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22-Sep-2021 Patna

3 Covid deaths reported from Bihar's Gopalganj in 3 days

Bihar is returning to the clutches of Covid-19 as its Gopalganj district reported three deaths last 3 days, an official said.All three deceased were Covid positive and died due to low oxygen levels.Two of the deceased, who were residents of Gopalganj Sadar...

20-Sep-2021 New Delhi

India logs over 30K Covid cases, 295 deaths in a day

India's daily Covid cases continued to cross 30,000 mark for the last few days with 30,256 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, data released on Monday showed.With 295 deaths registered in the same time span, the total Covid fatality has risen to 4,45,133,...

20-Sep-2021 New York

Covid virus evolving 'to become better at spreading in air'

People infected with Covid Alpha variant exhaled 100 times more virus into the air than people infected with the original strains of the virus, finds a study.The University of Maryland researchers suggested the need for better ventilation and tight-fitting...

20-Sep-2021 Washington

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 228.4 million

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 228.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.69 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.90 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's...

19-Sep-2021 Sydney

Understanding how bats resist Covid can aid new treatments in humans

Studying bats' responses to SARS-CoV-2 may provide key insights into how and when to best use existing therapies for Covid-19, and to develop new treatments, suggests a review.The review, published in the journal Science Immunology, explores how the virus that...

14-Sep-2021 London

Scientists who declined lab-leak theory linked to Wuhan lab: Report

Scientists who declined the theory that Covid-19 leaked from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) had connections to the infamous lab, according to media reports.All but one of the scientists who signed a letter published in The Lancet on March 7 last year...

14-Sep-2021 New York

Severe Covid can increase self-attacking antibodies: Study

Hospitalised Covid-19 patients are substantially more likely to harbour autoantibodies -- antibodies directed at their own tissues or at substances their immune cells secrete into the blood -- than people without Covid-19, according to a new study emphasising the...

13-Sep-2021 Jhabua (MP)

100% Covid vax, a tribal village in MP shows the way

A remote village in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh has become the first one in the state to vaccinate all its adult population against the coronavirus disease.Narasimhunda village, which falls in Rama Block, is the first in the state to have inoculated...

13-Sep-2021 New York

Face masks do not increase body temperature during exercises

Worried about how to work out with masks on? A new study shows that exercising with a face mask on does not significantly increase body temperature or heart rate during exercises, finds a study.Researchers from the University of Connecticut tested four kinds...

13-Sep-2021 Singapore

Long Covid may spike early risk of dementia

Covid survivors who continue to experience poor concentration, memory difficulties and other cognitive issues may be at high risk of developing dementia years later, according to a research.There is also growing concern that some of these "long-haulers" may...

13-Sep-2021 Washington

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 224.6 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 224.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.62 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.67 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's...

12-Sep-2021 New York

Covid jabs do not raise risk of miscarriage: Study

Pregnant women who received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine were not at higher risk for miscarriage than their unvaccinated counterparts, according to a new study.In the study, published in JAMA, researchers from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) -- collaboration...

12-Sep-2021 New York

Gout medications may aid in Covid-19 treatment

A medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) primarily used to treat gout also has potent anti-viral properties against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, according to a study.Gout is a type of arthritis characterised by severe...

12-Sep-2021 Washington

Unvaccinated may be 10 times more likely to die from Covid : US study

As the Joe Biden administration stepped up efforts to get more people vaccinated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in three new studies emphasised the importance of Covid shots in preventing death rates, even amid concerns on waning...

11-Sep-2021 Washington

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 223.7 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 223.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.61 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.64 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's...

10-Sep-2021 London

UK approves Pfizer, AstraZeneca as booster jabs for Covid

The UK's health regulator has approved Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for booster doses against Covid-19, even as the country's decision on the third dose remains pending."We know that a person's immunity may decline over time after their first vaccine...

08-Sep-2021 New Delhi

Long term effect on heart health post Covid vaccination

The novel coronavirus impacted everyone around the globe equally. However, the virus has been more severe and dangerous for people with pre-existing chronic illnesses. Moreover, the combination of Covid-19 and cardiovascular diseases have been proven dangerous...

