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17-Apr-2021 New York

'Covid does not infect brain but still inflicts damage'

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, likely does not directly infect the brain but can still inflict significant neurological damage, a new study suggests.The findings, published in the journal Brain, suggest that the neurological changes often seen in these...

17-Apr-2021 New York

Wearing 2 masks doubles protection against Covid virus

Scientists now report that wearing two face coverings can nearly double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer's nose and mouth and causing Covid-19.The reason for the enhanced filtration isn't so...

16-Apr-2021 New York

Young Covid survivors not safe from reinfection: Lancet

If you are planning to avoid vaccination just because you are a Covid survivor, think twice. According to a new study, despite a prior Covid-19 infection young people can likely catch the virus again and may still transmit it to others.Even after a previous...

14-Apr-2021 New York

Moderna Covid jab efficacy marginally drops to 90% in US trial

Updated results from an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in the US have shown Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine to be 90 per cent effective against all cases of the disease, and greater than 95 per cent against severe cases.While the updated cases show continued strong...

13-Apr-2021 New York

Covid pandemic linked to 6 unhealthy eating behaviours

A new research into the lingering impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviours.The study found six key themes of eating behaviour changes -- mindless eating and snacking; increased food consumption; generalized...

12-Apr-2021 New York

Novel personalised cancer vaccine safe : Study

A new personalised cancer vaccine, developed by the US researchers, is safe and beneficial for patients with different cancers, including lung and bladder, results of phase I clinical trials have shown."While immunotherapy has revolutionised the treatment...

12-Apr-2021 New York

Antibody reaction traced to blood clots linked to AstraZeneca jabs

After reports of blood clots experienced by some people after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine triggered safety concerns, new research published in a leading medical journal suggests that a rare antibody reaction was found in a few people who got...

06-Apr-2021 New York

How beef industry can reduce greenhouse emissions

The global beef industry, particularly in the US and Brazil, can potentially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 50 per cent with proper land management, improving production efficiency, suggests a research.The findings showed that using carbon...

04-Apr-2021 New York

US halts AstraZeneca vax production at Baltimore plant

A plant in the US which ruined 15 million potential doses of Johnson and Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine has been asked to stop producing doses for AstraZeneca, the media reported.The facility at Baltimore, Emergent Biosolutions, was earlier picked as a manufacturing...

29-Mar-2021 New York

Gum infection linked to elevated BP

Adults with periodontitis, a severe gum infection, may be significantly more likely to have higher blood pressure (BP) compared to individuals who had healthy gums, a new study revealed.The findings, published in the journal Hypertension, indicate that diagnosis...

26-Mar-2021 New York

Novel coronavirus invades mouth's cells, shows new evidence

An international team of scientists has found evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, infects cells in the mouth.While it is well-known that the upper airways and lungs are primary sites of SARS-CoV-2 infection, there are clues the...

26-Mar-2021 New York

Novel technique to detect biomarker for cancer

Researchers are working to develop a new screening technique that's more than 300 times as effective at detecting a biomarker for diseases like cancer than current methods.The technique, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, uses nanoparticles...

22-Mar-2021 New York

AstraZeneca Covid vax found 79% effective in US trial

British-Swedish pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca on Monday said its vaccine demonstrated efficacy of 79 per cent at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 100 per cent efficacy at preventing severe disease and hospitalisation in a phase-3 trial in the US.The results come...

22-Mar-2021 New York

Gallbladder, biliary tract cancer cases up 76% in 3 decades

Gallbladder and biliary tract cancer incidence worldwide increased by 76 per cent, mortality increased by 65 per cent, and disability-adjusted life years increased by 52 per cent from 1990 to 2017, says a new study.It is estimated that globally, there were 210,878...

13-Mar-2021 New York

Study reveals cancer cells may evade chemotherapy

Cancer cells can dodge chemotherapy by entering a state that bears similarity to certain kinds of senescence, a type of "active hibernation" that enables them to weather the stress induced by aggressive treatments aimed at destroying them, a new study suggests.The...

13-Mar-2021 New York

Millions of AstraZeneca Covid vax doses lying idle in US

Even as severe supply constraints remain the biggest concern for many nations trying to accelerate the vaccine drive against Covid-19, tens of millions of AstraZeneca doses are lying idle in US manufacturing facilities.This is because results of the vaccine's...

06-Mar-2021 New York

Vision impairment linked to mortality

People with more severe vision impairment are at a higher risk of all-cause mortality as compared to those with normal vision or mild vision impairment, says a new study.The findings indicated that the risk of mortality was 29 per cent higher for participants...

