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Released: 21-Feb-2022 5:05 PM EST
Innovative chatbot provides safe space for young people to learn about sexual and reproductive health
University at Buffalo

An innovative chatbot designed for sharing critical information about sexual and reproductive health with young people in India is demonstrating how artificial intelligence applications can engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach population segments.

Released: 9-Dec-2021 7:05 AM EST
India's Clean Power Target Will Double Electricity Supply Economically if Low-Cost Storage is Deployed
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Using state-of-the-art computer models and simulations, researchers examined a least-cost investment pathway to reliably meet India’s electricity demand through the year 2030 in the publication, “Least Cost Pathway for India’s Power System Investments.” The study demonstrates that if India achieves its target of installing 500 GW of non-fossil electricity capacity by 2030, it could reduce electricity costs by 8 to 10%, provided the renewable energy and battery storage prices continue to decline. From 2020 levels, the carbon emissions intensity of its electricity supply would reduce by 43 to 50% by 2030.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Success of ivermectin in preventing COVID-19 in India has not been proven

While cases appear to have fallen in Uttar Pradesh as well as most locations in India, it’s not clear why. Many other factors, including immunity from a previous infection, vaccination, and lockdowns, likely helped reduce the number of cases.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 6:35 PM EST
Air pollution decrease in India during COVID-19 lockdown not as high as originally thought
York University

Observational data shows air pollution in India decreased drastically in the first COVID-19 lockdown when emissions from vehicles naturally declined, but York University researchers say those numbers only tell part of the story – blue skies and an absence of visible smog can be deceiving and hide pollutants that could potentially cause health issues.

Released: 15-Oct-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Delhi outbreak highlights challenge of reaching herd immunity in face of Delta variant
University of Cambridge

The severe outbreak of COVID-19 in Delhi, India, in 2021 showed not only that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV2 is extremely transmissible but that it can infect individuals previously infected by a different variant of the coronavirus, say a team of international scientists writing in Science.

Newswise: A mobile app could save lives in India
Released: 14-Oct-2021 8:35 AM EDT
A mobile app could save lives in India
University of Portsmouth

A mobile app could help turn the tide of a rise in breast cancer in women as young as 30 in India, according to new research.

Released: 6-Aug-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Employment and Wellbeing Often Don’t Correlate in India, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Peru
University of East Anglia

Not all jobs are ‘good jobs’, and new research from the Universities of East Anglia (UEA) and Birmingham finds such work can have a negative impact on wellbeing.

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Released: 5-Aug-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Helping India’s Smallholder Farmers
University of Delaware

Instead of simply employing the practice of multiple cropping — producing crops multiple times during the year and not just in one growing season — a new study led by the University of Delaware’s Pinki Mondal shows that smallholder farmers in India should instead look toward different nutrition strategies. These strategies can be on the individual level, such as growing more diverse crops for personal consumption in their home gardens, or on a community-level, where individuals would work with their local communities and arrange to have farmers bring in different vegetables each week to the local markets.

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Released: 28-Jul-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Indian Women’s Nutrition Suffered During COVID-19 Lockdown
Cornell University

A new study from Cornell University finds the nationwide lockdown India imposed last year in response to COVID-19 caused disruptions that negatively impacted women’s nutrition.

26-Jul-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Inequity in the Air of India
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Air pollution in India is generated more by the wealthy, while the poor suffer most of the health impact, according to a study by five IIASA researchers published in Nature Sustainability.

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Released: 8-Jul-2021 2:05 PM EDT
How a Large Cat Deity Helps People Share Space with Leopards in India
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study led by WCS-India documents how a big cat deity worshipped by Indigenous Peoples facilitates coexistence between humans and leopards.

30-Jun-2021 5:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 Aggravates Antibiotic Misuse in India
Washington University in St. Louis

Antibiotic sales soared during India’s first surge of COVID-19, suggesting that the drugs were inappropriately used to treat mild and moderate COVID-19 infections, according to research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The excessive usage is especially concerning because antibiotic overuse increases the risk for drug-resistant infections — not just in India, but worldwide.

