Health

  • 8 risk factors that can lead to heart failure
    New Delhi, September 20 (IANSlife): Heart failure is one of the most under-diagnosed heart diseases in our country, contributing to a high number of death rates. The National Heart Failure Registry recently revealed its one-year data, which shows that close to 17 percent of patients die within 90 days of being diagnosed with heart failure. These high death rates are comparable to mortality associated with cancers of the breast and cervix. There is lot of ambiguity when it comes to u
  • Drug with potential to fight Covid-19 identified
    London, September 19 (IANS): Scientists have identified a new drug that could prevent or mitigate the consequences derived from infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19. Preliminary results of the study conducted on animal models showed that the drug 4-Phenylbutiric acid (4-PBA) fully curbs mortality caused by respiratory failure derived from cellular stress, showed the research published in the journal Cytokine and Growth Factors Review. The inflammatory proce
  • If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain
    WASHINGTON, September 19 (Reuters): Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain building to maintenance and repair. Researchers on Friday said they conducted a statistical analysis on data from more than 60 sleep studies. They looked at sleep time, duration of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, brain size and body size, a
  • Phase 3 trial of Oxford vaccine to begin in Pune from next week
    New Delh, September 19 (PTI): The Phase 3 human clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will begin at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune next week. Dean of the state-run Sassoon General Hospital Dr Muralidhar Tambe told this to PTI on Saturday. "The phase-III trial of 'Covishield' vaccine will begin at Sassoon hospital from next week. It is likely to start on Monday. Some vol
  • Had a hectic week? Just 10 minutes of massage will relax you
    London, September 19 (IANS): If you have had a tiring week, just 10 minutes of simple massage at home can do wonders to rejuvenate your mind and body, suggests a new research. All you need to do is find someone to do that for you. Even ten minutes of simple rest increases relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage, showed the research published in the journal Scientific Reports. This study indicates that massage is an easy-to-apply intervention that can boost the body&
  • Patients suffering from COVID-19 are facing cardiac issues
    New Delhi, September 18 (IANSlife): The original thought was that the novel coronavirus is a respiratory disease, but as the number of patients who have contracted the virus are increasing, it has become clear that COVID-19 has several other implications. The impact of COVID-19 goes beyond the respiratory system and the lungs, it has tremendous impact on the cardiovascular system of the human body as well. Reports have suggested that heart failure has been one of the main causes of
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
    Reuters Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Past the 30 million mark Global coronavirus cases exceeded 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing. India was firmly in focus as the latest epicentre, although North and South America combined still accounted for almost half of the global cases. The south Asian nation, the world's second-most populous country, has been reporting more new
  • Pfizer vaccine trial bets on early win against coronavirus, documents show
    September 18 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc is betting that its coronavirus vaccine candidate will show clear evidence of effectiveness early in its clinical trial, according to the company and internal documents reviewed by Reuters that describe how the trial is being run. In recent weeks, Pfizer has said it should know by the end of October whether the vaccine, developed together with Germany's BioNTech SE, is safe and effective. If the vaccine is shown to work by then, Pfizer has sai
  • Tips for managing mental health during COVID-19
    NEW YORK, September 17 (Reuters):  Months in, the pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health. As part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series, Reuters gathered a group of experts to share their tips on coping with isolation, caregiving and more. Below are edited highlights. How does isolation affect mental health? What are some strategies we can use to find community during a lockdown? “Before the pandemic, we were already in the middle of a mental healt
  • Wearing eyeglasses may lower the risk of Covid-19: Study
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS): A small yet significant study from China has found that people who wear eyeglasses may be at a lower risk of contracting Covid-19 as the virus may enter the body via eyes. The study involving 276 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in Suizhou, China, found that the proportion of daily wearers of eyeglasses was lower than that of the local population (5.8 per cent vs 31.5 per cent). "We hypothesized that eyeglasses prevent or discourage wearers
  • Smoking linked to bleeding in the brain: Study
    London, September 17 (IANS): Smoking most likely has a significant share in all cases of subarachnoid haemorrhage, the most fatal type of cerebrovascular disturbances in the brain, warn researchers. The study, published in the journal Stroke, reaffirmed a link between smoking and subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), a type of bleeding stroke that occurs under the membrane that covers the brain and is frequently fatal. "Our study provides evidence about the link between smoking an
  • In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed
    SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, September 16 (Reuters) - China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing. China launched a vaccine emergency use programme in July, offering three experimental shots developed by a unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and U.S
  • Coronavirus re-infection is very rare: ICMR DG
    New Delhi, September 15 (ANI): The Indian Council of Medical Research DG Dr Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday said that re-infection with coronavirus is very rare. "Re-infection is very rare with COVID-19. We have seen re-infection occurs in case of measles and (if) someone gets measles, he needs to be protected all his life from measles even though he generates certain anti-bodies," Dr Bhargava said at a press conference.  "Similarly, we can have re-infection i
  • Vaccines won't end pandemic quickly unless delivered equitably: Gates
    New York, September 15 (IANS): Even as the world is rushing for solutions to fight Covid-19, developing and manufacturing vaccines will not end the pandemic quickly unless they are delivered equitably, warn Bill and Melinda Gates. According to a projection by Northeastern University, if rich countries buy up the first two billion doses of vaccine instead of making sure they are distributed equitably, then almost twice as many people could die from Covid-19. "Researchers are
  • 'Phase I of Bharat Biotech vaccine excellent'
    New Delhi, September 15 (PTI): Phase-I clinical trials have revealed "excellent safety" of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and Cadila Healthcare Ltd and their immuno genicity testing is now in progress, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.  "Their phase II clinical trials are going on," Choubey said in response to a question on the present status of th
  • Best time to conceive due to less stress, low pollution: Health experts
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS): Leading gynaecologists and infertility experts across NCR-Delhi have opined that amid the coronavirus pandemic, a host of factors are at play that are advantageous to the couples eager to start a family. They said remote working is the "best time to conceive" as the couples are now getting enough of a comfortable environment to plan their future, besides facing less stress without the earlier long commuting hours and striking a balance in pr
  • Loneliness has doubled among older adults amid pandemic: Study
    New York, September 14 (IANS): Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 but a new study suggests that the pandemic has doubled loneliness among older adults. According to a new survey from the University of Michigan in the US, in June of this year, 56 per cent of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others - more than double the 27 per cent who felt that way in a similar poll
  • Covid-19 virus made in Wuhan lab: Virologist
    September 14 (ANI): In a stunning revelation, a Chinese virologist has claimed that the coronavirus was created in a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan, the original epicentre of the outbreak and offered scientific evidence to back her claims. In an exclusive conversation with 'Loose Women', a British talk show, Dr Li-Meng Yan, the scientist said she was assigned to investigate "new pneumonia" in Wuhan. She said that she discovered a cover-up operation regar
  • Here's your protein report card
    New Delhi, Sep`tember 14 (IANSlife) Celebrating the National Nutrition Month, Right To Protein, a nationwide public health awareness initiative, launched Protein Report Card for Indian citizens to self-assess and improve their nutritional intake. This Protein Report Card is designed to help people understand if their protein consumption is adequate or requires immediate intervention. People looking to receive their own Protein Report Card this nutrition month can log-on to the freel
  • Practice yoga, eat chyawanprash: Guidelines for recovered Covid patients
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): Yogasana, pranayama, meditation and intake of chyawanprash are among some of the suggestions given by the Union health ministry in its new management protocol for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Calling for a holistic approach for follow up care and well-being of all post-COVID recovered patients, the health ministry said such patients must continue COVID appropriate behaviour by use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing