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Saumya Sharma

Saumya Sharma enjoys writing, reading and watching short and long-form content across the vast expanse of the world, in all forms - print, web, 70mm and more. A soul traveller by choice, she sometimes finds herself well-blended amongst Mango people, thinking about life as we know it. She has been in the digital content and social media marketing space for the past seven years and counting. She is fond of dogs, haikus, limericks and poetry.

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Obese people might be at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications, studies find

A new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill raises concerns about the impact of obesity on the effectiveness of a future COVID-19 vaccine.

A troubling connection between two health crises: coronavirus and obesity have been explored in a novel review of COVID-19 studies.(Pixabay)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Washington [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Parental instruction instrumental in teaching children how to safely cross busy roads, studies show

A new study from the University of Iowa reports that parents who use road crossings as teachable moments help their youngsters learn road-crossing skills faster.

Learning to cross a busy street is anything but easy for a child, especially in places where the traffic doesn’t stop.(Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 12:07 AM IST
Washington [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

All you need to know about the simple, classy Kerala kasavu saree

Onam 2020: The term kasavu refers to the zari (gold thread) used in the border of the Kerala saree. When the kasavu gets added to a mundu (dhoti), it’s called a kasavu mundu.

Kerala, India – August 25, 2020: A woman and child making Onam Pookalam (flower rangoli) in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala, India.(Vivek R. Nair / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Digital dance-off: Dance-lovers around the world can participate in this competition from home

The competition, open to all, has attracted hundreds of applicants, including professionals, and other dance lovers to participate from the comfort of their homes, despite the lockdown.

The competition, which closes on the upcoming Sunday, challenged dancers to raise awareness about the Covid-19 pandemic, reference the coronavirus and honour an artist.(@manuelalavalle/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 08:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Blood test may predict signs of psychotic disorders in people: Study

Based on certain criteria, such as mild or brief psychotic symptoms, some people are considered to be clinically at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia.

The researchers analysed blood samples taken from people at clinical high risk of psychosis. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Washington [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Estrogen may lessen severity of Covid-19 symptoms in women: Study

The angiotensin-converting enzyme2 (ACE2), which is attached to cell membranes in the heart, arteries, kidneys and intestines, is the cellular receptor of the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 infections.

The scientists conducted a review of the published preclinical data on sex-specific hormone activity, especially estrogen. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 07:24 PM IST
North Carolina [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

The Shaolin temple and Indian monks: A new book chronicles ancient Indian art and architecture in China

On the Trail of Buddha: A Journey to the East attempts to touch upon the ethos of the East Asian culture and its deep-rooted linkages with the Indian civilisation.

Deepankar Aron, an Indian Revenue Service officer, has put together his passions for photography and travel in this book.(
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 06:37 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Happy Onam 2020: Covid-19 pandemic sees low-key celebrations in Kerala

Onam 2020: Large-scale celebrations were missing this year as the people largely celebrated Thiruvonam indoors to commemorate the visit of the kind-hearted King Mahabali to the lands and people he previously ruled.

Chikmagalur: A Keralite woman makes 'Pookalam' (flower rangoli) on the occasion of Onam festival, Chikmagalur in Karnataka on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Burger and Fries: Sara Ali Khan’s sling bag is giving your fitness goals a challenge. Here’s how

Dressed in a blue cold-shoulder minidress, Sara paired this look with strappy metallic sandals. The actor also posted a ‘Monday morning mood’ on her Instagram handle, against the backdrop of the sea.

Sara Ali Khan was spotted leaving from Saif Ali Khan’s house in Mumbai yesterday.(Varinder Chawla)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 12:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Happy Onam 2020: Malaika Arora stuns in a simple white floral kurta, shares glimpse of Onam feast with family

Onam 2020: The 46-year-old star took to Instagram to post a couple of pictures as the family sat down for the traditional meal. The pictures include Malaika’s mom and sister Amrita Arora along with other family members.

