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COVID-19 and the risk of acute pancreatitis: Here’s what an expert advises

The novel Coronavirus that causes covid-19 can cause other health complications, too. While it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, across the globe, countries are still scrambling for answers as to how it can be contained and eventually eradicated. As it is known, the viral infection mainly attacks the upper respiratory tract system. But, apart from that, it is also known to impact the digestive system, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It has come to the fore, that the virus can also attack the pancreas. “Incidence of pancreas involvement in COVID-19 patients with pneumonia is around 17 per cent, but the degree of pancreatic involvement varies from patient to patient. Some patients can have an isolated rise in the pancreatic enzymes in their blood test without any clinical symptoms. There may be raised pancreatic enzymes on blood tests and signs of pancreatitis on imaging, but there will not be any clinical disease. Very rarely, there may be an overt episode of acute pancreatitis; usually, the pancreatic involvement chances are less when COVID-19 disease is mild,” explains Dr Swapnil Sharma, consultant, liver transplant & HPB surgery at the Fortis Hospital in Mulund.........Read more

Bookmarked on 9th Sep 20

Raji: An Ancient Epic – The story behind the ‘Made in India’ game everyone is waiting for

An Ancient Epic has been causing ripples across the world for its stunning visuals, use of Indian mythology, and a great storyline. The console-worthy game from India was delayed for a couple of years due to the lack of funds making it a bumpy ride for founders Shruti Ghosh, Avichal Singh, and Ian Maude. spoke to the three founders about their journey of creating the game, which has been released earlier this week on Nintendo Switch and is set to launch on PC and consoles soon. “It feels great. Finally, after three years of struggle, we are going to get the game out,” Ghosh heaves a sigh of relief as she lists every excruciating detail in their long journey to get the game out. “In the initial years when we tried to do a Kickstarter campaign, we could not reach the goal. That was the only plan we had back then. We made a demo for 10 months,” she remembers, adding that the team was just five of them… “sustaining ourselves with our savings”. The three founders bootstrapped the project with their savings, hoping funds will pour in from Kickstarter. “We did not have the to get a PR company to do marketing for us in the initial first few days of the campaign. That’s something we learned. We were struggling to find a publisher to fund us,” Ghosh adds about what she says was a “difficult time for the entire team”.........Read more

Bookmarked on 8th Sep 20

Are You Using These VPN Apps? Personal Info Of 20 Million Users Leaked: That’s 1.2TB Data

It seems VPN services aren’t as secure as you may imagine. Well, at least some of them. It turns out that the user data of seven Hong Kong based VPN providers has been leaked online. The VPN services include UFO VPN, FAST VPN, Free VPN, Super VPN, Flash VPN, Secure VPN and Rabbit VPN. These services claim to have as many as 20 million users around the world. Researchers have discovered that the data of potentially all of these 20 million users has been leaked online, totalling up to as much as 1.2TB worth of data. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 20th Jul 20

Warming temperatures threaten hundreds of fish species the world relies on, study finds

As the planet's oceans and rivers warm, increased heat could pose a grave threat to the fish populations the world depends on by the end of this century. That's the alarming conclusion of a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. Among the species the authors said are at risk are some of the most commercially important species on Earth -- including grocery store staples like Atlantic cod, Alaska pollock and sockeye salmon, and sport fishing favorites like swordfish, barracuda and brown trout.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

The Expedition to Heaven on Earth

Baker Perry is a man at the top of his field. That's not a professional judgment, it's a simple statement of fact. Perry studies weather and climate at extreme high altitudes at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. As part of his field work, he has installed meteorology stations in some truly rarefied locations, including at the Chacaltaya Observatory in Bolivia (5,160 meters, or 16,920 feet, above sea level) and atop the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru (5,650 meters, 18,540 feet). Last year, Perry topped himself by co-leading a team that placed a set of weather stations on Mount Everest — including the highest-altitude station in the world, at an elevation of 8,430 meters (that's 27,650 feet, or more than 5 miles, high). Even the peak of Mount Everest remains embedded in the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, but it experiences conditions unlike those on most of the rest of the planet. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

Moon may be much more metallic

The Moon might be more metallic than researchers thought. And that comes from no less a source than NASA. The scientists who operate the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft have found evidence about the distribution of iron and titanium oxides in the lunar subsurface which, they say, could aid in drawing a clearer connection between Earth and the Moon. Their findings are published in a paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Evidence points to the Moon as the product of a collision between a Mars-sized protoplanet and young Earth, and the Moon’s bulk chemical composition closely resembles that of Earth’s. There are discrepancies, however, and scientists have speculated about what contribution the protoplanet might have made. The Mini-RF team says it has found a curious pattern that could lead to an answer.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

College Students Are Throwing Coronavirus Parties With a Payout When One Gets Infected, Official Says

Several college students in an Alabama city organised COVID-19 parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first, officials said. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus, news outlets reported. McKinstry said party organizers purposely invited guests who tested positive for COVID-19. She said the students put money in a pot and whoever got COVID first would get the cash. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

ICMR Head’s Letter Says Launch of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Latest by August 15’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set an ambitious launch date of August 15 for the public use of the Coronavirus vaccine being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," a letter by ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, accessed by News18, said. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

