• Coronavirus re-infection is very rare: ICMR DG
    New Delhi, September 15 (ANI): The Indian Council of Medical Research DG Dr Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday said that re-infection with coronavirus is very rare. "Re-infection is very rare with COVID-19. We have seen re-infection occurs in case of measles and (if) someone gets measles, he needs to be protected all his life from measles even though he generates certain anti-bodies," Dr Bhargava said at a press conference.  "Similarly, we can have re-infection i
  • Vaccines won't end pandemic quickly unless delivered equitably: Gates
    New York, September 15 (IANS): Even as the world is rushing for solutions to fight Covid-19, developing and manufacturing vaccines will not end the pandemic quickly unless they are delivered equitably, warn Bill and Melinda Gates. According to a projection by Northeastern University, if rich countries buy up the first two billion doses of vaccine instead of making sure they are distributed equitably, then almost twice as many people could die from Covid-19. "Researchers are
  • 'Phase I of Bharat Biotech vaccine excellent'
    New Delhi, September 15 (PTI): Phase-I clinical trials have revealed "excellent safety" of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and Cadila Healthcare Ltd and their immuno genicity testing is now in progress, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.  "Their phase II clinical trials are going on," Choubey said in response to a question on the present status of th
  • Best time to conceive due to less stress, low pollution: Health experts
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS): Leading gynaecologists and infertility experts across NCR-Delhi have opined that amid the coronavirus pandemic, a host of factors are at play that are advantageous to the couples eager to start a family. They said remote working is the "best time to conceive" as the couples are now getting enough of a comfortable environment to plan their future, besides facing less stress without the earlier long commuting hours and striking a balance in pr
  • Loneliness has doubled among older adults amid pandemic: Study
    New York, September 14 (IANS): Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 but a new study suggests that the pandemic has doubled loneliness among older adults. According to a new survey from the University of Michigan in the US, in June of this year, 56 per cent of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others - more than double the 27 per cent who felt that way in a similar poll
  • Covid-19 virus made in Wuhan lab: Virologist
    September 14 (ANI): In a stunning revelation, a Chinese virologist has claimed that the coronavirus was created in a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan, the original epicentre of the outbreak and offered scientific evidence to back her claims. In an exclusive conversation with 'Loose Women', a British talk show, Dr Li-Meng Yan, the scientist said she was assigned to investigate "new pneumonia" in Wuhan. She said that she discovered a cover-up operation regar
  • Here's your protein report card
    New Delhi, Sep`tember 14 (IANSlife) Celebrating the National Nutrition Month, Right To Protein, a nationwide public health awareness initiative, launched Protein Report Card for Indian citizens to self-assess and improve their nutritional intake. This Protein Report Card is designed to help people understand if their protein consumption is adequate or requires immediate intervention. People looking to receive their own Protein Report Card this nutrition month can log-on to the freel
  • Practice yoga, eat chyawanprash: Guidelines for recovered Covid patients
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): Yogasana, pranayama, meditation and intake of chyawanprash are among some of the suggestions given by the Union health ministry in its new management protocol for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Calling for a holistic approach for follow up care and well-being of all post-COVID recovered patients, the health ministry said such patients must continue COVID appropriate behaviour by use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing
  • New coronavirus seen up close in graphic details inside lungs
    New York, September 13 (IANS): A team of researchers in the US has published striking images of SARS-CoV-2 infected cells in the respiratory airways that are very graphic in nature. In a laboratory setting, the researchers at University of North Carolina School of Medicine inoculated the new coronavirus into human bronchial epithelial cells, which were then examined 96 hours later using scanning electron microscopy. The New England Journal of Medicine featured this work in its &q
  • AstraZeneca resumes Covid vaccine trials in UK
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): Clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, have resumed in the UK following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so. On September 6, the standard review process had triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees and international regulators. The UK committee has concluded its investigations a
  • Overeating home-cooked junk food amid lockdown caused lifestyle diseases
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): The impact of Covid-19 has been far-reaching, and in ways, no one could have imagined. It impacted the health directly and in corresponding manners. One such impact it had was on the food and nutrition. Coronavirus-led lockdown widened the health and financial inequalities and worsened food poverty among marginalized sections. However, most of the privileged population used this period for feasting and indulging in unhealthy eating habits leading to a
  • Social distancing reduces chance of Covid-19 infection: Study
    New York, September 11 (IANS): Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood of testing positive with the Covid-19 virus. While using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is linked to a significantly higher chances of getting infected from Covid-19, the study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, reported. "Our
  • Covid vaccine likely by year end: AstraZeneca
    New Delhi, September 10 (ANI): AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot on Wednesday expressed hopes that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus developed by the pharmaceutical company would be ready by the end of 2020 or early 2021, despite having to pause clinical trials. Earlier this week, the UK-Swedish company reportedly froze the trials after discovering that one participant was sick with transverse myelitis. This condition results in the inflammation of parts of the spinal cord and may
  • 1 in 2 working women in India suffering from pandemic stress
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANS): The Covid-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the emotional well-being of working women in India as nearly one in two of them (47 per cent) are experiencing more stress or anxiety, a new survey said on Thursday. Worryingly, more than two in five working mothers are working outside their business hours to provide childcare, nearly twice as many men (25 per cent), according to the 'Workforce Confidence Index' survey by Microsoft-owned LinkedIn
  • Russia seeks India's help for Sputnik vaccine Phase-3 trial, production
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): The Russian government has sought India's help in manufacturing the Sputnik V vaccine and also to conduct Phase-3 trials or bridging studies in the country, a top official said on Tuesday. Sputnik V, an adenovirus vector-based vaccine, was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, along with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and was registered on August 11. "The Russian government approa
  • First batch of Russian COVID vaccine released to public
    New Delhi, September 8 (ANI): The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, developed by Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund has been released into civil circulation, regional deliveries are planned in the nearest future, the Russian health ministry informs. "The first batch of the 'Gam-COVID-Vac' [Sputnik V] vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection, develo
  • Nutrition for men in their 40's
    New Delhi, September 7 (IANSlife): The 40s are filled with vitality and stress in equal amounts. Health can either be at its best in one's 40s or it can be the start for many lifestyle diseases. Work, family and financial stress together can compound health issues at this age, so it becomes even more necessary to stay healthier than ever before. Mid-life health issues if addressed early can lead to very healthy 50s, 60s and 70s. The most common health problems seen in this age g
  • UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of COVID-19 vaccines
    New Delhi, September 7 (PTI): In what could possibly be the world's largest and fastest ever operation of its kind, the United Nations Children's Fund has announced that it will be leading the procurement and supply of coronavirus vaccines to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available. The UNICEF is the world's largest single vaccine buyer, procuring more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines annually for ro
  • Chinese vax firms prepare facilities for mass production
    Beijing, September 6 (IANS): The Covid-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech has entered Phase-3 trial globally and the biopharma company displayed it during the 'China International Fair for Trade in Services' in Beijing this weekend. The Sinovac vaccine has been in Phase-3 clinical trials since July. Phase-1 and 2 trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective without serious side effects, reports CGTN. "After performing injections on over 1
  • Post-Covid syndrome severely damages children's hearts: Study
    New York, September 6 (IANS) Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), believed to be linked to Covid-19, damages the heart to such an extent that some children will need lifelong monitoring and interventions, warn researchers. According to the review, published in EClinicalMedicine, a journal of The Lancet, case studies also show MIS-C can strike seemingly healthy children without warning three or four weeks after asymptomatic infections. "Children did not need