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  • Covaxin found to neutralise the India variant, says Fauci
    Washington, April 28 (IANS) The made-in India Covaxin vaccine, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, can neutralise the B1617 variant of coronavirus, said White House's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. "Now, this is something we are still gaining data on, but most recent data looking at convalescent sera of Covid-19 cases in people who received Covaxin, it was found to neutralise the 617 variant," Fauci was quoted as saying during the White House press b
  • Single dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca can cut Covid transmission by 50%
    London, April 28 (IANS) A single dose of a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus disease can reduce transmission by up to 50 per cent, finds a study. The study led by UK's Public Health England (PHE) showed that people who took the first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines -- and who became infected three weeks later -- were between 38 per cent and 49 per cent less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people, the BBC reported on Wednesday. I
  • Covid positive woman gives birth to healthy twins
    Sambhal (UP), April 28 (IANS) A 26-year-old Covid positive pregnant woman successfully delivered twins at a Covid community health centre in Chandausi in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. In a statement, a team of three doctors said, "The woman was admitted to the hospital in its emergency unit with oxygen saturation of 87 on Monday and was put on oxygen support. On Tuesday, she went into labour and delivered twins in the specially arranged 'labour room'." Dr K
  • Covishield, Covaxin effective against 'Indian strain' of Covid, study suggests
    New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): Covishield and Covaxin -- the two coronavirus vaccines currently in use in India -- have efficacy against the 'Indian strain' and show "milder" illness in case of infection post vaccination, a senior scientist said on Tuesday citing preliminary results of a study. Anurag Agrawal, the Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, said the study on effectiveness of the available vaccines on the B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2
  • 'Indian strain' of coronavirus spreads faster: Experts
    New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): The 'Indian strain' of the coronavirus carries higher transmissibility similar to the United Kingdom variant, but there is little evidence so far of it being more lethal than the original virus, experts have said. The B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2, also being called a 'double mutant' or the 'Indian strain', has been found prevalent largely in Maharashtra and Delhi that have been severely hit by a devastating second wave of the pandem
  • Prone position helped octogenarian beat Covid
    Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), April 27 (IANS) As Covid patients across the state gasp for oxygen, an 82-year-old woman from Gorakhpur has managed to bring up her oxygen levels by lying in a prone position. She has recovered from Covid without an oxygen cylinder and is setting an example for others. Vidya Srivastava from Alinagar in Gorakhpur, tested positive for Corona earlier this month. Her elder son, Hari Mohan Srivastava, said, "My mother tested positive and we kept her
  • A fatty liver can be dangerous to your heart
    New Delhi, April 26 (IANSlife) "Fatty Liver" commonly finds mention in an ultrasound examination report and is often passed off as an incidental finding, it may not be innocuous after all, suggest recent studies in reputed medical journals. Japanese and European scientists were the first to report a strange four-fold increase in heart disease in these patients compared to those of the same age and sex who had normal livers. And their observations are proving true across the w
  • Cancer, low income raised anxiety in women during pandemic
    New York, April 26 (IANS) Women who have gynecologic cancer and low income reported having more anxiety and financial distress during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study. For the study, Y. Stefanie Chen and her team from the Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City conducted telephonic interviews with 100 women with gynecologic cancer living in New York City who were covered by Medicaid health insurance. They found that 50 per cent of the patients reported feeling more fin
  • Covid-19 vaccine safe during pregnancy: US CDC
    Washington, April 25 (IANS) The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are safe for use during pregnancy and may also protect the baby from the infectious disease, according to a large study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC "recommends that pregnant people receive the Covid-19 vaccine", NPR.org reported CDC Director Rochelle Walensky as saying. For the study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the team evaluated data from more t
  • 'Mutations keep on happening, one needs to be alert'
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Member of Maharashtra's Covid-19 Task Force, Dr. Shashank Joshi on Sunday said that mutations keep on happening and one needs to be medically alert. During an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Dr Joshi said: "There's no need to be afraid of that. These mutations keep on happening, the way we change our clothes, the virus keeps changing its colours. Hence, there is nothing to fe
