Kanpur, June 30 (IANS) The Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow and IIT-Kanpur have signed an MoU to advance innovation in accessible healthcare through indigenous solutions.
Under the MoU, the institutes will set up a centre of excellence in telemedicine and healthcare robotics to nurture smart healthcare with an overarching objective of strengthening healthcare systems.
The MoU was signed by Professor R.K. Dhiman, Director of SGPGI and Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT-Kanpur, on Tuesday.
Professor Karandikar said: "Through this initiative, two leading institutions of the country will join hands to uphold their vision of a robust, indigenous healthcare system, focused on promoting inter-disciplinary innovation. The MoU is a timely step in the right direction to enable an exchange of ideas across engineering and medicine, as professionals from IIT-Kanpur will receive the opportunity to collaborate with specialized doctors at SGPGIMS, Lucknow."
Through this MoU, IIT-Kanpur and SGPGIMS have agreed to establish an research and development set up for promoting telemedicine aided by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and 5G, and point-of-care testing and diagnostics.
An integrated network of mobile health vans in rural areas and smart kiosks in urban locales will ensure last-mile connectivity to ascertain availability of emergency healthcare services.
Talking about the initiative's vision, Professor Dhiman said: "We will jointly launch courses in various fields of digital health which are not available in any engineering and medical educational institutions in the country at the moment. The current corona pandemic has made telemedicine technology very popular and useful tool to bridge the gap between care providers and citizens so there is a need to develop indigenous technology platforms and systems on a large scale which can be affordable and made available widely.
"This will promote entrepreneurship and develop a rural health system which can be deployed far and wide to strengthen the health system. The future holds the key for a hybrid healthcare system for which the bond between engineering and medical discipline needs to be strengthened. In that context, the timing of handshake between the two major institutions is appropriate which is going to yield immense benefit to the society."
A telemedicine system is about creating a network of expected beneficiaries and medical experts and integrating them together in a digital platform.
A cost-effective platform consisting of hardware sensors and IOT controller devices needs to be developed for collecting patient health data.
The system has to be integrated with cloud servers and mobile apps.
In this regard, the role of IIT-Kanpur will include development of such portable IoT enabled health care systems along with point-of-care testing and diagnostics, designing customized mobile vans and kiosks equipped with AI-based diagnostics, integrating multi-lingual avatars with systems to give patients the feel of the presence of a doctor or a caregiver.
This would especially be essential for patients with mental health disorders and elderly care.
The SGPGIMS had set up the School of Telemedicine and Biomedical Informatics in the year 2006 with the objective of teaching and training healthcare personnel and clinical engineers' tools and strategies of ICT-enabled health care.
It has received a major grant-in-aid from ministry of electronics and IT, government of India in 2007 to elevate the school to a national resource centre in telemedicine and biomedical informatics which was continued for five years.
Later, from the year 2007 till date, the facility and trained technical human power has been supported by the ministry of health & family welfare, government of India to develop and manage the National Medical College Network as the national resource centre.
With the collaboration with IIT-Kanpur and the Centre of Excellence, the engineering aspects of clinical application of digital technologies can be addressed.
Chennai, June 25 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had set a new benchmark in inclusive politics by accommodating former Health Minister and AIADMK leader C. Vijayabhaskar in a 13-member-committee of legislators to combat Covid-19. But that did not stop him from taking issue with the opposition party's claims.Stalin, after assuming office, reached out to opposition parties to set up the committee with legislators from across the political spectrum. The development was hailed and the Chief Minister noted that the presence of the former Health Minister would provide support to the government in its fight against Covid.However, this did not stop Stalin from openly contradicting the claims made by the AIADMK leadership including former Chief Minister K. Palaniswami that his government had a better track record of containing Covid-19. Stalin said that it was the DMK government under his leadership that has contained Covid and the AIADMK government was found wanting in several crucial moments during the first wave of the pandemic.State Health Minister Ma Subramanian also came out heavily against the previous AIADMK government in the matter of containing the deadly pandemic. The sudden change by the DMK leadership in the house and outside is seen by political observers as a calculated political move to capture the public mind and to discredit the opposition.Talking to IANS, Madurai based journalist and political observer S. Sivashankar said: "Stalin is a shrewd politician and he knows that he had to take credit for the decreasing number of Covid-19 cases and that he should not provide space to the AIADMK in this game of one-upmanship. While he wants to project an image of a politician with inclusiveness, at crucial junctures, he wants to break free of that image and cater to his cadre base as well as send a strong message to the people that it was his leading role that helped contain the disease."With the assembly now adjourned, the verbal duel which took place in the house between the DMK and the AIADMK is expected to continue on the streets.--IANSaal/vd
There is a whole gamut of skincare products available right now online and in stores that might give our skin the glow, shine, anti-aging, smoothness that we all crave. But, what happens when we stop using these products? Many of us have an endless list of skin concerns like pigmentation, others about dryness or oiliness, or pimples, or allergies. However, as you grow older, one of the best ways to take care of your skin is to focus on what you eat, rather than what you apply.
