India coronavirus cases reach 19,984, deaths at 640

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches the ‘COVID India Seva’, an interactive platform for citizen engagement on COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 21, 2020 (PIB)

India witnessed 1,383 fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday, April 21 pushing the cases almost touching the 20,000-mark at 19,984, according to the latest data released by the Union Ministry of Health. The deaths have risen to 640 after 50 casualties were reported on Tuesday, while 3,869 people who had been infected with conoravirus have recovered. Maharashtra remains on top as ...

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Hacked Wuhan lab details point out lab-origin of Coronavirus, WHO denies


The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday reiterated its earlier stand that the novel coronavirus originated in bats in China late last year and was not manipulated or constructed in a laboratory. This follows last week statement by US President Donald Trump that his government was trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in Wuhan. Refuting the ...

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How to take care of children during coronavirus? WHO issues guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines to take care of children at home and in schools from transmission of the COVID-19 virus with critical considerations and practical checklists and also advised national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational facilities. Issued jointly with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) ...

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UN, WHO create new fund for Coronavirus

A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund to raise money from donors to support the World Health Organization (WHO) respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first-of-its-kind, has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO. The fund has already lined up support from Facebook and Google who have instituted a matching scheme ...

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Finally, Trump tested for coronavirus, result negative


US President Donald Trump has undergone the test for coronavirus and tested negative, said the president’s personal physician Saturday night after Trump revealed that he too had undergone the test and his temperature was “totally normal.” The coronavirus has already infected more than 2,200 people in the US and caused 50 deaths. Trump, 73, has come under radar ever since ...

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High BMI may improve cancer survival, says study by Australian scientist

Flinders University

Above average or high BMI – often linked to cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular and other diseases – may in some cases improve the chance of survival among certain cancers, showed new research from Flinders University that focused on clinical trials of atezolizumab, a common immunotherapy treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the Australian cancer researchers found improved responsiveness to the drug ...

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Deny teenagers any screen, they’ll soon go to sleep: Study

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, said a study whose findings will be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019. The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents ...

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A Russian shelter dog becomes first beneficiary of innovative leg implant

Veterinarians from Novosibirsk have conducted Russia’s first osseointegrable prosthetics of the hind leg in a dog. Shans the dog lost his leg due to an accident. Especially for him, doctors made an individual prosthesis with a biocoating so it would take root better. Currently, the biocoating developed by Tomsk Polytechnic University scientists is under patent pending. Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov tells: ...

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‘No’ to alcohol? More young people are choosing not to drink alcohol in UK

Young people in England aren’t just drinking less alcohol but most of them are never taking up alcohol at all, and that the increase is widespread among them, said a new study published in BMC Public Health. Researchers at University College of London analysed data from the annual Health Survey for England and found that the proportion of 16-24 year ...

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More daytime sleepiness, more Alzheimer’s disease?

Aging adults who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn’t to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that’s a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, years later. The finding, published on Sept. 5 in the journal SLEEP, adds to a growing body of evidence that poor quality sleep could encourage ...

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Epileptic drugs linked to stroke in case of Alzheimer’s

Antiepileptic drugs may increase the risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, said a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk remains the same whether the drugs are old or new antiepileptic drugs, said the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study, conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and funded ...

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Polluted air may pose great threat to your kidneys, says study

There is good evidence that polluted air increases the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma — as well as organ inflammation, worsening of diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. But new research suggests air pollution can also fuel something else: chronic kidney disease, or CKD, which occurs when a person’s kidneys become damaged or cannot filter blood properly. Recently published ...

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Fish oil won’t help diabetics fight heart attack or strokes: Study

Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart attacks or strokes in patients with diabetes, according to late breaking results from the ASCEND trial presented on Friday in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018. In observational studies, higher consumption of fish is associated with lower risks of coronary artery disease and stroke. However, previous randomised trials have not been ...

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Never mix energy drinks with alcohol, warns study

A key ingredient of energy drinks could be exacerbating some of the negative effects of binge drinking, said a new study sending a warning to many people who mix energy drinks with alcohol to counteract the sedative nature of alcohol, tricking users into feeling more awake and less drunk than they really are. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the ...

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Saliva diagnostics? Saliva to replace blood test as a real diagnostic tool?

Amid new diagnostic methods and treatment options, early detection is an emerging paradigm which seeks to decrease patient morbidity and mortality. And here comes saliva diagnostics with huge potential, possibly replacing the painful pricking on fingers or on wrists. Saliva diagnostics is emerging as the latest and easiest way to detect disease at a phase where it is easily treatable. ...

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Deaths from heart-related disease rising in India, study finds

Death due to heart-related disease is on the rise in India, causing more than one-fourth of all deaths in the country in 2015 and affecting significantly rural populations and young adults the most, suggests a study. This work is the first nationally representative study to measure cardiovascular mortality in India, led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for ...

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The odds of living up to 110 years or more level out at 105, says study

Want to be a supercentenarian? The chances of reaching the ripe old age of 110 are within reach – if you survive the perilous 90s and make it to 105 when death rates level out, according to a study of extremely old Italians led by the University of California, Berkeley, and Sapienza University of Rome. Researchers tracked the death trajectories ...

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