<br>Neena Gupta<br> <br>Ever since the actor's post asking for work went viral, there's been no looking back for the 62-year-old -- successful movies, power-packed performances and even an autobiography that's become everyone's favourite read. Gupta's social media posts are an insight into exactly who she is -- natural, funny and sassy. From her captions to her take on fashion and other life situations, her humour is intact. Neetu Kapoor She's effortless, unstoppable and probably looking her best right now. One can follow Kapoor for her immaculate style, workout inspirations and all things Bollywood. Of all the yesteryear actresses, Kapoor is the most active on social media, for all the right reasons!Vinita Chaitanya For any design and decor enthusiast, celebrity interior designer Chaitanya's social media is the mood board of your dreams. Beautiful pictures captured during her morning walks, conversations around interior styling and of course a glimpse into all the incredible work she does is on view on her handle. Based out of Bengaluru, she keeps her online space colourful and inspiring. Poonam Sapra<br> <br>The Internet's most loved desi-mom, Poonam Sapra has a very interesting social media handle -- 'mother with sign'. From happy and motivational messages to 'Things that Indian moms say', this social media influencer is trying to make the world a happier place, one post at a time. Sapra's heart-warming content will inspire many to click the follow button. Anjali Kumar Maitri, an online community that talks about everything related to women's health is run by Anjali Kumar. She actively addresses issues related to PCOS, menstruation, pregnancy, self-care and many other topics that are often not spoken about openly. From tackling health problems to rocking headstands, this 50-something gynecologist is a super influencer. (Ianslife can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>nimerta/tb/
New York, Aug 7 (IANS) In a bid to help doctors treat pancreatic cancer in a better way, a team of MIT researchers has developed an immunotherapy strategy.The study, published in the journalACancer Cell, indicates that the immunotherapy strategy has shown that it can eliminate pancreatic tumors in mice.The new therapy, which is a combination of three drugs that help boost the body's immune defences against tumors, is likely to enter clinical trials later this year."We don't have a lot of good options for treating pancreatic cancer. It's a devastating disease clinically," said researcher William Freed-Pastor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.According to the researchers, pancreatic cancer, which affects about 60,000 Americans every year, is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. After diagnosis, fewer than 10 percent of patients survive for five years.The researchers said that the body's immune system contains T cells that can recognise and destroy cells that express cancerous proteins, but most tumors create a highly immunosuppressive environment that disables these T cells, helping the tumour to survive.Immune checkpoint therapy -- the most common form of immunotherapy currently being used clinically -- works by removing the brakes on these T cells, rejuvenating them so they can destroy tumours.One class of immunotherapy drug that has shown success in treating many types of cancer targets the interactions between PD-L1, a cancer-linked protein that turns off T cells, and PD-1, the T cell protein that PD-L1 binds to.Drugs that block PD-L1 or PD-1, also called checkpoint inhibitors, have been approved to treat cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, but they have very little effect on pancreatic tumours.Alongside the clinical trial, the MIT team plans to analyse which types of pancreatic tumours might respond best to this drug combination.--IANSvc/in
San Francisco, Aug 6 (IANS) As the US sees a surge in Covid cases especially the spread of Delta variant, Amazon on Friday announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.Earlier, the e-commerce giant had decided to reopen offices in September. "As we continue to closely watch local conditions related to Covid-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees in the US and other countries where we had previously anticipated that employees would begin coming in regularly the week of Sept 7. We are now extending this date to Jan 3, 2022," the company said in an update."Our return-to-office timeline will vary globally in accordance with local conditions," the company added.The number of people in the hospital in the US has more than tripled over the past month, from an average of roughly 12,000 to almost 43,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The variant has sent cases surging to 94,000 a day on average.Last month, Amazon said it was halting its on-site testing programme for its warehouses but would resume the tests if official health guidance changed.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4th, 2021," as the Covid cases rise in the US.The company has also told employees and vendors that starting from next month, they will need to show a proof of vaccination before entering any office building in the US.Facebook said last week that it would require its US employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when they return to the office.Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.--IANSna/
New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The national capital on Wednesday reported 67 new Covid cases in the past 24-hour timeframe, though for the second time this month no deaths were reported in the said period, according to the daily health bulletin issued by the Delhi government.The overall Covid death toll of Delhi stood at 25,058 on Wednesday, the bulletin said. With 67 new Covid cases, the city's cumulative infection tally rose to 14,36,518, out of which 14,10,947 patients have recovered from the disease and 25,058 have succumbed to the virus. The recovery rate continued to remain at 98.21 per cent for the 20th day in Delhi. The active cases have also registered a substantial decline and stands at 513 presently. The positivity rate stands at 0.09 per cent in the national capital.The bulletin released by the Delhi health department informed that a total of 157 covid patients are getting treatment currently under home isolation, while 73 Covid patients have been discharged from different hospitals in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of discharges to 14,10,947.Meanwhile, a total of 72,965 Covid tests were conducted in the city in the last 24 hours, including 49,214 RT-PCR tests and 23,751 Rapid Antigen tests.As per the bulletin, Delhi presently has 284 containment zones. On the vaccination front, a total 95,076 eligible beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, of which 49,750 received the first dose and the remaining 45,326 beneficiaries got the second dose. The capital city has so far administered vaccine doses to 1,02,95,402 persons. ---IANSavr/arm
Bangkok, Aug 1 (IANS) Thailand's daily Covid-19 cases and deaths both set records again on Saturday, as the country fights its worst surge in infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.Data from the Ministry of Public Health showed that Thailand's Covid-19 caseload rose by 18,912 over the last 24 hours to 697,287, and the death toll increased by 178 to 4,857, the Xinhua news agency reported.Daily case tallies in the Southeast Asian country have continued to rise sharply in July despite the imposition of tougher restrictions like curfew and partial lockdown in its most affected provinces.The number of patients in critical condition and on ventilators also climbed to 4,691 and 1,032 respectively, which is increasing pressure on the medical system in the hard-hit areas like the capital Bangkok.Local media reported that the soaring cases have prompted the authorities to consider extending the current restrictive measures for another two weeks.With some 5.5 per cent people fully inoculated, Thailand's vaccination rate is relatively low. However, the country has accelerated its vaccination progress recently, with a new record of single-day shots on Friday. --IANSint/rs
London, July 31 (IANS) The symptoms for early Covid-19 infection may differ among age groups and between men and women, new research published in The Lancet Digital Health, suggests.These differences are most notable between younger age groups (16-59 years) compared to older age groups (60-80 years and over) and men have different symptoms compared to women in the early stages of Covid-19 infection.Men were more likely to report shortness of breath, fatigue, chills and shivers, whereas women were more likely to report loss of smell, chest pain and a persistent cough."It's important people know the earliest symptoms are wide-ranging and may look different for each member of a family or household," said lead author Claire Steves from King's College London.For the study, the team analysed data from a Covid symptom study app between April 20 to October 15. They modelled the early signs of Covid-19 infection and successfully detected 80 per cent of cases when using three days of self-reported symptoms.Then, they, compared the ability to predict early signs of Covid-19 infection using a type of machine learning (ML).This ML model was able to incorporate some characteristics about the person affected, such as age, sex, and health conditions, and showed that symptoms of early Covid-19 infection are different among various groups.In the study, 18 symptoms were examined, which had different relevance for early detection in different groups.The most important symptoms for the earliest detection of Covid-19 overall included loss of smell, chest pain, persistent cough, abdominal pain, blisters on the feet, eye soreness and unusual muscle pain.However, loss of smell in people over 60 years of age and was not relevant for subjects over 80. Other early symptoms such as diarrhoea were key in older age groups (60-79 and over 80). Fever, while a known symptom of disease, was not an early feature of the disease in any age group.--IANSvc/in
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