Many of us face challenges in deciding what to eat to keep our skin young and healthy, defining a healthy diet, and understanding the role of diet in aging. Currently, the buzzing topic is finding ways to maintain healthy skin and delay skin aging.
According to a study, there is a close association between sugar and some food processing methods (such as grilling, frying, baking, etc) with skin aging, and their mechanisms are related to skin-advanced glycation end products. Skin health is closely linked to nutrition, which is required for all biological processes in the skin, from youth to aging or disease. Nutritional deficiencies and eating habits can both repair and cause damage to the skin.
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There are several simple things we don't follow regularly that can cause skin aging: Not drinking enough water, deficiency of vitamins, proteins, trace elements like zinc, copper, iron, iodine, etc.
Water deficiency in the body can lead to tissue dehydration and functional issues (such as aging and inflammation). Skin is no exception, and the state of moisture in the body is reflected in the appearance of the skin on the lips and limbs. It is advisable to at least drink more than two liters of water every day.
Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, protein, copper, zinc, iodine, etc. New research suggests that there may be more than one reason to add almonds to your daily skincare routine. The study found that eating almonds daily in place of typical calorie-matched snacks improved measures of both wrinkle severity and skin pigmentation in postmenopausal women. Almonds are known to be a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and deliver essential fatty acids and polyphenols, which make them a great addition to one's daily diet for improved skin health.
Lack of Vitamin C can also cause skin disorders. They are available in abundance in oranges, lemons, strawberries, and guavas.
All of the body's tissue cells are constantly renewed, and only a sufficient protein intake can keep normal tissue renewal and repair going. The skin is no exception, with a 28-day skin renewal cycle being the norm. Apart from almonds that are rich in protein, you could also consume other protein-rich foods such as yogurt (dahi), lentils, and oats for healthier skin.
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New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) The decision to increase the gap between two Covishield doses from 4-6 weeks to 12-16 weeks is based on scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines, said Chairman of India's Covid-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), N.K. Arora.Citing the data released in the last week of April this year by Public Health England, UK's executive agency of the Department of Health, Arora explained that vaccine efficacy varied between 65 per cent to 88 per cent when interval is 12 weeks."This was the basis on which they overcame their epidemic outbreak due to the Alpha variant. The UK was able to come out of it because the interval they kept was 12 weeks," the doctor said as questions were raised when the government announced to increase gap between Covishield doses."We also thought that this is a good idea, since there are fundamental scientific reasons to show that when interval is increased, adenovector vaccines give better response. Hence the decision was taken on May 13, to increase the interval to 12-16 weeks."This also gives flexibility to the community, since everyone cannot come at precisely 12 weeks or so, said Arora, adding "we have a very open and transparent system where decisions are taken on scientific basis".The Covid Working Group took that decision, with no dissenting voice, he clarified."This issue was then discussed threadbare at an NTAGI meeting, again with no dissenting notes. The recommendation was that the vaccine interval has to be 12-16 weeks."Arora said that the earlier decision of four weeks was based upon the bridging trial data available then and that the increase in gap between two doses was based on studies that showed higher efficacy with increase in gap."Initial studies on Covishield were very heterogeneous. Some countries like the UK went for a dose interval of 12 weeks when they introduced the vaccine, in December 2020."While we were privy to this data, when we had to decide our interval, we went for four weeks interval based on our bridging trial data which showed good immune response. Later we came across additional scientific and laboratory data, based on which after six weeks or so, we felt we should increase the interval from four weeks to eight weeks, since studies showed that vaccine efficacy is about 57 per cent when it is four weeks and about 60 per cent when it is eight weeks."Speaking about why the NTAGI did not increase the gap earlier to 12 weeks, he said, "We decided we should wait for ground-level data from the UK (the other biggest user of AstraZeneca vaccine)."He also said that there were other examples like Canada, Sri Lanka and few other countries which are using 12-16 weeks interval for AstraZeneca vaccine which is the same as Covishield vaccine.Arora explained how emerging evidence and reports regarding efficacy of partial versus full immunization were being considered by NTAGI."Two-three days after we took the decision to increase the dosage interval, there were reports from UK that single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine gives only 33 per cent protection and two doses give about 60 per cent protection; discussion has been going on since mid-May whether India should revert to four or eight weeks."He also said that it was decided to establish a tracking platform to assess the impact of the vaccination programme."When NTAGI took this decision, we also decided that India will establish a vaccine tracking platform - to assess not only the impact of the vaccination programme, but also type of vaccine and interval between doses, and what happens when someone is fully / partially immunized. This is very important in India since around 17-18 crore people have received only one dose, while around 4 crore people have received two doses."Arora referred to a study by PGI Chandigarh which compared effectiveness of partial versus full immnunization."A PGI Chandigarh study very clearly shows that vaccine effectiveness was 75 per cent for both partially immunized and fully immunized. So at least in the short run, effectiveness was similar whether you are partially or fully vaccinated. This was in relation to the Alpha variant which had swept Punjab, Northern India and came to Delhi. This also meant that even if you received only one dose, still you are protected."Results from CMC Vellore study are similar, he says. "Few days back, another very important study by CMC Vellore, Tamil Nadu which covers most of the current epidemic wave India experienced in April and May, 2021 shows that if somebody is partially immunized, vaccine effectiveness of Covishield is 61 per cent and with two doses, the effectiveness is 65 per cent- and there is very little difference, especially since there is some degree of uncertainty involved in these calculations."--IANSrak/in
It is a universal fact that a wholesome diet is mandatory for a healthy body. Lack of nutrition can lead to various diseases. The whole dietary pattern can be defined as the quantity, frequency, variety and combination of different foods and drinks that need to be consumed. Deficiency of any nutrients may cause physical, mental, and behavioural effects, says an expert.
