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Alzheimer’s disease progresses faster in women than men: Study

Alzheimer’s disease seems to progress faster in women than in men. The protein tau accumulates at a higher rate in women, according to research from Lund University in Sweden. The study was recently published in Brain. Over 30 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, making it the most common form of dementia. Tau and beta-amyloid are two proteins known ...

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AstraZeneca says vaccine 76% effective in updated US trial data

British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca on Wednesday revised down by three percentage points the effectiveness of its Covid vaccine after American authorities raised concerns that results reported from its US trial were outdated. The company now says its vaccine is 76 rather than 79 percent effective at preventing any kind of symptomatic Covid. It remains 100 percent effective against severe Covid, it ...

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Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer vaccine, cites defective lids

Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids. The city’s government said the suspension was immediate while the matter is investigated by distributor Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, the German company which created the vaccine with American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, reports AP. BioNTech and Fosun Pharma ...

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No blood clot risk from Covishield, Covaxin

A high-level government panel of India has concluded there is no increased risk of blood clotting so far linked to Covishield and Covaxin, the vaccines that India’s drug regulator DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) cleared earlier this year. The assurance comes after several European nations, a few days ago, temporarily paused the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clot ...

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Supplements may save people with low vit D levels from severe Covid-19: Study

A new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that patients who have low vitamin D levels and are hospitalised for Covid-19 have better chances of survival if given vitamin D supplementation of at least 1,000 units weekly. Patients with low vitamin D levels who are hospitalised for Covid-19 may have a lower risk ...

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People above 65 are more likely to catch COVID-19 twice

While COVID-19 vaccination is going on in full swing, studies are still being conducted to know more about the virus. One such study published on Wednesday found that people over the age of 65 are more likely to be reinfected with COVID-19.   The study The study was published in The Lancet and looked at the data collected in Denmark ...

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Benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh risks, WHO says

The World Health Organizations’ Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety ruled that the benefits of vaccination with the UK-Swedish AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh the risks. “The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (including Covishield) continues to have a positive benefit-risk profile, with tremendous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths across the world,” the committee said in a statement, published Friday, reports AFP. ...

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Germany, France among nations to resume use of AstraZeneca

Germany, France and other European nations announced plans to resume using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday after EU and British regulators moved to shore up confidence in the shot, saying its benefits outweigh the risks. Reports of rare brain blood clots had prompted more than a dozen nations to suspend use of the shot, the latest challenge for AstraZeneca’s ambition ...

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