Parkinson’s disease may up schizophrenia risk: Study

Helsinki, Jan 16 (IANS) Patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder have an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease later in life. The study indicates that the increased risk may be due to alterations in the brain’s dopamine system caused by dopamine receptor antagonists or neurobiological effects of schizophrenia. “According to our results, a previously diagnosed psychotic […]

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Novel method may help detect Covid antibodies in seconds

New York, Jan 9 (IANS) Researchers, including an Indian-origin, have identified an advanced nanomaterial-based biosensing platform that detects, within seconds, antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to testing, the platform will help to quantify patient immunological response to the new vaccines with precision, according to a paper published […]

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‘Commonly used BP medications safe for Covid patients’

New York, Jan 8 (IANS) Medications to treat high blood pressure (BP) do not affect outcomes among patients hospitalised with Covid-19, researchers have claimed. The study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, shows that there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for Covid-19. “Our trial results importantly show that these […]

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NASA selects 4 small missions to unlock universe’s secrets

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) NASA has selected four small-scale astrophysics missions for further concept development in a new programme called “Pioneers” to study the secrets of the universe. Through small satellites and scientific balloons, these selections enable new platforms for exploring cosmic phenomena such as galaxy evolution, exoplanets, high-energy neutrinos, and neutron star mergers, the […]

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Higher mosquito blood meals increase malaria transmission

London, Jan 2 (IANS) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes reduce the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, said a study. Given that mosquitoes feed on blood multiple times in natural settings, the results published in the journal PLOS Pathogens suggest that malaria elimination may be substantially more challenging than […]

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New class of antibiotics may help combat antimicrobial resistance

New York, Jan 2 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a new class of compounds that combine direct antibiotic killing of pan drug-resistant bacterial pathogens with a simultaneous rapid immune response for combating antimicrobial resistance. The research, published in the journal Nature, comes at a time when the list of bacteria that are becoming resistant to treatment […]

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Brazil announces efficacy of China’s CoronaVac vaccine

Sao Paulo, Dec 25 (IANS) Brazil’s state-run Butantan Institute has announced that the CoronaVac vaccine developed by the private Chinese laboratory Sinovac Life Science achieved the levels of efficacy against the coronavirus required by the World Health Organization (WHO) in trials with 13,000 Brazilian volunteers. “The data corroborate that it is the safest vaccine on […]

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Massive ‘swamp king’ prehistoric crocodile identified in Australia

Sydney, Dec 23 (IANS) A prehistoric crocodile measuring more than five metres long, dubbed the “swamp king”, ruled south eastern Queensland waterways in Australia only a few million years ago, new research has found. Researchers at University of Queensland identified the new species of prehistoric crocodile — which they named Paludirex vincenti — from fossils […]

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New study unlocks how and why stars die

Chicago, Dec 23 (IANS) Researchers from the Northwestern University (NU) has found that by studying all three “flavors” involved in a supernova, they have unlocked more clues as to how and why stars die. Contrary to the past practice of simplifying studies by studying one flavor while ignoring the other two, the researchers in the […]

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‘Stroke, altered mental state increase death risk for Covid patients’

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Researchers have found that people hospitalised with Covid-19 and neurological problems, including stroke and confusion have a higher risk of dying than other coronavirus affected patients. The findings, published in the journal Neurology, have the potential to identify and focus treatment efforts on individuals most at risk and could decrease […]

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Study reveals how brain distinguishes speech from noise

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Scientists have given physiological evidence that a pervasive neuromodulation system – a group of neurons that regulate the functioning of more specialized neurons – strongly influences sound processing in an important auditory region of the brain. The neuromodulator — acetylcholine — may even help the main auditory brain circuitry distinguish […]

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‘Covid-19 lockdown increased conflicts between parents, kids’

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) During the nationwide lockdown in India, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased interaction between adults and their teenage wards and has allowed parents more time to monitor them, the experts said on Sunday. According to Debjani Banerjee Faculty- Sociology and Social & Cultural Anthropology( CBSE and IBDP), Shiv Nadar […]

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Keep blood sugar in control to fight Covid-19: Experts

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After several global health studies linked diabetes with severe Covid-19, Indian health experts on Friday also stressed that diabetes lowers the immunity and increases the risk of infection. The experts said that that Covid-19 is a condition which gets worse with co-morbidities. Studies indicate that people suffering from diabetes suffer […]

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India puts into orbit its 42nd communication satellite (Roundup)

By Venkatachari JagannathanSriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 17 (IANS) India on Thursday successfully placed its 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) in the geosynchronous transfer orbit in a textbook style. India’s brand new communication satellite CMS-01 with a life span of seven years will provide services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum. The satellite will […]

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PSLV rocket lifts-off with India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01

By Venkatachari JagannathanSrihairkota (Andhra Pradesh) Dec 17 (IANS) India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C50 (PSLV-C50) rocket laden with the country’s communication satellite CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday evening. The rocket with India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01 lifted-off from the second launch pad at the Satish […]

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Raja Chari to lead SpaceX mission to ISS

Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) have selected three astronauts, including Indian-American Raja Chari, to serve as crew members for SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which is expected to launch in the autumn of 2021. Raja Chari will serve as commander while NASA’s Tom Marshburn will be […]

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New study shows baricitinib with remdesivir promising for treating Covid

Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) The combination of baricitinib, an anti-inflammatory drug, and remdesivir, an antiviral, reduced time to recovery for people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to clinical trial results published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was supported by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the […]

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Covid induced unemployment may increase heart disease risk in NZ

Wellington, Dec 10 (IANS) New Zealand researchers have revealed that Covid-19 induced recession and rising unemployment may increase the occurrence of heart disease, particularly in middle-aged men. According to the researchers from the University of Otago, the pandemic-induced recession and rising unemployment may increase the risk of heart disease in New Zealand. For the study, […]

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IIT Guwahati developing method to ‘harvest’ drinking water from air

Guwahati, Dec 8 (IANS) Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) on Tuesday said its researchers have developed novel materials that can efficiently harvest water from humid air. With increasing water scarcity throughout the world, there have been attempts to collect and conserve water through non-traditional means. Scientists have turned to nature to design […]

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Researchers develop AI helmet to prevent seizure disorders

Sydney, Dec 7 (IANS) Australian researchers have developed an implantable artificial intelligence (AI) monitoring and seizure detection helmet system designed to prevent seizure disorders for patients who have undergone decompressive brain surgery. The detection system from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO)’s Data61 has been developed and trained using traumatic brain injury data […]

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