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  • Pfizer, AstraZeneca Covid jabs highly effective against Delta variant
    London, June 15 (IANS) Two doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B16172) variant, according to new analysis from Public Health England (PHE). The analysis suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96 per cent effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 per cent effective against hospitalisation after two doses. These are comparable with vaccine effec
  • Daily Covid cases down 85%, active cases 65%: Health Ministry
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark. "Observing the de
  • Vaccination hesitation -- a bigger evil than the virus
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 (IANS): Take the example of Telangana, where health authorities recently stated that 37,332 children were infected with the virus between March and May 2021. This coupled with the fact that 19,824 children got infected from August-November 2020 tells us how we grossly underestimated the impact of Covid-19 on children. Compared to the first wave, the number of positive cases and their severity has increased among children this time. Why is this concerning? This is
  • Do you have digital eye strain?
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANSlife) If you have felt increased screen time is doing a number on your eyes and potentially contributing to digital eye strain, a survey shows you're not alone. Findings show that 80 per cent of respondents say pandemic-prompted screen time put their eyes in "overdrive". In fact, two-thirds of respondents report experiencing some degree of eye discomfort every day and nearly a quarter say their eyes feel worse now than they did a year ago. All t
  • How excess sugar consumption causes fatty liver
    Mandi, June 14 (IANS): A team of researchers from IIT Mandi has identified the underlying biochemical relationship between the consumption of excessive sugar and the development of afatty liver', medically known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is a condition in which excess fat deposits in the liver. The disease starts silently, with no overt symptoms for as much as two decades. If left untreated, the excess fat can irritate the liver cells, resulting in
  • Headphones, earbuds may affect hearing in children
    New York, June 13 (IANS) Increased usage of headphones, earbuds likely to raise hearing troubles in children as their auditory system maturation is incomplete, warn experts. Children, teenagers, and young adults are listening to many hours of music daily at volumes exceeding the globally recommended public health limit of 70 decibels of average leisure noise exposure for a day for a year. "Nonoccupational noise exposure in everyday life comes from a handful of noise sources:
  • No substantial evidence to suggest children will be more affected in Covid third wave: Report
    New Delhi, June 12 (PTI): There appears to be no substantial evidence to suggest that children will be more affected or have greater illness severity due to COVID-19 in the anticipated third wave, according to a new report. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force prepared the report after convening an experts group comprising leading paediatricians from the country to examine the issue of paediatric COVID-19' in India. It said the infection's symptomatology in chi
  • 719 doctors died in 2nd wave, Bihar records highest deaths
    New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) As many as 719 doctors have died during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest report by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) with Bihar reporting the highest number of 111 doctors dying in the line of duty. The second wave of coronavirus pandemic across the country is not over yet. This is the reason doctors are losing their lives every day while saving the lives of Covid-infected patients. According to the IMA, a total of 1,4
  • Delta variant reduces vaccine effect: UK experts
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI) The Delta variant of COVID-19, or the B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) first identified in India, is about 60 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha strain identified in the United Kingdom and also reduces the effectiveness of vaccines to some extent, UK health experts report on Friday. Public Health England (PHE), which has been tracking VOCs on a weekly basis, said that the cases of the Delta VOC have risen by 29,892 to hit 42,323 in the country -- an
  • Every COVID infection may not necessarily lead to complications in case of diabetes: Jitendra
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): Every COVID-19 infection may not necessarily lead to complications in case of a diabetic person, Union minister and renowned diabetologist Jitendra Singh said on Friday. Delivering the inaugural address as the chief guest at the Diabetes India World Congress-2021, he said even after the COVID pandemic is over, the discipline of social distancing and avoiding droplet infection will act as safeguard against many other infections, particularly for those who ha
  • Antibodies get stronger after vax: KGMU study
