Home Health Health on January 22, 2022 Scientists in the US have identified tiny natural bubbles containing the ACE2 protein (evACE2) in the blood of COVID-19 patients that can block infection from broad strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The evACE2 are lipid vesicles in nanoparticle size that express the ACE2 protein on cells. These bubbles act as decoys to lure the SARS-CoV-2 virus away from the ACE2 protein, which acts as a gateway for the virus to infect cells. The evACE2 can serve as a therapeutic to be developed for prevention and treatment for current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequent coronaviruses, the researchers said. Once developed as a therapeutic product, evACE2 have the potential to benefit people as a biological treatment with minimal toxicities, they said. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications on Thursday, is the first to show evACE2 are capable of fighting the new SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...] about Nano Bubbles In Blood Of Covid Patients Could Treat, Prevent Infection With Coronavirus Variants
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Home Health Health on January 21, 2022 The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine increases the level of antibodies that can effectively neutralise the Omicron variant of coronavirus, according to a study published in The Lancet journal. Researchers from Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK, found that antibodies generated in people who had received only two doses of either the AstraZeneca or the Pfizer vaccine were less able to neutralise Omicron as compared to Alpha and Delta variants. They also found that antibody levels dropped off in the first three months following the second dose but a third 'booster' dose raised levels of antibodies that effectively neutralise the Omicron variant. The study found that in people who had received the Pfizer vaccine for all three doses, antibody levels against Omicron after a third dose were similar to those previously reached against Delta after … [Read more...] about COVID Vaccine Booster Provides Effective Antibody Protection Against Omicron: Lancet Study
Home Health Health on January 26, 2022 In November last year, Australians began to feel a wave of optimism that COVID would no longer define their everyday existence. Soaring vaccination rates provided some measure of confidence the threat from COVID was beginning to recede. But by mid-December, this wave of hope had been swept away by a surge of Omicron infections. Emerging research showed there was only around 20% protection from Omicron infection four months after two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (though protection against hospitalisation and death remains much higher, and a booster dose increases protection against infection, but possibly only short-term). Since the emergence of Omicron, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced they're working on vaccines to specifically target the variant, with production promised as early as March of this year. So, are variant-specific vaccines the way we regain … [Read more...] about Will An Omicron-Specific Vaccine Help Control Covid? There’s One Key Problem
Home Health Health on January 21, 2022 Stéphane Bancel, who is the CEO of pharmaceutical company Moderna, said in a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company is soon planning to launch a combined booster vaccine shot of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by the end of 2023 or say, before the start of the winter season of the year. He said that a single annual booster vaccine of COVID-19, flu and RSV will be convenient for people who don't want to get two or three vaccine shots a winter. So, a combined dose of all the aforementioned infectious diseases will make sure that people get their vaccines on time. He added that currently, the RSV program is in phase 3 and the flu program is in phase 2. So, in the best-case scenario, the vaccine could be ready by the fall of 2023.  "I don't think it would happen in every country, but we believe it's possible to happen in some countries next … [Read more...] about Moderna Plans To Launch A Combined Booster Shot Of COVID-19-Flu-RSV By Late 2023: Things To Know
Home Health Health on January 22, 2022 About 63 per cent eligible healthcare workers, 58 per cent frontline workers and 39 per cent of people above 60 years of age with comorbidities have received their precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Thursday. Responding to a question, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said about 22.66 lakh out of 35 lakh healthcare workers have received their precaution dose, accounting for 63 per cent of such people. He said there are 33 lakh frontline workers who were due for precaution dose and 191400 have got precaution dose which is 58 per cent. "Those above 60 years and with comorbidities, the eligible number is 47,81,000 out of them 18,66,000 have taken precaution dose which comes to 39 per cent," Bhushan said. "So given the fact it has been only 10 days since we rolled out precaution dose the coverage yet is not bad though we are constantly engaging with the … [Read more...] about COVID Precaution Jab: Govt Says 63% Healthcare Workers, 58% Frontline Workers, 39% Above 60 Immunised
