HEALTH

Japanese Scientists Prove Single Gene Mutation Causes Infertility

Japanese scientists have discovered that a single mutation in a gene could lead to infertility in humans and not through a disruption of the production of egg or sperm cells but rather by leading to abnormalities in the morphology of the sexual organs – making natural reproduction impossible. The beta-catenin gene codes a protein known to be deeply involved in ...

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Young scientists should make Ayurveda acceptable: Harsh Vardhan

Wrapping up Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday asked young scientists and researchers to take up the challenge of making Ayurveda acceptable to the modern world as an affordable healthcare system. “There are no doubts about the power and efficacy of Ayurvedic products, but we live in a period of evidence-based medicine; our drugs ...

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Time to Push, Spread Ayurveda Worldwide: Health Experts

Centuries-old Indian medical system Ayurva requires to be spread all over the world to get integrated into the public health systems to save healthcare expenditure in many countries, international health experts said in New Delhi on Saturday. Natalia Marzoa Silva of the Cuban health ministry said her government is eager to include Ayurveda in primary and higher medical education in ...

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New experimental drug proves promising to treat NASH liver disease

An experimental drug aimed at treating a common liver disease showed promising results at a clinical trial in the US on patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Those with NASH treated with obeticholic acid (OCA) had improved liver health during the clinicial trial period, including decreased inflammation and fat in the liver and decreased body weight versus people receiving a placebo, ...

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Dengue cases rise to 5,535 in Odisha this year

The number of dengue cases in Odisha this year increased to 5,535 with authorities Saturday confirming 31 new cases, although the toll from the virus has remained at nine. A senior state health official said that of the 31 new cases, the highest (11) have been reported from the coastal district of Jajpur followed by the district of Jagatsinghpur, which ...

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Harsh Vardhan Gives Ayurveda Special Focus Despite Uproar in All AIIMS

The nearly dozen upcoming All India Institutes of Medical Sciences across the country will have “huge” departments of alternative medicine with a special focus on ayurveda, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday. “We want to ensure that ayurveda gets proper recognition in modern day science,” Harsh Vardhan said at the 6th All India Congress on ayurveda here. He said: “We ...

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WHO Spells Out Guidelines on Safe Burial Protocol for Ebola Victims

Alarmed with the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled a new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burials of people who die from the Ebola virus. The world agency  said the inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of the burial process but as past infections revealed, the ...

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Japanese Scientists Succeed to Make Mice Transparent; Invisibility Next?

A Japanese research team has succeeded in turning mice transparent by administering them with special chemicals, a process the scientists say allows the observation of organs without dissection or inserting pipes inside for detecting ulcers or cancer and to study diabetes. The acievement may be said to half-way through to achieve the next phase which is making the mice invisible. ...

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Gut Bacteria Helps Reduce Body Weight: Study

While obesity is both inherited and imbibed over period, scientists have found that apart from our genetic makeup, it is the gut bateria or good bacteria inside the stomach that influences and reduces obesity. Researchers at King’s College London and Cornell University have identified a little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low ...

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Scientists Create Parkinson’s Stem-Celll Model in Lab

Before finding a potential therapy to the Parkinson’s disease, scientists are able to develop a prototype of the disease with stem cells in a lab condition to observe key features of the disease, its differences in the patients’ neurons’ ability to produce dopamine, and the molecule that is deficient in Parkinson’s disease. The researchers studied a pair of identical twins, ...

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Bihar on High Dengue Alert as More Than 150 Cases Reported

The Bihar government has sounded a high dengue alert after reports of over 150 cases, 23 of them in Patna alone. All the health officials have been alerted to take up immeidate preventive measures and provide treatment, officials said on Friday. "In the past 48 hours, 23 new dengue cases have been detected in Patna alone and the total number ...

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India to Have Exclusive Drug Control Department to Test Ayurvedic Drugs

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan declared India will soon have an exclusive drug control department to facilitate testing of Ayurvedic drugs on Thursday in New Delhi. Speaking at the inauguration of the Arogya Expo organised alongside the 6th World Ayurveda Congress, he announced that the department will look after research and development, monitor quality control and standardise ...

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Rich-fat diet may postpone brain ageing, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Diseases: Study

Danish researchers have found that signs of brain ageing, which manifests itself in forms such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, could be postponed if patients are given rich or high-fat diet. "Our study suggests that a high-fat diet can postpone ageing processes. The findings potentially imply that patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the long term may benefit from ...

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Diabetes, Heart Diseases Share Same Genes so Occur Same Time: Study

It is common that those suffering from the type 2 diabetes are also facing related other cardio-vascular diseases like high blood pressure or hypertension and often occur together. Now scientists have discovered that the two diseases may be related at the level of genes, proteins and fundamental physiology. The two diseases share eight molecular pathways and several "key driver" genes ...

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How Poor Diet Spurs Obesity at Cellular Level: New Study Reveals

It was an old saying that poor diet and sedentary lifestyles could cause obesity, but new study proves it at the cellular level. BYU biologist Benjamin Bikman says a tiny lipid called ceramide is at the root of this problem and disrupts human body metabolism and leads to obesity. “Ceramide forces the mitochondria in our cells to pull apart in ...

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