Shivamogga, Sep 3 (IANS) Former Bhadravati MLA M. J. Appaji Gowda has died of coronavirus in a Shivamogga hospital, an official said on Thursday."Gowda, 67, had breathing difficulty and died on Wednesday night at 11.30 p.m. His rapid test emerged positive for coronavirus," confirmed a Shivamogga district health official to IANS.According to the official, Gowda had been suffering from breathing problems for the last three days."He came to the hospital at 10 p.m. and his oxygen saturation level was very low. Gowda was directly given ventilator support," he said.Initially he was admitted in a private hospital and later shifted to the district McGann hospital.Gowda is survived by a son and a daughter.The late politician started his career as an employee of a steel company in Bhadravati and went on to become a labour leader and later moved into politics.Gowda first became an MLA as an Independent in 1994.--IANSsth/khz/bg
New York, Sep 1 (IANS) Coronavirus cases fell most sharply in the US counties where people stopped going to offices and workplaces, new cellphone data suggests.The researchers believe patterns they saw in the publicly available cell phone location data could be used to better estimate Covid-19 growth rates and inform decision-making when it comes to shutdowns and "reopenings."This study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine."This analysis supports the incorporation of anonymized cell phone location data into modelling strategies to predict at-risk counties across the US before outbreaks become too great," said study's senior author Joshua Baker from the University of Pennsylvania in the US.The research team used location data from cell phones -- which were de-identified and made publicly available by Google -- to analyse activity across up to 2,740 counties in the US between early January and early May 2020.This data was broken up into locations where the activity took place, ranging from workplaces, to homes, retail stores, grocery stores, parks and transit stations. Roughly between 22,000 and 84,000 points of data were analysed for each day in the study period.The idea was to compare where the cell phone activity took place as a proxy to show where people, themselves, spent their time.This data was compared between two time periods: the first in January and February, before the Covid-19 outbreak in the US, then mid-February through early May, during the virus' initial surges and when stay-at-home orders were enacted.Intuitively, they noted an increase in time spent at home, while visits to the workplace dropped significantly, along with a decline in visits to retail locations (such as stores and restaurants) and transit stations.They saw that in counties where there was initially a higher density of cases, visits to workplaces, as well as retail locations and transit stations, fell more sharply than counties less affected by Covid-19.At the same time, in these counties, there was a more prominent spike in activity at homes.In addition, the researchers saw that the counties where workplace activity fell the most had the lowest rates of new Covid-19 cases in the days that followed.The research team hopes more work can be done to vet cell phone data to see if they can be specifically used to predict Covid-19 hotspots and guide decision-making.--IANSbu/dpb
Jaipur, July 20 (IANS) The human brain, just like any other organ, can also fall sick and have a problem too which could lead to mental illness, say experts.However, we at times, don't accept it, but it is a fact that any challenge related to the brain relates to mental illness and can lead to schizophrenia, bi-polar, acute anxiety and chronic depression, which are major mental illnesses and need psychiatrist's help and medicines, said Nivedita Singh, a psychologist, an author and the founder of Co-Create Change, while addressing a webinar 'Is your mind happy'.The webinar was held on Sunday to discuss measures on spreading awareness of mental wellness amongst millennials.It was also addressed by Raj Raghunathan, professor of business at the University of Texas at Austin who shared tips and tricks to resolve challenges related to mental illness.The session aimed to help those who doubted their own capacity, faced difficulty in coping with stress and were facing sudden emotional outbursts as well as those feeling lonely and depressed, said Raghunathan.Speaking on the occasion, Nivedita said, "People these days are confused about mental health and mental illness. They don't want to believe that the brain like other organs can also have a problem too.""Mental health is directly related to certain strengths in your life which can be built. For example, positive mental health needs to be built and nourished along with well being, happiness, life satisfaction, and other such factors," she addedThe session, organised by Pehla Sukh - India Wellness Initiative was powered by India Community Center, Crack the Wellness Code (CWC), Silicon Valley and managed by Indifamily Foundation, Rajasthan, was attended by many youths from across the border.--IANSarc/pgh
<br>Alarmed by the spurt in positive cases since lockdown-4 ended on May 31 and unlock began in June first week to revive the sagging economy and restore many activities, a worried Karnataka government enforced the lockdown again in Bengaluru since Tuesday night to reduce its caseload, which is the highest in the southern state.Though the state government ruled out re-imposing lockdown in the state, especially in Bengaluru even as positive cases were spiking by the day, it was forced to enforce it across the state on Sundays since July 5 to August 2 for preventing people going out and getting infected by violating the guidelines such as wearing mask and maintaining social distancing."Our worst fears about lockdown returning to disrupt normal life came true, as the beleaguered government is desperate to reduce the cases, increase recovery and minimise the mortality rate in the city. But we are upset with it (lockdown) and sick of the virus," marketing executive S. Umapathy told IANS here.Of the 2,496 new cases across the southern state on Tuesday, Bengaluru accounted for 1,267, taking its tally to 20,969, including 15,599 active after 4,992 were discharged so far, with 664 in the last 24 hours.Of the 87 deaths in the state on Tuesday, 56 were from the city, taking its toll to 377 as against 842 across the state since March 9.The state's positive cases also shot up to 44,077 on Tuesday, with 25,839 active after 17,390 were discharged till date, including 664 during the day.Till lockdown-4 up to May 31, the city reported a mere 358 cases, which shot up 12 times to 4,555 in a month till June 30 and 4 times to a whopping 20,969 in a fortnight