Monkey B Virus detected in China

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Beijing – A Beijing-based vet, 53, who was confirmed as China’s first human infection case with Monkey B Virus (BV), has died from the virus, but his close contacts are safe from it, for now, Global Times reported. He worked for an institution researching on non-human primates, showed early-onset symptoms of nausea and vomiting, a month after he dissected two …

Covid antibodies stay for 9 months in body

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London – Researchers from the University of Padua (Italy) and the Imperial College London tested more than 85 per cent of the 3,000 residents and found antibody levels remain high nine months after infection from SARS-CoV-2, virus that causes Covid. The team, whose work is results are published in the journal Nature Communications, found that 98.8 per cent of people …

Fingerprints of infection

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London – A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received 370,000 pounds from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a Covid-19 diagnostic test that would complement existing antibody tests and will objectively diagnose and monitor long Covid. Using the funding, the team developed a pilot project. …

Covid had natural origins, no lab leak detected

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Sydney – An international team of scientists, which includes Australian Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty, also has scientists from the UK, the US, China, Canada, New Zealand, in a new study has claimed that evidence points to the natural origin of Covid, debunking the theory that Covid-19 leaked out of a Chinese laboratory. The scientists refuted the lab leak theory …

Covid severity less in children

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London – BBC reports a study, led by scientists from University College London, and the Universities of York, Bristol and Liverpool, showed overall risk of children becoming severely ill or dying from Covid is extremely low. But those living with multiple chronic illnesses and neuro-disabilities were most at risk, they said. The team analysed England’s public health data and found …

Link between inflammatory syndrome and Covid-19

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Toronto – Researchers from University of Calgary in Canada’s Alberta said multisystem inflammatory syndrome is rare but possible in adults who recover from Covid-19. The study was published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The team including Genevieve Kerkerian and Stephen Vaughan, infectious disease specialists from the varsity’s Department of Medicine, said: “Given the patient’s recent history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, …

Swab samples can detect Covid

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London – A team of researchers from University College London has developed an accurate, non-invasive, and low-cost method of testing for Covid-19 using samples taken from the screens of mobile phones. The new method — known as Phone Screen Testing (PoST) — detected the Covid-19 virus on the phones of 81 to 100 per cent of contagious people with a …

Covid-19 virus ideally adapted to infect human cells

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Sydney – A team of researchers from Flinders University and La Trobe University have found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic, is most ideally adapted to infect human cells, rather than bat or pangolin cells, again raising questions of its origin. For the study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the scientists used genomic data from …

Covid virus can infect cells even being vaccinated

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New York – A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis showed single mutation gives SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, the ability to enter cells through another route. All current Covid-19 vaccines and antibody-based therapeutics were thus designed to disrupt this route into cells, which requires a receptor called ACE2. While researchers …

Artificial sweeteners harms one’s gut

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London – A published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, says commonly used artificial sweeteners can cause previously healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut wall, potentially leading to serious health issues. Previous studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can change the number and type of bacteria in the gut, but the new molecular research, led …