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Released: 10-Jun-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Endangered blue whales recorded off southwest coast of India
University of Washington

Endangered blue whales are present and singing off the southwest coast of India. The results provide insight into a poorly studied population and suggest conservation measures should include this region.

Newswise: Saving Lives: India’s Technical Textile Revolution Paved Way for COVID-19 Response
Released: 2-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Saving Lives: India’s Technical Textile Revolution Paved Way for COVID-19 Response
Texas Tech University

To help the field grow, Seshadri Ramkumar – now a professor of advanced materials – has partnered with the Indian government and technical textiles organizations around the world to host conferences in India since the early 2000s.

Released: 13-May-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Pandemic stigma: Foreigners, doctors wrongly targeted for COVID-19 spread in India
Monash University

The Indian public blamed foreigners, minority groups and doctors for the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country during the first wave, due to misinformation, rumour and long-held discriminatory beliefs, according to an international study led by Monash University.

Released: 12-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Mental health helplines need human-centered solutions
Cornell University

In India today, dozens of phone numbers are available for people who are having a severe mental health emergency. Oftentimes, however, callers experience difficulty in getting connected with someone who will listen to them; sometimes the phone will just ring and ring.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Study: Ag policy in India needs to account for domestic workload
Cornell University

Women’s increased agricultural labor during harvest season, in addition to domestic house care, often comes at the cost of their health, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 9:55 AM EDT
Mapping COVID Risk in Urban Areas: A Way to Keep the Economy Open
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

As COVID-19 vaccines slowly roll out across the world, government officials in densely populated countries must still manage vulnerable communities at highest risk of an outbreak. In a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis, researchers in India propose a COVID Risk Assessment and Mapping (CRAM) framework that results in a zoned map that officials can use to place more targeted restrictions on high-risk communities. Successfully used by officials in Jaipur at the peak of the pandemic last spring, their framework could help other vulnerable countries avoid a shutdown of their regional economies.

Released: 9-Mar-2021 11:45 AM EST
Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India
Michigan Technological University

The Landslide Atlas of Kerala sets a new standard for determining risk in a landslide-prone region and will help the residents and policymakers of the state make decisions to better mitigate life-threatening disasters.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
Tocilizumab cuts mortality risk in severely ill COVID-19 patients finds new trial conducted in India
University of Bristol

Tocilizumab, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, improves outcomes in severely ill COVID-19 patients, finds the results of a new trial conducted in hospitals across India — one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries.

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Released: 19-Feb-2021 2:05 PM EST
Global study of 48 cities finds nature sanitizes 41.7 million tons of human waste a year
Cell Press

The first global-scale assessment of the role ecosystems play in providing sanitation finds that nature provides at least 18% of sanitation services in 48 cities worldwide, according to researchers in the United Kingdom and India.

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Released: 4-Feb-2021 12:55 PM EST
COVID-19 cases in India underreported by more than 20 million, according to new study
University of Chicago

A new study, led by professors at the University of Chicago and Duke University, found that COVID-19 cases in the southern state of Karnataka, India, are nearly 95 times greater than reported.

Released: 20-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
A mobile app against food waste
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Today, data.org announced the eight global winners of the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, which aims to address major societal challenges through computer and data science. Among the winners is a project by BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy) and Empa that aims to give smallholder farmers in India access to sustainable cooling facilities through a mobile app to reduce food waste.

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Released: 22-Dec-2020 1:45 PM EST
New report reveals human, economic toll of air pollution in India
Boston College

Air pollution in India resulted 1.67 million deaths in 2019 - the largest pollution-related death toll in any country in the world - and also accounted for $36.8 billion (US) in economic losses, according to a new study led by researchers from the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Public Health Foundation of India.

