HEALTH

Men, women not different but far more similar than thought: Study

A new study reveals that men and women are far more similar than one thinks, despite physical differences and thought wave or mindset. Men may be thought of as sex-driven and sports fans who rarely share their feelings, while women are considered neurotic gossipers who love to shop. But the new US study suggests that in reality men and women ...

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Man with electro homoeopathy degree can’t practise allopathy: Court

A Delhi court has dismissed a plea by a man holding a degree for practising electro-homoeopathy who sought the quashing of a magisterial court order that charged him with prescribing allopathic medicines without holding a medical doctor’s qualification. The sessions court’s ruling came while hearing a revision plea filed by electro-homoeopathy practitioner C.P. Singh, seeking quashing of the magisterial court ...

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Russian baby gets Bangalore boy’s heart

A two-year-old baby boy from Russia has got a new lease of life after successfully undergoing a heart transplant in a private hospital in Chennai. The transplanted heart, that is beating well now, belonged to a two-year-old boy from Bangalore who was diagnosed as brain dead. “The challenge was getting the heart of right size in the case of a ...

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Diabetes drug may decrease cancer risk only in non-smokers: study

Depending on their smoking history, a drug may have contrary effects on people suffering from diabetes – reducing lung cancer risk among nonsmokers and increasing the risk among smokers, showing for the first time a direct link between smoking and lung cancer. Among nonsmokers who had diabetes, those who took the diabetes drug metformin had a decrease in lung cancer ...

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Evolution: Why humans are affected less by retroviral infections than other animals?

The proportion of humans infected with retroviruses is less when compared with other animals as we have fewer remnants of viral DNA in our genes, said a new research. Attributing this phenomenon to reduced exposure to blood-borne viruses as humans evolved to use tools rather than biting during violent conflict and the hunting of animals, the researchers said, “One reason ...

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Existing drug found effective to treat cerebral malaria: study

Rapamycin, a drug recently approved for treating neurological diseases, was found to be effective in treating even cerebral malaria, research has found. In another interesting twist, the researchers discovered that stopping food or reducing food intake during the first two days of infection could protect against the disease. In animal model, treating mice with the drug rapamycin protected them against ...

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Swine Flu: 4 New Deaths Take Telangana Death Toll to 27

With 4 more deaths, the death toll of swine flu has reached 27 and its sibling state Andhra Pradesh reported another three in the current outbreak of the highly contagious disease that originated here but spreading fast all over the country, including Tamil Nadu in the south and Haryana in the north. The latest reported deaths came from both Telangana ...

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Binge-Watching TV Programs? You might be depressed, lonely, say experts

Binge-watching TV series such as “Game Of Thrones”, “The Big Bang  Theory” or “Two-and-a-half-men” is linked to depression and loneliness, says a recent study. People who suffer from low moods are more likely to spend hours or days viewing multiple episodes of their favourite program online or on DVD. But by doing so they could neglect work, relationships and even ...

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Smoking in pregnancy alters baby’s DNA, organs: study

Smoking while pregnant causes chemical changes to the DNA of the unborn baby or foetus so much that it may predispose them to lifelong health conditions, said new research sending another shockwave across the world. Changes in the chemical structure of the baby’s DNA can be detected from as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy, said the research adding significant weight ...

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Biological Clock Clue in DNA Change Helps to Predict Lifespan: Study

Do you look younger than your biological age? Then you have chances of living longer than others whose looks show them older than their actual age. Scientists have identified a biological clock that could help predict your lifespan based on chemical changes in your DNA. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh studied chemical changes to DNA to know an individual’s ...

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Swine flu claims 8 lives in Haryana; 47 cases confirmed

At least eight people have died due to swine flu in Haryana this month, health officials have informed. A health department spokesman said 47 cases of swine flu have been confirmed so far in the state and the patients were being treated in the isolation wards of various hospitals. These include eight from Faridabad, seven from Gurgaon and five from ...

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Daily probiotic pill to control sugar levels, treat diabetes soon

Have diabetes? Get ready to pop a probiotic pill each morning to help control your sugar levels. According to a promising study, a team from Cornell University engineered a strain of lactobacillus – a human probiotic common in the gut to secrete a Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). They then administered it orally to diabetic rats for 90 days and found ...

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Valentine’s Day: Indulge in skin care, hair first, advises expert

With just two weeks to go, start indulging in proper skin and hair care to look your best on Valentine’s Day Feb 14, says an expert on cosmetology. Mohan Thomas, cosmetic surgeon and managing director of Cosmetic Surgery Institute, shares skin care tips that you should start following to look radiant on Valentine’s Day: The brunt of the activity is ...

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Sex after 70 still high in 54 percent of men, says UK study

Older people are continuing to enjoy active sex lives well into their seventies and eighties, according to new research from The University of Manchester and NatCen Social Research. More than half (54%) of men and almost a third (31%) of women over the age of 70 reported they were still sexually active, with a third of these men and women ...

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Dengue Diagnosis with Saliva Possible in 20 Minutes Now, Arrkay Inc. to Sell Test Kits Soon

Singapore researchers were able to develop a paper test to test dengue in 20 minutes, reducing the time taken and the pain of a needle to extract blood sample for the traditional test. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of Singapore has developed the paper-based disposable device that can detect dengue-specific antibodies from saliva within 20 minutes. Professor Jackie ...

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Heavy Drinking Raises Stroke Risk More Than BP, Diabetes: Study

More than blood pressure and diabetes, which are behind increasing number of strokes, scientists have warned that drinking more than two drinks a day in middle-age may raise the risk of potential stroke. Aimed at regular drinkers of alcohol on daily basis, the study said alcohol can raise blood pressure and cause heart failure or irregular heartbeats over time leading ...

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60 percent of type 2 diabetes preventable: Austrian experts

Type 2 diabetes is preventable in up to 60 percent of cases if early signs are recognised and acted upon, experts have said. “Eight percent of the Austrian population suffers from diabetes but only two-thirds know they have it,” Xinhua news agency quoted Vienna General Hospital’s Thomas Stulnig as saying in a press conference Tuesday. He added that late diagnosis ...

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BioAsia 2015: Over 50 countries to participate in Hyderabad event

Over 50 countries will participate in BioAsia 2015, the annual international life sciences conference scheduled here Feb 2-4. Over 100 speakers at 40 sessions will speak during the event whose theme is ‘New era of life sciences – opportunities in transition’. BioAsia provides an opportunity to explore business partnerships between the industry and academia. It will cover contemporary developments in ...

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