HEALTH

Jayalalithaa on Tracheostomy Tube: What is Tracheostomy?

Apollo doctors said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is able to speak with the help of a valve attached to the tracheostomy (a tube and attached valve for communication), which is a temporary phase as it entails holding breath while talking. Otherwise, Jayalalithaa is recovering as per the normal course, said Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy in Chennai ...

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Sales in Sugary Drinks Drop 20% After Campaign

After a multi-faceted campaign that included policy changes and community education efforts, residents of one Maryland county put fewer sugary drinks in their grocery carts, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016. Drinks loaded with added sugars are one of the leading sources of empty calories in the diet of both children and adults, and ...

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Device to Stem Diabetes Developed by Japan Scientists

Scientists of Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new wearable strip to help treat type 2 diabetes, even in obese, disabled or elderly people that can effect visceral fat loss and improve blood glucose. Their clinical study showed that a new device is effective in preventing and treating diabetes, especially with patients who had been taking diabetes drugs but ...

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Maths Inheritance Debunked by New Study

A new theory regarding how the brain first learns basic math could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math learning disabilities. Published in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences journal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers offer a better understanding of how, when and why people grasp every day math skills. The most widely accepted theory today suggests ...

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Summer Breaks Increase Obesity in Kids: Study

Childhood obesity and overweight rates rise during summer break, not during school year, said a research study suggesting that major risk factors for child obesity lie outside of school. The new research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin by Paul von Hippel, an associate professor, examined body mass index (BMI) and obesity ...

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Brain Volume Indicates Possible Weight Loss in Older Poeple: Study

If you’re trying to lose weight, what are your chances of success? Your brain may hold the key. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center believe they may have found a way to predict who will be successful in their weight-loss efforts with a quick, non-invasive brain scan. In findings from a small study published in the current online issue ...

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Reduce Weight by Adding Canola Oil in Diet Daily

Including canola oil in a healthy diet may help reduce abdominal fat in as little as four weeks, according to health researchers. “Visceral, or abdominal, fat increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, and is also associated with increased risk for conditions such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes,” said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition, Penn State. “Monounsaturated fats in ...

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Neurocognitive Deficit Signals Psychosis

While schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention. A multi-site cognition study led by psychologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that these neurocognitive symptoms are evident prior to ...

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Spending Mental Health Reduces Crimes: Study

Each dollar a state spends on mental health care brings down 25 cents in its jail expenditures by reducing its inmate population, a new study found. The findings, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, suggest that 35 of the 44 states analyzed could reduce jail populations by spending more on public inpatient mental health care while maintaining their ...

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Himachal Pradesh declared India’s Second Open Defecation Free State

The State of Himachal Pradesh was today declared Open Defecation Free (ODF), making it the second State in the country (after Sikkim) to achieve the feat. The State government made the declaration today at a public event in Shimla, where the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, felicitated the respective District Administrators and Local Administrators for successfully achieving this ...

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Diabetes-Centric Ayurveda Day Tomorrow

On the occasion of National Ayurveda Day, the Ministry of AYUSH is organizing a one day National Seminar on “Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda” tomorrow (28th October 2016) at New Delhi amid divergent opinions surfacing on some recent Ayurvedic medicines released in the market. PMO Minister of State Jitender Singh will inaugurate the seminar and Minister of AYUSH ...

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Obesity: Japan Scientists Find Way to Manipulate Brain to Burn Fat

A new mechanism in brain that regulates obesity, which can be targeted to treat obesity, was found by a Japanese researcher Makoto Fukuda. They studied the mouse Rap1 gene, which is expressed in a variety of tissues, including the brain but its role in energy balance was unexplored. The team of scientists selectively deleted the Rap1 gene in a group ...

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Soon Wearable Device to Notify Doctor if You’re Unwell

A decade ago smartphone was never believed to replace the entire life-style with access to personal info, health check tab on the go. Now it is natural and realistic with everyone holding on to a smartphone, which is more handy and undetachable or even something like a glove.  Soon, a wearable device or cloth band would send signals of ill-health ...

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Delhi Chikungunya: Why Even Centre Hospitals Not Ready?

Delhi has become hostage to chikungunya politics, thanks to the High Court verdict which has vindicated the Lieutenant Governor for his stand to approve or disapprove any decision by the elected government citing mere aid and advisory role assigned to it. Not surprising but the verdict has come handy for an alert CM who is undergoing a surgery in Bangalore ...

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UK Hospital Pioneers New Era with World’s First Robotic Eye Surgery on Priest

  Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital has created world record conducting the first ever robotic eye surgery in the world and the operation was successfully performed on Father William Beaver, 70, an associate priest at St Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford. The priest had been experiencing blurred vision, something he described like “looking in a hall of mirrors at a ...

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Sex by Older Men Once a Week Doubles Heart Attack Risk: Study

Having sex by older men once a week or more will put them at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems but not for older women, who may live a healthy life with less hypertension due to the same sex life, said a startling new study reversing the age-old belief just opposite to that. The first large-scale study ...

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Blood on Call 104 Service Begins Today

From today, August 30, a Blood on Call service by dialling 104 will be avaialable in major cities of Maharashtra with the launch of ‘Jeevan Amrut Seva’ or ‘Blood-on-Call’. Kicked off in Pune, the call centre for the purpose has been set up at Aundh Civil Hospital and people can dial 104 to connect the call centre with their requirements ...

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Alcoholic? Blame it on Enzyme PRDM2

A research group has identified an enzyme whose production is turned off in nerve cells of the frontal lobe when alcohol dependence develops. The deficiency in this enzyme leads to continued use of alcohol under impulse despite adverse consequences. The discovery could mean completely new possibilities for treating alcoholism. “We’ve worked hard for this. The enzyme, PRDM2, has previously been ...

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Miracle Insulin Pill Developed to Treat Diabetes

Ending the pain of an insulin injection daily for diabetic patients, Niagara University researchers have developed a miracle pill for oral administration to deliver insulin where it needs to go. The faculty members and undergraduate student from Niagara University are now sharing their in vivo testing results. Mary McCourt, Lawrence Mielnicki, and rising senior Jamie Catalano presented their work on ...

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