Science, Health and Technology updates

Mental Illness to be Covered Under Medical Insurance

Insurers have been asked to cover mental illness under medical insurance policy from immediate effect by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI). Insurers have been told to treat it at par with physical illness. This directive follows the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 that came into force from May 2018.

Indian Mission to Study the Sun to be Launched in 2019

ISRO’s Aditya-L1 mission, India’s first mission to study the solar corona (outer layers of the Sun), will be launched in 2019-2020, by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL) from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

2018 Albany Medical Center Prize Awards Announced

The 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize awards were  announced on August 18, 2018. 3 US Scientists will receive the award at the ceremony to be held in September 2018 in Albany, New York for Medicine and Biomedical Research. James Allison, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg will share this $500,000 medical prize for their research in immunology leading to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases.