Friday, 20 May, 2022

Topic: immunity

The importance of Zinc in fight against Covid and what studies on the nutrient say

Association of zinc deficiency with severe Covid outcomes has probably labelled zinc as the second most important nutrient after Vitamin D that can help fight the virus.

Let your children play in the green outdoors for just a month, watch immunity grow

A new study suggests that city playgrounds with forest undergrowth, lawn turf and planter boxes could help improve the regulation of children’s immune systems.

Why falling Covid antibody levels doesn’t mean immunity is waning

The adaptive immune system first produces many antibodies to clear a pathogen, and then forms a memory of it to tackle reinfection.

AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults

The Astra-Oxford vaccine candidate is one of several front-runners in the race for protection against the virus.

There are over 175 coronavirus vaccines in the race. But what happens if we don’t get one

A vaccine could provide a way to end the pandemic, but with no prospect of natural herd immunity we could well be facing the threat of Covid-19 for a long time to come.

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she’s a honeybee—How insects survive without antibodies

In ‘Every Creature Has A Story’, Janaki Lenin writes about how hard-working bees avoid disease while living in densely-populated hives.

92% of June medicine bills were immunity-boosters containing tulsi, honey, amla, says survey

According to the survey by a firm, Pronto Consult, immunity boosters are now an increasing trend across categories not only in medicines, but also food-related products.

T Cells – the unsung immune warriors that takeover after coronavirus antibodies wane

T cells, unlike antibodies, are able to kill virus-infected cells, remember past diseases for decades, and rouse fresh antibody soldiers long after the first have left.

Karnataka postmen to now home deliver Ayurvedic concoction for ‘Covid immunity’

Herbs, roots and spices to make the kashaaya will be delivered at people’s doorsteps via India Post from next week. One packet will weigh around 3 kg and cost Rs 600.

Reader View: ‘I am recovering from Covid, no immunity-boosting products have helped’

YourTurn is our new weekly feature in which ThePrint's readers share their views or opinions in response to the question of the week.

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Representative image of an ethanol-blended fuel station plug | Wikimedia Commons

Ethanol blended fuel to power vehicles. Will it hurt your car’s engine?

India’s reliance on ethanol blended fuel is only set to increase in the wake of rising crude oil prices. But are we going to adapt in time?
A shopkeeper arranges stock at a grocery store in Bengaluru | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Inflation raised monthly expenses of 92% Indian families in last 3 months, finds online survey

A LocalCircles poll found that 70% of respondents felt their monthly household budget increased by 10% while 55% expected expenses to go up by another 10% in the next 3 months.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.