Health

  • Diabetes doesn't mean depriving yourself of tasty food
    New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) How does one lower ones' blood sugar levels by using superfoods and super ingredients? How to up ones protein intake at the same time consuming less of meats? The steady increase in 'lifestyle diseases' has among other things, meant that diabetes has become a health crisis. So, if you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, understanding what is safe to eat can be tricky. However, taking steps to control the disease doesn't mean deprivin
  • Turmeric: the wonder spice
    New Delhi, May 3 (IANSlife): Turmeric is known as the wonder spice because of its magical properties which benefit us in different ways. It is used as a medicinal herb from old times. Dry turmeric is rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), vitamin C also contains a good amount of calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and potassium. Recently science has started doing research with clinical proven studies, saying it contains compounds known as "curcuminoids" used as a
  • Covid oral pill could be ready by year-end: Pfizer CEO
    NEW YORK, MAY 2 (IANS): US-based pharmaceutical major Pfizer's Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said that the company's Covid-19 oral antiviral pill, which is in early-stage trials, could be ready by the end of the year, the media reported. According to CNBC, the company, which developed the first authorised Covid-19 vaccine in the US with German drugmaker BioNTech, began an early-stage clinical trial for testing a new antiviral therapy for Covid-19 in March. The dru
  • The impact of Covid-19 on high blood pressure
    New Delhi, May 2 (IANSlife) It has been over a year and the entire world continues to battle Covid-19. Moreover, the second wave of Covid-19 has put more lives in jeopardy than before, including those of youngsters. People with diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, and other co-morbidities fall continue to into the high-risk category and may encounter serious complications, if infected. Dr Sanjay Nagarkar, General Physician, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Pune said: If you have high b
  • Covid patients make beeline for Peepal tree in UP district
    Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh), May 2 (IANS) This is a clear case of superstition and faith riding over science as people in the Bahadurganj area in Shahjahanpur are making a beeline for a Peepal tree after being declared Covid positive. About half a dozen members from two families who have tested positive are now lying under the Peepal tree for a dose of oxygen. Urmila, one of the women lying under the tree, says, "I was having a problem in breathing and there was no hospital
  • Covid's spike protein plays key role in illness: Study
    New York, May 2 (IANS) SARS-CoV-2's distinctive "spike" proteins have been known to infect its host by latching on to healthy cells, but scientists have, in a new study, showed that they also play a key role in the disease. The paper, published in the journal Circulation Research, showed conclusively that Covid-19 is a vascular disease, demonstrating exactly how the SARS-CoV-2 virus damages and attacks the vascular system on a cellular level. The findings help expla
  • Scientific Advisor's home care tips to manage COVID
    New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Amid the surge in Covid cases the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government has curated information and brought a simple visual reference to manage mild symptoms of COVID-19 at home -- "Home care tips for managing COVID-19". "The reference advises people not to panic if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, as the majority of people can manage their infections at home by following self-care measures." It lists the common sympto
  • Fluctuations in blood glucose common after diabetics are Covid +ve: Study
    New Delhi, April 30 (IANSlife) More than three-fourths of people currently managing diabetes have observed fluctuations in their blood glucose level post they are diagnosed Covid-19 positive, reveals a study by a diabetes management platform. According to the survey-cum-study on 800 people with diabetes on the BeatO platform to analyse the impact of Covid-19 on people with diabetes, in the subsequent three months following a positive Covid-19 report, blood glucose levels were found
  • Covid may prolong infection in children, adults with cancer
    NEW YORK, APRIL 29 (IANS): Children and young adults with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing cancer treatment, may experience a prolonged period of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, finds a study. The extended duration of infection may also increase the incidence of mutations, said researchers at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), US. In the study, published in the journal EBioMedicine, the team described two children and a
  • Covaxin found to neutralise the India variant, says Fauci
    Washington, April 28 (IANS) The made-in India Covaxin vaccine, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, can neutralise the B1617 variant of coronavirus, said White House's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. "Now, this is something we are still gaining data on, but most recent data looking at convalescent sera of Covid-19 cases in people who received Covaxin, it was found to neutralise the 617 variant," Fauci was quoted as saying during the White House press b
