• 3rd stage of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine may begin in 7-10 days
    Moscow, August 16 (IANS) The third stage of the research on the world's first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus, called Sputnik V, may begin in 7-10 days, a report has said. According to the Tass news agency, several tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in this research of the vaccine created by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Health Ministry. "On Monday, we will present the first
  • Covid-19 patients with heart problems more likely to die: Study
    London, August 15 (IANS) In a major study, researchers have found that Covid-19 patients with cardiovascular comorbidities or risk factors are more likely to develop heart complications while hospitalised, and more likely to die from the virus. According to the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, it is crucial for clinicians working with cardiovascular patients to understand the clinical presentation and risk factors for Covid-19 infection in this group. "For most peop
  • Yoga can improve anxiety, nervousness: Study
    New York, Augùst 14 (IANS): Researchers have suggested that yoga improves symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder, a condition with chronic nervousness and worry, suggesting the popular practice may be helpful in treating anxiety in some people. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that yoga was significantly more effective for generalised anxiety disorder than standard education on stress management. "Our findings demonstrate that yoga, which i
  • Experimental Covid-19 vax prevents severe disease in mice
    Washington, August 14 (IANS): An experimental vaccine is effective at preventing pneumonia in mice infected with the COVID-19 virus, according to a study. The vaccine, which is made from a mild virus genetically modified to carry a key gene from the Covid-19 virus, is published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe. "Unlike many of the other vaccines under development, this vaccine is made from a virus that is capable of spreading in a limited fashion inside the human body, whic
  • People should not fear spread of COVID-19 in food, packaging - WHO
    GENEVA, August 14 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain. Two cities in China said they had found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause a new outbreak. “People should not fear
  • Study reveals why Covid-19 virus impacts patients differently
    Toronto, August 14 (IANS): Previously scientists have determined that entry of SARS-CoV-2 into cells occurs through a receptor on the cell surface, known as ACE2 but a new study has found that the ACE2 receptor is at very low levels in human lung tissue. Researchers at McMaster University (MU) and the University of Waterloo in Canada are searching for how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects the lungs - and they're challenging what has become an accepted truth about the virus. "
  • Scientists identify hundreds of drugs to treat Covid-19
    New York, August 13 (IANS): Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have used machine learning (ML) to identify hundreds of new potential drugs that could help treat Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2. "We have developed a drug discovery pipeline that identified several candidates," said study lead author Anandasankar Ray from the University of California, Riverside in the US. The drug discovery pipeline is a type of computational s
  • Cadila launches India's cheapest Remdesivir drug
    New Delhi, August 13 (PTI): Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Thursday said it has launched Remdesivir under the brand name Remdac, used to treat patients suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19, in the Indian market. Priced at Rs 2,800 per 100 mg vial, Remdac is the most economical Remdesivir brand in India, Zydus Cadila said in a regulatory filing. The company said the drug will be made available across India through the group's strong distribution chain reaching out to government
  • Russia to begin COVID-19 vaccine production within 2 weeks
    Moscow, August 13 (IANS) Russia will start the production of its COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks, the country's health minister Mikhail Murashko said. "First of all, the production facilities in Russia will be oriented towards the domestic market, to meet the need of our citizens," Murashko said during a news conference on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. Russia will offer the vaccine to other countries when it has sufficient amounts, the minister said, add
  • Vaping linked to risk of COVID-19 in teens, young adults
    Reuters Vaping may be associated with a five to seven times increased risk of COVID-19 among U.S. teenagers and young adults, a study published on Tuesday suggests. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed nationally representative survey data collected in May from 4,351 participants aged 13–24 years. The findings were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. "Young people may believe their age protects them from contracting the virus
  • India's Covid-19 recovery rate nears 70%
    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS): The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardized clinical management have resulted in a sharp hike in the recovery rate at nearly 70 per cent. India, the third country worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, has recorded a spike of 53,601 coronavirus cases in a single day, pushing the total tally to 22,68,675. According to the ministry
  • Study identifies longer-term symptoms in COVID-19 patients
    London, August 11 (IANS) Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have identified a pattern of longer-term symptoms likely to be experienced by people who were hospitalised with the COVID-19 infection. They include fatigue, breathlessness, psychological distress - including problems with concentration and memory - and a general decline in the quality of life. Some patients, particularly those who had been in intensive care, had symptoms associated with cases of PTSD (post-tra
  • India's COVID-19 death rate down to 2%, decreasing
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANS): As the total coronavirus patients across the country crossed the 22-lakh mark, India's fatality rate dropped to its lowest two per cent in the last 24 hours whereas the recoveries reached a new peak of over 15 lakh so far. The latest data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) reveals that the current Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is two per cent and is steadily declining. The report came at a time when the country tested a record
  • Heavy smoking linked to increased health risks
    Sydney, August 10 (IANS): Each cigarette smoked a day by heavy smokers increases the risk of contracting several diseases by more than 30 per cent, warn researchers. The study, which links heavy smoking with 28 separate health conditions, revealed a 17-fold increase in emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), an 8-fold increase in atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and a 6.5-fold higher incidence of lung cancer. "Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of
  • Russia plans to register 1st Covid vaccine this week
    Moscow, August 10 (IANS):  Russia is reportedly going ahead with its plan to register the world's first Covid-19 vaccine this week before it starts mass vaccination in October, despite safety concerns raised from several quarters, including the WHO. Russia's Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev recently revealed plans to register a Covid-19 vaccine on August 12, Sputnik news agency reported. Russia is the fourth worst-hit nation after the US, Brazil and India. The vac
  • Every citizen must fight the Covid war: Experts
    Bengaluru, August 9 (IANS) With the government easing more restrictions under Unlock3.0 to further revive the economy since August 1, the war against the Coronavirus pandemic has to be fought by each and every citizen across the country, according to health experts, including epidemiologists. "As the war against the elusive virus is going to be long and hard, the government alone cannot fight it, and the onus is on each and every citizen to join the battle even after a vaccine
  • Experts call for vitamins, minerals rich diet to fight against Covid-19
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) During a session held at the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the health experts stressed the need for inclusion of vitamins and minerals in daily diet to build immunity for the battle against the COVID-19. The present pandemic has brought the focus back on the role of vitamins as part of nutrition going beyond popular proteins and carbohydrates, they said on Saturday. The experts weighed in that traditional Indian foods
  • Blood test may point to patients at higher risk for Covid-19 death
    Washington, August 7 (IANS) Five biomarkers, medical indicators found in the blood, associated with higher odds of clinical deterioration and death in Covid-19 patients, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Future Medicine, will help physicians better predict outcomes for Covid-19 patients. "When we first started treating Covid-19 patients, we watched them get better or get worse, but we didn't know why," said study co-author Juan Reyes from the Geor
  • Serum to produce up to 100 mn Covid vaccine doses for India, others
    New Delhi, August 7 (PTI): Serum Institute of India on Friday said it has entered into a new partnership with international vaccine alliance Gavi and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India as well as other low and middle-income countries. "The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help them increase manufacturing capacity now so that, once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains
  • Maintain essential health services during COVID-19: WHO
    New Delhi, August 6 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged member countries in the South-East Asian region to maintain essential health services and accelerate resumption of disrupted health care services hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as an integral part of the COVID-19 response. A rapid assessment of 25 essential services carried out by WHO in May showed significant disruptions to essential health services across the world, including WHO South-East Asia Reg