HEALTH

Antibiotics may give rise to more harmful bacteria, warns biologist

Antibiotics have been giving way to resistence to bateria and the past three decades have seen many malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis diseases returning resistent to known drugs. Now reserchers say besides fighting infections, some antibiotics may also give rise to harmful new bacteria. Elizabeth Shank, biologist at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says that antibiotics can sometimes have ...

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WHO releases new ‘smart’ syringes for safe use

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released new injection safety guidelines here Monday, providing detailed recommendations highlighting the safety features for syringes, including devices that protect against accidental needle injury and consequent exposure to infection. As part of the effort to help all countries tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injections, WHO is recommending new “smart” syringes for injections into the ...

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World’s First Emotional Robot ‘Pepper’ for Dementia Patients’ Daily Care on Sale Now in Japan

For humans, it is difficult to monitor dementia patients but not for robots, if right software is developed, say Japanese scientists who created software to monitor and help dementia patients in their daily lives. Japan telecom giant SoftBank Mobile Corp. and Aldebaran Robotics have announced the joint development of “Pepper”, the world’s first personal robot that can read emotions recently ...

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Viagra Pill for Women Awaits FDA Nod

A US-based pharmaceuticals firm is all set to resubmit the world’s first female sex drug for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval, which is equivalent of Viagra for men that is in currency for over a decade now. The once-daily, non-hormonal pill called flibanserin developed by North Carolina-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, once approved, will be the first prescription of ...

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Japanese Develop Armband to Sound Alarm if You Have Fever

Japanese researchers have developed a fever alarm armband, a flexible, self-powered wearable device that goes off in case of high body temperature beyond 102 degrees. The flexible organic components developed for this device are well-suited to wearable devices that continuously monitor vital signs including temperature and heart rate for applications in healthcare settings. “The fever alarm armband demonstrates that it ...

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Hand-washing Dishes Leaves Kids with Fewer Allergies: Study

In a reversal of popular belief, a new study shows kids in families who hand-wash their dishes have fewer allergies. In other worlds, they say getting a little dirty does the immune system to develop resistence to allergies, which were touted to be bad unless the “hygiene hypothesis” is strictly adhered to. The study says kids develop so many allergies ...

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DRI Seizes Rs.30-Cr Worth Drug Smuggled into Delhi

In a major operation, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Ministry of Finance have seized in Delhi contraband psychotropic substance of the amphetamine class suspected to be Mephedrone weighing 500 Kgs on the mid-night of 20th February, 2015, said the DRI. This is one of the biggest seizures of a psychotropic substance in recent times and the biggest ...

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Timely meals, early to bed can prevent onset of mental illness: Study

Time and again doctors and researchers have proved that living a structured life with regular meal times and early bedtimes can lead to a better life and the latest study adds another dimension that it can even prevent the onset of mental illness. Our daily sleep-wake cycle is governed by an internal 24-hour biological clock called the circadian clock. “However, ...

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Late Night Snacks Affect Your Brain, Warn Researchers

If you develop a strong urge to eat a snack or two late at night, it spells bad for your brain as it has to revive the digestion process coming out of the sleep mode when memory mining process takes place, warn researchers. Eating late at night when our bodies think they should be sleeping, could disrupt learning and memory, said ...

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Swine flu round up: MP death toll rises to 102, HP Nil

MP: The death toll due to swine flu in Madhya Pradesh has risen to 102 as of Sunday as the country braced up to more cases in neighbouring states as well. The state health department officials informed the number to a visiting central team to various states to access the situation following the outbreak of the contagious H1N1 viral disease. ...

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Is Polio re-surfacing in India? Bihar suspects 2 cases

Two suspected cases of polio have been reported in Bihar’s Darbhanga district and the samples were sent for tests at a laboratory in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, one year after WHO declared the country polio-free.   The symptoms of polio were noticed in the two children in a village, around 200 km from Patna, a health official G.N. Singh said. ...

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Brain goes silent when we talk loud: Reveals study

The command centre of the brain cannot function, especially the human speech part, fails to work when we speak loudly, said a new study. The Broca’s area — named after 19th century French physician Pierre Paul Broca — has been recognised for more than 150 years as the command centre for human speech, including vocalisation. Now, scientists at the University ...

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Coughing Arvind Kejriwal Heightens Scary Mandate and Scary Pollution

By Rajendra Shende The day Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, which means Common Man’s Party) won unprecedented mandate in Delhi’s assembly election, the City Council in Paris, the French capital, was huddled together to approve tighter measures to fight air pollution. Considering the impacts on health and revenue from tourism, pollution free Paris is priority for the public as ...

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Diabetes+Depression Leads to Dementia: Study

People with cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes coupled with depression, says a new study. Known as Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), it occurs in aging people before dementia which makes them forget events where someone’s mind is functioning less well than would be expected for their age. Dementia affects 19 percent of people ...

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Diabetes: One drug shot set to kill two birds?

Researchers have found that the drug DDP-4 drug used for Type 2 Diabetes can also be used to against low blood sugar levels, effectively stimulating insulin production in the body. Known as Hypoglycaemia, the status of low blood sugar occurs in people with diabetes when they have eaten too little or after strenuous physical activity, as well as when they ...

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Swine Flu Wrap: Nation Stares as J&K SP Dies, Ghaziabad DM infected, toll reaches 743

Crossing all the inter-state borders, swine flu is taking national character with top government officials becoming the latest victims after many doctors succumbed to the dreaded virus that is spreading fast all over the country with the total number of positive cases as of Friday reaching 11,955, with 743 deaths.. Sunil Gupta, superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir died ...

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Swine flu death toll touches 703; PM directs proper treatment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday has asked health officials to ensure necessary treatment and adequate medicines for swine flu patients while affected states have been offered central assistance even as the death toll due to the disease reached 703. A high-level meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, was convened here to review the situation and address issues like shortage ...

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Sleep Loss Leads to Diabetes, Reiterates New study

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Sleep loss can elevate levels of free fatty acids in the blood among those with pre-diabetic conditions, says new study, confirming a 15-year-old study on the same lines. The study, however, could link for the first time sleep loss to diabetes with more evidence collected for 24 hours about the fatty acid levels in the blood due to insufficient sleep ...

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Swine Flu: Rajasthan Reports 8 More Deaths, Toll Reaches 191

Swine flu is spreading across Rajasthan rapidly that the state reported 8 more deaths on Wednesday, taking the total deaths from the dreaded viral disease to 191 since  the beginning of this year. “Total deaths have touched 191 while positive cases in a day has risen by 346 to touch a figure of 3,648 across the state,” a health official ...

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