TOI Health News Morning Briefing | FLiRT variants identified in Kolkata, Harvard study finds when to take aspirin during heart attack, simple tests to check purity of milk, FAQs on heat stroke answered, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to undergo wrist surgery, and more

After Maharashtra, FLiRT variants identified in Kolkata: COVID symptoms to pay attention toFollowing Maharashtra, FLiRT variants have now been detected in West Bengal. Thirty-six samples have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant KP.2, which belongs to the FLiRT variant group. Health officials reported to the media that KP.2 is replacing the JN.1 variant and is present in approximately 50% of the sequenced samples. These samples were analyzed at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics in Kalyani.Aspirin taken within 4 hours of chest pain can significantly reduce heart attack deaths, finds new Harvard study”Aspirin is known to be an effective, low-cost method to reduce the risk of death from heart attack.The greatest benefits are seen when taken promptly (≤ 4 hours) after symptoms begin. But many people who experience chest pain, the most prominent indicator of a heart attack, may not be aware of this, according to the researchers. Most also don’t seek out health care until many hours after the onset of symptoms,” the researchers have said.Check the purity of milk at home with these simple tests (FSSAI recommended)Ensuring milk purity at home is vital to confirm it is free from adulterants and safe to consume. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) suggests several simple tests to detect common milk adulterants. These easy-to-perform tests can help you determine if the milk is pure or contaminated.Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to undergo wrist surgery after Cannes appearance: Here’s what we knowAs per reports, she broke her wrist during the weekend and had appeared for the Cannes after medical consultation and recommendation. Reports say her surgery has been scheduled for the week following her return from Cannes.Heat wave intensifies in Delhi NCR: 10 FAQs on heat stroke answeredHeat stroke is a severe condition caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or strenuous activity in hot weather. Symptoms include a body temperature above 104°F, confusion, nausea, and rapid heartbeat. Immediate medical attention is crucial to prevent organ damage, which can be fatal if untreated.5 things belly fat does to one’s health”The Desi Belly” describes individuals with lower lean muscle mass and a relatively high proportion of belly fat. Despite having a lower BMI compared to other ethnic groups, this body type tends to store more fat in the belly and has less muscle mass, leading to a higher percentage of visceral fat. This increases the risk of metabolic disorders, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.7 best times to drink waterWater is necessary for sustaining bodily processes, staying hydrated, and enhancing general health and wellbeing. While it’s crucial to stay hydrated throughout the day, there are specific instances when doing so will maximize the health advantages of water consumption. Can facial fillers for anti-ageing cause blindness?”While facial fillers are generally considered safe when administered by experienced practitioners, they are not without risks. One of the most alarming and least understood complications associated with facial fillers is blindness,” says Dr. Ajay Rana, dermatologist, aesthetic physician, Director of ILAMED & Dermalyn Aesthetics.

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