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Global Covid-19 cases top 23.5 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,571,084 and the fatalities rose to 811,748, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Global Covid-19 cases top 23.3 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,348,081 and the fatalities rose to 807,383, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Tunisia to launch COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021

"This DNA-based vaccine would strengthen the immune system," Louzir told Shems FM Radio.

WHO: Covid-19 pandemic could be over within 2 years

Addressing a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Friday, the WHO chief said that the Spanish flu of 1918 had also taken two years to overcome, but current advances in technology could enable the world to halt the Covid-19 pandemic "in a shorter time", the BBC reported.

Global Covid-19 cases top 22.5 million

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 22,593,363 and the fatalities rose to 792,396, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Global Covid-19 cases top 22.3 million

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 22,322,208 and the fatalities rose to 786,185, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Dr Reddy’s launches Avigan tablets in India for Covid-19

The launch is part of the global licensing agreement with Fujifilm Toyama Chemical Co. Ltd that grants Dr Reddy's the exclusive rights to manufacture, sell and distribute Avigan (Favipiravir) 200 mg tablets in India.

3 Covid vaccines currently in testing phase in India, says PM

As the world inches closer to a Covid-19 vaccine with many vaccine candidates under final trials, the Prime Minister speaking from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, assured the nation that the fight against the pandemic was progressing in the right direction and at right pace.

EU reaches first deal to buy potential COVID-19 vaccine

The deal, made on Friday with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, would secure the purchase of at least 300 million doses on behalf of the EU member states, reports Xinhua news agency.

Google launches new global Covid-19 map for journalists

Unlike other coronavirus case maps, the ‘Covid-19 Global Case Mapper' allows local reporters to embed a map of their area or even a national case map.

Wockhardt wins UK government deal on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing

As per the terms of the agreement, the company has reserved manufacturing capacity to allow for the supply of multiple vaccines to the UK government in its fight against Covid-19, including AZD1222, the vaccine co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech and licensed by AstraZeneca.

Serum Institute gets DCGI nod for clinical trials of Oxford vaccine

The SII received approval by India's top drug regulator on Sunday after a thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19.

EU signs deal on Remdesivir supply for COVID-19 treatment

The Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that batches of Veklury will be made available to the EU member states and the UK from early August, reports Xinhua news agency.

Moderna’s Covid vax shows great result in monkeys

Two doses of an experimental vaccine known as mRNA-1273 induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the Covid-19 in the upper and lower airways of Monkeys exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reported.

Canada authorises remdesivir to treat patients of severe Covid-19

Remdesivir is the first drug that Canada has authorised for the treatment of Covid-19, according to a press release on Tuesday from Health Canada, Xinhua reported.

Moderna begins phase-3 clinical trial of Covid vaccine in US

The trial, which will be conducted at the US clinical research sites, will include 30,000 participants who do not have Covid-19.

Omani arrives for treatment at Mumbai’s Ambani hospital

The KDAH welcomed the 25-year-old Omani man who needed extensive rehabilitation after an aneurysm bleed followed by surgery in Germany.

Cipla gets DCGI nod to sell Favipiravir under brand ‘Ciplenza’

Favipiravir is an off patent, an oral antiviral drug that has been shown to hasten clinical recovery in Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.

Tendulkar inaugurates COVID-19 plasma therapy unit at Mumbai hospital

"We are facing an unprecedented challenge to our health in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising to the occasion, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, the police, municipal and government staff are working tirelessly to deliver effective healthcare to all those affected by the virus," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in the statement.

Infosys flies techies, families to Bengaluru from US

"We can confirm that Infosys arranged a flight to get some employees and their families back to India," a company spokesperson told IANS here.

NIMS begins subject enrolment for corona vaccine’s clinical trial

On the direction of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), authorities at NIMS began the process to register 30-60 subjects for the trial.

ICMR to launch first indigenous Covid vax by August 15

It has selected 13 institutions across the country for clinical trials and asked them to initiate subject enrollment by July 7.

Zydus vaccine gets DCGI nod for human trial

The vaccine is found to be immunogenic in multiple animal species. Antibodies produced in animal studies are able to completely neutralize the wild type virus, a company statement said.

Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea reopen after 4 months

The two theme parks will follow infection containment guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among visitors, reports Efe news.

D for Delightful!

It can be stored in our body fat, the problem is that it is not so easy to get enough of it into our body. Most of our vitamin D comes from the sun, and about 60 per cent of us have insufficient levels during winter. The amount of exposure we need to get enough of this important vitamin is generally low.

Favipiravir approved for treatment of mild to moderate Covid patients in...

In a filing with the exchanges on Friday, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said that it has just received the manufacturing and marketing approval from India's drug regulator to launch the oral antiviral drug Favipiravir (FabiFlu) for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 patients in the country.

