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Herd immunity as Covid-19 strategy risky, countries must make timely interventions: CSIR DG

New Delhi: Banking on developing herd immunity to fight coronavirus is “too large a risk” for any nation and only timely interventions can mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Shekhar Mande said.   Herd immunity is...

SC to decide if divorced daughter has same right to freedom fighter family pension as unmarried one

Pension, Policy       May 31, 2020

  New Delhi: Is a divorced woman entitled to her freedom fighter father's family pension like an unmarried or widowed daughter?   A high court said "yes", while another ruled: "No. It is not a bounty." The Supreme Court has now agreed to settle the question.   The...

People with intellectual disabilities more likely to die from COVID-19: Study

  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without IDD, according to a study which may lead to better protection of this vulnerable section of the population.   Researchers from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University in...

Coronavirus sinks U.S. consumer spending; savings hit record high

WASHINGTON:  (U.S. consumers cut spending by the most on record for the second straight month in April while boosting savings to an all-time high, and the growing frugality reinforced expectations the economy could take years to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.The report from the Commerce...

Sun Pharma to test pancreatitis drug in COVID-19 patients in India

BENGALURU:  Drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Friday it has received Indian regulatory approval to start clinical trials of a pancreatitis drug in COVID-19 patients.   The company joins other Indian drugmakers Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Strides Pharma Science Ltd that are conducting trials in...

India acted as pharmacy of the world in response to coronavirus: MEA

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       May 28, 2020

  New Delhi: India has acted as the "pharmacy of the world" and healthcare supplier to all parts of the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday.   India has acted as the "pharmacy of the world" and healthcare supplier...

Inside a COVID-19 hospital in India, doctors see no end in sight

NEW DELHI: It was barely noon on Thursday when the metal doors of the mortuary at a hospital in south New Delhi swung open and staff in white coveralls rolled out a stretcher. Mourning relatives looked on, as a body bag was loaded into an...

Calm before the storm for Japan suicides as coronavirus ravages economy

  TOKYO: The phones at the Tokyo suicide hotline start ringing as soon as it opens for its once-weekly overnight session. They don’t stop until the lone volunteer fielding calls from hundreds of people yearning to talk signs out early the next morning.Both operating days and...

U.S. FDA finds high levels of carcinogen in diabetes drug metformin

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       May 28, 2020

 The U.S Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it had found high levels of a possible cancer-causing impurity in some versions of the popular diabetes drug metformin.   The agency is reaching out to companies whose drugs had N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) over accepted levels and will...

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