Health

  • Over 200 kids diagnosed with long-term Covid symptoms in Sweden
    STOCKHOLM, FEBRUARY 15 (IANS): Over 200 children have been diagnosed with long-term Covid-19 symptoms here, statistics by Swedish Television (SVT) showed on Monday. The Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital here has lately seen a surge in children seeking medical care for prolonged Covid symptoms, SVT reported. Fatigue, a sore throat, headaches and nausea are among the most common symptoms. Concentration problems and memory gaps have also been reported. The average age
  • 66% healthcare workers report mild side-effects post-vax: Survey
    New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): A survey conducted by noted public health experts indicated that the side-effects post-vaccination, or 'reactogenicity' in medical linguistic, is likely to occur in 66 per cent of the healthcare workers which are most probably to subside within a day of their onset. The survey, which compiled the responses from 5,396 respondents, all healthcare professionals, who had received Covid vaccines, showed 66 per cent of them reported at least post-vac
  • Effective drug for metastatic papillary kidney cancer
    New York, February 14 (IANS): Researchers have found that the small molecule inhibitor cabozantinib was found most effective in treating patients with metastatic papillary kidney cancer among three targeted drugs. The findings, to be published in the journal The Lancet, found that patients receiving sunitinib went a median of 5.6 months before their cancer progressed; patients receiving savolitinib and crizotinib fared much worse overall. But cabozantinib, which inhibits VEGF recept
  • Green tea compound boosts protein's tumour-suppressing activity
    New York, February 14 (IANS): Sipping green tea could be quite beneficial as researchers have found that a compound in the popular beverage may increase levels of a natural anti-cancer protein, known for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells, says a new study. The study of the direct interaction between the anti-cancer protein p53 and the green tea compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), published in the journal Nature Communications, points to a new target
  • AIIMS: Covaxin effective for 9-12 months, no serious side-effects so far
    New Delhi, February 13 (IANS): Mathematical calculations indicate that Covaxin may provide immunity against Covid-19 for 9 to 12 months, and there may be a booster shot after this period elapses, Y.K. Gupta, the President of AIIMS Bhopal and Jammu, told IANS. Stressing on the safety and effectiveness of Covaxin, Gupta, former Dean (Academics), and ex-Head, Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS, New Delhi, said that no death has been reported so far due to Covaxin, nor has there been any
  • Potential approach to stop growth of brain cancer cells
    Toronto, February 13 (IANS): Inhibiting a key enzyme that controls a large network of proteins important in cell division and growth leads the way for a new class of drugs that could stop a deadly brain cancer from growing, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, showed that chemically inhibiting the enzyme PRMT5 can suppress the growth of glioblastoma cells. The inhibition of PRMT5 led to cell senescence, similar to what happens to cells
  • Humidity from masks may lessen severity of Covid
    New York, February 13 (IANS): The humidity created inside the mask, which we wear to protect ourselves from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, can also help in combating Covid-19 as face masks substantially increase the humidity in the air that the mask-wearer breathes in, a new study suggests. This higher level of humidity in inhaled air could help explain why wearing masks has been linked to lower disease severity in people infected with SARS-CoV-2, because hydration of the respirat
  • UK variant of Covid will 'sweep the world', says scientist
    London, February 11 (IANS): The Covid-19 variant, which was first detected in the UK's Kent last year, is set to become the dominant strain and is going to sweep the world, the head of the UK's genetic surveillance programme said. "The new variant has 'swept the country' and 'it's going to sweep the world, in all probability'," Sharon Peacock, Director of Covid-19 Genomics UK (Cog-UK) told the BBC. "Once we get on top of it or it mutates
  • More Indians opting for healthy food in 2021: Report
    New Delhi, February 11 (IANS): After binging a lot on junk food during the lockdown, Indians are moving towards healthier food options as a new survey on Thursday showed that people are ordering healthier, nutritious food in 2021. According to Swiggy's Health Hub survey based on lakhs of orders, healthy food orders saw a jump of 20 per cent in January as compared to December, clearly indicating a resolve to start the year on a healthy note. While most binged-on biryani and pi
  • Covishield doesn't prevent mild Covid by SA variant: Govt
    New Delhi, February 9 (IANS): The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that studies, though limited, on the variant of SARS-CoV-2 that emerged in South Africa, indicate that Covishield vaccine does not prevent mild Covid-19 disease, but continues to be effective in controlling disease severity and mortality due to the infection. "Whatever information about the B1.351 variant of novel coronavirus we have been receiving from scientific channels is being monitored continuously. A
