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A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin, an Indian government-backed experimental Covid-19 vaccine, before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society, Ahmedabad, November 26, 2020(REUTERS)

Vaccines bring greater hope

UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:10 AM IST
But Bharat Biotech and regulators must now speed up disclosures on Covaxin
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A health worker takes a swab sample of a resident in Govandi on Thursday.(Pratik Chorge/HT)
A health worker takes a swab sample of a resident in Govandi on Thursday.(Pratik Chorge/HT)

BMC aims to vaccinate 1 crore Mumbaiites within a month

By Rupsa Chakraborty, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 01:18 AM IST
Expecting a rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine early next year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the blueprint of its immunisation process aims to vaccinate around 1 crore Mumbaiites within a month in the first phase.
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PGIMER is expected to administer the vaccine to around 300 volunteers in phase 2 and 3 of the observer-blind, randomised, controlled study to determine the safety of Covishield (Covid-19 vaccine) and its immunogenicity (ability to provoke immune response) in healthy Indian adults.(REUTERS/For representation)
PGIMER is expected to administer the vaccine to around 300 volunteers in phase 2 and 3 of the observer-blind, randomised, controlled study to determine the safety of Covishield (Covid-19 vaccine) and its immunogenicity (ability to provoke immune response) in healthy Indian adults.(REUTERS/For representation)

No Oxford vaccine side effects in 53 volunteers at PGIMER

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 11:45 PM IST
PGIMER had screened 97 volunteers on Thursday, of whom 65 had already been vaccinated since September 25 when the institute started administering the first dose to volunteers
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The institute conducts reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), GeneXpert, and Rapid Antigen tests to detect and confirm Covid-19.(HT File Photo)
The institute conducts reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), GeneXpert, and Rapid Antigen tests to detect and confirm Covid-19.(HT File Photo)

PGIMER pegs Covid-19 test costs at 8 crore a month

By Amanjeet Singh Salyal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 03:25 AM IST
Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER, said the institute conducted nearly 30,000 tests a month for which estimated costs had been worked out and sent to the Central government.
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Second round of sero survey starts in J&K’s Pulwama

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 10:14 PM IST
The prevalence of IgG antibody titers was found to be 0.73% among the general population
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The four laboratories which started operations on Monday are each equipped with 16 pieces of equipment, including refrigerated centrifuge, fully automated biosafety cabinet and other testing tools, costing Rs 1 crore per lab.(HT Photo/For representation only)
The four laboratories which started operations on Monday are each equipped with 16 pieces of equipment, including refrigerated centrifuge, fully automated biosafety cabinet and other testing tools, costing Rs 1 crore per lab.(HT Photo/For representation only)

Mohali gets two Covid-19 testing laboratories

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mohali, Mohali
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 11:49 PM IST
Punjab cabinet ministers OP Soni and Balbir Sidhu jointly inaugurate both labs. Two others testing units also started operations in Jalandhar and Ludhiana
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Dr JPS Gill, second from left, director of research at the testing lab at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) cum nodal officer, with the university vice-chancellor Inderjeet Singh (extreme right).
Dr JPS Gill, second from left, director of research at the testing lab at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) cum nodal officer, with the university vice-chancellor Inderjeet Singh (extreme right).

Ludhiana’s Guru Angad Dev Vet Varsity gets nod for Covid-19 testing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 06:02 PM IST
To begin with, 20 scientists and lab personnel will be working in two shifts and processing approximately 100 to 250 samples per day, which will be increased to 1,000 a day once lab facilities are upgraded
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Only labs affiliated with the Indian Council of Medical Research are permitted to conduct RT-PCR and True Net tests to establish the presence or absence of coronavirus.(AP/representative photo)
Only labs affiliated with the Indian Council of Medical Research are permitted to conduct RT-PCR and True Net tests to establish the presence or absence of coronavirus.(AP/representative photo)

Private lab in Ludhiana under lens for issuance of ‘Covid-negative certificate’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Civil surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga marks inquiry, summons lab doctor for explanation.
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Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, which has successfully trialled convalescent plasma therapy, will now have a fully functional plasma bank.(REUTERS/For representation)
Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, which has successfully trialled convalescent plasma therapy, will now have a fully functional plasma bank.(REUTERS/For representation)

