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Health ministry releases communication strategy to support Covid-19 vaccine rollout – Times of India

Health ministry releases communication strategy to support Covid-19 vaccine rollout – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Thursday released a communication strategy to support the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in India that seeks to disseminate accurate and transparent information by alleviating apprehensions and ensuring its acceptance. The 88-page document details information to guide national, state and district level communication activities to enable information about Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination process reaches all people, across all states in the country. "The communication strategy that supports the Covid-19 vaccines rollout in India seeks to disseminate timely, accurate and transparent information about the vaccine(s) to alleviate apprehensions about the vaccine, ensure its acceptance and encourage uptake," it said. According to the document, the strate...
COVID-19 the worst hit to mental health since world war 2, say experts, impact likely to last for years – Times Now

COVID-19 the worst hit to mental health since world war 2, say experts, impact likely to last for years – Times Now

'COVID-19 the worst hit to mental health since world war 2,' say experts, impact likely to last for years&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images Key Highlights Mental health issues are a widespread challenge in the current scenario Experts have said that the pandemic could be the worst hit to mental health since world war 2 Researchers are worried that the current crisis is likely to continue, and cause further damage to the mental health situation New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc ...
GPs blast unfair decision to delay second dose of Covid vaccines – Wales Online

GPs blast unfair decision to delay second dose of Covid vaccines – Wales Online

GP leaders have criticised a decision to delay giving the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines, saying the move will cause huge problems for thousands of partially-vaccinated elderly and vulnerable people. As the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was announced on Wednesday, a new dosing regimen was outlined, aimed at providing a speedier rollout. Experts advising the Government, including the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said that the focus should be on giving at-risk people the first dose of whichever vaccine they receive, rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible. This now means the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will be within 12 weeks of the first. GPs have now warne...
Norway to introduce mandatory COVID tests for new arrivals, closes some entry points – Reuters India

Norway to introduce mandatory COVID tests for new arrivals, closes some entry points – Reuters India

FILE PHOTO: Germra Schneider tests a person in a car outside an emergency department in Sandvika, Norway March 2, 2020. Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix via REUTERS OSLO (Reuters) - All travellers entering Norway will have to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival from Jan. 2, the country’s justice ministry said on Thursday. To stop the spread of the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain, travellers from any point of origin will need to enter Norway at designated entry points where testing is available, with smaller border crossings to be closed, it added. “If this strain should spread in Norway, it will probably mean a full lockdown of society,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in the statement. Norway followed the lead from other European nations and halted travel from Br...
China reports first case of new coronavirus variant – Times of India

China reports first case of new coronavirus variant – Times of India

China has detected its first imported case of the new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly around Britain, according to a publication run by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC). The variant was detected in a 23-year-old female student returning to China from Britain, who was tested in Shanghai on Dec. 14, according to the latest edition of China CDC Weekly. The case "poses a great potential threat to the prevention and control of Covid-19 in China", the publication said.
Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Similar Hand Impairment, But So Does Psoriasis – AJMC.com Managed Markets Network

Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Similar Hand Impairment, But So Does Psoriasis – AJMC.com Managed Markets Network

Both PsA and RA have well-documented impacts on patients’ physical functioning, but less has been published related to how the loss of hand function experienced by patients with RA compares with that of other diseases, according to corresponding Anna-Maria Liphardt, PhD, of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nürnberg and University Clinic Erlangen, in Germany, and colleagues. “The impact of inflammatory arthritis on hand function has mainly been studied in RA,” they said, “and studies comparing hand function in these diseases are sparse.” Liphardt and colleagues therefore decided to comprehensively evaluate hand function in PsA and RA side by side, by looking at objective strength measures and also patient perceptions of hand function. In addition to comparing these measures in t...
Study reveals brain damage of patients with COVID-19 – Tech Explorist

Study reveals brain damage of patients with COVID-19 – Tech Explorist

In a new study, scientists from the National Institutes of Health conducted in-depth brain scans of COVID-19 patients. They spotted hallmarks of damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in tissue samples from patients who died shortly after contracting the disease. The surprising fact was there were no signs of SARS-CoV-2 in the tissue samples. It indicates that the damage was not caused by a direct viral attack on the brain. The brains of patients who contract the infection from SARS-CoV-2 might be sensitive to microvascular blood vessel harm. The outcomes recommend that this might be caused by the body’s inflammatory response to the virus. Avindra Nath, M.D., clinical director at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the sen...