• Limit video meets to 30 minutes to avoid brain fatigue: Microsoft
    New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Do remote work and video meetings actually tax our brain more than in-person work? According to Microsoft, due to high levels of sustained concentration, the brain fatigue begins to set in 30-40 minutes into a video meeting.   Moreover, those who work from remote locations for a longer time, it becomes actually difficult for them to adapt to office settings afterwards, according to the company.   As millions of people work remotely, video
  • Strokes linked to Covid-19 more severe with higher mortality: Study
    New York, July 11 (IANS) An international team of researchers has found that acute ischemic stroke (AIS) linked to Covid-19 are more severe, lead to worse functional outcomes and are associated with higher mortality.   For the study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, the researchers analysed data on patients with Covid-19 and AIS treated at 28 healthcare centres in 16 countries this year.   They compared them to patients without Covid
  • Biocon secures approval to use drug on coronavirus patients
    July 11 (Reuters) - India's Biocon Ltd has received regulatory approval for its drug Itolizumab to be used on coronavirus infected patients suffering from moderate to severe respiratory distress, the biopharmaceutical company said in a statement on Saturday.   The drug, which is also used to cure the skin disease psoriasis, was cleared by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for usage in India.   "The randomised control trial indicated that all the
  • High blood sugar ups Covid-19 death risk: Study
    Beijing, July 11 (IANS) Covid-19 patients with abnormally high blood sugar are at an increased risk of severe complications and more than twice as likely to face death, warn researchers.   Previous studies have established that hyperglycaemia (abnormally high blood sugar) is associated with an elevated risk of mortality in community-acquired pneumonia, stroke, heart attacks, trauma and surgery, among other conditions.   However, a direct correlation between fastin
  • Gilead analysis shows remdesivir reduced coronavirus death risk, more studies needed
    July 11 (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Friday an analysis showed its antiviral remdesivir helped reduce the risk of death in severely ill COVID-19 patients, but cautioned that rigorous clinical trials were needed to confirm the benefit.   Remdesivir has been at the forefront of the global battle against COVID-19 after the intravenously administered medicine helped shorten hospital recovery times, according to data in April from a separate U.S. government trial. That
  • Pandemic exposes scientific rift over proving when germs are airborne
    CHICAGO, July 11 (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century - to the very origins of germ theory.   The Geneva-based World Health Organization acknowledged this week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod to more than 200 experts in aerosol science who publicly complained that the U.N. agency had failed to warn the public about th
  • New WHO guidance calls for more evidence on airborne transmission
    July 10 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.   In its latest transmission guidance, the WHO acknowledged that some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission, such as du
  • Why kids are often spared from severe COVID-19, reveals study
    New York, July 10 (IANS) Differences in lung physiology and immune function in children could be why they are more often spared from severe illness associated with COVID-19 than adults, say researchers.   According to the study, published in the journal 'American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology', only about 1.7 per cent of the first 149,082 cases in the US were infants, children, and adolescents younger than 18 years old.   T
  • COVID-19 brain complications found across the globe: Lancet
    London, July 9 (IANS) Cases of brain complications linked to Covid-19 are occurring across the globe, according to a new study, published in the journal The Lancet Neurology.   According to the researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Covid-19 has been associated mostly with problems like difficulty breathing, fever and cough.   However, as the pandemic has continued, it has become increasingly clear that other problems can occur in patients. These
  • Chef Sanjeev Kapoor: Home-cooking is the healthiest cooking
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANSlife) Indian home-cooking saw the turn of a new leaf when celebrity chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor created lip-smacking recipes on a unique format of cooking shows on television. With the stay-at-home orders infusing new energy into the country's home kitchens, the celebrated chef and Padma Shri recipient feels happy seeing people cook at home.   "Home-cooking is the healthiest cooking. Even when people cook so-called junk food, I advise cooking it
  • Covid-19: Airborne transmission can't be ruled out, says WHO
    Geneva, July 8 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the Novel coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air.   The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said, the BBC reported on Wednesday.   If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces.   An open letter from more than 200 scientists h
  • HCQ has become highly politicised in US but India uses it widely: WH
    New Delhi, July 8 (PTI): The use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients has become highly politicized in the United States but it is used widely in India, a top White House official has said, asserting latest research showed the malaria drug is highly effective in early stages of COVID-19.      "It's the politicisation of this medicine by the mainstream media and portions of the medical community that somehow made this a battle between Preside
  • Mylan to launch Remdesivir@Rs 4,800 a vial
    New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Global pharmaceutical major Mylan has got approval for its remdesivir from the Drug Controller General of India and will launch a generic version of Gilead Sciences' COVID-19 anti-viral in the country at Rs 4,800 for 100 mg/vial. The drug will be launched under the brand name Desrem in India and will be available to patients later this month at about 80 per cent below the price tag for wealthy nations, the company said.   The approval for re
  • 8 in 10 Indians think satisfaction of life would make them live longer
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) How happy are Indians? What makes people happy? How do they define happiness? At a time when the world is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic and India is turning into one of the worst-hit countries, everyone is looking for reasons to be happy, a reason to smile.   Amid the pandemic, CVoter continues to track the parameters of happiness among Indians and has conducted a survey to understand what makes people happy.   Not so surprisingly,
  • 'Aug 15 for COVID-19 vaccine launch unfeasible'
    New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): The Indian Academy of Sciences, a Bengaluru-based body of scientists, has said the Indian Council for Medical Research's  target to launch a coronavirus vaccine by August 15 is "unfeasible" and "unrealistic".   The IASc said while there is an unquestioned urgent need, vaccine development for use in humans requires scientifically executed clinical trials in a phased manner.   While administrative approvals can b
  • Don't let your 50s stop you from being fit and fabulous
    New Delhi, July 5 (IANSlife) In an endeavour to stay healthy and build an immunity during the Covid-19 pandemic, people all over India have a heightened sense of awareness with regards to their fitness. The importance of staying active and engaging in some form of exercise is at the top of everyone's mind.   Individuals across various age groups have adopted virtual ways of accessing fitness and are working out from home, in a bid to get healthy and focus on overall well
  • 'Coronavirus is airborne': Over 200 scientists write to WHO
    The World Health Organization has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.   New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): More than 200 scientists from 32 nations have written to the World Health Organization, saying there is evidence that the coronavirus is airborne and even smaller particles can infect people, a significant departure from the United Nations health agency's claims so far that COVID-19 is spr
  • WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death
    GENEVA, July 5 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.   The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The United States accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new case
  • Morning walk key to good night's sleep after heart bypass surgery
    London, July 5 (IANS) Just half an hour of morning walk can help heart bypass surgery patients get a sound sleep at night, says a study.   "Many patients have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery," said study author Hady Atef of Cairo University, Egypt.   "When this persists beyond six months it exacerbates the heart condition and puts patients at risk of having to repeat the surgery. It is therefore of utmost importance to find ways to impro
  • ICMR defends timeline for coronavirus vaccine trials
    MUMBAI, July 4 (Reuters) - India's leading clinical research agency said Saturday its decision to fast-track development of a potential coronavirus vaccine was in line with international standards, after health experts raised concerns about the schedule for clinical trials.   The Indian Council of Medical Research issued a statement after a letter was leaked on Friday showing ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava as saying the agency "envisaged" launch of the v