WHO and Ministry of Ayush jointly launch MYoga app on 7th international yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on launched the mYoga app on the occasion of the 7th International Yoga Day. The mYoga app has collection of videos and audio practice sessions. The app is safe and secure, collecting no data from users at all. It can be used as a daily yoga companion for persons aged 12-65 years. It is available in French, English & in Hindi and other UN languages will be added soon.

Source(s): WHO

Urgently trying to work with AstraZeneca, SII, Indian govt to restart COVID-19 vaccine shipments: WHO Official

The supply of vaccines from SII to COVAX has been impacted amid the 2nd wave in India. The WHO is urgently trying to work with AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India (SII) as well as the Indian government to restart shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to countries that had to suspend the rollout of 2nd doses of vaccines amid the disruption in supplies, a senior official at the UN health agency has said.

Source(s): National Herald

‘Third COVID Wave Inevitable, Could Hit in 6-8 Weeks’: AIIMS Chief

According to AIIMS chief, third COVID Wave Inevitable. “We don’t seem to have learnt from what happened between the first and the second wave. Again crowds are building up... people are gathering. It will take some time for the number of cases to start rising at the national level. But it could happen within the next six to eight weeks... may be a little longer.” - AIIMS Chief Dr. Randeep Guleria.

Source(s): NDTV The Quint

India Plans to Boost Health Infrastructure with $6.8 Billion program

India plans to boost health infrastructure by offering as much as 500 billion rupees ($6.8 billion) of credit incentives program. The program will allow companies to access funds for ramping up hospital capacity or medical supplies with the government acting as a guarantor. said the people, who asked not to be identified citing rules. The focus is likely to be on strengthening smaller towns.

Source(s): BloombergQuint

Covishield Single Dose 61% Effective Against Delta variant: Covid Panel Chief

A single shot of Serum Institute’s Covishield can provide 61 percent efficacy against the Delta strain while two doses provide 65% protection as per the research, NK Arora Chairperson of the Covid Working Group told NDTV on Wednesday. Delta variant has been attributed to the massive explosion of Covid-19 cases in India during the 2nd wave.

Source(s): NDTV

New COVID-19 variant ‘Lambda’ identified in 29 countries: WHO

WHO said Wednesday that a new variant of COVID-19, named Lambda initially detected in Peru and it has since been reported in 29 nations around the world, mostly in Latin America, including Argentina and Chile. The new Covid-19 variant, which was first detected in August previous year, accounts for around 81% of the cases reported since April in the country, according to WHO.

Source(s): WION

NVIDIA partners with AstraZeneca and the University of Florida for AI-powered drug discovery

NVIDIA is collaborating with AstraZeneca and the University of Florida’s academic health center on a transformer-based generative AI model for chemical structures used in drug discovery. The model will be open-sourced, available to researchers & developers in the NVIDIA NGC software catalog. NVIDIA Clara Discovery aims to give researchers tools needed to discover promising pharmaceuticals faster.

Source(s): NVIDIA

Virus can spread again if people don’t follow Covid SOPs: AIIMS Doctor

Professor at Department of Medicine in Delhi AIIMS, Doctor Sanjeev Sinha shared his views on the Delhi’s Unlock on June 14 and said that the virus can spread again if people don’t follow Covid-appropriate behavior. According to Dr. Sanjeev Sinha, it’s a very crucial time as now people will come out of their homes and if they do not follow Covid-appropriate behaviour the virus can spread again.

Source(s): Deccan Herald ANI YouTube

Aerobic exercise helps cognitive function in older adults: Study

A recent study shows a memory biomarker, myokine Cathepsin B (CTSB), increased in older adults following a 26-week structured aerobic exercise training. Study conducted on older adults with familial and genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. Increasing evidence shows that physical activity and exercise training may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Source(s): FAU

COVID Survivor in MP Diagnosed With ‘Green Fungus’

After Black Fungus(mucormycosis), Yellow fungus, and White Fungs, a Covid survivor from Indore, MP has been diagnosed with "Green Fungs" (Aspergillosis). This is likely the first case of aspergillosis post-COVID recovery to be reported in India. The patient was airlifted to Mumbai for further treatment. Aspergillosis is a relatively uncommon infection and affects the lungs.

Source(s): NDTV ANI