Apollo Hospitals Group releases developed guidelines for Covid-19 Management, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Apollo Hospitals Group on Friday announced launch of its Covid-19 Red Book on evidence based best practice guidelines on Covid-19 and non-covid cases diagnosis, treatment and management for Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Healthcare Workers. The book also contains guidelines for non-clinical processes, policies, and protocols to facilitate an efficient and good working environment. The book contains detailed information on various aspects of Covid and non-covid cases management such as on mental well-being of patients & staff, a set of checklists for every department, and so on.

The launch of Red book is a part of Apollo Hospitals Group’s initiative, named Project Kavach, on disseminating Covid-19 pandemic management-related information.

Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The pandemic has led to a dynamic environment where understanding of the virus and mitigation factors are changing rapidly. In such a situation, it is important to deliver best standards of care as per the latest knowledge. The Red Book encapsulates a standard protocol of managing Covid-19, making these available for the benefit of everyone in solidarity of our fight against Covid. The Red Book is the culmination of Apollo’s 38+ years of expertise in healthcare combined with our experience of being

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NMC to Maharashtra varsities, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has advised all health science universities to conduct theory exams only in the offline mode with all precautionary measures. In a relief to MBBS students from state colleges, the advisory added that students who are unable to appear for the exams can take it with the supplementary batches and it will not be counted as an additional attempt. A section of parents has been seeking online exams for health science courses in the state.

In two separate circulars issued by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board of NMC, universities have been advised to follow the existing norms for conducting theory exams. The advisory has suggested taking precautions, including dividing students in batches, in view of the Covid situation. Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has already conducted the first and final-year exams, but the second-and third-year exams, which were scheduled to commence from April 19, have been postponed to June 2.

The NMC has allowed the presence of external examiners online but has stressed on the need for internal examiners to be present physically. For practical examinations, if there is a shortage of clinical material, it may be replaced by case scenarios, simulations and use

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Simple oral hygiene could help reduce Covid-19 severity, study finds, Health News, ET HealthWorld

London: Simple oral hygiene measures could help lower the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus from the mouth to the lungs, and help prevent severe instances of Covid-19, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Dental Research, shows that there is emerging evidence that specific ingredients of some inexpensive and widely available mouthwash products are highly effective at inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes Covid-19.

The researchers noted that the coronavirus could pass into people’s lungs from saliva with the virus moving directly from mouth to bloodstream — particularly if individuals are suffering from gum disease.

Evidence shows that blood vessels of the lungs, rather than airways, are affected initially in Covid-19 lung disease with high concentrations of the virus in saliva and periodontitis associated with an increased risk of death.

The researchers propose that dental plaque accumulation and periodontal inflammation further intensify the likelihood of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaching the lungs and causing more severe cases of infection.

Experts say this discovery could make effective oral healthcare a potentially lifesaving action — recommending that the public take simple, but effective, daily steps to maintain oral hygiene and reduce factors contributing to

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Many Indians struggle to get coronavirus tests as cases rocket, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI – Diagnostics firms testing for coronavirus are nearing breaking point in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai as India battles its biggest surge in Covid-19, which may worsen the crisis as many sick people can’t get tested fast enough to isolate themselves.

“We can’t cater to the demand,” said Dr. Vidur Mahajan of Mahajan Imaging in the Indian capital, who has temporarily shut two of his three sample collection points due to a backlog of pre-booked tests, and to prioritise testing for government hospitals. India has recorded more than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases daily for the last six days, marking the world’s worst jump this month. But many people have failed to get tested at all or early, which means the reported caseload of 15.3 million may be much lower than the real extent of the infection.

Officials from four diagnostics companies, including Mahajan, said samples currently being tested daily were between 300%-650% higher than February, putting infrastructure and personnel under severe pressure.

Doctors and patients in New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai said it was taking between three and eight days to find slots for the highly accurate RT-PCR tests and get their results.

If sample arrivals

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India’s capital to lockdown as nation’s virus cases top 15 M, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi is being put under a weeklong lockdown announced on Monday, as an explosive surge in coronavirus cases pushed India’s capital’s health system to its limit.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a news conference the national capital was facing shortages of oxygen and some medicine.

“I do not say that the system has collapsed, but it has reached its limits,” Kejriwal said, adding that harsh measures were necessary to “prevent a collapse of the health system.”

According to India’s health ministry on Monday, Delhi reported 25,462 cases and 161 deaths in the past 24 hours.

India overall reported 273,810 new infections on Monday, its highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic and now has reported more than 15 million infections, a total second only to the United States.

The Health Ministry also reported 1,619 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the toll over 178,769. India has the fourth-highest number of deaths after the U.S., Brazil and Mexico – though, with nearly 1.4 billion people, it has a much larger population than any of those countries.

The soaring cases and deaths come just months after India thought it had seen the worst of the

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Cannabis use at young age might lead to heart disease, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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Guelph: According to a new study by the University of Guelph, smoking cannabis at a younger age may increase the risk of developing heart disease later in life.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology, looks at specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users, researchers found subtle but potentially important changes in heart and artery function.

Cigarette smoking is known to affect cardiovascular health, causing changes to blood vessels and the heart. Less is known about the impact of smoking cannabis on long-term CVD risk, even as the use of the substance grows in Canada and abroad. Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational substance worldwide after alcohol.

“Cannabis is really widely used as a recreational substance all around the world and is becoming increasingly so,” said Christian Cheung, a PhD student in the Human Performance and Health Research Lab, part of the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (HHNS). “Scientists haven’t done that research with cannabis.”

Cheung is the lead author of the study. His co-authors were Dr Jamie Burr and Dr Philip Millar, both professors in HHNS and PhD student Alexandra Coates.

The team studied 35

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