HEALTH

Centre to fund new ayurveda research centre in Konni, Kerala

The central government will provide funding to set up a new ayurvedic clinical research centre in Konni, Kerala near Munnar to help scientifically validate traditional systems of healing. Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for AYUSH, said this as he announced the new National Programme of Ayurveda Inspired Research initiated by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and the ...

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Nobel Laureate Warns Against Overuse of Antibiotics Even for Minor Ailments

Amid reports of growing resistance to anti-biotics, Nobel laureate John Robin Warren has reiterated the popular perception and warned against the excessive use of antibiotics to treat even minor ailments and over-prescription by doctors. Speaking on the sidelines of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, Warren advised against over-use of antibiotics. “‘I think one of the current issues globally is the ...

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Smokers, Alcoholics Face Chronic Pancreatitis Risk: Study

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Gene mutations in some people who drink and smoke put them at an increased risk of developing chronic pancreatitis, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine in the US said. Smoking and drinking are known to be strong risk factors for chronic pancreatitis but not everyone who smokes or drinks damages their pancreas. “Our new study identifies gene ...

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After Delhi, Odisha on Swine Flu Alert as first case reported

After five deaths in Delhi, the Odisha government is on alert against swine flu, H1N1 virus, after a middle-aged man tested positive. “We have asked all the district medical officers and medical colleges to take precautionary measures to counter the seasonal disease. Even though it would not be an outbreak-like situation, we have directed them to be alert,” said Public ...

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212 Cambodian villagers infected with HIV as unlicensed doctor re-used needles

At least 212 villagers have been infected with HIV in Cambodia’s Battambang province as an unlicensed doctor re-used syringes and spread the disease in the area, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) after a study last month. “From Dec 8-31, 2014, a total of 1,940 people from Roka commune voluntarily undertook HIV testing and counseling and 212 people tested positive,” ...

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Sunbathing Linked to Infertility Running Into Generations: Study

Researchers have found that children born during years with high sunlight had a higher probability of dying early than those born in the years with less sunlight and those who survive face infertility passing on to their offsprings too. Researchers from Norway, who conducted the stydy, said on average, the lifespan of children born in years that had a great ...

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Nasal Insulin Spray Helps Delay Alzheimer’s Disease: Study

Researchers have found that the insulin nasal spray device is helpful to cater the energy needs of brain directly and help patients with Alzheimer’s. When insulin levels go down, brain nervous system responds with symptoms of confusion, anxiety, visual difficulties, and heart palpitations, according to Mayo Clinic online information, which also states that irregularities in insulin levels could be one ...

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Researchers Find Protein UCP2 Responsible for Sepsis

A new research found that UCP2, an enhanced level of a protein, induces the creation of fatty acid can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a leading cause of death for patients in intensive care units. The most common cause of death in patients with sepsis is deterioration of the function of multiple organs. This syndrome has been called the multiple ...

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Study Proves Myth of Cancer Biopsies Cause Cancer Spread Wrong

A study over 2,000 patients by researchers has dispelled the myth that cancer biopsies cause cancer to spread. The study found that the patients who received a biopsy had a better outcome and longer survival than patients who did not have a biopsy. The study was conducted at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida. A number of patients and even ...

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Modi Seeks Linking Centre-State Health Schemes, Urges Doctors’ Accountability

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the health ministry to set up mechanisms to link both Centre and State governments’ numerous health care schemes and to ensure more accountability for doctors and health officials in the public sector. “In order to achieve the desired goal of health for all, there is a need to substantially improve the efficiency of existing ...

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WHO approves Pune Institute Vaccine for Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has opened the door to routine immunization of infants in sub-Saharan Africa by approving a vaccine manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India Ltd (SIIL) that has all but got rid of the deadly meningitis epidemics. In the four years since its introduction in Africa, MenAfriVac vaccine, which is both innovative and affordable, has had ...

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Music Reduces Pain in Kids After a Major Surgery

A new study found that listening to songs after a major surgery results in significant reduction in pain. f songs can significantly reduce pain in pediatric patients after a major surgery. “Audio therapy is an exciting, inexpensive opportunity and should be considered by hospitals as an important strategy to minimise pain in children undergoing major surgery,” explained study senior author ...

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One cup of blueberries daily will reduce Blood Pressure: Study

For those with hypertnsion or high blood pressure (BP), eating just a cup of blueberries every day could help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are associated with heart disease. “Our findings suggest that regular consumption of blueberries could potentially delay the progression of prehypertension to hypertension, therefore reducing cardiovascular disease risk,” said Sarah Johnson from Florida ...

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Diesel Exhaust Fumes May Harm Genes

A new study has found that exposure of air pollution caused by diesel exhaust fumes just for two hours can lead to fundamental health-related changes in the genes by switching some genes on or switching others off. The researchers stated, “This study shows how vulnerable our genetic machinery can be to air pollution and that changes are taking place even ...

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Pakistan Launched First Anti-Polio Drive

Polio injections are administered by the health authorities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), of Pakistan for the first time. The anti-polio drive, which was supposed to be held from January 5 to January 7, has been postponed due to security reasons. The injectable or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is said to be highly effective in preventing paralytic disease ...

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Angry? Fine, anger could be an indicator of good health too

In many societies getting angry is seen as an indication of either hypertension or bad health but researchers have found that anger is actually linked with better, not worse health, in certain cultures. Greater anger is associated with better biological health among Japanese people, the findings showed. “The truism linking anger to ill health may be valid only within the ...

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Almonds in daily snack decreases belly fat faster: study

Almonds are known for their rich Vitamin properties, heralded as effective cure to heart diseases and now scientists have pushed it ahead as another remedy to reduce belly fat faster. Adding a daily snack of 1.5 ounces or 42 grams of almonds instead of a high-carbohydrate muffin, as part of an overall healthy diet, reduced the risk factor of heart disease ...

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Men get more upset by sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity

Researchers from Chapman University have found that men and women are different when it comes to feeling jealous over partner’s sexual infidelity. The poll of nearly 64,000 Americans provides the first large-scale examination of gender and sexual orientation differences in response to potential sexual versus emotional infidelity in adults. “Heterosexual men really stand out from all other groups: they were ...

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