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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Can the virus be transmitted non-sexually?

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer type for women, with the highest incidence and mortality rates. Read on to know all about its causes, treatment and expert opinion on whether it can be transmitted non-sexually
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Can the virus be transmitted non-sexually?  (Twitter/IPVSociety)
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Can the virus be transmitted non-sexually?  (Twitter/IPVSociety)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 07:48 PM IST
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Endometriosis: Don't ignore painful periods, it could be ‘chocolate cyst’

Do you experience immensely painful periods with pelvic and lower back pain or pain during/after intercourse or excessive bleeding and digestive problems? Don't ignore it as it could be Endometriosis. Know from a health expert what this ‘chocolate cyst’ is all about
Painful period with pelvic and lower back pain can be Endometriosis or ‘chocolate cyst’, says doctor  (Pixabay)
Painful period with pelvic and lower back pain can be Endometriosis or ‘chocolate cyst’, says doctor  (Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 09:07 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women

Should pregnant and lactating women be vaccinated against Covid-19? Will the third wave of coronavirus be more challenging for kids? Read on to find out from medical experts
Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women  (Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash )
Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women  (Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash )
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Reproductive health goals women should set for 2022: 5 tips by a gynaecologist

As we kickstart the New Year 2022, a gynaecologist reveals 5 major goals that women need to focus on to keep their reproductive health in check
Reproductive health goals women should set for 2022: 5 tips by a gynaecologist  (Twitter/Healthy58952801)
Reproductive health goals women should set for 2022: 5 tips by a gynaecologist  (Twitter/Healthy58952801)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 01:43 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

The more Omicron spreads, the more likely it is to give rise to new variant: WHO

  • Britain on Tuesday faced warnings of an impending hospital crisis due to staff shortages caused by a wave of Omicron infections, as the country's daily Covid caseload breached 200,000 for the first time.
Europe has registered more than 100 million Covid cases since the start of the pandemic, and more than five million new cases in the last week of 2021, WHO said. (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)
Europe has registered more than 100 million Covid cases since the start of the pandemic, and more than five million new cases in the last week of 2021, WHO said. (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 02:58 PM IST
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As Omicron spreads, WHO chief scientist’s take on Covid-19 vaccines

WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan also stressed the Omicron variant is infecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated people worldwide and urged everyone to get the jab against Covid-19.
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan talked about the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against Omicron. (Reuters File Photo)
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan talked about the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against Omicron. (Reuters File Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 05:45 AM IST
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Covid-19: WHO says Omicron spreading faster than Delta, infecting those jabbed

“There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Shoppers wearing face masks to protect against Covid-19 walk along the Christmas market at Tuilerie garden in Paris.(AP)
Shoppers wearing face masks to protect against Covid-19 walk along the Christmas market at Tuilerie garden in Paris.(AP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Two weeks into Omicron outbreak: What do we know so far

Omicron might reduce the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines but added that this strain is less dangerous than Delta, the WHO has said based on preliminary data. 
Omicron has spread to more than 60 countries across the world, WHO has said, (AFP File Photo)
Omicron has spread to more than 60 countries across the world, WHO has said, (AFP File Photo)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 11:21 AM IST
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This country has approved Covid vaccinations for children in 5 to 11 age group

Spain’s health minister Carolina Darias told reporters in Brussels where she was attending a meeting of EU health ministers, they expect to start vaccinating children from next week when the first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine are expected arrive.
Spain has a nationwide vaccination rate of nearly 80 per cent, (Reuters File Photo/Representative Image)
Spain has a nationwide vaccination rate of nearly 80 per cent, (Reuters File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 07:29 PM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Does our immune system needs to evolve with new, risky variants of coronavirus?

