HEALTH

India Opens Insurance to People with Disabilities, Provides Cashless Treatment

The Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and the New India Assurance Company Limited have launched a Group Mediclaim Policy for persons with disabilities (PwDs) called “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme”. The Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under the Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, signed a Memorandum of ...

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AFL, NRL, Cricket Promoting Alcohol to Kids: Study

Research from Australia-based Monash University shows that children along with adolescents receive millions of exposures to alcohol advertising when watching AFL, NRL, and Cricket on TV, with 47% of the exposures occurring during daytime viewing. With two footy finals series set to begin next week, new research published this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review found that there ...

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Urinary Infections: New Mini Device Helps DNA Sequencing to Treat UTI Faster Now

A new method to treat urinary tract infections has been devised using DNA sequencing with a device that looks like a USB stick called MinION. The device performs sequencing to characterise bacteria from urine samples four times faster than the traditional methods of culturing bacteria. It also detects resistance to anti-biotics making treatment more effective. To be presented at the ...

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3-year Old Diagnosed With Type-2 Diabetes in US, Youngest Ever

In a rare case, a three-and-a-half-year-old girl has been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, making her one of the youngest people ever detected with the disease. Type 2 diabetes is linked to poor diet and obesity. It is most common among the middle-aged and elderly people, but in the last few years type 2 diabetes have taken lives of poor children. ...

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Technogym Launches World”s First Google Glass Controlled Treadmill

Wearable smart-computer has oncorporated the next stage in computing with Google Glass and a new treadmill launched by Technologym is one of the world’s first Google glass controlled treadmill. Branded as ‘Artis’, the treadmill uses avant-garde technology designed by Technogym for the fitness connoisseurs of the future, allows the Glass wearer to control the speed of the treadmill using voice ...

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Degue in Delhi Brings Together 1 Lakh Volunteers on Localcircles

In view of the epidemic proportion of dengue in Delhi, over 100,000 citizens of Delhi and the national capital region (NCR) have come together on Localcircles for blood assistance to victims. Blood platelets needed daily for Dengue patients and those who need can access and seek blood or platelet assistance on Local Circles and the required time is about two ...

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Night Blindness Found in Dogs Too

Night blindness found humans is not confined to them alone but also dogs too can get affected with a form of night blindness, said researchers, which included an Indian-origin scientist. Known as Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB), those who have normal vision during the daytime can’t find objects in the night and it varies from person to person depending on ...

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Olive Oil with Mediterranean Diet Lowers Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil was found to have lowered the risk of breast cancer in a study of women in Spain. The Mediterranean diet is rich  in plant foods, fish and especially olive oil. Miguel A. Martínez-González of the University of Navarra in Pamplona and others analyzed the effects of two interventions with the Mediterranean ...

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Fish Can Lower Risk of Depression by 20% in Men, 16% in Women

Fish can lower the risk of depression, say Chinese researchers, citing a sample study that involved 150 out of 278 participants. Fish, known for its Omega 3 fatty acids, can stimulate dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain and these chemicals are major players in triggering depression. Several anti-depressant drugs such as SSRIs are manufactured to work directly to ...

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Donkey Milk Shows New Path to Telangana Nomads

The donkey milk, known for its therapeutic value since ages, is back again in Telangana with the price quoted higher than a cow milk but pediatrics insist that mother’s milk for the first six months is the safest way to keep babies healthy. In pre-vaccination period, donkey milk was given to infants to develop resistence against cold, breathing problems, whopping ...

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Resveratrol in Red Wine, Chocolates Prevents Alzheimer’s, Insists Researcher

Resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine is thought to impact Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, said a study reiterating series of research reports which appear often in support of red wine consumption. However this time, citing the largest nationwide clinical study of high-dose resveratrol intake by people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, it was found that a ...

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Diabetes: Damage in Retinal Periphery Matches Loss of Blood Flow in Diabetics, Says Study

The damage in retinal periphery is a result of the loss of blood flow in diabetics, said a study conducted by Joslin Diabetes Center’s Beetham Eye Institute. The study revealed that people with diabetic retinopathy, the presence of lesions in the periphery of their retina substantially increases the risk that the disease will progress more rapidly. Not detected earlier, these ...

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India Health Sees Longevity But Poor in HealthCare: Global Study

Besides BP and diabetes, air pollution and water pollution were major triggers to deaths in India, said a global study for 2013 conducted by Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with IHME  and University of Washington. It listed high blood pressure, diabetes and household air pollution from solid fuels were the top three causes of deaths of an ...

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Post-pregnancy, Mothers Prone to Resume Smoking: Study

A study has observed that most mothers who quit smoking during the pregnancy end up resuming it soon after the baby is born due to stress. The researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have also found that women who felt that their partners are more supportive or their family is supporting them have less chances of resuming smoking ...

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Dengue Drug: Tweaked Bacterial Drug Could Treat Dengue Fever, Find Australian Scientists

Australian University of Queensland researchers have discovered that mosquito-borne dengue virus has similarities to bacterial infections and have come out with a drug which is set to undergo clinical trials next year. Prof. Paul Young of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences in Queensland University said they found similarities in how the body reacted to dengue virus and bacterial ...

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California Firm Recalls Cucumbers Amid Salmonella Scare

Fearing cucumbers imported from Mexico could the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person and infected at least 285 people in 27 US states, a California company is recalling cucumbers on fast track. Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, which has distributed cucumbers said it is recalling all of them sold under the Limited Edition brand label from ...

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Anti-Smoking drug is Safe, Says New Study, Endorsing Pfizer Drug

An anti-smoking drug to enable kick off the habit was found to be safe from previously thought side-effects such as risk of heart attacks and depression, said a new study, virtually endorsing the not very popular medical intervention for smokers. The drug — varenicline or popular as Champix or Chantix, was almost a decade-old but several studies in the past ...

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Vitamin C Found to be Equivalent to Daily Exercise in Obese People

Vitamin C, known for its vital benefits in curbing scurvy and anemic conditions is known to have also similar cardiovascular benefits that one gets by daily exercise. However, it may not replace exercise but certainly supplements for obese and old people, say scientists. Available in citrous fruits such as lemons, oranges, amla among others, vitamin C can mimic the the ...

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Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Opens NH Hospital for Poor, Calls for 3 Zeroes

Nobel laureate and microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, who was in Mysuru (Mysore) to open a 200-bed multi-specialty hospital for the working class, has stressed the need for social entepreneurship, which is his new call. Achieving three zeroes — zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission — will eliminate major distress on the world economy, said Dr Muhammad Yunus, ...

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