चार शहरों में 18-50 वर्ष के आयु वर्ग में किए गए एक विशेष अध्ययन से पता चला है कि 44 प्रतिशत शहरी लोगों ने कोविड के समय में नाश्ता नहीं किया है। यह अध्ययन मार्च 2020 और फरवरी 2021 के बीच लंदन स्थित बाजार अनुसंधान प्रमुख यूरोमॉनिटर इंटरनेशनल और पेप्सिको इंडिया द्वारा अपने ब्रांड क्वेकर के माध्यम से किया गया था।
एक आधिकारिक विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार, अध्ययन में इस बात पर प्रकाश डाला गया कि 44 प्रतिशत शहरी लोगों ने घर के कामों में वृद्धि और दिन की शुरूआत में देरी के कारण नाश्ता करना छोड़ दिया था और भोजन करने में भी देरी की।
इसके अलावा, 64 प्रतिशत शहरी मिलेनियल्स उत्तरदाताओं को एक स्वस्थ प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली की ओर प्रेरित किया गया था।
अध्ययन में आगे बताया गया है कि जई सहित फलों, सब्जियों और साबुत अनाज की बढ़ती खपत महामारी के दौरान प्रमुख प्रवृत्ति के रूप में उभरी।
दिल्ली, मुंबई, बैंगलोर और कोलकाता में शहरी मिलेनियल्स पर ध्यान केंद्रित करते हुए, कोविड-19 के बाद शहरी भारतीय उपभोक्ताओं की बदलती जीवनशैली और आहार संबंधी आदतों को लेकर अध्ययन में 18-50 वर्ष के आयु वर्ग के 1,000 उत्तरदाताओं को शामिल किया गया था।
अध्ययन में उपभोक्ता व्यवहार को समझने के लिए कोविड के बाद लोगों की बदलती जीवन शैली और आहार पैटर्न का विश्लेषण किया गया।
इसने एक बदलते पैटर्न को, विशेष रूप से शहरी मिलेनियल्स के बीच एक स्वस्थ प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली और वजन बनाए रखने के लिए आहार संबंधी आदतों के प्रति ट्रैक किया।
अध्ययन ने यह भी मैप किया कि क्या भविष्य में बदले हुए व्यवहार बने रहेंगे और इस तथ्य को रेखांकित किया कि वजन पर नजर रखने वालों को समय पर भोजन करने और पोषक तत्वों से भरपूर नाश्ते के महत्व को समझना चाहिए।
इसके अलावा, यह पाया गया कि 71 प्रतिशत शहरी मिलेनियल्स ने वजन बनाए रखने के लिए कीटो, आंतरायिक उपवास और साप्ताहिक डिटॉक्स योजना सहित सनक आहार की लोकप्रियता की ओर झुकाव किया।
यूरोमॉनिटर इंटरनेशनल की सलाहकार विधि शर्मा ने कहा कि मिलेनियल्स नाश्ते के महत्व को स्वीकार करते हैं और मानते हैं कि इसमें पौष्टिक पोषण होना चाहिए, वे अक्सर अपने काम के शेड्यूल के कारण नाश्ता छोड़ देते हैं या सुबह जल्दी नाश्ता कर लेते हैं।
अध्ययन के निष्कर्षों के बारे में बात करते हुए, सोनम विज, एसोसिएट डायरेक्टर और कैटेगरी लीड, क्वेकर पोर्टफोलियो, पेप्सिको इंडिया ने कहा कि शहरी मिलेनियल्स अब तेजी से अपने शारीरिक और मानसिक स्वास्थ्य में सुधार पर ध्यान केंद्रित कर रहे हैं जो एक सक्रिय जीवन शैली का गठन करता है। (एजेंसी)
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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) As India has stepped into the 75th year of Independence with the looming threat of third Covid wave, Dr. MC Mishra, former Director at AIIMS, holds less expenditure on health as a big hurdle in providing quality treatment to all across the nation.Talking to IANS, Dr Mishra said: "We are spending slightly more than one per cent of GDP in healthcare while European nations like United Kingdom, Netherlands, New Zealand, and others spend over 9 per cent of their total GDP in public healthcare system. Spending optimum amount can only ensure total public health." He said that India has advanced towards public health in these 74 years of post-independence, but the primary health sector still needs to be addressed more efficiently."If we are hoping to lessen the burdens of the secondary and tertiary sector, the government has to strengthen the primary health sector in the rural area to provide quality healthcare at the doorstep," added Dr. Mishra.On the proportion of the Doctor and Patient ratio, he opined to inculcate other traditional healthcare systems of India also while calculating the number. He said, "We should include the Allopathy, Homeopathy and Ayush Doctors together as they are also serving and provide treatment at primary levels." He opined to cover all prevalent systems of health care in a single ambit.Being asked about India's healthcare system during pandemic, he said India has managed the pandemic and the public-private partnership in providing better healthcare should continue beyond the pandemic, taking care of affordability issues for the common man where the government can intervene.Deliberating on challenges, he added that affordability is a major concern for the common folk in private hospitals but the government should prepare a mechanism to address this issue for public health.--IANSavr/pgh
Tokyo - Researchers have found that a fermented soybean dish often served for breakfast in Japan, can prove to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
Natto is made by fermenting soybeans with Bacillus subtilis, a bacteria found in plants and in soil.
Researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) found that the extract made from the sticky, strong smelling natto may inhibit the ability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect cells.
"Traditionally, Japanese people have assumed that natto is beneficial for their health," said Tetsuya Mizutani, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the TUAT.
"In recent years, research studies have revealed scientific evidence for this belief. In this study, we investigated natto's antiviral effects on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1), which causes respiratory disease in cattle," Mizutani added.
The findings were published in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.
The team prepared two natto extracts from the food, one with heat and one without. They applied the extracts to sets of lab-cultured cells from cattle and from humans. One set was infected with SARS-CoV-2, while the other set was infected with BHV-1.
When treated with the natto extract made without heat, both SARS-CoV-2 and BHV-1 lost the ability to infect cells. However, neither virus appeared to be affected by the heat-treated natto extract.
"We found what appears to be a protease or proteases -- proteins that metabolise other proteins -- in the natto extract directly digests the receptor binding domain on the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2," Mizutani said, noting that the protease appears to break down in heat, losing the ability to digest proteins and letting the virus remain infectious.
The spike protein sits on the virus's surface and binds to a receptor on host cells. With an inactive spike protein, SARS-CoV-2 cannot infect healthy cells. The researchers found a similar effect on BHV-1 as well as the Alpha Covid variant.
While the results are promising, Mizutani also cautioned that further studies are needed to identify the exact molecular mechanisms at work. He also stressed that the research does not provide any evidence of reduced viral infection simply by eating natto. Once the components are identified and their functions verified, the researchers plan to advance their work to clinical studies in animal models. (IANS)
<br>"Modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users", Murthy said at a White House briefing on Thursday. "We are asking them to step up, we can't wait longer for them to take aggressive action."Murthy on Thursday released a 22-page advisory highlighting a string of false claims that have driven people away from vaccines at a time when the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the US.Murthy's advisory lists recommendations across eight stakeholder groups. It calls on teachers to focus on media literacy, it asks journalists to debunk health misinformation without spreading it further. Murthy asks doctors to "listen with empathy, and when possible, correct misinformation in personalized ways.""Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health," Murthy said. "We must confront misinformation as a nation. Lives are depending on it."Striking a personal note, Murthy said he is "concerned" as a father of two young children who aren't yet eligible for the vaccine. Murthy said he has lost 10 family members to Covid-19 and wishes "each and every day" that they had had the opportunity to get vaccinated.Murthy is calling for a national effort across tech companies, health care workers, journalists and everyday Americans to do more to address an "urgent threat" to public health.The US has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and yet, new Covid-19 infections have doubled over the past two weeks. CNN reported on Thursday that cases are rising in 47 states.ALos Angeles County, the most populous county in the US, reported its fifth straight day this week of more than 1,000 new cases.The US continues to have the world's highest Covid-19 toll. The virus has killed more than 608,000 in this country alone since it first arrived on the West Coast in January 2020.--IANS<br>nik/pgh<br>
