New studies say COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan market in China – National

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold — further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by the journal Science, shows that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was likely the early epicenter of the scourge that has now killed nearly 6.4 million people around the world. Scientists conclude that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely spilled from animals into people two separate times. Read more: 4th COVID-19 dose: What is...

World IVF Day: Things first-time parents should know

“In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a long and tiring process that includes a series of doctor visits. As part of the same, the first step for an IVF  patient is to get the hormones injected which help in producing multiple eggs instead of just one. Before the retrieval process, however, the patient is administered a series of injections that help ripen the egg and kickstart the ovulation process begins,” said Dr Nishi Singh, HOD of the Department of Infertility & IVF at Prime IVF Center. Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special price According to Dr Singh,...

Canadian Olympian Mary-Sophie Harvey says she wasn’t only one drugged at world swimming party

The bruises all over Canadian Olympic swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey's body have started to fade but the mental scars of her traumatic experience on the final night of the world aquatics championships in June are still very raw. Speaking with reporters Friday, Harvey, 22, from Montreal, talked about the moments leading up to her losing consciousness after being drugged at a party in a club near the swimming venue in Hungary, Budapest where the championships were taking place. She also said she isn't the only swimmer who was drugged at the party. "I've heard about other incidents that night also. I was not the only swimmer,"...

France mulls return to masks as COVID-19 hospitalizations rebound – National

Tourism is booming again in France _ and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited” or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. From Paris commuters to tourists on the French Riviera, many people seem to welcome the government’s light touch, while some worry that required prevention measures may be needed.Virus-related hospitalizations rose quickly in France over the past two weeks, with nearly 1,000 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized per day, according to government data. Infections are also rising across Europe and the United...