• Unregulated sale of smokeless tobacco can spread Covid, doctors warn
    New Delhi, August 24 (IANS): Given their ability to abet the spread of coronavirus, doctors and health professionals are advocating stringent regulations on chewing tobacco and smokeless tobacco products like 'gutka', and 'pan masala' variants. Doctors and advocacy groups are demanding similar restrictions on chewing and non-smoking tobacco products as on smoking tobacco products. Shram, a self-help group working in collaboration with doctors and professional
  • Yoga can ease symptoms of heart rhythm disorder: Study
    New Delhi, August 24 (IANS): In good news for heart patients, a team of Indian researchers has found that yoga could ease symptoms in patients with atrial fibrillation -- the most common heart rhythm disorder. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include palpitations, racing or irregular pulse, shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pain and dizziness. "The symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be distressing. They come and go, causing many patients to feel anxious and limiting thei
  • China approves emergency usage of COVID-19 vaccines: Official
    August 24 (PTI): China has authorised emergency usage of COVID-19 vaccines developed by some select domestic companies, a Chinese health official has said.      An emergency use authorisation, which is based on Chinese vaccine management law, allows unapproved vaccine candidates to be used among people who are at high risk of getting infected on a limited period.      "We've drawn up a series of plan packages, including medical consent forms,
  • Air pollution linked to diabetes development: Study
    New York, August 23 (IANS): Indian-origin researcher Sanjay Rajagopalan from the University Hospitals Harrington in the US has found that air pollution can play a role in the development of cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes. A study, published in the Journal of Clinical, discovered that air pollution was a risk factor that contributed to the common soil of other fatal problems like heart attack and stroke. "In this study, we created an environment that mimicked a pol
  • Russia vaccine roll-out plan prompts virus mutation worries
    LONDON, August 21 (Reuters) - Russia's plan to roll-out its "Sputnik-V" COVID-19 vaccine even before full trials show how well it works is prompting concern among virus experts, who warn a partially effective shot may encourage the novel coronavirus to mutate. Viruses, including the pandemic SARS-CoV-2, are known for their ability to mutate all the time - and often this has little or no impact on the risk posed to people. But some scientists are worried that adding
  • Pfizer-BioNTech 2nd Covid vaccine shows less side effects
    New York, August 21 (IANS) US-based Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced positive results for the Phase 1 trial of their second Covid-19 vaccine candidate, revealing that the latest vaccine candidate has fewer side effects than their first. According to the report, the reason was that the second vaccine seemed to generate a similar immune response, but fewer side effects. On Thursday, they posted the results from all 332 people who received either vaccine, referred t
  • Beat depression and stress through classical music
    New Delhi, August 21 (IANS): Tansen was said to have been able to light lamps by singing Raga Deepak and invoke rainfall by singing Raga Miyan Ki Malhar. It is also said that he created Raga Darbari Kanada to soothe Emperor Akbars stress in the evening. To this end, if your nerves are frayed and irritability sits on the tip of your nose thanks to the stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, set at least 10 minutes of your daily schedule aside for listening to, playing or learning mus
  • Eat broccoli and cabbage to reduce heart attack risk
    Sydney, August 21 (IANS): Higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, is associated with less extensive blood vessel disease such as heart attack or stroke in older women, say researchers. Blood vessel disease is a condition that affects our blood vessels (arteries and veins) and can reduce the flow of blood circulating around the body. This reduction in blood flow can be due to the build-up of fatty, calcium deposits on the inner wa
  • Study finds why some Covid patients may not develop lasting immunity
    New York, August 21 (IANS): A US study led by an Indian-origin researcher has found that high levels of some cytokines seen in Covid-19 patients, as part of a cytokine storm, may prevent the development of long-term immunity to coronavirus. "By using our understanding of how two different types of immune cells normally collaborate to make the best antibodies, we were able to find a mechanism that could explain this lower-quality immune response in Covid-19 patients," said
  • Covid-19 may not spread through breast milk: Study
    New York, August 21 (IANS): New research adds to the growing body of evidence that Covid-19 was unable to cause infection in the breastfed infant. The study, published in the journal JAMA, examined 64 samples of breast milk collected by the 'Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository' from 18 women across the US infected with SARS-CoV-2. Although one sample tested positive for viral RNA, subsequent tests found that the virus was unable to replicate, and thus unabl
