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MoHFW, India released guidelines to follow for all the Indian travellers returning from China

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Air India flight is all set to return from Wuhan, China carrying all Indians back to home.Recently, The Novel Coronavirus outbreak was declared as Global emergency of concern by WHO.Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) released guidelines to follow for those who are returning from China.The returning people are advised to live in a separate room and limit contacts with their relatives for atleast 14days.The Novel Coronavirus outbreak is currently ongoing in china and is declared as a Global Emergency by WHO. Soon after the confirmation of the outbreak, many countries were reported to have cases of the Coronavirus infection. Most of which are the people exported from the China. India, Shrilanka, Thailand, Nepal & Tibet have confirmed the cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
One positive case of Novel Coronavirus has been found in Kerala on Thursday. The student was studying at Wuhan University in China. The patient is reportedly stable and is being closely monitored. This is the …

Cervical cancer may get eliminated in this century: Study

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Two recently published studies have predicted that cervical cancer could cease to be a public health risk within the span of this century, provided that women receive meticulous HPV vaccination, screening, and treatment.The researchers are even more optimistic about North America, stating that the disease could be almost completely eliminated by 2040. This is the conclusion of two studies published in The Lancet by an international consortium of researchers co-directed by Professor Marc Brisson from Universite Laval's Faculty of Medicine and the CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval Research Centre. The study used the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and cervical screening targets defined in the WHO draft strategy of cervical cancer elimination. The plan calls for 90 per cent of girls to be vaccinated against HPV by 2030. The plan also calls for 70 per cent of women to be screened for cervical cancer once or twice in their lifetime, and for 90 per cent of women with precancerous lesio…

choice of anesthesia may affect breast cancer metastases: Study

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According to a recent study, the choice of anaesthesia may change the metastatic process of breast cancer by affecting the cytokine and microenvironment.The study was led by Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers. It was published in the journal Nature Communications. Jun Lin, MD, Ph.D., of the Department of Anesthesiology in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and colleagues found that a sweet-smelling, nonflammable, highly fluorinated methyl isopropyl - sevoflurane anesthesia leads to more metastatic burden in the lung, after breast tumour resecting surgery than propofol in laboratory models. The study findings may serve as a guide to design clinical trials for clinicians to optimise anaesthesia choice for breast cancer surgery in order to achieve the best long-term outcomes. Source:ANI

More than 55% students qualified in NEET PG 2020, Tamilnadu on the top amongst all states

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NEET PG 2020 result was announced within 25 days of the exam.Maximum number of students who qualified NEET PG are from Tamil Nadu.NEET PG 2020 result is available at 'natboard.edu.in'.National Board of Examination (NBE) announced NEET PG 2020 result yesterday. The result was announced within 25 days of conducting the exam. NEET PG is a national-level exam held for admission to postgraduate and postgraduate diploma courses in medicine and surgery.


NEET PG 2020 result is available on the Board's official website, 'natboard.edu.in'. Students would need to login and check their qualifying status. Individual scores will be released by February 3, 2020.
NEET PG exam was held for 1200 marks. The cut off score for general category is 366. For others, except the unreserved PwD category candidates, the cut off is 319. For unreserved PwD category the cut off is 342.
As per the NEET PG result synopsis released by NBE, 1,67,102 candidates had registered for NEET PG 2020 exam and 1…

India confirms the First case of the Novel Coronavirus in Kerala

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India, Shrilanka, Thailand, Nepal & Tibet have confirmed the cases of the Novel Coronavirus.One positive case of Novel Coronavirus has been found in Kerala on Thursday. The student was studying at Wuhan University in China.The patient is reportedly stable and is being closely monitored. This is the first case where the patient has been tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, all the three men kept under observation at an isolation ward of the RML Hospital in Delhi for possible exposure to novel coronavirus have tested negative, a Health ministry official said on Thursday.
"We have directed all hospitals, including private hospitals, to monitor patients coming with similar symptoms (of coronavirus).
The health department is all set to isolate patients and start treatment," Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said. The nationwide death toll from China's novel coronavirus epidemic has jumped to 170 with 38 more fatalities reported mainly from the worst-affecte…

Abnormal chest CT findings are confirmed in the Novel Coronavirus patients: Chinese Researchers

