• UK approves Johnson & Johnson single-dose Covid vax
    London, May 28 (IANS) The Johnson & Johnson single-dose Covid-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Friday. This is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be authorised by the UK's independent regulator and is the first to be approved for protection against the Covid-19 with a single dose. "We have undertaken a thorough review of the conditional marketing authorisation application submitted by Janssen (
  • Covid raises heart attack risk in people with high cholesterol
    New York, May 28 (IANS) People with genetic high cholesterol, heart disease or both, and infected with Covid-19 can be more at risk of heart attacks, according to new research. Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic condition that increases an individual's risk for cardiovascular disease by up to 20-fold due to lifelong elevated low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, also confi
  • Covid lockdowns reduced bacterial diseases spread: Lancet
    New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) National lockdowns and public health campaigns introduced at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic have reduced the transmission of deadly invasive bacteria that cause respiratory infections -- potentially saving thousands of lives, according to a large study published in The Lancet Digital Health on Friday. Diseases caused by invasive bacteria, including pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis, are leading causes of illness and death worldwide, especially among c
  • Vitamin-rich superfoods to aid reduce anxiety, stress
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANSlife) A healthy diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music, or engaging in a hobby are all known stress-reduction strategies. Vitamins are an essential component in your quest for perfect glowing skin, as well as numerous other health benefits. It boosts the immune system and increases the body's ability to withstand stressful situations. Dietician Vidhi Chawla lists down a few vitamin-rich food items to include in our diet: Oranges Oranges, w
  • Vaccines give protection from severe illness against Covid variants: Study
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Vaccines have been found to be effective in combating mutated variants and protect the vaccinated individual from severe illnesses, hospitalization, or death, reveals a study conducted by a Delhi-based Hospital. The study was conducted amid several reported cases of infections after partial or complete vaccination, occurring in a small percentage of people. Concerns have been raised on the efficacy of vaccination against the mutated variants of Covid-19.
  • Importance of Nutricosmetics
    New Delhi, May 25 (IANSlife) Health is wealth, and healthy skin could be a self-explanatory display for itself. According to Stephen Defelice, any food or part of a food that provides medical or health benefits could be defined as Nutraceuticals. He coined the term 'Nutraceuticals' from the words 'nutrition' and 'pharmaceutical'. This coined term also gave birth to a new derivation known as Nutricosmetics. As stated by Anunciato and da Rocha Filho in the year
  • Natural antioxidants helps manage cholesterol, sugar during Covid
    New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Taking natural antioxidants may help keep sugar level in control and manage cholesterol -- risk factors for getting severely ill from Covid-19--, say health experts. Diabetic patients' risk of contracting the virus is not higher but they can have severe complications. It is because in diabetic patients the immune system is already compromised, which makes it easier for viruses to thrive in the body amidst high blood glucose levels. The risk exists for
  • Don't panic by colour of fungus, look for causes, risks: Experts advise as mucormycosis cases rise
    New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): Amid rising mucormycosis cases among Covid patients and those who have recovered from it, epidemiologists Tuesday advised people to not get panicked by the colour of the fungus causing it, and underlined the importance of analysing the kind of infection, its causes and associated risk-factors. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Monday that 18 states have reported 5,424 cases of mucormycosis, a life-threatening infection, prevalent among COVID-19
  • Zydus launches Ujvira, breakthrough in breast cancer treatment
    NEW DELHI, MAY 24 (IANS): Zydus Cadila launched Trastuzumab Emtansine, the first Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) biosimilar and a highly effective drug for treating both Early and Advanced HER2 positive Breast Cancer, under the brand name 'Ujvira'. HER2 positive Breast Cancer is considered an aggressive form and constitutes 20 to 25 per cent of all Breast Cancers. In a step that can significantly reduce treatment cost by almost 80 per cent, the drug is being offered at Rs 32,4
  • All you need to know about home testing Covid-19 kits
    New Delhi, May 23 (IANSlife) In view of the second wave of Covid-19 that has put extreme pressure on diagnostic path labs, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently approved Covid-19 home testing using Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). The self-use test can be used by symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of confirmed cases as per the ICMR guidelines. Users of this test will not need sample collection by a healthcare professional. This will ease pressure on overburdened
