CORONAVIRUS

Black fungus found in intestine; New complication seen in Covid patients

As Covid-19 cases are witnessing a reduction in numbers from a peak of 4 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs now in the country, Black Fungus or mucormycosis has taken centre stage. Notwithstanding the add-on, doctors in New Delhi have detected that the fungal infection infected the lower intestine of two patients. Both the patients, including one aged 68 years and another ...

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Covid-19: Japan scientists discover a new defense mechanism for SARS-CoV-2

Scientists from Hokkaido University in Japan have discovered a novel defensive response to SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 that involves the viral pattern recognition receptor RIG-I. Upregulating expression of this protein could strengthen the immune response in COPD patients. In the 18 months since the first report of COVID-19 and the spread of the pandemic, there has been a large amount of ...

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Covid vaccine may not protect blood cancer patients fully, studies suggest booster dose

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Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer. According to researchers, these studies could help inform the ideal time for vaccination of these populations. One study suggests two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is less effective for people with CLL as ...

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After UK approval, India panel ponders data of SII, Bharat Biotech for Covid-19 vaccine, nod likely next week

Hours after Britain approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, India’s expert panel met on Wednesday to review the data before submitting its final recommendation for approval. The entire process is likely to take a week and the announcement is likely to be known next week. The Subject Expert Committee of the Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) apparently pondered the ...

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New UK strain of Covid-19 scares world again; Here’s all we know about it

Nearly a year into the pandemic when China reported the first cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan, the United Kingdom has reported a mutated strain of the coronavirus which is up to “70% more infectious and transmissible,” sending the world again into a panic mode despite vaccines on roll out already. The Covid-19 pandemic has already affected 76.8 million and killed ...

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Why COVID-19 increases risk of stroke? UCLA study throws light

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  A UCLA-led study explains how COVID-19 increases the risk for stroke. Scientists made the finding by running fluid spiked with a COVID-19-like protein through a 3D-printed model of the arteries of a patient who had suffered a stroke. Although COVID-19 was first identified by its severe respiratory symptoms, the virus has caused strokes in young people who had no ...

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Week after week of lockdown increases binge drinking too, says study

IMAGE: WINE POURED INTO GLASS, CREDIT: TAYLOR & FRANCIS: With images of long queues soon after allowing sale of alcohol drinks atill vivid, harmful drinking among adults increases more as they spend at home in lockdown, according to a study published in a peer-reviewed journal. The research, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 persons aged above 18 years in the US, ...

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Covid-19 deaths in US Cross 260,000, to reach 470,000 by March 2021

US Covid-19 deaths crossed 260,000 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. With the national caseload topping 12.6 million, the death toll across the US rose to 2,60,322 as of 11:25 a.m. ET (1625 GMT), according to the CSSE data. New York state reported 34,362 fatalities, at the ...

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How vitamin D affects COVID-19? Penn State researcher explores further

Structural model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This structural model was built with UCSF Chimera using high-performance computers (Bridges Large and Frontera). The model shows 16 viruses, with the spike proteins shown in green (PDB ID: 6VSB) and an actual lipid bilayer membrane, with ACE2 dimers shown in magenta. All these structures are at atomic resolution. The length of the membrane is approximately 1 micrometer. CREDIT Victor Padilla-Sanchez, The Catholic University of America

A Penn State researcher is studying whether vitamin D supplementation could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by COVID-19. Margherita Cantorna, distinguished professor of molecular immunology and nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received nearly $241,000 as part of a competitive revision to the final year of an existing NIH grant that supports her research on how ...

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Study shows protective role sex steroids play in COVID-19

Female reproductive steroids provide anti-inflammatory and antibody production suggesting COVID-19 symptom protection, said a new paper from a UIC researcher that suggests sex steroids may play a role in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms. “Sex and Covid-19: A protective role for reproductive steroids,” by Graziano Pinna, research associate professor in psychiatry, analyzes existing research to look at reasons why COVID-19 symptom ...

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This new therapy for flu may help in fight against COVID-19

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists. In an average year, more than 2 million people in the United States are hospitalized with the flu, and 30,000 to 80,000 of them die from the flu or related complications. The ...

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COVID Side Effect: Using germicidal lamp damages corneas in eyes

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In a paper published in the journal of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, physicians from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reported that several patients using germicidal lamps in an attempt to sanitize against the coronavirus, developed painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photokeratitis. These consumer-available ultraviolet (UV) emitting devices were being ...

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India’s 61% of Daily New Cases reported from Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh

India has reported 44,489  new confirmed COVID cases have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. Of these, 60.72% is contributed by six States/UT i.e. Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Kerala leads the tally with 6,491 new COVID cases. Maharashtra has reported 6,159 new cases, while Delhi registered another 5,246 new cases in the last 24 ...

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Most lungs recover well after COVID-19: Study

Lung tissue of patients who suffered severely from COVID-19 shows good recovery in most cases. This was revealed by a study carried out by the Radboud university medical center that has now been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A striking conclusion is that the group who was referred by a GP did not recover as well as patients who were ...

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Doctors use old CPAP treatment to cure patients from Covid-19

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  The lives of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are being saved by doctors who are using an existing medical treatment at an earlier stage. Dr Luigi Sedda of Lancaster University analysed the results from the team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WWL). Their research has now been published in the prestigious medical journal BMJ Respiratory Open. He said: ...

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