• 'Our vaccines are effective on mutants seen in India'
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Our vaccines are effective on the mutants which have been seen in India till date, said India's top two Covid-19 experts: NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul and AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria. Addressing various doubts of people regarding Covid-19 vaccines, these experts "asserted and reassured" their claims about the two vaccines used in India -- Serum Institute of India's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. The two "Mad
  • Neem and Aloe Vera, your skin care essentials
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANSlife) Tired of investing in expensive skin and body care products that assure results but fail to give any? Your answer lies in simple, inexpensive natural ingredients which pack a host of benefits and aren't going to load your skin with chemicals. Summers in India are getting hotter with each passing year and the monsoons are almost upon us in some ways. The heat causes our skin to become rough and tanned, the sweat and grime clogs pores, ultimately resul
  • How protein deficiency effects your body
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANSlife) Protein is one of the most crucial nutrients required for the healthy functioning of our bodies. The role of protein is commonly misunderstood and is usually associated with muscle gain. Protein has multiple benefits, ranging from metabolism to muscle synthesis. This building block of our body should be an essential part of our diet and should be considered in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. We all have different protein requirements based on our li
  • Covid-19 pandemic spiked postpartum mental health visits by 30%
    Toronto, June 7 (IANS) Mental health visits for new mothers were 30 per cent higher during the Covid-19 pandemic than before it, particularly in the first three months after giving birth, revealed a new research. Postpartum mental illness affects as many as one in five mothers and can have long-term effects on children and families if it becomes chronic. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, revealed that mental health visits to both family physicians
  • Mandatory salt-sugar-fat 'cut offs' if India to prevent NCD crisis
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): Indias crippling second wave of Covid-19 may be getting all of the attention now, but it is critical that we do not overlook the silent but deadly killer that has emerged as the leading cause of death over the last two decades. More than 5.8 million Indians die every year from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Most of these deadly diseases, although hard to treat, can be prev
  • Nearly 90% of patients don't use inhalers correctly
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): Global pharma major Lupin Limited (Lupin) on Monday announced the launch of its Digital Asthma Educator platform. The platform guides asthma patients on the correct technique of using inhalers. The new platform is the latest initiative under Lupin's long running umbrella programme, Joint Airways Initiative (JAI), for patients suffering from respiratory ailments. According to estimates, India has nearly 35 million people living with asthma, inclu
  • Covid significantly impacted mental health of adolescent girls
    New York, June 6 (IANS) Covid-19 has had a significant, detrimental impact on adolescent mental health, especially in girls, according to a large study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. A team of Icelandic and North American behavioural and social scientists analysed over 59,000 Icelandic adolescents. The study found that negative mental health outcomes were disproportionately reported by girls and older adolescents (13-18-year-olds), compared to same-age peers prior to the pan
  • Indian scientist too flagged Wuhan lab leak way back
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS): Amid the clamour for an in-depth investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi were reportedly the first to have flagged the lab-leak theory. A team of biologists at the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences in IIT Delhi wrote a 22-page research paper that was released as a pre-print on bioRxiv on January 31, last year. It suggested an “uncanny similarity” between
  • Explained: How oxygen levels decline in Covid-19 patients
    Toronto, June 3 (IANS) SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, infects immature red blood cells (RBC), reducing oxygen in the blood and impairing the immune response, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, sheds light on why many Covid-19 patients, even those not in hospital, are suffering from hypoxia -- a potentially dangerous condition in which there is decreased oxygenation in the body's tissues. The study also shows why anti-inflammatory dru
  • Now order MyLab's Covid-19 self-test kit on Flipkart
    Bengaluru, June 3 (IANS) Biotechnology company Mylab Discovery Solutions has on Thursday commercially rolled out India's first Covid-19 self-test kit CoviSelf. Designed as the mid-nasal swab test, CoviSelf shows results in just 15 minutes. It is priced at Rs 250. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) granted approval for CoviSelf last month. Mylab will distribute the self-test kit to 95 per cent of the PIN codes in the county. The indigenous test kit can be availe
