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Scientists have halted a large UK trial exploring the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients after initial results showed no evidence of benefit. The drug has received widespread attention as a potential Covid-19 treatment after it was championed by Donald Trump, despite scepticism over its effectiveness. “We reviewed...
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the scientific community together in a way like never before. Almost everyone now is united in the search for a cure for the deadly contagion. Many trials are going on simultaneously around the world with a few entering stage 2 as well. In light...
Why do some people infected with the coronavirus suffer only mild symptoms, while others become deathly ill? Geneticists have been scouring our DNA for clues. Now, a study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the...
The UK government has been, digitally, hosting a Global Vaccine Summit to raise money from other governments to invest in, among other things, work to help the world cope with the socially and economically debilitating coronavirus epidemic. There was a keynote address by Boris Johnson and a pre-recorded video message...
A new rapid coronavirus testing device has been shown to reduce the average stay for patients on a Covid-19 holding ward at a UK hospital by almost half. The Samba II portable machines can diagnose the virus in less than 90 minutes and have been trialled at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in...
Sex in the times of COVID-19 is risky. Though not a lot of research has been done on the subject, one study China found the presence of COVID-19 virus in the semen of infected men. This opens up the chances of sexual transmission, say researchers. However, this research was...
Trials are due to start for five new drugs that British scientists hope could provide some form of treatment for Covid-19. Up to 30 hospitals across the country are set to take part in the studies – overseen by the Accord (accelerating Covid-19 research and development) programme – which will...
Minor or major, if possible, postpone your surgery until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Going under the knife at this time can put you at greater risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and increase your death risk. Also Read - Using alcohol-based mouthwash may help reduce risk of COVID-19 infection A...
More than half of London hospitals have not recorded a Covid-19 death in 48 hours, according to an analysis of official figures. Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Jason Oke, of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, say London’s death rate is declining more quickly than the rest of...
The world is busy grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected nearly 6 million people and claimed over 3,60,00 lives. In India, over 1,82,000 have been infected by the virus and as many as 5,164 people have succumbed to the disease. With this huge number of...

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