Health

  • Bleeding gums may indicate vitamin C deficiency
    New York, February 2 (IANS): If your gums bleed, make sure to improve your intake of vitamin C to reverse the problem, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, shows that bleeding of the gums on gentle probing, or gingival bleeding tendency and also bleeding in the eye, or retinal haemorrhaging, were associated with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream. "When you see your gums bleed, the first thing you should think about is not, I shou
  • Writing tests could help predict Alzheimer's disease: Study
    NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 2 (IANS): An analysis of writing patterns may help spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease years before the onset of the symptoms, says a new study by IBM researchers. In the study published in The Lancet Eclinical Medicine, the researchers found that older adults who were more repetitive in word usage, made spelling errors, and missed words like "the," "is" and "are" even when they were cognitively normal were more likely to
  • Adding mushroom to your diet makes it more nutritious: Study
    New York, February 1 (IANS): Adding a mushroom serving to the diet can increase the intake of several micronutrients, including shortfall nutrients such as vitamin D, without any increase in calories, sodium or fat, a new study suggests. The findings indicated that adding an 84 grams serving of mushrooms increased several shortfall nutrients including potassium and fiber. This was true for the white, crimini and portabella 1:1:1 mix and oyster mushrooms. "This research valid
  • Bharat Biotech terms Rs 35K cr for Covid vaccine 'far-reaching'
    Hyderabad, February 1 (IANS): Covid-19 vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Monday welcomed allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for Covid vaccination in Union Budget 2021-22, terming it a "great" and "far-reaching step". "The Finance Minister's commitment providing more funds in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic spread in the country and provide an effective, smooth path for the vaccination scheme will help contain, and lead our nation towards accomplishing
  • Scientists decode how coronavirus damages lung cells within hours
    Boston, January 31 (PTI): Following months of interdisciplinary research assessing tens of thousands of lung cells infected with the novel coronavirus, scientists have created one of the most comprehensive maps to date of the molecular activities that are triggered inside these cells at the onset of the viral infection, an advance that may lead to the development of new drugs to combat COVID-19. From their analysis, the scientists, including those from Boston University in the US, d
  • Afternoon nap may boost your working memory
    Beijing, January 30 (IANS): Taking a regular afternoon nap can keep your brain sharp as a new study suggests that afternoon napping is linked to better mental agility. The researchers, including Wei Li from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, suggests that afternoon nap seems to be associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency and working memory. For the study, published in the journal General Psychiatry, the researchers involved 2,214 ostensibly healthy peo
  • Effective hacks to healthy breathing
    N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe IANSlife For most people, winter is usually their favourite time of the year. Along with enjoying the chill in the air, one needs to also be careful about the quality of air you're breathing, since the AQI levels rise during this time. Impurities in the air enter the respiratory system by inhalation, causing disastrous effects in people from all age groups. Hygiene and personal wellness has become an important part of everyone's lifestyle in the cu
  • Novavax Covid-19 vaccine found 89.3% effective
    New York, January 29 (IANS): US-based biotechnology company Novavax on Friday announced that its Covid-19 vaccine was 89.3 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 in a trial conducted in the UK. The study assessed efficacy of the vaccine -- NVX-CoV2373 -- during a period with high transmission and with a new UK variant strain of the virus emerging and circulating widely. "NVX-CoV2373 has the potential to play an important role in solving this global public health crisis. W
  • No indication Covid-19 variants can escape current vaccines: Expert
    New York, January 28 (IANS): Study so far has proved that the current vaccines remained effective against the variants of the Covid-19, which already infected over 100 million people worldwide, Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) news portal on Wednesday quoted an expert as saying. "Unfortunately, several recent mutations appear to have been beneficial to the virus by increasing its ability to infect us at lower exposures. Fortunately, the vaccine companies have been s
  • 1 in 3 adults anxious, depressed due to pandemic: Study
    Singapore, January 28 (IANS): One in every three adults, particularly women, younger adults and those of lower socioeconomic status, are experiencing psychological distress related to Covid-19, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, indicates that women are more likely to experience psychological distress than men is consistent with other global studies that have shown that anxiety and depression are more common in women. "The lower social status
