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A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Delhi, March 2020.(PTI)

New virus variant a threat to the young

UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:13 PM IST
According to Unicef, over 460 million children have been unable to access remote learning tools last year. The harms extend to their health too. Disruptions in health services in lower- and middle-income countries could contribute an additional two million under-five deaths.
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A researcher tests possible Covid-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis.(AP file)
A researcher tests possible Covid-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis.(AP file)

Covid-19 antibody response wanes over time: UK study

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 07:07 PM IST
The tests carried out at home between June 20 and September 28 found that the number of people testing positive dropped by 26.5% across the study period, said the research led by Imperial College London.
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Danica Marcos, a volunteer for the controversial experiment in the UK that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the Covid-19 disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine.(AP)
Danica Marcos, a volunteer for the controversial experiment in the UK that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the Covid-19 disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine.(AP)

New UK ‘challenge’ trial to fast-forward Covid-19 vaccine

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 07:20 PM IST
The Boris Johnson government on Tuesday said that only a vaccine candidate that has proved safe in initial trials will be given to some 90 volunteers for the so-called ‘human challenge’ trial.
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The approach to infect healthy volunteers with coronavirus, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research.(AP file photo for representation)
The approach to infect healthy volunteers with coronavirus, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research.(AP file photo for representation)

UK to start controversial ‘challenge’ vaccine study, will infect healthy volunteers with virus for research trial

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | London
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 02:53 PM IST
Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham said the research will improve our understanding of the virus and will help in making decisions about research.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a remote press conference to update the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a remote press conference to update the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)

Critical moment, says PM Johnson, as new Covid-19 cases surge

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:32 AM IST
As of Wednesday evening, 7,108 new cases were reported across the UK – more than the daily peaks in April and May, prompting renewed concern and more restrictions in several areas
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In a study in The Lancet Microbe, the test was found to have an average sensitivity – the ability to correctly identify those with Covid-19 – of 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – of 100%.(REUTERS)
In a study in The Lancet Microbe, the test was found to have an average sensitivity – the ability to correctly identify those with Covid-19 – of 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – of 100%.(REUTERS)

90-minute British DnaNudge Covid-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Faster testing could allow more people to return to work or permit testing on entry to hospital, thus slowing a second spike in coronavirus infections.
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Kai Hu, a research associate transfers medium to cells, in the laboratory at Imperial College in London on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Kai Hu, a research associate transfers medium to cells, in the laboratory at Imperial College in London on Thursday.(AP Photo)

UK scientists to immunize hundreds with experimental Covid-19 vaccine

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | London
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 05:11 PM IST
A said that a very slow and arduous process of testing the Covid-19 vaccine at a low dose in the initial participants has been completed and would now expand the trial to about 300 people
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In the initial stage of the trial, 15 healthy volunteers are receiving the vaccine – starting with a low dose and escalating to increasingly higher doses for subsequent volunteers – to assess safety and to find the optimal dosage.(AP)
In the initial stage of the trial, 15 healthy volunteers are receiving the vaccine – starting with a low dose and escalating to increasingly higher doses for subsequent volunteers – to assess safety and to find the optimal dosage.(AP)

Covid-19: Imperial College London’s vaccine human trial begins

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 12:58 AM IST
Over the coming weeks, 300 healthy participants are expected to receive two doses of the vaccine. If the vaccine is safe and shows a promising immune response in humans, then larger trials would be planned for later in the year.
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The researchers, led by Professor Waljit Dhillo from Imperial College London in the UK, suggest they can be used to identify those patients who are more likely to need intensive cover.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The researchers, led by Professor Waljit Dhillo from Imperial College London in the UK, suggest they can be used to identify those patients who are more likely to need intensive cover.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19 patients with high stress hormone levels at greater death risk: Lancet study

By Press Trust of India | London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2020 12:13 PM IST
The study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Thursday, provides the first data to show that cortisol levels are a marker of the severity of the illness.
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According to the study, published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, the drug may lower inflammation and the quantity of the virus particles present in patients with Covid-19.(REUTERS)
According to the study, published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, the drug may lower inflammation and the quantity of the virus particles present in patients with Covid-19.(REUTERS)

Joint inflammation drug may be repurposed to treat Covid-19: Study

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2020 04:43 PM IST
Researchers, including those from Imperial College London in the UK, noted that baricitinib is an oral drug used for treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis -- a chronic inflammatory disorder which affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness.
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Ferguson was a member of the influential Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which has been meeting daily and contributing to the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.(Neil Ferguson /Twitter)
Ferguson was a member of the influential Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which has been meeting daily and contributing to the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.(Neil Ferguson /Twitter)

Key UK govt advisor flouts Covid-19 lockdown rules, quits

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 06:31 PM IST
A professor in Imperial College London, Ferguson was reportedly visited by a woman friend twice during the lockdown.
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The survey factored-in data between April 20th - 26th from an analysis across 10 markets in urban India.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The survey factored-in data between April 20th - 26th from an analysis across 10 markets in urban India.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Survey reveals over 50% urban Indians maintain social distancing even at home, sleep and eat separately

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | industan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 12:32 PM IST
The survey, conducted in collaboration with experts at Imperial College London, has found that “a large majority of urban Indians (90%) are practising social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.
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The gap between urban and rural BMI in many of these countries shrank or even reversed.(Unsplash)
The gap between urban and rural BMI in many of these countries shrank or even reversed.(Unsplash)

Obesity rising faster in rural areas than cities: Study

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, London
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 05:31 PM IST
In high-income countries, the study published in the journal Nature showed that BMI has been generally higher in rural areas since 1985, especially for women.
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The researchers found that this slow, methodical form of exercise is equivalent to pulmonary rehabilitation for improving respiratory function in patients.(Shutterstock)
The researchers found that this slow, methodical form of exercise is equivalent to pulmonary rehabilitation for improving respiratory function in patients.(Shutterstock)

Slow but effective: Tai Chi can boost respiratory function in COPD patients

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 04:06 PM IST
Tai Chi involves significant levels of physical exertion with stretching, breathing, and coordinated movement but requires no special equipment.
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