27-Feb-2021 New York

Are good bacteria getting viral infections?

Researchers have developed a test to determine if bacteria are sick, similar to the one used to test humans for Covid-19.According to the researchers, including Sarah Preheim from Johns Hopkins in the US, the pandemic has made clear the threat that some viruses...

27-Feb-2021 New York

'Brain stimulation & exercise can restore movement in ataxia'

Researchers have shown that a combination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and exercise has potential benefits for treating ataxia.Ataxia is a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive irreversible problems with movement.Working with a mouse...

27-Feb-2021 New York

Bollywood still links women's beauty to fair skin, reveals AI

For Bollywood, beautiful women have fair skin, according to an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computer analysis which reveals that conception of beauty has remained consistent through the years in the film industry centred in Mumbai.The automated computer...

21-Feb-2021 New York

New technology enables predictive design of engineered human cells

Researchers have developed a design-driven process that uses parts from a very different kind of toolkit to build complex genetic circuits for cellular engineering.According to the researchers, one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine is the use of living...

03-Feb-2021 New York

US vaccination drive reveals racial disparity: Media

A racial gap has appeared in the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the United States, with African Americans lagging behind in terms of receiving jabs, according to a recent analysis by a media outlet.The study showed that in the 17 sample states and two sample...

02-Feb-2021 New York

New York declares emergency following massive snowstorm

New York has declared a state of emergency after a massive snowstorm hit the state, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.The emergency was declared on Monday for New York City, Long Island and seven counties in Hudson Valley, reports Xinhua news agency.In...

20-Jan-2021 New York

'Letters to Kamala' pour in, Harris says they 'fuel' her with hope

"I have been waiting for a girl vice president since...forever," girl scout Amelia Phillips tells Kamala Harris, in a handwritten note. Another child has drawn a dog, in red ink, "to keep you company", yet another has sketched Harris standing in front of...

20-Jan-2021 New York

Possible allergic reactions to Moderna Covid vaccine under probe

US-based drugmaker Moderna has confirmed that it has received a report from California's health department that several individuals at one vaccination centre in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of the company's...

18-Jan-2021 New York

Roll call: Indian names bloom in White House power circle

Kamala Devi Harris, Vivek Murthy, Gautam Raghavan, Mala Adiga, Vinay Reddy, Bharat Ramamurti, Neera Tanden, Celine Gounder, Atul Gawande are some of the Indian names that are blooming more now than at any other time in the innermost circles of the White House...

14-Jan-2021 New York

Novel way for weight loss in patients with obesity, diabetes

Researchers have found that treatment with Bimagrumab is safe and effective for treating excess adiposity and metabolic disturbances of adult patients with obesity and Type-2 diabetes.Bimagrumab is an antibody that blocks activ in type II receptors and stimulates...

09-Jan-2021 New York

Twitter permanently suspends Donald Trump handle

Social media giant Twitter announced that it is banning US President Donald Trump from its platform, citing "risk of further incitement of violence".On Twitter, Donald Trump's handle is now an empty white page, frozen with 51 followed accounts and 88.7 million...

08-Jan-2021 New York

'Commonly used BP medications safe for Covid patients'

Medications to treat high blood pressure (BP) do not affect outcomes among patients hospitalised with Covid-19, researchers have claimed.The study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, shows that there is no risk for patients continuing these medications...

06-Jan-2021 New York

Novel drug form may help treat calcium-related disorders

Researchers have found that a novel form of a drug used to treat osteoporosis that comes with the potential for fewer side effects may provide a new option for patients.For the study, published in the journal Biophysical Journal, a team of researchers developed...

11-Dec-2020 New York

High social media usage may up depression risk: Study

Young adults who increased their social media usage are significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, say researchers.Compared to the participants of the study who used social media for less than 120 minutes per day, young adults who used...

09-Dec-2020 New York

Pfizer vaccine to star in America's historic Dec 10 science court

Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is edging closer to approval in the United States and will star in a historic 'science court' that will be live streamed to the world on December 10.Starting 9 a.m. EST on December 10, US regulators and independent experts who make up...

06-Dec-2020 New York

Vaccinate people with diabetes on priority: Researchers

Researchers have urged policymakers to prioritise vaccination for individuals with diabetes as such people, once infected with Covid-19, are three times more likely to have a severe illness or require hospitalisation compared with people without diabetes.While studies...

