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As of 12 March, 190 symptomatic patients were admitted in the isolation ward in Kasturba Hospital.

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Isolation wards have also been set up in four other Municipal hospital across the city. 20 beds have been set up in the isolation wards of HBT Hospital in Jogeshwari and Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Meanwhile, 10 beds have set up at the two Bhabha Hospitals in Bandra and Kurla.

The BMC could also consider roping in private hospitals to ensure adequate facilities are at hand if required. But these hospitals must meet certain requirements, says Director of Infectious Diseases at Jaslok Hospital, Dr Om Shrivastava.

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“Only those hospitals that have got a proper state of the art isolation facility (can host isolation wards). This requires a particular type of structure, which is, a different AHU (Air Handling Unit), the presence of a HEPA filter, presence of air conditioning factor changes. All of these things are required. There is a criteria for having an isolation facility and if they meet that, yes.”
Dr Om Shrivastava, Director of Infectious Diseases at Jaslok Hospital 
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Dr Shrivastava added that these wards that are described as a Bio Safety Level-3 (BSL-3), have very specific requirements. Thus, hospitals needed to follow the required protocol.

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Maharashtra has only three testing centres for Coronavirus as of now, with just one in Mumbai at Kasturba Hospital, another at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur and the Pune based NIV.

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Holi hai! More like chemical holi hai. Forget worrying about scrubbing off your top-skin layers this time around. Instead, if you are big on playing with colours, here’s a bit of a wet blanket for you.

As opposed to happier times when colours were made out of organic sources like tree barks, leaves, fruit skins, colours now are laced with harmful chemicals. From skin allergies, to eye problems to impacting your mental health, thanks to the chemicals, all of these ailments just got invited to the Holi party.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the organic and the chemical sources of colours, their ingredients and the potential health risks they hold.

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1. Black

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Lead oxide is used in making black colour now. It which can lead to renal failure and learning disabilities.

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2. Blue

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Prussian blue, which is now used for the blue colour, can cause contact dermatitis.

Earlier indigo, Indian berries, grapes, blue hibiscus were common ingredients for making the blue colour.

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3. Green

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Mehendi, pine needles and leaves from sources like gulmohar (dried), spring crops, spring herbs, spinach, rhododendron were used to make the green colour earlier.

Copper sulphate is now a key ingredient in making the green colour. It can cause eye allergies and temporary blindness.

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4. Purple

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Beetroot was an organic source of making purple colour.

Chromium iodide, which can lead to bronchial asthma and skin allergies, is now used as a key ingredient.

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5. Red

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Rose, red sandalwood powder, pomegranate, dried hibiscus flowers, radish were all organic sources of making the red colour.

They have now been replaced by mercury sulphide, which can lead to skin cancer, paralysis and impair cognition and or vision

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(Source: National Council of Science Museum)

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Delhi's prominent hospitals - Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, along with AIIMS - and hospitals across major cities have all set up isolation wards to quarantine suspected cases of coronavirus.

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Airports already have a public health emergency contingency plan in place. This kicks in once the World Health Organisation declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern or in cases where a global epidemic is likely. Some of the points are:

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The patients are transferred to isolation facilities in special ambulances that have also been quarantined.

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Isolation Wards At Hospitals

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Isolation wards have been set up at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

FIT Explains What It Means to be in Isolation

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First things first, isolation wards don't mean jails or solitary confinement. It's a space created within a hospital/airport to ensure that infection does not pass down to the other person or the health care worker assisting the patient.

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Checklist of an Isolation Ward

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According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here's a brief checklist of what an isolation ward at a hospital is supposed to look like

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Thoroughly wash hands after touching the bodily fluids of the patient, even though gloves have been worn.

Wear a mask (three layered surgical mask / N 95respirator) and a gown to prevent the spreading of infection while doing patient care.

Limit the movement of the patient as much as possible, and make them wear a mask if they step out of the designated area.

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Have an alcohol-based disinfectant near the patient's room.

Post signs outside the room that clearly earmark it as an isolation facility.

Restrict equipment like stethoscopes, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to the infected patient.

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\"When we typically think of AI in sleep medicine, the obvious use case is for the scoring of sleep and associated events,\" said Cathy Goldstein, associate professor of sleep medicine and neurology at the University of Michigan.

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\"This would streamline the processes of sleep laboratories and free up sleep technologist time for direct patient care.\"

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Because of the vast amounts of data collected by sleep centres, AI and machine learning could advance sleep care, resulting in a more accurate diagnosis, prediction of disease and treatment prognosis.

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\"AI could allow us to derive more meaningful information from sleep studies, given that our current summary metrics, for example, the apnea-hypopnea index, aren't predictive of the health and quality of life outcomes that are important to patients,\" elaborated Goldstein.

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Important considerations for the integration of AI into the sleep medicine practice include transparency and disclosure, testing on novel data, and laboratory integration.

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AI tools hold great promise for medicine in general, but there has also been a great deal of hype, exaggerated claims and misinformation.

