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  • Q&A: Where are we in the COVID-19 vaccine race?
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmakers and research centers around the world are working on COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of participants well underway. As some companies close in on unveiling their initial findings - with Canadian and European regulators already reviewing early data on some vaccines - the following is what we know about the race to deliver vaccines to help end the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed
  • China's Covid-19 vax is safe, prompts antibody response: Lancet
    Beijing, October 16 (IANS): Chinese Covid-19 vaccine candidate -- BBIBP-CorV -- that is expected to completely inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is safe and elicits an antibody response, a study published in The Lancet has found. A previous clinical trial reported similar results for a different vaccine that is also based on inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus, but in that study the vaccine was only tested on people aged under 60 years. The latest study reported in The Lancet Infec
  • Pfizer sees emergency use filing for COVID-19 vaccine after U.S. election
    October 16 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc expects to provide safety data and file for authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech in late November, delaying any clarity on the vaccine until after the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election. The regulatory filing for the vaccine could come as soon as safety data is available in the third week of November, Pfizer said, lifting the company's shares and the broader U.S. stock market. The timeline now all
  • People with blood type O may have a lower risk of Covid-19: Study
    London, October 15 (IANS): New research adds to the growing body of evidence that people with blood type 'O' may have a lower risk of Covid-19 infection and reduced likelihood of severe outcomes, including organ complications if they do get sick. Two studies published in the journal Blood Advances suggest that individuals with blood type 'O' may be less vulnerable to Covid-19 infection. "It is very important to consider the proper control group because blood
  • Handwashing an effective tool to prevent Covid, other diseases: WHO
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS): Ten months into the pandemic, handwashing with soap remains one of our best defences against the virus, along with other public health measures such as maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowded places, practising cough etiquette and wearing a mask wherever recommended. Global Handwashing Day observed annually on October 15 to raise awareness and highlight the importance of handwashing as an effective means of disease prevention -- this year marks
  • Handwashing an effective tool to prevent Covid, other diseases: WHO
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS): Ten months into the pandemic, handwashing with soap remains one of our best defences against the virus, along with other public health measures such as maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowded places, practising cough etiquette and wearing a mask wherever recommended. Global Handwashing Day observed annually on October 15 to raise awareness and highlight the importance of handwashing as an effective means of disease prevention -- this year marks
  • Russia approves second COVID-19 vaccine after preliminary trials
    MOSCOW, October 14 (Reuters) - Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, according to its register of authorised medicines. A delighted President Vladimir Putin announced the news at a government meeting on Wednesday. The jab was developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia and completed early-stage human trials last month. However, results have not been published yet and a large-scale trial, known as Phase III, has not yet begun. "We need to in
  • Sanitising-gel poisoning cases soar among Spanish children amid pandemic
    MADRID, October 14 (Reuters) - The number of Spanish children treated for poisoning after ingesting hand-sanitising gels has rocketed as the product has become ubiquitous during the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish National Toxicological and Forensic Institute said on Wednesday the total reported intoxications from those gels so far this year, at 874, was almost 10 times the number reported in all of 2019. Children, especially toddlers, accounted for almost two-thirds of the cas
  • Covid immunity may last several months: Study
    Òctober 14 (PTI): Immunity against Covid-19 may persist for at least five months after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher in the US. The researchers from the University of Arizona studied the production of antibodies from a sample of nearly 6,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus.  "We clearly see high-quality antibodies still being produced five to seven months after SARS-CoV-2 infection,"
  • Regular exercise in morning may cut cancer risk: Study
    London, October 14 (IANS): If you want to live longer, read on. Researchers have found that that when physical activity is done in the morning throughout lifetime can reduce cancer risk. One potential cause of cancer is circadian disruption, the misalignment of environmental cues (light, food intake, etc.) and our endogenous circadian rhythms. Most studies on circadian disruption and cancer risk focused on night shift work. Recent studies suggest that exposure to light at night a
