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Convalescent plasma therapy used for treating COVID-19 is futile, says new study
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Convalescent plasma therapy used for treating COVID-19 is futile, says new study

By giving patients the plasma of people who had recovered (or convalesced) from COVID-19, the idea was to infuse the body with antibodies, a strategy tried, with various degrees of success, for other infectious diseases. But growing evidence, shows the therapy does not save lives of people critically ill with COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic: Guidelines key to ensuring uniform treatment protocol, but can be improved upon
India

COVID-19 pandemic: Guidelines key to ensuring uniform treatment protocol, but can be improved upon

It is also important for the medical community to remain updated on the current guidelines and accommodate the new changes that occur from time to time

India needs national registry on 'Black Fungus' to streamline response, says health expert Anant Bhan
India

India needs national registry on 'Black Fungus' to streamline response, says health expert Anant Bhan

A national registry will enable policymakers to assess the real burden of the problem and very quickly try to address it, said the Bhopal-based researcher

Multiple studies, letter from experts force AIIMS-ICMR to drop plasma therapy as COVID-19 treatment
India

Multiple studies, letter from experts force AIIMS-ICMR to drop plasma therapy as COVID-19 treatment

At the start of the pandemic, CPT was thought to be effective, but research and data showed this is not true.

ICMR drops plasma therapy from clinical management guidelines on COVID-19
India

ICMR drops plasma therapy from clinical management guidelines on COVID-19

The move comes in the backdrop of some clinicians writing to Principal Scientific Advisor K VijayRaghavan cautioning against the "irrational, non-scientific use" of convalescent plasma

COVID-19: Plasma therapy not found effective, likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines
India

COVID-19: Plasma therapy not found effective, likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines

The present guidelines allows 'off label' use of plasma therapy at the stage of early moderate disease, that is, within seven days of the onset of symptoms

Google trends 2020: From queries on COVID-19 and Binod to nepotism, top questions Indians looked up this year
India

Google trends 2020: From queries on COVID-19 and Binod to nepotism, top questions Indians looked up this year

Unlike other years in living memory, 2020 was a question in its own right and the queries that were asked of the search engine reflected more than just cultural fascination, Google said

Maharashtra caps prices of masks, Calcutta HC modifies Durga Puja order; COVID-19 tally at 76.50 lakh
India

Maharashtra caps prices of masks, Calcutta HC modifies Durga Puja order; COVID-19 tally at 76.50 lakh

The ministry said that 78 percent of the 54,044 new cases of COVID-19 registered in a span of 24 hours are concentrated in ten states and Union Territories

Plasma therapy may be scrapped from COVID-19 national treatment protocol soon: ICMR Chief
India

Plasma therapy may be scrapped from COVID-19 national treatment protocol soon: ICMR Chief

Some states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, have already set up plasma banks to match potential donors with recipients.

Mumbai local trains to allow women travellers from today; Centre mulls removing plasma therapy as treatment
India

Mumbai local trains to allow women travellers from today; Centre mulls removing plasma therapy as treatment

Currently only those engaged in frontline duties and falling in the essential staff category of the Maharashtra government are allowed to travel in the local trains run by Central Railway and Western Railway

Male, elderly patients with severe COVID-19 may have higher levels of antibodies in their plasma, reveals study
Health

Male, elderly patients with severe COVID-19 may have higher levels of antibodies in their plasma, reveals study

Scientists said that a possible explanation for this could be that due to severe disease, the inflammatory response in the body gets accelerated, recruiting more B-cells to fight the infection. This consequently results in more antibody production

New case study suggests COVID-19 can lead to sudden permanent loss of hearing
Health

New case study suggests COVID-19 can lead to sudden permanent loss of hearing

Experts suggest that it may be a combination of the infection as well as the inflammation caused due to the virus in the ear that may be responsible for sensorineural hearing loss in COVID-19 patients

Soumitra Chatterjee's vital parameters stable but he is still in ‘high risk zone’, say doctors
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Soumitra Chatterjee's vital parameters stable but he is still in ‘high risk zone’, say doctors

Soumitra Chatterjee was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on 6 October after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Centre releases COVID-19 funds to 22 states, UTs as tally nears 20 lakh; Kuwait approves repatriation flights to India
India

Centre releases COVID-19 funds to 22 states, UTs as tally nears 20 lakh; Kuwait approves repatriation flights to India

Thursday was the eighth consecutive day when daily COVID-19 cases increased by more than 50,000, and fourth consecutive day India reported more cases than the US, the worst hit country in the world.

Plasma therapy doesn't have ability to reduce mortality risk in COVID-19 patients, says AIIMS Delhi research
India

Plasma therapy doesn't have ability to reduce mortality risk in COVID-19 patients, says AIIMS Delhi research

However, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that the study "is just an interim analysis" and a more detailed evaluation needs to be conducted to see if any sub-group may benefit

Uddhav Thackeray to launch plasma donation drive in Mumbai's Dharavi on 27 July
India

Uddhav Thackeray to launch plasma donation drive in Mumbai's Dharavi on 27 July

According to BMC, the total number of coronavirus cases in the slum area stands at 2,519, including 128 active cases and 2,141 patients cured till Friday

Delhi's plasma donation drive receives 'lukewarm' response; unfounded apprehensions likely reason, say doctors
India

Delhi's plasma donation drive receives 'lukewarm' response; unfounded apprehensions likely reason, say doctors

Just about 320 people have donated plasma in Delhi since the initiative began on 2 July, whereas more than 1,00,000 COVID-19 patients have recovered till 23 July

Second national-level plasma bank opens in Tamil Nadu at cost of Rs 2.34 crore
India

Second national-level plasma bank opens in Tamil Nadu at cost of Rs 2.34 crore

Tamil Nadu health minister said that the govt was earlier conducting plasma therapy on a trial basis and will set up a few more plasma banks across the state

West Bengal sets up first plasma bank; 12 recovered COVID-19 patients make donations
India

West Bengal sets up first plasma bank; 12 recovered COVID-19 patients make donations

Kolkata Medical College and Hospital will be the nodal centre in the state for collection of plasma. Before West Bengal, a plasma bank had been recently set up at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi.

Coronavirus Updates: Centre postpones JEE, NEET to September due to COVID-19 pandemic; Pakistan foreign minister tests positive
India

Coronavirus Updates: Centre postpones JEE, NEET to September due to COVID-19 pandemic; Pakistan foreign minister tests positive

Coronavirus Updates: Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday announced that the JEE and NEET exams have been postponed to September in view of the coronavirus pandemic.