Hope the ‘repurposing’ is purposeful – psoriasis to covid cytokine storm

ALZUMAb, Biocon’s brand of Itolizumab is a joint research product with Cuba. It was officially launched in India in 2013 for Psoriasis, an autoimmune skin disorder with white scales. Being a monoclonal antibody, Itolizumab down regulates the pro-inflammatory cytokines. With this knowledge the Cubans used it on severe Covid patients and got promising outcomes. Biocon is now conducting trials in six hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. One more promising contender to fight the ‘Cytokine storm’. We hope this ‘Repurposing’ is purposeful.

Measuring Oxygen Saturation at Home is a Sensible Idea

It is a sensible idea to keep a Finger Tip Pulse Oximeter at home. It has the potential to diagnose and monitor Covid symptoms. The pulse oximeter is a simple device which has to be clipped onto the finger . When switched on it measures the pulse or the rate of heart beat and the level of oxygen saturation in the blood. The device by shining a light through the skin detects the colour of the blood and determines the oxygen saturation. If the reading is 95% , it means that 5% of red blood cells lack oxygen. Normal healthy person will have 95-100%. If the reading is less than 95% the doctor needs to be consulted who will advise how to get the extra oxygen needed. It has often been reported that hypoxia (lack of oxygen) occurs before the patient feels shortness of breath. Thus oxygen level monitoring with Oxy-Med Finger Tip Pulse Oximeter at home can help to save precious time.

Boost Immunity, Fight Covid-19. Drink water from Copper bottle

Did you know that drinking water from copper bottle helps you strengthen immunity and makes you an infection fighter? Yes, this is what we need today to remain strong in immunity and defeat Covid-19. There are many more health benefits in drinking water from a copper bottle. Please the link to buy this beautiful Ayurveda copper bottle https://amzn.to/3f4RCKN

Mera Bharat Mahan-our nation is great. India’s first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19

Bharath Biotech has maintained a rather low profile since its operations in 1996. Low profile but with high productivity, because it has 160 patents to its credit and has introduced vaccines for more than a dozen diseases like Hib , Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, H1N1, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus and Typhoid. With this brilliant track record in the biotech domain, it is not surprising that Bharath Biotech today has manufactured  COVAXIN  India’s ‘first’ indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, developed in collaboration with University of Wisconsin, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Thomas Jefferson University and the National Institute of Virology (NIV). Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given the go ahead to conduct human trials with COVAXIN. Hearty congratulations to Dr.Krishna M.Ella and his wife Suchitra Ella who returned from US two decades back to lead innovation and their fight against mankind’s dreaded diseases globally from Hyderabad. We keep our fingers crossed for a safe outcome of the human trials. Mera Bharath Mahan.

Scarfy mask not scary

One must admire our PM’s sartorial taste. ‘Scarforial’ taste if you wish. What is even more appreciable is his creativity in converting his signature accessory to a mask in order to protect himself from Covid-19. Making best use of available resources is one of the fundamentals of good governance.

Covid Cloud

Covid-19 has caused utter chaos and confusion all over the world. Even with the help of emerging technologies, remedy for this coronavirus is few and far between. Every week we discover an old drug repurposed to treat this novel virus. It began with Hydroxychloroquine and now the latest doing the rounds is the steroid Dexamethasone. In this bewilderment, I have created this cloud with all drugs associated with the treatment or prevention of Covid-19. When will the trials create a solution for this cause of destruction?

Forehead Thermometer Syndrome

As soon as you enter the gate, the security guard takes out his gun and aims at your forehead with a beam of infra-red. There exists a ‘white-coat- syndrome’ where the blood pressure of a person goes up seeing the white coat of the doctor, perhaps out of fear. Could there be a similar ‘forehead-thermometer- syndrome’?

Metamorphosis-Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

I had forgotten the stages of metamorphosis which I had learnt in school. I relearnt that the caterpillar is the larva which metamorphoses into a pupa. The chrysalis sheds the pupal shell and emerges into a beautiful butterfly. It doesn’t or rather can’t fly immediately. It does fly away before you return to see the empty pupal cast which it has shed. These pictures that I took in sequence has been part of my experience to understand metamorphosis. We have also undergone metamorphosis during these lockdown months. Men wear masks which cover the unshaven face. We carry alcohol with us in the form of 70% isopropyl and measure the distance that we keep from other people. In order to live with Covid-19 we have to become someone else.

Don’t panic, not scared said Somen Debnath

“I’m not scared. I don’t panic” said Somen Debnath while cycling around the streets in Beijing on 4th February. China was his 154th nation after having cycled around the world since 2004. Somen, our young man from Basanti, Sunderbans, West Bengal, has faced even tougher challenges when Taliban militants kidnapped him for 24 days in Afghanistan, when he narrowly escaped a bomb blast in Iraq and many such life threatening incidents across the globe. Today he is in his 157th country New Zealand. I checked with him today and was relieved to know that he is merrily cycling away in Bluff. I had met him in Sudan in November 2013 when it was his 82nd country. He has many more miles to pedal to fulfill his dream of cycling 200,000 km and visiting 191 countries.

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