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Sinovac’s vaccine trial data suggest potential in coronavirus defense

Sinovac Biotech Ltd said its coronavirus shot is safe and capable of eliciting an immune response from human trials, suggesting the shot’s potential in defending against infection of the novel coronavirus. The Beijing-based company’s vaccine, called CoronaVac, hasn’t caused severe side effects and more than 90% of people administered with the shot on a 14-day interval have induced neutralizing antibodies ...

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Being happy can protect you from gastrointestinal distress

Researchers have found that Serotonin, a chemical known for encouraging happiness and well-being, can reduce the ability of some intestinal pathogens to cause deadly infections. The findings, publishing in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, could offer a new way to fight infections for which few truly effective treatments currently exist. “Although the vast majority of research on serotonin has ...

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Maharashtra to get Remdesivir from Bangladesh for trials

Maharashtra will begin trials for remdesivir, a drug that has been touted as a success in the battle against COVID-19. The state’s COVID-19 task force that comprises doctors who look into clinical management and reports to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had suggested its use to save lives, sources said. They have asked the Chief Minister to find a way ...

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Chinese physicians share COVID-19 experiences with local doctors

The visiting Chinese physicians, first ever any overseas expert medical team helping Bangladesh doctors since outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, have shared their experience with the local physicians during visiting several hospitals dedicated to coronavirus treatment in the capital. The Chinese expert medical team, comprising 10 respiratory specialist doctors having experience of containing pandemic in China have shared some better ways ...

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Human eggs prefer some men’s sperm over others, claims study

Humans spend a lot of time in choosing the “right” partners. And the process continues even after sex, a new research has found. The research conducted by Stockholm University and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said that human eggs use chemical signals to attract sperm. And the choice is not necessarily their partner. “Human eggs release chemicals called chemoattractants that ...

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COVID-19 cannot stop community clinic services

Community clinics are playing an important role in containing the spread of coronavirus as these clinics are providing healthcare services in the country’s rural areas. The number of service-seekers is also surging during the current coronavirus pandemic as the people with mild fever and cold are rushing there for consultations. The community clinic healthcare providers (CHCPs) told BSS that their ...

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Coronavirus vaccine given ‘using inhaler could be ready by next month’

The coronavirus vaccine could be ready to give in the form of an inhaler by next month, it was reported. Trials of a vaccine being developed by Oxford University are currently ongoing with the initial target of September to be available to the public. Drug company Astra Zeneca has said it will produce the vaccine light so it’s ready when ...

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Number of diabetics rising during pregnancy

Tania Ahmed, a resident of Mirpur DOHS in the capital, said she came to know that she was suffering from diabetes when her blood test was carried out eight weeks after conceiving. “At the beginning, I had to take insulin thrice before having meals and then another insulin after the dinner. Simultaneously, I had to follow balanced diets,” said the ...

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China approves new self-developed cancer drug

China has granted market access to a self-developed cancer drug, according to the National Medical Products Administration on Saturday. The drug, known as Brukinsa (zanubrutinib) in capsule form, was developed by the biotechnology company BeiGene. It is for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy, and also for adult ...

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New 300-bed corona hospital starts operation in Uttara

Another private hospital in the capital has been declared dedicated for corona patients from Saturday. The new hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 patients is the 300-bed Japan East-West Medical College Hospital at Uttara. The hospital is formally inaugurated through online from the Ministry of Health on Saturday noon. A PCR lab has already been set up in the hospital ...

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