HEALTH

Patient ID, medical records’ matching now helps during vaccination, say experts

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Experts from Regenstrief Institute, Mayo Clinic and the Pew Charitable Trusts have suggested that matching patient records from disparate sources has become crucial to stem the tide of the current coronavirus pandemic and allow for fast action for future outbreaks of highly contagious viruses. In a peer-reviewed commentary published in npj Digital Medicine, the team of experts said rapid identification ...

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Coronavirus: Who is the loser in US-WHO rift? Global Health

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When US President Donald Trump tweeted a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week threatening to make permanent the US freeze on WHO funding that began in April, unless the organization “can actually demonstrate independence from China” within 30 days, it has heralded another onslaught on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. If President Trump sidelines the World Health Organization, ...

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India health minster Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Board Chiarman

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches the ‘COVID India Seva’, an interactive platform for citizen engagement on COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 21, 2020 (PIB)

As coronavirus has given the World Health organization enough explanations to do amid massive criticism for its delayed response initially, India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined the world body as its board chairman on Friday, at its 147th session, taking over charge from Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan. He said, “I feel privileged to take charge as Chairman of ...

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How migrant labourers can register on Govt websites to return home?

As coronavirus lockdown has been lifted or being lifted gradually, all state governments are working overnight to facilitate migrant labourers to return safely to their home states across the country. They have to register on official websites to return home and here are the links to register. For migrant labour registration, one can go to the link of the state ...

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Heart attack prevention lags for people with stroke, peripheral artery disease: Study

Preventon of heart attack efforts are found to be unequal in patients who usually reach the stage after several cardovascular diseases and stroke, according to a recent study, whch advocated early treatment methods to ward off such eventualites among patients. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care & Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2020, which had ...

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NIH begins clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started working on a clinical trial to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Phase 2b trial will enroll approximately 2,000 adults across the United ...

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Treatment with interferon speeds up recovery of COVID-19 patients

Treatment with antivirals such as interferons may significantly clear virus and reduce levels of inflammatory proteins in COVID-19 patients, said a new study conducted by researchers in Toronto. Researchers conducting an exploratory study on some confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan found that treatment with interferon (IFN)-α2b significantly reduced the duration of detectable virus in the upper respiratory tract and reduced ...

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New blood test may transform the way cancer is monitored and treated

Stanford University scientists have described a new type of test that can detect genetic mutations in minute amounts of DNA released from cancer cells into the blood. The test, which is called single color digital PCR, requires only a fraction of a tube of blood and can detect as few as three mutation-bearing molecules in a single reaction. According to ...

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