Onam 2020: Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora and family spotted in Mumbai yesterday.(Varinder Chawla)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 09:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Inspiration or copy: Guru Randhawa creates The 751 shoe, Diet Sabya says it’s a Giuseppe Zanotti design

Recently the stylish singer has created a shoe called The 751, which he’s given a preview of on his Instagram account.

Guru Randhawa poses in The 751, a shoe created by the singer.(@gururandhawa/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Alia Bhatt sets temperatures soaring on digital cover of fashion magazine. See pics

Alia Bhatt took to Instagram this morning to share the digital cover of Elle India’s September cover where she can be seen in an Amit Aggarwal creation, clicked by her sister and author, Shaheen Bhatt.

Alia and Shaheen Bhatt in a selfie shared by Alia on her official Instagram account.(@aliaa08/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 03:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Randall Kenan: Author who depicted Black, gay life in prose, dies at 57

His 1992 collection of short stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was set in the fictional town of Tim’s Creek, North Carolina. It received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The University of North Carolina, where Kenan taught as an English professor, confirmed his death on Saturday.(@silashouse/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Chapel Hill (US) | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Julia Reed, Southern US life and food chronicler, dies at 59

Julia Reed died Friday of cancer, the editors of Garden & Gun magazine said in a post on the magazine’s website.

In a tribute on the Garden & Gun magazine’s website, historian Jon Meacham described her as a “tsunami of talent, charm, and energy.”(@bobbinsdesign/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 12:18 PM IST
Greenville, Mississippi | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma

How to overcome Fear of Missing Out or FOMO and practice being in the moment

Fear of missing out or FOMOcan be best described as the social anxiety that other people are having fun without you. This impacts people of all ages.

The negative effects of social media and round-the-clock notifications on our devices has caused a depletion of our collective peace of mind, attention span and more.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 01:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Sustainability: Coconut and palm oil industries at loggerheads over environmental impact

The palm oil industry has received international negative attention, including consumer boycotts, in recent years for clearing biodiversity-rich tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia in its production process.

A study published in respected scientific journal ‘Current Biology’ in July highlighted the impact on native animal species because of coconut oil production deforestation.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 08:46 AM IST
Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Vitamin C intake is key to better muscle strength in later life: Study

People tend to lose skeletal muscle mass as they get older - leading to sarcopenia (a condition characterised by loss of skeletal muscle mass and function), frailty, and reduced quality of life.

People over 50 lose up to one per cent of their skeletal muscle mass each year, and this loss is thought to affect more than 50 million people worldwide. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 08:27 AM IST
Norwich [UK] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19 pandemic: London Zoo weighs animals after lockdown blues

The nearly 200-year old zoo’s finances have been savaged by the coronavirus that shuttered it till June, but its traditional week-long weigh-in will give staff a chance to see how its 19,000 animals have been faring.

London: Keeper Martin Franklin weighs and counts humboldt penguins during the annual weigh-in at ZSL London Zoo, London, Thursday Aug. 27, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 08:11 AM IST
London | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19: Female health workers on India’s frontline push for fair pay

Accredited Social Health Activists - or ASHA workers - are the government’s recognised health workers who are usually the first point of contact in rural India, where there is often limited or no direct access to healthcare facilities.

India’s coronavirus cases crossed the 3.2 million mark this week - it is behind the United States and Brazil - after a surge in rural areas where two-thirds of its 1.3 billion people live. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 02:49 PM IST
London | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Coronavirus pandemic: Severe or fatal Covid-19 very rare in children, says study

A study of Covid-19 patients admitted to 138 hospitals in Britain found that less than 1% were children, and of those fewer than 1% - or six in total - died, all of whom were already suffering serious illness or underlying health disorders.

Global data on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic shows that children and young people make up only 1-2% of cases of Covid-19 worldwide. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 02:32 PM IST
London | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Mosquito immune system likely to help fight malaria: Scientists

Malaria affects more than 200 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 405,000 people in 2018 - most of them babies and children under five years old.