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Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly throughout China and beyond its borders into the U.S. And researchers who encountered the first infected patients are reporting similar radiological findings across the group, according to a recently published study.There are currently five confirmed U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov mutation), with more than 100 individuals under investigation, according to figures from the CDC. And in China, deaths have climbed above 80, with 2,744 confirmed-cases, the New York Times Reported Jan. 27.
Researchers from the country studied the initial 41 patients admitted to a designated hospital in Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the outbreak—noting each had abnormalities present in their CT scan suggestive of pneumonia, they wrote Jan. 24 in the Lancet. “Common laboratory findings on admission to (the) hospital include lymphopenia and bilateral ground-glass opacity or consolidation in chest CT scans,” Chaolin Huang, MD, with Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wu…

WHO & China discussed steps to be taken for fight against the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today met President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. They shared the latest information on the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) outbreak and reiterated their commitment to bring it under control.Dr Tedros was joined by WHO Regional Director Dr Takeshi Kasai and Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan, and also met State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei. The National Health Commission presented China’s strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks. The discussions focused on continued collaboration on containment measures in Wuhan, public health measures in other cities and provinces, conducting further studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, continuing to share data, and for China to share biological material with WHO.…

Walnut helps to limit cognitive decline: Study

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Walnut consumption by healthy, elderly adults had little effect on cognitive function over two years, but had a greater effect on elderly adults, who had smoked more and had a lower baseline neuropsychological test scores, says a study conducted by researchers in California and Spain.Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols, which have previously been found to counteract oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are drivers of cognitive decline. The study published in 'The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition' examined nearly 640 free-living elders in Loma Linda, California, USA, and in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. For two years, the test group included walnuts in their daily diet, and the control group abstained from walnuts. Study's principal investigator Joan Sabate said: "While this was a minor result, it could lead to better outcomes when conducted over longer periods of time." "Further investigation is definitely warranted based on our…

Harmless Cancers are being overdiagnosed says new study

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The advent of routine cancer tests and screenings has saved numerous lives throughout the world, but early detection of abnormal cells isn't always a good thing.Not all cancer cells are the same, nor do they pose equivalent risks. Oftentimes, humans can go their entire lives without ever knowing a growth is there, and they're not harmed by its presence in the body..
In benign cases like this, detection, diagnosis and treatment - including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery - has the potential to do far more harm than good. Now, new research in Australia once again suggests our eagerness for early detection has become a problem. For the first time anywhere in the world, scientists there have calculated the risk of 'overdiagnosing' five different cancers.
This is an incredibly difficult problem to quantify, since most of the time, doctors have no idea when a patient has been overdiagnosed; even on a population level, estimates around the world vary considerably.
Compared to…

Indian Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness on Novel Coronavirus, press note released.

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Indian Cabinet Secretary, Today, reviewed the preparedness on the Novel Coronavirus threat, originated from the China. MoHFW released a press note on the same issue on 28th Jan quoted as follow: The situation arising out of Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China is being reviewed regularly by the M/o Health and the Cabinet Secretariat.
Secretaries in the Ministries of Health, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Defence, I&B and Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authorityare participating in the reviews.
Screening of passengers with travel history from China has been extended to 13more airports, taking the total to 20.
M/o Health& Family Welfare is procuring more thermal scanners for faster screening.
Four more labs, besides NIV Pune have been geared up for testing clinical samples.
Ministry of Shipping has initiated screening at all major ports. 
Till yesterday, 155 flights have been screened (total cumulative passengers 33552). Samples of 20 passengers have so far …

How to protect yourself from the Novel Coronavirus, here are the recommendation by WHO

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WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices: Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
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WHO has admitted an error in a statement regarding global risk from Coronavirus

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The World Health Organization, which has sometimes been criticised for its handling of past disease outbreaks, admitted an error on Monday in its risk assessment of China's deadly virus.The Geneva-based UN agency said in a situation report late Sunday that the risk was "very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level."
In a footnote, the WHO explained that it had stated "incorrectly" in its previous reports on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that the global risk was "moderate".
The correction of the global risk assessment does not mean that an international health emergency has been declared.
The WHO on Thursday stopped short of declaring the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern - a rare designation used only for the worst outbreaks that would trigger more concerted global action.
The virus, which was first identified in the city of Wuhan in China on December 31, has since infected more than 2,700 …

