New ‘Highly Virulent’ HIV Strain Discovered, Claim Researchers
A new virulent strain of HIV has been discovered in the Netherlands by researchers, at Oxford University. Individuals with the new variant had between 3.5 to 5.5 times higher levels of the virus in their blood than with other variants. However, the VB variant had similar immune system recovery and survival to individuals with other HIV variants. ''There's no cause for alarm with this new viral variant," stated a researcher.
Tags: Health, HIV strain, Netherlands, Oxford University, VB variant
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India To Discuss Rashmi Sawant's Racism, Cyber-Bullying Row With UK
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar assured that India would discuss matters over racism and cyber-bullying with the UK that caused Indian-origin Rashmi Samant's removal as Oxford University's Student Union President if required. Jaishankar acknowledged the issue after BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnav raised concerns over Samant being cyberbullied. Earlier, Samant had become the first Indian-born Student Union President but was removed within five… read-more
Tags: S Jaishankar, Rashmi Samant, Ashwini Vaishnav, Racism, Oxford University
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London: Jobless Lawyer Sues Parents, Asks Lifelong Financial Assistance
In first-of-its-kind case, London-based jobless lawyer Faiz Siddiqui has sued his parents after they denied to provide him lifelong maintenance. The Oxford graduate has been living in his parents' one-million-pound flat in London for the last 20 years and opines that he is entitled to receive lifetime financial support from his parents. Siddiqui, in 2018, also sued the Oxford University of one-million-pound citing "inadequate teaching",… read-more
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Oxford Student Union Head Rashmi Resigns Amid Racial Controversy
Oxford University's first Indian-born Student Union President Rashmi Sawant resigned from her post following controversies over her alleged "racist" and "insensitive" social media posts. Taking to Facebook on February 18, the 22-year-old apologized for her actions and quit the leadership. Her now-deleted, controversial social media posts included a holocaust reference in 2017, besides captions that offended Chinese students and the LGBTQ+… read-more
Tags: Oxford University, Rashmi Samant, Racism, holocaust, Facebook, LGBTQ
Rashmi Samant Becomes 1st Indian Woman To Head Oxford Student's Union
In a first, India's Rashmi Samant has become the head of the Oxford Students’ Union. Winning with a whopping 1,996 votes, Rashmi clocked more votes than total votes of all her opponents. A sustainable energy enthusiast pursuing Masters in Energy System, Rashmi aims to de-carbonise the varsity campus. Reportedly, in her manifesto, Rashmi promised to tackle institutional homophobia, create university lobby for waving residency requirements and… read-more
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Experts Fear Hampered Results Over AstraZeneca's Manufacturing Mishap
Discrepancies in the manufacturing process of AstraZeneca - Oxford COVID-19 vaccines have raised concerns about its efficacy. Reportedly, researchers stated that due to the error, a group of volunteers had taken vaccines with lower dosage as compared to others. The error has led to ambiguity as experts fear hampered results. However, the vaccine makers have maintained that its efficacy is intact.
Tags: Covid-19, Health, Oxford University
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One In Five Covid Patients Develop Mental Disorder In 90 Days: Study
Oxford University's recent study has stated that one in five people infected with covid-19 are prone to mental disorders within 90 days, with anxiety, depression and insomnia being the most common. The report, published in The Lancet, studied over 62 million people including 62,000 Covid-19 patients, concluding that the virus attacks the nervous system. The study also reported that people with prior mental health issues are at 65% higher risk… read-more
Tags: Oxford University, Corona virus, mental health
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Oxford Changes The Meaning Of 'Woman' After Activists Term It 'Sexist'
The Oxford English Dictionary has changed the meaning of the word 'woman' from “a man’s wife, girlfriend or lover” to " a person’s wife, girlfriend, or female lover.” The decision was taken after a campaign was started a year ago by campaigner Maria Beatrice Giovanardi. According to Ms. Giovanardi, the meaning was 'sexist.' An online petition was also made to remove the synonyms like 'bitch', which is not done yet.
Tags: Oxford University, Oxford Dictionary, Women
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Oxford's COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteer Dies; Trials Process Unaffected
A 28-year-old volunteer from Brazil has died during the clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Oxford University and AstraZeneca. However, the Oxford has clarified that the trials will be continued, and said, "there have been no concerns about the safety of the clinical trial." According to Reuters, the volunteer was given a 'meningitis vaccine' and not a COVID-19 vaccine. Following the news, AstraZeneca's shares fell 1.8… read-more
Tags: Covid Vaccine, Brazil, Oxford University, World news
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Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Resume in UK
Oxford University on September 12 confirmed that the trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is being developed in collaboration with AstraZeneca, has been resumed in UK. The university stated, "Following the recommendations of both the independent safety review committee and the UK regulator, trials will recommence." The vaccine is now in phase-3 trials and was halted on September 8 owing to an adverse reaction in one of the participants.
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