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COVID-19: The virus in our genes

India, Sept. 18 -- Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to change our genetic makeup Adhering to physical distancing norms, wearing a mask and consuming home-cooked meals may be the least o... Read More


First 2 phases of Russian vaccine trial indicate safety and efficacy: Study

India, Sept. 4 -- Two formulations of the vaccine have been developed: One could be introduced through global supply chain and other in hard-to-reach regions A study funded by the Ministry of Health ... Read More


COVID-19: Can cotton wear allow better vitamin D synthesis

India, Sept. 4 -- Vitamin D deficiency makes people more susceptible to COVID-19;countries with high levels of vitamin D deficiency reported higher mortality due to the disease, according to studies ... Read More


Bitter bounty: Why karela leaves can be a good harvest off your kitchen garden

India, Aug. 31 -- Bitter gourd leaves not only have medicinal and nutritive properties, they can be added to tasty recipes as well It was a clear case of home gardening gone wrong. I had planted bitt... Read More


National Digital Health Mission: Weak links in a weak chain

India, Aug. 21 -- Instead of making a show of improving private healthcare, the Union government would be better off if it focuses on improving its public health systems I have digitised health recor... Read More


Grounded in wisdom: The forgotten chakki should regain its place

India, Aug. 17 -- Traditional mini flour mills may no longer be in vogue in our homes, but they help prepare nutritious food This is a story from the times when almost every house in several parts of... Read More


COVID-19 vaccine development: It's a relay race

India, Aug. 12 -- The reason trials are taking shorter time is because developers are taking more risks The world has been scrambling to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - t... Read More


Should we worry about the long-term impact of the novel coronavirus?

India, Aug. 7 -- Pathogens differ in their ability to affect multiple organs but they all invariably cause long-term effects It is in the nature of a microbe to multiply and cause diseases. SARS-CoV-... Read More


India's mysterious diseases: 'We need a public health system'

India, July 27 -- Human health management is dismally low in India, says T Jacob John, virologist and former professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore T Jacob John, virologist and former profes... Read More


India's mysterious diseases: What is the NCDC doing?

India, July 24 -- There is enough evidence to show thatNational Centre for Disease Control on diseases is not equipped to deal with the country's disease burden India's premier organisation mandated ... Read More