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What is Chandipura virus: All you need to know about how it spreads?

Fifteen kids were reported dead in Gujarat after they were infected with the Chandipura virus. Safeguarding children from this infection has become the priority. The virus was first recognised in 1965

What is Chandipura virus: All you need to know about how it spreads?
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 3:44 PM IST

Risk of developing Long Covid falls, but remains substantial, shows study

The World Health Organization says tens of thousands of Covid cases are being reported globally. The actual number of infections is likely to be significantly higher

Risk of developing Long Covid falls, but remains substantial, shows study
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 8:41 AM IST

Health officials tell US doctors to be alert for dengue as cases ramp up

U.S. health officials on Tuesday warned doctors to be alert for dengue cases as the tropical disease breaks international records. The virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been surging worldwide, helped by climate change. In barely six months, countries in the Americas have already broken calendar-year records for dengue cases. The World Health Organization declared an emergency in December, and Puerto Rico declared a public health emergency in March. Dengue remains less common in the continental United States, but in the 50 states so far this year there have been three times more cases than at the same point last year. Most were infections that travelers got abroad, and officials note there is no evidence of a current outbreak. But they also warn that local mosquitos pose a threat. In its health alert Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised doctors to know the symptoms, ask questions about where patients recently traveled and consider ordering dengue .

Health officials tell US doctors to be alert for dengue as cases ramp up
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 8:36 AM IST

Groundwater to heat over 3 degrees C by century end, risking safety: Report

Groundwater is projected to warm by 2-3.5 degrees Celsius before the turn of this century, potentially risking water quality and safety, apart from threatening ecosystems depending on the resource, a new research has found. The "world's first global groundwater temperature model" predicted the highest warming rates in Central Russia, Northern China and parts of North America, and the Amazon rainforest in South America. A team of researchers, led by those from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, said while a lot of focus on climate change concerns weather events and water availability, we also need to think about how it impacts groundwater, critical to life on the planet. Warming of groundwater can adversely impact ecosystems relying on them, they said. "Rivers rely on groundwater to keep flowing during dry times. Warm waters hold less dissolved oxygen," explained study co-author Gabriel Rau from the University of Newcastle, UK. The model also estimated that by 2100, 60

Groundwater to heat over 3 degrees C by century end, risking safety: Report
Updated On : 05 Jun 2024 | 3:35 PM IST

Covid-19 effect: Global healthy life expectancy slumps to 2012 level

According to WHO's latest report, global life expectancy and healthy life expectancy dropped to 2012 levels of 1.8 and 1.5 years, respectively, eradicating a decade of progress

Covid-19 effect: Global healthy life expectancy slumps to 2012 level
Updated On : 27 May 2024 | 4:17 PM IST

India to showcase Ayushman Bharat digital mission at World Health Assembly

India will highlight its universal coverage through Ayushman Bharat, public health emergency preparedness and digital health transformations in the country at the World Health Assembly to be held in Geneva from May 27, official sources said on Wednesday. It will also showcase the Arogya Maitri Disaster Management Cube -- an indigenous portable hospital -- equipped with several innovative tools designed to enhance disaster response and medical support at the annual event organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The 77th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will be held in Geneva from May 27 to June 1. Indian delegation from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is being led by Union Health Secretary Apurva Chandra. Representatives from 194 countries will participate in the event to structure the global health ecosystem. The theme for this year's WHA is "All for Health, Health for All". The WHA comprises sessions in three main committees -- Plenary, Committee A and

India to showcase Ayushman Bharat digital mission at World Health Assembly
Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 7:24 AM IST

Nations struggle to draft pandemic treaty to avoid mistakes made in Covid

After the coronavirus pandemic triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organisation and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. Years later, countries are still struggling to come up with an agreed-upon plan for how the world might respond to the next global outbreak. A ninth and final round of talks involving governments, advocacy groups and others to finalise a pandemic treaty is scheduled to end Friday. The accord's aim: guidelines for how the WHO's 194 member countries might stop future pandemics and better share scarce resources. But experts warn there are virtually no consequences for countries that don't comply. WHO's countries asked the UN health agency to oversee talks for a pandemic agreement in 2021. Envoys have been working long hours in recent weeks to prepare a draft ahead of a self-imposed deadline later this month: ratification of the accord at WHO's annual meeting. But deep divisions could derail ..

Nations struggle to draft pandemic treaty to avoid mistakes made in Covid
Updated On : 10 May 2024 | 10:31 PM IST

AstraZeneca admits Covishield has rare side effect: Is concern warranted?

