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In 2019, 1.67 million deaths in India were attributable to air pollution. They accounted for 17·8% of the total deaths.(PTI File)

Delhi’s economy suffered the most due to severe air pollution last year: Lancet study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The study noted India is facing losses to its GDP and productivity due to the health impacts of air pollution
A health worker administers a deworming tablet to a boy during a door-to-door campaign in Hyderabad.(AFP/ File photo)
A health worker administers a deworming tablet to a boy during a door-to-door campaign in Hyderabad.(AFP/ File photo)

Lancet introduces Commission for universal health coverage

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The work of the commission will begin on Friday with an aim to publish a final report of its findings and recommendations in the next two years
An illustration shows vials with Covid-19 vaccine stickers, with the logo of the University of Oxford and its partner British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, on November 17.(AFP)
An illustration shows vials with Covid-19 vaccine stickers, with the logo of the University of Oxford and its partner British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, on November 17.(AFP)

Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine safe in older adults, induces immune response: Lancet

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 07:10 PM IST
The Phase 2 trial of the Oxford vaccine has been found to be safe in healthy older adults and induces immune response, The Lancet reported on Thursday
According to the study, existing mental health problems put a person at higher risk of Covid-19 infection.(AP)
According to the study, existing mental health problems put a person at higher risk of Covid-19 infection.(AP)

Insomnia, dementia, anxiety most common among those infected by Covid-19: Lancet study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 02:37 PM IST
Insomnia, dementia and anxiety disorder were most common among people infected by the coronavirus, even if they had no previous psychiatric history, the study found.
“The first generation of vaccines is likely to be imperfect, and we should be prepared that they might not prevent infection but rather reduce symptoms, and, even then, might not work for everyone or for long,” UK Vaccine Taskforce Chair Kate Bingham said.(AP)
“The first generation of vaccines is likely to be imperfect, and we should be prepared that they might not prevent infection but rather reduce symptoms, and, even then, might not work for everyone or for long,” UK Vaccine Taskforce Chair Kate Bingham said.(AP)

Early Covid-19 vaccines may be imperfect: UK Vaccine Taskforce

London | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 02:29 PM IST
“However, we do not know that we will ever have a vaccine at all. It is important to guard against complacency and over-optimism”, UK Vaccine Taskforce Chair Kate Bingham wrote in a piece published in The Lancet medical journal.
In a study in The Lancet Microbe, the test was found to have an average sensitivity – the ability to correctly identify those with Covid-19 – of 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – of 100%.(REUTERS)
In a study in The Lancet Microbe, the test was found to have an average sensitivity – the ability to correctly identify those with Covid-19 – of 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – of 100%.(REUTERS)

90-minute British DnaNudge Covid-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds

London | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Faster testing could allow more people to return to work or permit testing on entry to hospital, thus slowing a second spike in coronavirus infections.
The Gamaleya Institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the formal letter sent on Monday.(REUTERS)
The Gamaleya Institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the formal letter sent on Monday.(REUTERS)

15 scientists launch critique of Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine data

Milan | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 11:39 AM IST
Last week the institute rejected the critique contained in the open letter, which was initially signed by 26 scientists but now has 38 signatories.
In July, results from the Oxford vaccine trial showed no early safety concerns, inducing strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system.(REUTERS)
In July, results from the Oxford vaccine trial showed no early safety concerns, inducing strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system.(REUTERS)

Russian vaccine trials show strong immune response: The Lancet

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The two-part vaccine includes two adenovirus vectors – recombinant human adenovirus type 26 (rAd26-S) and recombinant human adenovirus type 5 (rAd5-S) – which have been modified to express the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
A health worker sanitizes the doorway as doctors come out from a Covid-19 care centre functioning in an indoor stadium in New Delhi on Monday.(AP Photo)
A health worker sanitizes the doorway as doctors come out from a Covid-19 care centre functioning in an indoor stadium in New Delhi on Monday.(AP Photo)

Oxford-Astra Covid-19 vaccine shows dual immune action, says researcher

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:49 PM IST
The AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 vaccine increased levels of both protective neutralizing antibodies and immune T-cells that target the virus, according to the study organizers.
In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Oxford Vaccine Group laboratory in Oxford.(AP)
In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Oxford Vaccine Group laboratory in Oxford.(AP)

Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is safe, early results show

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:57 PM IST
The Lancet said the current trial is too preliminary to confirm whether the new vaccine meets these requirements, but phase 2 (in the UK only) and phase 3 trials to confirm whether it effectively protects against SARS-CoV-2 infection are happening in the UK, Brazil and South Africa.
Unlike previous trials that found increased risk of death, the Recovery trial found no significant difference in deaths between the two groups after 28 days.(REUTERS)
Unlike previous trials that found increased risk of death, the Recovery trial found no significant difference in deaths between the two groups after 28 days.(REUTERS)

HCQ trial halted over doubts on benefits

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 12:05 AM IST
The preliminary results of the UK’s Recovery trial were released a day after a flawed study that raised safety concerns about hydroxychloroquine was retracted from the highly cited British medical journal, The Lancet, following scientific scrutiny.
The study, published by The Lancet on May 22, drew flak for using questionable data and flawed methodology and refusing to share data sources, including the names of participating hospitals or countries.(AP)
The study, published by The Lancet on May 22, drew flak for using questionable data and flawed methodology and refusing to share data sources, including the names of participating hospitals or countries.(AP)