Home Health Wellness Wellness on August 10, 2017 A compound in human saliva may promote wound healing by increasing the formation of blood vessels, an advance that could help design better approaches for treating injuries, scientists say. Researchers examined the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis or blood vessel formation, which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing. They found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis, as well as cell adhesion and migration. "These findings open new alternatives to better understand the biology underlying the differences between oral and skin wound healing," said Vincent Torres, associate professor at the University of Chile. "We believe that the study could help design better approaches to improve wound healing in tissues other than the mouth," Torres said. Researchers conducted experiments at three levels: endothelial, or blood vessel-forming, cells in … [Read more...] about Saliva May Help Promote Wound Healing: Study
Home Health Health on January 25, 2022 A team of researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist at the prestigious University of British Columbia, has become the first in the world to conduct a molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron spike protein, which could help accelerate the development of more effective treatments against the variant. Spike protein helps the virus enter and infect cells. Dr Sriram Subramaniam, professor in the UBC faculty of medicine's department of biochemistry and molecular biology, said that Omicron has greater binding affinity than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, with levels more comparable to what seen with the Delta variant. The findings, published in the Science journal, sheds new light on why Omicron is highly transmissible and will help accelerate the development of more effective treatments, according to a statement issued by the Vancouver-based university. The analysis, done … [Read more...] about Indian-Origin Scientist Among UBC Researchers Unveil World’s 1st Molecular-Level Analysis Of Omicron
Home Pregnancy parenting Basics Basics on January 22, 2022 Sunny Leone becomes mother of TWIN BOYS; Asher & Noah Singh Weber | FIlmiBeat Surrogacy is the new trend that is catching upon in many celebrities in Bollywood. From Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Tusshar Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sunny Leone, everybody turned to surrogate mothers to expand their families when it was not possible the natural way. The nextwas Preity Zinta, who recently announced the birth of her twins through surrogacy, expressing joy. She took to social media and expressed her excitement about the newly born twins - Jai Zinta Goodenough and Gia Zinta Goodenough. Similarly, in January 2022, Priyanka Chopra announced a baby via surrogacy with husband Nick Jonas. So, what is surrogacy and what is the procedure? What are the legalities of surrogacy in India? Find all the information in this article. What Is … [Read more...] about What Is Surrogacy? Why Are Couples Opting For Surrogacy? What Are The Legalities Of Surrogacy In India?
Home Pregnancy parenting Basics Basics on April 16, 2014 Most working women of today might totally freak out at the idea of getting pregnant in their 20s. Twenties are a time when you are still thinking whether marriage is a good idea for you or you should try to find foothold in your professional life. However, there is no denying that there are many advantages of getting pregnant young. The pros of getting pregnant in 20s far outweigh the cons. The only thing stopping you is you yourself. Getting pregnant in your 20s is the best from the point of view of your biological clock. Most experts agree that a woman is most fertile in her 20s. In fact, one of advantages of getting pregnant young is you can avoid many complications. Besides, when you are younger, the strain of the pregnancy itself is easy for you to take. Your recovery after child birth is also much faster. ARE YOU READY TO BE A MOTHER? Even when it comes to … [Read more...] about Getting Pregnant In Your 20s: Good Or Bad?
Home Health Health on January 23, 2022 India added 3,37,704 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,89,03,731, which includes 10,050 cases of the Omicron variant, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday. The active cases have increased to 21,13,365, the highest in 237 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,88,884 with 488 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. There has been a 3.69 per cent increase in Omicron cases since Friday, the ministry said. The active cases comprise 5.43 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.31 per cent, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 17.22 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.65 per cent. The data stated that 71.34 crore tests have been conducted so far and 19,60,954 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. So … [Read more...] about Active Covid-19 Cases Highest In 237 Days