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Covid: The reason cases are rising among the double vaccinated – it’s not because vaccines aren’t working

Oxford (UK), July 23 Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40 per cent of people admitted to hospital with Covid in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. At first glance, this rings very serious alarm bells, but it shouldn't. The vaccines are still working very well. There are several factors at play that explain why such a high proportion of cases are in the fully vaccinated. Covid vaccines are extremely effective, but none 100 per cent so. This itself isn't surprising…

Covid: The reason cases are rising among the double vaccinated – it’s not because vaccines aren’t working

Oxford (UK), July 23 Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40 per cent of people admitted to hospital with Covid in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. At first glance, this rings very serious alarm bells, but it shouldn't. The vaccines are still working very well. There are several factors at play that explain why such a high proportion of cases are in the fully vaccinated. Covid vaccines are extremely effective, but none 100 per cent so. This itself isn't surprising…

Malnutrition may increase risk of Covid severity

New York, July 22 Adults and children with Covid-19 who have a history of malnutrition may have an increased likelihood of death and the need for mechanical ventilation, according to a study. Malnutrition hampers the proper functioning of the immune system and is known to increase the risk of severe infections for other viruses, but the potential long-term effects of malnutrition on Covid-19 outcomes are less clear, said Louis Ehwerhemuepha from Children's Hospital of Orange County in California, US. Children older than…

14 post-Covid patients suffer large abscesses in liver, one dies: Ganga Ram hospital

New Delhi, July 22 Fourteen post-Covid patients, eight of whom had received steroids during treatment, were diagnosed with "unusually large" and multiple liver abscesses, and one of them died due to massive bleeding in abdomen, authorities at a leading private hospital here said on Thursday. Liver abscess (pus formation in liver) is commonly caused by a parasite known as entamoeba histolytica which is transmitted through contaminated food and water, doctors said. These patients, ten men and four women in the age group of…

First human case of bird flu being probed, no suspects so far: Centre

Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 21 The government on Wednesday said an 11-year-old Gurugram boy who died at AIIMS, New Delhi, recently, had been confirmed through investigations to be India's first human case of bird flu and Haryana's disease surveillance unit was probing it. All close contacts of the boy had been put under close surveillance. No suspected cases had been found in Gurugram yet nor had the nurses or doctors who treated the child reported any symptoms, said the Health Ministry today. "An 11-year-old…

Human-to-human transmission of bird flu rare, no need to panic: AIIMS chief

New Delhi, July 21 As the country reported the first confirmed case of human death due to Avian influenza, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare and there is no need to panic. However, there is a need to do contact tracing and also take samples and look for any poultry deaths in the area from where the child who died due to the virus was residing, the AIIMS director told PTI. A 12-year-old boy from Haryana, who was infected with the H5N1 virus,…

Human-to-human transmission of bird flu rare, no need to panic: AIIMS chief

New Delhi, July 21 As the country reported the first confirmed case of human death due to Avian influenza, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare and there is no need to panic. However, there is a need to do contact tracing and also take samples and look for any poultry deaths in the area from where the child who died due to the virus was residing, the AIIMS director told PTI. Read also 12-year-old boy suffering from bird flu dies at AIIMS in…

US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

New York, July 21 US life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years. The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the Covid-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any…

Oral hygiene must to prevent black fungus, say experts

Amritsar, July 20 The Asian Society of Oral an Maxillofacial Pathology (ASOMP) organised a webinar titled 'COVID-19 and Oral amp; Systemic Mycoses' for creating awareness regarding different types of fungal infections spread by the virus. Eminent scholar and clinical expert Prof Lakhsman Samaranayake, the foremost authority on oral fungal infections, was a keynote speaker. Dr Simarpreet Sandhu, general secretary of ASOMP, along with Dr Ranganath K, chief, ASOMP, moderated the session. Over 300 doctors across different…

Artificial intelligence than can monitor snoring levels and identify sleep disorders developed

London, July 20 Researchers from the UK's prestigious University of Sheffield have developed artificial intelligence (AI) which they say can effectively monitor a person's snoring levels and identify sleep disorders. The AI, developed by Professor Guy Brown and Dr Ning Ma from the University's Speech and Hearing Research Group, can monitor a person's snoring levels and identify sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, the university said in a press release. The technology is being commercialised through a new app -…
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