  • Expecting mothers at high risk of death due to Covid: Study
    New York, January 28 (IANS): Women, take note. Contracting Covid-19 while expecting a baby can have deadly consequences, a new study suggests. The findings suggested that the Covid-19 mortality rate was 13 times higher in pregnant mothers than in similarly aged individuals. "We are gravely concerned that Covid-19-associated maternal deaths have been massively undercounted nationally and that the impact on pregnant patients, particularly with underlying conditions is greater
  • Covaxin neutralizes UK variant of Covid: Study
    Hyderabad, January 27 (IANS): Covaxin, the Covid vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech, effectively neutralizes UK variants of SARS-CoV-2 reducing the possibility of mutant virus escape, finds a study. According to the research paper carried by bioRxiv, the preprint server for biology, the study has dispelled the uncertainty of possible neutralization escape. A group of researchers from Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR), National Institute of Virology, Pune and Bharat Biotec
  • Air pollution may up sight loss risk
    London, January 26 (IANS): Air pollution is linked to a heightened risk of progressive and irreversible sight loss, known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. The findings, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, indicate that people in the most polluted areas were at least 8 per cent more likely to report having AMD. "Our findings suggest that living in an area with polluted air, particularly fine particulate matter or combustion-relat
  • WHO official warns of continued Covid transmission after inoculation
    Geneva, January 26 (IANS): A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official warned of the risk of continued transmission of the novel coronavirus even after large-scale vaccinations in the foreseeable future. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, told a virtual press conference on Monday that he doesn't believe the world should start setting elimination or eradication of this virus as the bar for success. "That is not the bar for succ
  • Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine works against new variants
    New York, January 25 (IANS): US-based drugmaker Moderna on Monday said its Covid-19 vaccine retains neutralising activity against emerging variants first identified in the UK and South Africa. Vaccination with the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine produced neutralising titers against all key emerging variants tested, including B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, first identified in the UK and South Africa, respectively, the company said on the basis of a study. However, the company also said it will tes
  • Natural antioxidants can keep heart, cancer diseases at bay
    New Delhi, January 24 (IANS): If you want to keep your immune system strong for fighting cardiovascular diseases or cancer, start taking natural antioxidants as health experts on Sunday stressed that it helps in improving overall health by providing many other health benefits. According to experts, antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when
  • Medical expert clears the air around Covid-19 vaccines
    New Delhi, January 24 (IANSlife): To vaccinate or not to vaccinate - is the question on everybody's mind today. But in truth, an informed decision must be made as our country begins one of the biggest immunization drive of the century. In the early 80s no one really talked about getting vaccinated. It was just a routine part of a doctor's visit. In fact, it was mainly for kids, and elders never had to bother so much about being vaccinated. But with the progress in science an
  • Immune system of recovered COVID-19 patients may evolve to fight coronavirus variants: Study
    New York, January 24 (PTI): People who recover from COVID-19 are protected against the novel coronavirus for at least six months, and likely much longer, according to a study which says the immune system evolves long after the infection and may block even mutant forms of the virus such as the South African variant. The research, published in the journal Nature, noted that antibodies are produced by immune cells that keep evolving, apparently due to a continued exposure to remnants o
  • WHO panel to make recommendations on Moderna Covid vax
    Geneva, January 23 (IANS): A World Health Organization (WHO) panel of vaccine experts is set to issue recommendations on Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The WHO had granted emergency use validation for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on December 31, 2020, opening the door for countries to expedite their own regulatory approval processes to import and administer the vaccine. Now the WHO panel has reviewed data from Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. In a media advi
  • Phase 1 trial results show Covaxin has tolerable safety, enhanced immunity: Lancet study
    New Delhi, January 22 (PTI): India's first indigenous vaccine against COVID-19, Covaxin, showed enhanced immune response without any serious side effects in the participants enrolled for the phase 1 trials, according to the results published in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal. Developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, the vaccine has been granted emergency use authoris