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New Delhi, Aug 28: Whether it is the temptation of enjoying yummy fried food or the dread of getting wet in the rain — the monsoon season can play havoc with one’s motivation to keep up with workout and fitness plans. But don’t give up and follow a regular regime to stay fit and healthy, suggest experts.

Bhavishya Wadhawan, Founder, 98fit, which offers diet meal and gym workout plans, suggests monsoon fitness tips:


* Not able to go to the gym shouldn’t stop you from working out. Look for simple equipment that you can use to make the home workout equally challenging. For instance, you can get a skipping rope or even get a resistance band. Make sure that you are dressed the same way you would be dressed when you go to the gym. That will keep you in the rhythm and will also make you feel motivated.

* Yoga is the best option for anyone who is a victim of the monsoon gloom. It is refreshing and is great to resolve several health issues that you face during the monsoons. One of the most common complaints in this season is the respiratory issue. There are several yoga postures that can relieve them. In addition to that, yoga helps you build flexibility and strength.

* We tend to drink less water during monsoon as we are not really thirsty but your body needs water. Drink lots of water and make sure that you are drinking purified water. This will lower the risk of waterborne diseases like stomach infection and diarrhoea.

* Include immune-enhancing items in your diet such as turmeric milk, mint tea, ginger ale, garlic, coriander etc as our bodies are prone to infections during monsoon.


* Avoid eating street food during the rain. Most of us are tempted to eat gol gappa, vada or chaat from local street vendors. But you need to curb your cravings as during monsoon, the chances of these foods being contaminated are high.

* Do not enter an air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes due to rain as this can lead to a viral fever or cold and cough, especially in this season.

* Avoid eating leafy vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower as there is higher chance of infection through them.


Kanika Malhotra, Nutritionist and Program Manager, DIABEE — an app powered by Health Care At Home India Pvt Ltd, has suggested ways to keep diseases at bay, since monsoon brings in a host of water borne diseases such as cold, flu, viral fever, indigestion, food poisoning, mosquito borne issues.

* Stay hydrated: A hydrated body is able fight with theses bacteria and virus better as the body replenishes the electrolytes lost due to sweat, urine etc. Along with plain water, homemade lime water, buttermilk and clear soups help in hydrating the body. Moreover, one must ensure that the water being consumed is clean and boiled.

However, one should avoid water, cut fruits, juices from street vendors as these might be contaminated and unhygienic.

* Homemade food: During monsoon, chances of food being contaminated with bacteria increases and makes us prone to falling ill. Therefore, it is best to eat home-cooked food and while stepping out one must carry homemade food or whole fruits, nuts and packed curd.

Street food such as pakoda, bhel puri, etc should be avoided. If you do not have an option of home cooked food then eat completely cooked food.

* Vegetables: Consume loads of green and colourful vegetables. Blanch them to disinfect them from germs and bacteria. It also helps the veggies from losing its colour, texture and flavour. Always, avoid keeping cut salad for long and consume immediately.

* Seafood: Avoid semi-cooked and raw fish/ prawns since its their breeding season. Make sure the fish is fresh if you plan to consume it.

* Antioxidants: Consumption of bitter herbs like neem and haldi (turmeric), which contain antioxidants and medicinal properties, prevents you from infections. Garlic and mushrooms boost immunity and keeps us healthy in monsoon.

* Vitamin C: Increase your intake of vitamin C which we get from citrus fruits such as lemon, guava, mausmi, capsicum, green chilli, sweet lime etc., to help build resistance against infections and diseases.

* Probiotics: Curd and other probiotic drinks available should be included in your diet to make your gut strong.



US strikes $1.5bn deal for 100mn doses of Moderna Covid vax

The US government has announced that consistent with its commitment to free access to Covid-19 vaccines, Americans will receive mRNA-1273 at no cost for the vaccine itself.




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New York, Aug 12 : The US government has entered into a $1.5 billion deal with biotechnology company Moderna for the manufacturing and delivery of 100 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273.

With the previous award of up to $955 million for the development of the vaccine to licensure, the new announcement brings the US government’s commitments for early access to mRNA-1273 to up to $2.48 billion, Moderna said on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the agreement, the US government will also have the option to purchase up to an additional 400 million doses of mRNA-1273 from Moderna.

The US government has announced that consistent with its commitment to free access to Covid-19 vaccines, Americans will receive mRNA-1273 at no cost for the vaccine itself.

As is customary with all government-purchased vaccines, healthcare professionals could charge for the cost of administering the vaccine.

“We appreciate the confidence of the US government in our mRNA vaccine platform and the continued support,” Stephane Bancel, Moderna’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

A Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273, being conducted in collaboration with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), began on July 27.

BARDA is part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Enrollment for the study is on track to complete in September, Moderna said.

