Explained: Why Indian kids show diabetes signals early

What is the news? The study was conducted in Pune to understand why diabetes is so common in Indians. They have tracked women from before they became pregnant and during their pregnancy, and their children through childhood, puberty and now as adults. What are the findings of the study? High glucose and insulin concentration in… Continue reading Explained: Why Indian kids show diabetes signals early

Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

What is the news?  The new vaccine “RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S)” with its trade name “Mosquirix” was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. This is the first and only vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.  About the vaccine – Mosquirix  Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline… Continue reading Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

Molnupiravir, the covid drug that everyone wants to launch 

What is the news?  Indian drugmakers are preparing to play a key role in the global scale-up of the oral covid-19 drug molnupiravir. It is termed to be the first antiviral to treat the disease.  How the drug is beneficial?  The experimental drug reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 50% in an interim trial. Afterwards it has been decided to… Continue reading Molnupiravir, the covid drug that everyone wants to launch 

WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis 

What is the news?  Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners launched the first-ever global strategy to defeat meningitis. Meningitis is a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.  What is the aim of the strategy?  The strategy ‘the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030’, aims to prevent infections and improve… Continue reading WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis 

Ex Gratia: Why GOI should pay, Compensating Death

Synopsis: The court mediated decision for COVID 19 death compensation will help the poorest. Introduction Recently, Centre on the suggestions of the Supreme Court has agreed to provide financial relief of ₹50,000 per deceased individual to families of those who died of COVID-19. It will also include those who were involved in relief operations or… Continue reading Ex Gratia: Why GOI should pay, Compensating Death

Explained: CIA officer on India trip reports Havana Syndrome; what is known about its symptoms and causes so far

What is the News? A US intelligence officer on an Indian trip last month has reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome. This is the first instance of the phenomenon being reported in India, at least on record, and could have diplomatic implications. What is Havana Syndrome? Havana Syndrome refers to a set of mental health symptoms… Continue reading Explained: CIA officer on India trip reports Havana Syndrome; what is known about its symptoms and causes so far

Chandigarh’s first Pollen Calendar can help identify potential allergy triggers and guard sensitive people from exposure

What is the News? Chandigarh has got its first pollen calendar. This can identify potential allergy triggers and provide a clear understanding for clinicians as well as allergy sufferers about their causes to help limit their exposure during high pollen loads. What is Pollen? Pollen is a fine yellowish powder released by plants. They are… Continue reading Chandigarh’s first Pollen Calendar can help identify potential allergy triggers and guard sensitive people from exposure

Scientists develop non-invasive bio-nanocarrier visceral leishmaniasis therapy

Source: PIB What is the News? Indian researchers have developed a non-invasive, easy to administer, cost-effective, and patient compliant potential therapeutic strategy against Visceral Leishmaniasis. About Leishmaniasis: The leishmaniases are a group of diseases caused by protozoan parasites. These parasites are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female phlebotomine sandfly, a tiny… Continue reading Scientists develop non-invasive bio-nanocarrier visceral leishmaniasis therapy