articles by Kavya Narayanan

India

Serum Institute’s lawsuit against trial volunteer uncalled for; transparent approach needed, say experts

Even in the most well-developed drug or vaccines, where the odds of an adverse event may be slim, the redressal process for issues raised by volunteers is tricky.

News & Analysis

Airowater Dewpoint Water Generator Review: Beats a water purifier, but not a drinking water fix for everybody

The Dewpoint's real novelty is in bringing a rarely-accessible technology to the consumer market, at a starting price of Rs. 49,990.

India

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve

Staying the course would lead to a steady reduction in cases, while any departure in terms of slackening safety protocols would disturb this trend, the professor who chaired a panel of experts that worked on India’s COVID-19 “supermodel”, warns

World

What twelve nations/regions are doing to get students safely back to schools in times of COVID-19

Schools have adopted different approaches to reopening during the lockdown, amid pressure from parents, health and government authorities.

science

COVID-19 affects men, women differently: A look at the factors behind gender-specific health impacts

While there are many theories for why COVID-19 differently affects genders, evidence points to the key differences being biological.

India

Emerging landscape of COVID-19 vaccines in India, 14 Aug: Bharat Bio, Zydus move to Phase 2; Biological E, Bayor College tie up for COVID-19 vaccine

Over a dozen Indian companies are in partnership with other firms and institutes to bring a preventive vaccine into global markets by 2021.

India

ICMR's COVID-19 vaccine symposium saw experts discuss challenge trials, vaccine distribution, preparedness

Many experts outlined that big investments in trials and vaccine development need to be accompanied by big investments in science.

World

COVID-19 conference: Much like global transmission, borderless exchange of information, ideas, experiences crucially important

Health experts shared findings and consensus from the medical community in key areas of COVID-19 medicine, and the impact of the pandemic on physical and mental health.

science

Moderna's COVID-19 mRNA vaccine could revolutionise how pandemics are treated, but experts say to wait for Phase 3 human trials

The upcoming trials in 30,000 volunteers in a real-world setting will give experts a comprehensive look at its effectiveness and feasibility.

India

IISc team develops six-dimensional COVID-19 pandemic model; predicts 66 lakh total cases by 30 Sept in 'worst case' scenario

The best-case scenario predicts a more conservative estimate of 26 lakh total cases and 4.5 lakh ongoing cases by 30 September.

science

COVID-19 testing: How antibody, antigen, RT-PCR, TrueNat tests differ, their strengths and limitations

Real-time RT-PCR continues to be the most accurate method available for the detection of the COVID-19 virus.

India

AYUSH Ministry is endangering people, jeopardising Ayurveda with lax response to Patanjali's Coronil and COVID-19, warn experts

We can – and should – expect the same rigorous standards for clinical trials and regulation in alternative medicine as we do conventional ones.

World

Coronavirus Outbreak FAQ: N95 masks, safe meat, how to stay informed on latest as Covid-19 pandemic spreads further

The Indian government has set up a 24x7 helpline for queries about the virus and its victims, with the number of cases rising quickly in many Asian countries.

News & Analysis

The Ultimate Valentine's Day list of adult entertainment, toys & gadgets to try

A carefully-curated list of shows, podcasts, literature, toys & gadgets for consensual couples to try.

science

Coronavirus study claiming possible transmission without any symptoms of infection found flawed

Just because the paper doesn't prove transmission without symptoms is possible, doesn't mean it can't happen.

science

Dubious advisory by Ministry of AYUSH recommends homoeopathy, Unani to 'prevent' coronavirus infection

This isn't the first time the Ministry of AYUSH has faced heat for propagating pseudoscience as alternative medicine.

science

Ten gripping visuals of climate change-related disasters that shook the world this decade

A vanishing glacier, displaced walrus, wrecked villages and 7 other visuals of the impact climate change has in oceans and land.

science

India Science Festival 2020 promises AI-art, levitating objects with your brain, interactions with international scientists

By bringing scientists and leaders closer to society and its aspirations, ISF is seeking to set the narrative for science in India.

science

NASA announces graduating class of 11 astronauts for upcoming missions to space, Moon and Mars

After 2 years of basic astronaut training, the new batch is ready to train at the ISS and for the Artemis program after graduating 10 January 2020.

science

Google's co-founder Larry Page is on a quiet mission to bring the world a universal flu vaccine — here's why

Creating a universal flu vaccine would effectively cure a disease that appears to be on the rise and diversifying with time.