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610 Covid patients in Mumbai given antibody cocktail, get speedy relief: Doctors

The cocktail drug used at SevenHills Hospital includes two monoclonal antibodies — Casirivimab and Imdevimab. One pack of the drug, containing the two monoclonal antibodies can be used on two patients

Monoclonal antibodies are artificial antibodies injected into a patient to mimic the action of the natural antibodies (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2021 09:22 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Pune, Ahmednagar contribute to nearly half of new Covid cases in Maharashtra

On Monday, Maharashtra recorded 2,740 new Covid cases of which nearly 42% were from Pune and Ahmednagar. These two districts have been recording between 600 and 900 new Covid cases daily.

Pune currently has more than 13,000 active Covid cases — the highest in Maharashtra. (HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 09:29 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid and surgery: Doctors tweak process, adopt methods to minimise risk of infection

When doctors set out for surgery in special cases, they introduced some tweaks and changes on the operation table to reduce the risk of Covid infection inside the theatre

Doctors opt to delay the invasive interventions by at least two weeks if patients have active Covid infection and if the surgery can wait. (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 11, 2021 11:57 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

1,700 active mucormycosis cases in Maharashtra, protect Covid patients, say experts

With 1,700 patients of mucormycosis in Maharashtra, state health authorities have expressed concern for Covid patients

Amid 1,700 mucormycosis cases, Maharashtra authorities have advised doctors to take utmost care in order to reduce the possibility of Covid-19 patients. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 01:33 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Newer clinical signs of Covid: Hearing problems, dry mouth

Difficulty in hearing, dry mouth and reduced saliva secretion, long-lasting headaches are some of the newer symptoms of Covid-19 infection. Doctors are also seeing patients coming in with gastrointestinal problems, pink eye, conjunctivitis, rashes and skin irritation.

A citizen gets tested for Covid at a special test camp for people wanting to travel for Ganeshotsav, in Jogeshwari, Mumbai on Sunday. (Vijay Bate/HT)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 12:10 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

5.1 million fewer Covid vaccine doses given to women compared to men in Maharashtra

As of September 2, Maharashtra had administered over 32 million vaccine doses to men and a little over 27 million vaccine doses to women. Of the state’s estimated 66 million male population, nearly 49% have received at least one dose while among the estimated 60 million females, around 46% have received at least one dose.

A health worker administers Covid vaccine to a woman at a vaccination centre at Dadar, in Mumbai on Friday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 12:41 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Implement cheaper, sustainable cooling strategies: Lancet series

A two-paper Lancet series on ‘heat and health’ published recently highlights solutions to such questions to combat heat stress

Among the solutions the Lancet papers offer are large grasslands with trees, and canopies located over outdoor areas. (HT archive)
Published on Sep 01, 2021 12:28 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Maharashtra: Hingoli gets lowest doses; district’s vax coverage below state average

Low supply of doses reflects in the district’s low vaccination coverage in the vulnerable 45 plus population- its coverage is around 32.73%, much lower than the state’s average of 51.26%

Healthcare worker inoculates a beneficiary at Shahaji Raje Sports Complex, Andheri (West). (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 11:14 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

‘Institutions should do research in the midst of regular patient care’

As Covid-19 pandemic may be entering an endemic stage, Hindustan Times spoke to Dr Sanish Davis, president of Indian Society for Clinical Research, on the research landscape in India or the lack of it.

Dr Sanish Davis, president of Indian Society for Clinical Research.
Published on Aug 29, 2021 11:52 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

‘Fibrosis-like lung damage reverses in 80% of Covid patients’

In pulmonary fibrosis, the lung tissues are damaged with scarring and thickening, and the damage worsens over a period of time

A study from China published in the PLOS One journal in March found that patients who had a severe clinical classification of Covid-19 had more extensive and severe lung inflammation as well as severe residual pulmonary fibrosis. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 12:52 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

C-sections, trauma care hit at manpower starved rural hospitals in Maharashtra: Survey

Cataract operations, minor surgeries and sterilisation procedures were postponed indefinitely as hospitals immersed into Covid care

 (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 11:43 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

60%-70% Indians with hypertension unaware of their condition: Study

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious medical condition that can be easily detected at primary health care centres and controlled with low-cost treatment. Yet India ranked 193rd for women and 170th for men in the rate of hypertension diagnosis among 200 countries

Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 09:26 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

All you need to know about ZyCoV-D vaccine

The vaccine has been approved for a three-dose regimen, but the company is likely to submit more data to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for a two-dose regimen

Beneficiaries in the above-18 age group get inoculated against Covid-19 at a vaccination centre in Vile Parle (East). (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 26, 2021 01:08 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Unnerving, crushing fatigue tops post-Covid complaints, say doctors

Nearly 30% of patients complain of severe, debilitating fatigue, unable to resume their daily activities like bathing, cooking, walking or working from home, says doctor

A BMC health worker checks temperature before Covid-19 test of commuters arriving from outstation trains at Dadar station. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 05:15 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Five districts have 63% of Maharashtra’s total active Covid cases

Currently, the state has 55,454 active cases. Pune tops the list with 12,558 active cases. Solapur has 4,580, Satara 6,658, Sangli 5,210 and Ahmednagar has 5,709 active cases.

