• New coronavirus seen up close in graphic details inside lungs
    New York, September 13 (IANS): A team of researchers in the US has published striking images of SARS-CoV-2 infected cells in the respiratory airways that are very graphic in nature. In a laboratory setting, the researchers at University of North Carolina School of Medicine inoculated the new coronavirus into human bronchial epithelial cells, which were then examined 96 hours later using scanning electron microscopy. The New England Journal of Medicine featured this work in its &q
  • AstraZeneca resumes Covid vaccine trials in UK
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): Clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, have resumed in the UK following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so. On September 6, the standard review process had triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees and international regulators. The UK committee has concluded its investigations a
  • Overeating home-cooked junk food amid lockdown caused lifestyle diseases
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): The impact of Covid-19 has been far-reaching, and in ways, no one could have imagined. It impacted the health directly and in corresponding manners. One such impact it had was on the food and nutrition. Coronavirus-led lockdown widened the health and financial inequalities and worsened food poverty among marginalized sections. However, most of the privileged population used this period for feasting and indulging in unhealthy eating habits leading to a
  • Social distancing reduces chance of Covid-19 infection: Study
    New York, September 11 (IANS): Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood of testing positive with the Covid-19 virus. While using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is linked to a significantly higher chances of getting infected from Covid-19, the study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, reported. "Our
  • Covid vaccine likely by year end: AstraZeneca
    New Delhi, September 10 (ANI): AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot on Wednesday expressed hopes that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus developed by the pharmaceutical company would be ready by the end of 2020 or early 2021, despite having to pause clinical trials. Earlier this week, the UK-Swedish company reportedly froze the trials after discovering that one participant was sick with transverse myelitis. This condition results in the inflammation of parts of the spinal cord and may
  • 1 in 2 working women in India suffering from pandemic stress
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANS): The Covid-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the emotional well-being of working women in India as nearly one in two of them (47 per cent) are experiencing more stress or anxiety, a new survey said on Thursday. Worryingly, more than two in five working mothers are working outside their business hours to provide childcare, nearly twice as many men (25 per cent), according to the 'Workforce Confidence Index' survey by Microsoft-owned LinkedIn
  • Russia seeks India's help for Sputnik vaccine Phase-3 trial, production
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): The Russian government has sought India's help in manufacturing the Sputnik V vaccine and also to conduct Phase-3 trials or bridging studies in the country, a top official said on Tuesday. Sputnik V, an adenovirus vector-based vaccine, was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, along with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and was registered on August 11. "The Russian government approa
  • First batch of Russian COVID vaccine released to public
    New Delhi, September 8 (ANI): The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, developed by Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund has been released into civil circulation, regional deliveries are planned in the nearest future, the Russian health ministry informs. "The first batch of the 'Gam-COVID-Vac' [Sputnik V] vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection, develo
  • Nutrition for men in their 40's
    New Delhi, September 7 (IANSlife): The 40s are filled with vitality and stress in equal amounts. Health can either be at its best in one's 40s or it can be the start for many lifestyle diseases. Work, family and financial stress together can compound health issues at this age, so it becomes even more necessary to stay healthier than ever before. Mid-life health issues if addressed early can lead to very healthy 50s, 60s and 70s. The most common health problems seen in this age g
  • UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of COVID-19 vaccines
    New Delhi, September 7 (PTI): In what could possibly be the world's largest and fastest ever operation of its kind, the United Nations Children's Fund has announced that it will be leading the procurement and supply of coronavirus vaccines to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available. The UNICEF is the world's largest single vaccine buyer, procuring more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines annually for ro
  • Chinese vax firms prepare facilities for mass production
    Beijing, September 6 (IANS): The Covid-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech has entered Phase-3 trial globally and the biopharma company displayed it during the 'China International Fair for Trade in Services' in Beijing this weekend. The Sinovac vaccine has been in Phase-3 clinical trials since July. Phase-1 and 2 trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective without serious side effects, reports CGTN. "After performing injections on over 1
  • Post-Covid syndrome severely damages children's hearts: Study
    New York, September 6 (IANS) Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), believed to be linked to Covid-19, damages the heart to such an extent that some children will need lifelong monitoring and interventions, warn researchers. According to the review, published in EClinicalMedicine, a journal of The Lancet, case studies also show MIS-C can strike seemingly healthy children without warning three or four weeks after asymptomatic infections. "Children did not need
  • Spend less time on screen for good mental health: Study
    Sydney, September 5 (IANS) Researchers have found that less screen time and more green time are associated with better psychological outcomes among children and adolescents. According to the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the prevalence of mental illness among children and adolescents is increasing globally. Technological developments in recent decades have increased young people's engagement with screen-based technologies (screen time), and a reduction in young pe
  • Lancet Study finds Russian vaccine safe, effective
    New Delhi, September 4 (PTI): The COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, approved by Russia last month, has been shown to elicit antibody response with no serious adverse events in small human trials, according to preliminary results published in The Lancet journal on Friday. Results from early-phase non-randomised vaccine trials in a total of 76 people show that two formulations of the vaccine have a good safety profile detected over 42 days, and induce antibody responses in all participants
  • Want to live longer? Avoiding red hot meat may help
    Sydney, September 4 (IANS): If you're consuming too much and processed meat, kindly take note. Researchers have found that consuming red and processed meat increased a protein compound that may increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and complications in diabetes. The study, published in the journal Nutrients, suggests high-heat caramelisation of red meat -- a process used extensively in cooking for the resulting nutty flavour and brown colour -- could be bad for our health.
  • Kids can have Covid antibodies, virus in their system simultaneously
    New delhi, September 3 (PTI): Children may still have the potential to transmit the novel coronavirus even if they have a measurable immune response, according to a new study which says the virus and antibodies can coexist in young patients. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, used a retrospective analysis of 6,369 children tested for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and 215 patients who underwent antibody testing at the Children's National Hospital in the US bet
  • Permanent hair dye may up cancer risk in women: Study
    New York, September 3 (IANS): Women who use permanent hair dye products, kindly take note. Researchers have found that permanent hair dye can slightly increase the risk of some types of breast, skin and ovarian cancer. The study from Harvard University in the US, published in the journal The BMJ on Thursday, also revealed that natural hair colour was also found to impact on the likelihood of some cancers. Use of hair dye is very popular, particularly among older age groups keen t
  • US rejects global cooperation in vaccine project
    Washington, September 3 (IANS): The US will not join global efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute Covid-19 vaccines, President Donald Trump's administration said. More than 170 countries are in talks to participate in Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries with access to safe and effective vaccines, Xinhua news agency reported on Thur
  • Nutrition Week: Health experts shed light on nutrient deficiencies in women, kids
    New Delhi, September 1 (IANS): On the first day of the National Nutrition Week, observed every year from September 1 to 7 in India, various public health experts said the focus should be on the issue of under-nutrition, over nutrition or micro-nutrient deficiencies in children and women. The National Nutrition Week was launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 1982 with the objective to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition for the human body. Accordi
  • AstraZeneca Covid vax reaches Phase-3 trial in US
    New York, September 1 (IANS): The Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University in partnership with the UK-based global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has reached Phase-3 trial in the US. The trial will enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers at 80 sites in the US to evaluate if the candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, can prevent symptomatic Covid-19, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Monday. "Positive results from preclinical resear