HEALTH

Twitter better to share health research: Study

Using Twitter can help physicians be better prepared to answer questions from their patients, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia. The study, presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), finds more and more health care professionals are embracing social media. This challenges common opinion that physicians are ...

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Rajasthan Reports 11 more swine flu deaths today

Eleven people more died of swine flu in Rajasthan on Saturday, taking to 153 the total toll in the state from the start of this year, officials said. "Maximum 26 deaths have occurred in Jaipur and 24 from Ajmer. Total deaths till 9.30 p.m. Saturday across the state touched 153 and these deaths occurred from Jan 1,2015," said a medical ...

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Singapore Researchers Develop New Antibody to Flu, Pneumonia

Scientists from NTU Singapore have developed an antibody which boosts the survival chances for patients suffering from influenza and pneumonia and now working onĀ developingĀ a diagnostic kit to accurately track the recovery. The patent-pending antibody has been given in license to two biotech multi-national corporations, Abcam based in the United Kingdom and Adipogen International based in the United States. This new ...

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E-Cigarettes help smokers quit, ban not required, goes on AAAS debate

Electronic cigarettes have been shown to be effective in helping smokers quit and many believe them to be much safer than cigarettes. But the debate rages on. Today at AAAS, a panel of global advocacy, ethical, policy, health, toxicology and industry experts from Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and USA debated whether electronic cigarettes killing users softly or ...

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Ebola virus active for 7 days in dead bodies, infection possible

The deadly Ebola virus may transmit even from dead patients, as it remains alive in the bodies of those who were dead for about 70 days, says a new study, focusing on how important it is to use safe practices for handling corpses. The scientists from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) sampled 5 deceased Ebola-infected monkeys and discovered ...

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Rajasthan swine flu toll at 135 sends alarming signals

The uncontrollable swine flu has taken a heavy toll in Rajasthan since Jan 1 this year climbing to 135 with five more people deaths reported on Friday due to the disease that is fast spreading the state, officials said. “Maximum deaths have occurred from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer and Nagaur,” said a state health department official. He said that total positive ...

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India joining TPP regime will make medicines costly, inaccessible for poor: Experts

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement expected in weeks, experts have warned if India gives in to US “pressure” to join the deal,it will “damage” the access of medicines in developing nations. The TPP is a regional free trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries across the Asia-Pacific region – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, ...

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Japan Researchers Develop Low-Cost Test to Detect Cancer

Japanese multinational Hitachi and Kyushu University hope to develop a new low-cost test to detect cancer in one hour, by studying the reaction of roundworms after coming into contact with the urine of patients, media reported on Friday. In a study, it was determined that roundworms, measuring approximately one mm in length, are attracted to the smell of urine of ...

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India sees massive spurt in swine flu cases in 2015

There has been a massive spurt in cases of swine flu this year with 6,298 cases already being reported till Thursday, a senior health ministry official said on Friday. As compared to this, there were only 937 cases in the entire year in 2014. While 485 deaths have already been reported this year, the corresponding figures for 2014 were just ...

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One in 4 Saudis Face Heart Attack in 10 years: Study

One in four adults in Saudi Arabia may face heart attack within the next 10 years, said research presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association (SHA), opened today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The conference features sessions from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) on hot topics in cardiovascular disease including prevention.1 Dr Muhammad Adil Soofi, first ...

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Less sleep prompts you eat more and gain weight: Study

One nigh of total sleep deprivation is enough for a brain region known as the “salience network” to send signals to us to eat more fat and eventually gain more weight, says new research. “Although this study examined the effects of acute total sleep deprivation, similar changes may occur in response to the chronic partial sleep restriction that is so ...

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Meat-rich diet harmful for kidney patients, warn experts

Those already having complications in kidney should avoid eating meat-rich diet that could triple the risk of kidney failure, say researchers, including an Indian-origin. The chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who consumed meat-riche diet which is high in acid were three-times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid or vegetarian food rich in fruits and ...

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City Pollution Causes Short-Memory Loss, Lower IQ in Kids: Study

Children exposed to air pollution in cities tend suffer with short-term memory loss and lower IQ than the children who live in rural and less polluted surroundings, said a study. The study conducted in US cities also shows that children in polluted cities and more prominent among those who carry a gene called the apolipoprotein E4 allele that causes Alzheimer’s ...

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How much sleep do children really need?

After due diligence over the health consequences of too much sleep or too little sleep, a panel of experts formed by the US National Sleep Foundation has made new age-based recommendations on how much sleep people need. While newborns require up to three months 14 to 17 hours of sleep each day, infants from four to eleven months should get ...

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Mercury Effect: Women Should Mind What Fish They Eat, Warns Study

Merury traces in fish proved fatal for decades and Japan’s Minamata case in the late 1960s should remain a lesson for any marine food consumption without health precautions. New research has suggested that pregnant women who consume mercury-ladden fish food may develop the risk autoimmune disorders , which may be fatal to the babies inside. The study conducted by the ...

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Swine Flu: Health Ministry Reviews Steps Taken So Far

The Union Health Ministry reviewed the status of H1N1 influenza being reported from different states today at a high level meeting chaired by the health secretary B P Sharma attended among others Director General, Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Jagdish Prasad, representatives of leading government hospitals such as Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdurjung, AIIMS, and from Indian Council of Medical ...

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