Preliminary investigations suggest the fake vials either contained plain water or some other vaccine, as per KMC officials."The vials are completely different from the vials the state provides. It is smaller in size without any batch number or manufacturing dates. "There is no expiry date even. It is suspected that the labels were created separately and pasted on the vials. We have sent the vials for forensic tests. Unless reports come in it will be impossible for us to say anything," a KMC doctor, who has tested the people who have been vaccinated told IANS on condition of anonymity. "One thing is good -- none of those administered the fake doses has developed any side effects, so far but we are keeping a close watch on everybody," she added.The Kolkata Police Detective Department while interrogating Debanjan Dev -- the man responsible for running the fake vaccination racket -- has stumbled on some interesting details. The city police have recovered KMC letterheads, logos, rubber stamps and many other documents which were convincing enough that he worked for KMC. According to the police, Dev recruited people and gave them a salary."I had to pay 3 lakhs when I got this job. I was given an appointment letter on a KMC letterhead and went with Dev to many places including KMC head office in Esplanade. I was made to stand in a place and he went away," a person who worked in Dev's company said. "I dona't know whom he met and what conversation they had. I even went with him to City College for the vaccination drive. I didn't have a hint that I was working for a fraud organisation," the person added.The police probe team are of the opinion that Debanjan Dev had carefully planned that whole thing. They have also come to know that Dev, who was a good student - used to tell his neighbours that he is an IAS officer and worked at the level of Joint Commissioner in KMC. He moved about in a vehicle with a blue beacon light and with an armed security guard. "The office he used to run looked like a KMC office and it is expected that he had developed some close relations with some of the officials of the Corporation but we are yet to find out his source of money and or the motive behind this," a police officer said.The whole incident came to light when Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty lodged a complaint with the Kolkata Police alleging that a man was running a fake vaccination centre in Kasba area in the Southern fringes of the city on Wednesday. The actor-turned-politician found the camp suspicious when she received no official confirmation after taking the vaccine from this camp on Wednesday evening and then lodged her complaint. Police immediately arrested one Dev from South Kolkata.--IANS<br>sbg/in
London, May 30 (IANS) The B.1.617 coronavirus variant could "pick up speed and become a big problem" in the UK as the country further eases its lockdown, an expert has warned.The UK's fight against coronavirus could turn bad "very, very quickly" unless the government acts cautiously on easing lockdown further, Xinhua news agency quoted Professor Tim Gowers from the University of Cambridge as saying to the Guardian on Saturday."So I think if that's the way you're going to play things, then you should be very, very cautious about every step you take... And maybe everything (will) be okay, maybe the number of people who are vaccinated will be just enough."But if it's not OK, we know, because of mathematics, that things will get bad very, very quickly. "Or at least, maybe it won't look that quick to start with, but it'll grow exponentially. So it'll pick up speed and become a big problem," he said.Meanwhile, Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), also warned that the variant is "clearly more transmissible"."We need to be reassured that we're in a very different position now in that we've got a highly vaccinated population and we just need to continue moving at speed," he told the BBC on Saturday."We do know that with this particular variant you do need two doses to offer complete protection, and so we're very, very keen to make sure that all those, particularly higher risk groups, that's the over-50s and those with underlying illness, receive their second vaccination as soon as feasible."Meanwhile, the B.1.617 variant cases doubled in a week in England to almost 7,000, prompting concerns that the government's lockdown roadmap will be derailed.The roadmap is expected to see all legal limits on social contact to be removed on June 21. It is understood that a final decision on the planed easing of lockdown will not be made until June 14.More than 38.8 million people, or more than 70 per cent of adults in Britain, have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.The UK's overall Covid-19 caseload and death toll currently stood at 4,496,823 and 128,037, respectively.--IANSksk/