UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

Published on March 7, 2021 AHMEDABAD: The state government has decided to send 5% of the RT-PCR positive cases randomly for genetic sequencing to ascertain the presence of different variants of Covid-19 in Gujarat. The decision has come in the wake of three Covid-19 cases in Surat which tested positive for the UK strain. A … Continue reading UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

Published on March 2, 2021 Ahmedabad: Gujaratis may want to blame the ‘foreign gene variants’ behind the high morbidity and mortality among the Covid-19 patients in Gujarat, but it could be their own specific genetic makeup, revealed a study carried out by state government-run Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC). A paper titled ‘Host genetic factors … Continue reading ‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

Published on February 28, 2021 Ahmedabad: The patients of rare diseases – primarily affected by genetic disorders – are more prone to Covid-19 infection, said city-based experts. February 28 is marked as Rare Diseases Day globally to create awareness about the diseases which are difficult to diagnose and some of which are difficult to treat. … Continue reading ‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

‘Kidney transplant from recovered coronavirus patients safe’

Published on February 21, 2021 AHMEDABAD: Can potential kidney donors continue with the process if they contract Covid-19 infection? What are the chances of viral infection spread in the recipient even though the donor has recovered from the pandemic? One of the first studies across India to assess the success rate of kidney transplants from … Continue reading ‘Kidney transplant from recovered coronavirus patients safe’

Your haath ki safaai likely to lead to fingerprint ka safaaya

Published on February 18, 2021 AHMEDABAD: If you value your fingerprints, don’t overdo your sanitiser. Nehal Mistry, a bank professional, learnt this the hard way when the office biometric machine for attendance failed to recognize her fingerprints. The Bopal resident used to sanitize her hands at least 6-7 times a day. She said, “Even my … Continue reading Your haath ki safaai likely to lead to fingerprint ka safaaya

Ahmedabad: Cupid’s arrows struck some doctors in Covid wards

Published on February 14, 2021 AHMEDABAD: Dr Mehul Pargi, a resident doctor in the dermatology department at BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, was among the hundreds of doctors pressed into service in early 2020 when Covid struck the state.“On the very first day of my Covid duty, charts of patients were handed over to me … Continue reading Ahmedabad: Cupid’s arrows struck some doctors in Covid wards