WHO panel recommends Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for people with weak immunity

People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. The recommendation follows a four-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization. A final report will be issued in December, the WHO said in […]

WHO to decide on Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency usage in October

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday informed that the final decision on Bharat Biotech’s submission on emergency use listing (EUL) for its Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine will be made in October 2021. The status of assessment for Covaxin is “ongoing” as of now, the WHO informed in a document citing […]

Study uncovers link between inflammation and pancreatic cancer development

A new discovery from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has clarified the long-established connection between inflammation and pancreatic cancer development. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Science’. According to the study, pancreatic cells display an adaptive response to repeated inflammatory episodes that initially protects against tissue […]

Increased serotonin prevents cocaine addiction, researchers find

Elevated levels of serotonin can prevent the development of compulsive cocaine-seeking and addiction in mice, according to a recent report by a team of international researchers. The findings published in the journal Science, help to resolve the biological markers of addiction risk. Like other addictive drugs, cocaine acts by blocking the reuptake of key neurotransmitters such as dopamine […]

Genome sequencing by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium progressively increased

The Central government on Monday refuted the allegation that genome sequencing by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has declined sharply while adding that sample sequencing has progressively increased. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there have been some media reports alleging that genome sequencing and analysis […]

Telemedicine appointments reduce risk of further illness

According to results of a new study, telemedicine appointments combined with in-person visits significantly reduced the risk of further illness for children with medically complex cases. The study by researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) was published in Pediatrics. Children with medically complex cases require intense care supervision for conditions […]

Researchers find combination therapy cuts risk of heart attacks, strokes in half

A combination therapy of aspirin, statins and at least two blood pressure medications given in fixed doses can slash the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) by more than half, according to an international study led by Hamilton researchers. The study was published by the journal The Lancet and concurrently presented at the European Society […]