AY.4.2 up to 15% more transmissible than Delta

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London – A sub-variant of the Covid Delta strain – AY.4.2 – may be up to 15 per cent more transmissible than the original Delta, scientists estimate. “The emergence of yet another more transmissible strain would be suboptimal. Though, this is not a situation comparable to the emergence of Alpha and Delta that were far more transmissible — 50 per …

Deep space radiation for man`s brain

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New York – Exposure to deep space radiation could have a big impact on the brain, according to a study on mice. “There is ample evidence now from our lab and other labs showing that deep space radiation affects the central nervous system. So we do need to study this stressor, (and) there are many questions still to answer,” Susanna …

Chinese inhalable Covid vax may boost antibodies

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Beijing – An inhalable Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s CanSino Biologics has shown an increase of 250- to 300-fold in neutralising antibody levels as a booster shot, the media reported. The study suggests a heterologous (mix-match vaccine regimen) prime-boost regimen to increase the breadth, intensity and duration of the immune response, more than a homogeneous (same vaccine regimen) booster shot, …

Free Flu Shot Available to all Ontarians in November

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones This Season TORONTO — To keep Ontarians healthy this flu season and prevent unnecessary visits to the hospital during the fourth wave of COVID-19, the Ontario government is launching one of the largest flu immunization campaigns in the province’s history, with the flu shot available to all Ontarians starting in November. “Our government is …

Causes of Covid toe condition

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London – While dry cough, fever and shortness of breath are the classic symptoms of Covid-19 infections, some people also experienced redness and swelling of the hands and toes known as chilblain-like lesions. “For most — like the regular chilblains typically seen during cold spells and in people who have problems with circulation — the lesions usually go away on their …

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 …