• 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
  • Skin problem that indicate serious underlying health issues
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 (IANS): Your skin, the largest organ of the human body, reflects everything that is going on inside your system while also acting as a protective barrier from harmful micro-organisms in our environment. Our skin tells us everything we need to know about our physical and mental health, but not everyone knows how to read these signs that could be pointing out to more serious underlying health issues. What we do need to do is watch our skin closely to pick up early i
  • New COVID vaccine shows 'strong immune response' in early UK trials
    London, April 6 (PTI): A new vaccine to protect against COVID-19, being produced in Scotland, has shown a "strong immune response" in early trials in the UK, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the promising Phase I and II results mean that the Valneva vaccine, being developed at Livingston in Scotland, can now move to Phase III clinical trials. The vaccine was found to be safe and generally well tolerated, with
  • 'Mental health problems to be next pandemic after Covid'
    Barcelona, April 6 (IANS) Mental health problems caused by the global Covid-19 crisis will be the next pandemic, according to a study issued by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). People's mental health has been attacked simultaneously by multiple mechanisms and urgent action is needed, Xinhua news agency quoted authors of the study as saying during its presentation on Monday. The global economic costs associated with mental health problems has risen to a tr
  • Emergency health workers 3 times more at risk of depression, PTSD
    New York, April 6 (IANS) Emergency medical service (EMS) workers are three times more at risk of mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general population, according to a new study. The findings showed that each day EMS workers experience a diverse array of occupational stressors -- routine work demands, critical incidents involving serious harm or death, and social conflicts. "Each additional work demand or critic
  • Covid cases will rise despite vax: UK scientists
    London, April 6 (IANS) A group of scientists which advise the UK government over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak have warned against lifting restrictions as the coming weeks "may lead to a small surge of cases and deaths". Minutes from a meeting with members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) published on Tuesday warned there could be a rise in cases "of a similar scale to January 2021 after later stages" of the route out of lockdown
  • Masks, ventilation stop COVID-19 spread better than social distancing, study says
    Washington, April 6 (PTI): Masks and a good ventilation system are more important than social distancing for reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19 inside a room, a modelling study suggests. In the research, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, the researchers created a computer model of a classroom with students and a teacher. They then modelled airflow and disease transmission, and calculated airborne-driven transmission risk. The classroom model was 709 square
  • How 'chimpanzee poop' is helping prevent Covid-19
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 (IANS): The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, a version of which is also being used in India, is made from an adenovirus isolated from chimpanzee poop, which has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans. Now known as Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, it was formerly called AZD1222. AZD1222 was co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech. It uses a replication-deficient chimpanzee viral vector base
  • BP pills may raise heart disease risk in people with HIV: Study
    New York, April 5 (IANS) Intake of certain medications that can lower blood pressure in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), can also increase long-term risk of heart disease, stroke and heart failure, according to new research. People with HIV are able to live longer with the anti-retroviral therapy (ART). However, the medication likely elevates blood pressure (hypertension) and hypertension-related heart problems in the HIV group than among people without the virus.
  • UK's 2nd Covid wave started by young people, same scenario in India: Oxford Professor
    New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) In the UK, the second wave of the coronavirus was started by young people and it seems very likely that in India too, youngsters, who have been infected with the new strains of the virus, are spreading to more than one person, said Zhengming Chen, Professor of Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. Chen added that in the UK, a high proportion of patients have long Covid-19, but reasons for this phenomenon is not clear
  • Single-dose vax may be effective for Covid-19 survivors: Study
    New York, April 3 (IANS) A second of Covid-19 vaccination dose may not be needed for individuals who have successfully recovered from a prior coronavirus infection, suggests a study. The research, involving more than 260 individuals, showed that a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals who previously had Covid-19, can generate an immunologic response similar to that of individuals receiving the two-dose recommended sequence. The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is
  • Covid-19 masks: Layering, fitting & material matters, says study
    New York, April 3 (IANS) Love to wear fancy face masks to protect yourself from Covid-19? The types of material, fitting and the number of fabric layers used can significantly increase or decrease your risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus, finds a new study. Materials, which combine fabric fibre density, a maze-like structure, and fibre surface chemistry can effectively reject submicron particles, which can stay in the air for hours and days and increase the risk of exposure,
  • 7 blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca jab
    London, April 3 (IANS) After more than 18 million people have received vaccinations with AstraZeneca's jab in the UK, the country's health regulator said seven people had died due to rare blood clots, although the cause remains unclear. "The benefits in preventing a Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so," dpa news agency quoted June Raine, Chief Executive of
  • Why eating potato chips, chocolates may harm your kidneys
    Sydney, April 2 (IANS) Love to binge on potato chips, bread, bakery products and chocolate? Then beware, as a new rodent-based study revealed that eating processed foods can cause leaky gut syndrome, which in turn increases the risk of kidney disease. The study, led by researchers at Monash University in Australia, showed that heat-treated or processed foods are rich in harmful chemical compounds called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These chemicals give the browned, roaste
  • 1 COVID patient can infect 400 people: Maha health official
    New Delhi, April 2 (PTI): The head of Maharashtra's COVID-19 task force Dr Sanjay Oak on Thursday said a COVID-19 patient can infect 400 people, and hence, there is no alternative to masks, hygiene and social distancing. Speaking to reporters, Oak said a new range of symptoms such as common cold, mild body ache and fatigue has emerged in COVID-19 patients in the state. "The coronavirus infection generally spreads through our nose. One COVID-19 patients can infect at leas
  • New portable test can spot Covid in 15 mins, track variants
    New York, April 1 (IANS) A team of scientists has developed a new portable, pocket-sized machine that can diagnose SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in just 15 minutes. Globally, Covid-19 has infected nearly 129 million people and claimed 2.81 million lives. The new test -- NIRVANA -- can produce positive and negative results of 96 samples of Covid-19, influenza A, human adenovirus, and non-SARS-CoV-2 human coronavirus -- in real time. And within three hours, it can track
  • Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vax shows 100% efficacy in 12-15 yrs old
    New York, March 31 (IANS) Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday announced that their Covid-19 vaccine -- BNT162b2 -- demonstrated 100 per cent efficacy and robust antibody responses in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents between 12 to 15 years old. The Phase 3 clinical trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents aged between 12 to 15 years old in the US. "We share the urgency to expand the authorisation of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by t
  • Peanut butter for weight loss
    New Delhi, March 31 (IANSlife) Peanut butter has multiple health benefits -- it has an enviable combination of protein and fibres. The driving factor in this growth is that consumers today are consciously aware of their nutritional intake. Our lives are packed with multiple routine activities, mainly the athletes, gym goers etc and protein intake becomes essential for sustained energy. A 2017 survey shows that 73 per cent of Indians are deficient in protein while above 90 per cent a