India’s first mobile I-Lab for coronavirus testing

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan launched the "India's first mobile I-Lab" to diagnose novel coronavirus or COVID-19 disease.

Russia begins clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine

The Russian Ministry of Health said that it had issued permission on Tuesday and the clinical study of the COVID-19 vaccine began on Wednesday.

Mumbai company gets green signal from ICMR to make indigenous RT-PCR...

The speciality of this RT-PCR testing kit is 100 per cent concordance to true positives and true negatives.

Corona Outbreak is stressful but mental health is important

Our cities might be locked down, and we might be isolated in homes, but it is important to talk and spread support and solidarity.  

Why won’t WHO call Coronavirus a pandemic?

It is more or less clear that classifying the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic is not a matter of if, but when.

Green tea plus exercise may reduce fatty liver disease

The researchers found that a combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75 per cent in mice fed a high-fat diet.

FDA approves first peanut allergy drug for kids

Treatment with the drug, Palforzia, can be used for children between 4 and 17 years old with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy, the FDA said in a statement.

It’s official: First coronavirus case in Kerala

"One positive case of Novel Coronavirus -- a student studying in Wuhan University -- has been reported from Kerala," said a statement released by the Health Ministry.

Coronavirus: Govt tells people to avoid visiting China

The ministry on Wednesday said in a tweet: "New travel advisory on Novel #Coronavirus: Please refrain from travelling to #China."

Central teams to visit airports to screen for coronavirus

Although no nCoV cases have been detected in the country so far, the government is reviewing and monitoring the preparedness on a daily basis.

Eating yogurt daily may cut breast cancer risk

Yoghurt contains beneficial lactose-fermenting bacteria commonly found in milk, similar to the bacteria -- or microflora 00 found in the breasts of mothers who have breastfed.

Snakes may be the source of coronavirus outbreak in China

The finding, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, provides important insights on the potential origins of the most recent outbreak of viral pneumonia in China, which started in the middle of December and now is spreading to Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.

Pune’s Virology institute to test novel coronavirus samples

The Diagnostics Laboratories networks are also equipped to test such samples if the need arises, said the MoHFW Secretary on Monday, in the wake of a major nCoV outbreak in China, where the first foreigner to contract the virus was a 45-year-old Indian school teacher.

China confirms 3rd viral pneumonia death

The authorities in Hubei province's capital Wuhan, where the outbreak is thought to have originated, said the third death occurred on Saturday, reports Efe news.

Green tea can boost metabolism, say experts

We speak to Dolly Kumar, founder-director at Gaia - Good Health and Razi Khan, tea sommelier and director of sales and marketing at Typhoo Tea to find out.

Group B Streptococcus: Hilleman Labs to make affordable vaccine

The vaccine, once ready for use, will act against the Group B streptococcus bacteria to make a positive impact for women and children living in low middle-income countries.

Japan confirms 1st case of new coronavirus infection

The virus was recently first detected in China, where there have been more than 40 cases and one death reported, reports Efe news.

IIT-H develops combination therapy for cancer treatment

The researchers have developed a synergetic combination of photothermal therapy (PTT) and chemotherapy using a naturally derived anticancer agent and shown its efficacy in destroying cancer cells.

How a gut infection may produce chronic symptoms

Scientists aren't sure exactly how this happens, but some think an infection may contribute to IBS by damaging the gut nervous system.

Losing just one night’s sleep linked to Alzheimer’s disease

The study, published in the journal Neurology, found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau, a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease, in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest.

Pilot repeats concern on infant deaths, seeks accountability

"Such cases can reoccur if we do not establish accountability," he said while talking to media.

Private hospitals may suspend cashless service for CGHS/ECHS beneficiaries

The country's healthcare industry is passing through a crisis. Non-payment of legitimate dues by the government is taking a toll on the day to day functioning of the hospitals.

Painkiller poisonings among kids on the rise

The study involving more than 200,000 US paediatric cases of pain-relief misuse, abuse or self-harm highlights how the opioid crisis is affecting young people.

‘India should cut reliance on rice for sustainable food supply’

When the Green Revolution came to India, it brought with it an emphasis on high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat, which allowed India to triple its cereal production over the past 50 years.

Health and WCD ministries to work for women, children welfare

Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said, "Under-nutrition and other social determinants are closely associated with maternal-child survival and growth. Since they are also a concern for her ministry, this is a pertinent area of enhanced collaboration for the two ministries."

40% Indian women fear online trolls as they embrace Internet

Across locations, younger women were found to access more content related to education, career growth, and skill development, while older women between 29-35 years of age accessed more online video content related to personal well-being.

Good diet may avert nutritional problems in cancer patients

A study was conducted with 336 adult patients of the University of Michigan Head and Neck Specialized Program of Excellence. Analyzing these patients' eating habits, the researchers found that they followed either of two major dietary patterns: the Western pattern or the prudent pattern.

