• Covid may deepen depression, anxiety in pregnant women
    New York, December 2 (IANS) Researchers have said that Covid-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among pregnant and postpartum women. "We know the perinatal period is already a time in which women are particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns," said study author Cindy Liu from Brigham and Women's Hospital in the US. "We primarily wanted to see what factors related to the pandemic might be associated with mental h
  • UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine
    London, December 2 (PTI): The UK on Wednesday became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, paving the way for mass vaccinations against the deadly novel coronavirus. The British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the jab, which claims to offer up to 95 per cent protection against COVID-19 illness, is safe for roll out. The joint vaccine, produced by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German bi
  • First vaccines will go to healthcare workers: US panel
    New York, December 2 (IANS): Healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be the first in the US to get Covid-19 vaccines, a high powered government panel announced late Tuesday. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel voted 13-1 to recommend these two groups get priority while doses are in short supply in the early weeks. Burden of disease figured prominently in the decision to bring nursing home residents into the ambit early. CDC experts noted that 40 pe
  • Plant-based diet improves cardiometabolic risk factors: Study
    New York, December 1 (IANS): A plant-based diet boosts after-meal burn, leads to weight loss and improves cardiometabolic risk factors in overweight individuals, say researchers. "Over the course of years and decades, burning more calories after every meal can make a significant difference in weight management," said study author Hana Kahleova from the Physicians Committee, U.S. The study published in the journal JAMA Network Open assigned participants -- who were overw
  • Covid-19 could result in more HIV cases, AIDS-related deaths: UN
    United Nations, December 1 (IANS): On World AIDS Day on Tuesday, a latest report from the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic could result in 123,000 to 293,000 new HIV cases and 69,000 to 148,000 additional AIDS-related deaths in the next two years. In the report titled "Prevailing against pandemics by putting people at the center", UNAIDS has warned that the global AIDS response was off track even before the pandemic, Xinhu
  • Malaria cases in India drops to 5.6mn in 2019: WHO report
    New Delhi, November 30 (IANS): Malaria cases in India dropped from about 20 million cases in 2000 to about 5.6 million in 2019, said a World Health Organization report on Monday. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, India contributed to the largest absolute reductions in malaria, as compared to 2018, cases in India reduced by 1.2 million, according to WHO's latest World Malaria Report. In 2019, the global tally of malaria cases was 229 million, an annual estimate that has remai
  • Researchers to explore how vitamin D affects Covid-19
    New York, November 30 (IANS): After several studies linked high vitamin D supplementation with reduced Covid-19 effects, now researchers from Penn State University in the US, to study whether vitamin D could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by coronavirus. The research team, including one of Indian-origin, have received nearly $241,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on how vitamin D regulates the immune system in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Divorce negatively impacts physical, mental health: Study
    London, November 30 (IANS): Going through a divorce is extremely challenging and now a new study reveals that it can negatively impact mental and physical health. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that the mental and physical health of recent divorcees was worse than that of the background population and that higher levels of conflict predicted worse mental health, regardless of other factors. Researchers have been examining the mental and physica
  • Women at higher risk of heart attack death than men: Study
    Toronto, November 30 (IANS): Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have revealed that women face a 20 per cent increased risk of developing heart failure or dying after the first severe heart attack compared to men. Previous research looking at sex differences in heart health has often focused on recurrent heart attack or death. However, the differences in vulnerability to heart failure between men and women after heart attack remains unclear. For this study, published
  • Climbing stairs daily will boost mental health in pandemic
    New Delhi, November 29 (IANS): Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or simply walking to the neighbourhood store can significantly enhance our personal well-being during the pandemic times, particularly in people susceptible to psychiatric disorders. It is a well-known fact that exercise enhances physical well-being and mental health but the impact of everyday activities on a person's mental health has hardly been studied so far. For example, it is not yet clear which bra
  • SII to seek emergency use authorisation for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in 2 weeks: Poonawalla
