Patients hospitalised for Covid-19 at low risk of stroke

WASHINGTON: A new study has suggested that patients hospitalised with Covid-19 are at low risk of stroke. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These findings provide more clarity about the role Covid-19 plays in causing stroke in a diverse population of the US. The study paper was published in the journal Stroke from Penn Medicine. “While there was an initial concern for a high number of strokes related to Covid-19, that has not been borne out. Importantly, while the…

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‘Scientists training dogs to sniff out COVID-19 in humans’

WASHINGTON: Scientists in the US say they are training dogs to identify COVID-19 in humans by sniffing out the disease in saliva and urine samples. According to the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in the US, the training programme will utilise scent detection dogs to discriminate between samples from COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative patients. With up to 300 million smell receptors — compared to six million in humans — dogs are uniquely positioned to aid in disease detection, they said in a…

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Second Possible Coronavirus Vaccine Backed by Bill Gates Begins Trial in United States

Image for Representation. Inovio Pharmaceuticals’s candidate, called INO-4800, is the second potential coronavirus vaccine to begin human trials in the US. Moderna, the Massachusetts biotech firm, began dosing in March for its safety trial. News18.com Last Updated: April 9, 2020, 12:27 PM IST A small Pennsylvania biotech firm has been given regulatory clearance to commence clinical testing for a potential coronavirus vaccine and the company is now aiming to start injecting healthy volunteers. Researchers administered the dose to the first person on Monday, the Business Insider reported.…

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Should WhatsApp Get a Doubt Button in a Bid to Fight Fake News?

WhatsApp’s efforts to reduce spread of fake news has included limiting of number of forwards to five, as well as running awareness campaigns. IANS Updated:January 30, 2020, 10:23 AM IST WhatsApp’s efforts to reduce spread of fake news has included limiting of number of forwards to five, as well as running awareness campaigns. Adding a simple “button” to express doubt in reference to claims made on WhatsApp posts, or enabling users to easily flag statements as problematic, unreliable, or groundless may help the platform cut the spread of misinformation, suggest…

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