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Organ donation should become a social movement: Nadda

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New Delhi, July 2 : Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda on Saturday urged people to come forward and donate organs and said that ‘organ donation should become a social movement’ in the country.

Nadda was speaking at a function organised by Dadhichi Deh Dan Samiti (DDDS) here on Saturday. The Samiti organised a dialogue on framing of the protocol to develop respect for donated cadavers and the families of cadaver donors amongst the medical teaching community.

Nadda urged people to come forward and donate organs to save lives. “Donating organs is a gift of life and is an altruistic, egalitarian and essentially moral act. Organ donation can benefit the recipient largely by improving health, quality and span of his life and even save him from death or other critical conditions,” said Nadda.

The minister also urged the participants to list the solutions that will encourage organ and body donation and assured that the government will not delay implementation.

“The ministry has started taking concrete steps for harvesting of cadaver organs and tissues and hope that the government will be able to optimally utilise this vast national resource,” said Nadda.

“The benefits of initiatives should reach out to every nook and corner of the country and should not be limited to cities only,” he added.

He added the demand for organs would continue to increase manifold in the future keeping in view the increased incidence of lifestyle diseases.

“There is a need to create a system for improving the rate of safe, effective and ethical donation of cadaver organs for transplantation in those who need them badly,” Nadda added.

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Influenza infections may up pneumonia risk: Study

The presence of HtrA weakens the immune system and promotes bacterial growth in the influenza-infected airways. The lack of HtrA stops bacterial growth.

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London, Nov 29: Researchers have now revealed that influenza infections can lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia, which claims many lives around the world every year.

Using an animal model, the study, published in the journal PNAS found that different nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and other normally cell-protective substances leak from the blood, thereby creating an environment in the lungs that favours the growth of the bacteria.

The bacteria adapt to the inflammatory environment by increasing the production of the bacterial enzyme HtrA.

The presence of HtrA weakens the immune system and promotes bacterial growth in the influenza-infected airways. The lack of HtrA stops bacterial growth.

“The ability of pneumococcus to grow in the lower airways during an influenza infection seems to depend on the nutrient-rich environment with its higher levels of antioxidants that occurs during a viral infection, as well as on the bacteria’s ability to adapt to the environment and protect itself from being eradicated by the immune system,” said study author Birgitta Henriques Normark from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

The results provide valuable information on how bacteria integrate with their environment in the lungs and could be used to find new therapies for double infections between the influenza virus and pneumococcal bacteria.

“HtrA is an enzyme, a protease, which helps to weaken the immune system and allows pneumococcal bacteria to penetrate the protective cell layer on the inside of the airways,” said study author Vicky Sender.

“A possible strategy can therefore be the use of protease inhibitors to prevent pneumococcal growth in the lungs,” Sender added.

It is still not known if Covid-19 patients are also sensitive to such secondary bacterial infections, but the researchers think that similar mechanisms could potentially be found in severely ill Covid-19 patients.

“It’s likely that acute lung inflammation, regardless of cause, gives rise to leakage of nutrients and antioxidants, and to an environment that fosters bacterial growth,” Henriques Normark noted.

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Winter care: Tips to protect your lips from cold, dry weather

The dry air indoors, wind, and rough weather outside contribute to worsening conditions.

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Winter is here! The cold and dry season is bad for your skin and lips. Our lips don’t have oil glands, so they’re almost always exposed to the elements. Exposure to sun, wind, and cold, dry air can contribute to chapped lips.

People have chapped lips throughout the year, but it can get much worse during the winter months. The dry air indoors, wind, and rough weather outside contribute to worsening conditions.

Here are six easy tips you can keep in mind if your lips are drying out or are chapped:

Apply Almond oil: Almond oil is a super-moisturizing variant, enriched with vitamin A and E, applying it to your lips nightly for a deep and nourishing conditioner will show amazing results.

Hydrate yourself: It is no secret that we also tend to drink less water during winters. This is one of the reasons for our skin and lips becoming dry. Make sure you consume a minimum of 7-8 glasses of water every day.

Exfoliation: To maintain soft and plump lips. Exfoliation is, sadly, not a key part of the lip care routine for many. But, incorporating the step can improve the look and feel of your lips. Make a soft paste of ghee and sugar, scrub it nicely or dip your toothbrush in lukewarm water. With soft circular motions, take off the dead skin on your lips and apply a generous amount of lip balm. Do this once a week before going off to sleep.

Don’t forget to use a sunblock: If you’re going to be outside, opt for a lip balm with SPF included.

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180 doctors in Indonesia succumb to Covid-19

The victims belonged to East Java (38), followed by Jakarta (27), North Sumatra (24), Central Java (15) and West Java (12).

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Jakarta, Nov 29 : A total of 180 doctors in Indonesia have died due to the novel coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic earlier this year, according to authorities.

The Indonesian Medical Association said on Saturday that of the 180 doctors, 92 were general practitioners, 86 were specialists, and two were residents, reports Xinhua news agency.

The victims belonged to East Java (38), followed by Jakarta (27), North Sumatra (24), Central Java (15) and West Java (12).

Indonesia has so far reported a total of 527,999 coronavirus cases, with 441,983 recovered, and 16,646 deaths.

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