  • Diabetes may increase risk of mucormycosis post Covid: Experts
    New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, patients with diabetes have been in the spotlight for their increased risk of severe Covid-19 outcomes. Now health experts say diabetes, coupled with Covid, may be the reason for the sudden spike in mucormycosis or 'black fungus' infections in the country. India is known as the world's diabetes capital. Nearly one in six people with diabetes in the world is from India. Available scientific literat
  • UK study finds COVID vaccines highly effective' against B1.617.2 variant
    London, May 23 (PTI): A new study by health officials in England shows for the first time that two doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Public Health England (PHE) said on Saturday that while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was 88 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19 from the B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) two weeks after the second dose, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was 60 per cent effective against symp
  • Why and how face masks are effective in limiting Covid spread
    LONDON, MAY 23 (IANS): Researchers have found under which conditions and in which ways, masks actually reduce individual and population-average risks of being infected with Covid-19 and help mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. The study, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany's Mainz, showed that in most environments and situations, even simple surgical masks effectively reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the effective reproduction number
  • Black fungus of intestine: Novel complication diagnosed in Covid patients in Delhi
    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) A novel complication of mucormycosis or black fungus has been detected in a city hospital here in which the fungal infection infected the lower intestine of two patients, including a 56-year-old who lost three family members, including his wife, due to Covid. Both the patients, including one aged 68 years, are being treated at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for more than a week. "It is observed for the first time that the black fungus infected the l
  • UK launches 3rd booster dose trial of 7 Covid vax
    London, May 21 (IANS) In a first, the UK has launched a new clinical trial that will assess the efficacy of a third 'booster' dose of seven different Covid-19 vaccines on patients' immune responses, the media reported. The trial will assess Covid-19 vaccines of Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Valneva, Janssen and Curevac. The trial, named Cov-Boost, aims to begin in June and recruit 3,000 people of all ages who had their first dose in December o
  • Steroids a strict no-no for mild Covid patients: Dr Randeep Guleria
    New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Amid rise of mucormycosis (black fungus) infection, diabetic patients are advised to frequently monitor and control their blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients (those with uncontrolled diabetes), steroid usage and being Corona positive, a combination of these factors places one under risk of getting mucormycosis. Therefore, diabetic patients should regularly monitor and control their blood sugar levels. Mucormycosis or black fungus infection is not a new dis
  • Experts divided over unhygienic masks being contributing factor for black fungus
    New Delhi, May 20 (PTI): Amid a rise in black fungus cases particularly in COVID patients in Delhi, some medical experts feel that "unhygienic masks" and poorly ventilated rooms could be a contributing factor, while others said "no clinical evidence" has been established linking the two. Doctors at many leading hospitals here said many patients, both COVID and non-COVID ones, have presented themselves at the facilities who have been infected with mucormycosis or
  • Health Ministry asks states, UTs to declare black fungus an epidemic
    New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry has appealed to all the states and Union Territories (UTs) to declare mucormycosis or black fungus as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897. The Ministry has also advised that all government and private health facilities, as well as medical colleges should follow guidelines issued by it and the ICMR on screening, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis. The Ministry said mucormycosis or black fungus is a compl
  • Ventilation crucial in reducing COVID-19 transmission: Office of PSA
    New Delhi, May 20 (PTI): Well-ventilated spaces play a crucial role in diluting the COVID-19 viral load of infected air and help in decreasing the risk of transmission from one infected person to the other, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser said on Thursday. In its advisory ‘Stop the Transmission, Crush the Pandemic--Masks, Distance, Sanitation and Ventilation to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus', the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) said
  • Aerosol can travel to 10 mtrs from infected person: Govt advisory
    NEW DELHI, MAY 20 (IANS): The government on Thursday said that the aerosol can travel up to ten metres from the infected person, and that aerosol through the infected person can fall within two meters but can be carried to ten teters through the air. "Aerosol and droplets are key mode of transmission of the virus," it said. The advisory said, to prevent it people should continue wearing mask, wear double masks or a N95 mask. The advisory issued by the principal scien