A new strain of coronavirus, Omicron, is now becoming rampant which is pushing people to focus again on strengthening their immunity. Does the body's immune system needs to evolve with new and risky variants and viruses? Here's what Ayurveda expert has to say
Does our immune system needs to evolve with new, risky variants of coronavirus?(Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)
Does our immune system needs to evolve with new, risky variants of coronavirus?(Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 01:18 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Study links healthier diets with lower greenhouse gas emissions

As per a new study, people whose intake of saturated fats, carbohydrates and sodium met levels recommended by the WHO had lower greenhouse gas emissions than people who exceeded recommended levels of those nutrients.
Study links healthier diets with lower greenhouse gas emissions(Pixabay)
Study links healthier diets with lower greenhouse gas emissions(Pixabay)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 06:09 PM IST
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Amid omicron scare, Japan imposes travel curbs on 3 more countries: Reports

  • Japan has already imposed a 10-day mandatory quarantine requirement at a government-specified facility for travellers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini.
Travelers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Travelers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 07:34 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As omicron cases spread, WHO’s warning to southeast Asian countries

Amid omicron scare, WHO has said countries must enhance surveillance and sequencing and continue comprehensive and tailored public health and social measures to prevent transmission.
WHO has levelled omicron as a variant of concern because of its high number of mutations. (AP Photo)
WHO has levelled omicron as a variant of concern because of its high number of mutations. (AP Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 05:10 PM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

1 million Afghan children at risk of dying by year-end amid food crisis: WHO

World Health Organisation spokesperson Margaret Harris said around 3.2 million children are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in Afghanistan by the end of the year as temperatures in the country begin to drop below zero degrees Celsius.
A UN assessment conducted last month stated that the shocks of drought, conflict, Covid-19 and an economic crisis have left more than half Afghanistan’s population facing a record level of acute hunger. (REUTERS PHOTO.)
A UN assessment conducted last month stated that the shocks of drought, conflict, Covid-19 and an economic crisis have left more than half Afghanistan’s population facing a record level of acute hunger. (REUTERS PHOTO.)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 10:50 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

World Diabetes Day: How to prevent, manage type 2 diabetes to protect your heart

World Diabetes Day 2021: Heart is the most important organ to be damaged by diabetes hence, heart disease is the cause of death in more than half of all deaths in diabetic people. Know from an expert on how to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes to protect your heart
World Diabetes Day: How to prevent, manage type 2 diabetes to protect your heart(Twitter/AHealthyBod)
World Diabetes Day: How to prevent, manage type 2 diabetes to protect your heart(Twitter/AHealthyBod)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 03:08 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

WHO approval will expedite Covaxin imports: Bharat Biotech

  • WHO’s approval also means those inoculated with Covaxin will also be able to travel internationally to countries that recognize vaccines authorized by the public health body.
WHO gave Covaxin the green light on Wednesday after months of delay.(MINT_PRINT)
WHO gave Covaxin the green light on Wednesday after months of delay.(MINT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 08:08 PM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

No WHO approval for Covaxin yet as panel wants more details

  • WHO said it expects the clarifications to come in by the end of this week and it will meet again on November 3 to discuss the approval, technically known as an emergency use listing.
The grant of EUL will also make the vaccine eligible for distribution to low and middle income countries under the COVAX facility. (REUTERS)
The grant of EUL will also make the vaccine eligible for distribution to low and middle income countries under the COVAX facility. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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Awaiting more information on Covaxin: WHO

  • The WHO’s nod for Covaxin’s emergency use authorisation is necessary for its widespread acceptability as a safe and effective vaccine.
The UN health agency said it is expecting one additional piece of information from Covaxin manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, which has been submitting data to the WHO on a rolling basis.
The UN health agency said it is expecting one additional piece of information from Covaxin manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, which has been submitting data to the WHO on a rolling basis.
Published on Oct 19, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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WHO forms 'last chance' to find Covid-19 origins, urges China to provide data

Despite first human cases of Covid-19 reported in Wuhan, China has repeatedly dismissed theories. A WHO-led team spent four weeks in and around Wuhan earlier this year, insisting that the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal but further research was needed.
Security personnel keep watch outside Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China(REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo)
Security personnel keep watch outside Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China(REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 08:04 AM IST
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‘Next 6-8 weeks are important as…’: Guleria on how Covid cases can drop

AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that he is hopeful Covaxin will soon be able to receive the WHO nod and travelling overseas will become easier for those who have taken both shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that he is “hopeful” the approval of Covaxin by the WHO should happen soon. (ANI Photo)
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that he is “hopeful” the approval of Covaxin by the WHO should happen soon. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 06:26 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Working with WHO to get emergency use listing for Covaxin: Bharat Biotech

