Washington, June 22 (IANS) US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has said the Covid-19 pandemic continues to pose risks to the US economic outlook as the pace of vaccination has slowed."Progress on vaccinations has limited the spread of Covid-19 and will likely continue to reduce the effects of the public health crisis on the economy," Powell said in written testimony released Monday afternoon on the Fed's website, which was prepared for a Tuesday hearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Xinhua reported."However, the pace of vaccinations has slowed and new strains of the virus remain a risk. Continued progress on vaccinations will support a return to more normal economic conditions," he said.Powell's testimony came as public health experts warned that the highly contagious Delta variant continues threatening the US, especially in states with the lowest vaccination numbers.The Delta variant, which is believed to be more transmissible and cause more severe disease, could cause an upsurge in infections, but the levels will vary depending on the rates of vaccination in each area, said Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.Powell also said in testimony that US inflation has increased notably in recent months as the economy continues to reopen."This reflects, in part, the very low readings from early in the pandemic falling out of the calculation; the pass-through of past increases in oil prices to consumer energy prices; the rebound in spending as the economy continues to reopen; and the exacerbating factor of supply bottlenecks," he explained."As these transitory supply effects abate, inflation is expected to drop back toward our longer-run goal," said the Fed chair.Core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed's preferred inflation measure, is expected to rise to 3 per cent by end of 2021, and then decelerate to 2.1 per cent over the next two years, according to the Fed's latest Summary of Economic Projections released last week. --IANSint/pgh
Lifestyle disorders are a major cause of death in almost every country now. The occurrence of these problems is not a one-day process; people suffer due to long-time ignorance of their health care. Some of the lifestyle disorders are obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, strokes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), arthritis, and mental health issues.
Himanshu Rai, Chief Dietician and Nutritionist at Think You shares some of the leading causes of lifestyle disorders:
If your eating habits are linked to skipping meals, overeating, oily-fried-sugary meals, then you could be in the trap of lifestyle disorders. As per the WHO, "A healthy diet helps to protect against poor nutrition in all its forms and lifestyle-related health issues such as diabetes, heart diseases, strokes, cancers and brain disorders also." Eating healthy meals, not skipping meals and food that contains ingredients from all the major food groups (cereals, legumes and pulses, milk and meat, fruits and vegetables, fat and sugar) would be helpful to protect you from lifestyle disorders.
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Lack Of Physical Activity
Lack of physical activity may lead to obesity or being overweight and it may lead to several other disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and various others. The WHO suggests regular physical activity is very helpful for the prevention of diseases and improves the overall quality of life. As per WHO, adults should do 150 - 300 minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity every week to provide significant benefits to overall health.
Lack Of Sleep
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), poor sleep has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, depression and obesity. In the case of diabetes, it has been linked to poor control of blood sugar levels. Whereas, in cardiovascular diseases, persons with poor sleeping are found to be at increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart diseases and irregular heartbeats. In obesity, short sleep duration results in metabolic changes, which are linked to obesity. Sleep disturbances for a long time have been one of the important symptoms of depression also.
As per Mayo Clinic, long-term stress puts the body on over-exposure to cortisol hormone and other stress hormones, which affects your body's normal health process. Overexposure to stress results in heart diseases, weight gain, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, sleep issues, headaches and memory issues. Stress management is very important to keep away from the different health issues.
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Smoking affects almost all the organs in a bad manner. Direct smoking may lead to different serious health concerns such as cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), etc. Whereas second-hand smoke causes stroke, coronary heart diseases, lung cancer, etc in adults. In children, second-hand smoke causes sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.
Excess Alcohol Consumption
Excess alcohol drinking in the long term may lead to chronic diseases such as heart diseases, stroke, liver diseases, cancer, mental issues, digestive issues and several others. Whereas in short term, it causes accidents, violence, alcohol poisoning, risky sexual behaviours, miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.
Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, "Instead of using the body as a temple of God we use it as a vehicle for indulgences, and are not ashamed to run to medical men for help in our effort to increase them and abuse the earthly tabernacle."