ICMR Head’s Letter Says Launch of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Latest by August 15’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set an ambitious launch date of August 15 for the public use of the Coronavirus vaccine being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," a letter by ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, accessed by News18, said. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

‘Both Asymptomatic And Pre-symptomatic People Can Transmit Covid-19’: WHO Chief Scientist

I would say both asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people can transmit virus. Asymptomatic means you never have symptoms even though you are positive. Pre-symptomatic is when you are perfectly fine today, but develop symptoms two days later. Which is why we have this guideline for universal use of masks. These masks need to be worn properly. Many people are wearing loose masks and which sometimes hangs below their nose--that is not saving you from any infection. So proper use of masks will have a significant impact on transmission. What we have learnt so far is that there is no single intervention that works, and in fact a combined strategy is needed. Now that we have enough diagnostic kits, testing should be scaled up.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

Ravindra Jadeja named India’s ‘most valuable player’ of 21st Century

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden. Jadeja’s contribution to his team has been noteworthy with the ball, bat, and while fielding. Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyse his performance. Jadeja’s MVP rating was an astounding 97.3, second only to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and thus making him the second most valuable Test player of the 21st century. “It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement,” Cricviz’s Freddie Wilde told Wisden.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

Hyderabad businessman designs reusable PPE kits for daily wagers

As economic activities get a fresh lease of life with the phase 2 of ‘Unlock’ kicking in, small and medium businessmen in Hyderabad are adopting to the post Covid-19 scenario by sensing the market demand. these reusable suits are not for clinical purposes. Jumpsuits with a hoodie, a clinical face mask and a separate cover for shoes — all stitched in pure cotton and hence reusable — are the products Anand Kataria has started selling from his wholesale store in the city. The suits are available in two different shades of blue and also white. Kataria does not allow two customers inside the store at a time and makes them sanitise their hands before they step in.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

Do you have TikTok, other banned Chinese apps on your phone? Here is what happens next

So one thing stands clear that you can longer download TikTok on your phone. So what to do if you still have the apps in your phone? The TikTok app on our Android phone was still working when we checked. But they might not work any longer as the government has only banned them but will soon block them with the help of the network operators. The Chinese apps will be blocked on the networks including 4G and wired internet connections, which are managed by telecom industries including Airtel, Jio and Vodafone. When the apps are blocked at the networks, there were be no way that you can use it unless you decide to use a VPN.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jul 20

How the political battle on GST was won

NDA split the opposition and reached out directly to the Congress leadership, while Narendra Modi personally made overtures to non-Congress chief ministers........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th Aug 16

Watch: Sexist Campus Rules in Delhi Colleges

Students in Delhi colleges complains of sexism on campus an expressed their displeasure over discriminatory rules on campus. Similar protests were also witnessed at Jamia Milia Islamia. However, Mukesh Ranjan, media coordinator of the Jamia rubbished the allegation. Watch full video for \'Sexist Campus Rules\' in Delhi colleges.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th Aug 16

Scientists develop dengue drug

In a major break-through, the scientists say that they have come up with a novel plant-based drug which will cure dengue.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

VVIP chopper scam: Congress-led govt shared only 3 documents for Agusta trial, says Italian judge | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

VVIP chopper scam: Congress-led govt shared only 3 documents for Agusta trial, says Italian judge - The judge said that his verdict was only against senior officials of the chopper company and middlemen.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice who quashed President's Rule transferred | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice who quashed President's Rule transferred - Justice KM Joseph has been transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Mission Kashmir: Mani Ratnam to return to the Valley for his next starring Karthi

Mani Ratnam returns to Kashmir for his latest film, which reportedly stars Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

AgustaWestland scam: 'Invisible hand was guiding action of CBI,' says defence minister in Rajya Sabha - Times of India

Replying to the August debate in Rajya Sabha, the defence minister said that the country wants to know as to who instigated, supported and benefited from corruption. We can't let this pass.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Honda Dio 2016 Model Launched With New Style Updates; Prices Start at Rs. 48,264 - News

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) today launched an updated version of its popular scooter - Honda Dio in a refreshing new Matte Axis Grey colour along with stylish new 3D Emblem.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Buddhist Sculptures Discovered in Ruins of Ancient Shrine

Religious sculptures and carvings have been discovered in the ruins of an ancient shrine and courtyard in the Swat Valley in Pakistan.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

National Award panel not qualified enough for Big B: Ram Gopal Varma

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma said that the National Award Committee is not qualified enough to give megastar Amitabh Bachchan an award.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Flipkart stake marked down 20% further by 2 investors - The Economic Times

Valic marked the value of their Flipkart shares at $98.19 per unit for February quarter, down 20.2% from $123.11 assigned at the end of November 2015.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Nissan Kicks Officially Revealed

After being seen through numerous images on social media, the Nissan Kicks has finally been bestowed an official unveiling. The SUV is the official car of the u........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16

Even if Modi’s “Make in India” is working, his government doesn’t have the data to prove it

Surprisingly, the government is not tracking the progress of its own flagship programme.........Read more

Bookmarked on 5th May 16