9. Is there a vaccine for swine flu? Ans: Yes, the vaccine of swine flu was made available since 2010, a year later when it was first declared a pandemic. People are advised to take swine flu vaccine every year as the virus keeps mutating or developing resistance against the current vaccine dose. Therefore, to tackle that, vaccines are improvised every year according to the mutated form of viruses. … [Read more...] about 15 Common FAQs Related To Swine Flu Or H1N1 Flu Virus
Outbreaks of diseases
While the importance of suitable names has been recognised in the context of HIV/Aids and COVID-19, many health threats exist whose names fall short when measured against the above criteria. One such example is antimicrobial resistance. The term refers to mutations in microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, which render them unresponsive to existing medical treatment. As a consequence, common infections (e.g. pneumonia) become more difficult or even impossible to treat. By 2050, more people will die from antimicrobial resistance than currently die from cancer, and antimicrobial resistance has been described as one of the gravest challenges of 21st-century medicine. Yet the problem continues to receive astonishingly little media coverage. One explanation for this is its complex scientific name, which is unsuitable for capturing people’s attention. … [Read more...] about What Makes for a Successful Name?
7. Capitalize On Technology. Wearable devices, digital platforms and technologies like smartphones and tablets can provide viable routes for the delivery of mental healthcare, especially under isolation measures and during limited access to health services. Activity trackers personalize interventions by monitoring a patient’s cognition, heart rate, sleep patterns and mood in real-time, indicating when the wearer may benefit from activities such as meditation, exercise or extra sleep. Guided meditation apps also can help patients reduce stress levels themselves. Computer technology designed for fun is being used to reverse the extent of harm the pandemic is doing to offset brain stress. Gamified cognitive training, for example, has been shown to improve attention, memory function and increase motivation. Research on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) based computer games—multi-level games that are designed to challenge users to confront challenges, progress through milestones … [Read more...] about The Pandemic Changes Your Brain Even If You Don’t Have It
This may seem like a somewhat cold-blooded calculation, but it is, in a sense, the kind of balancing act our leaders, and we as a society, are making right now. The suicidal, given the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicidality, tend not to stand up for themselves, and fight their corner as robustly as others affected by governments' new restrictions. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19