This statement is well connected to today's lifestyle disorders also; it means we are neglecting the power of prevention, doing excess and inviting lifestyle disorders.
Lifestyle disorders can be easily prevented with the help of eating nutritious meals on time, proper physical activity, proper sleep, stress management and avoiding alcohol and smoke.
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New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) The last two months in the second wave of pandemic, which crippled an already overburdened healthcare system, has gravely affected Indians suffering from non-Covid chronic ailments like cancer, heart and kidney diseases, health experts said on Tuesday.Essential health services were disrupted during the last two months because of the exponential rise in the number of Covid cases, which also led to the exhaustion of health care infrastructure, along with the diversion of health services to Covid care.Other major reasons include fear of contracting Covid, misinformation and limitations on movement due to lockdowns, according to experts."Covid-19 pandemic affected non-Covid care at all levels of health care from community to tertiary level. Services of chronic diseases care such as cancer care, hypertension, and diabetes management got affected the most due to diversion of health services to Covid care and people were not able to seek healthcare due to restrictions and fear due to pandemic," Dr Harshal R. Salve, Associate Professor at Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, told IANS.Last month, a plea was filed in the Supreme Court claiming that in the second wave, most of the state governments have put restrictions and protocols, which resulted into denial of regular treatment and check-up of patients with heart, kidney, liver and lung ailments."Non-Covid-19 patients are facing a lot of difficulties. Major surgeries are postponed in all the hospitals as doctors are fully busy with Covid-19 patients... for heart patients or pregnant women, it is very difficult to get admission," the petitioner said.Due to Covid pandemic, many "treatable diseases" have shifted to the stage of being "untreatable", Dr Ashish Rai, Director, Department of Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, told IANS.According to Rai, patients with cancer, particularly the elderly, have been the most affected. "Elderly cancer patients often delay their hospital visits, thinking that it may increase the risk of Covid infection to their children," he said."Cancer patients have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, early diagnosis, check-ups and treatment was delayed for people suffering from cancer. And those infected with Covid were at higher risk of mortality," added Dr Rahul Bhargava, Cancer Expert, Director, Department of Clinical Hematology & Bone Marrow Transplant, Fortis Hospital, Gurugram.Cancer treatment can be successful during its early days but can become untreatable in the advanced stage of the disease. Covid also increased mortality among patients with an active cancer or who had a history of cancer in the past five years, the experts noted."Several patients also suffered delay in treatment because in most of the cases family members or the patient themselves were afflicted with Covid. Almost 90 per cent were postponed who had no choice but to remain bedridden or in disabling conditions," said Dr L. Tomar, Director, Department of Orthopaedics, Max Super Speciality Hospital,Further, children suffering from congenital anomalies/deformities were also affected due to the pandemic."For example, cleft lip surgery must be done between three to six months of birth. But many such kids could not be operated upon due to Covid restrictions imposed last year, and which continued this year," Rai said. While it may not turn fatal as cancer, yet it affects the treatment."People must understand that Covid is here to stay, and vaccinations can safeguard them. Get vaccinated. Do not delay treatment against other diseases. Since most healthcare workers including doctors, nurses and staff have been vaccinated, there is no fear of further infections, unlike last year," Rai advised.--IANSrvt/vd
<br>Although our immune system safeguards our body from diseases and pathogens by targeting and killing invaders such as bacteria and viruses, healthy lifestyle habits such as consuming nutritious food, good sleep, sufficient hydration, and exercise are critical in enabling the immune system to function at its best.Here are few important tips that you can incorporate into your routine to help you achieve your nutritional and lifestyle goals.Start your day in a healthy way:Unarguably, it is critical to prioritise your health, especially at a time when the world is grappling with Covid-19. Knowing that the lockdown is limiting our ability to go out for a lively morning walk in the open air, indoor guided meditation in the morning will help you build your physical and mental health while at the same time energize you for the day.Keep a close eye