  • The company was responding to reports that said the grant of EUL could be delayed further as WHO had more technical queries regarding the inactivated whole virus vaccine.
Bharat Biotech is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to obtain Emergency Use Listing for Covaxin, its Covid vaccine. (PTI)
Bharat Biotech is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to obtain Emergency Use Listing for Covaxin, its Covid vaccine. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2021 03:13 AM IST
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Delta globally dominant variant, replacing other variants of concern: WHO

  • The WHO has downgraded alpha, beta, gamma along with three other variants - eta, iota and kappa, as they are being outcompeted by delta.
The delta variant has been detected in 185 countries till date. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
The delta variant has been detected in 185 countries till date. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Published on Sep 23, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Time, New Delhi

WHO thanks India as Modi govt announces resumption of Covid vaccine export

Why WHO thanked India's health minister
Why WHO thanked India's health minister
Published on Sep 22, 2021 02:25 PM IST
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WHO chief thanks Mansukh Mandaviya for resuming vaccine exports to COVAX pool

  • Sharing a tweet, the WHO chief wrote, “Thank you Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing India will resume crucial Covid vaccine shipments to COVAX in October.”
Calling it an “important development”, the WHO chief further said India’s contribution will help all COVAX-supported countries reach the 40 per cent vaccination target rate by the end of the year.(REUTERS)
Calling it an “important development”, the WHO chief further said India’s contribution will help all COVAX-supported countries reach the 40 per cent vaccination target rate by the end of the year.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 10:56 AM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bill Gates, WHO praise India for 1 crore vaccinations in a day | Covid

Bill Gates, WHO's Soumya Swaminathan congratulated India on crossing 1-crore daily vaccination mark (Agencies)
Bill Gates, WHO's Soumya Swaminathan congratulated India on crossing 1-crore daily vaccination mark (Agencies)
Published on Aug 28, 2021 01:46 PM IST
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Covid in children mostly mild, but good to be prepared: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

  • The effect of the coronavirus disease among children had been mostly mild and the severity much less than that in the adult population, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminthan, even as she stressed the importance of having a well-developed paediatric infrastructure.
“We should not panic about thousands of children crowding into ICUs
“We should not panic about thousands of children crowding into ICUs" said World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan(REUTERS / File Photo)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 02:33 PM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kabul airport curbs blocking medical, food supplies to Afghanistan: WHO

  • The WHO said the closure of the Hamid Karzai International Airport to commercial flights has held up deliveries to nearly 18.5 million people of Afghanistan, who rely on aid and humanitarian needs.
The executive director of the UN children's agency UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, said on Monday around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance.
The executive director of the UN children's agency UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, said on Monday around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance.
Published on Aug 23, 2021 11:00 PM IST
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China rejects need for further WHO coronavirus origins probe

  • On Thursday the WHO urged China to share raw data from the earliest Covid-19 cases to revive its probe into the origins of the disease.
Police officers wearing protective gear against the spread of Covid-19 spray disinfectant at Nanjing port in China's eastern Jiangsu province.(AFP)
Police officers wearing protective gear against the spread of Covid-19 spray disinfectant at Nanjing port in China's eastern Jiangsu province.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 11:17 AM IST
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Prioritise school reopening with adherence to Covid norms: WHO scientist

  • WHO scientist also noted that the impact of the pandemic will last a long time on children's mental, physical and cognitive well-being.
Students to visit schools for admission and board examination related activities.(File Photo)
Students to visit schools for admission and board examination related activities.(File Photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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'Let's be careful for 6 months': WHO chief scientist on India Covid situation

Children are not at greater risk, Dr Swaminathan said, citing ICMR data which shows that children have been exposed to the virus in the previous waves.
The six month period is not for the virus to disappear, but for vaccine coverage to increase, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has explained.
The six month period is not for the virus to disappear, but for vaccine coverage to increase, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has explained.
Published on Aug 06, 2021 08:02 PM IST
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