• Antibody found to block COVID-19 virus 100% in experiments
    San Francisco, May 16 (IANS) US-based Sorrento Therapeutics has announced that an antibody has demonstrated its ability to completely block SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthy cells in preclinical laboratory experiments.   SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.   The results on Friday showed that Sorrento's anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody, STI-1499, completely neutralised the virus infectivity at a very low antibody dose, making it a prime candida
  • World Hypertension Day: Is young India at risk?
    New Delhi, May 16 (IANSlife) High blood pressure is a silent killer affecting millions worldwide, and contrary to popular opinion of it being a condition for the elderly, hypertension is being reported to a great extent in youngsters. "It is crucial to understand the primary causes of BP, which can be hereditary or non-hereditary/secondary causes. In case it's genetic, it generally manifests between 40 and 60 years of age. In non-hereditary cases, which is majorly lifestyle related,
  • Screen COVID-19 patients for blood clotting abnormalities: Study
    New York, May 16 (IANS) Saying that critically ill COVID-19 patients may be at high risk for developing renal failure, venous blood clots, and other complications associated with blood clots, such as stroke, researchers have emphasised on the need for early screening. Thromboelastography (TEG) is a whole blood assay that provides a broad picture of how an individual patient's blood forms clots, including how long clotting takes, how strong clots are, and how soon clots break do
  • COVID patients given malaria drug didn't see significant improvements - studies
    May 15 (Reuters) - Patients given the malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump as a potential treatment for COVID-19 did not improve significantly over those who did not, according to two new studies published in the medical journal BMJ on Thursday.   Neither trial was placebo controlled, generally considered the gold standard for clinical data.   In a randomized, controlled trial of 150 patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in China, researchers found that
  • Aerobics at any age a super treat for your brain
    Toronto, May 14 (IANS) It's never too late to lace up shoes and work up a sweat for brain health as older adults, even couch potatoes, may perform better on certain thinking and memory tests after just six months of aerobic exercise, says a new study. Researchers found that after six months of exercise, participants improved by 5.7 per cent on tests of executive function, which includes mental flexibility and self-correction. Verbal fluency, that tests how quickly you can re
  • New study links COPD, smoking to higher COVID-19 mortality
    London, May 12 (IANS) Current smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of severe complications and higher mortality with COVID-19 infection, warn researchers.   COPD is a common, persistent dysfunction of the lung associated with a limitation in airflow. An estimated 251 million people worldwide are affected by COPD.   Given the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on respiratory function, the study, published in
  • Spike in Covid-19 cases clouds the increasing recovery rate
    New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) With the biggest one-day spike of 4,213 cases, and the daily increase of at least 2,000 cases since the beginning of May, it appears that the surge in new Covid-19 cases has clouded the recovery rate, which has jumped past 31 per cent, doctors said. Speaking to IANS, Arvind Kumar, Chairman at the Centre for Chest Surgery and Director at the Institute of Robotic Surgery at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said the current spike in cases daily suggests that th
  • A guide to women's health after 40
    New Delhi, May 11 (IANSlife) The world is celebrating mothers, and a day is never enough. While recognizing their selflessness in putting family first, it is also critical to shine the spotlight on their own health and well-being.   Rarely will they stop and take a look at themselves, let alone, focus on their changing nutritional needs as they age. However, prioritizing your own nutrition is vital, especially after the age of 40, is key to keeping you healthy and spirited.