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\"We want to interface with industry in a way that will foster safe and efficacious use of AI software to benefit our patients. These tools can only benefit patients if used with careful oversight,\" the authors wrote.

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Cannabis treatments are here in India and how.

India's first cannabis clinic in Koramangala, Bengaluru, is already selling cannabis medicines which are made using cannabis extracts.

The oils and tablets are only available on medical prescription.

People suffering from neuropathic pain, depression and cancer are among the ones seeking cannabis treatments to get rid of pain.

But how effective is cannabis when it comes to medical issues?

Take the FIT quiz and find out!

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(Advertizing fairness creams and other 'magic cures' will invite a penalty of Rs 50 lakh and jail time of upto 5 years, according to the proposed amendments to the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.)

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The British may have left India almost a century ago, but they also left behind a massive colonial hangover in their wake that we refuse to shake off. One of the most glaring examples of it is our obsession with fair skin. If the commercials and hoardings for fairness creams were not enough evidence, some stats would bolster this assumption better. The women’s fairness cream market in India, an ever growing mammoth, is expected to reportedly gross revenues of over Rs 5,000 crore by 2023.

Having already been influenced by media, cinema and cultural conditioning that portray fair skin as the quintessential beauty attribute, consumers too easily give in to various gimmicks of cosmetic companies. However, in the frenzy to be the fairest of them all, the onslaught of these fairness products on the skin often gets overlooked.

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More Than Just Bleaching Agents? Maybe Not

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Dr Pooja Chopra, Consultant, Dermatology, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, New Delhi, further emphasises this obsession and its detrimental effects on the body.

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We are obsessed with fair skin and the cosmetic industry has taken advantage of this fact and introduced the concept of ‘fairness creams’. 
Dr Pooja Chopra
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But are they even effective? The simple answer is no. All that they mainly do is bleach your skin, and in some cases, shield it from the sun.

Dr Chopra explains it in the following manner:

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Nothing can change the colour of the skin we are born with. However, these so-called fairness creams contain bleaching agents like hydroquinone which reduce the production of melanin (skin pigment that determines your complexion). They also block the sun’s rays, in turn reducing tanning which gives the fairness’ effect.
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Dr Arvind Kaul, Consultant Dermatologist, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park, differs a bit on this and says that it’s more appropriate to call them depigmentation creams.

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What they primarily do is work on tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the production of melanin.
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Ingredients of Fairness Creams: Bleach, Mercury, Steroids et al

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Forget fairness, you’re signing up for so much more when you bring a fairness product in contact with your skin. They might bleach your skin, but might also leave it prone to allergies, acne and other problems.

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Other than hydroquinone, some of these creams also contain harmful chemicals like lead, chromium, nickel and mercury which can damage the skin making it prone to acne, allergies, sun damage and so on.
Dr Pooja Chopra
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If this wasn’t enough, add steroids to the cocktail. Steroids is what gives you the ‘instant glow’ many of these creams promise.

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These steroids are responsible for the quick ‘glow’ one experiences on using the cream. However, prolonged use can cause thinning of skin, proneness to acne and premature ageing and dullness of skin instead of rejuvenation.
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In some fairness creams that are available over the counter, steroids are used for depigmentation, says Dr Kaul. Mercury too is present in many of these creams. The adverse effects of these are several.

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Adverse effects like redness, irritation, dryness and itching  are possible if these creams are used unsupervised. Steroid preparations can result in thinning of skin, stretch marks and acne. Mercury can cause  numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, along with irritability and tremors. Hydroquinone-based creams can lead to ochronosis (bluish, black discolouring of tissue), if used for prolonged periods.
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Though no molecule by itself can be universally harmful or beneficial, says Dr Kaul, individual sensitivities make some creams worse than others for some people. It is important to consult a dermatologist before to avoid such complications.

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Can Fairness Creams be Addictive?

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Using a fairness cream is like setting a vicious cycle in motion. Dr Chopra defines it as follows:

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Fairness creams are definitely addictive. The initial response to the bleaching effect of these creams makes the user buy it again and again, causing more harm than good in the long run.
Dr Pooja Chopra
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Dr Kaul adds that steroid containing creams, especially when used without medical advice, can be addictive.

While the results by the cream might be fast, they are not permanent or long lasting. Consequently, the consumers tends to return to them to maintain the ‘glow’ of the skin, damaging it further. The usage might sometimes also leave you with lifelong skin problems that might not be reversed even after the use has been discontinued.

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Can Fairness Creams be Carcinogenic?

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There are no conclusive studies that show a link between cancer and fairness creams. Yet long term usage of one can lead to a particular kind of cancer of skin tissue and cells in the body, affirms Dr Chopra.

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The carcinogenic effect of fairness creams is debatable, but harmful chemicals like lead and mercury may lead to carcinoma (cancer of tissue and cells that line various organs in the body, according to WebMD) over a long period of time.
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As such no creams have been proven to be carcinogenic although certain countries have banned hydroquinone based creams, says Dr Kaul.

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