08-Sep-2021 New York

Explained: Why diabetics are at risk of severe Covid-19?

US researchers have identified an enzyme that may explain the reason why people with diabetes are at especially high risk of developing severe illness or dying from coronavirus infection.The culprit appears to be an enzyme called SETDB2. This same enzyme...

07-Sep-2021 New York

Changes in plasma, immune cells linked to Covid-19 severity: Study

Covid-19 patients have differing immune responses that lead to disease outcomes ranging from asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection to death.After examining the blood samples from nearly 200 Covid-19 patients, researchers have uncovered underlying metabolic changes...

07-Sep-2021 New Delhi

What's driving Delta Covid variant to spread

The ability to evade neutralising antibodies while increasing infectivity is the reason why the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has turned dominant in several countries including the UK, the US and India, according to an international team of researchers.Researchers...

05-Sep-2021 London

Coronavirus epidemics 1st hit over 21,000 years ago: Study

The most recent common ancestor of sarbecoviruses -- the family of coronaviruses to which SARS-CoV belongs -- existed more than 21,000 years ago, nearly 30 times older than previous estimates, finds a study.The study, published in the journal Current Biology,...

02-Sep-2021 New Delhi

Kidney damage is silent killer in Covid patients, say USA's top docs

Fresh research in the USA shows that there is a significant decline in kidney function among patients described as COVID-19 "long-haulers" because they suffer a range of adverse conditions months after their initial infections.The study published online Sept....

02-Sep-2021 New York

Covid-19 long-haulers at risk of developing kidney disease

Researchers have pointed to a significant decline in kidney function in Covid-19 long-haulers and even among those who had mild infections of the virus.The study, by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, showed that people infected...

01-Sep-2021 Wellington

NZ reports 75 fresh community cases of Delta variant

New Zealand reported 75 new community cases of Delta variant of Covid-19, including 74 in the largest city, Auckland and one in the capital Wellington on Wednesday,  bringing the total number of cases in the country's community outbreak to 687.Auckland...

01-Sep-2021 New York

Human mini-lungs in lab to help develop new treatments for Covid

The US researchers have grown mini human lungs in lab dishes using adult stem cells, featuring all types of cells that make up the human organ, allowing for testing of new treatments for respiratory diseases, including Covid-19.Attempts to grow adult human...

01-Sep-2021 Johannesburg

Delta still dominant variant in South Africa : Scientists

The highly infectious Delta variant continued being the "dominant variant" in South Africa and the driver of the third wave, as the newly detected C.1.2 variant was present at very low levels, scientists said."The Delta variant was still the most dominant...

30-Aug-2021 New York

Covid recovery doesn't guarantee antibodies, immunity to re-infection

Prior exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, neither guarantees a high level of antibodies nor immunity to re-infection as thought earlier, finds a study emphasising the need to get vaccinated against the deadly infectious disease.The study, led...

30-Aug-2021 New York

Not just Covid, most respiratory viruses are spread by aerosols

SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, is not alone that is spread primarily by inhalation of virus-laden aerosols at both short and long ranges, but most respiratory viruses do so, finds a study.The study, published in the journal Science, showed that SARS-CoV,...

29-Aug-2021 New York

Explained: Why Delta Covid variant spreads like wildfire

A key amino-acid mutation in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein might explain why the Delta variant of Covid-19 has spread so swiftly across the world, say researchers.SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has rapidly replaced the Alpha variant around the world. According...

27-Aug-2021 Singapore

Covid virus can change shape to improve survival: Study

The genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, can change shape and structure to boost its survival, say researchers noting that the finding can help produce more effective drugs to treat the infectious disease.The study led by researchers...

27-Aug-2021 New York

Covid infections severe in children with cancer than others : Lancet

Globally nearly 20 per cent of children with cancer, who get infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, tend to develop more severe infections than those without cancer, according to an international study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology.However,...

27-Aug-2021 London

Pfizer Covid jab's side effects in 12-15 year olds mild: Study

The side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab against Covid-19 are likely to be mild to moderate and clear up quickly in 12-15 year olds at high risk of complications from the infection because of certain coexisting conditions, reveals a study.While the study...