Air pollution linked to heart issues in humans, animals

Around 11,000 coronary heart disease and stroke deaths, each year are attributable to air pollution, specifically due to particulate matter (PM), or small particles in the air that cause health problems.

Traditional Thai massage added to UNESCO heritage list

Bangkok: The back-cracking traditional Thai massage has been added to a prestigious Unesco heritage list, it was reported on Friday.Nuad Thai is now part of...

Sri Lanka to fight dengue virus with bacteria

Deputy Director-General of the Health Ministry Paba Palihawadana said that a type of bacteria called "Wolbachia" will be released in 25 local townships in Colombo starting February 2020.

TV watching linked to obesity in kids Says research.

Lifestyle habits such a less physical activity, sleep time, television time, plant-based food consumption and ultra-processed food consumption will lead to overweight and obesity.

Forget onions, you’ll soon need more food to stay healthy

In most countries, average body height and body size is increasing and more needs to be eaten to maintain the higher weight.

Social media use linked to eating disorder in children

Sydney: Parents, take a note. Researchers have found that excessive use of social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing...

Breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye, straighteners

New York: Researchers have found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than...

Brazil approves sale of marijuana-based medicines

Brasilia: Brazilian health authorities have approved regulations for the registration and sale of marijuana-based drugs in pharmacies.The decision by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa)...

Researchers find new way to treat pancreatic cancer

Jerusalem: Pancreatic cancer is resistant to all current treatments. Patients have extremely poor chances of surviving for five years after being diagnosed but a new...

Protein deficiency common among Indians: Experts

Chandigarh: Like iron and calcium deficiency, protein deficiency is also common among Indians, say experts.Most Indians think that protein deficiency is not an important concern....

Life-threatening bacteria found in Make-up products: Study

London: The vast majority of in-use make-up products such as beauty blenders, mascara, and lip gloss are contaminated with potentially life-threatening superbugs, researchers have warned."Make-up...

Parents should sensitize kids for equality in society says Tara Sharma

Mumbai: Actress-entrepreneur Tara Sharma who is gearing up for the new season of "The Tara Sharma Show" on parenting says that it is crucial for...

Massachusetts becomes 1st US state to ban flavoured tobacco

This law seeks to make these flavoured tobacco products less attractive to the youth amid a wave of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Efe news reported.

Assam bans gutkha, pan masala with nicotine for 1 year

A notification issued by the Food and Drugs Administration of the state government banned the manufacturing, storage, sale, transportation, display and distribution of food articles in which tobacco or nicotine are used as ingredients.

Over 300 children die everyday from AIDS-related causes

Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018 - or 7,90,000 children - receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Clinical trial finds new diarrhoea vaccine safe

Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) bacteria are a primary cause of diarrhoea, leading to substantial illness and death in children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as in travellers to these countries.

30% rise in skin problems due to pollution

Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin, causing allergies, rashes and premature ageing, thereby forcing them to seek medical treatments.

ICMR lifetime award for Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"ICMR recognised Kiran as a thought leader for building a globally renowned biopharmaceuticals company committed to innovation and providing quality medicines to patients the world over," the city-based firm said in a statement

Keto diet may help you fight the flu

"This was a totally unexpected finding," said co-senior author Akiko Iwasaki, Professor at Yale University in the US.

Right ‘doses’ of yoga can reduce depression, anxiety

Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

High pollution causing eye problems in Delhi

According to Ikeda Lal, an ophthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems.

Drinking coffee improves sports performance, says Study

For the study, published in the journal Nutrients, the researchers from Coventry University in the UK picked 38 participants (19 men, 19 women) and found that drinking caffeinated coffee improves the speed of cycling.

Obesity causes diabetes in women, kidney disease in men

"The study shows just how harmful carrying excess weight can be to human health, and that women and men may experience different diseases as a result," said the study's first author Jenny Censin.

Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates open-heart surgery facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super-Specialty Hospital...

The new facilities at the hospital include open Heart Surgery, 16 bed ICU, OT Complex, Heptatoblery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Centres and Gastroenterology.

Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle weakness

Maintaining skeletal muscle function throughout life is a crucial component of successful ageing, in promoting independence, mobility, quality of life and reducing falls and frailty.

Pancreatic, colorectal cancer up 10% in 30 years, says Study

The results, presented at the UEG Week Barcelona, found that the number of pancreatic cancer cases increased by 130 per cent over the 27-year study period, from 1,95,000 in 1990 to 4,48,000 in 2017.

In a first, 26-yr-old DMD patient in UP survives with stem...

Children, suffering from DMD, usually die of cardio-respiratory failure. But with the stem cell therapy, this patient has not lost muscle power in the last five years and heart and lung muscles and the upper half of the body are working well.