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Covid-19 affects brain tissue, memory, language: Study

A Brazilian study released Thursday says Covid-19 can infect brain tissue and affect the structure of the cortex, a region of the brain responsible for functions such as memory, consciousness, and language. It says coronavirus can affect astrocytes, the most abundant cells in the central nervous system, which perform functions such as providing support and nutrients for neurons and regulating ...

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US to provide Bangladesh with 100 ventilators for treating patients: Health Minister

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has said the United States of America will provide Bangladesh with new and modern 100 ventilators for treating various patients including Covid-19. The minister made this remark after attending a meeting on Thursday. Zahid Maleque said “ The USA is a tested friend of Bangladesh. It has always stood beside us during any ...

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Covid-19 vaccine: Globe Biotech sings deal with icddr,b

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b) signed a deal with Globe Biotech Ltd for directing coronavirus or Covid-19 vaccine trials on Wednesday, a good news for people indeed. The deal is construed a significant development towards getting a reliable vaccine against deadly virus, sources said. Earlier, on October 5, Globe biotech Ltd claimed to have ‘BNCOVID’ pre-clinical ...

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WHO head calls herd immunity approach against Covid-19 ‘problematic’

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has turned down a herd immunity response to Covid-19 pandemic, reports the BBC. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease through vaccinations or through the mass spread of a disease. Some have argued that coronavirus should be allowed to spread naturally in the absence ...

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UNICEF hails immunisation progress in Bangladesh as monthly uptake surpasses pre-COVID-19 levels

UNICEF has welcomed new data which shows that monthly immunisation service uptake has surpassed pre-COVID-19 levels in Bangladesh despite the challenges faced by parents, communities and health services during the pandemic. “This is a remarkable achievement by the Government of Bangladesh, and it will no doubt save the lives of thousands of children. UNICEF is committed to supporting immunisation efforts ...

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Health risks of prolonged sitting

Sitting for long periods has harmful health consequences. A number of health researchers suggested that sitting or lying down for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and Colon cancer and Overproductive pancreas. “We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV ...

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BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

Scientists in the UK have begun testing the BCG vaccine, developed in 1921, to see if it can save lives from Covid. The vaccine was designed to stop tuberculosis, but there is some evidence it can protect against other infections as well. Around 1,000 people will take part in the trial at the University of Exeter. But while millions of ...

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White House hosted Covid ‘superspreader’ event, says Dr Fauci

Top US virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci has criticised the White House for hosting a gathering last month that has been linked to an outbreak of Covid-19. Dr Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court was a “superspreader event”. At least 11 people who attended ...

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China joins COVAX coronavirus vaccine alliance

China, which has four coronavirus vaccine candidates in stage 3 clinical trials, said Friday it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX, reports AP. The country signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the alliance, on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Initially, China did not agree to join the alliance, missing the global deadline ...

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Enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine could be made for U.S. by March to April: HHS

Enough doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be manufactured by March to April next year for every American who wants one, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Thursday. There could be up to 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by year-end, enough to cover especially vulnerable populations, Azar said at Goldman Sachs Healthcare virtual conference. ...

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