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Regeneron begins COVID-19 antibody cocktail late-stage trial


The trial, run jointly with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, would test the therapy's ability to prevent infection in those who have had close exposure to a COVID-19 patient #[...]

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DRDO to set up research cell at IIT Hyderabad


The DRDO-IITH Research Cell will undertake basic and applied research programmes in identified technology areas #[...]

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China's Inner Mongolia on high alert after reported case of bubonic plague


The bubonic plague case was discovered in the city of Bayannur in Inner Mongolia, and local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention #[...]

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Covid-19 tests in India cross one-crore mark


Around 2,00,000 samples have been tested on an average daily for the last 14 days.A single-day jump of 24,248 covid-19 cases took India's tally close to the 7-lakh mark on Monday #[...]

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Is coronavirus airborne? Hundreds of scientists say 'yes'


239 scientists in 32 countries say there is evidence that coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the WHO to revise recommendations #[...]

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Space policy, Space Activities Bill in final stages: ISRO chairman


ISRO Chairman K Sivan acquainted the public forum of the preparation of the bill regarding the rules and regulation for Space Activities.He threw light upon the policy and private sector investment in this field #[...]

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Covid-19: WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arm


For each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality.This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity Trial in hospitalized patients #[...]

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Genetics could help diagnose type-1 diabetes in Indians: Report


The two types of diabetics require different treatment, type one requires life-long insulin shots while type two requires control of diet and use of tablets #[...]

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WHO endorses tests by ICMR, 2 others for TB diagnosis, drug resistance detection


The names of the tests endorsed by WHO are- Truenat MTB, Truenat MTB Plus and Truenat MTB-RIF.Allthree tests run on the portable, battery-operated Truenat device and provide results in less than an hour #[...]

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New virus in China has scientists worried: Where did it come from?


A new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed the swine virus can replicate in cells lining the human airway, and can be efficiently transmitted among ferrets, an animal used to study flu viruses #[...]

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Coronavirus showing signs of mutation, may spread faster: Top US virus expert


The news of a change that may hasten the spread of the virus around the world comes as the number of cases continues to surge globally #[...]

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New, more infectious strain of coronavirus now dominates global cases: Study


The researchers cautioned that further laboratory analysis in live cells needs to be done to determine the full implications of the mutation.The researchers said it is possible to track the evolution of the novel coronavirus globally thanks to the viral sequence data #[...]

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Bharat Biotech covid-19 vaccine trial results to be released by 15 August: ICMR


A total of 12 institutes have been asked by the ICMR to fast track clinical trials of the vaccine as it is being considered the topmost priority projects.Bharat Biotech had recently received a nod for a clinical trial of its vaccine - Covaxin #[...]

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Private practitioners can prescribe covid test


In a letter to states, ICMR strongly recommended that laboratories should be free to test any individual in accordance with its guidelines #[...]

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Eyes in the sky: Investors reach for new tools to gauge climate change risk


In a new approach called Spatial Finance, analysts acquire satellite imagery and other datasets, filter them using algorithms and use the results to project how climate change could affect economy, single factory to entire economy.It can be used to mobilise investment in climate-friendly projects #[...]

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Coronavirus: Centre chides states for not undertaking enough contact tracing


Contact tracing involves identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus to prevent transmission. When applied systematically, contact tracing is said to break the transmission chain #[...]

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Global COVID-19 prevention trial of hydroxychloroquine to resume


It is a randomised, placebo-controlled trial that is aiming to enrol 40,000 healthcare workers and other at-risk staff around the world, and is being led by the Oxford University's Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in the Thai capital, Bangkok #[...]

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Gilead says remdesivir to cost $2,340 for 5-day treatment


Gilead said it would offer this price to developed countries around the world, in order to create a one-price model that would avoid the need for country-by-country negotiations that could slow down access #[...]

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68% rural healthcare providers have no formal training; southern states have better quality of doctors: Study


With no legal training, 68% of healthcare providers in rural India are operating illegally, outside the ambit of health policy.Northern states are stuck with low quality and high per-visit costs on healthcare while Southern states enjoy higher quality at lower per-visit costs #[...]

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Summer may decide fate of leading shots in coronavirus vaccine race


Animal research suggests Covid-19 vaccines could prevent serious disease but may not completely block infection.This isn’t a race of who gets there first. This is, get as many approved, safe and effective vaccines as you possibly can, says Anthony Fauci #[...]

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Chinese firm says coronavirus vaccine candidate shows promise in human test


CNBG said on Tuesday it will run a Phase 3 for its vaccine candidate in the United Arab Emirates, without specifying which shot will be tested.A vaccine has to prove its effectiveness in 'Phase 3' human test where thousands of participants are recruited in order to be cleared for sale #[...]

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What doctors have learned about fighting coronavirus


More widespread testing and quicker results helps relieve pressure on hospitals.If the best lesson we’ve learned is to turn patients onto their stomachs instead of their backs, says a doctor #[...]

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Immune cells involved in protection against Covid-19 identified: Study


The study, published in the journal Science Immunology, assessed T cells from 10 Covid-19 patients under intensive care treatment #[...]

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Volcanoes, glaciers, bookworms: 5 things to know about Iceland


With the Mid-Atlantic Ridge slicing north-south across Iceland, the country is also a highly active geological zone, home to frequent earthquakes and active volcanoes that average one major eruption every 5 years #[...]

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Strokes, altered mental states seen in some acute covid patients


About half of the patients with an altered mental state were younger than 60, the study found.Doctors around the world have pointed to a widening list of ailments in patients infected with the coronavirus, #[...]

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