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  • Pfizer-BioNTech to test third dose of Covid vaccine
    New York, February 26 (IANS): Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech said that they have begun an evaluation of the safety and immunogenicity of a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine (BNT162b2). It is to understand the effect of a booster on immunity against Covid-19 caused by the circulating and potential newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, the companies said in a statement on Thursday. "While we have not seen any evidence that the circulating variants
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big 'real world' test
    Jerusalem, February 25 (AP): A real-world test of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in more than half a million people confirms that it's very effective at preventing serious illness or death, even after one dose. Wednesday's published results, from a mass vaccination campaign in Israel, give strong reassurance that the benefits seen in smaller, limited testing persisted when the vaccine was used much more widely in a general population with various ages and health conditions.
  • The abundant health benefits of mint leaves
    New Delhi, February 24 (IANSlife): Pudina (mint) is one of the oldest culinary herbs known to humans. It has remarkable medicinal properties and is a rich source of polyphenols. It has carminative and antispasmodic properties. Saurabh Arora, Inventor Pudhinaa and Snec30, Director at Arbro says: "Pudina leaves or mint leaves are low on calories and contain very low amounts of proteins and fats. It has an enormous amount of Vitamin A, C, and B-complex that enhances skin and boost
  • Fat cells may influence how body reacts to heart failure
    Toronto, February 24 (IANS): Limiting the amount of fat the body releases into the bloodstream from fat cells during heart failure could help improve outcomes for patients, say researchers. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, found that mice with heart failure that were treated with a drug blocking the release of fat into the bloodstream from fat cells saw less inflammation in the heart and throughout the body, and had better outcomes than a control group.
  • 'I aim to provide a practical and sustainable approach to healthy eating'
    New Delhi, February 24 (IANS): Nandita Iyer, a doctor and a nutritionist, figured her way around the kitchen only in her late 20 as the rigours of medical college studies left her with little time for anything else. Her time-off for over a year in the US some 15 years ago was when she really got familiar with cooking and began a blog to record her culinary adventures. Her first book appeared in 2017 and her frustration with the "click-bait and oversimplified information" avai
  • Covid infection not linked to stillbirth: Study
    London, February 23 (IANS): Covid-19 infection in pregnancy is not associated with stillbirth or early neonatal death, says a new study. The findings indicated that no babies died from Covid-19. There was also no increase in risk of stillbirth or low birth weight. However, the data suggested a higher risk of pre-term birth (defined as birth before 37 weeks). "The study's findings, that there is no increased risk of stillbirth and early neonatal death in women who contrac
  • Herd immunity difficult to achieve: AIIMS Director
    New Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Herd immunity is "very difficult" to achieve and one should not think of it in "practical terms" in India, especially in the times of "variant strains" of COVID-19 and "waning immunity", claimed AIIMS director Randeep Guleria on Sunday. Guleria was speaking at the ongoing edition of Jaipur Literature Festival in a session on his book "Till We Win: India's Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic" -- co-au
  • Gene implicated in type of childhood cancer identified
    New York, February 21 (IANS): Researchers have identified that a chromosome instability gene -- USP24 -- is frequently missing in pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. The finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, provides important insight into the development of this disease. "Neuroblastoma is a highly aggressive cancer that nearly exclusively affects young children," said researcher Paul Galardy at Mayo Clinic in
  • Depression, loneliness peaking in college students: Report
    New York, February 20 (IANS) A majority (83 per cent) of students said their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance in the past month and that two-third of college students are struggling with loneliness and feeling isolated amid the pandemic, according to a new survey. The survey, which involved 33,000 college students in the US, revealed that the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest leve
  • Interval between Oxford Covid doses can be safely extended to 3 months: Lancet
    London, February 20 (IANS): A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine resulted in higher vaccine efficacy than a six-week interval, reveals The Lancet study. According to the findings from a phase 3 randomised controlled trial, the first dose offered 76 per cent protection in the three months between doses. The interval between doses can be safely extended to three months given the protection a single dose offers, which may allow countries
