Health

  • Covid after-effects an emerging challenge for docs, patients
    Jaipur, October 30 (IANS): At a time when the Covid-19 graph seems to be showing a slide the nation, another trend is giving sleepless nights to patients as well as health experts -- the after-effects reported among the patients who have recently turned Covid negative. Dr. Sudhir Bhandhari, principal and controller, SMS Medical College Hospital, says: "We have observed a new trend wherein the patients who turned negative are complaining of respiratory distress, mental trauma of
  • BCG vaccine can help elderly fight against Covid-19: ICMR study
    New Delhi, October 30 (IANS): The Bacille Calmette-Guerin or BCG vaccine, originally made against tuberculosis, may help in the management of Covid-19, especially in the elderly, says a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The BCG vaccination is known to induce innate immune memory, which confers protection against several infections, the study uploaded as preprint at medRxiv, reported. "We investigated the impact of BCG vaccination on the frequencies of T
  • Moderna prepares global launch of Covid-19 vaccine
    Washington, October 30 (IANS): American biotechnology company Moderna announced that it was preparing for the global launch of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate. "We are actively preparing for the launch of mRNA-1273 and we have signed a number of supply agreements with governments around the world," Xinhua news agency quoted Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel as saying in a statement on Thursday. In addition to the Phase 3 study of the Covid-19 vaccine mRNA-1273, which is fully
  • Hidden till now, air pollution emerges as leading risk-factor contributing to strokes
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS): The manifestation of rising air pollution in respiratory organs is well recognised and talked about in the public discourse. However, not many people are aware air pollutants have the potential to increase the risk of stroke. Evidences, supported by epidemiological studies and researches, have emerged which show rise in pollution is synonymous to the increase in incidents of strokes. Meanwhile, experts have also observed that exposure to the polluted
  • Superfoods that can lower the risk of breast cancer
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANSlife): A healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and a nutrient-dense diet may help reduce the risk of cancer. Foods which are rich in antioxidants and fiber have been found to regulate oestrogen and inhibit cancer cell formation. Small changes to a routine can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Rohit Shelatkar, VP at Vitabiotics, Fitness & Nutrition Expert lists down some superfoods to add in ones diet to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Walnut
  • 'Turning coronavirus protein into nanoparticle could be key for Covid vax'
    New York, October 29 (IANS): In a major study, researchers have discovered a technique that could help increase the effectiveness of vaccines against the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes Covid-19. Since it began spreading in early 2020, biomedical researchers have been in active pursuit of an effective vaccine. According to the study, published in the journal Advanced Materials, one answer might lie in designing vaccines that partially mimic the structure of the virus.
  • Ensuring better digestive health for your child
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANSlife): Has your toddler been refusing to poop in the toilet? Does he/she cry or make faces while passing stool or has the frequency of pooping reduced to less than thrice a week? If youve noticed any of these signs, then its possible that your child is constipated. But there's no need to panic. Many children go through chronic constipation. Studies have found the prevalence can be as high as 29 per cent, and constipation is most commonly seen in kids w
  • Sanofi, GSK to supply COVAX with 200 mn doses of COVID-19 vaccine
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS): Sanofi and GSK have signed a Statement of Intent with Gavi, the legal administrator of the COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual COVID-19 vaccines. Sanofi and GSK intend to make available 200 million doses of their adjuvanted recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, if approved by regulatory authorities and subject to contract, to the COVAX Facility. Both Companies intend to c
  • Women who perform domestic chores have better bone health
    New York, October 26 (IANS): Women who spend a substantial amount of time doing domestic chores such as growing fruits and vegetables, churning butter, beating rugs, washing windows and caring for children have better bone density and overall bone health than women leading sedentary lifestyles, new research has found. Previous studies in the field have looked at bone density measurements in menopausal women. This time, the researchers from Beckman Institute for advanced Science a
  • Oxford COVID-19 vaccine prompts immune response among adults old and young, AstraZeneca says
    LONDON, October 26 (Reuters) - The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces a similar immune response in both older and younger adults, and adverse responses were lower among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday. A vaccine that works is seen as a game-changer in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.15 million people, hammered the global economy and shuttered normal life across the world. &quo
