Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Covid linked to irritable bowel syndrome: Study

Covid-19 is associated with an increased risk of developing long-term gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, according to a global study conducted in 14 countries including India. Irritable bowel syndrome tends to be chronic, characterised by a number of intestinal disorders affecting the colon, including altered bowel motility, bloating, and abdominal cramping.

'XBB' Covid variants unlikely to cause new wave, don't create panic: Experts

The fresh spike in Covid cases is not an indication of a new wave, and there is no need to panic, health experts said on Monday. India on Monday recorded a single-day rise of 918 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours pushing the active cases to 6,350, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

Rajasthan reports 30 Covid cases, 2 deaths; active caseload 117

Two persons died while 30 others tested positive for Covid-19 in Rajasthan on Sunday, taking the state's active caseload to 117, raising concerns over the return of the deadly virus in the desert state. Of the two deaths, one was reported from Bhilwara and the other from Jaipur.

Find out the risk of developing disease through gene astrology

Knowing the risk that you face of getting a disease in later years may soon be possible. The zoology department of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has started working on the concept of gene astrology with a view to finding out as to what extent and when people run the risk of developing a disease on the basis of their genes.

Covid-19 pandemic likely to settle as seasonal flu this year: WHO

Covid-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed more than seven million deaths globally, may likely end up being as public health emergency of international concern' this year and pose a seasonal flu threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. "I'm confident that this year we will be able to say that Covid-19 is over as a public health emergency of international concern," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing.

DDMA discusses preparedness for earthquake, prevailing H3N2 Flu situation

The 38th meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) held on Saturday discussed the preparedness for any earthquake in the city and the ongoing H3N2 Flu situation. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Lt. Governor V.K. Saxena. Vice Chairman of DDMA, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot apart from the Chief Secretary, Special Commissioner (Police), Divisional Commissioner, Secretary (Health), VC, DDA, 

Your lovely pet dog or cat may lead to restless nights

Your lovable pet dog or cat may lead to you having more restless nights than people without pets, reveals a new study. According to researchers at the Lincoln Memorial University, US, having a dog was associated with greater odds of having a sleep disorder and having trouble sleeping while having a cat was associated with a higher chance of having leg jerks.

Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease

The World Sleep Day is an annual event organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society on Friday (Mar 17). The objective is to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw attention to the burden of sleep problems. Sleep disorders can have a significant impact on a person's overall health and quality of life. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a range of health problems, including obesity, diabetes,

One-third of world's population suffers from sleep disorders: Experts

About one-third of the people in the world suffer from sleep disorders which is mainly caused by a sedentary lifestyle, medical experts said. Sleep reduction causes insulin resistance leading to obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory disorders.

Examine situation at micro level, Centre to six states reporting rising Covid cases

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday wrote to six states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, which have reported significant rise in the Covid cases in last week - to examine the Covid 19 situation at the micro level.

Adenovirus alarm: Bengal Health Department issues advisory

In wake of rising number of children admitted with adenovirus related symptoms in West Bengal, the state Health Department on Thursday issued an advisory on dos and don'ts in case of children showing such symptoms.

Coimbatore car blast case: Madras HC seeks information on treatment provided to accused

The Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu Prisons Department to produce the details of the treatment provided to Coimbatore car blast case accused, Mohammed Asaruddin.


Punjab Local Government Minister Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar on Thursday released the maiden issue of the quarterly newsletter of his department. He said that this initiative would act as a report card of the Local Government department.

Sleeping less than 5 hours can double risk of clogged leg arteries: Study

People who sleep less than five hours a night could be at 74 per cent risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD) compared with seven to eight hours, according to a new study. More than 200 million people globally have peripheral artery disease (PAD), where arteries in the legs are clogged, restricting blood flow and increasing the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Adenovirus alarm: Four more child deaths reported from Kolkata

Four more deaths of children admitted with adenovirus-related symptoms have been reported from a Kolkata hospital since Tuesday evening. Of the four at the B.C. Roy Children's Hospital, sources said, two died on Tuesday evening, while the other two died between early morning and late afternoon on Wednesday.

Common cold gives children immunity against Covid-19

Children infected with seasonal common cold are likely to have immunity against Covid-19, according to a research. During the pandemic, medical doctors and researchers noticed that children and adolescents infected with Covid became less ill than adults.

Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness for ensuing summer, mitigation measures

Amid the possibility of above normal maximum temperatures over most parts of northeast, east and central India during March to May, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday chaired a meeting to review preparedness for the ensuing summer and mitigation measures.

Covid-19 can cause 'face blindness': Study

Covid-19 can cause difficulty recognising faces and navigational problems, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Cortex, is the first to report "prosopagnosia," also known as face blindness, following symptoms consistent with Covid.

Covid vax efficacy may depend on your sleep cycle

People with less than six hours of sleep per night in the days surrounding Covid-19 vaccination can have a blunted antibody response, according to a new research that stresses the importance of sleep in the vaccination effort.

Total robotic liver transplant surgery saves 8-month-old Ahmedabad toddler

In the first such surgery of its kind in western India, a total robotic liver transplant operation saved the life of an 8-month-old toddler from Ahmedabad at the Global Hospitals here, officials said here on Monday.

