Health

  • Green Mediterranean diet better for heart health: Study
    Jerusalem, November 24 (IANS) A green Mediterranean diet, containing even more plant matter and very little red meat or poultry, maybe even better for cardiovascular and metabolic health than the traditional version -- at least in men, say researchers. The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and currently forms the backbone of dietary guidelines to stave off coronary heart disease. It's thought that i
  • People with eye disease, diabetes at 5-fold risk of severe Covid-19: Study
    London, November 24 (IANS): Researchers have revealed that people with diabetes and eye disease have a five-fold increased risk of requiring intubation when hospitalised with Covid-19. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, identified for the first time the risk associated with diabetic retinopathy and Covid-19. "This is the first time that retinopathy has been linked to severe Covid-19 in people with diabetes," said study author An
  • 5 ways to combat body odour while running
    New Delhi, November 23 (IANSlife): Sweating is an inevitable part of running which will result in bad body odour. Whether you are a distance runner or a casual jogger, smelling good is something that can add a boost to your exercise. After all, no one wants to worry about body odour after the high that accompanies a great feeling run. Also, in case you thought you could only sweat in summer that is not true. With the onset of winter come the heavy layers of clothing which results in
  • AstraZeneca says COVID-19 'vaccine for the world' can be 90% effective
    LONDON, November 23 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine could be around 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals. The British drugmaker said it will have as many as 200 million doses by the end of 2020, around four times as many as U.S. competitor Pfizer. Seven hundred million doses could be ready globally as soon as the end of the fir
  • Experts suggest care of COVID+ mothers and their newborns
    New Delhi, November 23 (IANSlife): Many COVID-19 positive pregnant women experience mild symptoms of cold or flu. However, pregnant women who are older, overweight or have pre-existing medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes seem to develop severe diseases. The primary reason considered for the transmission of SARS-COV-2 to neonates is through respiratory droplets during the postnatal period when they are exposed to their mothers or caregivers with COVID infection, accordi
  • Vegans, vegetarians at higher risk of bone fractures: Study
    London, November 23 (IANS): Compared with people who ate meat, vegans with lower calcium and protein intakes (on average) had a 43 per cent higher risk of fractures anywhere in the body, researchers have warned. According to the findings, published in the journal BMC Medicine, vegetarians and people who ate fish but not meat had a higher risk of hip fractures, compared to people who ate meat. However, the risk of fractures was partly reduced once body mass index (BMI), dietary ca
  • Respiratory disorders on rise in Delhi-NCR due to toxic air
    New Delhi, November 22 (IANS): As if the coronavirus scare was not enough. In view of the deadly smog that has engulfed the national capital, health experts on Sunday said they have seen a substantial increase in patients with respiratory disorders in the Delhi-NCR region. Air pollution is an important cause of worsening of respiratory disorders, including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and respiratory difficulty in those patients who do not smoke or have pre-asthmatic con
  • Masks don't impair lung function during exercise: Study
    NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 18 (IANS): While a face mask might feel uncomfortable, researchers have said that they do not significantly change the actual work of breathing or the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide when worn while exercising. The physical barrier created by masks has prompted concerns that they might impair the cardiopulmonary system by making it harder to breathe, by altering the flow of inhaled oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide and by increasing dyspnea. Dyspnea is a medi
  • Mouthwash can kill Covid-19 virus in 30 seconds: Study
    LONDON, NOVEMBER 18 (IANS): Researchers have once again claimed that widely-available mouthwashes have killed Coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 disease, within 30 seconds of exposure in laboratory conditions. The study this time from Cardiff University in the UK, which has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal, found that some mouthwashes could help to kill the Coronavirus in saliva. According to the BBC, while the research suggests use of mouthwash
  • WHO takes aim at cervical cancer to reduce cases, deaths
    GENEVA, November 17 (Reuters): Vaccinating nine in 10 girls under 15 against cervical cancer, and improved screening and treatment of women could reduce infections by 40% and save 5 million lives by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer among women globally, is a preventable disease but strikes at least 570,000 each year and kills 311,000, the U.N. agency said. Almost all cases are linked to infection with h