05-Dec-2020 New York

This antiviral drug blocks Covid virus within 24 hrs: Study

Researchers have discovered that the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection (Covid-19) with a new antiviral drug, MK-4482/EIDD-2801 or Molnupiravir, completely suppresses the virus transmission within 24 hours.According to the study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology,...

05-Dec-2020 New York

Researchers develop sensor to detect fatty liver disease

Researchers have developed a diagnostic tool, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), that could be used to detect fatty liver disease or liver fibrosis."Since it's a non-invasive test, you could screen people even before they have obvious symptoms of the compromised...

03-Dec-2020 New York

US vax tipped to begin before Dec 15; 100mn to get shots by Feb

The chief advisor of the US Covid-19 vaccine development programme is confident that at least 100 million people would have got coronavirus shots by the end of February 2021 and this operation would have covered the entire "at risk" population comprising...

30-Nov-2020 New York

Researchers to explore how vitamin D affects Covid-19

After several studies linked high vitamin D supplementation with reduced Covid-19 effects, now researchers from Penn State University in the US, to study whether vitamin D could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by coronavirus.The research team,...

28-Nov-2020 New York

Indian-origin man in FBI '10 Most Wanted' list carries $100k reward

The US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reminding the public of a $100,000-reward offer for information leading to the capture of Indian-origin Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, who has been listed by the agency as one of the "10 Most Wanted" since...

25-Nov-2020 New York

Joe Biden declares his administration 'ready to lead the world'

Joe Biden, who is to assume the presidency in January, has announced a policy of reasserting US world leadership as he introduced his foreign policy and national security teams.The officials he is designating for the key roles in his administration are "ready...

22-Nov-2020 New York

Regeneron's Covid drug given to Trump clears emergency use in US

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use approval to the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals antibody treatment which was given to President Donald  Trump after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.The emergency use authorisation is for the...

19-Nov-2020 New York

Study reveals how smoking worsens Covid infection airways

Researchers using a model of airway tissue created from human stem cells have pinpointed how smoking cigarettes causes more severe infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in the airways of the lungs.The study, published in the journal Cell Stem...

17-Nov-2020 New York

Kamala Harris delivers first speech on US economy: Full transcript

On Monday afternoon, America's first ever Indian and Black American Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered her first prepared remarks on the coronavirus - battered US economy. Harris spoke after meetings with industry leaders and took the stage ahead...

17-Nov-2020 New York

'More people may die': Joe Biden talks tough on Trump obstruction

US President-elect Joe Biden warned Monday of terrible loss of human lives if the Donald Trump administration continues to stonewall on a smooth transition of power.Biden warned that if his team risks being "behind, over a month, month and a half" if Trump...

16-Nov-2020 New York

Diabetes drug can treat and reverse heart failure: Study

Empagliflozin, a recently developed diabetes drug, can effectively treat and reverse heart failure in both diabetics and non-diabetics, say researchers.The clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, showed that this medication can...

14-Nov-2020 New York

Whitney Peak, Eli Brown shoot for 'Gossip Girl' reboot

Whitney Peak and Eli Brown were spotted shooting for the Gossip Girl reboot here.Whitney, who has featured on shows like Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina and Home Before Dark, and Eli, best known for her starring role in The Perfectionists, were dressed casually...

13-Nov-2020 New York

'Nervous, uninformed quality': Barack Obama on Rahul Gandhi

Former US president Barack Obama's new book 'A Promised Land' lands a sharp left hook on Rahul Gandhi's "nervous, uninformed quality" while directing warm, not-so-political praise at Rahul's mother Sonia Gandhi, according to a book review Thursday in the New...

12-Nov-2020 New York

'Smell, taste changes an early indication of Covid community spread'

An international team of researchers has revealed that self-reports of smell and taste changes provide earlier markers of the spread of infection of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus.The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, also observed a decline...

09-Nov-2020 New York

Food insecurity linked to higher cardiovascular death risk

Increasing rates of food insecurity are independently associated with an increase in cardiovascular death rates among adults between the ages of 20 and 64, say researchers.According to the study, about 10 per cent of adults in the US are considered food insecure,...

08-Nov-2020 New York

Bisexual people more than twice as likely to smoke : Study

Bisexual young people are more likely to smoke than their straight counterparts, say researchers.Published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the study followed 7,843 youths and young adults over three years, finding that those who came out as bisexual were twice...

08-Nov-2020 New York

Joe Biden to cap 47 years of elected office with presidency

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr, has finally achieved his 22-year quest for the presidency capping a career of 47 years as an elected official.When he first sought the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for the 1988 election, he said: "It is an exciting...

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