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18th March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
A new SARS-like virus may pose risk to humans 
A new SARS-like virus, known as WIV1-CoV, found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans without the need for adaptation, overcoming an initial barrier that could potentially set the stage for an outbreak according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led by Ralph Baric, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The results of the study indicate that the WIV1-coronavirus (CoV) cluster has the ability to directly infect and may undergo limited transmission in human populations.
This newly identified virus could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV that caused an outbreak in 2002. The WIV1-CoV cluster has been identified as a threat for future emergence in human populations due to robust replication in primary human airway epithelial cell cultures. While monoclonal antibody treatments prove effective, the SARS-based vaccine approach failed to confer protection. Vineet Menachery, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC said, “To be clear, this virus may never jump to humans, but if it does, WIV1-CoV has the potential to seed a new outbreak with significant consequences for both public health and the global economy.
The study is published ahead of print March 15, 2016 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
These findings assume significance, especially in view of the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.
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Prevention of lifestyle diseases is a must in the 21st century
New Delhi 17, march 2016: Lifestyle diseases have replaced traditional health risk factors resulting in an increase in incidents of disease and deaths in India in the last two decades. Most diseases and deaths are now caused by high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, alcohol use and poor diet. Old-generation risk factors like unsafe water, sanitation and child malnutrition don’t cause much sickness now, compared to what used to be the case 30 years ago.
Given this, leading National NGO – the Heart Care Foundation of India released information guidelines. Preventive health education can help reduce the increasing disease burden in our country, save a large chunk of a family’s annual budget spent on healthcare and increase a person’s quality of life.
Some of the suggests included not consuming more than 15 ml of oil, butter or ghee in a day, ensuring that one does not gain weight after the age of 18 in males and 20 in females. A weight gain of 5kg is permissible in males but any weight beyond that is fat accumulation, which ultimately is dangerous to heart.
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IMA PvPI Initiative has started a nodal center at IMA headquarters. All IMA members can now report adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, medical devices, Blood products and herbal products at IMA PvPI helpline 9717776514, open Monday to Friday 9-5.30PM
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