Health

  • 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
  • Lockdowns linked to rise in eating disorder symptoms
    LONDON, MARCH 11 (IANS): Lockdowns to help tackle the spread of Covid-19 could be linked to an increase in symptoms associated with eating disorders, new research suggests. The study also found a reduction in exercise addiction symptoms post-lockdown, while levels of individual exercise increased from 6.5 hours per week in 2019 to 7.5 hours per week post-lockdown in 2020. "We can't say for certain that Covid-19 is responsible for this increase in behaviour associated wit
  • The manifold benefits of early detection of cancer
    New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The importance of early health screening in cancer is twofold, as detecting cancer in the initial stages for better treatment outcomes, and screening is also helpful in risk assessment and risk reduction through counselling, says Dr Indu Aggarwal, Head of Department, Preventive Oncology at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC). "Some cancers including Oral cancer and Cervical cancer are preventable since these can be detected at
  • Cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes on the rise in India, warns report
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 (IANS): While alcohol intake and thyroid issues among Indians seem to have reduced over the past year, a new health report has detailed a concerning increase in levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, despite fitness and health becoming a nationwide area of interest during the Covid-19 lockdown. As per the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Score, 1 in 2 Indians is either in the 'High Risk' or 'Borderline' category. This is a massive 12 per
  • 2 servings of fish per week may help prevent recurrent CVD
    Toronto, March 9 (IANS) Consuming two servings of oily fish per week can help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in high-risk individuals, such as those who already have heart disease or stroke, a new study finds. The study indicates that the critical ingredient is omega-3 fatty acids that was linked to lower risk of major CVD events such as heart attacks and strokes by about a sixth in high-risk people who ate two servings of fish rich in omega-3 each week. "There is a si
  • Risk of heart disease is increasing in women
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 (IANS): Generally, it is believed that women whose estrogen hormone levels decrease after menopause are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, but due to the changes in lifestyle in recent times, cases of heart disease in women are increasing rapidly, says Ravindra Singh Rao, senior intervention cardiologist and structural heart disease expert, Jaipur. Now not only after 50, but at the age of 40, women are having heart related problems. In the absence of awa
  • Multilayer masks effective to prevent aerosol generation: IISc
    Bengaluru, March 7 (IANS) As triple-layered and N95 masks offer best protection from Covid, they must be used where health officials have made it mandatory to prevent aerosol generation, according to a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)on Sunday. "You are protected, but others around you may not be. For single and double-layered masks, most of the droplets were found to be below 100 microns, with the potential to become aerosols that remain suspended in the air for
  • Shield yourself from Covid with three-layered masks: Experts
    New Delhi, March 6 (IANS): While buying a new face mask to protect yourself against Covid-19 infection, make sure you go for a three-layered mask as it is more effective than single or double-layered alternatives, health experts emphasised on Saturday. According to the experts, additional layers in the mask may help us protect against SARS-CoV-2 by not letting the virus-laden contagious droplets or particles pass through the mask. "Covid-19 is mainly spread through respirato
  • Vision impairment linked to mortality
    New York, March 6 (IANS) People with more severe vision impairment are at a higher risk of all-cause mortality as compared to those with normal vision or mild vision impairment, says a new study. The findings indicated that the risk of mortality was 29 per cent higher for participants with mild vision impairment as compared to normal vision. The risk increases to 89 per cent among those with severe vision impairment. "It's important these issues are addressed early on be
  • High life satisfaction linked to better overall health
    Toronto, March 5 (IANS) Higher life satisfaction is associated with better physical, psychological and behavioural health, say researchers. The research found that higher life satisfaction is linked to 21 positive health and well-being outcomes, including a 26 per cent reduced risk of mortality, a 46 per cent reduced risk of depression, a 25 per cent reduced risk of physical functioning limitations. "Life satisfaction is a person's evaluation of his or her own life based
  • Sputnik V could be India's 3rd Covid vax: Experts
    New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) To cater to the vaccination process of the world's largest democracy, it would be pertinent to bring in safer and more effective vaccines from other countries. However, on February 24, India's drug authority had asked Dr Reddy's, the Indian pharmaceutical company facilitating the trials in the country, to supply data on immunogenicity for going ahead with the approval process. However, experts across the country have been questioning the approva
  • Covaxin demonstrates interim clinical efficacy of 81%
    Hyderabad, March 3 (IANS) Bharat Biotech on Wednesday announced the first interim analysis of Covaxin, which shows the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine to be at 81 per cent. The Hyderabad-based vaccine maker said whole virion inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated an interim vaccine efficacy of 81 per cent in its Phase 3 clinical trial. The trials involved 25,800 subjects, the largest ever conducted in India, in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Customized diets are essential to mental health: Study
    New York, March 3 (IANS) Lifestyle changes and customized diets could be key to optimizing mental health, a new study suggests. The study indicates that significant dietary and lifestyle approaches to improve mental well-being among young women include daily breakfast consumption, moderate-to-high exercise frequency, low caffeine intake and abstinence from fast food. "There is increasing evidence that diet plays a major role in improving mental health, but everyone is talkin
  • How yoga during pregnancy helps mother and child
    New Delhi, March 2 (IANSlife) Giving birth to a baby can be extremely challenging for the mother's body, and yoga can help with both the elasticity and endurance power of expecting mothers, in turn increasing chances of a normal delivery, says a maternity yoga expert who runs a Gurgaon-based health and wellness yoga centre. Kedar Nath, Director of Maatriyoga says the aim of pregnancy yoga is to help the mother bring the unborn into the world with minimum hassle and completely no