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  • No evidence proves antibodies can protect from second wave: WHO
    Geneva, April 26 (IANS) There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a daily situation report.   Although many studies show that people who recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies to the novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, the WHO noted on Saturday, some of these people have very low levels of neutralizing antibodies in their blood, r
  • Higher neutrophil levels in blood linked to more severe COVID-19
    New York, April 25 (IANS) Researchers have found that patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection have higher blood levels of neutrophil extracellular traps, also called NETs.   According to the study, Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are extracellular webs of chromatin, microbicidal proteins, and oxidant enzymes that are released by neutrophils to contain infections and pathogens.   "However, when not properly regulated, NETs have the potential to propaga
  • Dietary supplements important weapon for fighting off COVID-19
    New York, April 24 (IANS) Supplements containing vitamins C and D and other micronutrients are a safe, effective and low-cost means of helping your immune system fight off COVID-19 and other acute respiratory tract diseases, say researchers. According to the study, published in the journal Nutrients, public health officials should issue a clear set of nutritional recommendations to complement messages about the role of handwashing and vaccinations in preventing the spread of in
  • Low blood pressure: Know why it is harmful
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANSlife) Low blood pressure or hypotension can be a matter of concern, if not tackled at the right time.   "Low blood pressure can be described as blood pressure that is low enough that the flow of the blood to one's body organs is inadequate, and one may exhibit symptoms such as dizziness, light-headedness, and even fainting, increased thirst, shallow breathing, tiredness, chest pain, and nausea. The causes for it is reduced blood volume, heart disease
  • Chinese study says Gilead's remdesivir failed, firm says report 'inconclusive'
    Beijing, April 24 (IANS) US-based Gilead Sciences' remdesivir, a potential antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 patients and is under several trials around the world, has reportedly failed to produce desired results during a Chinese trial study, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.   Gilead's shares fell on the results of the study, and were down almost 5 per cent.   Citing a draft document prepared by the WHO which is yet to be made public, the report claimed th
  • Stigma Covid-19 patients face causing increase in mortality: AIIMS Director
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Thursday said that people with flu-like symptoms are not coming out for check-up due to stigma attached with the viral disease, which is, in turn, resulting in an increase in mortality rate. "Because of the stigma attached to Covid-19, many patients with flu-like symptoms are not coming to health care facilities. They are coming out when they are breathless, and this is leading to higher mortality," he said. "We en
  • Vaccine could be available this year, says UK scientist
    London, April 23 (IANS) Two scientists who are leading the charge for a vaccine in the UK have been speaking about their projects. Professor Sarah Gilbert is head of a team at the University of Oxford. Trials, which have had 5,000 volunteers, are set to begin on Thursday, the BBC reported. "We just start with two people on the first day, to make sure that everything is well with them, and also that all the procedures are working for the trial and that we are ready to move on
  • Human trials for COVID-19 vaccine on April 23 in UK
    New Delhi, April 22 (ANI): A potential vaccine against the coronavirus developed by the University of Oxford is set to be put on trial for the first time on April 23, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said on Tuesday. The government is "throwing everything at" developing a new successful vaccine, and two of the leading vaccine developments around the world are taking place in the UK, at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College, Sputnik reported.  
