• Effective vax against Covid mutations can be produced: AIIMS
    New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) In the first wave of coronavirus in India last year, virus mutations were not a major issue, but the ongoing second wave, where the spike in cases is much steeper, has led to variants concern, which are more infectious and lethal. However, the vaccine technology platform for Covaxin and Covishield, can develop effective vaccines against mutations, said Y.K. Gupta, former Dean and Head of Pharmacology AIIMS, Delhi, and currently president, AIIMS - Bhopal and A
  • Depression, anxiety could be leading to Parkinson's disease
    Hyderabad, April 11 (IANS) Depression and anxiety could be the symptoms leading to Parkinson's disease, says doctors on the occasion of World Parkinson's Day on Sunday. Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects the movement of the human body. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. While prope
  • Stress linked to coronary heart disease in women
    New York, April 10 (IANS) Psychosocial stress -- typically resulting from difficulty coping with challenging environments -- may work synergistically to put women at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, a new study suggests. The findings indicate that the effects of job strain and social strain -- the negative aspect of social relationships -- on women is a powerful one-two punch. Together they are associated with a 21 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart d
  • Mutants, sluggish vaccine drive, carelessness: Add them and you get Covid surge, say top scientists.
    New Delhi, April 10 (PTI) Why are India's COVID-19 cases flaring up so sharply? There are no clear answers but top scientists say the complex interplay of mutant strains, a hugely susceptible population made more vulnerable by elections and other public events and the lowering of guard are primarily to blame.  India's COVID tally climbed to 1,32,05,926 (1.32 crore, 13.2 million) with a record spike of  1,45,384, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday, in what m
  • WHO chief criticises 'shocking' global Covid vax divide
    Geneva, April 10 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) has criticised what it describes as a "shocking imbalance" in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines between rich and poor countries. "There remains a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Friday, the BBC reported. The group's chief said a target of seeing vaccination programmes under way in every cou
  • 2nd Covid wave: Scientists report more infections in kids
    Berlin, April 9 (IANS) Preschool and school children in Germany have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, three to four times more than reported via PCR testing during the second wave, a study has revealed. Preschool children showed an antibody frequency of 5.6 per cent from October 2020 to February 2021. Among school children who were tested between November 2020 and February 2021, the figure was as high as 8.4 per cent. Overall, the antibody frequency
  • Increased exposure to sunlight may lower Covid deaths: Study
    London, April 9 (IANS) Increased exposure to the Sun's rays, specifically UVA, can be a simple public health intervention to prevent mortality rates from Covid-19, say researchers, who found that sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from the deadly virus. Ultraviolet UVA rays make up 95 per cent of the Sun's UV light and can penetrate more deeply into the skin. People living in areas with the highest level of exposure to UVA rays had a lower risk of death from C
  • 1 in 10 mild Covid survivors face loss of smell, taste
    London, April 8 (IANS) One in 10 people who were affected with mild Covid-19 infection and recovered are likely to face loss of smell, taste and fatigue up to eight months, according to a new study. The study by researchers at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden revealed that one in 10 mild Covid-19 survivors can have moderate to severe negative impact on their work, social or home life. "We investigated the presence of long-term symptoms after mild Covid-1
  • Philippines suspends AstraZeneca jab for people under 60
    Manila, April 8 (IANS) The Philippines on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 for those younger than 60 years of age following reports of rare blood clots in some recipients. The country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called the suspension "a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of every Filipino", reports dpa news agency The FDA noted that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has now recommended that blood c
  • Air pollution linked with worse outcomes in Covid-19
    NEW YORK, APRIL 7 (IANS): Increased level of air pollution can have detrimental effects on people suffering from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, revealed a review of multiple studies. Exposure to each small (1 gram per cubic metre) increase in long-term fine inhalable particle (PM2.5) was associated with an 8 per cent increase in mortality during the pandemic, said researchers in the commentary, published online in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
  • Regulator: Possible link between AstraZeneca shot, rare clot
    London, April 7 (AP): The EU's drug regulator says it has found a possible link between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks. In a statement released Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency placed no new restrictions on using the vaccine in people 18 and over. Earlier this week, a senior official from the European Medicines Agency said there was a causal link between the AstraZeneca vacci
  • Blood cancer risk higher than expected in kids with Down syndrome
    NEW YORK, APRIL 7 (IANS): The risks of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)-- a type of blood cancer -- in children with Down syndrome is stronger than expected, according to a new study. The study led by researchers from the University of Chicago, Davis Health and San Francisco, examined medical data of more than 3.9 million children born between 1996-2016 in seven US healthcare systems or in Ontario, Canada. It showed that 2.8 per cent of children with Down syndrome were diagnosed with
  • Skin problem that indicate serious underlying health issues
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 (IANS): Your skin, the largest organ of the human body, reflects everything that is going on inside your system while also acting as a protective barrier from harmful micro-organisms in our environment. Our skin tells us everything we need to know about our physical and mental health, but not everyone knows how to read these signs that could be pointing out to more serious underlying health issues. What we do need to do is watch our skin closely to pick up early i
  • New COVID vaccine shows 'strong immune response' in early UK trials
    London, April 6 (PTI): A new vaccine to protect against COVID-19, being produced in Scotland, has shown a "strong immune response" in early trials in the UK, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the promising Phase I and II results mean that the Valneva vaccine, being developed at Livingston in Scotland, can now move to Phase III clinical trials. The vaccine was found to be safe and generally well tolerated, with
  • 'Mental health problems to be next pandemic after Covid'
    Barcelona, April 6 (IANS) Mental health problems caused by the global Covid-19 crisis will be the next pandemic, according to a study issued by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). People's mental health has been attacked simultaneously by multiple mechanisms and urgent action is needed, Xinhua news agency quoted authors of the study as saying during its presentation on Monday. The global economic costs associated with mental health problems has risen to a tr
  • Emergency health workers 3 times more at risk of depression, PTSD
    New York, April 6 (IANS) Emergency medical service (EMS) workers are three times more at risk of mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general population, according to a new study. The findings showed that each day EMS workers experience a diverse array of occupational stressors -- routine work demands, critical incidents involving serious harm or death, and social conflicts. "Each additional work demand or critic
  • Covid cases will rise despite vax: UK scientists
    London, April 6 (IANS) A group of scientists which advise the UK government over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak have warned against lifting restrictions as the coming weeks "may lead to a small surge of cases and deaths". Minutes from a meeting with members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) published on Tuesday warned there could be a rise in cases "of a similar scale to January 2021 after later stages" of the route out of lockdown
  • Masks, ventilation stop COVID-19 spread better than social distancing, study says
    Washington, April 6 (PTI): Masks and a good ventilation system are more important than social distancing for reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19 inside a room, a modelling study suggests. In the research, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, the researchers created a computer model of a classroom with students and a teacher. They then modelled airflow and disease transmission, and calculated airborne-driven transmission risk. The classroom model was 709 square
  • How 'chimpanzee poop' is helping prevent Covid-19
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 (IANS): The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, a version of which is also being used in India, is made from an adenovirus isolated from chimpanzee poop, which has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans. Now known as Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, it was formerly called AZD1222. AZD1222 was co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech. It uses a replication-deficient chimpanzee viral vector base
  • BP pills may raise heart disease risk in people with HIV: Study
    New York, April 5 (IANS) Intake of certain medications that can lower blood pressure in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), can also increase long-term risk of heart disease, stroke and heart failure, according to new research. People with HIV are able to live longer with the anti-retroviral therapy (ART). However, the medication likely elevates blood pressure (hypertension) and hypertension-related heart problems in the HIV group than among people without the virus.