During the past year, as scientists in different parts of the world began developing vaccines against the Covid 19 virus, we have gradually become familiar with the idea of clinical trials and their importance in our lives. Every time a new drug, a new vaccine, a new medical device or a new treatment procedure is … Continue reading “May 20: International Day of Clinical Trials”
May 17 was observed as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Indian academic spaces for a long time have been homophobic and transphobic. Many research fellows, students and even scientists pass homophobic and transphobic comments at the workplace, discriminate against queer and trans people who are fellow students or colleagues and rarely face … Continue reading “Homophobia in Science”
Vaccines are the only way to prevent viral diseases like that caused by Covid 19 infection. Multiple vaccines that can effectively protect against illness caused by Covid 19 virus have already been developed and are being administered to people all over the world. But, a small number of people may get the Covid 19 disease … Continue reading “COVID 19 infection even after vaccination”
Vaccines mimic an actual infection by a microbial pathogen like a bacteria or virus, cause our bodies to react to it and produce combative antibodies and thus provide protection from naturally occurring infectious agents. The protection provided by a vaccine makes the individual “immunized”. A vaccine can imitate a pathogen contain an alive or dead … Continue reading “Vaccine Booster Dose Gap”
Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers are women who belong to the local community or villages and work as community health workers. As a part of the National Rural Health Mission established by the Indian government in 2005, women from local communities were trained to educate, spread awareness about immunization programmes and keep the local … Continue reading “Covid Crisis frontline: ASHA workers”
Officially, more than 4000 people are dying everyday of Covid19 infection and the unavailability of basic healthcare facilities in India. The people who are involved in cremation or burial of the dead or those conducting the last rites in accordance with religious or cultural traditions have been instructed to wear appropriate personal protective equipment. The … Continue reading “COVID Crisis frontline: Crematorium and Cemetery workers”
For the first time in its 175-year-old history of publication, Scientific American, one of USA’s leading popular science magazines openly endorsed a candidate during the campaign for the US presidential election The magazine explained in a statement that the rejection of evidence based science by Donald Trump, the current president of U.S while preparing policies … Continue reading “The seeds of scientific temper in Indian Constitution”
Seven years ago on this day,Narendra Dabholkar, the eminent Maharashtra-based doctor,rationalist and social activist who worked relentlessly to eradicate superstitious beliefs and inculcate scientific temper, was shot dead. He had founded an organisation called the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) that campaigned against superstitious practices, black magic, astrology,“miracle cures” and similar exploitative practices promoted by … Continue reading “On National Scientific Temper Day”
During the course of the COVID19 pandemic, alcohol-based hand sanitizers have become a popular personal care product. The CDC considers hand sanitizers can be used to clean hands when soap and water are unavailable. Most of these alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol. Alcohol damages the structure of cell membranes of bacteria … Continue reading “Alcohol-based hand sanitizers cannot boost immunity”
The act of giving blood has saved numerous lives. Patients undergoing surgery or victims of trauma/assaults/accidents who have lost large amounts of blood need transfusion of fresh blood from healthy people to survive. When a person loses a lot of blood quickly, the body goes into a shock and eventually organs stop functioning. Also, patients … Continue reading “Donating blood plasma for therapy”
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