Coronavirus (covid-19) Frequently Asked Questions

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Ever since the pharma giants declared the testing of their vaccines, there are several questions about the safety and availability of the coronavirus vaccine on everyone’s mind. US pharma majors Pfizer and Moderna have claimed more around 95 percent effectiveness against the coronavirus, the UK’s Oxford University has claimed its vaccine provides up to 90 percent protection against the Covid-19. Russia’s Sputnik V has also claimed over 91 per cent efficacy against the virus. Dr. Amitesh Anand scientist, University Of California, answered some frequently asked and important questions about the…

What is Vitamin B and why is it important for our body ?

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B vitamins are a group of eight essential nutrients that play roles in many organs and bodily systems. Although they can work together in the body, they also carry out their own unique functions. Dr. Swati Maheshwari – internal medicine specialists – in this article, explains the function of B vitamins, its types and function in the body and some key dietary sources of each. B vitamins each have their own specific function, are important for making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly. They also depend on one another…

Delhi sees a spike in Covid-19 Cases as Temperature Drops and pollution rises

Delhi has seen an alarming spike in covid-19 cases in the recent weeks, recording new cases, more than any other state. The capital has confirmed just over 450,000 cases so far, some 42,000 of which are active. It comes as large drape as northern India confront a winter season and dangerously high levels of air pollution – both the factors that could significantly worsen the efforts to control the virus. “The rising numbers also coincide with a busy festive season, with people celebrating – Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Durga Puja, Dussera,…

What Causes Cancer? Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer can be defined as uncontrolled division of a cell, where the cell becomes immortal and does not die. Cancer can also be defined as a collection of 250 or more variety of disease. It is the name given to a collection of related diseases. “Cancer in itself is a broad term. It can be described as the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells. including – breast cancer, colon cancer, prostrate cancer and many other organs that have an uncontrolled growth of…

How Can Air Pollution During Winters Affect Your Health?

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Exposure to high levels of air pollution can have many adverse effects on health. It increases the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, allergies and lung cancer.  Both short and long term exposure to air pollutants have known to impact health. More severe effects on people who are already ill.  Children, elderly and poor people are more vulnerable. During winter, cold air is denser which means that cold air traps the pollution. Air in winter is more polluted and the pollutants remains in place for much longer and therefore is breathed in…

BioNTech and Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine : Results More Than 90 percent

Effective Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, announced preliminary results suggesting the vaccine to be more than 90 percent effective. In July, both the companies initiated a late-stage clinical trial on a coronavirus vaccine. Half of the people got the vaccine, while the other half got a placebo of salt water. The companies then waited for people to get sick to determine if the vaccine offered any protection. 94 participants out of nearly 44,000 have gotten sick with Covid-19. An independent board of experts looked at how many…

Rise in air Pollution Can Also Result in Higher Covid-19 Cases

Expressing concern over the pollution level in the northern parts of the country, specifically the national capital Delhi, the government is working towards diminishing of Air Pollution by working at the source level, be it industries or thermal power stations, vehicular pollution, construction or stubble burning, which are the major contributors of pollution. The government will continue to strive hard to bring an end to the issue of Air pollution and encourages all possible technological interventions in this regard. Delhi’s air quality dropped to its worst level since December 2019…

Infectious Diseases: It Is Important For All Of Us To Understand, What Actually We Mean With These Terms.

As we all know the current ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, has created a lot of awareness regarding infectious diseases, it is important for all of us to understand, what actually we mean with these terms. What are Infectious diseases ? Infectious Diseases are communicable diseases affecting humans and can be transmitted to other human by different mechanism. These diseases are caused by living microorganisms, like bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. When these living microorganisms called pathogen enters the human body it causes the disease and activate our immune system. The…

Vitamin A : Facts, uses, sources (Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin A)

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We interviewed Dr. Swati Maheshwari, Internal medicine specialist, this is all she has to say about vitamin A. Vitamin A is group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds that includes retinol, retinal, and several provitamin A carotenoids (notably beta-carotene). Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. It also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, kidneys, lungs and other major organs. Acute deficiency of vitamin A can cause night blindness. Types of Vitamin A There…

Gujarat Couple Had a Baby Just To Save Their Terminally Ill Son

Abhijeet Solanki, a seven year old from Ahmedabad, Gujarat born with thalassemia major – a genetic disorder which leads to low haemoglobin count in the blood – has had up to 80 blood transfusions since he was born. India has 40 million carriers of thalassemia, 100,000 out of which die before they turn the age of 20 due to lack of access to treatment. Thalassemia major is the most severe form of the disease, which occurs when a child inherits one mutated gene from each parent. Each year, 10,000 children…