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  • Frustration could lead to drug addiction
    New York, March 2 (IANS) While traditional addiction research has focused on three aspects of substance use disorders, namely craving, impulsivity, or habit, a new study suggests that frustration could also lead to escalation of drug use and addiction. The new study published in the journal Psychopharmacology noted that research into the role of frustration and substance use disorders is sparse, but a number of studies suggest that persons with substance use disorders have lower fru
  • Protein linked to reduced severity of Covid
    Toronto, February 28 (IANS): Researchers have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with Covid-19. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, indicates that using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. "Our analysis shows evidence that OAS1 has a protective effect against Covid-19 susceptibility and severit
  • US approves Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccine
    February 28 (PTI): The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson and Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine that works with just one dose instead of two for emergency use, giving America its third jab to fight the pandemic that has claimed over half a million lives in the country. President Joe Biden described the FDA's approval as an encouraging development in efforts to end the COVID-19 crisis and said this is exciting news for all US citizens. The Johnson and
  • The risks of a pain in the neck and how to manage it
    New Dehi, February 28 (IANSlife): A pain in the neck happens to be the fourth leading cause of disability globally, lagging behind ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and lower respiratory infection. Neck pain can interfere with daily life, including the ability to feel productive, sleep, and enjoy time with family. It is a common occurrence among the working population usually engaged in tech jobs or desk jobs. Srikanth H.S, Sr. Naturopath, Jindal Naturecure Institute,
  • Why some Covid strains are more infectious than others
    New York, February 28 (IANS): A team of researchers has discovered one reason that likely makes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, so much more infectious than SARS-CoV-1, which caused the 2003 SARS outbreak. The coronaviruses that cause SARS and Covid-19 have spike proteins that move into 'active' and 'inactive' positions, and the study indicates how those molecular movements may make the Covid-19 virus more infectious compared to the SARS virus, according
  • NITI Aayog propose vax price between Rs 300-500
    New Delhi, February 27 (IANS): The NITI Aayog has promulgated a price range of Rs 300-500 for two Covid vaccines that would be available for the priority group at private facilities in the third phase of vaccination set to begin from March 1, sources privy to the development told IANS, adding that the Bharat Biotech's Covaxin would cost a bit higher. However, the union health ministry would take a final call on the proposition. The proposed price has been floated after a five
  • Mental health most impacted during Covid-19, says students' survey
    New Delhi, February 26 (IANSlife): As the country continues to battle the coronavirus, young adults in college say that their mental well-being has been most impacted by the pandemic's social consequences. But the silver lining is visible to most and the outlook is one of hope for this year, state the results of a survey by BML Munjal University. One out of every two, that is, 49 per cent students say that stress, anxiety and loneliness have been the most challenging to cope wit
  • Plant-based diet may improve cardiac function, cognitive health
    New York, February 26 (IANS): Want to improve your cardiac function, cognitive health? Plant-based diets may help, say researchers. The study suggests that by eating more plant-based food such as berries and green leafy vegetables while limiting consumption of foods high in saturated fat and animal products, may slow down heart failure and ultimately lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. "Our findings highlight the importance of adherence to the MIND diet for a bette
  • Pfizer-BioNTech to test third dose of Covid vaccine
    New York, February 26 (IANS): Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech said that they have begun an evaluation of the safety and immunogenicity of a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine (BNT162b2). It is to understand the effect of a booster on immunity against Covid-19 caused by the circulating and potential newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, the companies said in a statement on Thursday. "While we have not seen any evidence that the circulating variants
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big 'real world' test
    Jerusalem, February 25 (AP): A real-world test of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it's very effective at preventing serious illness or death, even after one dose. Wednesday's published results, from a mass vaccination campaign in Israel, give strong reassurance that the benefits seen in smaller, limited testing persisted when the vaccine was used much more widely in a general population with various ages and health conditions.