  • India's first vaccine candidate, Covaxin's Phase-3 trials begin
    Hyderabad, November 17 (IANS): Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Monday announced that it has commenced Phase-3 trials of Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine for Covid-19. The Phase-3 trials, which involve 26,000 volunteers across India, are being conducted in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). This is India's first Phase-3 efficacy study for a Covid-19 vaccine, and the largest Phase-3 efficacy trial ever conducted in India, the Hyderabad-
  • Why antibiotics should not be given to kids below 2
    New York, November 17 (IANS): Antibiotics administered to children younger than two are associated with several ongoing illnesses or conditions, ranging from allergies to obesity, warn researchers. For the study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the research team from Mayo Clinic in the US analysed data from over 14,500 children. About 70 per cent of the children had received at least one treatment with antibiotics for illness before age 2. The findings s
  • Healthy sleep habits help lower risk of heart failure: Study
    New York, November 17 (IANS): Researchers have revealed that adults with the healthiest sleep pattern have 42 per cent lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk factors compared to adults with unhealthy sleep patterns. Healthy sleep patterns are rising in the morning, sleeping 7-8 hours a day and having no frequent insomnia, snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness, the study published in the journal Circulation said. "Our findings highlight the importance of
  • An egg a day can trigger diabetes too, warn researchers
    SYDNEY, NOVEMBER 15 (IANS): Scrambled, poached or boiled, eggs are a popular breakfast food the world over but new research warns that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes. The study found that people who regularly consumed one or more eggs per day (equivalent to 50 grams) increased their risk of diabetes by 60 per cent and the effect was more pronounced in women than in men. Conducted in partnership with the China Medical University, and Qatar University, th
  • Diabetes strikes Indians a decade earlier than the world
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 13 (IANS): One in every four individuals under 25 years of age has shown diabetic levels, a condition usually seen in the age group 40-50 years according to the Indian Council of Medical Research, shows a new study. A data analysis by diagnostic chain Metropolis Healthcare, also indicates that Delhi is fast becoming the diabetes capital of the country. Out of the total of 1,37,280 samples tested for Diabetes January 2019 to August 2020 in their Delhi lab, as many
  • Severe Covid-19 infection rare in newborns: Study
    LONDON, NOVEMBER 10 (IANS): A new research adds to the growing body of evidence that severe Covid-19 infection appears rare in newborn babies. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, traced all babies less than 29 days old with Covid-19 across the UK, who needed to be admitted into the hospital. The analysis traced these babies with Covid-19 between the beginning of March and end of April, at the peak of the first wave of the UK Covid-19 pandem
  • Pfizer vaccine trial success signals breakthrough in pandemic battle
    (Reuters): Pfizer Inc's <PFE.N> experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results, the drugmaker said on Monday, a major victory in the war against a virus that has killed over a million people and battered the world's economy. Scientists, public health officials and investors welcomed the first successful interim data from a large-scale clinical test as a watershed moment that could help turn the tide of the pandemic if the f
  • 'Great day for humanity': Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective
    Reuters  Pfizer Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world's economy and upended daily life. Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE are the first drugmakers to release successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine. The companies said they have so far found no serious safety concerns and expect to
  • The link between back pain and lung cancer
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 9 (IANS): Lung cancer is often stigmatised as 'smokers disease' but in today's time, non-smokers cannot escape the risk of having lung cancer as well. Lung cancer is one of the most critical types of cancer to be diagnosed, as it usually doesn't show any abnormal signs until it has spread to other parts of the body. Since there are no or few nerve endings in the lungs, large tumours can easily grow silently without any kind of early symptoms. A
  • This drug may improve knee osteoarthritis in people: Study
    Kolkata, November 8 (IANS): Indian researchers have revealed that after three months of treatment with oral methotrexate, adults with primary knee osteoarthritis (OA) with inflammation had significant improvements in physical function and inflammation. OA is a common joint disease that most often affects middle-age to older people. Many people with knee OA show clinical signs of joint inflammation, including swelling, warmth and pain. This study, from SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, In