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Health Tips for Healthy Living:

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‘Health is wealth’ is a simple proverb that we all have read as a child or at least heard at some point in our life. But do we give enough importance to our health? A healthy lifestyle is essential as it results in a lower risk of developing many health problems, including mental and physical illnesses. Getting healthy helps you feel in control of your life. 

Here are a few health tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

1. Eat a healthy diet:

Diet is the most crucial part of healthy living. A healthy diet includes various foods, including fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Including vegetables in your meal, eating multiple fruits and vegetables, and eating them in season can help maintain a healthy diet.

2. Reduce Sugar and Salt Intake:

Consuming sodium more than suggested puts you at risk of high blood pressure. The most natural source of sodium for people is salt. The recommended amount of salt for an average human being is 5g per day, equal to about a teaspoon. 

On the other hand, excessive amounts of sugar intake increase the risk of tooth decay and unhealthy weight gain. In both adults and children, the input of free sugars should be reduced to less than 10% of total energy intake, equivalent to 50g or about 12 teaspoons for an adult. 

3. Cut out harmful fats:

Total fat consumption must be less than 30% of your total energy intake. Cutting out harmful fats will help prevent additional weight gain. Replace saturated fats and trans

fats with unsaturated fats. This helps in making sure that your body has a healthy amount of fat intake. 

4. Avoid alcohol consumption:

Alcohol consumption results in various health issues, including mental and behavioural problems, significant NCDs such as liver cirrhosis, cancers and heart diseases, and injuries resulting from violence and road clashes and collisions. Consumption of alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence which can be challenging to cure and increases the risk of being affected by significant health problems. 

5. Stay away from smoking:

Smoking tobacco causes lung diseases, heart diseases and strokes. Tobacco is harmful to direct smokers, but even non-smokers can be affected through second-hand exposure. 

6. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise and physical activity promote strong muscles and bones. It improves respiratory, cardiovascular health, and overall health. Staying active can also help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and reduce your risk for some types of cancer.

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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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The pandemic may take the sparkle out of India’s Diwali spending in 2021

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Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. Every state has its puja and rituals to bring in this colorful festival.

Every year, people tend to spend a lot of money during this festive season. From crackers to sweets and dresses, a lot of money flows through businesses in the festive season. 

However, after the pandemic, things have changed and Diwali spending saw a huge downfall in 2020. 

Diwali spending not expected to recover in 2021

In 2019, Diwali was one of the fastest-growing business periods. Over 43% of Indians spent tons of money during this festive period. However, COVID-19 struck hard in 2020 leading India to enter into a pandemic season. With the whole country on lockdown and cases increasing, the big question was how would the festive period be treated in 2020.

To no surprise, Diwali 2020 reached a major low leading a lot of businesses to reach a loss. Only 17% claimed to have been eager to spend during the festival season in 2020. 

However, as Diwali 2021 approaches and COVID-19 has been accepted as the new normal, the question arises again, Will Diwali spending fully recover this year? The answer is there will be a small recovery and growth, but not a complete one. According to a survey carried out by YouGov, Diwali spending was calculated and it was shown that it rose by 10 points this year, with 91% of urban Indians saying they would be spending more this year.

While the festive season appears and everyone looks forward to celebrating, it is important to keep in mind that the pandemic is still around us and we need to ensure all safety measures are undertaken in this fight against COVID-19. 

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