GMC Patiala gets Punjab’s first plasma bank

By Harmandeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Medical education and research minister OP Soni to inaugurate it on Tuesday
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Unlike in the case of physical health, there is a denial of and resistance to less-than-perfect mental health in India(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Unlike in the case of physical health, there is a denial of and resistance to less-than-perfect mental health in India(SHUTTERSTOCK)

In India, the deepening of the mental health crisis | Opinion

By Preeti Sudan and Kavita Narayan
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 06:33 PM IST
With physical distancing and anxiety about the future, Covid-19 has exacerbated mental health issues
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A man getting tested for Covid-19 at a drive-through facility of a private laboratory in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
A man getting tested for Covid-19 at a drive-through facility of a private laboratory in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Chandigarh lags behind UTs in Covid-19 testing

By Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Puducherry with a population bracket similar to Chandigarh’s has conducted almost double the number of tests
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday asked states and union territories to start the serosurveillance to identify the percentage of population infected with SARS-CoV-2 .(HT Photo)
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday asked states and union territories to start the serosurveillance to identify the percentage of population infected with SARS-CoV-2 .(HT Photo)

Panchkula ready for antibody tests for Covid-19

PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 08:57 PM IST
Tests can confirm suspected cases and also reveal who was infected and didn’t know it
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Earlier this month, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) banned the import of kits from Wondfo and Livzon and cancelled the licences of the two firms and their Indian importers.(HT Photo)
Earlier this month, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) banned the import of kits from Wondfo and Livzon and cancelled the licences of the two firms and their Indian importers.(HT Photo)

Chinese firms again question findings about their kits by Indian authorities

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 10:24 PM IST
In separate statements that were forwarded by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, Wondfo and Livzon also questioned the position taken by several state governments about the efficacy of their kits.
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11 ayurvedic college teachers in Patiala appointed without finance dept nod

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 10:57 PM IST
Patiala Government Ayurvedic College made these hurried appointments just within a week in March 2019; now, all appointees have been without salary for a year
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The UT administration has set up an exclusive ward for Covid-19 patients at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT photo)
The UT administration has set up an exclusive ward for Covid-19 patients at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT photo)

No fresh Covid case, Chandigarh tally at 27

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 09:11 PM IST
As many as 14 people have recovered and no one has succumbed to the virus in the city so far
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Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from Covid-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from Covid-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Slow testing pipeline as big a worry as kit delay

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 10:01 AM IST
The 26,351 samples processed on Wednesday, according to data released by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), represents a fivefold increase over the roughly 5,000 a day number at the beginning of the month.
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The Union health ministry still maintains that India has not yet entered the community transmission stage.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
The Union health ministry still maintains that India has not yet entered the community transmission stage.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Covid-19 cases rising exponentially, it’s critical to test more: ICMR

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 09:17 AM IST
The past week has seen an increase of between 650 and 1,000 Covid-19-positive cases daily, with the total number of cases in the country standing at 10,752 and deaths at 361 till Tuesday evening.
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ICMR asks medical colleges to apply for licences to conduct COVID-19 tests

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2020 11:35 AM IST
In its notice, the apex health research body said all medical colleges with infrastructure and expertise which includes availability of a BSL-2 level laboratory facility including a molecular biology setup for virological diagnosis and a functioning and calibrated biosafety cabinet type 2A/2B in the laboratory can apply.
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Have randomised testing of people allowed to move around during the lockdown. It is important that their identity be recorded, while issuing passes to move during the lockdown(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Have randomised testing of people allowed to move around during the lockdown. It is important that their identity be recorded, while issuing passes to move during the lockdown(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Locking down is not enough. Ramp up testing

By Partha Mukhopadhyay
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Use this period to build capacity, have randomised testing for different groups and identify high-risk locations
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Air pollution could also act as a trigger for a stroke and neurology experts across the globe are looking into it.(Unsplash)
Air pollution could also act as a trigger for a stroke and neurology experts across the globe are looking into it.(Unsplash)

Brain strokes not an ‘elderly people’s disease’, hitting those below 45 increasingly

