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Another pandemic ‘absolutely inevitable’: Top UK scientist's warning

LONDON, May 29: As the world is just getting over Covid-19 after four years, a top British scientist warned that another pandemic is “absolutely inevitable”.

The former chief scientific adviser to the British government, Sir Patrick Vallance, urged the UK government to prioritise preparations for the pandemic and emphasized that the country is “not ready” for it yet, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, Vallance, speaking at a panel event at the Hay Festival in Powys, stressed that the UK government must implement “better surveillance” to detect the threats of the virus.

He also recommended some measures to prevent drastic steps during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as diagnostic tests, vaccines, and treatments. The top scientist believes that such measures could be implemented, however, it would require some coordination.

“We know we have to have an army, not because there’s going to be a war this year, but we know it’s an important part of what we need as a nation. We need to treat this preparedness in the same way and not to view it as an easy thing to keep cutting back when there’s no sign of a pandemic – because there won’t be a sign of a pandemic,” he said, as quoted by The Guardian.

According to the report, Vallance also said that by 2023, G7 had “sort of forgotten” his points about the pandemic preparations in 2021. “You can't forget about it,” he said.

The British scientist, during the panel event, mentioned the World Health Organization's (WHO) pandemic accord, calling it a “positive step”. However, he also criticised its “lack of focus and urgency”.

‘Covid cut global life expectancy by 2 years’: WHO

Last week, the WHO said that Covid-19 has cut global life expectancy by almost two years, wiping out a decade of progress. According to the UN health agency's world health statistics study, global life expectancy fell 1.8 years to 71.4 years - the same level it was in 2012.

The study said that the amount of time an average person can expect to live in good health fell 1.5 years to 61.9 years in 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic raged between 2019 to 2021, following which small waves of the virus were witnessed across the world.

Man Becomes '10 years Younger' after 93 Days at Bottom of the Atlantic

NEW YORK, May 20: US naval officer Joseph Dituri made headlines by spending 93 days in a pressurised pod at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, an adventure that not only broke records but also seemingly reversed the aging process. Dituri, 56, emerged from his underwater habitat significantly rejuvenated, showcasing findings in human physiology.

Dituri’s ambitious expedition was part of a study aimed at understanding the effects of prolonged exposure to a pressurised environment on the human body. Upon resurfacing, the results were nothing short of astonishing.

Medical tests revealed that Dituri’s telomeres, the protective DNA caps at the ends of chromosomes that typically shorten with age, had lengthened by 20 percent. This biological marker suggested he had effectively turned back the clock by a decade.

This was not Dituri’s only physiological improvement. His stem cell count surged dramatically, his cholesterol levels dropped by 72 points, and his inflammatory markers were reduced by half. Additionally, his sleep quality improved remarkably, with 60 to 66 percent of his nights spent in deep REM sleep, an essential phase for physical and mental restoration.

The remarkable health benefits Dituri experienced can be attributed to the high-pressure environment of his underwater pod, akin to the therapeutic effects of a hyperbaric chamber.

Hyperbaric medicine is known to enhance brain health and cognition, and Dituri’s extended stay underwater provided a unique opportunity to observe these benefits over an extended period.

“You need one of these places that is cut off from outside activity,” Dituri told the Daily Mail. “Send people down here for a two-week vacation, where they get their feet scrubbed, relax, and can experience the benefit of hyperbaric medicine.”

Despite the constraints of his 100-square-foot pod, Dituri maintained his physical fitness by working out with exercise bands for an hour, five days a week.

This regimen helped him preserve his muscle mass and achieve a leaner physique. His metabolism also saw significant improvements, contributing to his overall health transformation.

A biomedical engineer, whose nickname is “Dr Deep Sea”, had also spent a 100 days underwater last year from 1 March when he entered Jules’ Undersea Lodge, an underwater steel-and-glass hotel built 30 feet below the surface of a Key Largo lagoon.

He broke his own world record of 74 days last year and was championed by Guinness World Records for spending the longest time living in an underwater fixed habitat in May, 2023.

Top Medical Body's Advisory Urges People To Avoid Protein Supplements

NEW DELHI, May 9: The Indian Council of Medical Research has pressed for avoiding protein supplements for building body mass and has recommended restricting salt intake, minimising sugar and ultra-processed foods and reading information on food labels to make informed and healthy food choices.

The Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) under the top health research body on Wednesday released revised 'Dietary Guidelines for Indians (DGIs)' to meet the requirements of essential nutrients and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The DGIs have been drafted by a multi-disciplinary committee of experts led by Dr Hemalatha R, Director, ICMR-NIN and have undergone several scientific reviews. Seventeen guidelines have been listed in it.

In the DGIs, the NIN stated that prolonged intake of large amounts of protein powders or consumption of high protein concentrate has been associated with potential dangers such as bone mineral loss and kidney damage.

It also stated that sugar should be less than 5 per cent of total energy intake and a balanced diet should provide not more than 45 per cent calories from cereals, and millets and up to 15 per cent of calories from pulses, beans and meat.

The rest of the calories should come from nuts, vegetables, fruits and milk. Total fat intake should be less than or equal to 30 per cent energy, the guidelines said.

Due to the limited availability and high cost of pulses and meat, a significant proportion of the Indian population relies heavily on cereals, resulting in poor intake of essential macronutrients (essential amino acids and essential fatty acids) and micronutrients, it stated.

