Obesity, diabetes raise Covid-19 death risk

“We should not look at the absolute number of cases and deaths; those will always be high, given India’s large population. What we must look at is deaths per million, and India has 56 deaths per million compared to 596 for the US and 61 for Brazil, which remain far lower than other countries even […]

Lose weight with the world’s top 10 diets – from keto to Slimming World

It is defined on the Vegetarian Society as: ”Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fungi, algae, yeast and/or some other non-animal-based foods (e.g. salt) with, or without, dairy products, honey and/or eggs.

Covid Speed Read: FinMin grants Rs 6k-cr to 14 states; IIP contracts 10.4%

On Friday morning, India’s total tally of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases was at 4,566,726 although 3,542,663 people have recovered and 76,336 have died due to the virus, as per the latest update by the Health Ministry. The recovery rate for India has surged to 77.6% and case fatality rate has declined to 1.67%. Worldwide, the […]

Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Another Belarus politician taken – Germany and Britain have demanded answers after the senior Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova was reportedly snatched off the street in central Minsk. Kolesnikova was taken along with members of the Coordination Council, which was set up to seek a peaceful transfer of power amid widespread rejection of a presidential […]

National nutrition guidelines soon: Irani

Double burdenThe first-ever nutrition survey conducted in the country between 2016 and early 2018 found that 2.8% of children in the 0-4 years age group surveyed suffered from the double burden, while 0.8% each in 5- 9 years and 10 -19 years were victims of this.

Gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday: £100 fines to enforce new limit on meeting indoors and outdoors across England – but schools, weddings and funerals are exempt

Just when the wondrous normality of life seems to be returning; when some theatres and cinemas have reopened and live sporting fixtures have welcomed fans; when the streets are again full of the chatter of children instead of silent and empty, Covid yanks our chain and reminds us who’s boss (Pictured: Pedestrians walk along the busy […]

UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?

“Fighting change are a few people in government who have either failed to understand that long-term exposure to air pollution is the biggest public health risk after smoking or they simply don’t care and want to cover-up the issue for as long as possible. It is much worse than most of us have realised. It […]

Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds

Some 57% of all caregivers reported clinically significant levels of stress, anxiety or depression and many are turning to unhealthy behaviors to cope, according to the 2020 Archangels National Caregiver Survey, a separate report done in collaboration with BCBS.

Force feeding

Stories about food as a source of anxiety and danger (to ourselves or to the people who supply it) are now so commonplace that we are in danger of becoming desensitised to them. BSE, drowned cockle-pickers, chemical residues, battery hens, obesity, lost hedgerows, air miles – they all blur into a nightmare of hazard, cruelty […]

Coronavirus: Will universities be exempt from the new rules? And other questions

With key workers wearing some sort of mask, how are deaf people who lip-read supposed to understand what is being said? From Margaret Roll in Clevedon Wearing masks presents major challenges for some deaf people who rely on lip-reading to communicate, but who also need to stay safe from catching the virus, especially if in […]