Will COVID-19 vaccine protect you from novel coronavirus? Know likely side-effects | Health News

New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak that was first reported in December 2019 in China, has brought the whole world to a standstill. Over 7 billion people around the world have been waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine now, which has currently more than 100 candidates under development, with a number of these in the human trial phase.  As per the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles and there are now vaccines to prevent more than 20…

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Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine 95 per cent effective, to cost less than USD 20 in international market | Health News

Moscow: Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is above 95 per cent, 42 days after the first dose and will cost less than $20 for the international market, the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Tuesday (November 24, 2020). “The preliminary data on volunteers on the 42nd day after the first dose (equivalent to 21 days after the second dose), when they have already formed a stable immune response, indicates the efficacy rate of the vaccine is above 95%,” read the official…

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Coronavirus infection may offer protection from reinfection for this long; read here | Health News

London: A new UK study has suggested that individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 are highly unlikely to contract the illness again for at least six months following their first infection. The study, done as part of a major collaboration between the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust involving frontline healthcare workers, suggests that most people are unlikely to get COVID-19 again if they have already had it in the previous six months. “This is really good news because we can be confident that, at…

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Three kids of COVID-19 positive parents in Australia develop antibodies without being coronavirus infected | Health News

Melbourne: In an unusual case, three kids of COVID-19 positive parents in Melbourne (Australia) have developed antibodies without ever being infected with the coronavirus.  The article published in the ‘Nature Communications’ journal said that the data indicates that children can mount an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 without virological confirmation of infection, raising the possibility that immunity in children can prevent the establishment of COVID-19 infection. The authors described clinical features, virology, longitudinal cellular, and cytokine immune profile, SARS-CoV-2-specific serology and salivary antibody responses in a family of two parents with…

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Air pollution may affect mental health later in life, new study finds | Health News

New Delhi: A new research adds to the growing body of evidence that higher exposure to air pollution may affect mental health later in life. In a study of women aged 80 years and older, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, living in locations with higher exposure to air pollution was associated with increased depressive symptoms. “This is the first study showing how air pollution exposures affect depressive symptoms as well as the interrelationship between the symptoms and subsequent memory decline that had not been found in…

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COVID-19: ICMR issues advisory, asks states to desist from indiscriminate use of Plasma Therapy | Health News

New Delhi: The India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday (November 18) said that indiscriminate use of Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) should be avoided as it does not reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients. Issuing Standard Operating Procedure (SoP), the apex medical research body advised states to desist from indiscriminate use of plasma therapy.  The ICMR‘s new advisory said, “ICMR conducted an open-label phase II multicentre randomised controlled trial in India across 39 public and private hospitals on use of convalescent plasma in the management of cases with moderate COVID-19…

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Pfizer final analysis of Phase 3 study indicates COVID-19 vaccine efficacy rate of 95% | Health News

NEW YORK: The Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday (November 18, 2020) announced that after conducting the final efficacy analysis in their ongoing Phase 3 study, their COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, met all of the study’s primary efficacy endpoints and the analysis of the data indicates a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% in participants without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (first primary objective) and also in participants with and without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (second primary objective), in each case measured from 7 days after the second dose.  “The first primary objective analysis is based…

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E-cigarette users may have increased susceptibility to coronavirus | Health News

Washington: In a controlled study of smokers, nonsmokers, and e-cigarette users, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette users exhibited significantly altered immune responses to a model of influenza virus infection, suggesting increased susceptibility to disease. The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, show that vaping changes the expression of genes and production of proteins in respiratory cells, as well as altering virus-specific antibody production. “In many of the study participants, we observed more changes to the immune response in…

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Can first COVID-19 vaccines bring herd immunity? Experts have doubts | Health News

LONDON: Governments and officials are voicing hopes that COVID-19 vaccines could bring “herd immunity”, with some calculating that immunising just two-thirds of a population could halt the pandemic disease and help protect whole communities or nations. But the concept comes with caveats and big demands of what vaccines might be capable of preventing. Some experts say such expectations are misplaced. For a start, figuring out what`s needed to achieve herd immunity with coronavirus vaccines involves a range of factors, several of which are unknown. What is the rate of the…

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Teeth grinding, facial pain increase due to COVID-19 stress, anxiety: Study | Health News

Washington: The stress and anxiety experienced by the general population during Israel`s first lockdown brought about a significant rise in orofacial and jaw pain, as well as jaw-clenching in the daytime and teeth-grinding at night, according to a new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU). The research also found that women suffered more from these symptoms than men and that 35 to 55-year-olds suffered most. “We believe that our findings reflect the distress felt by the middle generation, who were cooped up at home with young children, without the usual…

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Excess egg consumption can increase the risk of diabetes, finds out research | Health News

Washington: New research from the University of South Australia shows that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes. Conducted in partnership with the China Medical University, and Qatar University, the longitudinal study (1991 to 2009) is the first to assess egg consumption in a large sample of Chinese adults. It found that people who regularly consumed one or more eggs per day (equivalent to 50 grams) increased their risk of diabetes by 60 per cent. With the prevalence of diabetes in China now exceeding 11 per cent –…

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Adding chilli peppers to a diet can contribute to a longer life, finds out study | Health News

Washington: A new study by the American Heart Association (AHA) has found that adding chilli peppers to a diet can contribute to a longer life.  According to Fox News, the American Heart Association presented their first research report at a virtual conference, “Scientific Sessions 2020”, during which it shared the findings that the consumption of chilli could help people live longer. Chillies are one of the most common ingredients used in cooking. The red chillies tend to have many regulating properties that give proof of their idealness among various spices.…

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