  • Single dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca can cut Covid transmission by 50%
    London, April 28 (IANS) A single dose of a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus disease can reduce transmission by up to 50 per cent, finds a study. The study led by UK's Public Health England (PHE) showed that people who took the first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines -- and who became infected three weeks later -- were between 38 per cent and 49 per cent less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people, the BBC reported on Wednesday. I
  • Covid positive woman gives birth to healthy twins
    Sambhal (UP), April 28 (IANS) A 26-year-old Covid positive pregnant woman successfully delivered twins at a Covid community health centre in Chandausi in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. In a statement, a team of three doctors said, "The woman was admitted to the hospital in its emergency unit with oxygen saturation of 87 on Monday and was put on oxygen support. On Tuesday, she went into labour and delivered twins in the specially arranged 'labour room'." Dr K
  • Covishield, Covaxin effective against 'Indian strain' of Covid, study suggests
    New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): Covishield and Covaxin -- the two coronavirus vaccines currently in use in India -- have efficacy against the 'Indian strain' and show "milder" illness in case of infection post vaccination, a senior scientist said on Tuesday citing preliminary results of a study. Anurag Agrawal, the Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, said the study on effectiveness of the available vaccines on the B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2
  • 'Indian strain' of coronavirus spreads faster: Experts
    New Delhi, April 27 (PTI): The 'Indian strain' of the coronavirus carries higher transmissibility similar to the United Kingdom variant, but there is little evidence so far of it being more lethal than the original virus, experts have said. The B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2, also being called a 'double mutant' or the 'Indian strain', has been found prevalent largely in Maharashtra and Delhi that have been severely hit by a devastating second wave of the pandem
  • Prone position helped octogenarian beat Covid
    Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), April 27 (IANS) As Covid patients across the state gasp for oxygen, an 82-year-old woman from Gorakhpur has managed to bring up her oxygen levels by lying in a prone position. She has recovered from Covid without an oxygen cylinder and is setting an example for others. Vidya Srivastava from Alinagar in Gorakhpur, tested positive for Corona earlier this month. Her elder son, Hari Mohan Srivastava, said, "My mother tested positive and we kept her
  • A fatty liver can be dangerous to your heart
    New Delhi, April 26 (IANSlife) "Fatty Liver" commonly finds mention in an ultrasound examination report and is often passed off as an incidental finding, it may not be innocuous after all, suggest recent studies in reputed medical journals. Japanese and European scientists were the first to report a strange four-fold increase in heart disease in these patients compared to those of the same age and sex who had normal livers. And their observations are proving true across the w
  • Cancer, low income raised anxiety in women during pandemic
    New York, April 26 (IANS) Women who have gynecologic cancer and low income reported having more anxiety and financial distress during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study. For the study, Y. Stefanie Chen and her team from the Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City conducted telephonic interviews with 100 women with gynecologic cancer living in New York City who were covered by Medicaid health insurance. They found that 50 per cent of the patients reported feeling more fin
  • Covid-19 vaccine safe during pregnancy: US CDC
    Washington, April 25 (IANS) The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are safe for use during pregnancy and may also protect the baby from the infectious disease, according to a large study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC "recommends that pregnant people receive the Covid-19 vaccine", NPR.org reported CDC Director Rochelle Walensky as saying. For the study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the team evaluated data from more t
  • 'Mutations keep on happening, one needs to be alert'
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Member of Maharashtra's Covid-19 Task Force, Dr. Shashank Joshi on Sunday said that mutations keep on happening and one needs to be medically alert. During an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Dr Joshi said: "There's no need to be afraid of that. These mutations keep on happening, the way we change our clothes, the virus keeps changing its colours. Hence, there is nothing to fe
  • The impact of Covid-19 on your liver
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANSlife) The resurgence and exponential spread of Covid-19 has brought great challenges to our healthcare system. Most deaths are a result of respiratory failure due to significant injury to the lungs. We have also learnt that the virus may affect all parts of the digestive system including the food pipe, stomach, intestine, liver and pancreas. This has implications in diagnosis, management, and transmission of the disease. Here are a few facts on liver and the