HEALTH

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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Why Indian-Americans in US have fewer infant sudden deaths? Study Finds Reason

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Indian-American parents have the highest percentage of sleeping with their babies among ethnic groups in New Jersey but the lowest rate of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), found a study recently. Researchers from the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences attributed this paradoxical finding to a variety of compensatory factors, including Indian-Americans’ practice of placing their infants on their backs to ...

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Patient ID, medical records’ matching now helps during vaccination, say experts

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Experts from Regenstrief Institute, Mayo Clinic and the Pew Charitable Trusts have suggested that matching patient records from disparate sources has become crucial to stem the tide of the current coronavirus pandemic and allow for fast action for future outbreaks of highly contagious viruses. In a peer-reviewed commentary published in npj Digital Medicine, the team of experts said rapid identification ...

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Coronavirus: Who is the loser in US-WHO rift? Global Health

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When US President Donald Trump tweeted a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week threatening to make permanent the US freeze on WHO funding that began in April, unless the organization “can actually demonstrate independence from China” within 30 days, it has heralded another onslaught on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. If President Trump sidelines the World Health Organization, ...

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India health minster Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Board Chiarman

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)

As coronavirus has given the World Health organization enough explanations to do amid massive criticism for its delayed response initially, India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined the world body as its board chairman on Friday, at its 147th session, taking over charge from Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan. He said, “I feel privileged to take charge as Chairman of ...

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How migrant labourers can register on Govt websites to return home?

As coronavirus lockdown has been lifted or being lifted gradually, all state governments are working overnight to facilitate migrant labourers to return safely to their home states across the country. They have to register on official websites to return home and here are the links to register. For migrant labour registration, one can go to the link of the state ...

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Heart attack prevention lags for people with stroke, peripheral artery disease: Study

Preventon of heart attack efforts are found to be unequal in patients who usually reach the stage after several cardovascular diseases and stroke, according to a recent study, whch advocated early treatment methods to ward off such eventualites among patients. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care & Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2020, which had ...

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NIH begins clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started working on a clinical trial to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Phase 2b trial will enroll approximately 2,000 adults across the United ...

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