Delhi sees worst air quality of season
NEW DELHI: Delhi's air quality plunged to "very poor" level on Thursday as the air quality index reached 311. This was the worst AQI level recorded in the capital this season.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed Delhi's average PM2.5 and PM10 levels three times above the safe standards of 60 and 100 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively.... read more
World is closer than ever to seeing polio disappear for good
In a "historic achievement for humanity", two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, following the conclusion by a group of experts that WPV3, type three of the disease, has been eradicated completely.... read more
Ultra-processed foods gain ground among Latin American and Caribbean families
Ultra-processed food, sugary beverages and fast food with poor nutritional quality are replacing more nourishing domestic foods in diets of families in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a report published by the Pan American Health Organization, "Ultra-processed food and drink products in Latin America: Sales,... read more
FDA Approves Ready-to-Use Phenylephrine Injection
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first ready-to-use formulation of phenylephrine HCl injection (Biorphen, Eton Pharmaceuticals) for treatment of clinically important hypotension resulting primarily from anesthesia-associated vasodilation,... read more
Vitamin D Spray as Good as Oral Tablets in Raising Levels
For individuals who cannot or prefer not to take oral capsules, the same increase in vitamin D levels in the blood can be achieved with a sublingual spray, suggests a small randomized controlled trial.
Investigators examined the ability of a daily sublingual spray to raise serum vitamin D concentrations in 75 healthy volunteers.... read more
Treatment for common vision disorder does not improve children's reading skills
Results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) show that while vision therapy can successfully treat convergence insufficiency (CI) in children, it fails to improve their reading test scores. Investigators from the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial – Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART) published the results online today in Optometry and Vision Science.... read more