• People who exercise regularly have best chance to beat Covid
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 (IANS): Regular exercise or a 30-minute brisk walk in the neighbourhood park or in your society five days a week while following the social distancing norms can improve your chances of beating Covid-19, reveals a significant study that analysed 48,440 adults who were Covid positive. On the other hand, patients who were consistently inactive had 1.73 times greater chances of ICU admission, while the risk for death was 2.49 times greater for patients who were consi
  • Covid can persist in dust for a month: Study
    NEW YORK, APRIL 14 (IANS): Some genetic material of the coronavirus can persist up to a month in dust in the rooms where Covid-19 patients were isolated, finds a study. The study, published in the journal mSystems, did not evaluate whether the dust can transmit the virus to humans. But, it offers another option for monitoring Covid-19 outbreaks in specific buildings, including nursing homes, offices or schools. Researchers from the Ohio State University in the US, worked with the
  • Remdesivir not for home use, meant for serious patients, says Govt amid rise in demand
    New Delhi, April 13 (PTI) The Centre on Tuesday said doctors should ensure "rational and judicious" use of anti-viral drug Remdesivir, underlining it is to be given only to serious COVID-19 patients in hospitals and is not to be used in home settings. At a weekly press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said, "Remdesivir is to be used only in those who require hospitalisation and are on oxygen support. That is the precondition. There is no question of
  • How Covid gave rise to depression, aggression within families
    New York, April 13 (IANS) The onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, which resulted in the sudden isolation of families together at home, gave rise to depression and anxiety at levels high enough that professional help is needed now, a new study has warned. In the initial months of the pandemic, parents reported that their children were experiencing much higher levels of "internalising" problems like depression and anxiety, and "externalising" problems suc
  • B117 variant doesn't lead to severe illness, death: The Lancet
    London, April 13 (IANS) People infected with the B117 variant of the coronavirus did not experience more severe illness and were not more likely to die, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. However, the strain, popularly called as the UK variant, remains more contagious than original strains of the virus, the reported. It first emerged in England in September 2020, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is now t
  • Vaccinated people better protected against Covid but can still transmit disease: experts
    New Delhi, April 12 (PTI) COVID-19 vaccines protect against serious illness but transmissibility can still continue and inoculated people can pass on the infection to others, say scientists, warning against complacency in those who stop maintaining protocol after they get their jabs. Transmissibility from vaccinated persons can be a risk factor until global coverage is achieved, top experts said as India's Covid numbers escalated sharply, reaching 1,35,27,717 (1.35 crore/13,5 mi
  • Pets eased children's loneliness in lockdown: Study
    New Delhi, April 12 (IANSlife) Family pets help children better manage feelings of stress and loneliness, which have been greatly exacerbated by virtual schooling as a result of the pandemic, shows a new survey. According to UNICEF, at least 1 in 7 children -- or 332 million globally -- has lived under nationwide stay-at-home policies for at least nine months since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, putting their mental health and well-being at risk. The Mars Petcare survey of p
  • Antibody reaction traced to blood clots linked to AstraZeneca jabs
    New York, April 12 (IANS) After reports of blood clots experienced by some people after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine triggered safety concerns, new research published in a leading medical journal suggests that a rare antibody reaction was found in a few people who got the vaccine. The reports which looked into the issue of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca jabs were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The results showed that among the studied populatio
  • 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