H3N2 virus: Health experts call for masks, better hygiene & flu shot

Even as India is seeing a spurt in Influenza cases, caused by H3N2 virus, health experts on Monday have suggested people to take precautionary measures such as use of masks, better hand hygiene, as well as an annual flu shot.

Centre mulling taking action against e-pharmacies over data misuse

The Centre is planning to regulate the e-pharmacy industry over misuse of data, sources said. According to a source, the Health Ministry is working on a policy to regulate the e-pharmacy industry market in the country, and a Group of Ministers (GoM) are in favour of the closure of e-pharmacies. "They did not propose the idea in the present shape. The government can take action against them," the source said.

Patna police announce Rs 2 lakh cash for tracing missing top doctor

After failing to trace the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) doctor, who is missing since the beginning of March, Patna police on Monday announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh to those who give a tip off or any information about his location.

Adenovirus alarm: 4 more child deaths reported from Bengal

Amid fear of spreading adenovirus in West Bengal, four more child deaths have been reported from a Kolkata hospital from Sunday night till Monday afternoon.

US Congress legislates to declassify information on Covid-19 origins

In an unprecedented move, the US Congress, dominated by the Republican Party, has passed a bill unanimously asking the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information on the origins of Covid 19 and sent the measure to President Joe Biden's desk for approval.

With H3N2 as predominant sub-type, combination of viruses causing infections

A total of 3,038 lab-confirmed cases of various subtypes of influenza including H3N2 have been reported till March 9 by the states, as per the latest data available on IDSP-IHIP (Integrated Health Information Platform).

Ahead of G-20 meet, BMC cracks the whip on dust polluters, warns strict action

Taking serious cognizance of the dust pollution choking Mumbai ahead of the G-20 meet, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday set up a high-level committee to monitor and strictly implement pollution control measures.

Cough & cold cases up by 40%, say NCR docs as they prepare for H3N2

Cases of cough and cold here have increased by about 40 per cent in the last few months. The Noida Health Department conducted a study involving 3,500 patients in the last three weeks wherein 660 patients showed Covid-like symptoms.


Punjab Revenue Minister and Hoshiarpur MLA Bram Shanker Jimpa has thanked Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema for allocating Rs. 412 crore in the budget for new medical college to be built in Hoshiarpur soon.

Covid deaths: World leaders say 'never again' to vaccine inequality

A group of more than 190 current and former world leaders, Nobel laureates, civil society organisations, faith leaders, and health experts in an open letter called on governments to "never again" allow "profiteering and nationalism" to come before the needs of humanity, as it did during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Study finds rat carrying multiple variants of Covid virus in US

A new study has demonstrated that rats are susceptible to infection with Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2. In the study, published in the journal mBio, the researchers set out to determine whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus in humans has been transmitted to the rat population in urban areas of the US, specifically New York City, and if so, which SARS-CoV-2 variant caused those infections.

Measles outbreak in J'khand: Govt to run campaign to vaccinate 46 lakh children

Concerned over the increasing cases of measles in nine districts of the state, the Jharkhand government has decided to run a special measles-rubella campaign in these districts for five weeks from April 15.

'When will Kochi smog clear up', Kerala HC asks govt

The Kerala High Court on Friday expressed its deep displeasure and asked the government, when will the ongoing smog at Kochi clear up, as things are very serious.

Long Covid much less likely after Omicron infection: Study

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is much less likely to lead to long Covid than the variant circulating at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, new research shows. The study found that healthcare workers infected with the original wild-type virus were up to 67 per cent more likely to report symptoms of long Covid than those who hadn't had Covid-19.

Punjab Assembly passes resolution against 'exorbitantly-priced medicines'

The Punjab Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a non-official resolution to take up the matter of fleecing common people by exorbitantly priced medicines with the Central government.

Not checking social media apps for 15 min daily can boost your health

Reducing social media use by 15 minutes a day can significantly improve general health and immune function and reduce levels of loneliness and depression, suggests new research. The study, published in the Journal of Technology in Behavior Science, showed that the people who reduced their social media use had an average 15 per cent improvement in immune function, including fewer colds, flu, warts, and verrucae.

Lifestyle changes help to prevent kidney diseases: Experts

By making changes in lifestyle, kidney diseases cannot only be prevented but also controlled in their early stages, said experts.

KDAH trains 100,000 in CPR to save lives in cardiac emergencies

The Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) in Navi Mumbai has launched a massive free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for commoners to help save lives in cases of heart emergencies, an officials said here on Thursday.

Swelling in feet could be signs of kidney trouble

Swelling in the feet, ankles and legs that leave a dimple on the skin when pressure is applied, could be a result of too much fluid in the tissues that could point to developing or existing kidney disorder.

Indian family facing deportation over son's Down Syndrome allowed to stay in Australia

An Indian family that was asked to leave Australia due to their son's Down Syndrome has now been offered permanent residency after Immigration Minister Andrew Giles intervened. After living in Perth for seven years, Aneesh Kollikkara's family was facing the prospect of being deported to India next week as their 10-year-old son Aaryan failed the visa health test, WA Today reported.

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