  • The impact of Covid-19 on your liver
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANSlife) The resurgence and exponential spread of Covid-19 has brought great challenges to our healthcare system. Most deaths are a result of respiratory failure due to significant injury to the lungs. We have also learnt that the virus may affect all parts of the digestive system including the food pipe, stomach, intestine, liver and pancreas. This has implications in diagnosis, management, and transmission of the disease. Here are a few facts on liver and the
  • Asymptomatic patients transmitting virus like a wildfire in India
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) As the second Covid wave ravages India with a vengeance, the death rate is alarmingly growing and thousands of asymptomatic patients are fast transmitting the highly infectious strains which could put the entire nation to a halt sooner than expected if not controlled, experts warned on Saturday. The threat of double and now a triple-mutant Indian strain, along with the deadly UK variant, are believed to be behind the latest surge across the country. Acc
  • Covid survivors at high risk of death, serious illness: Study
    New York, April 23 (IANS) Covid-19 survivors -- including those not sick enough to be hospitalised -- have an increased risk of death in the six months following diagnosis with the virus, a large study claimed. The study, led by researchers at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis,A involved more than 87,000 Covid-19 patients and nearly five million control patients. The team found that after surviving the initial infection (beyond the first 30 days of illne
  • False sense that pandemic was over behind fresh Covid peaks
    New York, April 23 (IANS) It is not herd immunity that is causing fresh peaks in Covid caseloads in several countries, including India, but a time-dependent social activity and changing people behaviours due to pandemic fatigue that is causing the lethal second wave of infection and deaths, novel research has revealed. For instance, individuals who self-isolated during the first wave -- staying home, not having visitors over, ordering groceries online -- subsequently started relaxin
  • Covishield offers protection from 'double mutant', says CCMB
    Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) Covishield vaccine offers protection from double mutant variant of novel coronavirus, shows a study by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). CCMB Director Rakesh K. Mishra termed this as a very preliminary but encouraging result. "Early results using in vitro neutralisation assay show that both convalescent (prior infection) sera and Covishield vaccinated sera offer protection against the B.1.617 variant, aka double mutant," he
  • Caring for your liver during Covid-19
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANSlife): Liver disease is a serious concern in India with more than 10 lakh cases being reported every year. Late diagnosis often leads to detection of the condition when it is at end-stage or liver cirrhosis has occurred, during which time it is difficult to treat and it could lead to death, says Rajiv Lochan, Lead Consultant -- HPB and Transplant Surgery, Aster RV Hospital. The World Health Organisation has reported that liver disease is the tenth most commo
  • India needs to be prepared to fight Covid for years to come
    New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) As India faces the daunting task to make life-saving oxygen cylinders and key Covid drugs available amid the raging second wave of the pandemic, top health experts said on Thursday that the country needs to prepare itself for a long haul -- at least for the next 2-3 years -- unless oral drugs that can effectively kill the virus are available over the counter. The Centre and the state governments need a well chalked-out plan for the next couple of years --
  • Pregnancy raised depression among women during pandemic: Study
    New York, April 22 (IANS) Pregnant and postpartum women reported high levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and post-traumatic stress during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a worldwide survey. Such high levels of distress may have potential implications for women and for foetal and child health and development, said researchers from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the US. "We expected to see an increase in the proportion of pregnant and
  • Stuck at home? Seven tips to get started with fitness
    New Delhi, April 22 (IANSlife) Starting a fitness routine is a tough and overwhelming choice. Especially if you are a beginner and can barely differentiate between a bench press and a cross trainer, let alone know what goals you can achieve with either. Staying motivated to work out may very well be hard, but not impossible. A personal trainer may be able to help you on this journey, yet the motivation comes from no one but yourself. If you want to see the change in your body and ar
  • Junk foods may damage your bones
    JERUSALEM, APRIL 21 (IANS): Does your kid love to eat ultra-processed junk foods like packaged chips, soups, hot dogs and fries? Besides the increasing risk of obesity, eating junk foods can also affect your bones, warn researchers. A team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel proved the linkages between ultra-processed foods and reduced bone quality, unveiling the damage of these foods particularly for younger children in their developing years in a roden