Thu, May 06, 2021

  • Decoded: How antibodies neutralise Covid infection
    US researchers have found how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralise the part of the virus responsible for causing Covid infection.
    Decoded: How antibodies neutralise Covid infection
    The team from the University of Texas at Austin analysed blood plasma samples from four people who recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infections. They found that most of the antibodies circulating in the blood -- on average, about 84 per cent -- target areas of the viral spike protein outside the receptor binding domain (RBD) -- the most obvious part of the coronavirus's spike protein.Because the RBD is the part of the spike that attaches directly to human cells and enables the virus to infect them, it was previously assumed to be a primary target of the immune system. We found these antibodies are painting the entire spike, both the arc and the stalk of the spike protein, which looks a bit like an umbrella, said Greg Ippolito, Associate Professor in UT's Department of Molecular Biosciences. The immune system sees the entire spike and tries to...
  • Create the perfect environment for your kids to ace their exams Create the perfect environment for your kids to ace their exams

    Whenever exam times are around the corner, parents tend to turn into superhumans to provide the best study environment for their kids.

  • C-Section: Sometimes a crucial life saving birth modality C-Section: Sometimes a crucial life saving birth modality

    The last decade has seen the Caesarean Section rates in India jump from 300 per cent in public hospitals to 400 per cent in private hospitals.

  • Crowdfunding breathing new life in relief efforts Crowdfunding breathing new life in relief efforts

    In this hour of need, individuals and organisations are looking at breathing new hope in the Covid-19 battle through crowdfunding campaigns.

  • 'Shooting for unrealistic body types is harmful' 'Shooting for unrealistic body types is harmful'

    According to National Eating Disorders Association, the International No Diet Day on May 6 encourages the rejection of diet culture. This movement, started by Mary Evans Jones in 1992, celebrates the...

  • Experts feel 'herd immunity' looking unlikely in US: Report Experts feel 'herd immunity' looking unlikely in US: Report

    There is consensus among scientists and public health experts that reaching 'herd immunity' is unlikely in the US, when it comes to Covid-19, the media reported.

  • Being around children makes adults more generous, says study Being around children makes adults more generous, says study

    Adults are more compassionate and are up to twice as likely to donate to charity when children are present, according to a multi-institutional study from psychologists.

  • How to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type How to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type

    A sunscreen is your best friend, whether you're stepping out shopping or going about your work and chores, it protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and pollution that cause damage in any and...

  • Parents excited over prospect of virus shots for children Parents excited over prospect of virus shots for children

    After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for...

  • WIDER IMAGE 'Try anything': Japan's silver-haired cheer-dancing squad WIDER IMAGE 'Try anything': Japan's silver-haired cheer-dancing squad

    Pompoms rustle and silver shoes flash as Japan Pom Pom practices, moving to a lively cheer dance beat. With members ages 60 to 89, they're no ordinary squad.