  • Novel Covid variants spreading more in some states: CCMB study
    Hyderabad, February 19 (IANS): A few novel variants of coronavirus are spreading more in some states in India and there is emerging evidence that the N440K mutation is spreading a lot more in southern states, says a study by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). CCMB Director Dr Rakesh Misha said on Friday that closer surveillance is needed to properly understand the spread of N440K. In a recent publication, scientists from CSIR-CCMB presented an exhaustive analys
  • Improving stroke treatment with modified therapeutic molecule
    Toronto, February 19 (IANS): A team of researchers has improved the protective effect of a molecule against ischemic stroke, which is caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. According to the team, a type of stroke -- also known as a "cerebral infarction" -- can lead to psychological and physical after-effects. These effects result from an increase in glutamate in the brain, which destroys neurons. "Glutamate is an essential neurotransmitter for neuron
  • Irregular sleep schedules linked to depression
    New York, February 18 (IANS): Getting fewer hours of sleep or staying up late most nights can increase the risk of depression, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal npj Digital Medicine, indicates that an irregular sleep schedule can increase a person's risk of depression over the long term. "These findings highlight sleep consistency as an underappreciated factor to target in depression and wellness," said researcher Srijan Sen from the Unive
  • IIT team shows way for effective drugs to treat HIV/AIDS
    Chennai, February 18 (IANS): Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras researchers are working on a new idea that may help develop effective drugs for treating HIV/AIDS. Using molecular dynamics simulations, the research team have shown that introducing electrostatic interaction sites on potential drug molecules can enhance the efficacy of the antiviral drug against the HIV virus. According to the researchers, the pressing need for better drugs to combat drug-resistant HIV stra
  • Mutation in spike protein makes coronavirus eight times more infectious, study finds 
    New York, February 18 (PTI): The D614G mutation in the spike protein of the novel coronavirus renders it up to eight times more infectious in human cells than the initial virus that originated in China, according to a study. The spike protein is used by SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, to enter the host cells. The research, published in the journal eLife, confirms findings that D614G -- one of several mutations in the concerning variants that have emerged in the UK, S
  • And now an AI-based software tool for automated diagnosis of COVID-19 lung infection 
    Bengaluru, February 17 (PTI): A new software tool that reveals the severity of lung infections in COVID-19 patients has been developed by researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital and University of Adger in Norway. It has been described in a recent study published in the journal "IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems", Bengaluru-based IISc said in a statement. COVID-19 can cause severe damage to
  • Psychotherapy boosts positive effects in panic disorder patients
    LONDON, FEBRUARY 17 (IANS): Psychotherapy appears to be beneficial in the longer run for people suffering from panic disorder, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, indicated that 70 per cent of the patients clearly improved and 45 per cent were remitted two years after treatment. Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health providers
  • Incorporating artificial intelligence in Indian healthcare
    New Delhi, February 16 (IANSlife): Every year, around 50,000 individuals graduate to become certified doctors. In order to maintain the minimum doctor patient ratio, as suggested by World Health Organization (WHO), India will need 2.3 million doctors by 2030. If there was ever a requirement to push healthcare in India into the future, it is now, says an Indian medical expert. "Today is the time when we can see a significant disruption in the Indian healthcare industry. Much of
  • Drinks, drugs up premature heart disease in youngsters: Study
    New York, February 16 (IANS): Recreational drinking, smoking and drug use is linked to premature heart disease in young people, particularly among younger women, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Heart, suggests that those who regularly use 4 or more substances are 9 times as likely to be affected. "The growing body of research on these issues suggests the need for a nationwide education campaign on the potential long-term damage being done to the car
  • Single dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provokes strong immune response: Study 
    Jerusalem, February 16 (PTI): People previously infected with the novel coronavirus respond very strongly to single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of when they were infected and whether or not they had detectable antibodies against the disease prior to receiving the preventive, according to a study. Researchers from Bar-Ilan University and Ziv Medical Center in Israel noted that the real-world evidence with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine remains scarce even