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The search for new drugs for coronavirus faces long odds

The history of developing treatments and vaccines for two deadly coronaviruses — Ebola & Zika — isn't encouraging and there’s no guarantee COVID-19 will be different.
Students from Tianjin medical university with India's ambassador to China

Why Indian students will want to study medicine in China despite coronavirus

According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development data, 23,000 Indian students are studying in China and of this, 21,000 are pursuing medicine — as of 2019.
File image of medical staff at isolation ward where 3 patients were admitted for suspected coronavirus infection, in New Delhi | ANI

Coronavirus spread not just an epidemic, pseudoscience has made it a ‘misinfo-demic’ too

Although research for a cure is going on at breakneck speed globally, the Modi government is choosing to focus on ayurveda and homoeopathy to prevent coronavirus infection.
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Cheers to health! This was a decade of drug breakthroughs – from Cancer to Hepatitis C

Multiple new categories of medicines have moved from dreams & lab benches into the market and people’s lives. Now they need to become affordable.
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Angry chemists threaten to boycott Cipla products if it ventures into e-pharmacy business

Over 8.5 lakh chemists say they will ‘sideline’ and ‘stop promoting’ Cipla if reports of its tie-up with online pharmacy Medlife turn out to be true.
A pharmacy in Jammu

Online pharmacies to become legal soon, buyers will just need image of prescription

The move, expected by month-end, will allow consumers to buy medicines by uploading images of prescriptions issued by registered medical practitioners.
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Modi govt wants to define e-prescription format to regulate online sale of medicines

Government to examine laws in developed countries and their format of designing online prescriptions before formulating policy.
Polio immunization in lucknow

Iron tablets, polio-drug vials will soon come with labels in Hindi, other Indian languages

The proposal focuses on iron tablets and polio drops as they are the drugs most commonly administered to children at government centres.
PM Modi at the launch of a health and fitness centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme | Twitter

How Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat is fighting India’s health emergency

Ayushman Bharat will reach millions of Indians who were unable to exercise their basic right to inclusive medical care.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Indians are ready to fix their sex lives and are looking for the right sexologist

Indians are now queuing up to discuss infertility, low sperm count or just dissatisfaction.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.