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  • COVID-19 peak in India may arrive mid-Nov: Study
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): The peak stage of COVID-19 pandemic in India has been delayed by the eight-week lockdown along with strengthened public health measures and it may now arrive around mid-November during which there could be a paucity of isolation and ICU beds, and ventilators, according to a study. The study conducted by researchers from an Operations Research Group constituted by Indian Council of Medical Research said the lockdown shifted the peak of the pandemic by an e
  • AstraZeneca agrees to supply Europe with 400 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine
    ROME, June 14 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Saturday it signed a contract with European governments to supply the region with its potential vaccine against the coronavirus, the British drugmaker’s latest deal to pledge its drug to help combat the pandemic.   The contract is for up to 400 million doses of the vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, the company said, adding that it was looking to expand manufacturing of the vaccine, which it said it would p
  • Covid-19 may actually trigger diabetes in healthy people: Study
    London, June 13 (IANS) In a significant find, a new study has said that the novel coronavirus behind Covid-19 may actually trigger onset of diabetes in healthy people, apart from causing severe complications of pre-existing diabetes.   According to the researchers from King's College London, given the short period of human contact with new coronavirus, the exact mechanism by which the virus influences glucose metabolism is still unclear.   "Diabetes is on
  • India to begin production of Remdesivir drug
    New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): India is soon going to have its domestic production of anti-viral Remdesivir drug, which would have safety, efficacy and stability for "restricted emergency use" on COVID-19 patients.    Recently, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Drug Controller General of India has given the approval to Remdesivir for "restricted emergency use" on severely ill hospitalised coronavirus patients.   For this, the country
  • Females in India may have higher COVID-19 death risk than males: Study
    New Delhi, June 13 (PTI): While studies have shown that men are more prone to dying from COVID-19 than women globally, an analysis of case fatalities in India suggests that females may have a higher relative-risk of COVID-19 mortality in the country.   Scientists, including Abhishek Kumar from the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi, used crowdsourced data to provide early estimates for age-sex specific COVID-19 case fatality rate for India.   The study, pub
  • Self-swabbing tests for Covid-19 accurate and safe: Study
    New York, June 13 (IANS) Test samples collected by people who swabbed their own nasal passages yielded results for the Covid-19 virus that were as accurate as samples collected by a health care worker, according to a new study.   For the findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research team picked 30 participants who previously had tested positive for Covid-19.   They collected their own samples at a drive-through testing site a
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: TB and Polio vaccines being considered to fight COVID-19
    New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): As the world waits for the coronavirus vaccine, scientists are evaluating two tried-and-true vaccines for Tuberculosis and Polio to see if they can offer limited protection against the coronavirus. Tests are already underway to see if the TB vaccine can slow down the novel coronavirus. As per Washington Post, other researchers writing in a scientific journal Thursday propose using the polio vaccine, which once was melted on children's tongues. &nbs
  • Masks significantly reduce infection risk, likely preventing thousands of COVID-19 cases -study
    June 13 (Reuters) - Requiring the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in areas at the epicenter of the global pandemic may have prevented tens of thousands of infections, a new study suggests.   Mask-wearing is even more important for preventing the virus’ spread and the sometimes deadly COVID-19 illness it causes than social distancing and stay-at-home orders, researchers said, in the study published in PNAS: The Proceedings of the National
  • PGIMER's first patient treated with plasma therapy recovers fully
    Chandigarh, June 12 (IANS) Lighting up hopes for many fighting their Covid-19 battle, a 60-year-old man from Haryana who was PGIMER's first patient to be administered convalescent plasma therapy, was discharged after his successful recovery, the institution said on Friday.   PGIMER Director Jagat Ram was present on the occasion to compliment the Kurukshetra resident on his successful recovery.   "It is definitely an encouraging news for all of us and I co
  • AstraZeneca inks $87mn Covid-19 vaccine deal with US firm
    New York, June 12 (IANS) US-based life sciences company Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has entered into an estimated $87 million deal to be the US manufacturing partner for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Oxford University.   The pact announced on Thursday comes after the US government booked about 300 million doses of the potential vaccine with a $1.2 billion deal with AstraZeneca last month.   "By partnering with leading innovators