Study dismissing benefits of malaria drugs under lens

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 12:05 AM IST
The review has put the spotlight on Surgisphere, a Chicago-based company that owns the questionable database that has been used in studies published in The Lancet and also New England Journal of Medicine, the world’s two most highly-cited medical journals.
Police personnel screen for identity cards during the first day of national lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, in Gurugram, on Wednesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
Police personnel screen for identity cards during the first day of national lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, in Gurugram, on Wednesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

People’s movement needed against Covid-19, just like Swachh Bharat mission, says Amitabh Bachchan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2020 11:08 AM IST
Amitabh Bachchhan posted a video as India is observing a 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, which has infected more than 4,00,000 people across the world.
Officials in protective suits gathered on a street in Wuhan.The WHO declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus.(AFP Photo)
Officials in protective suits gathered on a street in Wuhan.The WHO declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus.(AFP Photo)

Coronavirus: More than 75,000 could be infected in Wuhan, major cities under threat, says new Lancet study

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 10:31 PM IST
The modelling study, shared with HT, suggested that multiple major Chinese cities might have already imported dozens of cases of 2019-nCoV infection from Wuhan, in numbers sufficient to initiate ‘local epidemics’.
Eating wrong kind of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt contributes significantly towards developing non-communicable diseases.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Eating wrong kind of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt contributes significantly towards developing non-communicable diseases.(GETTY IMAGES.)

Its time India focussed on eating right | Opinion

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 06:17 PM IST
According to data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 200 million adults in the country suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), and 50% of them do not know about it.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday issued a strongly-worded rebuttal against an editorial in the medical journal The Lancet called “Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future”, calling its comment on a political issue as breach of propriety.(ANI Photo)
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday issued a strongly-worded rebuttal against an editorial in the medical journal The Lancet called “Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future”, calling its comment on a political issue as breach of propriety.(ANI Photo)

IMA rebuts Lancet’s J-K editorial

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 11:52 PM IST
In its editorial published on Saturday, August 17, the journal commented on India recently revoking the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Many newly married young people want to delay their first pregnancy, but are unable to act on their desires because of objection from family members(Shutterstock)
Many newly married young people want to delay their first pregnancy, but are unable to act on their desires because of objection from family members(Shutterstock)

World Population Day: Invest in ensuring women’s sexual, reproductive rights

By Shireen Jejeebhoy
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 08:29 AM IST
We have failed the youth in helping them exercise their right to make informed choices on reproductive matters
Air quality is a public health crisis – Greenpeace finds that 228 out of 280 cities are not compliant with standards.(HT PHOTO)
Air quality is a public health crisis – Greenpeace finds that 228 out of 280 cities are not compliant with standards.(HT PHOTO)

Opinion| Can India grow now and clean up later? No, it can’t

By Navroz Dubash
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 07:33 PM IST
India’s GDP is a third of China’s but we already have worse air pollution than China. India cannot grow in a manner oblivious to the environmental character of that growth, without making the country unliveable and undercutting the basis for future economic prosperity
No matter what the election outcomes, merely voting is far from enough. It’s only the first step.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
No matter what the election outcomes, merely voting is far from enough. It’s only the first step.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Voting just the first step; must gear up for participatory citizenship now

New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2019 08:16 AM IST
The Down to Earth, quoting the Lancet, points out that cancers have gone up by 112% between 1990 and 2016. Also, that India’s share in cancer deaths is over 8%. Air pollution is among the causes.
The study, which was published in the Lancet medical journal on Thursday, assessed the risk of HIV transmission between numerous serodifferent gay male couples - where one partner is HIV-positive and one is HIV-negative - who do not use condoms. (Photo credits: Shutterstock)
The study, which was published in the Lancet medical journal on Thursday, assessed the risk of HIV transmission between numerous serodifferent gay male couples - where one partner is HIV-positive and one is HIV-negative - who do not use condoms. (Photo credits: Shutterstock)

Aids drugs prevent HIV transmission in gay men: Study

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 11:05 PM IST
The study proves, the researchers said, that using antiretroviral therapy to suppress the AIDS virus to undetectable levels also means it cannot be passed on via sex, the researchers said.
The traditional Indian thali now seems to have pride of place on the global table. At least, that’s what recent research and trends, particularly in the West, indicate(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The traditional Indian thali now seems to have pride of place on the global table. At least, that’s what recent research and trends, particularly in the West, indicate(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Indian food leads the climate change battle with its meatless diet

UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 07:02 PM IST
We may well be headed towards a phase of militancy where there is a radical espousal of meatlessness. Protests outside restaurants are already common, though not of the sort of violent vigilantism that’s been witnessed in India in recent years. Researchers are already making the connection between meat eating and climate change
India has a multi-tiered health facility structure with subcentres for every five villages, flowing into Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and district hospitals.(HT File / Representative Photo)
India has a multi-tiered health facility structure with subcentres for every five villages, flowing into Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and district hospitals.(HT File / Representative Photo)

Health programmes need community engagement

By Ashok Alexander
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 07:31 AM IST
Only when people get involved, they become aware consumers, rather than passive recipients of doles.
Drinking alcohol is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths among middle-aged people.(Shutterstock)
Drinking alcohol is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths among middle-aged people.(Shutterstock)

There is no healthy level of alcohol consumption, here’s why

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 02:59 PM IST
There may be studies showing that moderate alcohol consumption isn’t harmful for health, but according to a new report by Lancet, there is no safe level of drinking alcohol.
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