovered from him, while the interrogation was going on, before he was scheduled to be submitted to local court.
In a study, researchers from the University of Illinois, United States of America, have found biomarkers that can help to track depression in platelets. ''A cellular biomarker is responsible for the translocation of Gs alpha from lipid rafts. The biomarker can be identified through a blood test," told Mark Rasenick, head of the team. When we are depressed, the adenylyl cyclase-small molecule inside the cell remains low, confirmed study.
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Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, 42 doctors and paramedics of the Government Medical College Srinagar tested COVID-19 positive taking tally there to 249 in 15 days. According to officials, a majority of staff are isolated. Principal of the Medical College has however said that hospital will continue to run as normal on January 17, as authorities decided to keep all the hospitals under its control for patient-care.
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According to researchers from Aarhus University, sustainable diets are beneficial for lowering the risk of blood clotting in the brain and safe for the environment too. The researchers used the data from 'Cancer and Health, Population study' conducted in the early 1990s, to find out the eating habits and lifestyles of nearly 58,000 adults. ''We need to eat more sustainably, but it's important to consume a healthy diet'', said Danish… read-more
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A South African study claimed that even unvaccinated people infected by the Omicron variant will not require hospital care. The study, led by the NICD, compared 11,600 patients from the first three COVID-19 waves with 5,100 patients from the new Omicron wave and found that there will be no severe illness. "Approximately 25% reduced risk of severe, hospitalization or death compared to Delta," the study said.
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Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, the government of Jammu and Kashmir on January 15, announced that there will be complete restrictions on non-essential movements during weekends in the entire union territory. State executive committee issued an order, on the same. The order reads, "Night curfew shall continue to remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement".
Kashmir Health Services Director has asked all the concerned officers to implement COVID-19 SOPs properly in all healthcare institutions. The order was issued in view of the recent COVID-19 surge in the country & detection of some Omicron cases in J&K. As per the order, they will ensure that no patient/attendant is allowed to enter hospital without RT-PCR testing, & masks are put on face by them properly.
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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar is recovering well and is currently in the ICU, her family informed. She was recently tested positive for Coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on January 8. Later, she suffered pneumonia and was treated. Lata is known as Nightingale of India. She has been lauded with numerous awards, & is also a recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award.
Special yoga and pranayama classes will be provided by government for home isolated COVID-19 patients, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, on January 11. "A new initiative under 'Delhi ki Yogshala' has been started by the government, whereby an instructor will teach Yoga to Covid patients for their recovery, as Yoga improves immunity," said Kejriwal. During last year's budget, the Delhi government had earmarked Rs 25 crore for the Yoga programme… read-more