Employees of retail shops and shopping malls wait to get inoculated outside Wadia Hospital, Parel, in Mumbai on Friday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 21, 2021 12:13 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Maharashtra task force lists ways to keep schoolkids safe

The state had planned to re-open physical classes for students from Class 5 to 8 in rural areas and Class 8 to 12 in urban areas. However, the decision was deferred on Monday.

Most schools have remained closed since March 2020, leaving students dabbling with online education and the lack of social contacts. (HT FILE)
Published on Aug 19, 2021 12:57 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai: Covid vax trial participants, those who got jabs abroad, struggle for train passes

Hundreds of clinical-trial participants are struggling to get a train travel pass as their data is yet to be uploaded on the CoWin software

Central and Western Railway officials HT spoke to said that they were not involved in the verification process. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 18, 2021 12:47 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Maharashtra sees 10 more Delta Plus cases, tally now 76

Ten more Delta Plus cases have been identified in Maharashtra taking the tally to 76

BMC health worker checks thermal temperature of a passenger arrived from outstation train at Dadar station. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 01:09 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Hair, eyes, skin infections: Is Covid affecting us in more ways?

Patients are struggling with sudden and severe hair loss, skin infections, eye ailments and medical experts have gradually started linking these conditions to after-effects of Covid-19

A health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains at Dadar station. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 12:00 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Maharashtra: Vaccinate fast, think of booster doses, say experts

Of the 66 Delta Plus cases identified in Maharashtra, only 10 people were fully vaccinated, while eight had received only one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

A health worker administers Covid vaccine to a beneficiary during a mass vaccination drive, at Lalbaug. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 10:15 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid in Maharashtra: Three more Delta Plus related deaths, tally now five

The Raigad patient was a 69-year-old journalist from Nagothane. He had diabetes and hypertension and was admitted to a civil hospital for nearly 17 days.

A health worker collects swab samples of passengers arriving at Dadar station. (BHUSHAN KOYANDE/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 06:48 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

3 more Delta+ deaths take Maha tally to 5

The Raigad patients was a 69-year-old journalist from Nagothane with diabetes and hypertension and was admitted to a civil hospital for nearly 17 days

Passengers arriving from outstation trains queue up for a mandatory Covid-19 test at Dadar station in Mumbai on Friday (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 11:30 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Maharashtra records third death due to Delta Plus variant

Delta Plus, a mutation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, was detected in Maharashtra during the second Covid-19 wave. In June, the Union health ministry declared it as the variant of concern

Representational Image. (File photo)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 04:06 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Vaccine inequity: Two-dose mandate for train travel will force people to get paid jabs

Mumbai has administered over 7.6 million doses with only 1.9 million people fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. Of them, around 140,000 people in the 18 to 44 age group who form a substantial percentage of working, mobile population.

The government has allowed people who have received both the doses to travel in local trains. (HT)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 07:27 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Tread cautiously, say experts as Mumbai opens up ahead of predicted third wave

With extension in timings for commercial shops, opening of offices, discussions over opening malls and the upcoming festival season, the possibility of accelerating the third wave cannot be denied. While reviving the economy of the financial capital is crucial, experts said the administration should tread cautiously and be prepared to introduce quick micro-containment measures through robust monitoring of cases.

Beneficiaries wait in a queue to get vaccinated against Covid-19. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 12:14 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai sees dip in reporting of adverse events post Covid-19 vaccination

Civic officials said the initial fear and anxiety associated with the vaccines and their common side effects have settled down resulting in the drop in reports of adverse events

A senior citizen beneficiary gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at TMC's Vaccination Centre at Kopri. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 10, 2021 12:02 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Need to train doctors to certify, fill cause of death correctly, says Covid death audit panel

Recording the cause of death accurately on death certificates is crucial to know the actual all-cause mortality

The government and the medical fraternity are now devising ways in which the doctors can be trained in accurately certifying deaths. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 08:49 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Community awareness, empowering healthcare workers can reduce snakebite deaths, says study

he model demonstrated in the qualitative study carried out in the Dahanu block of Palghar district is now set to be replicated in two other blocks in Gadchiroli and Thane

Snakebite is a neglected public health issue, largely affecting the poor.
Published on Aug 06, 2021 10:43 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai: 100 days after first shot, no clarity on which dose Andheri woman got

While Upadhyaya says the hospital is not confident about which dose she got, the hospital says she got Covishield

Meena Upadhyaya.
Published on Aug 05, 2021 11:20 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Can’t open up trains for all as 1/3rd of citizens still susceptible to Covid-19, says Maharashtra’s task force member

Hindustan Times spoke to task force member Dr Shashank Joshi on the rationale behind their recommendations

Dr Shashank Joshi, member, Maharashtra Covid-19 Task Force.
Published on Aug 05, 2021 12:04 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai
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