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Five key factors for maintaining good health

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If you wish to live a long and healthy life, there are various positive lifestyle elements to consider. When it comes to nutrition, activity, sleep, alcohol consumption, and smoking, making informed and intentional decisions can minimise your health risks and perhaps add years to your life. These 5 lifestyle changes are the ones with the most evidence for extending your life expectancy.

Eating Well-Balanced Meals

The Mediterranean diet is rich in many of the “healthiest” foods. The more you follow the Mediterranean diet, the lower your risk of a host of diseases. Michael Pollan suggests, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Of those plants, you have the best chance of getting the phytonutrients you need by eating a rainbow of colours. It’s helpful to have some guidance on what to eat day to day, which underlies many popular diet fads.

Some of the components of the Mediterranean diet include fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Foods that aren’t components include highly processed foods, refined grains, refined oils.

Exercising regularly

Exercising helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also helps with breathing and enhances lung capacity. It boosts your mental health, reduces stress, improves your sleep, and lifts your spirits. It increases bone density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis in later life.

Reducing alcohol consumption

Drinking more than one drink a day can lead to health issues such as heart disease and liver cancer. Alcohol can be addictive, and if you have a drinking problem, you are at a higher risk of accidents and violence.

Keep a check on mental and physical health.

As a rule of thumb, you should see your doctor for checkups at least every two to three years if you are under 50 and once a year if you are 50 or over. It is a good idea to have an open and honest relationship with your doctor, as he or she will help you navigate your health journey through life. Remember that most diseases can be cured if they are detected at an early stage. This applies to your mental health, too.

Plenty of sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential because it allows your body to recover and recharge. Every night, you should receive at least seven hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation can have significant consequences for your physical and emotional health.

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Gates Foundation boosts access to Covid-19 drug for lower-income countries

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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.

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The right pricing will be crucial for the launch of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine.

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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.

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The next wave of healthcare innovation

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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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