COVID-19 may cause deadly blood clots in pregnant women

New York: In a fight against the novel coronavirus, researchers have revealed that COVID-19 may increase the risk of blot clots in women who are pregnant or taking estrogen with birth control or hormone replacement therapy. According to the researchers, the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has proven unusual with respect to the spectrum of its pathological […]

Pfizer, BioNTech start late stage clinical trial of Covid vaccine

New York: US-based Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech have announced the start of a late stage clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by the two companies. The Phase 2/3 study will involve up to 30,000 participants between 18 and 85 years of age, the two companies said on Monday. The vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, […]

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Cipla gets DCGI nod to sell Covid-19 drug Favipiravir under brand ‘Ciplenza’, to be launched in first week of August

Mumbai: Drug maker Cipla Ltd. on Friday said it has received regulatory approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the launch of Favipiravir in the country under the brand name Ciplenza to treat mild to moderate Covid-19 patients. Favipiravir is an off patent, oral antiviral drug that has been shown to hasten clinical […]

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Australia’s Monash University develops 20-minute COVID-19 blood test

Melbourne: A blood test developed by Australia’s Monash University could detect positive COVID-19 cases in about 20 minutes. Based on commonly used blood typing infrastructure, researchers at the Melbourne-based university developed a simple agglutination assay to identify antibodies generated in response to COVID-19, Xinhua news agency reported. The test requires 25 microliters of plasma from blood […]

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Turmeric compound could kill certain coronaviruses

Beijing: Aficionados of Indian food already know about the medicinal properties of turmeric. Now researchers have found that a natural compound found in this commonly used spice could help eliminate certain viruses. This compound in turmeric, called “curcumin”, can prevent Transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) — an alpha-group coronavirus that infects pigs — from infecting cells, said […]

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Results show Moderna COVID-19 vaccine safe; phase 3 trials to start this month

New York: US-based pharmaceutical major Moderna’s experimental vaccine, mRNA-1273, designed to protect against Covid-19 virus, was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralising antibody activity in healthy adults, say researchers. According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, mRNA-1273 is designed to induce neutralising antibodies directed at a portion of the coronavirus […]