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Most lungs recover well after COVID-19, says study

Lung tissue of patients who suffer severely from COVID-19 shows good recovery in most cases, according to a study. Researchers at the Radbound University in the Netherlands found that the group which was referred by a GP did not recover as well as patients who were admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The study, published in the journal ...

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Covid-19 deepens depression, anxiety among pregnant, postpartum women

After surveying pregnant women and those who recently gave birth, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that Covid-19 related grief and health worries have exasperated the rates of depression, generalised anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The results were shared in the new study published in Psychiatry Review. “We know the perinatal period is already a time ...

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Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign to begin Dec 12

A 44-day ‘Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign’ is set to begin on December 12 across the country with a target for administering 3.40 crore Children. “‘Measles-Rubella Campaign was scheduled to launch on December 5. But the authorities have rescheduled the vaccination campaign on December 12 instead of December 5 due to unavoidable circumstances,” Dr Md Shamsul Haque, director of The Expanded Programme ...

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Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Bahrain announced on Friday that it had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, becoming the second country after Britain to green-light the drug. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a further important layer to the kingdom’s national Covid-19 response,” said Mariam al-Jalahma, CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority, according to a statement carried by ...

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Govt launches free antigen test Saturday

The government launches free antigen test in 10 districts on Saturday for rapid detection of coronavirus, fearing second wave of the disease in the country. The government has taken the decision as the temperature has started dropping with arrival of winter. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry will roll out the antigen test for people in 10 districts initially. Later, ...

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Fortune or foresight? AstraZeneca and Oxford’s stories clash on COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca and Oxford University have given conflicting accounts of how they came upon the most effective dosing pattern for their COVID-19 vaccine, a rare instance of public dissension between major institutions collaborating on a pivotal project. The discrepancy, reported for the first time by Reuters, centres on the regimen administered to a smaller group of volunteers in the late-stage trials, ...

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Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people? As the decision looms for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, a new analysis argues for targeting the first vaccines to the same low-income Black, Hispanic and Native American households that have disproportionately suffered from the ...

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Hypertension crisis: Worry about high blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is famously referred to as a ‘silent killer’ because it has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something is wrong. Many people suffer from the problem of high blood pressure for years without any knowledge about it. The condition may be symptomless but is quite harmful, especially for those who are close to the hypertensive ...

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Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out. Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups. The UK has already ordered 40m doses – enough ...

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