New York, June 11 (IANS) After loss of taste, respiratory distress, researchers have found evidence that Covid-19 also leads to hearing and balance disorders, as well as aggravating tinnitus symptoms.The factors that may play a role in the relationship between Covid-19 and hearing are multifold. Covid-19 is known to have inflammatory effects, including in neurological tissue, which can exacerbate other problems, said Colleen Le Prell, from the University of Texas at Dallas."Inflammation can damage the auditory and vestibular pathways in the peripheral and central nervous system, just as it damages smell and taste pathways, and other neural systems," Le Prell said.In addition, there are several studies suggesting the mental anxiety caused by the pandemic, such as lockdown-related stress and concerns about the negative impacts of masks on audibility and communication accessibility, may magnify the auditory impacts of the virus. This is especially so for people who already had tinnitus, prior to the pandemic."Increases in tinnitus bothersomeness were associated with reports of pandemic-related loneliness, sleep troubles, anxiety, depression, irritability, and financial worries," Le Prell said. "In other words, participants who experienced general increases in stress reported their tinnitus to be more bothersome than before the pandemic."Some early experimental treatments, like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (which are not recommended by the National Institutes of Health), can also have auditory side effects, particularly in patients with kidney problems."When the kidneys are not functioning properly, the drug may not (be) metabolised and eliminated from the body as quickly, which can increase physiological drug concentrations and risk of side effects," Le Prell said."Old age is often accompanied by decreased renal function, and Covid-19 can cause renal dysfunction, which increases the risk that a patient who is given an experimental therapy for Covid-19 will be at risk for ototoxicity," Le Prell noted.Prell presented the study during the 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which will be held virtually June 8-10.--IANSrvt/vdA
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Centre on Tuesday said that the supply-demand balance of Covid-19 treatment drugs across the country has been stabilised, while the production of anti-viral drug Remdesivir used in the treatment of the deadly disease has been ramped up 10 times.Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda made the announcement, citing the2 consistent efforts of the government to augment domestic production of Covid-19 drugs."Government's efforts resulted in a stabilised supply-demand balance of Covid treatment drugs across the country," he said.Noting that a total 98.87 lakh vials of Remdesivir were allocated to states, UTs and central institutions from April 21 to May 30, Gowda said: "Production of Remdesivir has been ramped up ten times leading to enough supply than the demand. With the accelerated production, we are planning to supply up to 91 lakh vials up to the end of June." The Minister also said that Cipla has imported 11,000 vials of 400 mg and 50,000 vials of 80 mg of Tocilizumab from April 25-May 30 this year.In addition, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received 1,002 vials of 400 mg and 50,024 vials of 80 mg Tocilizumab via donation in May. Further, 20,000 vials of 80 mg and 1000 vials of 200 mg are likely to arrive in June, Gowda said.Also, 2,70,060 vials of Amphotericin B have been allocated to states and UTs and central institutions from May 11 to May 30 this year."This is in addition to the supplies of 81,651 vials that had been made by manufacturers to states in the first week of May," he said.Gowda stated that the production, supply and stock position of other drugs used in treatment of Covid, such as Dexamethasone, Methylprednisolone, Enoxaparin, Favipiravir, Ivermectin, Dexamethasone tablets is also being reviewed weekly."The production has been augmented and stocks are available to meet demand," he said.He also assured that the government is continuously reviewing the availability of Covid-19 treatment drugs with existing and new manufacturers to enable the demand for the drug to be met.--IANSrak/vd
In our day-to-day beauty regime, psychological peace and spiritual balance play a relevant role. We never think but most of our skin problems are due to various imbalances in our body fluids, blood circulation, no exercise, and stress too.
Apart from its innumerable health benefits, Yoga also helps to beautify skin. Practicing yoga daily is beneficial and helps eliminate toxins from your body through sweating, breath-workout, and poses that detoxify the body and increase blood circulation, points out cosmetic surgeon Dr. Geeta Grewal.
Here are a few yoga asanas that can help to provide you a firm face and glowing skin:
Increase blood flows to your face
Standing forward bend and let your head free or uttanasana and viprita karani. These poses help the blood to rush to your head, reverses the aging effect, and giving your cells a rejuvenating boost of oxygen.
