Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has posted a video to share his views on coronavirus, with a dash of poetry.
The video starts with Big B addressing the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. He then recites a poem he penned. The gist of the poem pertains to the precautionary measures that people should take in the wake of the outbreak.
In the video, Big B is seen giving basic advice on prevention, including washing hands and staying safe.
"Concerned about the COVID-19. Just doodled some lines in verse. Please stay safe," wrote the actor. (IANS)
Tokyo, Feb 25. Japan's Chitetsu Watanabe, recognized at 112 years as the oldest man in the world, has passed away 11 days after he received the Guinness World Record certificate, his family said on Tuesday.
Watanabe died on Sunday night, Efe news reported.
He received the official certificate on February 12 at a nursing home in Joetsu in Niigata prefecture, where he resided.
Soon after being certified as the oldest man, he began to experience a lack of appetite and respiratory problems, the wife of his eldest son told public broadcaster NHK.
Born on March 5, 1907 in a family of farmers, Watanabe moved at the age of 20 to Taiwan, where he worked at a sugar refinery for 18 years before returning to Japan after the end of World War II.
A fan of calligraphy, custard and ice cream, Watanabe told the Guinness team that the key to his long life was laughter.
He was recognized as the oldest male in the world following the deaths in 2019 of German Gustav Gerneth (in October), aged 114 years, and Japan's Masazo Nonaka (in January), at the age of 113, three months older than the German.
It remains to be seen who will be recognized after the death of Watanabe, the only male on the list drawn up by the Gerontology Research Group of the 30 oldest people in the world.
Japan has among the highest life expectancy in the world and the number of centenarians in the country has crossed 71,000, according to the latest government figures.
Since 2000, the number of centenarians censored has quintupled, raising concern for the economic outlook and future workforce of the country - where the birthrate is on a downward trend.
Out of these, 88 per cent are women.(IANS)
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Kochi. The fourth edition of Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2020), scheduled to be held here looks towards putting in place an international cooperation conclave so as to tap the potential of the global market place, research initiatives and medical tourism opportunities, said Union Minister V Muraleedharan .
V Muraleedharan, MoS,External Affairs and Chairman of the GAF said that the fourth edition which is to take place from May 16 to 20 will see more participation of international business, industry, academic and diplomatic participants across continents.
"The GAF looks towards putting in place an international cooperation conclave so as to tap the potential of the global market place, research initiatives and medical tourism opportunities. This time there will be several more entities from various ministries like Ayush, Commerce and Industry, MSME, Tourism, External Affairs, which will take the event to a new level," said Muraleedharan.
"GAF 2020 is encouraged by various Central government departments and also the Kerala State Government, will bring together the efforts of all committed members from various countries to place ayurveda as a global system of medicine," added the minister. (IANS)
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Beijing. A Chinese institute has applied for a national patent on a potential coronavirus treatment developed by California-based pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences (GILD), according to media reports.
The coronavirus outbreak which originated in China's Wuhan city has led to the death of over 490 people so far.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has applied for a patent in China for the use of Remdesivir, an antiviral therapy used to treat infectious diseases including Ebola and SARS, TheStreet reported on Wednesday.
The application was made on January 21 along with a military academy, according to a statement on the institute's website.
Gilead Sciences on Tuesday reported that its total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $5.9 billion, compared to $5.8 billion for the same period in 2018.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $2.7 billion, or $2.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018.
If the potential coronavirus drug proves to be effective, it could significantly improve Gilead's bottom-line going forward.
China's epidemic-hit Wuhan had set up 132 quarantine sites by Tuesday, providing over 12,500 beds to cope with the surging number of patients confirmed or suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus, Xinhua reported.
About 5,425 people are now under centralised quarantine for medical observation in Wuhan, said Hu Lishan, deputy secretary of CPC Wuhan Municipal Committee, at a press conference on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday.
Since February 2, Wuhan has started to unconditionally hospitalise confirmed cases and put suspected cases in centralised quarantine for treatment. Patients with a fever or close contacts of confirmed or suspected cases will also be subject to centralized quarantine for medical observation.
As hospital beds are in short supply, Wuhan is gearing up to use private hospitals, hotels, schools and other places as designated quarantine sites for centralised isolation and observation of patients.
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New Delhi. Cancer is the second most common cause of death after heart failure across the world. Despite rapid medical advancements and the treatment options available today, cancer remains a major threat to our society. The occurrence of cancer in India is estimated to be around 2.5 million, with about 1.25 million new cases being registered every year and approximately 800,000 deaths related to the illness.
Second opinion is the practice of a patient seeking an alternate evaluation of his or her diagnosis and course of treatment by another, or a few other specialist doctors to confirm the diagnosis and validate their treatment. Studies have shown that up to 30 per cent of patients who have sought second opinion have found that their initial treatment advice did not match with the alternate advice, and in most cases the latter proved more beneficial.
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Although taking second opinions is not a new concept, as a medical service it has been gaining popularity in recent times. It is quite common for patients to seek second opinions, especially for life-threatening illnesses like cancer, says Dr Amit Jotwani, co-founder and Chief Medical Affairs, Onco.com. According to a study published by Mayo Clinic in the US, one in five patients who took second opinions had a change in their diagnosis.
Another study by John Hopkins Institute supported the use of second opinions as a life-saving measure. According to an Onco.com study, published in the year 2018, more than 80 per cent of cancer patients who availed our second opinion service, benefitted in terms of a better understanding of their diagnosis and 40 per cent of patients had a change in their treatment plan, Jotwani points out. In India, where there is only one cancer specialist for 2,000 cancer patients, and the majority of doctors are available only in big cities, the quality of cancer care is the biggest problem faced by patients which leads to poor results.
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In a disease like cancer when one doesn't have enough time, the right treatment is as important as the treatment itself as there is no scope for a second chance for most patients. Hence, it is prudent to get a multidisciplinary second opinion to ensure the best chances of recovery.
Cancer is a complex disease and requires a multi-disciplinary approach in treating a patient.
However, in India there is a challenge to such an approach for various reasons such as a lack of access to expert oncologists, advanced treatment centres and affordability. In the case of cancer treatment, it is advisable to consider a multi-disciplinary review that consists of a team of doctors, which include three specialties - surgical, medical and radiation oncology, the expert says. Such a review can provide a validation of the patient's treatment plan, or suggest better and more accurate options, thus preventing chances of mistreatment and optimizing medical expenses, he says.
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"For instance, we received a case where a patient was diagnosed with lung cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. The family reached out to us and took a second opinion from Onco.com's panel of experts where the doctors identified that the patient had an operable disease and they were advised to go for surgery which had better chances of cure.
The patient eventually underwent surgery and has been on follow up thereafter. This also further amplifies the importance of getting a second opinion for diseases like cancer. "We believe it is the right of every cancer patient to be fully informed about their diagnosis and the best treatment options available for them. Unbiased second opinions can help empower patients with all the available options, not only to validate the course of their treatment but also to provide them with a sense of confidence to march forward in their fight against the disease."
(By Puja Gupta, can be contacted at [email protected])
Wuhan, Feb 5 . A newborn in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, was confirmed to have been infected with the virus just 30 hours after being born, a local hospital said on Wednesday.
The infant, born on February 2, is the youngest person recorded as being diagnosed with the virus, Xinhua reported.
The mother had also tested positive for the virus before she gave birth, said the Union Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical experts said it may be a case of mother-to-child transmission of the novel coronavirus.
The baby, weighing 3.25 kg at birth, is now in stable condition and under observation.
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