Pandemics of the world
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Health
COVID-19 is the most recent disease which was declared as pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Difference between Epidemic Vs Pandemic
Epidemic is a term that is often broadly used to describe any problem that has grown out of control. An epidemic is defined as "an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population."2?
Mission under Jal Shakti Ministry sends the pitch to ICMR
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), an arm of the Jal Shakti Ministry that deals with the Ganga clean-up plan, has forwarded to the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) a proposal to undertake clinical trials and examine if Ganga water can be used to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.
The proposal was made by a collective of activists involved in the clean-up of the river as well as in t
African swine fever: Assam told to go for culling
Part of: GS-III- S&T (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)
Disease first reported in November-December from areas of China bordering Arunachal. Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister said the Centre has advised the State government to go for the culling of pigs affected by the African swine fever (ASF). “After a lab in Bhopal attributed the death of thousands of pigs to the first-ever case of ASF in the country, we have been t
India’s disease surveillance system needs a reboot
By, Maya John teaches in Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, and is working on the history of epidemics and epidemiology
Data shows that 75.3% of deaths have been concentrated in the age group of 60 years and above, and in 83% of deaths, the deceased were battling pre-existing identified health conditions.
There is more reason to fear a combination of COVID-19 with existing illnesses and medical complicat
IIT Guwahati discovers new ways to prevent memory loss due to Alzheimer
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has worked on out-of-the-box ideas that can help prevent or reduce short-term memory losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
They studied the neurochemical principles of Alzheimer’s, and explored new ways to prevent accumulation of neurotoxic molecules in the brain that are associated with short-term memory loss.
What Covid-19 does to central nervous system?
As a respiratory disease, Covid-19 primarily attacks the lungs, but other effects too have been emerging, including in the abdomen, the skin and the brain.
A new study has reviewed the existing evidence about the last: the virus’s impact on the central nervous system.
Altered mental status and stroke have been found to be the most common neurological symptoms in Covid-19 patients.
Investigators found that 59% of patients reported a