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National Facility for Gene Function in Health & Disease: what it will do, what it has

May 28, 2022 12:24 pm

The National Facility for Gene Function in Health and Disease was inaugurated in Pune by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education on Friday. Why is it needed?

New research: Loss of smell, taste was almost 100% during Delta surge

May 27, 2022 11:18 am

The small study also found that some people with the earliest infections were continuing to experience loss of these senses months later and didn’t even realise it. The study has been published in the journal Med.

Treating monkeypox with antivirals: findings

May 25, 2022 7:09 am

The study documents patients’ response to two antiviral medications – brincidofovir and tecovirimat. These were developed to treat smallpox, and have previously demonstrated some efficacy against monkeypox in animals.

Explained: As Mumbai designates 28-bed ward for monkeypox, a look at the infection and the risks for Indians

May 24, 2022 4:18 pm

The monkeypox virus is an orthopoxvirus, which is a genus of viruses that also includes the variola virus, which causes smallpox, and the vaccinia virus, which was used in the smallpox vaccine.

Explained: What is retinoblastoma, the common eye cancer in children?

May 21, 2022 9:07 am

What is retinoblastoma? What are its symptoms and how is it detected? How is it managed?

Mozambique confirms first wild poliovirus case in 30 years: What is it? How is it transmitted?

May 21, 2022 9:11 am

It is the country’s first such case since 1992 and the second imported case of wild poliovirus in Southern Africa this year. An outbreak was reported in Malawi earlier this year.

New research: Respiratory syncytial virus and the toll it takes on young children

May 20, 2022 6:54 am

The study is the first to examine RSV disease burden in narrow age brackets. For example, there were over 45,000 deaths in infants under six months old in 2019, with one in five of the total global cases of RSV occurring in this age group.

Explained: What are BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, and can they lead to a Covid surge in India?

May 19, 2022 10:10 pm

The European CDC is anticipating a significant overall increase in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks and months due to the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron. What are these new strains, and could they trigger a fourth wave in India as well?

Simultaneous liver and kidney transplant : the risks, pros, and cons

May 18, 2022 7:49 pm

Dr Chirag Desai and Dr Manoj Gumber, who were part of the surgical team at Apollo, Gandhinagar, discuss risks, pros and cons of the complicated procedure with Sohini Ghosh

Explained: What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

May 19, 2022 11:40 am

A new study on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) could potentially pave the way for early intervention and diagnosis. Health experts, however, warn there is still a long way to go before the true cause of SIDS is identified.


Quixplained: What to keep in mind as gyms, fitness centres reopen

August 08, 2020 11:44 am

The government has allowed opening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums from August 5 as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ phase.

Quixplained: How ‘corona’ of the virus changes into a hairpin shape — and why

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 — the ‘corona’ in the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease — has just revealed new secrets. Researchers have found that the spike protein changes its form after it attaches itself to a human cell, folding in on itself and assuming a rigid hairpin shape.