  • Strain of coronavirus in pigs can jump to humans: Study
    October 14 (PTI): A strain of coronavirus which causes acute diarrhea in piglets may have the potential to spread to humans as well, according to a new study which says the virus could "negatively impact the global economy and human health." According to the researchers, including those from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, the coronavirus strain, known as swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV), emerged from bats and has i
  • Breast cancer cases on rise due to Covid fear: Report
    New Delhi, October 13 (IANS): The country has witnessed a spike in stage two and three breast cancer cases owing to delayed screenings and consultations as patients delay hospital visits due to Covid-19, according to a new report on Tuesday. The report from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi found that women seem to be putting their breast health on the backseat by neglecting their screening and visit to physicians owing to the possibility of contracting Covid-19. "Be
  • Very low risk to newborns from moms with Covid-19: Study
    New York, October 13 (IANS): New research adds to the growing body of evidence that women who have Covid-19 are less likely to pass on the infection to their babies during childbirth if precautions are in place. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, suggest that more extensive measures like separating Covid-19-positive mothers from their newborns and avoiding direct breastfeeding may not be warranted. "Our findings should reassure expectant mothers with Cov
  • Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial
    Washington, October 13 (IANS) US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial after a participant became unwell. "We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant," Xinhua news agency quoted the company as saying in a statement on Monday. The patient's condition wa
  • Coronavirus may survive on phones, currency for 28 days: Study
    New Delhi, October 12 (PTI): The novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 may survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including banknotes, glass -- such as that found on smart phone screens -- and stainless steel, according to a laboratory study by Australia's national science agency. The finding, published in the Virology Journal, shows that SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious on surfaces for long periods of time, reinforcing the need for good practices such as regular hand
  • 'Work risk, disease severity to be factors in vaccine dispensing'
    New Delhi, October 11 (IANS) The government would look at two key considerations for prioritisation of the Covid-19 vaccine -- the occupational hazard and risk of exposure to infection, and secondly, the risk of developing severe disease and increased mortality, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. Besides, the supply of vaccines is anticipated to be available in limited quantities in the beginning, he added, during 'Sunday Samvaad', a weekly webinar which he
  • Flu drug favipiravir shows promise in reining in Covid-19
    London, October 11 (IANS): The flu drug favipiravir has shown promise in preventing Covid-19 infection in rodents when administered in high doses, says a study. Further research will have to determine whether humans can tolerate a high dose of favipiravir, favipiravir -- a broad-spectrum antiviral drug used in Japan to treat influenza -- for four to five days. "Because we administered the drug shortly before exposing the hamsters to the virus, we could establish that the med
  • Blocking immune system pathway may stop Covid-19: Johns Hopkins study
    NEW YORK, OCTOBER 10 (IANS): As the world waits eagerly for an effective vaccine against the Covid-19 virus, researchers are also focusing on better understanding of how the virus attacks the body in the quest for other means of stopping its devastating impact. The key to one possibility -- blocking a protein that enables the virus to turn the immune system against healthy cells -- has been identified in a recent study by a team of Johns Hopkins University researchers. Based on t
  • Experts suggest simple ways to overcome Covid fear, anxiety
    Hyderabad, October 10 (IANS): As the Covid-19 has led to rise in mental health issues, experts have suggested some simple ways to overcome fear and anxiety about the pandemic and thus avoid feeling depressed. The World Mental Health Day this year is being celebrated at a time when the world is in the grip of the pandemic, which is affecting mental health of millions of people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions
  • COVID-19 survivors are returning to hospitals with reduced heart functions
    New Delhi, October 10 (IANSlife): It has been evident that the impact of COVID-19 is way beyond influenza like conditions. Over the last few months, doctors and medical officials have realised that COVID 19 affects many more organs than just the lungs or the respiratory tract. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mittal, Director & HOD, Adult CTVS (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery), Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh talks about how the heart is impacted by the virus. A growing number of researches