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Coronavirus protein redesigned in lab, may enable fast, stable vaccine production: Study

HOUSTON: Scientists have redesigned a key protein from the novel coronavirus which it uses to enter and infect human cells, an innovation that may lead to much faster and more stable production of vaccines against Covid-19. According to the researchers, including those from the University of Texas at Austin in …

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Want to live longer? Follow a plant-based protein diet

NEW YORK: If you want to lead a healthy, long life, read on. Researchers have found that diets high in protein, particularly plant protein, are associated with a lower risk of death from any cause. Diets high in protein, particularly protein from plants such as legumes (peas, beans and lentils), …

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Common BP drugs don't increase risk of Covid-19 severity

NEW YORK: Researchers have revealed that a widely used class of drugs to treat patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetic kidney disease does not increase the risk of developing a severe Covid-19 infection as previously feared. There have been concerns by the medical community worldwide that the drugs — …

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Covid-19 reinfection: Doctors unsure amid rise in reports of people falling sick again

WASHINGTON DC: As the number of coronavirus cases in US surpass 3.9 million, there are a growing number of reports of people getting Covid-19, recovering and then falling sick again. Such assertions if proved, could complicate efforts to make a long-lasting vaccine, or to achieve herd immunity where most of …

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New study show immunity drops quickly in mild Covid-19 cases

WASHINGTON: A study shows that in people with mild Covid-19 cases, their antibodies against the coronavirus drop sharply over the first three months after infection. A research team at the University of California, Los Angeles, did an in-depth study of 34 people who had recovered from mild Covid-19 infections. They …

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Scientists report that airborne coronavirus is probably infectious

WASHINGTON: Scientists have known for several months the new coronavirus can become suspended in microdroplets expelled by patients when they speak and breathe, but until now there was no proof that these tiny particles are infectious. A new study by scientists at the University of Nebraska that was uploaded to …

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New model connects respiratory droplet physics with Covid-19 spread

CALIFORNIA: Respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot, dry ones, according to a study on droplet physics by an international team of engineers. The researchers incorporated this understanding of the impact of environmental factors on droplets spread into …

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Scientists identify 37 recently active volcanic structures on Venus

WASHINGTON: Scientists have identified 37 volcanic structures on Venus that appear to be recently active – and probably still are today – painting the picture of a geologically dynamic planet and not a dormant world as long thought. The research focused on ring-like structures called coronae, caused by an upwelling …

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New nano drug candidate kills aggressive breast cancer cells

ARKANSAS: Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a new nano-drug candidate that kills triple-negative breast cancer cells. Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most aggressive and fatal types of breast cancer. The research will help clinicians target breast cancer cells directly while avoiding the adverse and toxic …

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US scientists re-emphasize on using face masks as Covid-19 cases surge

WASHINGTON: Amid the continuous surge in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths globally, the scientists have time and again reiterated the necessity of wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is “one of the most urgent things we can do to get our country [US] under control,” Melanie Ott, director …