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West Bengal  /  Published 28.07.20

Death precedes Covid report, labs overflow with samples

An 85-year-old man died early on Monday in Burdwan town without confirmation of his Covid-19 status, as the reports of his and 12 other relatives were delayed. In the evening, reports showed the dece...
By Snehamoy Chakraborty in Burdwan

Health  /  Published 07.07.20

Sunshine moment

In the past decade, studies have found that taking Vitamin D can lower the odds of developing respiratory infections, especially among people who have documented deficiencies. Now scientists are tryin...
By Anahad O’Connor in

Jharkhand  /  Published 01.07.20

Unwell? You can work from home

Government employees suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular ailments and respiratory disorders have been allowed to work from home till July 31 across Jharkhand in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, ...
By Our Correspondent in

Science  /  Published 07.06.20

Breathe easy

A few days ago, one of my friends sent me a video of a man, around 40, sitting on a hospital bed. He was extolling the virtues of a corporate hospital in Calcutta to which he had been admitted a coupl...
By Sanjeet Bagcchi in

West Bengal  /  Published 06.11.18

Yield of Darjeeling oranges dries up

Kishan Chhetri, an orange cultivator in the Darjeeling hills, used to send “two truckloads” of oranges to the plains until a few years ago. This year the farmer from Marybong, 25km from the town, ...
By Vivek Chhetri in Darjeeling

India  /  Published 01.04.20

Anti-malaria drug in revised guidelines

India’s health ministry has revised the national treatment guidelines for severely or critically ill coronavirus patients, introducing a combination of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine and the a...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 30.05.20

Questions on Covid data

Over 44 per cent of the 40,000-plus Covid-19 patients detected during the first two months of the epidemic’s growth in India have no documented history of exposure to the infection, suggesting poor ...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Health  /  Published 28.07.19

India’s hepatitis-B miss

Gaps in immunisation have kept India out of the list of four countries announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday as having achieved control of hepatitis-B virus infections.The WHO sai...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 30.10.19

70% Indians sick with infections in 2018 had ‘viral fever’

Acute respiratory infections — what some people might vaguely call “viral fevers” — accounted for nearly 70 per cent of illnesses from communicable diseases in India in 2018, but pneumonia was...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Science  /  Published 23.11.18

Flu? Learn from ants and take leave

Biologists have detected what they say is the first evidence of changes in the social networks of ants through collective altered behaviour to protect their colonies from potentially deadly infections...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi


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