till July 14.Similarly, cases across the state increased five times to 15,242 on June 30 from 3,221 on May 31 and nearly 3 times to 44,077 on July 14.The steady surge in cases during the last 45 days has made Karnataka surpass even Gujarat (43,723) in caseload and rank fourth after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi in the country on the Covid-19 tracker, as more people got infected since the lockdown was lifted on May 31 and unlock 1 was unleashed since June 1."Allowing intra-state and inter-state travel and reopening of markets, hotels, eateries, malls and offices to revive the economic activity led to rapid movement of people, bringing in hundreds of infected people from high Covid-hit states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu," Indian Medical Association member S. Veeranna told IANS.Violation of guidelines like wearing mask, maintaining physical distance and visiting crowded markets or shopping areas also led to local transmission of the virus and increasing number of people testing positive for the virus."Assurances by ministers R. Ashoka, K. Sudhakar and C.N. Ashwath Narayan who are legislators from the city, that there would be no more lockdowns in the city led to false hopes of normal life continuing, with more relaxations for resuming other activities. Instead, we are forced to stay home again and comply with the guidelines for government's sake," said techie Pradeep Kumar.Unlike earlier when the central government suddenly enforced lockdown 1.0 on March 25 for 21 days and suspended transport services, the state government gave 2 days for citizens to prepare for the 9-day lockdown from July 14-22 morning."Prior information on the lockdown on Saturday night gave citizens 2 days to prepare for it though total lockdown on Sunday again delayed making alternative arrangements. It also enabled thousands of people leave the city or return by Tuesday night and avoid being stranded as in March and April," said Urdu professor Siddiqui Alduri.With the highest growth rate (7.36 per cent) in the country, the state, including the city has witnessed positive cases doubling in less than 10 days as against the national average of over 21 days."Targetted testing of primary and secondary contacts of infected persons has led to steep rise in the number of positive cases. One of the reasons for the positive cases ramping up in the state and city is because we are testing about 20,000 samples a day," state health commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey said.(Fakir Balaji can be reached at [email protected])--IANS<br>fb/rs/
New York, July 12 (IANS) Bats which are the carrier of deadly viruses that affect humans like Ebola, rabies, and possibly the SARS-CoV-2 strain of virus that causes coronavirus. However, these viruses have not killed bats but humans.Bats are remarkably able to tolerate viruses, and, additionally, live much longer than similar-sized land mammals. What are the secrets to their longevity and virus resistance?According to researchers at the University of Rochester in the US, bats' longevity and capacity to tolerate viruses may stem from their ability to control inflammation, which is a hallmark of disease and aging. In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, biology professors Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov described the mechanisms underlying bats' unique abilities and how these mechanisms may hold clues to developing new treatments for diseases in humans."There may be a very strong connection between bats' resistance to infectious diseases and their longevity. We also realised that bats can provide clues to human therapies used to fight diseases," said Gorbunova.The scientists, along with colleague Brian Kennedy, director of the Centre for Healthy Aging at the National University of Singapore, got to talking about bats. Unlike humans, bats have developed specific mechanisms that reduce viral replication and also dampen the immune response to a virus. The result is a beneficial balance: their immune systems control viruses but at the same time, do not mount a strong inflammatory response.Another factor may be their environment. Many species of bats live in large, dense colonies, and hang close together on cave ceilings or in trees. Those conditions are ideal for transmitting viruses and other pathogens."Bats are constantly exposed to viruses. They are always flying out and bringing back something new to the cave or nest, and they transfer the virus because they live in such close proximity to each other," said Seluanov.Because bats are constantly exposed to viruses, their immune systems are in a perpetual arms race with pathogens."Usually the strongest driver of new traits in evolution is an arms race with pathogens. Dealing with all of these viruses may be shaping bats' immunity and longevity".However, the study does not suggest for humans to toss their masks and crowd together in restaurants and movie theatres. Evolution takes place over thousands of years, rather than a few months. While humans may be developing social habits that parallel those of bats, we have not yet evolved bats' sophisticated mechanisms to combat viruses as they emerge and swiftly spread."The consequences may be that our bodies experience more inflammation," said Gorbunova.Studying bats' immune systems will provide new targets for human therapies to fight diseases and aging, said researchers.For example, bats have mutated or completely eliminated several genes involved in inflammation; scientists can develop drugs to inhibit these genes in humans. --IANSna/
Visakhapatnam, July 9 (IANS) At least 70 people in an Andhra Pradesh village have reported sick of whom six at least are battling for their lives after allegedly consuming cooked beef from a cow that went missing and was later discovered dead.The incident occurred on Wednesday night in Magatapalem village. Around 70 members of a tribal community who fell sick, are being treated at the public health centre while the critically ill have been admitted to the Paderu district hospital.According to locals, a villager's cow missing on Monday. It was found dead the next day. The dead cow was brought to the village and its flesh was cooked and consumed by the villagers. Some villagers had also allegedly stored the flesh and consumed it on Wednesday too.Many people who consumed the beef, began to experience food poisoning symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. The district authorities who were alerted of the situation later, shifted the sick to the local hospital on Wednesday night.MLA K. Bhagyalakshmi visited the hospital to inquire about their health.--IANSpvn/in
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