25-Aug-2021 London

Covid-19 linked to high risk of blood clots during surgery

Recent or current Covid-19 infection can increase the risk of dangerous blood clots during surgery, finds a study.Venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- a combination of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism -- is a condition in which blood clots form in the...

25-Aug-2021 New York

Decoded: What causes Covid-19 mortality

A team of researchers has identified what may be the key molecular mechanism responsible for Covid-19 mortality -- an enzyme related to neurotoxins found in rattlesnake venom.The enzyme, secreted phospholipase A2 group IIA, or sPLA2-IIA, has long been...

19-Aug-2021 Geneva

Vaccine injustice is a shame on all humanity : WHO

Vaccine nationalism by developed countries would prolong the Covid-19 pandemic, when it could be ended in a matter of months by sharing doses and scaling up manufacturing equitably, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.According to the WHO, just 10 countries...

12-Aug-2021 New York

Covid-19 may likely become childhood disease : Study

Risk of Covid-19 may shift from older adults to younger children as the SARS-CoV-2 virus becomes endemic, according to new research.Once endemic in the global population, Covid-19 may behave like other common cold coronaviruses, affecting mostly young children...

10-Aug-2021 New York

New copper-infused mask may help hospitality, tourism industry

An Indian-origin researcher has developed copper-infused masks that may help employees manning the frontlines of customer service, particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors.Ajay Aluri, founding director of the Hospitality Innovation and Technology...

10-Aug-2021 Hyderabad

Covid patient recovers after 41 days of ECMO support

In a case of rare recovery, a 36-year-old female patient with severe Covid pneumonia survived after 41 days of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support at Medicover Hospital here.The woman with severe respiratory distress was brought to the hospital...

08-Aug-2021 New York

One shot of Pfizer vax may be enough for people who had Covid : Study

Individuals with a prior Covid-19 infection may be sufficiently protected from re-infection after a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, freeing up availability of millions of additional doses, suggests a study."We observed higher SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels in...

08-Aug-2021 London

Can antibodies produced by a Covid variant neutralise others?

The antibodies produced as a result of infection by one variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, are able to bind to and stop other variants from entering the host cells in order to replicate, researchers have found.Understanding how some variants...

08-Aug-2021 New Delhi

Mixing Covishield, Covaxin provides better immunity: ICMR

Administering people a dose of Covishield, followed by Covaxin in the second dose is safe and improves immunity, according to a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released on Sunday.Covishield, developed by University of Oxford-Astrazeneca, is...

08-Aug-2021 New York

Scientists identify antibodies to develop pan-coronaviurs vax

Scientists have discovered human antibodies that can neutralise several different coronaviruses and pave the way for a pan-coronavirus vaccine.These antibodies have been detected in some people who have recovered from Covid-19, said the team at University of Washington.The...

06-Aug-2021 New York

Blood thinners show promise in moderately ill Covid patients

Treating moderately ill hospitalised Covid-19 patients with a full-dose blood thinner can reduce their need for organ support, such as mechanical ventilation, and improve their chances of leaving the hospital, showed a large clinical trial conducted worldwide.However,...

04-Aug-2021 New York

How nanobodies can help thwart Covid variants

US scientists have found that SARS-CoV-2 nanobodies -- microscopic molecules that neutralise the virus in animals -- are remarkably active against mutations found in variants, including Delta.The study, led by Universities of Pittsburgh and Case Western...

04-Aug-2021 London

Fully vaccinated people thrice at lower risk of Covid : Study

Double vaccinated people were three times less likely than unvaccinated people to test positive for the Covid-19 infection, a new research has found.The study led by researchers at the Imperial College London is based on swab tests taken by nearly 98,233 people...

04-Aug-2021 New York

How fears influence Covid-19 transmission

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how infectious disease outbreaks incorporate fear -- both of disease and of vaccines.The model, named as "Triple Contagion" of disease and fears, helps better understand how pandemics can occur in multiple...

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