Experts estimate that the capacity of the lungs at rest and during normal daily activities is only 50%. Because ordinary daily activity does not allow you to use your lungs to their maximum potential, you must challenge your lungs with more intensive action. Your lungs need to help cleanse themselves to help prevent the build-up of toxins and tar in the lungs produced by environmental pollutants, allergies, dust, and cigarette smoke. Lungs, like the rest of your body, thrive on exercise and movement.
Deep breathing might assist you in reaching your full lung capacity. As you inhale softly, intentionally extend your stomach while lowering your diaphragm. Then, as you expand your ribs, let the floating ribs extend up like wings. Exhale completely by letting your chest fall and then constricting your ribs.
Simple breathing practises can aid in the correct functioning of your lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing makes use of the diaphragm muscle’s awareness. This technique is used by professional vocalists to boost their lung capacity. People suffering from asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis can benefit from these approaches.
“Counting” your breaths
Expand the length of your inhalations and exhalations to increase your lung capacity. Begin by counting how long it takes you to take a natural breath. Add one extra count to each inhale and exhale once you’ve found your average breath count. The goal is to stay as comfortable as possible.
Getting enough water is as important for the lungs as it is for the rest of the body. A thin mucosal lining in the lungs helps the lungs function better.
Regular moderate-intensity exercise is beneficial to the lungs. Aim for 20 minutes of moderately intensive movement every day, such as a brisk walk or a bike ride.
Gates Foundation boosts access to Covid-19 drug for lower-income countries
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged up to $120 million as part of its Covid-19 response effort to help lower-income countries gain access to the investigational antiviral medication Molnupiravir, which some say might be a gamechanger.
The Gates Foundation’s co-chair, Melinda Gates, said: “To put an end to the pandemic, we must ensure that everyone has access to life-saving health services, regardless of where they live on the planet. Low-income countries, on the other hand, have had to wait for everything from personal protective equipment to vaccinations. That’s not good enough.”
Concerned about lower-income countries’ struggles to access Covid-19 vaccinations and the risk of being left behind once again when it comes to medicines, the Gates Foundation is urging other donors to commit money to hasten the implementation of Merck’s experimental drug Molnupiravir, if it is approved.
Merck expects trial tablets fto reach low-income countries by early next year. Regulatory authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and national governments are in charge of deciding whether or not to approve the drug for usage. The Gates organization said it aims to significantly reduce the time it takes for new drugs to arrive in low-income regions after they become available in wealthier markets. That gap can be at least 12 months, it said.
The organization has already granted money to assist generics firms in developing low-cost production procedures that lower raw material costs and boost product yields. Some wealthy and middle-income countries, such as Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, have either obtained or are in the process of obtaining the therapy.
The right pricing will be crucial for the launch of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine.
The destiny of Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine is in doubt, as the vaccine’s price appears to be delaying its introduction into the vaccination program. The business has received emergency use authorization from the FDA to inject its Covid vaccine, ZyCoV-D, to children aged 12 to 18.
Zydus Cadila, located in Ahmedabad, has imported the pharmaJet, a needle-free applicator for painless intradermal vaccine delivery.
Each jet is responsible for delivering a specific amount of vaccination.
As a result, a single dose is split into two shots, one for each arm. “It’s an expensive device and hence jacks up the overall price,” a government official said.
Around 20,000 dosages can be administered with the jet injector.
The government has been purchasing Covaxin at 225 per dosage and Covishield, another Covid vaccine developed in India, at 215 per dose.
The price of the Zydus Cadila vaccine, according to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, will be significantly more than that of existing vaccines.
The next wave of healthcare innovation
Healthcare industry is currently one of the leaders in this race of startups. From Practo to Netmeds, India has seen companies go progress exponentially.
Launched in March 2021, Know Your Prescription (KYP) is a patient-centric product that explains the prescription and addresses general, treatment-related queries in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Malayalam.
KYP assists in the understanding of medical prescriptions. All a patient has to do is visit the AI-enabled portal (QR code), which, after proper diligence, connects them to a WhatsApp number. They are paired with pharmacists or retired medical professionals in order to fully comprehend what their prescription entails. This reduces medication errors while also improving patient compliance and adherence.
The product is specially designed keeping the general population in mind, and the startup is eyeing a pan-India audience “with a major focus on Tier II and III cities”.
The Delhi-based startup, with a team size of 12, has also signed a three-year contract with Centre for Sight, which is one of the largest chains in India with more than 47 centres.
It hopes to develop an app soon that will allow users to submit their questions, as well as onboard qualified pharmacists and doctors to assist them.
As of now, KYP has over 5,000 unique paid clients. By Diwali, SiCureMi intends to implement a Rs 299 yearly membership scheme. Users will be able to upload prescriptions an unlimited number of times as a result of this.
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