Aseem Sood, Managing Director, Proveda India, shares insights on the dietary pattern and its behavioural impact.
If you find your child being tired and often irritated, then it is important to know the cause of it. These kids are also disruptive, have a short attention span and lack interest in their surroundings. Such behavioural changes are cause due to a lack of iron in the body. Iron deficiency can cause Anaemia. It is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues. Iron deficiency is commonly seen in preschool children and if they are not given iron-rich foods then they are easily prone to this deficiency.
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Vitamin A Deficiency
We often hear parents complaining about their kids being very aggressive and have rule-breaking behaviour. These kids show anxiety disorders in adolescence. Forgetfulness and low energy level show the deficiency of Vitamin A which is a very crucial group of nutrients. It is also required for a healthy reproductive system in men and women. Green and orange vegetables are a great source of Vitamin A nutrients. For newborn babies, breast milk is considered the best source of vitamin A.
In many cases, we have seen that children with mental disabilities, impaired intellectual development or impaired growth are victims of low iodine. Almost a third of the world's population is shaken by Iodine deficiency. Thyroid hormones are a part of various physical growth like brain development, strong bones and regulating the metabolic rate in the body. The most widespread symptom of iodine deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland. This may also cause an increase in heart rate, breathing problem, and weight gain.
If a person, irrespective of age groups, experiences weakness throughout, lack of energy and an overall feeling of sluggishness. Fatigue due to calcium deficiency can also lead to light headedness and dizziness which is also characterized by a lack of focus, forgetfulness, and confusion. Moreover, calcium works as a communicating particle. Without this, your heart, muscles, and nerves would not be able to function. Dairy products and dark green vegetables are a good source of calcium.
A deficit of Magnesium can be seen through some symptoms like hyperactivity where the kid is fidgeting with hand or feet or is squirms in the seat. They become impulsive and don't have control over their anger or movements. Their lack of attention, careless mistakes, loss of interest in a certain task where mental effort is required are all signs of low magnesium. The deficiency of magnesium can also lead to several conditions like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. In a long-term symptom, one may not notice insulin resistance and high blood pressure.
Improving diet intake is not easily achieved. Healthy eating patterns are all about regular consumption of a variety of foods from key food groups which includes cereal and cereal products, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products. Every so often, consuming foods contributing an equal quantity of nutrients to our health quotient is not possible and hence Immunity boosters are supplemented in our meal to fill in the required minerals. Considering the present scenario, Proveda India launched a segment of immunity boosters and drinks that are a unique combination of science and nature.
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New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) and the National Botanical Research Institute(CSIR-NBRI) have signed an MoU for extending joint collaborative efforts to boost the cultivation and production of medicinal plants and herbs in India.The MoU will facilitate development of Quality Planting Material (QPM) of medicinal plants and herbs identified by NMPB, help in establishment of their nurseries for QPM, development, promotion, conservation and cultivation of the appropriate medicinal plants in different agro-climatic zones, including the threatened medicinal plant species and plants for the high-altitude regions.Through this collaboration, NMPB will support CSIR-NBRI in carrying out the potential medicinal plant species with high commercial value for the germplasm collection or conservation and establishment of nursery, seed banks, and gene banks. The MoU was signed on Friday.NBRI while undertaking the survey of medicinal plants will work in coherence with NMPB in the desired direction.The outreaches of NMPB and its implementing agencies like State Medicinal Plants Boards (SMPB's), Regional-cum-facilitation centres will work together under the ambit of this MoU.Working under the Ministry of Ayush, NMPB is mandated to coordinate all matters relating to medicinal plants and support policies and programmes for growth of trade, export, conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants.--IANSrak/khz
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