    Lucknow, June 10 (IANS) An antibody test, done on 989 KGMU healthcare workers and about 500 plasma donors by the King George's Medical University (KGMU), has found that antibodies formed after vaccination were stronger and lasted longer, whereas those generated after infection fizzled out in less than four months. The study further found that the desirable herd immunity which can break the chain of virus, can only be achieved by mass vaccination and not through natural course of
  • Coronavirus more likely to spread indoors through maskless interaction: Study
    Washington, June 9 (PTI): Speaking in indoor spaces without wearing a mask poses the greatest risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to others, a study has found. The research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine on Tuesday, describes how different sized respiratory droplets emitted while speaking have a range of sizes, and can carry different amounts of virus. According to the researchers of the study, the most concerning droplets are those of in
  • Efficacy of Covaxin, Covishield, Sputnik V more or less equivalent: Guleria
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Data available till now shows clearly that efficacy of all vaccines -- whether Covaxin, Covishield or Sputnik V -- are more or less equivalent, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said amid rumours about differentiated abilities of Covid-19 vaccines available in India in terms of production of antibodies or higher seropositivity rate. "We should not hence say take this vaccine or that vaccine, whichever vaccine is available in your area, please go ahead and
  • Essential steps to catching Covid symptoms early in children
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANSlife) During the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, many cases of children getting infected from the deadly virus have been reported. It starts off with milder symptoms in kids but it gets severe if it's not taken seriously. Therefore, it's essential that parents be aware of the symptoms and seek medical help immediately. Nishant Bansal, Consultant Neonatologist, Motherhood Hospital, Noida, lists down some signs and symptoms of Covid-19 in kids:
  • 'Our vaccines are effective on mutants seen in India'
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Our vaccines are effective on the mutants which have been seen in India till date, said India's top two Covid-19 experts: NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul and AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria. Addressing various doubts of people regarding Covid-19 vaccines, these experts "asserted and reassured" their claims about the two vaccines used in India -- Serum Institute of India's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. The two "Mad
  • Neem and Aloe Vera, your skin care essentials
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANSlife) Tired of investing in expensive skin and body care products that assure results but fail to give any? Your answer lies in simple, inexpensive natural ingredients which pack a host of benefits and aren't going to load your skin with chemicals. Summers in India are getting hotter with each passing year and the monsoons are almost upon us in some ways. The heat causes our skin to become rough and tanned, the sweat and grime clogs pores, ultimately resul
  • How protein deficiency effects your body
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANSlife) Protein is one of the most crucial nutrients required for the healthy functioning of our bodies. The role of protein is commonly misunderstood and is usually associated with muscle gain. Protein has multiple benefits, ranging from metabolism to muscle synthesis. This building block of our body should be an essential part of our diet and should be considered in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. We all have different protein requirements based on our li
  • Covid-19 pandemic spiked postpartum mental health visits by 30%
    Toronto, June 7 (IANS) Mental health visits for new mothers were 30 per cent higher during the Covid-19 pandemic than before it, particularly in the first three months after giving birth, revealed a new research. Postpartum mental illness affects as many as one in five mothers and can have long-term effects on children and families if it becomes chronic. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, revealed that mental health visits to both family physicians
  • Mandatory salt-sugar-fat 'cut offs' if India to prevent NCD crisis
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): Indias crippling second wave of Covid-19 may be getting all of the attention now, but it is critical that we do not overlook the silent but deadly killer that has emerged as the leading cause of death over the last two decades. More than 5.8 million Indians die every year from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Most of these deadly diseases, although hard to treat, can be prev
  • Nearly 90% of patients don't use inhalers correctly
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): Global pharma major Lupin Limited (Lupin) on Monday announced the launch of its Digital Asthma Educator platform. The platform guides asthma patients on the correct technique of using inhalers. The new platform is the latest initiative under Lupin's long running umbrella programme, Joint Airways Initiative (JAI), for patients suffering from respiratory ailments. According to estimates, India has nearly 35 million people living with asthma, inclu