Health

  • Zydus Cadila seeks approval to use hepatitis drug for Covid-19 clinical trials
    The antiviral medicine Interferon Alfa 2B’s other version ‘Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b’ has been proposed by Zydus Cadila to the Drug Controller General of India (REUTERS)   Zydus Cadila has also reached the central government’s Department of Biotechnology to investigate the role of Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b for Covid-19.   New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): The country’s top drug regulator, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), has received an application
  • Israel isolates coronavirus antibody in 'significant breakthrough' - minister
    JERUSALEM, May 5 (Reuters) - Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.   The “monoclonal neutralising antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralise it (the disease-causing coronavirus) inside carriers’ bodies,” Defence Minist
  • Women, men may share some similar heart attack symptoms
    London, May 4 (IANS) Researchers have revealed that women's heart attack symptoms are not all that different, adding that the top three heart attack symptoms in both women and men are chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath.   Heart attack symptoms are often labelled as 'typical' in men and 'atypical' in women, according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.   "But our study shows that while symptoms can differ between the
  • Coronavirus: India conducting over 74K tests per day
    New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that more than 11 lakh samples have been tested for novel coronavirus so far.   In a press statement, the apex medical research body of the country said, "A total of 1,107,233 samples have been tested as on May 4, 9 a.m."   Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry said, "Our figures are being reconciled with ICMR."   In addition to this, a Press Information Bureau tweet sai
  • AI helps spot early signs of glaucoma progression to blindness
    London, May 3 (IANS) Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), researchers have developed a quick test to identify which people with glaucoma are at risk of rapid progression to blindness.   A new test can detect glaucoma progression 18 months earlier than the current gold standard method, said the study published in the journal Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics.   Glaucoma, the leading global cause of irreversible blindness, affects over 60 million people, which i
  • Cancer patients may face high mortality from COVID-19: Study
    New York, May 2 (IANS) An Indian-origin team of researchers in the US has claimed that people with cancer who develop coronavirus (COVID-19) are much more likely to die from the disease than those without cancer.   The mortality rate for COVID-19 in the US is 5.8 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation.   "Our findings emphasise the need to prevent cancer patients from contracting COVID-19 and - if they do - to identify and closely monitor these indiv
  • For COVID-19 patients with diabetes, blood sugar control is key
    Beijing, May 2 (IANS) People with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at greater risk of a poor outcome if they become infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) -- and in such situations, controlling blood sugar levels can lead to favourable outcomes, say researchers.   More than 500 million people around the world have T2D. While it was clear that people with this condition fare worse with COVID-19, the researchers wondered what role a person's blood glucose control might have o
  • Researchers reveal why loud noise is bad for your health
    London, May 2 (IANS) Whether it is loud machinery at work, a busy freeway, a nearby airport or loud music, many people are exposed to high levels of noise, say researchers, adding that exposure to loud noise is not only annoying but also bad for your health.   Large studies have linked noise exposure to various health problems in people.   Now, two new mouse studies provide new insight into how this type of noise exposure can lead to high blood pressure and cancer
  • Has heart attack risk declined among diabetics in last 20 years?
    Sydney, May 2 (IANS) Researchers now claim that the rate of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications has improved among people with diabetes over the past 20 years, narrowing the gap in cardiovascular mortality rates between individuals with and without diabetes.   More than 463 million adults worldwide have diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation.   Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart at
  • Researchers develop fast antibody blood test for Covid-19
    Beijing, May 1 (IANS) A team of researchers here has developed a quick, sensitive test of antibodies against coronavirus in human blood, which could help doctors track a person's exposure to the disease, as well as confirm suspected Covid-19 cases which have been tested negative by other methods.   Published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, the study revealed that researchers from China wanted to develop a fast, sensitive antibody test to help identify people with curren
  • New Covid symptoms in Indian patients? Experts need more data
    New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The initial symptoms of novel coronavirus disease were identified as Influenza like and respiratory problems till now, but recently the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking and investigating public health trends, has come up with new symptoms of novel coronavirus. These new symptoms include symptoms like chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell. Some experts say t
  • HCQ has 90% chance of helping COVID-19 patients: US doctors' body
    New York, April 29 (IANS) A team of US doctors has claimed that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug termed potential "game-changer" for COVID-19 by President Donald Trump, has improved the survival and recovery odds for about 90 per cent of patients infected with the virus. In a letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) presented a frequently updated table of studies that report results of treating COVID-19 with the
  • IIT Guwahati, Hester Biosciences collaborate to develop COVID-19 vaccine
    Guwahati, April 29 (IANS) Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with pharmaceutical company Hester Biosciences Limited to develop a vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19).   The vaccine is expected to be ready by the end of this year for animal studies. The work is currently in its early stage of development, IITG said in a statement.   The vaccine will be based on a recombinant avian paramyxovirus based vector plat
  • Men more likely to suffer severe effects of COVID-19 than women: Study
     A family use umbrella to protect themselves from rain as they walk to home on a two-wheeler during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in Guwahati on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)   New Delhi, April 29 (PTI): Men and women are at equal risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, but men are more likely to suffer severe effects of the virus and die, according to a study which suggests that older male patients with COVID-19 may need additional supportive care
  • Everything you need to know about a brain stroke
    New Delhi, April 29 (IANSlife) A common but life-threatening medical emergency, a brain stroke can often lead to irreparable damage to your brain, body and quality of life. However, it is preventable to some extent.   "One may suffer from stroke if the blood supply to the part of your brain is reduced or interrupted, thereby preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. You will be shocked to know that the brain cells tend to die. Trouble in speaking and walking
  • Work-related stress may up risk for peripheral artery disease
    London, April 28 (IANS) People who reported work-related stress were more likely to be hospitalised for peripheral artery disease compared to those who did not report work-related stress, according to a study.   Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a cardiovascular disease that occurs when cholesterol or other fatty substances in the blood build up in the blood vessels away from the heart, usually the legs, impeding blood flow.   Worldwide, peripheral artery dise
  • Why breathing during exercise harder for women than men
    Toronto, April 28 (IANS) While both sexes have the capacity for phenomenal athletic achievements, researchers have found that breathing during difficult exercise may be harder for women as compared to men.   The study suggests one possible way sex could affect exercise dynamics and potentially also contribute to differences in how men and women experience airway disorders such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   "The amount of work the re
  • Yoga helps Kids with Autism cope with quarantine
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANSlife) Children who are autistic tend to have sensory experiences that are very different from others. As children with special needs, they have the kind of responses to situations that put their bodies in fight, flight, or freeze modes.   What this does is it diverts the flow of blood from the digestive organs to the skeletal muscles. This activity disrupts their digestion, increases their heart rate, and causes shallow breathing-which are big factor
  • E-cigarettes may up heart rate, blood pressure in young people
    New York, April 28 (IANS) Smoking e-cigarettes? Read this carefully. Researchers have found that nicotine-filled e-cigarettes can increase heart rate and blood pressure in young people after a vaping session.   According to the study, published in the FASEB Journal, e-cigarettes are often marketed to teenagers and young adults as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco products.   Previous studies have shown that active smoking of tobacco cigarettes leads t
  • COVID-19 impacting major organs; young, middle-aged dying of stroke
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Doctors in the US have sounded alarm about people in their 30s and 40s dying of stroke because of coronavirus.   The Washington Post reported that young and middle-aged people, barely sick with COVID-19, are dying of strokes.   The report said doctors sound an alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead. Some didn't even know they were infected.   The report said that there has been a stroke surge and re