  • The abundant health benefits of mint leaves
    New Delhi, February 24 (IANSlife): Pudina (mint) is one of the oldest culinary herbs known to humans. It has remarkable medicinal properties and is a rich source of polyphenols. It has carminative and antispasmodic properties. Saurabh Arora, Inventor Pudhinaa and Snec30, Director at Arbro says: "Pudina leaves or mint leaves are low on calories and contain very low amounts of proteins and fats. It has an enormous amount of Vitamin A, C, and B-complex that enhances skin and boost
  • Fat cells may influence how body reacts to heart failure
    Toronto, February 24 (IANS): Limiting the amount of fat the body releases into the bloodstream from fat cells during heart failure could help improve outcomes for patients, say researchers. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, found that mice with heart failure that were treated with a drug blocking the release of fat into the bloodstream from fat cells saw less inflammation in the heart and throughout the body, and had better outcomes than a control group.
  • 'I aim to provide a practical and sustainable approach to healthy eating'
    New Delhi, February 24 (IANS): Nandita Iyer, a doctor and a nutritionist, figured her way around the kitchen only in her late 20 as the rigours of medical college studies left her with little time for anything else. Her time-off for over a year in the US some 15 years ago was when she really got familiar with cooking and began a blog to record her culinary adventures. Her first book appeared in 2017 and her frustration with the "click-bait and oversimplified information" avai
  • Covid infection not linked to stillbirth: Study
    London, February 23 (IANS): Covid-19 infection in pregnancy is not associated with stillbirth or early neonatal death, says a new study. The findings indicated that no babies died from Covid-19. There was also no increase in risk of stillbirth or low birth weight. However, the data suggested a higher risk of pre-term birth (defined as birth before 37 weeks). "The study's findings, that there is no increased risk of stillbirth and early neonatal death in women who contrac
  • Herd immunity difficult to achieve: AIIMS Director
    New Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Herd immunity is "very difficult" to achieve and one should not think of it in "practical terms" in India, especially in the times of "variant strains" of COVID-19 and "waning immunity", claimed AIIMS director Randeep Guleria on Sunday. Guleria was speaking at the ongoing edition of Jaipur Literature Festival in a session on his book "Till We Win: India's Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic" -- co-au
  • Gene implicated in type of childhood cancer identified
    New York, February 21 (IANS): Researchers have identified that a chromosome instability gene -- USP24 -- is frequently missing in pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. The finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, provides important insight into the development of this disease. "Neuroblastoma is a highly aggressive cancer that nearly exclusively affects young children," said researcher Paul Galardy at Mayo Clinic in
  • Depression, loneliness peaking in college students: Report
    New York, February 20 (IANS) A majority (83 per cent) of students said their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance in the past month and that two-third of college students are struggling with loneliness and feeling isolated amid the pandemic, according to a new survey. The survey, which involved 33,000 college students in the US, revealed that the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest leve
  • Interval between Oxford Covid doses can be safely extended to 3 months: Lancet
    London, February 20 (IANS): A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine resulted in higher vaccine efficacy than a six-week interval, reveals The Lancet study. According to the findings from a phase 3 randomised controlled trial, the first dose offered 76 per cent protection in the three months between doses. The interval between doses can be safely extended to three months given the protection a single dose offers, which may allow countries
  • Novel Covid variants spreading more in some states: CCMB study
    Hyderabad, February 19 (IANS): A few novel variants of coronavirus are spreading more in some states in India and there is emerging evidence that the N440K mutation is spreading a lot more in southern states, says a study by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). CCMB Director Dr Rakesh Misha said on Friday that closer surveillance is needed to properly understand the spread of N440K. In a recent publication, scientists from CSIR-CCMB presented an exhaustive analys
  • Improving stroke treatment with modified therapeutic molecule
    Toronto, February 19 (IANS): A team of researchers has improved the protective effect of a molecule against ischemic stroke, which is caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. According to the team, a type of stroke -- also known as a "cerebral infarction" -- can lead to psychological and physical after-effects. These effects result from an increase in glutamate in the brain, which destroys neurons. "Glutamate is an essential neurotransmitter for neuron