Friday, March 24, 2023


Hormonal contraceptive linked to increase in breast cancer risk: Study

LONDON: Use of progestogen-only hormonal contraceptives is associated with a 20 to 30 per cent higher risk of breast cancer, warned a study.

Blame your brain for craving for unhealthy, sugary foods

LONDON: Chocolate bars, crisps and fries -- why can't we just ignore them? According to a new study, foods with a high fat and sugar content change our brain, and it unconsciously learns to prefer high-fat snacks.

Hidden 'super spreaders' spur dengue fever transmission: Study

NEW YORK: The number of "hidden" infections tied to a place, or cases of infected people who show no symptoms, could be the key indicator for dengue risk, suggests a new study.

India logs 1,300 new Covid infections, 3 deaths

NEW DELHI: India recorded 1,300 fresh Covid cases and three deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry data on Thursday.

Kenya heightens surveillance after outbreak of Marburg in Tanzania

NAIROBI: Kenyan health authorities have said they are on high alert after neighbouring Tanzania detected the first-ever case of Marburg virus disease in the country's northwest Kagera region.

As Covid cases crosses 1,000, Kerala on alert, use of masks recommended

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Health Minister Veena George, chairing a meeting to review the increase of Covid cases in the state on Wednesday, said it would be better if the aged, children and those with ailments use masks in public places.

Erode East MLA Elangovan tests negative for Covid-19

CHENNAI: Senior Congress leader and recently elected Erode East MLA, E.V.K.S. Elangovan who was admitted to a private medical college hospital in Porur, Chennai has tested negative.

Aus state warns of Japanese encephalitis virus infection among animals

CANBERRA: Health authorities in Western Australia state have issued a warning to residents and tourists in the Kimberley region to avoid contact with mosquitoes, following an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in the area.

Eating handful of nuts & seeds daily can lower heart risk by 25%

LONDON: Want to boost your heart health? Eating a handful of nuts and seeds can help you reduce the risk of heart disease by 25 per cent, according to a new study.

US CDC warns of rapid spread of emerging fungus

WASHINGTON: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of a rapid rise and geographic spread of an emerging fungus called Candida auris (C. auris).

India reports 1,134 fresh Covid cases, 5 deaths

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday recorded 1,134 new Covid cases, a significant surge from the previous day's 699 infections, according to the Union health ministry data.

Kids do not need antibiotics: GSVM study

KANPUR: A research to test the efficacy of use of antibiotics for the treatment of malnourished children has proved that kids do not need antibiotics.

Alarm in Karachi as Covid-19 positivity rate jumps over 28%

KARACHI: The Covid-19 positivity rate in Karachi has reached 28.30 per cent, a health authority official said after 30 out of 106 people screened for the viral infection tested positive, as per media reports.

Vietnam raises dengue alert

HANOI: Vietnam has raised concerns over the spread of dengue fever after the Health Ministry recorded a jump in the number of cases, local media reported on Tuesday.

Covid: Delhi HC seeks AAP govt's reply on PIL seeking release of ex-gratia to kin of deceased cops

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought Arvind Kejriwal-led government's response on a plea seeking release of the ex-gratia amount to families of police officers who died while serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden okays bill to declassify intelligence info on Covid origins

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has signed a bill to declassify intelligence information on the origins of the Covid pandemic, which has so far claimed more than seven million lives globally.

Covid linked to irritable bowel syndrome: Study

LONDON: Covid-19 is associated with an increased risk of developing long-term gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, according to a global study conducted in 14 countries including India.

India reports 699 new Covid cases, 2 deaths in last 24 hrs

NEW DELHI: India has reported 699 new Covid cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

78 mn kids at risk in Nigeria from water-related threats: Unicef

ABUJA: A total of 78 million children are at the highest risk from a convergence of water-related threats in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, the Unicef has warned.

Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for over 90% new Covid cases in US

LOS ANGELES: The highly transmissible Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for over 90 per cent of new Covid-19 cases reported in the US, according to the latest estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Maha notches 'seasonal' spike in Covid-19, 1K-plus 'active cases'

MUMBAI: Since the past few weeks, Maharashtra has been experiencing a gradual increase in Covid-19 infections, but health authorities said there is no cause for alarm as this is owing to the seasonal fluctuations, here on Monday.

