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Children's antibodies may help develop new therapies for Covid-19

Children's antibodies may help develop new therapies for Covid-19

Researchers have found that children's antibodies can effectively fight out Covid-19 infection, and that kids could be an underutilised source of potential antibody therapies to counteract the "ever-evolving" SARS-CoV-2 virus. The team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in the US found that children's antibodies displayed high levels of neutralisation and potency against variants of the Covid virus, even when they had not previously been exposed to or vaccinated against those variants.

Low-fat diet may help reduce fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis

Low-fat diet may help reduce fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) could benefit from a low-fat diet to improve the fatigue that's a debilitating, and often-underappreciated, symptom of the condition, according to a small study, led by an Indian-origin researcher. A low-fat diet is one that restricts fat, and often saturated fat and cholesterol as well.

SGPGIMS to have separate transgender clinic

SGPGIMS to have separate transgender clinic

The Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) will start a dedicated multidisciplinary transgender clinic very soon. SGPGI director Prof. R. K Dhiman made this announcement during an awareness workshop on ‘Medical Issues of Transgenders - Right To Health Initiative’ held on Thursday.

Gargling with salt water may help prevent Covid hospitalisation: Study

Gargling with salt water may help prevent Covid hospitalisation: Study

In an interesting study, researchers have confirmed that the common remedy of gargling with salt water may help improve respiratory symptoms and fight Covid, helping lower hospitalisation rates. The study being presented at this year’s American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting held in California determined that both a low and high-dose saline regimen appeared to be associated with lower hospitalisation rates compared to controls in SARS-CoV-2 infections.

Delhi chokes: Air quality becomes 'severe' again

Delhi chokes: Air quality becomes 'severe' again

The overall Air Quality Index on Thursday morning was at 398, in the ‘very poor’ category, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). In the national capital, the Anand Vihar station after witnessing a slight improvement in AQI on Wednesday evening, again entered into severe category with PM 2.5 and PM 10 at 500 while the CO was at 125, under 'moderate' category, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Record 7.5 mn people globally diagnosed with TB in 2022: WHO

Record 7.5 mn people globally diagnosed with TB in 2022: WHO

A whopping 7.5 million people worldwide -- the highest ever since records began in 1995 -- were diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2022, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2023 global TB report revealed on Wednesday. The massive spike is attributed to good recovery in access to and provision of health services in many countries, said the report, featuring data from 192 countries and areas.

New brain implant shows promise to translate speech from thoughts

New brain implant shows promise to translate speech from thoughts

A team of scientists have developed a novel prosthetic that has the potential to decode signals from the brain's speech centre to predict what a person is trying to say. The new technology, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, might one day help people unable to talk due to neurological disorders regain the ability to communicate through a brain-computer interface.

High biological age may up risk of dementia, stroke: Study

High biological age may up risk of dementia, stroke: Study

People who have a higher biological age than their actual chronological age have a significantly increased risk of stroke and dementia, especially vascular dementia, new research has revealed. The study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, showed that the increased risk persists even if other risk factors such as genetics, lifestyle and socioeconomics are taken into account.

59% Indian workers experience burnout symptoms at work: Study

59% Indian workers experience burnout symptoms at work: Study

About 59 per cent of Indian employees experience burnout symptoms at work, while workers in Cameroon experience the lowest (9 per cent), a new study has shown. According to the McKinsey Health Institute (MHI), the burnout symptoms experienced by employees globally stand at 22 per cent.

Weight loss surgery may raise risk of dental caries: Study

Weight loss surgery may raise risk of dental caries: Study

People who have had surgical obesity treatment have a higher risk of dental caries than before surgery, finds a study. Led by researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the study shows weight loss surgery also leads to a general decline in oral health.   "Individuals who have undergone surgical obesity treatment may also experience a variety of oral symptoms and an impact on their oral quality of life," said Negin Taghat, doctoral student at the Institute of Odontology at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. 

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