  • Children are silent spreaders of coronavirus: Study
    New Delhi, August 20 (PTI): Children play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19 than previously thought, according to a study which found that the younger people may not be as likely to become seriously ill as adults, but they can spread infection and bring the virus into their homes. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, also challenges the current hypothesis that because children have lower numbers of immune receptors for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes C
  • Russia to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials on 40,000 people next week
    MOSCOW, August 20 (Reuters): Mass testing of Russia's first potential COVID-19 vaccine to get domestic regulatory approval will involve more than 40,000 people and will be overseen by a foreign research body when it starts next week, backers of the project said on Thursday. These were the first details on the shape and size of the upcoming late-stage trial of the vaccine given by its developers, who are aiming to allay concerns among some scientists about the lack of data p
  • Living with chronic inflammatory lung disease
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANSlife): Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes persistent obstruction to airflow in the lungs. Unlike asthma, this is a largely irreversible and progressive lung disease, where patients often do not realise symptoms, until significant lung damage has already occurred. It's only when one in at least 40 years old, do symptoms begin to show. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the world and ea
  • COVID-19 link to type 1 diabetes probed; breathalyzer screening shows promise
    August 20 (Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Study suggests possible coronavirus link to type 1 diabetes A small study in Britain suggests researchers should be on the look-out over whether COVID-19 increases the risk of type 1 diabetes. Cases of type 1 diabetes among children may have risen during the peak of Britain'
  • Flushing public toilets can spread Covid-19: Study
    Beijing, August 19 (IANS): Chinese researchers have recently reported that flushing public restroom toilets or urinals can spew clouds of particles carrying viruses, including Covid-19. The study, published in the journal 'Physics of Fluids', found that Covid-19 particles from a flushing urinal can rise to two feet in the air in less than six seconds "potentially infecting the unsuspecting urinal user". The researchers' work shows public restrooms can be dan
  • Explainer: World Health Organization's struggle for a global COVID-19 vaccine plan
    August 19 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged countries to join a global pact aimed at ensuring less wealthy countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines, warning about the risks from so-called "vaccine nationalism." Here is a look at the WHO's plan and the approaches by wealthier nations. WHAT IS THE WHO'S VACCINE PROGRAM? The COVAX global vaccines facility is a program designed to pool funds from wealthier countries and nonprofits to
  • Cancer cases in India to rise by 12% by 2025, says govt report
    New Delhi, August 18 (IANS) There will be 12 percent increase in cancer cases across the country in five years as per the National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020, released by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research on Tuesday. According to the report, India will have 13.9 lakh cancer cases in 2020, which will increase to 15.7 lakh by 2025, based on current trends. These estimates are based on information related t
  • Even mild Covid-19 cases may provide lasting immunity: Study
    London, August 18 (IANS) Mild cases of Covid-19 can trigger robust memory T cell responses -- an essential part of the immune system, even in the absence of detectable virus-specific antibody responses, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Cell, revealed that memory T cell responses generated by natural exposure to or infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, may be a significant immune component to prevent recurrent episodes of severe disease. &q
  • Peanut, coffee to give milk chocolate benefits of dark ones
    New York, August 18 (IANS): A new way to combine your favourite milk chocolate with peanut skins and coffee waste can boost its antioxidant properties, thereby providing the same health benefits associated with the harder, more bitter dark chocolates, says a study. The results suggest that you may not have to compromise on the taste to get the benefits of dark chocolate which has high levels of phenolic compounds. Peanut skins are not the only food waste that can enhance milk cho
  • China grants country's first COVID-19 vaccine patent to CanSino - state media
    BEIJING, August 17 (Reuters) - China’s vaccine specialist CanSino Biologics Inc has won a patent approval from Beijing for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Ad5-nCOV, state media reported, citing documents from the country’s intellectual property regulator. It is the first COVID-19 vaccine patent granted by China, state-owned newspaper People’s Daily reported on Sunday. The paper cited documents published by China’s National Intellectual Property Administrati