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Immunity: This Chickpea-Peanut Salad Is Just What You Need For Your Daily Zinc-Fix

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HighlightsOur body needs a daily dose of zinc, but in smaller quantityThis trace mineral is important for a healthy immune systemThis chickpea-peanut salad is ideal for your daily dose of zincThe need for a strong immune system is no secret to the world. Amidst the on-going coronavirus pandemic, health experts around the world have been stressing time and again on nourishment from within. This not only helps you fight against the viruses and bacteria but also lowers the risk of several infections. However, strong immunity is not built in a day. It needs a well-balanced diet with proper nutrients and healthy lifestyle for achieving the same. One such important nutrient is Zinc, which assumes a pivotal role in keeping up a good immunity. As per nutritionist Dr Anshul Jaibharat, “Our body needs a daily dose of zinc, but in smaller quantity. This trace mineral is important for a healthy immune system, skin, eyes and hair.” A recent scientific study, published at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID), further found that low level of zinc in the body is linked to higher death risk in people grappling with COVID-19.Keeping this in mind, we bring a wholesome salad recipe that …

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Coronavirus latest: India cases slow to fewest in more than 3 months

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Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.Global cases have reached 43,483,973, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 1,159,397.To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:—Tuesday, October 27 (Tokyo time)1:17 p.m. India reports 36,470 new cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily count in more than three months, bringing the national total to 7.95 million. The death toll rose by 488 to 119,502.11:50 p.m. Profits at Chinese industrial firms in September rose 10.1%, year-on-year, to 646.43 billion yuan ($96.34 billion), government data shows, up for the fifth straight month. But the pace slowed as factory-gate deflation and rising raw materials costs undercut a recovery in the manufacturing sector. 
A scientist holds up sample vials inside a laboratory at Sorrento Therapeutics where efforts are underway to develop an antibody, STI-1499, to help in coronavirus prevention in San Diego on May 22. A study in the U.K. has found antibodies against the new coronavirus declined rapidly, suggesting post-infection protection may not be long lasting.

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11:30 a.m. South Korea confirms 88 new cases, down from 119 a day ago. Total infections reach 26,043 with 460 deaths.9:50 a. …

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Coronavirus: Herd immunity hopes dashed as study shows COVID-19 antibodies fall rapidly after recovery

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Hopes that the population will become immune to COVID-19 have been dashed by new research showing antibodies fall rapidly after recovering from the disease.So-called herd immunity has been proposed by some scientists as a better alternative to lockdowns in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
It would require around 50-60% of the population to have protection against the virus so it could no longer transmit efficiently.

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The number of people with antibodies fell since lockdown measures eased

However, a major UK study has found that rather than building immunity over time, the number of people with antibodies has fallen by 26% since lockdown was eased over the summer.Researchers from Imperial College London screened 365,000 people over three rounds of testing between June and September.

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Results of the REACT-2 study showed that 6% of people had antibodies to the virus around the time lockdown was eased in late June and early July.
But by the start of the second wave last month, this dropped to just 4.4%.

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Professor Helen Ward, one of the researchers, said the new results strongly suggest that herd immunity is unachievable.”When you think 95 people out of 100 are still likely to be susceptible, we are a …

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UK study finds evidence of waning antibody immunity – latest updates

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Global coronavirus pandemic has infected at least 43.7 million people and claimed over 1.1 million lives. Here are the updates for October 27:

City government health workers carry out Covid-19 testing in the Coyoacan neighbourhood of Mexico City, Mexico, October 26, 2020.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020Antibodies decline rapidly among Britishers during summer – study Antibodies declined rapidly in the British population during the summer, a study has found, suggesting protection after infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning immunity in the community.Scientists at Imperial College London have tracked antibody levels in the British population following the first wave of Covid-19 infections in March and April.Their study found that antibody prevalence fell from 6 percent of the population around the end of June to just 4.4 percent in September. That raises the prospect of decreasing population immunity ahead of a second wave of infections that has forced local lockdowns and restrictions in recent weeks.Mexico reports 4,166 new cases, 247 more deathsMexico’s Health Ministry has reported 4,166 additional cases and 247 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 895,326 and the death toll to 89,171.Health officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. …