Indian Republic Day 2020: Pledge to make India a healthy Nation

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The Indian Republic Day is very near, and there are many milestones to be achieved by the country in the upcoming time in the betterment of health in India.Let's know the areas to be improved in healthcare, and we all should make a pledge for betterment of healthcare services in India.Let's all take the wisest decision of pledging to make India healthy and happy on this Republic Day. The alarming India health stats are enough to alert and motivate us take necessary steps to improve health. As per the latest stats, approximately 80% of the deaths are due to the NCDs (non-communicable diseases) and India has the highest number of diabetics globally.
Health Issues in India As per the WHO statistics: Deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) in males under the age of 60 years is 38.0%Deaths due to NCDs in females under the age of 60 years is 32.1%The mortality rate for NCDs like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc is 781.7 per 100 000 in m…

WHO Emergency Committee on The Novel Coronavirus outbreak spreading from China: Issues advisory to other countries too

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The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations currently reported in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, took place on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, from 12:00 to 16:30 Geneva time (CEST) and on Thursday, 23 January 2020, from 12:00 to 15:10. Technical advice is available here.
The Committee’s role is to give advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Committee also provides public health advice or suggests formal temporary recommendations as appropriate.
On 22 January, the members of the Emergency Committee expressed divergent views on whether this event constitutes a PHEIC or not. At that time, the advice was that the event did not constitute a PHEIC, but the Committee members agre…

A new way to fix broken ribs

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Doctors come up with new surgical procedure to fix broken ribs fasterRib fractures can be problematic because unlike a snapped limb, ribs usually cannot be set back in place to make the healing process fast and pain-free.
Going by the current treatment approach, little to no intervention is made to fix fractured ribs, which consequently leads to prolonged discomfort and breathing difficulties for the patient. "Offer medicine for the pain and a ventilator if breathing is an issue," said Evert Eriksson, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina and co-author of the paper. "But otherwise, the bones will form a callus over time that allows it to function as it needs to." And while that idea has morphed over the last decade to make multiple-fracture repair more common, patients with less severe fractures often still go untreated despite the pain. This extended discomfort is what led Denver Health Medical Center surgeon Fredric Pieracci, M.D., along …

Intermittent fasting is a better way to live healthy life

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Preventive healthcare through intermittent fasting is best way to healthy life: ExpertsAs many as 300 doctors participated in a conference here to sensitise people on the importance of intermittent fasting.Experts said that intermittent fasting is a very old method used by people for weight loss and body cleansing.Today, people are becoming very health conscious and hence intermittent fasting has attracted 30-40% of the people, they said. American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine along with Smart Group conducted India's first anti-ageing International conference to the most cutting edge and futurists innovations in healthcare for preventive health. "I am glad that doctors in India are taking a keen interest in preventive health seeking the benefits of intermittent fasting. Large numbers of people are opting for it, as it not only triggers weight loss but also helps the body to combat various chronic ailments. This technique has gained attention for its incredible effects on both …

Things You Need to Know About The Coronavirus Spreading From China

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A new coronavirus, a mysterious SARS-like disease, has spread around China and three other Asian countries since first emerging in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.The World Health Organization (WHO) is alerted on 31 December 2019, by the Chinese authorities of a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.
Patients are quarantined and work begins on identifying the origin of the pneumonia.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a seafood market suspected to be at the centre of the outbreak. It is closed on 1 January 2020.
New coronavirus On January 9, the WHO says that the outbreak in Wuhan was caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, which is a broad family ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like SARS.
To date 59 people have been infected of whom seven are in a serious condition, according to an official toll. The Chinese health authorities say a first person has died of the virus on January 11. They revis…

Smoking greatly increases risk of complications after surgery

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Tobacco smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers for post-surgical complications including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing.But new evidence reveals that smokers who quit approximately 4 weeks or more before surgery have a lower risk of complication and better results 6 months afterwards. Patients who quit smoking tobacco are less likely to experience complications with anesthesia when compared to regular smokers. A new joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the University of Newcastle, Australia and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), shows that every tobacco-free week after 4 weeks improves health outcomes by 19%, due to improved blood flow throughout the body to essential organs.
“The report provides evidence that there are advantages to postponing minor or non-emergency surgery to give patients the opportunity to quit smoking, resulting in a better health outcome,” said Dr V…