on your nutrition intake:Covid-19 is known to have an inflammatory impact on the respiratory system. As a preventive measure, you must pivot towards nutrition-rich diets. It is advisable to plan your meals well in advance and monitor adequate water intake. While your body's immunity is the first line of defense against Covid-19, you must boost it and pay attention to proper nutrition.Go for Fruit-rich diets:Fruits can help you fight your way through minor inconveniences like colds, coughs, and infections and may aid you in resisting bigger health issues, and also help you build your immunity. Fruits loaded with vitamins, minerals, and varieties of nutrients have always been the traditional go-to immunity boosters.Stay hydrated! Stay energetic!Work from home and long working hours can make you skip your lunch or even reduce your water intake. Although you must keep a close eye on your water intake, you may also slide in few glasses of fresh healthy fruit juices in your diet. Maintaining adequate water intake ensures your body is flushing out toxins from your body at regular intervals, encouraging the body's health and vitality.Feeling stressed? Breathe!Anxiety and fear induced by Covid-19 can be overwhelming and may lead to emotional outbursts that may be unfavourable for your body. It is more important than ever to learn how to deal with stress and stay safe. Deep breathing is one of the most effective and recommended methods to reduce stress. For a healthy lifestyle and well-being, you may choose to incorporate breathing exercises for a healthier and more fulfilling life.(Inputs from Grow with Kimaye, INI Farms )(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)--IANS<br>lh/tb/
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Majority of Indians are afraid of being infected with the ongoing Covid-19 disease either by themselves or their family members.IANS-CVoter Covid tracker survey conducted on 56,685 people covering all 542 Lok Sabha segments between January 1 and May 27 this year reveals that 56 per cent are agreed that they are afraid either they or someone in their family might be actually caught with the Coronavirus or Covid-19 virus.Of these 56 per cent people, 38 per cent strongly agree that Covid may catch them or their family members.Of the total, 38.9 per cent people did not agree with the opinion that they or their family members might be caught with the disease.In the last seven days, the survey mentioned, a total of 6,872 people were asked question regarding the fear of being caught with the Covid virus.The survey comes at a time when India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,78,94,800 with 21,14,508 active cases and 3,25,972 deaths so far.India reported less than 2 lakh Covid-19 cases third day in a row, with 1,65,553 fresh cases recorded in the last 24 hours, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Sunday, adding 3,460 patients succumbed to the disease during same period.--IANSrak/in
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Bulk of Indians have accepted feeling symptoms like fever, tiredness, dry cough, cold, nasal congestion and running nose prompting them to go for Covid-19 test.IANS-CVoter Covid tracker survey reveals that almost 8.5 per cent Indians ran high fever, 6.5 per cent complained of dry cough, 6.2 per cent of tiredness, 5 per cent of body pain and 4.9 per cent said they had cold, nasal congestion and running nose.A total of 3.4 per cent Indians said they faced difficulty in breathing while 3.5 per cent complained about sore throat or pain in throat.Majority of the people approached in the survey accepted that their neighbours have these symptoms, followed by those in their household and a few who said they were themselves posing similar health issues. A total of 8.4 per cent Indians said they their neighbours are facing flue like symptoms, 3.4 per cent accepted that it was in their household while 2.8 per cent said they are facing the same issues.A total of 6,872 people across the country were asked these questions during the survey conducted in the past one week. The survey comes when India is passing through the second wave of Covid-19 virus which so far infected 2,78,94,800 people with 21,14,508 active cases and 3,25,972 deaths. To curb the spread of the deadly pandemic, the central government has advised to go for Covid-19 test if fever, sore throat, body pain, breathlessness, running nose, nasal congestion or any flue like symptoms is witness in any individual with stress on to keep themselves isolate.Asked "How many days of ration, medicine or money for ration or medicine is available for your family in your house", 24 per cent said it is available for a month, 22.4 per cent informed about its availability for a week and 15.7 per cent accepted it will be enough for only less than a week. A total of 19.3 per cent said it will be available for more than a month while 15.1 per cent said it is enough for two weeks. While 3.4 per cent said these items are available for them for three weeks.--IANSrak/in