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British study shows evidence of waning immunity to Covid-19

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Researchers who sent out home finger-prick tests to more than 365,000 randomly selected people in England found a more than 26% decline in Covid-19 antibodies over just three months.”We observe a significant decline in the proportion of the population with detectable antibodies over three rounds of national surveillance, using a self-administered lateral flow test, 12, 18 and 24 weeks after the first peak of infections in England,” the team wrote in a pre-print version of their report, released before peer review.”This is consistent with evidence that immunity to seasonal coronaviruses declines over 6 to 12 months after infection and emerging data on SARS-CoV-2 that also detected a decrease over time in antibody levels in individuals followed in longitudinal studies,” The study was published Monday by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, a market research company. At the beginning of the study, in June, 6% of those who took the tests had IgG antibody responses to the coronavirus, they reported. By September, just 4.4% of them did. For health care workers, the rates stayed about the same. Antibodies are the proteins your body naturally generates to fight infection. IgG are one type – the tests were not designed to detect other types of antibodies. Other research teams have …

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Experts weigh in on ‘herd immunity’ and COVID-19

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Herd immunity has been a word that’s been tossed around a lot lately but what is it and how is it effective?

As COVID-19 continues to claim the lives of thousands top officials are brainstorming ways to get ahold of this virus. The White House at one point suggesting to allow the virus to spread among ‘healthy-young people’ and rely on ‘herd immunity’ through infection.

Dr. Davenport, the MCH Chief of Staff said, “because of the severity of the disease, the number of people that it’s affecting at a time, it overwhelms the healthcare access, the healthcare services and so it’s really problematic.”

According to Dr. Davenport, the only way to move forward with a “herd immunity plan” is if a vaccine is widely available, that way the effects are not as deadly and don’t lead to more hospitalizations.

Russell Tippin, the MCH CEO said, “our problem is that we are full. I mean that’s just what it gets down to we are full of people waiting to get in here it has really exploded over the last couple of days.”

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How malaria parasites hide from the human immune system | Science News

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Malaria parasites survive tough times by not being too clingy.

During Africa’s dry season, when mosquitoes are scarce, malaria parasites have a hard time spreading to new hosts. So the parasites hide out in the human body by keeping the cells they infect from clinging to blood vessels, researchers report October 26 in Nature Medicine. This way, infected cells get removed from circulation and parasite levels in the body remain low, making people less sick and allowing the parasite to persist undetected. 

Doctors have long observed that symptoms of malaria, a deadly mosquito-borne infection, tend to wane during the dry season, which runs from January to May. But the reason has been unclear.

Keeping a low profile during dry months is a successful strategy for the parasite, says Martin Rono, a parasitologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Kilifi, Kenya, who was not involved in the work. Knowing how malaria parasites persist without causing disease, until mosquitoes return to ferry the organisms from an infected person to the next victim could help efforts to control malaria during the dry season.

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Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Cases grow by 3,073 over two days amid fall surge

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What’s not a good tool — counting on “herd immunity,” or the idea that enough people will eventually develop immunity to the disease, stopping its spread, she said. While herd immunity is not an official White House strategy on COVID-19, President Trump has made several statements that it would protect against the virus.

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Immunity of Covid-19 patients does not last long, shows a new study

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In a study that may have severe implications on efforts to design an effective Covid-19 vaccine, a team of researchers in the UK on Monday found that the body’s immune response to SARS-CoV2 wanes in three months if the infection was mild.The study, which followed antibody response of 59 patients and 37 healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London for 94 days, found that the immune response depends on the severity of the infection.They may force governments to redraw their vaccination strategy as more than 80 per cent of Covid-19 infections are either asymptomatic or mild.It found that people who experience more severe Covid-19 disease may be protected for more extended periods than people who experience milder symptoms. The study carried out by researchers led by Katie Doores of King’s College London appeared in the journal Nature Microbiology on Monday.
 Although people infected with SARS-CoV-2 generate an immune response to the virus, the duration of the response is uncertain, and it has been unclear how long individuals will be protected for,” the researchers said.They found that in an acute viral infection, the antibody response peaked at around one month after the onset …

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