HEALTH

Desalination: Making seawater drinkable in minutes possible now

Merits of co-axial electrospun nanofiber membrane

A research team in KICT, led by Dr. Yunchul Woo, has developed co-axial electrospun nanofiber membranes fabricated by an alternative nano-technology, which is electrospinning. This new desalination technology shows it has the potential to help solve the world’s freshwater shortage. The developed technology can prevent wetting issues and also improve the long-term stability in membrane distillation process. A three-dimensional hierarchical ...

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Heart patients advised to move more to avoid strokes

Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of heart disease. But a large study today reveals that in people with these conditions, increasing activity levels is associated with a reduced likelihood of heart events and mortality. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Study ...

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Even one small drink of alcohol linked to risk of atrial fibrillation

Take home figure from the editorial showing the risk of different cardiovascular events per one standard drink CREDIT European Heart Journal

A study of nearly 108,000 people has found that people who regularly drink a modest amount of alcohol are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, or a condition where the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm.The study, published in the European Heart Journal [1], found that, compared to drinking no alcohol at all, just one alcoholic drink a day was linked ...

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New study connects religiosity among Indian Americans to more cardiovascular disease

The Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health (SSSH), a cutting-edge proteomics analysis, suggests that religious beliefs modulate protein expression associated with cardiovascular disease in South Asians in the United States. The research, published by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in Scientific Reports, demonstrates that spiritual ...

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Bird Flu spreads to MP, Maharashtra

As of Saturday, 16 January, 2021, cases of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry in Latur, Parbhani, Nanded, Pune, Solapur, Yavatmal, Ahmednagar, Beed and Raigad districts of Maharashtra and the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh. The Avian Influenza has been confirmed in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh (crow); Surat, Navsari and Narmada districts of Gujarat (crow); Dehradun district of ...

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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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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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Ayush Ministry to conduct clinical study of Vasa and Guduchi for Covid-19 treatment

In view of the need for accelerated solutions for Covid-19, the Ministry of AYUSH has taken up a clinical study to assess the role of Vasa Ghana, Guduchi Ghana and Vasa-Guduchi Ghana in therapeutic management of symptoms in Covid-19 positive cases. The trials will be a “randomized, open label three armed” study, and will be conducted at the All India Institute of Ayurveda ...

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Africa declared free from wild polio; Will South Asia be Next?

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The World Health Organization has declared Africa free of wild polio as no new cases of wild poliovirus have been recorded on the continent since 2016, but other types of the virus persist The continent’s last case of wild polio was recorded four years ago in northeast Nigeria. There are now just just two countries on Earth where the virus ...

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Malaria study targeting enzymes instead of pathogens paves way for faster treatment of COVID-19

New research into malaria suggests targeting enzymes from the human host, rather than from the pathogen itself, could offer effective treatment for COVID-19, besides offering faster treatment for a range of many diseases. The international study, led by RMIT University’s Professor Christian Doerig, proposes a strategy that could save years of drug discovery research and millions of dollars in drug ...

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Why WHO Optimistic About Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine? How Others Stack at AZD1222?

Finally, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and licensed to the multinational pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca has emerged as the favourite of World Health Organization scientists out of about 23 vaccines in their Phase III trial, after reporting success and safety in the first two phases. For India, this vaccine is important as AstraZeneca, among others, had entered ...

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Curcumin in turmeric helps eliminate certain viruses, says Wuhan Lab study

In a boost to Ayurvedic medicines which recommend turmeric during the cold, flu and other virus-related disease, scientists found that curcumin, a natural compound found in the spice turmeric, could help eliminate certain viruses. A study published in the Journal of General Virology showed that curcumin can prevent Transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) – an alpha-group coronavirus that infects pigs – from ...

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Not China, but Russia announces world’s first Covid-19 vaccine

Any Covid-19 vaccine? All nations and the entire world humanity was eagerly awaiting the precious announcement from at least one top nation that its scientists have successfully completed clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine. When expectations were running high that it would be China, where the novel coronavirus had its origin in the city of Wuhan, unexpectedly Russia has announced first ...

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Japan, India scientists develop new approach to lessen severity of malaria

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A new approach focusing on a critical stage in the life cycle of one of the most common malaria parasites was developed by scientists at Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan, in collaboration with India and Swiss scientists. “The Plasmodium vivax malaria parasite can stay dormant in a person’s liver cells up to years following infection, ...

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