Double lung transplant by US docs saves 2 lives with late-stage cancer

NEW YORK: In a first, doctors at Northwestern Medicine in the US, including one of Indian origin, successfully performed a double-lung transplant on two patients with stage 4 lung cancer and gave them a new lease of life.

India logs 918 fresh Covid cases, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI: India recorded a single-day rise of 918 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours pushing the active cases to 6,350, according to the Union health ministry data on Monday.

S.Korea lifts years-long mask mandate for public transportation

SEOUL: Amid a stable Covid situation, South Korea on Monday finally lifted its years-long mask mandate for public transportation.

4 new Covid cases reported in Lucknow

LUCKNOW: Four fresh Covid cases have been reported in Lucknow, which took the total number of active cases to 12.

Mask mandate on public transportation in S.Korea to end on Monday

SEOUL: The South Korean government's decision to lift the mask mandate on public transportation and pharmacies in open public spaces will go into effect this week amid a gradual Covid-19 virus downtrend.

DDMA discusses preparedness for earthquake, prevailing H3N2 Flu situation

NEW DELHI: The 38th meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) held on Saturday discussed the preparedness for any earthquake in the city and the ongoing H3N2 Flu situation.

6 Reasons Why You Must Keep Visiting Your Doctor Regularly

If you are like most people, you are probably guilty of not seeing your doctor as often as you should. You might think it’s best to go only if you feel ill or have a nasty injury, but that’s not always the case. Visiting your doctor regularly can be really beneficial for your health.

Cases fewer but stay away from crowded places: Delhi govt over H3N2 infection

NEW DELHI: Delhi health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Friday urged the people to stay away from crowded places over rising cases of Covid-19 and H3N2 influenza in the country.

Baby dies in mother's womb after doc refuses C-section surgery without paying Rs 10K bribe in K'taka

YADGIR: In a shocking incident, a baby died in mother's womb as the doctor refused to perform a C-Section surgery until the family paid Rs 10,000 bribe to her in Karnataka's Yadgir district.

Doctors on 12-hr strike in Kerala to protest against attacks

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Normal functioning of hospitals in Kerala was disrupted as the dawn-to-dusk statewide strike called by Kerala-chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) began on Friday.

ICMR approves new RT-qPCR kit to detect influenza, SARS-CoV-2 & RSV

CHENNAI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday approved a novel RT-qPCR test kit by Chennai-based KRIYA Medical technologies that can detect influenza (H1N1, H3N2, Yamagata and Victoria sublineages), Covid-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

EVKS Elangovan hospitalised, condition stable

CHENNAI: Senior Congress leader and Erode East MLA EVKS Elangovan, who was admitted to a private hospital at Porur, Chennai after he complained of breathlessness, is stable since Thursday morning.

Omicron XBB.1.5 variant is highly transmissible and infectious: Lancet

TOKYO: The XBB.1.5 -- subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron -- has high transmissibility and infectivity, according to a study published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Doctor flags concern over homeopathic syrup containing alcohol like whiskey, cockroaches

NEW DELHI: Hepatologist Cyriac Abby Philips has raised concern over some homeopathic medicines containing the same amount of alcohol that a whiskey contains.

Mild fever helps clear infections faster, better than medicine: Study

TORONTO: It may be better to let a mild fever run its course instead of automatically reaching for medication, new research suggests.

Healthtech platform HealthPlix raises $22 mn in funding drought

BENGALURU: Amid the deepening funding winter, health tech startup HealthPlix Technologies on Wednesday said it has secured $22 million funding in Series C led by Avataar Venture Partners, SIG Venture Capital and existing investors.

Common cold gives children immunity against Covid-19

LONDON: Children infected with seasonal common cold are likely to have immunity against Covid-19, according to a research.

S.Korea to end mask mandate for public transportation next week

SEOUL: South Korea will end the mask mandate for public transportation next week, lifting one of the last-remaining Covid-19 restrictions amid a stable pandemic situation, the government announced on Wednesday.

Two UP officials die due to silent heart attack

PRAYAGRAJ: Fatalities due to silent heart attack are being increasingly reported. In two separate cases in Uttar Pradesh, two seemingly healthy men have died due to sudden heart attack while working.