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Covid cases haven’t yet peaked or even plateaued: AIIMS Dir

The remarks come at a time when the infections are racing ahead with the country adding at least a lakh new cases every two days.



Randeep Guleria AIIMS

New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Randeep Guleria, one of India’s leading medical experts, has asserted that the coronavirus cases in the country have not yet hit their peak or even plateaued.

The remarks come at a time when the infections are racing ahead with the country adding at least a lakh new cases every two days. It has logged more than 23 lakh cases and over 46,000 deaths so far since the first case on January 30.

“These are trying times. It has tested the resilience of the nation. We have not reached the peak or started plateauing as far as cases are concerned,” Guleria, who is also the part of a core team monitoring the pandemic, said.

Shedding light on the vaccine development, he said that India has an advantage because it makes almost 60 per cent of the world’s vaccines.

“We have the capacity to manufacture a large number of vaccines and that is the commitment that the government and manufacturers have given — that we will be able to upscale our manufacturing capacity not only for our own country but for the entire world,” he added.

Three vaccine candidates are in different stages of human clinical trials in India — one developed by University of Oxford by Pune’s Serum Institute of India, the other inactivated virus vaccine by Bharat biotech and the third DNA vaccine by Zydus Cadila.

The country’s top pulmonologist further said that the vaccine development has moved so rapidly because of the collaborative work between various countries. “What the pandemic has shown is the resilience that the world has and the way researchers, manufactures and industries can come together to overcome any hardship we face as a planet.”

Guleria, however, advised caution with regards to the Russian vaccine, being touted as the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. Elaborating on the safety aspect, he said that the issue would be just to make sure that the vaccine is “safe and efficacious”.

“Any vaccine that is tried in a large number of people who are elderly or have comorbidities, safety is the most important thing and should of course be efficacious in terms of what degree of protection does it give and how long the protection lasts,” the AIIMS Director said.

The comments come in the backdrop of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement about the approval of the coronavirus vaccine for public use. It is, however, marred by controversies and is yet to complete the final trials.

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Israel shares ground-breaking technology with AIIMS to tackle Covid




New Delhi, Aug 11 : As a part of the Israel-India cooperation to fight the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Ambassador of Israel to India, Ron Malka, on Tuesday handed over the state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions to the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to tackle the viral disease.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria thanked the Government of Israel and Ambassador Ron Malka for the gesture. “Both India as well as Israel are extending support to the international community by sharing their expertise, data, knowledge, medicines and collaborating in the areas of developing vaccine and research, thus leading by example and showing the true spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (whole world is one single family).”

He also informed that apart from patient care, AIIMS is actively involved in developing centres of excellence in many states and is regularly organising webinars, clinical grand rounds, e-ICU video consultations for dissemination of knowledge and expertise across the nation and abroad.

AIIMS is at the forefront in fighting the pandemic and also providing best quality patient care for both Covid and non-Covid patients. AIIMS has treated around 5,500 Covid patients till now.

Malka said that these technologies will further bolster India’s capabilities to tackle Covid-19. “Through cooperation and the combination of India and Israel’s medical prowess, we can find effective solutions that will help both countries, as well as the world.”

He added, “We are pleased to share the best medical technology from Israel with the most premier medical institute of India. Over the last few days, we have worked closely with AIIMS. We have been impressed by their brilliant ongoing response to the pandemic.”

The Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of External Affairs, Sanjay Bhattacharya, was the chief guest at the function. He said, “When time gets tough, best of friends get together and India and Israel have established a sustainable and strategic partnership in various fields including the field of medicine.”

He also said that India has extended assistance to over 150 countries in the fight against Covid-19 and is committed in engaging and collaborating with the international community in the areas of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

The technologies include an AI video-oriented, voice-operated autonomous personal AI assistant robot, an application that can be installed on any mobile phone of the Covid-19 staff which makes the work of the hospital staff inside the Covid-19 departments much more effective and easier.

Besides this, innovative products have been given which have been designed to give the clinicians constant contact free access to the patient’s vitals like heart rate and respiratory rate which improves patient safety with contact-free, continuous monitoring.

A 12-hour disinfection product called CPD that stays active and continuous to protect the surface against new attacks of contamination has also been presented.

A non-invasive remote patient monitoring system which aids as a preliminary screening tool of respiratory indicators of suspected Covid-19 and recovering patients and AI based software for Ultrasound use and designed especially for fighting Covid-19 was also handed over.

The cooperation between Embassy of Israel in India and AIIMS holds a long-term cooperation of more than a decade. In 2007, a delegation of 21 members, including senior doctors and nurses from AIIMS, participated in a training on “Trauma and Mass Casualty Management”.

The experience gained helped in the establishment of certain effective systems in the management of trauma care at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS.

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