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  • Midlife loneliness may up dementia, Alzheimer's risk
    NEW YORK, MARCH 24 (IANS): Being persistently lonely during midlife appears to make people more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) later in life, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal 'Alzheimer's & Dementia', also indicated that people who recover from loneliness appear to be less likely to suffer from dementia. "Whereas persistent loneliness is a threat to brain health, psychological resilience following adverse lif
  • Online mindfulness may boost mental health during Covid pandemic
    NEW YORK, MARCH 24 (IANS): The fear, anxiety and stress associated with the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on mental health. However, a new study suggests these symptoms may be eased through safe and convenient online mindfulness practices. The study, published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, showed that 76 per cent of participants reported decreased anxiety, 80 per cent reported decreased stress and 55 per cent had decreased Covid-19 concern. "We
  • TB patients need extra care amid pandemic: Doctors
    GURUGRAM, MARCH 24 (IANS): As the Covid pandemic has overtaken every other health issue throughout the country, some of the doctors have suggested extra precaution for the tuberculosis (TB) patients as the virus affects lungs directly. World TB Day is observed on March 24 every year to raise awareness about the disease in the world. The doctors said that TB patients often have underlying co-morbidities and lung damages that might make them more prone to the coronavirus. They f
  • Masks must be made mandatory to control TB, say experts
    (March 24 is World TB Day) Hyderabad, March 23 (IANS) Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken to stop its spread indicate that transmission of infectious diseases can be prevented by using face masks, say experts. This simple yet most effective means is best suited to stop a deadly ailment like tuberculosis from spreading. Many healthcare experts are in favour of mandating or encouraging people to continue wearing of masks which could help in numerous ways beyond ending the curr
  • Strong coffee before exercise ups fat-burning in men: Study
    Barcelona, March 23 (IANS) Caffeine -- about 3 milligram per kilogram (mg/kg), the equivalent of a strong coffee -- ingested half an hour before aerobic exercise significantly increases the rate of fat-burning, suggests a new study. The study, published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, also found that if the exercise is performed in the afternoon, the effects of the caffeine are more marked than in the morning. "The results of our study showed tha
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs effective against severe Covid, new trial in US confirms
    London, March 22 (PTI): A large trial in the US and two South American countries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has shown 79 per cent efficacy rate at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100 per cent effectiveness in stopping severe disease and hospitalisation, the biotech firm said on Monday. A Phase III study of the vaccine, developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca was conducted by AstraZeneca plc in the US, Chile and Peru and reaffirmed that the vaccine is sa
  • Poor diabetes linked to high Covid complications risk in kids
    New York, March 21 (IANS) Parents, take note. Children with poorly controlled Type-1 diabetes are at 10 times higher risk of Covid-19-related complications and death compared to those with well-controlled diabetes, say researchers, including an Indian-origin. The study, presented virtually at ENDO 2021, showed that in children with hemoglobin -- A1c -- levels higher than 9 per cent, the risk of Covid-19 complications was 10 times higher compared with children whose A1c levels were u
  • Covid patients at higher risk of stroke during hospitalisation: Study
    New York, March 20 (IANS) A new US-based study has found that hospitalised Covid-19 patients are at a higher risk of stroke compared with patients who had similar infectious conditions such as influenza and sepsis in prior studies. The study, presented at the International Stroke Conference 2021, showed that 1.4 per cent in the Covid-19 Cardiovascular Disease Registry had a stroke confirmed by diagnostic imaging during hospitalisation. Of these, 52.7 per cent experienced ischemic
  • Covid reinfections are rare, but common for older adults: Lancet
    Copenhagen, March 19 (IANS) Most people who had Covid-19 are protected from catching it again for at least six months, but elderly patients are more prone to reinfection, according to a research published in The Lancet. The large-scale assessment of reinfection rates in Denmark in 2020 confirms that only a small proportion of people (0.65 per cent) returned a positive PCR test twice. However, while prior infection gave those under the age of 65 years around 80 per cent protection
  • Covid pandemic impacts mental health worldwide: Study
    New York, March 18 (IANS) A team of researchers has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted people's mental health globally. The study indicated that the global prevalence of both depression and anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic were 24 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. "Our research found an elevated global prevalence of these mental health issues during Covid-19 and also revealed there was a wide variance in each at the region and country level," sa