AstraZeneca's acknowledgment that the vaccine may lead to thrombosis isn't a new revelation, but it underscores the need for transparent communication by the pharma companies, say experts

AstraZeneca admits Covishield has rare side effect: Is concern warranted?
Updated On : 01 May 2024 | 10:47 PM IST

AstraZeneca admits its Covishield vaccine may lead to rare side effect

AstraZeneca has admitted for the first time in court documents that its Covid vaccine can cause rare side effects, marking an about-turn that may open the door for a multi-million pound legal payout

AstraZeneca admits its Covishield vaccine may lead to rare side effect
Updated On : 30 Apr 2024 | 10:40 AM IST

Biden govt announces partnership with 50 nations to stifle future pandemics

The announcement comes as countries have struggled to meet a worldwide accord on responses to future pandemics. Four years after the coronavirus pandemic

Biden govt announces partnership with 50 nations to stifle future pandemics
Updated On : 16 Apr 2024 | 7:05 PM IST

C-Section deliveries on the rise in India between 2016 and 2021: Study

The study also revealed that nearly half of all deliveries in private hospitals were C-sections (caesarean sections)

C-Section deliveries on the rise in India between 2016 and 2021: Study
Updated On : 01 Apr 2024 | 6:45 PM IST

How to save the pandemic treaty

As countries cavil over specific clauses in a draft pandemic treaty, there is good reason to fear that the document will be whittled down so much that it becomes useless

How to save the pandemic treaty
Updated On : 27 Mar 2024 | 9:44 PM IST

Neurological issues leading cause of ill health, disability: Lancet study

Neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and dementia are now the leading cause of ill health and disability globally, affecting 3.4 billion people in 2021, according to a major new analysis published in The Lancet Neurology journal. Globally, the number of people living with, or dying from, neurological conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and meningitis has risen substantially over the past 30 years. This is due to the growth and ageing of the global population as well as increased exposure to environmental, metabolic, and lifestyle risk factors, the researchers said. The study suggests that worldwide, the overall amount of disability, illness, and premature death -- a measurement known as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) -- caused by neurological conditions increased by 18 per cent over the past 31 years, rising from around 375 million years of healthy life lost in 1990 to 443 million years in 2021. The analysis from the .

Neurological issues leading cause of ill health, disability: Lancet study
Updated On : 15 Mar 2024 | 12:45 PM IST

Indian sentenced to 20 years jail term over Uzbekistan cough syrup deaths

The Supreme Court of Uzbekistan found Singh Raghvendra Pratap guilty of charges, including tax fraud and forgery, following a six-month long trial in the matter

Indian sentenced to 20 years jail term over Uzbekistan cough syrup deaths
Updated On : 27 Feb 2024 | 4:00 PM IST

Zydus Lifesciences gets WHO nod for API used in kala-azar treatment

More than 1 billion people live in areas endemic for leishmaniasis or Kala Azar and are at risk of infection

Zydus Lifesciences gets WHO nod for API used in kala-azar treatment
Updated On : 25 Feb 2024 | 10:36 PM IST

Jaishankar calls on WHO chief 'Tulsi Bhai', discusses pandemic preparedness

EAM Jaishankar discussed traditional medicine and pandemic preparedness with the WHO chief while calling him 'Tulsi Bhai'

Jaishankar calls on WHO chief 'Tulsi Bhai', discusses pandemic preparedness
Updated On : 17 Feb 2024 | 8:03 PM IST

Nearly 10K died from Covid-19 last mth due to gatherings, new variant: WHO

The head of the U.N. health agency said Wednesday holiday gatherings and the spread of the most prominent variant globally led to increased transmission of COVID-19 last month. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said nearly 10,000 deaths were reported in December, while hospital admissions during the month jumped 42% in nearly 50 countries mostly in Europe and the Americas that shared such trend information. "Although 10,000 deaths a month is far less than the peak of the pandemic, this level of preventable deaths is not acceptable," the World Health Organization director-general told reporters from its headquarters in Geneva. He said it was certain that cases were on the rise in other places that haven't been reporting, calling on governments to keep up surveillance and provide continued access to treatments and vaccines. Tedros said the JN.1 variant was now the most prominent in the world. It is an omicron variant, so current vaccines should still provide some protection. Maria Van ..

Nearly 10K died from Covid-19 last mth due to gatherings, new variant: WHO
Updated On : 11 Jan 2024 | 8:53 AM IST

Medics, patients flee southern Gaza hospitals as fighting intensifies: WHO

"We are seeing the health system collapse at a very rapid pace," he added, saying that an estimated 600 patients had fled one facility

Medics, patients flee southern Gaza hospitals as fighting intensifies: WHO
Updated On : 09 Jan 2024 | 10:30 PM IST

Covid-19 spike: WHO advises to scale up surveillance, protective measures

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries in South-East Asia to strengthen surveillance in view of the increasing cases of respiratory diseases, including due to COVID-19 and its new sub-variant JN.1, and influenza. The WHO also urged people to take protective measures. "The COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, change, and circulate in all countries globally. While current evidence suggests the additional public health risk posed by JN.1 is low, we must continue to track the evolution of these viruses to tailor our response. "For this, countries must strengthen surveillance and sequencing, and ensure sharing of data," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia. WHO has classified JN.1 as a variant of interest following its rapid global spread. In recent weeks, JN.1 was reported in multiple countries, and its prevalence has been rapidly increasing globally. Considering the limited available evidence, the additional public health risk posed b

Covid-19 spike: WHO advises to scale up surveillance, protective measures
Updated On : 24 Dec 2023 | 6:14 PM IST

A year in politics: A recap of all key global events that shaped 2023

From geopolitical conflicts to historic political shifts, 2023 has been a year of significant milestones. Dive into the key political events that left an indelible mark on the world stage

A year in politics: A recap of all key global events that shaped 2023
Updated On : 22 Dec 2023 | 5:49 PM IST