Low intake of essential nutrients can disrupt metabolism and increase the risk of insulin resistance and associated disorders from a young age. Estimates show that 56.4 per cent of the total disease burden in India is due to unhealthy diets, it said. Healthy diets and physical activity can reduce a substantial proportion of coronary heart disease (CHD) and hypertension (HTN) and prevent up to 80 per cent of type 2 diabetes.

"A significant proportion of premature deaths can be averted by following a healthy lifestyle," it said, adding that the upsurge in the consumption of highly processed foods laden with sugars and fats, coupled with reduced physical activity and limited access to diverse foods, aggravated micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.

AstraZeneca admits in court that its Covid vaccine can cause rare side-effect ‘TTS’

LONDON, April 30: Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has accepted for the first time that its Covid vaccine “can, in very rare cases, cause TTS”. The admission was made in a legal document submitted to the High Court in February.

The company stated in the document that TTS can happen even if there is no vaccination, adding that expert testimony will be required to determine causation in every individual case.

AstraZeneca has been fighting a class action lawsuit that alleges its Covid vaccine, which was developed with the help of University of Oxford, has led to several deaths and serious injury.

According to the attorneys, some households faced a "devastating effect" of the vaccination.

Last year, Jamie Scott, the father of two, filed a first complaint against the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company.

In his complaint, Scott mentioned that he developed a “blood clot and a bleed on his brain”, leaving him with a severe brain impairment. He blamed his situation on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, which he received in April 2021. The hospital even informed his wife that Scott would not be able to survive. AstraZeneca is fighting these claims in the court.

Responding to Scott's lawyers in May 2023, AstraZeneca said that “we do not accept that TTS is caused by the vaccine at a generic level”.

What is TTS (Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome)?

A very rare syndrome known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) is characterized by blood clots (thrombosis) and low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia). It is also termed as VITT, which stands for 'vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia'.

A blood clot that forms in a blood vessel can cause thrombosis, which can reduce blood flow in an affected blood vessel.

Thrombocytopenia occurs during low blood's platelet count in body. Normally, platelets aid in the blood's ability to clot to prevent excessive bleedings.

After the roll out of Covid vaccine, researchers discovered a connection between the vaccine and VITT. The claimants' attorneys contend that VITT is a subset of TTS, despite the fact that AstraZeneca does not seem to be aware of this distinction.

Speaking to Telegraph, Scott’s wife Kate said: “The medical world has acknowledged for a long time that VITT was caused by the vaccine. It’s only AstraZeneca who have questioned whether Jamie’s condition was caused by the jab."

Calling AstraZeneca's admission a "progress" after three years of battle, she said, "We would like to see more from them and the Government. It’s time for things to move more quickly."

She further demanded AstraZeneca to issue an apology, fair compensation for her family and other families who have been affected. "We have the truth on our side, and we are not going to give up.”

Fifty one cases have been filed in the High Court, wherein victims and their bereaved relatives are requesting damages in excess of £100 million.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca stated in a statement: “Our sympathy goes out to anyone who has lost loved ones or reported health problems."

Emphasising that patient safety is their highest priority, it added, “Regulatory authorities have clear and stringent standards to ensure the safe use of all medicines, including vaccines.”

Age-reversing millionaire Bryan Johnson puts his strict diet regime on sale

NEW YORK, April 3: Has Bryan Johnson cracked the secret to everlasting youth? The ultrawealthy tech entrepreneur claims to have reversed his epigenetic age by 5.1 years through a strict anti-ageing regime on which he spends upwards of $2 million every year.

The regime – known as Project Blueprint – has Johnson consuming more than 100 supplements a day, along with a strict diet where every calorie is tightly monitored.

Now, the millionaire is putting a part of his strict diet regime on sale. Bryan Johnson will drop his “Blueprint stack” for sale on Thursday. It consists of a blueberry nut mix, extra virgin olive oil, nutty pudding, his special “longevity mix” and a series of supplements – all for the price of $343 USD.

In an X post advertising the drop, Johnson declared it “second only to Mother’s milk.” He said the nutrition stack has been built upon more than 1,000 clinical trials and costs less than fast food at $343 for 30 days.

The nutritional supplements that come as part of the stack consist of "Red Yeast Rice + Odor-free Garlic" for immunity support and heart health, "NAC + Ginger + Curcumin" for joint, liver and pancreatic health and "Essential capsules" that contain Vitamin D, E and Thiamin, among other things.

Johnson's "Longevity mix" will also go on sale as part of the stack. On the Blueprint website, it is described as a drink with "Blood orange flavour with other natural flavours."

Asked if the stack is a complete food replacement or a way to supplement deficiencies, Johnson responded: “Replace 400 calories from your current diet to make way for the Blueprint stack. We will provide tips to start. You'll want to ease into it as we packed it full of powerful therapies.”

A former Silicon Valley executive, Johnson is today famous for his obsession with anti-ageing. He sold his company, Braintree Venmo, to PayPal for $800 million in 2013. Since then, Johnson has invested millions in his anti-ageing routine, which includes a special diet, a panel of doctors to monitor everything from his heart rate to how he sleeps, special therapies, an exercise regime and more.

Earlier this year, Johnson claimed to have conquered balding and greying through his hair-care regime consisting of three key tactics.


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