Yoga also makes your skin tighter and smoother, as you work with muscles of the forehead and around your eyes that helps to erase the effects when you performed. When you practice facial yoga like the lion, the V, and smiling faces, it helps to reduce your forehead wrinkles by increasing circulation, relaxing muscles, and reducing stress.
The downward-facing Mudras like Marichyasana, Dhanurasana, and halasana, reduce dullness and clear the acne, disseminating that amazing young-looking glow and improve your complexion drastically.
Reduce facial fat
At one point in time, you will stop liking the chubbiness of your cheeks and facial fat. Yoga pose for cheeks, lips, and jaw can help you to tighten your skin and reduce your facial fat. The cheeks workouts are the easiest workout that you can do anywhere anytime to tone and firm your facial muscles, cheeks, and lips. Some of them are the V, smiling, etc.
Exterminate double chin
Yoga poses like chin lift, rolling the neck, lip pull, jaw release, platsyma tone help to get a chiseled jawline and high cheekbone which are in the trend that defines the face.
Get rid of pimples
Yoga increases blood flow, removes toxins, and captures free radicals that help you to get rid of pimples. Pimples mainly caused due to stress and hormonal changes. Thus, yoga helps to balance hormones, relax your body, and relieves stress. Various yoga poses like uttanasana, trikonasana, kapalbhati, viparita karani, pavan muktasana can help you fight pimples.
Free from acne and scars
Acne and scars are very common these days; seven out of 10 people are facing the problem of scars and acne. This causes mainly due to poor digestion, imbalance hormones, toxication in the liver and kidney, and improper blood circulation. Pranayam breathing, rabbit pose, child pose, spinal twists, adequate sleep help you to get rid of scars and acne.
Remove dark circles
The natural way to zap those dark circles away is yoga like hastpadotasan, sambhavi mudras, and Surya namaskar.
Faster Hair Growth
Yoga is also highly capable of treating all types of hair and scalp problems. If you have been suffering from the problem of hair loss, you can try various yoga poses for actual results. Some of the best poses of yoga for hair growth that also help to prevent hair loss are Vajrasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Sarvangasan, and Balyam Yoga. (Agency
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is one of the oldest aromatic herbs of the family Lamiaceae. It is popularly known as "holy basil or sacred basil" and is present in almost every household in the Indian sub-continent due to its medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual properties.
Tulsi, It is also known as "the incomparable one, mother of natural medicine and the queen of herbs" to increase the body's resistance, has risen in the global pandemic corona period.
Ayurvedacharya Narendra Ayath of AYUSH Hospital and Research Center informed us that Tulsi is the slope of many illnesses. It plays an important task in keeping our immune system strong.
The leaves and flowers contain good nutritional sources of vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and iron as well as citric tartaric and malic acid which maintain our body healthy. Hindus use the seeds or wood of tulsi to make a rosary, which are used beads on strings to help in focusing of mind, meditation, chanting a devotional practice that connects the spirit, body, and mind.
This review focuses on the beneficial effects such as the nutritional, spiritual, and medicinal competence of tulsi. Ayurvedic companies use it to make medicines.
Ayurvedacharya Narendra Ayath told that tulsi is contemplated an illness-dissipating herb in the age group. It would be no wonder if we can say it ‘one medicine’ for a hundred diseases.
This leaves and black pepper elixation proved to be a panacea for espousing a cold sore throat and cold. At the same time, preparing and using the elixation of people during the stopover of coronavirus has been very useful in magnify immunity.
He told that in old age, it has been called the queen of perishable herbs. 'Tulsi Panchag (juice) is 90% alkaline (scientific) from the scientific point of view. It forms white blood cells (WBCs) for immunity, which we call immunity or resistivity. He told that in old age, it has been called the queen of perishable herbs.
'Tulsi Panchag (juice) is 90% alkaline (scientific) from the scientific point of view. It forms white blood cells (WBCs) for immunity, which we call immunity or resistivity. He told that when the body becomes saltier, then the creation of the WBC is reduced, which known as the mother of all diseases.
He said that it implants volatile oil, essential oil. Which has antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Which reshuffles the toxicity of all metals in the body and enhances the metabolism of the body.
If Tulsi tea is consumed, it reduces the chances of getting cancer, because tulsi control the fractious cells that give rise to cancer to grow and divide and protects the body from cancer.
