Monday, 17 January, 2022

Topic: Infections

Nature wants you dead every time you breathe a cocktail of pathogens. Yet you don’t fall sick

In 'Infectious', Dr. John S. Tregoning mentions how the human body is cornered on all sides by nature-borne attackers.

Not vaccinated? Your child can still go back to school, says US infectious diseases expert

Dr Monica Gandhi, infectious disease specialist at University of California, says India will unlikely see a third wave since second wave would have caused natural immunity in many people.

Modi govt asks states to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease as cases rise across India

The health ministry invokes the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, urges states to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and management of black fungus.

Doctors red-flag rising fungal infection cases in Covid patients, warn against steroid overuse

Doctors find increasing instances of mucormycosis & aspergillosis — both caused by fungi — and loss of vision from glaucoma, in Covid patients on prolonged or high-dose use of steroids.

Poor campaign, aversion to medicines — why India is unlikely to eliminate filariasis by 2021

Aversion to taking preventive medicines, poor awareness campaigns & an outdated surveillance mechanism have been responsible for this delay in meeting elimination targets.

Patients testing positive for Covid-19 after recovery aren’t infectious, study shows

Emerging evidence from South Korea suggests that 're-positive patients' present no risk of spreading the virus when physical distancing measures are relaxed.

Let’s talk about men — the new vulnerable group in Covid-19 times

In South Korea, more women than men tested positive for the coronavirus but 54 per cent of those who died due to the infection were men.

20 Dubai-bound passengers detained at Kochi airport after UK national tests +ve for COVID-19

This takes the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kerala to 20 so far.

Why the kimchi, yogurt and sourdough bread you love can be harmful to health

Fermented foods rich in probiotics may not work for everyone.

Drug resistance could kill 1 crore people every year by 2050 across the world: UN

UN report on Antimicrobial Resistance says drug resistance may cause economic damage similar to 2008 crisis, force 2.4 cr people into poverty.

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RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.


A visual from the crash site in Tamil Nadu. | Photo: Twitter/ANI

CDS chopper crash was caused by weather change, leading to Controlled Flight Into Terrain: IAF

In Friday statement, IAF says tri-service Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as cause of accident involving Mi-17 V5 helicopter last month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.