  • Don't drink yourself sick this lockdown
    New Delhi, April 22 (IANSlife) While it may be lucrative to leisurely consume alcohol in excess during the lockdown, your body and mind can feel the health impact of it more than you would like. "Research studies have suggested that people in the age group of 18-40 years are buying more alcohol than usual during these crisis. People are generally spending more money on liquor as they are likely to drink more to alleviate the stress they are feeling," Dr Anuneet Sabharwal, MBBS, MD P
  • Why young Indians need to re-discover Neem
    New Delhi, April 21 (IANSlife) Neem has been a part of our traditional system of medicine including Ayurveda for centuries. Not only the Neem leaf, but its bark, root, flowers, and fruit is also used in traditional medicine. In Sanskrit, Neem is considered 'arista', which means something that is imperishable, perfect and complete; this seems to be pretty true. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, insecticidal, and anti-fungal properties, explains celebrity nutritionist Nmami Ag
  • Asymptomatic patients big worry, social distancing essential: Experts
    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) With the Health Ministry saying that 80 per cent of the Covid-19 cases are either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, health experts on Monday said lockdown and social distancing are the only way to prevent transmission from asymptomatic cases in a populous country like Indian with limited testing capacity.   According to Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, as many as 25 per cent of people
  • Air pollution linked again to high COVID-19 deaths
    London, April 20 (IANS) In yet another study linking air pollution with high rate of coronavirus mortality, German researchers have found that elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   Nitrogen dioxide is an air pollutant that damages the human respiratory tract. For many years it has been known to cause many types of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in humans.   The st
  • WHO recommended disinfectants effective against COVID-19: Study
    London, April 20 (IANS) When used correctly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended alcohol-based hand disinfectants to be effective against the novel coronavirus, as confirmed by the international team of researchers.   For the findings published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the research team headed by Professor Stephanie Pfander from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (RUB) in Germany, exposed Sars-Cov-2 viruses for 30 seconds to the WHO-recommended disinfect
  • High-level task force set up to work on frontiers of vaccines, drug testing
    New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Health Ministry on Sunday said that there are no new cases in 54 districts in the country and also announced that a high-level task force has been constituted to work on cutting edge vaccine and drug testing.   At the daily media briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said: "A high-level task force has been constituted to work on the frontier of vaccine and drug testing. Its main task is to speed up acade
  • No guarantee coronavirus vaccine will be developed: WHO envoy
    London, April 19 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy David Nabarro has warned that there is no guarantee that a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine can be successfully developed in coming months.   Nabarro who is one of the world's leading experts said that people have to live with the threat of coronavirus "for the foreseeable future" and adapt accordingly because there is no guarantee that a vaccine can be successfully developed.   In an intervie
  • Liquor consumption increases risk of Covid-19 infection
    Hyderabad, April 18 (IANS) On the eve of the World Liver Day, being observed amid the coronavirus pandemic, medical experts have warned that excessive liquor consumption weakens the immune system, making one more vulnerable to infections like Covid-19.   A substance called ethanol or ethyl alcohol present in alcoholic beverages harms the immune system of an individual. Other toxic substances that smell like ethanol are also added to adulterated beverages.   Ethyl
  • Women get less medication than men after heart attack: Study
    London, April 18 (IANS) Women are more likely to die early after heart attack than men because they are often not prescribed the drugs they need, according to a new study.   "Female heart attack patients may appear more fragile to physicians since they are often older than men, with smaller bodies and more co-existing conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease," said study author Claudio Montalto of the University of Pavia in Italy.   "Therefore, doctors migh
  • Covid-19 changes medication needs of masses
    New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought about a sudden change in the medication needs of masses with a clear preference being shown for respiratory, anti-diabetic, cardiac therapies as compared to anti-infective, gastro, vitamin or pain therapies that had commanded higher demand in pre-Covid period. In the month of March, demand for Cardiac drugs grew by 18.8 per cent yoy and Anti-Diabetic segment grew at 14.4 per cent yoy due to pre-empted buying
  • With Rapid-test kits, UP to detect corona patients in minutes
    Lucknow, April 18 (IANS) The Uttar Prfadesh government is all set to launch the much-awaited Rapid Testing Kits, which use antibody-based blood tests for Covid-19, the results of which will come in minutes. Uttar Pradesh will become the first state in the country to do so. The results of anti-body blood tests come within minutes as against the proper coronavirus tests which take hours. The kits will be used to test people with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breat
  • Breastfeeding may lead to fewer human viruses in infants
    New York, April 17 (IANS) Even small amounts of breast milk strongly influences the accumulation of viral populations in the infant's gut and provides a protective effect against potentially pathogenic viruses, according to a new study. The findings expand upon prior research that suggests that breastfeeding plays a key role in the interaction between babies and the microbial environment. This latest research, published in the journal Nature, could influence strategies for t