Tulsi is used in Ayurveda. All properties including its stem, leaves, roots are helpful. Tulsi is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is beneficial in all diseases. Along with boosting immunity, it helps in repelling, colic, vata dosha, digestive power, phlegm, fever, and bacterial infection. It helps ease the problem of breathing.
Ayurvedacharya says that people whose immunity system is weak are more at risk of the corona. In such a situation, it is important to have a strong immunity system. There are many ways to have a strong immunity system, but it can be extended in a natural way.
The decoction is the best option to increase immunity in a natural way. A decoction of black pepper and tulsi will strengthen immunity and the body will be capable to fight corona.
Shri Narendra Nath said that it cures fever, cold, breathing disease. It helps the kidneys healthy. The bright volatile oil is found in its leaves, which is very powerful against bacteria and insects. Tulsi is also called Sanjeevani Booti. Its important role is to keep the immune system strong.
He said that it also helps with depression and stress. The use of traditional tulsi relieves the problem of conjunctivitis. Its use is beneficial during any type of immunity disease. Choose to use tulsi from now and involve it in your daily routine! It has a superfluity of health benefits and makes your immune more strong and healthy.
New York - Smartphones not only reveal your screen time, chat history or gaming preferences but are a useful tool to find a link between individuals' daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say researchers.
While other studies have found such a connection between spirituality and positive emotions, the new study is significant because frequent texting over smartphones made it easier to capture respondents' moment-to-moment spiritual experiences over 14 days rather than only one or two points in time.
Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University examined whether spirituality's link with satisfaction is stable or momentary,
"This study is unique because it examines daily spiritual experiences -- such as feeling God's presence, finding strength in religion or spirituality, and feeling inner peace and harmony -- as both stable traits and as states that fluctuate," said study co-author Matt Bradshaw, research professor of sociology at Baylor University.
The findings suggest that stable, consistent spiritual experiences as well as short-term periodic ones both serve as resources to promote human flourishing and help individuals cope with stressful conditions.
Additionally, "the prevalence of smartphones makes this sort of 'experience sampling' study doable on a much larger scale than in the past, when pagers or palm pilots were used to trigger data collection," said lead author Blake Victor Kent, Research Fellow of Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.
The study, published in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, used data from SoulPulse, a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation, to study religion, spirituality and mental and physical well-being.
Participants were 2,795 individuals who signed up for the study.
"The findings indicate, as you would expect, that the wear and tear of daily stressors are associated with increased depressive symptoms and lower levels of flourishing," Kent said.
Essentially, if you take two people who have equal levels of stress, "the one with more spiritual experiences will be less likely to report depressive symptoms and more likely to indicate feelings of flourishing. That's a comparison between two people".
The unique thing about this study was that the sociologists were able to show that when someone's spiritual experiences vary day to day, the 'above average' days of spiritual experience are associated with better mental well-being than the 'below average' days. (Agency)
Geneva, June 23 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) urged a delicate balance between protection against COVID-19 and minimizing social, economic damage therewith, as global daily new cases keeps hitting new record."It's not a choice between lives and livelihoods. Countries can do both," claimed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as all countries are facing a "delicate balance between protecting their people, while minimizing the social and economic damage", Xinhua news agency reported.The latest numbers from WHO show that more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, which was easily the most in a single day so far. Worldwide, more than 8.8 million cases have now been reported to WHO, and more than 465,000 people have lost their lives.According to the WHO chief, some countries are continuing to see a rapid increase in cases and deaths, while some others that have successfully suppressed transmission are now seeing an upswing in cases as they reopen their societies and economies.He urged countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that enable people to stay safe while getting on with their lives, and to double down on the fundamental public health measures that have been known to work, including finding and testing suspected cases, isolating and caring for the sick, tracing and quarantining contacts, and protecting health workers.He also urged every individual to take measures to protect themselves and others, such as maintain physical distance, cleaning hands and wearing a mask where appropriate.The WHO chief also talked about the potential of steroid dexamethasone in treatment of COVID-19, saying "although the data are still preliminary, the recent finding that the steroid dexamethasone has life-saving potential for critically ill COVID-19 patients gave us a much-needed reason to celebrate."But he reiterated that it should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease and under close clinical supervision.According to WHO, as of 3:50 p.m. CEST (1750 GMT), the COVID-19 pandemic had infected 8,860,331 people worldwide, causing a death toll of 465,740.--IANSrt/