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Study Reveals Increased Air Pollution Causing Irreversible Blindness

A study by University College, London showed that air pollution results in permanent sight loss called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study discovered that AMD was the leading cause of permanent blindness in late adults in high-income countries. Researchers found that PM 2.5 posed a higher risk of causing AMD as other pollutants were learned capable of harming retina. Besides, they claimed that pollution could be linked with AMD… read-more

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 - 07:27 PM / by Richa Nigam

Tags: Air Pollution, AMD, UK Biobank, eye problems

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Covid Assitants

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Bengal: Workers-Turned-Assistants At COVID Ward Protest Over Job Security

Discontented migrant workers hired at COVID-19 wards in West Bengal to assist patients staged a protest outside the state health department. They gathered on January 25 after some of their co-workers were released from duty following fall in active cases. Fearing job loss after March 31, the assistants now seek job security from the state government. The COVID-19 warriors also submitted a memorandum to the health department and await a reply… read-more

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 - 09:30 AM / by Sakshi Teresa Emmanuel

Tags: West Bengal, Unemployment, Migrant Workers, health department, covid 19, Corona Warriors

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Ajay Bhalla

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Home Secretary Asks States To Penalise Rumours Against COVID Vaccine

Addressing the rumours regarding COVID -19 vaccine, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked the states to counter the spread of false information.  He said, "vested interests can create unwanted doubts among people at large" and that needs to be curbed. Besides, the letter provisioned penal actions under the Disaster Management Act and IPC for the culprits. Earlier, the health ministry had released posters to tackle the vaccine hesitancy… read-more

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 - 07:31 PM / by Sakshi Teresa Emmanuel

Tags: covid 19, Coronavirus Vaccines, Rumors, Penal Action, Union Home Ministry, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Courtesy: Times Now News

Moderna's Covid vaccine

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Tata Healthcare Likely To Launch Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine In India

Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd are likely to launch Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in India as it has started exploratory talks with US’ Moderna Inc. To carry out the clinical trials, the Tata group's healthcare venture might collaborate with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Varying from Pfizer’s vaccine, Moderna can be stored at normal fridge temperature, making it more favourable to be adopted by underdeveloped countries… read-more

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 - 07:11 PM / by Richa Nigam

Tags: Moderna, United States, Covid Vaccine, Cold Chain, Pfizer

Courtesy: The Indian Express

Representational photo: Immunity to coronavirus.

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COVID Affected Patients Can Escape Reinfection Of Mutant Virus: Study

According to a study published in journal Nature, previously COVID-19 infected patients have the ability to develop immunity from reinfection for six-months or longer. US' Rockefeller University researchers explained the patient's immune system evolves to create memory B-cells that recognize the virus. Moreover, the B-cells in the immune system improves the quality of antibodies owing to numerous rounds of mutation. As per scientists, B-cell… read-more

Sun, 24 Jan 2021 - 04:38 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: US, Rockefeller University, Nature, Immune System, Health

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A paralyzed mouse in lab.

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German Scientist Successes Producing Artificial Nerve Fibres To Cure Paralysis

In an attempt to cure spinal-cord-induced-paralysis, German scientists from Bocham's Ruh University have claimed success in producing new nerve fibres for muscle-brain connection. As per the scientists, they stimulated nerve cells via designer protein "hyper-interleukin-6". Reportedly, the paralyzed-mice injected with the protein were able to walk after two-three weeks as new cells generated to carry information from brain to spine. However,… read-more

Sun, 24 Jan 2021 - 01:43 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Germany, Bocham, Ruh University, Paralysis

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Schoolgirls

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Tripura To Provide Free Sanitary Napkins To Schoolgirls

To maintain female menstrual hygiene, the Tripura government on January 20 passed a proposal to provide free sanitary napkins to schoolgirls from class 6 to 12. State Education Minister Ratanlal Nath made the announcement of this scheme named ''Kishori Suchita Abhiyan". Aiming to cover 1,68,252 students, the government has earmarked more than Rs 3.6 crore for the scheme. The state has also adopted 'Policy On School Bag 2020', said the… read-more

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 - 11:42 AM / by Bhavyata Kagrana

Tags: Tripura, Sanitary Napkins, Education, Biplab Kumar Deb

Nasal Covid 19 Vaccine

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Bharat Biotech Seek Permit For Nasal COVID Vaccine's Phase 1 Trial

COVID-19 vaccine developer Bharat Biotech has applied to the Drug Controller General of India for Phase 1 trial of its intranasal COVID-19 vaccine. Touted as a potential game-changer, the vaccine is a pain-free needle-less method and does not require trained healthcare workers. Citing the efficacy on tests results done on rodents, Bharat Biotech said it could stimulate an immune response in the nose by protecting the point of entry of the… read-more

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - 08:26 PM / by Sakshi Teresa Emmanuel

Tags: Bharat biotech, Nasal Vaccine, Phase 1 Trial, Covid-19

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Representational photo: A volunteer getting inoculated.

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Vaccine Centres Install TVs, Selfie Stands To Increase Inoculation Turnout

To encourage citizen volunteering for COVID-19 inoculation, the New Delhi district administration has taken measures like installing selfie stands and music systems at the vaccination centres. TVs and magazines have also been made available for those under 30-minutes observation period post vaccination. Besides, urging the senior doctors to motivate subordinates by getting vaccinated first, the administration has also appointed counsellors,… read-more

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - 11:37 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: New Delhi, Covid-19 Vaccination, Vaccine Trials, Health

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Frozen Covishield Vaccine Found In Assam

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1,000 Covishield Doses Found Frozen At Assam's Medical College

Assam's Silchar Medical College and Hospital witnessed a total of 1,000 doses of spoiled 'Covishield' vaccines due to extreme cold storage temperatures. While the ideal storage temperature for the vaccine is 2-8°C, the temperature of the storage facility at SMCH slumped to minus 5-6°C, freezing the vaccines. Instigating a probe into the matter, the state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the lapses might have occurred probably due to… read-more

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - 11:00 AM / by Sakshi Teresa Emmanuel

Tags: COVISHIELD, Vaccine Storage, Assam, Extreme Temperature Silchar Medical College and Hospital, Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, National Health Mission

Courtesy: The Times Of India