  • 'Indian women diagnosed with more aggressive breast cancer very early'
    New York, October 25 (IANS): In a major US study, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that Indian and Pakistani women are diagnosed with breast cancer, including more aggressive forms of the disease, at a younger age. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, examined the characteristics of breast cancer in Indian- and Pakistani-American and non-Hispanic white women in the US. "Our results provide an insight into breast cancer in Indian
  • Covid-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients in India: Study
    Sydney, October 24 (IANS): Researchers have revealed that Covid-19 pandemic came as a double blow for people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems or cardiovascular conditions in countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and others. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, found people with NCDs are more vulnerable to catching and dying from Covid-19 and their exposure to NCD risk factors - such as substance abus
  • Most people would get COVID-19 vaccine if offered by government or employer: poll
    LONDON, October 21 (Reuters) - Most people would get a COVID-19 vaccine if their government or employer recommended it, results of a global poll showed on Tuesday, amid growing concerns about public distrust of the shots being developed at speed to end the pandemic. Some 71.5% of participants said they would be very or somewhat likely to take a COVID-19 vaccine and 61.4% reported they would accept their employer's recommendation to do so, according to the survey in June of more
  • Covid vaccinations make many people anxious worldwide: Study
    London, October 21 (IANS): Scientists have found that many people around the world are 'hesitant' about a Covid-19 vaccine and the reason is strongly related to lack of trust in their government. In a study, published in the journal 'Nature Medicine', the research team validated sample of over 13,400 individuals from 19 countries, including India, that have been hard-hit by the virus and found that 72 per cent of participants would likely take the vaccine. Of the
  • Air pollution may up risk of neurological disorders: Study
    New York, October 20 (IANS): New research adds to the growing body of evidence that air pollution is significantly associated with an increased risk of hospital admissions for several neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias. For the study, published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health, the research team analysed the link between fine particulate (PM2.5) pollution and neurodegenerative diseases in the US. Parti
  • China's Sinovac vaccine is safe, Brazil institute says
    BEIJING/SAO PAULO, October 20 (Reuters) - An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech appeared to be safe in a late-stage clinical trial in Brazil, preliminary results showed on Monday. São Paulo's Butantan Institute, one of Brazil's leading biomedical research centers, which is carrying out the Phase 3 tests, said the two-dose vaccine, called CoronaVac, proved to be safe in a trial so far involving 9,000 volunteers. But Butantan di
  • First results of Russian coronavirus vaccine trial may include data from 5,000-10,000 people
    MOSCOW, October 20 (Reuters) - Preliminary results from the late-stage human trial of Russia's main coronavirus vaccine candidate could include data from 5,000-10,000 participants, Denis Logunov, a director at the Gamaleya Institute that developed the vaccine, said on Monday. Russia's plan to publish preliminary data about the Sputnik V jab as early as November is likely to make it one of the first vaccine developers to share any data from a final stage trial, known as Phase
  • Have nutritional beverage with exercise for fit body, sharp mind
    New York, October 19 (IANS): Daily exercise, along with nutrient-enriched beverages, can do wonder with improving both physical and cognitive health, researchers have discovered. While exercise alone improved strength and endurance, mobility and stability, those who also consumed the nutritional supplement as part of the study saw all of these improvements and more. "For example, they were better able to retain new information in their working memory and had quicker response
  • WHO warns against complacency in view of declining Covid cases
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday cautioned against any relaxation of response actions following the recent slight decline in Covid-19 cases in South-East Asia Region, saying the pandemic continues unabated and our response only needs to be strengthened further to curtail virus transmission. "There should be no complacency in view of the declining numbers in recent weeks. The Region still reports large numbers of Covid-19 cases. We need
  • Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine gets nod for clinical trials in India
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted approval to Dr Reddy's, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in India, to conduct phase 2 and 3 clinical human trials of the Sputnik V, a Covid-19 vaccine made by Russia. On September 16, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Limited had agreed to cooperate on clinical trials and distribution of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India. Sputnik V, an a