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People at higher Covid risk even if merely overweight and not obese, US CDC warns

Nearly 40% of American adults are obese, which the CDC tied to poor outcomes of the infection in late June, and about 32% are overweight, according to the agency.
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Weight gain is new problem of poor in rich nations as Covid puts healthy diet out of reach

Unhealthy diets are poised to worsen the obesity problem all over the world, contributing to a 'global pandemic in its own right', the UN's Food & Agriculture Organization said. 
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Drugs that fight diabetes and obesity may also treat Covid, Novo Nordisk says

Novo, the world’s biggest maker of diabetes drugs, is studying the role such medicines could play as researchers and governments rush to find treatments to combat the coronavirus.
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Obese & overweight patients at high risk of severe Covid illness, finds French study

Only one in every 10 people who end up in ICU with Covid-19 were in a range of healthy weight, the study found.
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Childhood obesity increases risk of multiple sclerosis, study shows

One in every 500 people is affected by multiple sclerosis, an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system.
India Sees Children Dying as $2 Billion Program Proves Defective

Hunger and obesity are both getting worse around the world due to Covid fallout

A UN reports says almost 690 million people were undernourished last year and Covid could tip as many as 132 million people into chronic hunger by the end of this year.
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Why Boris Johnson cares about obesity after his coronavirus infection

The UK PM believes that being overweight was a factor in his contracting a more severe form of Covid-19. The same connection has been borne out in other countries.
US President Donald Trump

Trump is healthy, says White House doctor in report that shows the US President is obese

Donald Trump began the process of receiving his annual physical exam last November, but the White House did not explain why it took six months to complete.
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This is why some young Indians are at higher risk of Covid complications

Metabolic disorders are increasingly common among younger Indians, so the age at which Covid-19 becomes a higher risk could be much lower than 65-plus.
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Large number of Covid patients obese, need urgent study to understand link: Delhi doctors

Doctors say obesity leads to many health conditions, including heart problems and diabetes, which can complicate a Covid-19 infection.

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How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
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Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.


Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.