One month ago hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an antimalarial, was touted by many, including President Donald Trump, as an antidote to Covid-19. But optimism was quelled by a Lancet study, published on May 22, which used medical records provided by a little-known Chicago-based data analysis company called Surgisphere to conclude that the side effects of HCQ made it inappropriate for Covid-19 treatment.
Now, research has revealed that the data on which this study was based, provided by Surgisphere, may be garbage. Lancet published an expression of concern (EOC) about its study, acknowledging that “important scientific questions have been raised about the data” and that an “independent audit” of the data has been commissioned.
Meanwhile, another flagship publication, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), published its own EOC in another study it had published, on the impact of high blood pressure drugs on patients with Covid-19 – who also used data from Surgisphere.
It should be noted here that governments, and even WHO, have formulated policies based on studies such as that of The Lancet on HCQ, which, it seems now, was probably based on questionable data.
A Guardian investigation at Surgisphere indicates that it would have been almost impossible for him to have accumulated the quantity and quality of the data he claimed to have so quickly and legitimately.
By digging deeper into Surgisphere, The Guardian also discovered that “an employee listed as a science writer appears to be a science fiction writer and a fantastic artist”, while “another employee listed as a marketing manager is an adult model and an event hostess. ” Its CEO, Sapan Desai, has been named in three medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States.
Tropical storm Nisarga, hit the Maharashtra coast at around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, hitting Alibag in the Raigad district. It started to land at 120-140 km / h, but by dusk, when it crossed Mumbai and Thane and headed north from Maharashtra, the wind speed had dropped to 90-100 km / h. No adverse storm related incidents have been reported on the southern coast of Gujarat.
A People’s Liberation Army soldier cleans a shoe next to the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing on May 18, 2020. Chinese official media reported on Wednesday that the Chinese military in Tibet conducted night exercises. undercover exercises. at high altitude. Behind enemy lines. “The news comes amid lingering border tensions with India. The Global Times, led by the Chinese Communist Party, reported that the” Tibet Military Command for Tibet recently sent troops to a high-altitude region to an altitude of 4,700 meters at night for infiltration exercises behind enemy lines and tested their combat capacity in a hostile environment. “Reports indicated that the exercises were carried out in the Tanggula Mountains, which is not near the border but on the central Tibetan plateau near the eastern border of Tibet and Qinghai province.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered that a plea to change India’s name exclusively to “Bharat” be converted into representation and sent to the Union government for an appropriate decision. “Bharat and India are both names given in the Constitution. India is already called “Bharat” in the Constitution, “Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde said orally during a virtual hearing. A similar petition to the Supreme Court in 2016 was dismissed. CJI TS Thakur noted orally, every Indian had the right to choose between calling his country “Bharat” or “India” and that the Supreme Court did not have to dictate or decide by a citizen what he had to call his country.
The South Korean company LG Polymers India is fully responsible for the loss of human life and public health in the gas leak incident at its plant in Visakhapatnam, said the National Green Court (NGT). He ordered that the provisional sentence of Rs. 50 million rupees will be spent for the compensation of the victims and the restoration of the environment. The NGT ordered a preparatory committee composed of two representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and the Central Pollution Control Commission (CPCB) to develop a restoration plan and three representatives from the government of Andhra Pradesh.
The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 2 lakh on the morning of June 3, and is currently 2,14,389 with a death toll of 6,018. Kerala continued to witness an increase in Covid-19 cases with 82 pe, including a doctor and four health workers, who tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of infections to 1,494. 1.6 lakh people are under observation.
The AIIMS Nurses Union protests about their working conditions came on Wednesday, the third day, when the number of workers infected with the crown at the first hospital in the national capital reached 329, of which 47 were confines
The Indian government has approved the remdesivir of antiviral drugs Gilead Sciences Inc for emergency use (for five doses) in the treatment of patients with COVID-19, according to Reuters. Remdesivir, administered intravenously in the hospital, is the first drug to show improvement in patients with COVID-19 in formal clinical trials.