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The study found progress in reducing household air pollution exposures but levels stagnant for outdoor PM2.5. Unsplash

The first-ever comprehensive analysis of air pollution’s global impact on newborns finds that outdoor and household particulate matter pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 1,16,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019, a new global study on Wednesday.

However, the study found progress in reducing household air pollution exposures but levels stagnant for outdoor PM2.5.

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Mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are losing 20% of their health and social services due to the Covid-19. Pixabay

Mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are losing 20 per cent of their health and social services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report from a panel senior global health experts.

The experts revealed that immunisation campaigns are being halted and health workers are being diverted from maternity to Covid-19 units.

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Unicef, along with the World Health Organization, launched the "Hand Hygiene for All" initiative to support the development of national roadmaps to accelerate and sustain progress toward making hand hygiene a mainstay in public health interventions. Wikimedia Commons

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it is “especially concerned” about the impact of COVID-19 on women, children and adolescents as per COVID-19 Information & Resources.

Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the indirect effects of COVID-19 on these groups may be greater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself, Xinhua news agency reported.

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There are serious risks associated with opioid prescribing after childbirth, especially among women who receive multiple prescriptions. Pixabay

Women who are prescribed opioids after childbirth have an increased risk of serious opioid-related events, including overdose and death, in their first year postpartum, say researchers. This is true regardless of whether the woman had a vaginal delivery or a caesarean section, according to the study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

“This work highlights serious risks associated with opioid prescribing after childbirth, especially among women who receive multiple prescriptions,” said study researcher Sarah Osmundson from Vanderbilt University in the US. “Routine prescribing after vaginal birth is still common, and it is alarming to know that this may put women at risk of long-term problems with opioids for a procedure (vaginal birth) where opioids have dubious benefit,” Osmundson added.

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