  • Hotter weather affects survival of coronavirus on surfaces
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): Using a computer model, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay have shown that a hotter and drier weather is linked to lower survival chances of the novel coronavirus on surfaces, a finding that may lead to better sanitisation guidelines for public spaces across the world.   The study, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, assessed how long the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains viable for infection after someone with COVI
  • US researchers identify targets for Covid-19 vaccine
    New York, June 9 (IANS) Researchers in the US have identified regions of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) to target with a vaccine, by harnessing tools used for the development of cancer immunotherapies.   Using this strategy, the researchers believe a resulting vaccine would provide protection across the human population and drive a long-term immune response, the study, published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, said.   In many ways, cancer behaves like a
  • Embrace tai chi to boost heart health, quality of life
    New York, June 9 (IANS) Heart patients who feel gloomy must try popular mind-body exercise tai chi as performing this can improve both mood and quality of life.   Tai chi combines a series of set movements, such as "wave hands like clouds", with relaxation and breathing. It's a mind-body exercise because it requires concentration on posture, relaxation and breathing.   "If you've had a heart attack or stroke, or are affected by another heart
  • Keeping your lungs healthy
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANSlife) Recovery from any infectious disease relies a lot on an individuals immunity system and by far, COVID-19 has certainly put our abilities to test.   Lung health during the pandemic can be majorly affected as the virus harms the respiratory system. Our lungs process and help in the distribution of oxygen in the body. It is therefore extremely important to ensure lung health, especially during these times, in order to be able to put up a fight again
  • Repetitive negative thinking linked to dementia in later life
    London, June 8 (IANS) Are you a negative thinker? Read this carefully. Researchers have found that repetitive negative thinking in later life may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease.   The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, revealed that persistently engaging in negative thinking patterns was linked to cognitive decline and greater deposits of two harmful proteins responsible for Alzheimer's disease.   "Here, we found
  • 50% heart patients avoid hospitals due to Covid-19 fears
    London, June 8 (IANS) Fear of Covid-19 seems to be keeping heart attack patients away from hospitals as the number of such patients seeking urgent hospital care has dropped over 50 per cent.   "There has been lack of public reassurance that efforts have been made to provide clean hospital areas for non-Coivd-19 patients," said study researcher Barbara Casadei, Professor at European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in France.   For the study, published in the
  • Poor sleep quality may increase risk for heart disease
    New York, June 8 (IANS) Sleeping poorly on a regular basis may lead to the fatty arterial plaque buildup known as atherosclerosis that can result in fatal heart disease.   "We've discovered that fragmented sleep is associated with a unique pathway -- chronic circulating inflammation throughout the bloodstream -- which, in turn, is linked to higher amounts of plaques in coronary arteries," said study senior author Matthew Walker from the University of California
  • Smokers more vulnerable to Covid-19, say experts
    Hyderabad, June 7 (IANS) Those with comorbidities, like cardiac and liver ailments, and smokers are more prone to fall prey to Covid-19, say doctors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed smoking as one of the major risk factors for coronavirus as it suppresses immune functions of body.   Smokers have higher expression of ACE2 (angiotensin converting enzyme 2) that signals inflammation and also more secretory cells making them susceptible to infections.  
  • The right time to consume fruit
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANSlife) An apple a day does keep the doctor away, don't take our word for it, try it. A fruit is a delicious way to deal with some ailments. Is your skin breaking out? Eat more fruit. Dealing with poor digestion? Snack on some bananas. Feeling hungry when you wake up? Eat fruit. Include a fruit instead of junk in your daily routine, is a good piece of advice.   But the question is when is the best time to eat fruit? Ever thought of why eating a banan
  • Fujifilm says COVID-19 drug research may drag on into July
    TOKYO, June 7 (Reuters) - Fujifilm Holdings Corp's <4901.T> research on Avigan as a potential treatment for COVID-19 may drag on until July, the company said on Sunday, a further setback in the Japanese firm's race to find a vaccine.   "There is a possibility that clinical trials will continue in July," a Fujifilm spokesman said, responding to a Nikkei report that any approval will be delayed until July or later, due to a lack of patients for trials.