Arsenic poisoning and rice: Thorough washing, cooking in excess water may help cut exposure
India

Arsenic poisoning and rice: Thorough washing, cooking in excess water may help cut exposure

A recent study said that flood irrigation used to cultivate rice in India leads to longer exposure to contaminated water and soil, increasing the rate of arsenic absorption

Coronavirus Updates: Delhi reports 11 deaths today, lowest in over a month; 1,076 test positive in past 24 hrs
India

Coronavirus Updates: Delhi reports 11 deaths today, lowest in over a month; 1,076 test positive in past 24 hrs

Coronavirus Updates: The positivity rate in Delhi stood at 6.4 percent while the recovery rate was nearly 90 percent on Wednesday, a state health department bulletin said

Decoy ACE2 proteins can be used to prevent COVID-19 causing virus from entering host cells, claims US study
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Decoy ACE2 proteins can be used to prevent COVID-19 causing virus from entering host cells, claims US study

Viruses are intracellular parasites, meaning they need the machinery of our body cells to make copies of themselves.

Cipla confirms collaboration with CSIR, IICT, ICMR to develop COVID-19 treatment
India

Cipla confirms collaboration with CSIR, IICT, ICMR to develop COVID-19 treatment

The Mumbai-based firm is also ramping up manufacturing of drugs required to treat COVID-19, like Lopinavir-Ritonavir and Hydroxychloroquine

COVID-19 treatment: Study finds photodynamic therapy useful in treating secondary infections
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COVID-19 treatment: Study finds photodynamic therapy useful in treating secondary infections

A test against bacterial pneumonia resulted in zero deaths in a group who got photodynamic therapy while 60% of the control group participants died

Post COVID-19 care: NHS recommends breathing exercises to help clear out the chest during recovery
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Post COVID-19 care: NHS recommends breathing exercises to help clear out the chest during recovery

According to a study, COVID-19 patients may have a productive cough as a presenting symptom at the onset of the infection or develop it at a later stage

Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine passes Phase I safety trials; Phase II to test efficiency begins 6 August
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Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine passes Phase I safety trials; Phase II to test efficiency begins 6 August

The vaccine candidate was found 'very safe' after volunteers in the Phase I trial were examined at 24 hours and 7 days after the shot.

Lupin launches antiviral drug Favipiravir under the name Covihalt to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infection
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Lupin launches antiviral drug Favipiravir under the name Covihalt to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infection

The Covihalt tablet will be available in 200 mg tablets in a strip of 10 and will cost Rs 49 per tablet in India.

Emerging landscape of COVID-19 vaccines in India, as of 5 Aug: Bharat Bio, Zydus candidates move to Phase 2 after clearing test of safety
India

Emerging landscape of COVID-19 vaccines in India, as of 5 Aug: Bharat Bio, Zydus candidates move to Phase 2 after clearing test of safety

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

COVID-19 impact is massive, but other social causes need CSR funding too, say NGOs
India

COVID-19 impact is massive, but other social causes need CSR funding too, say NGOs

With a major chunk of CSR funding having gone towards the PM-CARES Fund, there are few resources left with corporate organisations to fund new initiatives

Sunpharma launches Favipiravir tablet Fluguard to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infections at Rs 35 per pill
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Sunpharma launches Favipiravir tablet Fluguard to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infections at Rs 35 per pill

Favipiravir is an antiviral drug that was originally made to treat influenza in Japan under the brand name Avigan.

Google Doodle demonstrates COVID-19 prevention methods like using masks, keeping distance
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Google Doodle demonstrates COVID-19 prevention methods like using masks, keeping distance

The doodle reinforces that wearing masks can save lives, in the midst of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the globe.

Biological patterns underlying some of the most severe COVID-19 cases revealed by scientists
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Biological patterns underlying some of the most severe COVID-19 cases revealed by scientists

Treating severe COVID-19 might require an immunological reset, with drugs that could, in theory, restore the balance in the body.

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra reports 7,760 new cases, 300 deaths; tally rises to 4,57,956
India

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra reports 7,760 new cases, 300 deaths; tally rises to 4,57,956

Coronavirus Updates: As many as 2,326 patients recovered during the day, the state health department said, taking the total number of recoveries to over 2.99 lakh

Doomscrolling during COVID-19 can leave you anxious; try these methods cut usage of phone, tablet
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Doomscrolling during COVID-19 can leave you anxious; try these methods cut usage of phone, tablet

Doomscrolling is the habit of scrolling non-stop to consume information on dangers around you, such as, currently, the COVID-19 pandemic

SARS-CoV-2 strains show little variability, COVID-19 vaccine could be effective against all, finds study
World

SARS-CoV-2 strains show little variability, COVID-19 vaccine could be effective against all, finds study

Published in journal 'Frontiers in Microbiology', the study drew from the analysis of 48,635 novel coronavirus genomes, which were isolated in labs all over the world

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta Hospital
India

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta Hospital

Pradhan, who had met Amit Shah last week, is the second Union minister after the home minister to have tested positive for coronavirus

Donald Trump says US doing 'very well' in fighting COVID-19 while India has a 'tremendous problem'
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Donald Trump says US doing 'very well' in fighting COVID-19 while India has a 'tremendous problem'

The US President claimed that the nation has tested 60 million for coronavirus and added that no other country came close to that figure (edited)

Preventing future pandemics: Smart protein can do plenty for public health, financial resilience
India

Preventing future pandemics: Smart protein can do plenty for public health, financial resilience

The future of our food safety, public health, and financial resilience could depend on It.

COVID-19 affects health of men more severely, but its impact on women is vast and understudied
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COVID-19 affects health of men more severely, but its impact on women is vast and understudied

From nurses and doctors to contract tracers and volunteers, women are disproportionately represented on the front lines of health care delivery, study finds.