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 05:04 PM IST
The Indian Council for Medical Research estimates one person suffers a stroke every three seconds in the country and a death is reported every three minutes.
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The government on Thursday announced it has revised treatment packages under its flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
The government on Thursday announced it has revised treatment packages under its flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Centre revises most Ayushman packages

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 01:27 AM IST
Of the 1,393 treatment packages that were initially included in the scheme, there has been an increase in the rates of 270 packages, addition of 237 new packages and adoption of 43 stratified packages.
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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

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Billions of people worldwide consume artificial sweeteners and they are prescribed as a tool to treat obesity, despite little being known until now about their full impact on the brain.(Unsplash)
Billions of people worldwide consume artificial sweeteners and they are prescribed as a tool to treat obesity, despite little being known until now about their full impact on the brain.(Unsplash)

Here’s how artificial sweeteners increase appetite

By Asian News International | Washington D.C.
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 04:27 PM IST
Billions of people worldwide consume artificial sweeteners and they are prescribed as a tool to treat obesity, despite little being known until now about their full impact on the brain.
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New Delhi Gene editing technology cannot be used for germline engineering or any genetic modifications that can be passed on to the next generation, according to draft guidelines released by on Friday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
New Delhi Gene editing technology cannot be used for germline engineering or any genetic modifications that can be passed on to the next generation, according to draft guidelines released by on Friday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Gene editing: Medical board drafts new laws

UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 12:48 AM IST
Human germline engineeringn involves deliberately changing the genes passed on to children, creating genetically modified people. Considered taboo for safety and social reasons, it is prohibited in many countries.
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Ashok Vaidya, research director at the health society, said, “Lack of understanding of PCOS within society and medical circles has not eliminated the stigma associated with this disorder.”(HT Photo)
Ashok Vaidya, research director at the health society, said, “Lack of understanding of PCOS within society and medical circles has not eliminated the stigma associated with this disorder.”(HT Photo)

City’s PCOS patients form support group to spread awareness

By Aayushi Pratap | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 05:17 AM IST
PCOS is a metabolic, reproductive and hormonal disorder that arises in women of childbearing age owing to a combination of genetic predispositions coupled with lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, a high-calorie diet and stress.
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Representative image.

Sanctioned posts at ICMR vacant: RTI

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 01:34 AM IST
The ICMR could not provide complete data from all its branches across the country, but its headquarters in New Delhi had only 512 of the 763 sanctioned posts filled.
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Diabetes can cause respiratory arrest(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Diabetes can cause respiratory arrest(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Diabetes can cause respiratory arrest

By Sonali Verma | Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2019 01:49 AM IST
According to experts, diabetic coma is usually a result of poorly managed diabetes, especially Type 1 diabetes, and symptoms include fatigue, weakness, shortage of breath, nausea, difficulty speaking and sweating.
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Even as the number of tuberculosis-related deaths in the city has declined over the past three years, an ongoing global study found nearly 40% of the tuberculosis (TB) patients in its Mumbai sample were infected with a drug-resistant form known as the Beijing strain. HT Photo by Kalpak Pathak(Hindustan Times)
Even as the number of tuberculosis-related deaths in the city has declined over the past three years, an ongoing global study found nearly 40% of the tuberculosis (TB) patients in its Mumbai sample were infected with a drug-resistant form known as the Beijing strain. HT Photo by Kalpak Pathak(Hindustan Times)

‘Beijing Tuberculosis strain cases rises to 40%’: Study

By Aayushi Pratap | Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 03:59 AM IST
The research is part of a global study called Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis (CRyPTIC), which aims at building a “resistance catalogue” of TB bacteria by studying 0.1 million TB isolates across the globe.
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the National Aids Research Institute (NARI) is set to drop its focus on research into the Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (Aids) and also undergo a name change in the coming months.(HT Photo)
the National Aids Research Institute (NARI) is set to drop its focus on research into the Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (Aids) and also undergo a name change in the coming months.(HT Photo)

National Aids Research Institute to drop focus on HIV, undergo name change

By Nozia Sayyed | Pune
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 07:45 AM IST
NARI director Dr Samiran Panda said in an interview that this was among the issues discussed during the February 8 visit by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) director Dr Balram Bhargava to the institute at Bhosari, Pune.
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