COVID-19: No benefit of plasma therapy in reducing mortality risk, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria | Health News

New Delhi: Convalescent plasma therapy did not show benefit in reducing mortality risk among COVID-19 patients, according to an interim analysis of a randomised controlled trial done at AIIMS here to assess the efficacy of this mode of treatment. The therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 and transfusing those into an active coronavirus infected patient to help kickstart the immune system to fight back the infection. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria told PTI on Thursday no clear mortality benefit of convalescent…

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Cigar smokers are smoking more amid COVID-19 pandemic concern: Survey | Health News

North Carolina (USA): An online survey involving nearly 800 cigar smokers found that majority of the people surveyed intended to quit smoking due to concerns about elevated health risks if they contracted COVID-19, more than twice as many reported they increased rather than decreased their tobacco use since the pandemic`s onset. The multi-institutional study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined cigar smokers` perceived risk of COVID-19, quit intentions, and behaviors during the pandemic. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Environmental…

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Indian American appointed New York City health commissioner

NEW YORK: Indian American doctor Dave Chokshi has been appointed New York City‘s heath commissioner to lead the next phase of city’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Appointing him, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that Chokshi was a “leader and a visionary” who was “ready to fight this fight” against the pandemic as city girds itself against the risk of a second flare up and the oncoming flu season. Although the city which has had more than 222,000 Covid-19 cases with over 23,000 deaths is seeing only under…

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Apple Reports 25% Growth in Smartphone Market With 45.1mn iPhone Sales Globally

Image for Representation (Image: Reuters) Compared to Apple’s growth, Samsung fell 30 percent, Huawei 5 percent, Xiaomi 10 percent, OPPO 16 percent, and others 23 percent in terms of smartphone shipments. IANS Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 11:24 AM IST As the global smartphone market plummeted 14 per cent in the June quarter, Apple was the only vendor to grow as it shipped 45.1 million iPhones globally, a growth of 25 per cent compared to the previous year, according to a new report. Samsung fell 30 per cent,…

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Samsung Unveils UV Steriliser in India With Wireless Charging Support, Priced at Rs 3,599

Samsung has announced the launch of a new UV Steriliser in India that will enable users to both sanitise their devices as well in less than 10 minutes. The device also comes with a wireless charger to charge various gadgets. The device looks like a white plastic box with a lid and can hold smartphones, smartwatches, earbuds, and other devices. Furthermore, the box can charge 10W compatible gadgets while they are being sanitised. As far as the usage of the UV Steriliser is concerned, users can simply drop anything inside…

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Sonu Sood Wins Internet Yet Again, This Time by Helping a Hyderabad Techie Find Job

Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in India actor Sonu Sood has been working towards providing help to those adversely affected by the pandemic. Once again, Sonu has managed to win the hearts on people on social media by helping a Hyderabad techie to find a job. She lost her job during COVID-19 crisis. The actor took the action after a Twitter user tagged him for the help. The message read, “Dear @SonuSood sir, She’s Sharada, techie who recently got fired from @VirtusaCorp Hyd amid Covid crisis. Without…

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Hospitalised COVID-19 patients have low risk of stroke: New study | Health News

Washington: While initial reports suggested a significant risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, a new study shows a low risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with the disease. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These findings provide more clarity about the role COVID-19 plays in causing stroke in a diverse population of the US. The study paper was published in the journal Stroke from Penn Medicine. “While there was an initial concern for a high number of…

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Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi Co-star Kartika Sahoo Sells Vegetables to Survive Covid-19 Pandemic

(Image for representation) Bollywood actor Kartika Sahoo, who has a fight sequence with Akshay Kumar in his upcoming film Sooryavanshi has resorted to selling vegetables to make ends meet. News18.com Last Updated: July 27, 2020, 9:49 AM IST With film production being stalled for over three months, the entertainment industry came to a staggering halt. Owing to the pandemic, a number of actors have been finding it difficult to sustain the lockdown. Bollywood actor Kartika Sahoo from Odisha has resorted to selling vegetables to make ends meet. Speaking…

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Increased risks for COVID-19 patients who smoke and vape: Study | Health News

Lubbock (Texas): Based on the findings of recent case studies of COVID-19 patients, researchers reviewed the role of smoking and vaping that may play in the cerebrovascular and neurological dysfunction of those who contract the virus. The study led by Cucullo and TTUHSC graduate research assistant Sabrina Rahman Archie, “Cerebrovascular and Neurological Dysfunction under the Threat of COVID-19: Is There a Comorbid Role for Smoking and Vaping?” was published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 has unfurled its tentacles across the globe, the…

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India Set to Contribute 2.2 Percent of World’s Digital Payment Market by 2023: Report

Representative image. (Illustration: Shutterstock) the report added that home-grown platform to reach nearly 59 billion transactions in volume by 2023, owing to its high P2P type of transaction penetration. IANS Last Updated: July 24, 2020, 10:35 AM IST With the rise in usage of digital modes of transactions and the growing market of digital payment services, India is likely to contribute around 2.2 per cent to the sector by 2023, said a report by the Payments Council of India and PWC. The report titled ‘Empowering payments: Digital India…

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Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s Son Tests Positive for COVID-19

Playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s son Dhruv Bhattacharya has tested positive for COVID-19. A restaurateur by profession, Dhruv has displayed symptoms of mild cough and cold, and is home-quarantined. “Dhruv was planning to travel abroad, and since there is a rule to get tested for coronavirus before travelling, he went for a voluntary test. He is asymptomatic. He has just a little cold and cough. He has quarantined himself at home and is taking all the precautions. There is nothing to worry,” Abhijeet told the Indian Express. The singer, who is…

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PUBG Mobile is Fighting COVID-19 With In-Game Challenges and Community Fundraisers

PUBG Mobile has just announced that it is partnering with Direct Relief to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by supplying medical aid to frontline healthcare workers. The ‘Play As One’ campaign encourages the 600 million players worldwide to team up and play for the same goal and brings a new in-game challenge and community fundraiser for individual players to support and participate in Direct Relief’s COVID-19 response. The initiative is an attempt to bring a positive impact on society and helping more people and PUBG Mobile is taking the ‘social…

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