    New Delhi, Novèmber 28 (IANS): The Serum Institute of India (SII) will seek emergency use authorisation for the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine in about two weeks. Adar Poonawalla, Founder and CEO, SII said on Saturday that SII is in the process of submitting the data for the clinical trials to the DCGI and will seek emergency use authorisation. He said there will be no delays in the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout as the trials are more than enough for establishing efficacy and
  • We've resources for Covid vaccination within 3-4 weeks: Delhi govt
    New Delhi, November 28 (IANS): The Delhi government on Saturday said it has infrastructure to undertake coronavirus vaccination among all city residents within three-four weeks, adding that it was only waiting for the vaccine to be made available. Health and Family Welfare Minister Satyendar Jain made this announcement in at a press conference called to update Delhi's daily health bulletin. He gave the updates on Covid-19, decreasing positivity rate, availability of beds, and pr
  • Russia agrees to produce coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in India
    MOSCOW, November 27 (Reuters) - Russia's sovereign wealth fund and Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero have agreed to produce over 100 million doses per year in India of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, according to a statement on the Sputnik V Twitter account on Friday. Hetero and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has been backing the vaccine and marketing it globally, plan to start production of Sputnik V in India at the beginning of 2021, the statement
  • Pneumonia vaccine may reduce impact of Covid-19: Study
    SYDNEY, NOVEMBER 26 (IANS): Pneumonia vaccines can potentially reduce the impact of viruses such as Covid-19, said researchers, adding that it has reduced illness and death in patients with pneumonia, serious lung conditions and rotavirus, a common disease which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting. The University of Melbourne-led research team, which worked with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, said the results underline the importance of vaccines and how they can
  • High BP in midlife is linked to increased brain damage: Study
    LONDON, NOVEMBER 26 (IANS): Researchers have revealed that higher than normal blood pressure (BP) is linked to more extensive brain damage in the elderly, suggesting that it is important to control blood pressure long-term. The study, published in the journal European Heart Journal, found that there was a strong association between diastolic blood pressure (the blood pressure between heartbeats) before the age of 50 and brain damage in later life, even if the diastolic blood pressur
  • Adults, children must move more to stay fit in pandemic era - WHO
    GENEVA, November 26 (Reuters) - All adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, even more vital for well-being and mental health in the COVID-19 era, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in its first guidance in a decade. It recommended that children and adolescents have an average of one hour of daily physical exercise and limit time in front of electronic screens. And people of all ages must compensate for growing sedentary
  • No benefit seen from plasma treatment in severe COVID-19; virus may hurt male fertility
    November 26 (Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Plasma treatment shows no benefit in severe COVID-19 Blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors was of little benefit to patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, researchers in Argentina reported on Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. So-called convalescent plasma, whic
  • Explainer: When and how will COVID-19 vaccines become available?
    NEW YORK, November 25 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc with partner BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc have released trial data showing their COVID-19 vaccines to be about 95% effective at preventing the illness, while AstraZeneca Plc this week said its vaccine could be up to 90% effective. If regulators approve any of the vaccines in coming weeks, the companies have said distribution could begin almost immediately with governments around the world to decide who gets them and in what order. The foll
  • Mutations not making coronavirus able to spread more rapidly - study
    LONDON, November 25 (Reuters) - The COVID-19-causing coronavirus is mutating as it spreads around the world in the pandemic, but none of the mutations currently documented appears to be making it able to spread more rapidly, scientists said on Wednesday. In a study using a global dataset of virus genomes from 46,723 people with COVID-19 from 99 countries, researchers identified more than 12,700 mutations, or changes, in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. "Fortunately, we found that none
  • Global availability of Covid vaccine for public only by mid-2021: Moody's
    New Delhi, November 25 (IANS): While recent news about the high effectiveness of two coronavirus vaccines is a promising sign in the effort to combat the pandemic, a vaccine for Covid-19 will not be widely distributed before mid-2021, Moodys Investors Service said on Tuesday. "However, these developments do not change the assumption underpinning our economic forecasts that widespread, global availability of the vaccine to the general public is only likely by around mid-202