  • Doctors warn against stigma being attached to COVID-19
    New Delhi, May 10 (ANI): With the number of COVID-19 cases continuously increasing in the country, there have been several incidents of name and shame, discrimination, verbal abuse and hostility with patients' families, doctors, and health workers, highlighting the stigma attached to COVID-19.   Several doctors have warned against any attempt to attach any kind of stigma to corona patients, which will have serious social repercussions. They also spoke about the impact of ho
  • 50-member family follows safety protocol in UP village
    Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), May 10 (IANS) Large families have a problem maintaining social distancing in small houses in these corona times. But one family with 50 members that lives together in a house that has 12 rooms in a village in the Sadar tehsil in the Gonda district, makes sure that they follow safety protocols these days. The family cannot practice social distancing, but all of them do wear masks and wash their hands at frequent intervals. "No one goes out of the hou
  • Lupus patients should be extra cautious about Covid-19, say doctors
    Hyderabad, May 10 (IANS) Patients with autoimmune diseases should be extra cautious about their health in these times of Covid-19 pandemic, say doctors on the World Lupus Day.   Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks its own tissues, weakening the body.   As Lupus patients are put on immune suppressing medications, they will be at higher risk of contracting infections such as coronavirus, es
  • Triple antiviral drug combo shows promise for treating COVID-19
    Hong Kong, May 9 (IANS) A two-week course of antiviral therapy that combines the power of three drugs has shown promise in treating hospitalised patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in a carefully undertaken phase 2 clinical trial.   The results of the trial, published in the journal The Lancet, involved 127 adults from six public hospitals in Hong Kong.   The drug combination tested in the trial included -- interferon beta-1b which was developed to treat multi
  • 'Good handwashing practices have never been so important'
    New Delhi, May 8 (IANSlife) By now, we know washing hands with soap and water to be one of our best defenses against infecting oneself and others with the novel Coronavirus. According to experts, until a vaccine is in sight, simple acts of appropriate hand hygiene is a habit that can go a long way in keeping communities healthy.   Years of research have shown that regularly washing hands with soap and water, as advised by public health authorities, is highly effective agains
  • Uncommon reasons for high blood pressure
    New Delhi, May 7 (IANSlife) We all know diet, age and genetic history are common risk factors for high blood pressure. Dr Praveen Gupta, Director, Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute focuses on some uncommon reasons for high BP. Sleep apnea: As we age some of gather lot of weight around our bellies. Some this heavy weight around the neck collapses the airways and obstructs the breathing. This causes the patient to awaken frequently due to apnea altering the neurotran
  • 64 kids hospitalised in NY with disease possibly related to COVID-19
    New York, May 7 (IANS) Sixty-four children have been hospitalised across New York with a disease possibly linked to the COVID-19, the state's health department said.   In an advisory issued to healthcare providers on Wednesday, the New York State Department of Health said that as of Tuesday, 64 potential cases of what it called the Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19 have been reported in children in hospitals statewide, including New York C
  • Higher alcohol consumption linked to increased stroke risk
    London, May 5 (IANS) In a warning for heavy drinkers, new research says that higher alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of having a stroke or developing peripheral artery disease (PAD).   While observational studies have consistently shown that heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of certain cardiovascular diseases, they often use self-reported data and are unable to determine the cause.   For the current findings, pu
  • Zydus Cadila seeks approval to use hepatitis drug for Covid-19 clinical trials
    The antiviral medicine Interferon Alfa 2B’s other version ‘Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b’ has been proposed by Zydus Cadila to the Drug Controller General of India (REUTERS)   Zydus Cadila has also reached the central government’s Department of Biotechnology to investigate the role of Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b for Covid-19.   New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): The country’s top drug regulator, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), has received an application
  • Israel isolates coronavirus antibody in 'significant breakthrough' - minister
    JERUSALEM, May 5 (Reuters) - Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.   The “monoclonal neutralising antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralise it (the disease-causing coronavirus) inside carriers’ bodies,” Defence Minist
  • Women, men may share some similar heart attack symptoms
    London, May 4 (IANS) Researchers have revealed that women's heart attack symptoms are not all that different, adding that the top three heart attack symptoms in both women and men are chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath.   Heart attack symptoms are often labelled as 'typical' in men and 'atypical' in women, according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.   "But our study shows that while symptoms can differ between the
  • Coronavirus: India conducting over 74K tests per day
    New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that more than 11 lakh samples have been tested for novel coronavirus so far.   In a press statement, the apex medical research body of the country said, "A total of 1,107,233 samples have been tested as on May 4, 9 a.m."   Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry said, "Our figures are being reconciled with ICMR."   In addition to this, a Press Information Bureau tweet sai