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Why Covaxin is costlier than Covishield and Sputnik V?

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Ever wondered why Covaxin is costlier than Covishield and Sputnik V? Well, here is the answer.

A Covishield dose cannot cost more than Rs 780 a dose and Russia’s Sputnik V will cost a maximum of Rs 1,145 a dose and also, Covaxin cannot be costlier than Rs 1,410 a shot. This includes Rs 150 in GST or Goods and Services Tax.

Interestingly, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is the third costliest vaccine globally and also it is the only made-in-India vaccine. It is almost double the price of Covishield and costs as much as Pfizer abroad – around $19.
According to experts, Covaxin’s technology involves higher costs.

“Covaxin’s technology is very different from Covishield and Sputnik. For Covaxin, an inactivated whole virus is used, so hundreds of litres of expensive serum have to be imported, and the virus is grown in this serum under BSL labs, with utmost precautions, and then inactivated,” said Rakesh Mishra, Adviser, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.

“I can understand Covaxin costing almost double of Covishield but why Covishield and Sputnik V are differently priced may have commercial reasons. Technology-wise, mRNA vaccines are easiest, cheapest to make and don’t need elaborate facility,” Dr Mishra said.

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Can Alcohol help in shedding those extra kilos?

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Can Alcohol help in shedding those extra kilos?

Losing weight is a herculean task and it is a fact. But the question is – Can alcohol lead to weight loss? Well, Nutritionist Bhuvan Rastogi shares important points and bursts the myth of alcohol with losing or gaining weight once and for all.

Bhuvan’s post read,” Alcohol taken in moderation does not lead to weight gain, hamper weight loss or increase appetite. But overconsumption can lead to higher appetite and less muscle buildup.”

He added, “But in general, having 1-2 units per day (depending on individual size and parameters) is ok as per latest Dietary guidelines for Americans.”

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Dengue cases on rise: Here are the symptoms

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Dengue cases on rise: Here are the symptoms

Amidst the battle against the Covid-19, there is a sharp rise in the Dengue cases. Dengue is caused by a virus of the Flaviviridae family and there are four distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4).

So, it is advisable to get educated and take all necessary precautions.

Here are the symptoms:

1. Sudden and high fever
2. Severe headache
3. Pain behind the eyes
4. Fatigue
5. Nausea
6. Vomiting
7. Severe join and muscle pain
8. Skin rashes

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Dental myths busted and actual facts explained

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Dental myths busted and actual facts explained
  1. Dental treatment is costly.

“A little neglect may breed great mischief” – Benjamin Franklin. Dental treatment is not as costly as self-negligence. A small black spot on your tooth, with no associated pain, may seem insignificant, but, is easier to treat and costs much less than you would have to pay due to neglect. This insignificant dark spot on your tooth, allows bacteria to fester and work its way down, eating away at your tooth slowly, leading to sensitivity, pain and furthering with infectious swelling – which costs more, to treat. A healthy dentition is the gateway to a healthy life and a beautiful Smile.

  1. Haggling over fees and cost of treatment.

“Positive effort is fairly rewarded”. Do you receive your salary in variables or a fixed slab? Do you have to haggle over receiving your salary with your Boss? It is your hard-earned money for which you have spent money and time learning everything to give the best output to your workplace. It is your effort that is being rewarded in the form of salary. A Doctor’s income is their salary, when you, as a patient haggle over that, it is showing disrespect to your Doctor. If the prices seem high, feel free to check with another doctor, but please do NOT haggle.

  1. Scaling removes the enamel layer.

A Dentist’s primary goal is to suggest treatments beneficial for the patient. If we knew that scaling removes the enamel layer, we would not suggest it. Scaling is more like you taking a bath and using a scrubber, it removes the dirt attached to your skin but doesn’t remove your skin. Similarly, scaling removes all the food debris which has hardened over a period of time, around your teeth and the discolouration due to lack of proper brushing. You can also approach your dentist to know how to maintain your teeth to avoid such accumulation of debris. *The normal suggestion is to visit your dentist once in every 6 months*

  1. Treatments for a child’s teeth are not important because they fall off anyway.

“Children are the future of any Society”. Inculcating positive attitude towards oral hygiene and proper maintenance of teeth is easier in a child than in an adult. The problems you are facing, as an adult, would have been much less if you were taken to a dentist as a child. Teaching a child to properly maintain their teeth and performing necessary dental treatments create a positive attitude towards Doctors and Dentists. As one rotten tomato has the ability to spoil a sack of tomatoes, similarly, 1 caries-affected tooth becomes the harbouring site for bacteria which spread to decay other teeth too. This allows bacterial count to remain high even when new, permanent teeth erupt, thus, causing the new teeth to be affected as well. After all, everyone admires a child’s innocent and wonderful Smile, help them to continue that Smile, always.

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