The findings, published in the journal Science, could help scientists uncover new ways of preventing mosquitoes from spreading the malaria parasite to people and break the chain of transmission, the researchers said.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 12:18 PM IST
London | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19: Spain makes masks mandatory for school children over six years

With Spain registering the highest prevalence of the coronavirus in western Europe and diagnosing thousands of new cases every day, there had been speculation the new term might be postponed in the worst-affected areas.

Besides mask use, children must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 11:48 AM IST
Madrid | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

21-Day Immunity Plan: Indian-origin doctor in UK releases book with hacks to fight Covid-19

Dr Aseem Malhotra’s ‘The 21-Day Immunity Plan: How to Rapidly Improve Your Metabolic Health and Resilience to Fight Infection’ is pegged as a tried and tested method of how in just 21 days people can prevent, improve and even potentially reverse many of the underlying risk factors that exacerbate how infections, including coronavirus, affect humans and improve their ability to recover.

The ‘21-Day Immunity Plan’, published by Hodder & Stoughton, lays out the benefits to global health of highly effective lifestyle changes, which the author himself has been following and prescribing to many of his patients. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 09, 2020 09:02 AM IST
London | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Sara Ali Khan stuns in pink, shares latest Instagram picture

We spotted Sara Ali Khan yesterday at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios dressed in a grey bandage dress, peep-toes and a high ponytail. She then shared pictures of her praying to Lord Ganesha on her Instagram handle.

Sara Ali Khan was dressed in a hot pink kurta and churidaar set with gold embellishments on the front of the kurta and sleeves in her latest Instagram picture.(@saraalikhan95/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 12:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Sara Ali Khan stuns in metallic bandage dress and high ponytail, gives Ariana Grande vibes

Sara was spotted in a figure-accentuating bandage dress in a dark grey metallic shade.

Sara Ali Khan at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios.(Varinder Chawla)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 09:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Selena Gomez is collaborating with K-pop band BLACKPINK and we love the vibrant look of the teaser video

The singer-songwriter is also launching her beauty line called Rare Beauty on September 3. So far, we know that it’s a 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand, and the product range will include foundations, lipsticks, eye makeup and more.

Selena Gomez can be seen wearing a striped bikini, with a big smile on her face as she drives up to meet the K-pop girl band.(Selena Gomez/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Scientists calculate Earth’s Ice Age temperatures, and how low did it go

The average global temperature during the period known as the Last Glacial Maximum from roughly 23,000 to 19,000 years ago was about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (7.8 degrees Celsius), some 13 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius) colder than 2019, the researchers said on Wednesday.

During the Ice Age, which lasted from about 115,000 to 11,000 years ago, large mammals well adapted to a cold climate such as the mammoths, mastodons, woolly rhinos and saber-toothed cats roamed the landscape. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Washington | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Seizures during menstrual cycle linked to drug-resistant epilepsy: Study

Women with a form of genetic generalised epilepsy called catamenial epilepsy - when seizure frequency increases during their menstrual cycle - were nearly four times more likely to have drug-resistant epilepsy.

In 2015, about 3.4 million people, including 470,000 children, had epilepsy in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 12:33 PM IST
New Jersey [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

World Economic Forum: Covid-19 pandemic pushes Davos meeting to Summer 2021

Normally held each January in the ski town, the gathering has attracted political leaders including US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well a parade of billionaires, executives and celebrities to debate global challenges.

A worker cleans a window with a logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the congress center, the venue of the annual meeting of the organization, in Davos, Switzerland January 19, 2020.(REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 11:22 AM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Moderna Covid-19 vaccine likely to work well on older adults: Study

The analysis looked at subjects given the 100-microgram dose being tested in the much larger Phase III trial. Moderna said the immune responses in those aged between ages 56 and 70, above age 70 and those 18 to 55-years-old were similar.

The latest data from an early Phase I study includes an analysis from 20 additional people detailing how the vaccine performed in older adults. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 10:26 AM IST
ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
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