  • Eating grapes may protect against sunburn, UV damage to skin
    New York, February 6 (IANS): Eating grapes can help protect against sunburn and ultraviolet (UV) skin damage and natural components found in the fruits known as polyphenols are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects, according to a new study. The results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that participants in the study showed increased resistance to sunburn and a reduction in markers of UV damage at the cellular level. "G
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca jab effective against UK Covid variant, study finds
    London, February 7 (PTI): The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca has shown efficacy against the UK variant of the coronavirus, according to an ongoing study by researchers. Oxford University scientists who developed the ChAdOx1-nCoV19 vaccine have found that it remains effective against at least one of the new variants of the disease, called the B.1.1.7 Kent' coronavirus strain after the south-east England region where it was first discov
  • Vegan diet better for weight loss than Mediterranean diet
    New York, February 7 (IANS): A vegan diet is more effective for weight loss and cholesterol control than a Mediterranean diet, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, indicated that the study participants lost an average of 6 kilograms on the vegan diet, compared with no mean change on the Mediterranean diet. "Previous studies have suggested that both Mediterranean and vegan diets improve body weight and cardiometabo
  • Night-time cardiac arrest higher in women than men: Study
    New York, February 5 (IANS): Women are more likely than men to suffer sudden death due to cardiac arrest during night-time hours, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Heart Rhythm, says 25.4 per cent of females studied suffered cardiac arrest at night as compared to 20.6 per cent of their male counterparts. "Dying suddenly during night-time hours is a perplexing and devastating phenomenon. We were surprised to discover that being female is an independent
  • Genetic mutations increase risk of breast cancer by 80%: Experts
    New Delhi, February 4 (IANS) According to statistics released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in December 2020 and cited by the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer has now surpassed lung cancer as the world's most commonly diagnosed cancer. The subject experts suggested that to a large extent, the disease is hereditary in nature. The experts said that inheritance, either by disease history in family or by genetic changes, augments the probabi
  • Green tea, coffee may lower CVD risk for stroke survivors
    Tokyo, February 4 (IANS): Drinking green tea may help reduce multiple causes of death and prevent further cardiovascular problems among stroke and heart attack survivors, a new study suggests. The research, published in the journal Stroke, also found daily coffee consumption helps heart attack survivors by lowering their risk of death after a heart attack and can prevent heart attacks or strokes in healthy individuals. "There is a strong need for scientific evidence on the l
  • World Cancer Day: 10 symptoms people should not ignore
    NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 (IANS): Cancer is an unnatural growth of cells that wrecks the healthy environment of the body. The complications associated with it is not because of the disease, but due to the delayed diagnosis as the symptoms are mostly unclear at times. India has recorded a 333 per cent increase in online consultations with oncologists between January and December 2020, as per Practo's latest insights report. Of the total online consultations, 40 per cent came fro
  • AstraZeneca says vaccine 76% effective for 90 days after single dose
    London, February 3 (IANS): The Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine showed 76 per cent efficacy against symptomatic infection for three months after a single dose, with protection maintained to the second dose, the pharmaceutical company said on Wednesday. The primary analysis of the Phase 3 clinical trials, published as a preprint in The Lancet, also showed that with an inter-dose interval of 12 weeks or more, vaccine efficacy increased to 82 per cent. "These new data
  • Cancer patients too can take Covid vaccine, say doctors
    Hyderabad, February (IANS): Cancer patients too can take Covid-19 vaccine, but under medical supervision, cancer specialists said ahead of the World Cancer Day on February 4. Though few patients with cancer were included in the vaccine trials, they said that going by various studies, vaccines look safe for cancer patients. At a time when several countries, including India, have started the Covid vaccination drive, cancer patients, one of the vulnerable groups, are waiting to hear
  • Bleeding gums may indicate vitamin C deficiency
    New York, February 2 (IANS): If your gums bleed, make sure to improve your intake of vitamin C to reverse the problem, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, shows that bleeding of the gums on gentle probing, or gingival bleeding tendency and also bleeding in the eye, or retinal haemorrhaging, were associated with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream. "When you see your gums bleed, the first thing you should think about is not, I shou