  • Eat before 8.30 a.m. to reduce Type-2 diabetes risk: Study
    NEW YORK, MARCH 18 (IANS): If you eat your breakfast before 8.30 a.m. there are high chances you may be able to reduce risk factors for Type-2 diabetes, say researchers. The findings indicated that people who start eating before 8.30 a.m. had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance, which helps in reducing the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. "We found people who started eating earlier in the day had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance, regar
  • Cancer survivors face elevated heart disease risk: Study
    New York, March 18 (IANS) About 35 per cent of Americans with a cancer history had an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in the next decade, compared with about 23 per cent of those who didn't have cancer, a new study suggests. Based on a risk calculator that estimates a person's 10-year chances of developing heart disease or stroke, researchers found that the average estimated 10-year risk for a cancer survivor was about 8 per cent, compared to 5 per cent for those who
  • 75% in favour of opening Covid vax for all above 18
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Seventy-five per cent of citizens are in favour of the government opening up the vaccination process for all above 18 by permitting private labs and hospitals to vaccinate in after-hours via appointment and walk-in, as per a survey by LocalCircles. The survey found that false certification to people above 45 as co-morbid or qualifying individuals as healthcare or frontline workers is being reported as a malpractice. Thirty per cent citizens say they obs
  • Ultrasound has potential to damage novel coronaviruses: MIT study
    Boston, March 18 (PTI): Coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, may be vulnerable to ultrasound vibrations, within the frequencies used in medical diagnostic imaging, according to a study that used computer simulations. The researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US modelled the mechanical response of the coronaviruses to vibrations across a range of ultrasound frequencies. They found that vibrations between 25 and 100 megahertz triggered the virus' s
  • Ban designated smoking areas in public places to curb Covid spread: Experts
    New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) With preventive healthcare taking the centre stage in the fight against coronavirus, citizens, scientists and politicians have called for abolishment of designated smoking areas (DSAs) in public places like hotels, airports and restaurants, which are not only a health threat to passive smokers, but also likely hotspots of virus transmission in the absence of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. While calling for a ban on such designated smoking spaces in the co
  • Study reveals cancer cells may evade chemotherapy
    New York, March 13 (IANS) Cancer cells can dodge chemotherapy by entering a state that bears similarity to certain kinds of senescence, a type of "active hibernation" that enables them to weather the stress induced by aggressive treatments aimed at destroying them, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Discovery, indicated that this biologic process could help explain why cancers so often recur after treatment. "Acute myeloid leukemia
  • No reason to stop use of AstraZeneca Covid vax: WHO
    Geneva, March 12 (IANS) As several European countries temporarily suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine over fears of blood clots, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday backed the vaccine saying there is no reason to stop using it. "AstraZeneca is an excellent vaccine, as are the other vaccines that are being used," Margaret Harris, a WHO communications officer, told reporters at a briefing in Geneva. "We've reviewed the data on de
  • Daily exercise may boost better health in kidney patients
    Taipei, March 11 (IANS) Optimal amount of physical activity in patients with kidney disease may boost better health, says a new study. The findings indicate that compared to an inactive group, the highly active group had a 38 per cent lower risk of death, 17 per cent lower risk of end-stage renal disease, and 37 per cent lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events. "Our results suggest that physical activity should be integrated into the clinical care of patients with
  • Healthy plant-based diet linked to lower stroke risk
    New York, March 11 (IANS) Consuming higher amounts of healthy plant-based foods and lower amounts of less healthy plant-based foods may reduce the risk of stroke, according to a new study. The study indicated that healthy plant-based diets -- defined as rich in foods such as leafy greens, whole grains, and beans, and including lower levels of foods like refined grains, potatoes and added sugars -- may lower overall stroke risk by up to 10 per cent. "Our findings have importa
  • Cancer patients less protected after first COVID vaccine jab, UK study finds
    London, March 11 (PTI): Cancer patients may not be protected to the same degree as the rest of the population after they receive their first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, a new UK study has found on Thursday. A team of experts from King's College London and Francis Crick Institute found in the first real-world study of its kind that a shorter than the stipulated 12-week gap between the two vaccine doses for such patients appeared to be the answer. The study's senior