Effectiveness of one coronavirus vaccine against others

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New York – The US researchers have found for the first time that Covid-19 vaccines and prior Covid infections can provide broad immunity against other similar coronaviruses. Lead author Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Assistant Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at North-western University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said: “Until our study, what hasn’t been clear is if you get exposed to one coronavirus, could you …

Thousands missed cancer surgery during lockdowns

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London – One in seven cancer patients around the world have missed out on potentially life-saving operations during Covid-19 lockdowns, a new study reveals led by experts at the UK’s University of Birmingham. “Our research reveals the collateral impact of lockdowns on patients awaiting cancer surgery during the pandemic. Whilst lockdowns are critical to saving lives and reducing the spread of …

Anti-viral gene affects Alzheimer’s, Covid

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London – Researchers have identified an anti-viral gene that impacts the risk of both Alzheimer’s disease and severe Covid-19. A team from the University College London (UCL) estimated that one genetic variant of the OAS1 gene increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by about 3-6 per cent in the population as a whole, while related variants on the same gene …

Stiffness of arteries could be due to severe Covid

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London – Assessing the stiffness of the arteries could help identify patients most at risk of dying from Covid-19, new research has revealed. The study included 1,671 people from the UK, Italy and Greece. It was found that the addition of ePWV to clinical predictive markers or a validated mortality score improved the prognostic value for in-hospital mortality and therefore, …

Covid infection in moms linked to preterm births

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London – A team of researchers has discovered that the more severely a mother is infected with Covid-19, the more likely she is to experience preterm birth. “The more severe the SARS-CoV-2 infection, the greater the risk of preterm birth,” said researcher Roberto Romero from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in the US. “There was a dose-dependent relationship …

Psychiatric disorders in teens 

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London – Adolescents who had received a mental health disorder diagnosis were often excluded from the labour market and education as young adults, finds a new study. The study indicated that almost 11 per cent of adolescents who had received a psychiatric diagnosis were excluded from the education and labour market for at least five years in their early adulthood. …

Unvaccinated can get infected by Covid

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New York – Immunity gained after a natural infection is short-lived and remaining unvaccinated can increase the risk of getting re-infected with Covid-19, suggests a study published in the journal The Lancet Microbe. Lead author Jeffrey Townsend, Professor of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health, said: “Re-infection can reasonably happen in three months or less. Therefore, those who …

Colorectal cancer diagnoses falls

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Vienna – Cancer screenings and diagnoses dropped significantly during Covid-19 pandemic, with Spanish researchers presenting new findings showing a 40 per cent fall in the number of colorectal cancer cases diagnosed in a year during Covid. Lead author Dr Maria Jose Domper Arnal, from University Clinic Hospital and the Aragon Health Research Institute (IIS Aragon) in Spain. Said: “These are very …

CO2 monitors for tracking indoor Covid risk

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New York – Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a way of using carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors to help estimate the risk of catching Covid-19 and other airborne diseases in near real time. “CO2 monitoring has been used for decades to assess the quality of air handling in buildings, and can now be re-purposed to assess the …

2021 Nobel for Medicine awarded for discovery of temperature, touch receptors

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Stockholm – The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2021 has been jointly awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch. Their work, carried out independently, has helped show how humans convert the physical impact from heat or touch into nerve impulses that allow us to “perceive and adapt to the world …