  • Headache most common health ailment among urban Indians: Survey
    New Delhi, June 3 (IANSlife) A pan-India survey by Ipsos has revealed that headache is the top common ailment among urban Indians, with at least 1 in 2 claiming to be suffering from it. Moreover, to mitigate the impact of the ailment, consumers prefer over-the-counter pills over balms. The Ipsos Consumer Health Monitor: OTC Quotient of Urban India, covered 34 cities and 15,133 households. The survey cited fever, bodyache, common cold, and nose block among other top ailments. &quo
  • Global 'hot spots' where new coronaviruses may emerge identified
    New Delhi, June 3 (PTI): Global land-use changes through human settlement, agricultural expansion and livestock production are creating hot spots favourable for coronavirus-carrying bats, and where conditions are ripe for diseases to jump from the flying mammals to humans, according to a study. While the exact origins of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remain unclear, scientists believe that the disease likely emerged when a virus that infects horseshoe bats was able
  • Vitamin D may not protect from Covid infection or severity
    TORONTO, JUNE 2 (IANS): Genetic evidence does not support vitamin D as a protective measure against Covid-19, say researchers. The team from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, analyzed genetic variants of 4,134 individuals with Covid-19, and 1,284,876 without Covid-19, from 11 countries to determine whether genetic predisposition for higher vitamin D levels were associated with less-severe disease outcomes in people with Covid-19. The results, published in PLOS Medicine, showed
  • Hope to vaccinate whole country by December 2021: ICMR chief
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Noting that Covid-19 vaccination drive is ramping up, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said they hope to vaccinate the "whole country" by end of this year. Addressing a press conference here, Bhargava also announced that enough doses to vaccinate 1 crore people per day will be possible by mid-July or August this year. The ICMR Director General also appealed people to have patience, saying &quo
  • Next-gen Covid shots: Cheaper, effective against more viruses
    Washington, June 1 (IANS) Scientists created safe and effective vaccines against Covid-19 at an unprecedented speed. But, according to industry leaders, the next generation of Covid shots will be low in cost, easier to deliver and preserve and effective against more viruses, media reports said on Tuesday. The pharma companies aim to develop shots that will be more effective against certain variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes Covid-19, or even cover all viruses in the large
  • Vaccination, Covid boost natural immunity against SARS-CoV-2: Study
    New York, June 1 (IANS) People with Covid-19 infection are likely to have strong immunity against coronavirus for at least a year after they were initially infected, according to a study. The study, led by scientists at the Rockefeller University, also showed that vaccination boosts the immunity these individuals naturally develop after the infection, so much that they are likely to be protected even from the emerging variants. The study is available on bioRxiv ahead of publicati
  • 'No bigger motivation for quitting tobacco than current health crisis'
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANSlife): With mortality rates of Covid-19 being higher among patients with co-morbidities which are directly related to tobacco, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) has launched an awareness drive to convince people to quit smoking during these times of health crisis. It is well established that tobacco is a key reason for co-morbidities in a person such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory disease and cancer
  • Most Indians experience high fever, tiredness, dry cough symptoms
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Bulk of Indians have accepted feeling symptoms like fever, tiredness, dry cough, cold, nasal congestion and running nose prompting them to go for Covid-19 test. IANS-CVoter Covid tracker survey reveals that almost 8.5 per cent Indians ran high fever, 6.5 per cent complained of dry cough, 6.2 per cent of tiredness, 5 per cent of body pain and 4.9 per cent said they had cold, nasal congestion and running nose. A total of 3.4 per cent Indians said they faced
  • Smoking can go beyond lungs, impact quality of life
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANSlife) May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers and a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. It is responsible for 13 per cent of all new cancer cases and 19 per cent of cancer-related deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, lung cancer was the most common causes of cancer led death in 2020. The most significant risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking. Lung cancer chances are also
  • Waking just one hour earlier cuts depression risk
    New York, May 29 (IANS) Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person's risk of major depression by 23 per cent, suggests a sweeping new genetic study. The study indicates that if someone who normally goes to bed at 1 a.m. goes to bed at midnight instead and sleeps the same duration, they could cut their risk by 23 per cent; if they go to bed at 11 p.m., they could cut it by about 40 per cent. "We found that even one-hour earlier sleep timing is associated with s