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Released: 10-Dec-2020 10:05 PM EST
Thermal energy storage the key to reducing agricultural food pollution
University of South Australia

University of South Australia thermal energy researcher Professor Frank Bruno has been awarded almost $1 million by the Federal Government to find a solution to agricultural pollution in Australia and India.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Within a month following a heart attack, people are at increased risk for a second one. As a result, physicians treat these patients with medications to rapidly reduce cardiovascular risk factors for another event. Although statins are designed to reduce the risk from one underlying problem, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol, they often aren’t able drop it to recommended levels within 30 days. Now, testing a next-generation cholesterol-lowering drug known as a PCSK9 inhibitor, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed they could lower blood cholesterol to safer levels faster when it is added to traditional therapies.

Released: 16-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
COVID-19 lockdown reduced dangerous air pollutants in five Indian cities by up to 54 percent
University of Surrey

A team of 10 interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Surrey's renowned Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), including PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, have united to develop a rapid assessment of the impact COVID-19 has had on air quality.

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Released: 15-Jul-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Geoengineering’s Benefits Limited for Apple Crops in India
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Geoengineering – spraying sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to combat global warming – would only temporarily and partially benefit apple production in northern India, according to a Rutgers co-authored study. But abruptly ending geoengineering might lead to total crop failure faster than if geoengineering were not done, according to the study – believed to be the first of its kind – in the journal Climatic Change.

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Released: 25-Jun-2020 6:05 PM EDT
The China-India Border Dispute: What to Know
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

China and India’s border dispute turned deadly for the first time in more than four decades. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response will be critical to de-escalation.

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Released: 20-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Computer science student builds website to track COVID-19 in India
Binghamton University, State University of New York

In the midst of the global pandemic, a student at Binghamton University, State University of New York is helping India keep track of COVID-19 infection rates.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 1:05 AM EDT
Reducing the risk to children’s health in flood-prone areas of India
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Monsoon rainfall has become more unpredictable in India. Floods and droughts have become more common and pose multiple risks to human health and wellbeing, with children under five being particularly vulnerable. New research finds that more assistance needs to be provided to communities in flood-prone areas to protect children under five from undernutrition.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EST
Study identifies regional malnutrition clusters across India
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Childhood malnutrition in India remains a major problem. A new study shows that the problem is concentrated in specific geographic areas, which could help policymakers working to address the issue.

24-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Study Examines Quality of Life in Patients with Kidney Disease in India
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Between 15 and 22 out of every 100 patients in India with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease had significant impairment in at least 1 of the 5 domains of quality of life. • Quality of life scores were associated with sociodemographic factors (lower income, poor education, and female gender), with almost no major impact of medical- or disease-related variables.

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Released: 23-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST
Queen’s Research Develop Tool to Tackle Diet Epidemic in India
Queen's University Belfast

New research led by Queen’s University Belfast aims to better understand the link between diet and disease in India.

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Released: 22-Jan-2020 4:05 AM EST
Health Technology Assessment Around the World: Broadening the Understanding of Cross-Country Differences
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health announced today the publication of a series of articles investigating the use of health technology assessment (HTA) in healthcare decision making across the globe. The series, “HTA Around the World—Influences of Culture, Values, and Institutions,” appears in the January 2020 issue of Value in Health.

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Released: 21-Jan-2020 1:30 PM EST
Patients Beyond Borders Announces Top 10 Cities for Medical Tourists in 2020
Patients Beyond Borders

Relentlessly rising consumer medical expenses have contributed to millions of US patients seeking affordable treatment abroad. Patients Beyond Borders has researched the most-traveled metropolitan areas for the international healthcare consumer, at savings of 40-85%

Released: 10-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST
New study shows dominance of local air pollution sources in Delhi
University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has revealed results from a new, comprehensive study that suggests that activities such as construction and vehicle traffic contribute significantly to the Delhi National Capital Region's high concentrations of harmful air pollutants and gases.

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