HEALTH

India Among 5 Zika Vaccine Developing Nations: WHO

India is one of the five countries where zika vaccine development is underway, said World Health Organization’s Director-General Margaret Chan briefing the media on Tuesday in Geneva. In all 23 projects have been initiated by 14 vaccine developers in the US, France, Brazil, India, and Austria said Chan hoping that the vaccine will be used to protect pregnant women to ...

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World TB Day: JP Nadda Launches New Resistent TB Drug Bedaquiline

Union Health Minister JP Nadda launched Bedaquiline, a new anti-TB drug for Drug Resistant TB. The drug is a new anti-TB drug for treatment of resistent tuberculosis. The new class of drug is a diarylquinoline that specifically targets Mycobacterial ATP synthase, an enzyme essential for supply of energy to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and most other mycobacteria. J P Nadda launched it ...

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New Pill Lightens up Tumour Cells in Breast Cancer

A new pill will lighten up tumourous cells in breast cancer cases to distinguish exactly between cancerous and benign growths, paving the way for a major shift from the current breast cancer screening methods which fail often to pinpoint lumps from benign to cancerous growth. "Screening can potentially catch the disease early in some patients, but false positives can lead ...

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Gut Bacteria Without Food Diversity Causes Diabetes: Study

It’s the gut feeling that makes you healthy and it is a weak gut that makes you prone to Type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in US. To get a strong gut health, researchers suggest people to eat balanced and diversified diet to keep the bacteria ecosystem in your stomach in tact. Attributing the reduction in ...

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India to Release New List Banning 300 Combination Drugs

India, which has banned only 94 drugs so far, has decided crack the whip on combination drugs of more than 300, including Phensedyl cough syrup by Abbott, according to Joint Secretary K.L. Sharma of the Union Health Ministry. The step follows review of a committee to review more than 6,000 combination drugs in the market without approval. Bangladesh has long been ...

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Want to be With Younger Brain? Take Stairs, Be in School, Suggests Study

Moving over from the aspiration to keep the body young, researchers have now focused on keeping the brain younger and their findings showed that taking the stairs improves your brain’s health and that school educations has an immense positive effect on your brain. Researchers led by Jason Steffener, a scientist at Concordia University’s Montreal-based PERFORM Centre, found that the more ...

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Drinking Tea Reduces Heart attack Risk, Says study

Another study has validated that drinking tea is associated with decreased coronary artery progression and a lower incidence of heart attacks or strokes, said a paper presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. Researchers studied 6,212 adults to determine how tea drinking might be associated with coronary artery calcium progression, a marker for blood vessel disease, and ...

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Diabetes: Eating Chocolate Daily Improves Insulin Levels, Says New Study

Eating chocolate on a daily basis may improve insulin levels and liver enzymes in adults, said a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. The study observed in 1,153 adults, aged 18 to 69 years between 2007 and 2009 and 81.8 percent of them were classified as chocolate consumers. They found that consuming 100 mg of ...

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Yogurt May Protect Women from High BP, But Not Men: Study

Researchers said women who ate yogurt five times in a week had lower risk of developing high blood pressure, while men did not appear to have the same benefit, after analyzing the long-term effects of yogurt intake on high blood pressure in middle-aged adults. Researchers, whose paper was presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, said:“No one ...

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Medtronic’s Vitamin Pill-Sized Pacemaker to Hit Markets in June

Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) that has developed the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), the world’s smallest pacemaker, will hit markets in June but the price is almost double the traditional pacemakers, at around Rs.2.5 lakh and taxes added extra. Measuring less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers, the Micra TPS device provides advanced pacing technology while being cosmetically invisible ...

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Forget Mosquitos Developing Resistance, Insecticide-Treated Nets Still Effective: Study

Despite resistance in malaria-causing mosquitoes to insecticides, researchers say insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria. These nets have contributed to the prevention of millions of deaths due to malaria, but in recent years, there has been growing concern that mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the pyrethroid insecticides used on the nets, making them less effective. However, the impact of ...

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Carrots Cut Down Breast Cancer Risk by 60%, More Benefits

Eating carrots regularly will reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 60 percent, suggested a new study. Carrot has rich vitamins called carotenes, which are found in spinach and red peppers too, will help women reduce the risk of cancer, said researchers. Richard Berks, speaking on behalf of researchers at Breast Cancer Now, said though carrot was ingredient among ...

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Obesity, Memory Loss Go Hand-in-Hand, says Study

Obesity is the root cause of many diseases and now researchers have come out with a new finding that it leads to worst memory compared to those who are thin. A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge found that higher body mass index (BMI) or obesity is linked to “poorer performance” when the target audience was tested on ...

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Increasing Filtered Coffee Consumption May Reduce Risk of Cirrhosis in Kidney: Study

Brushing aside the side effects of caffeine, drinking coffee may reduce cirrhosis or liver damage from food and alcohol, said a new study by researchers at Southampton University in the United Kingdom. Analyzing data of more than 430,000 participants, researchers found that drinking two additional cups of coffee daily has resulted in lowering the risk of developing cirrhosis by 44%. ...

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Antibiotics Affect Brain, Cause Confusion, Hallucinations: Indian-Origin Neurologist

Indian-origin American researcher has found that antibiotics affect delirium in brain and cause confusion to brain function and leads to hallucinations and agitative mindset. “Delirium is a common and costly complication of hospitalization. Although medications are a known cause of delirium, antibiotics are an underrecognized class of medications associated with delirium,” said researchers in their article. They reviewed the clinical, ...

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India targets Malaria Elimination by 2030, Is it Feasible?

Every new government in India vows to keep Malaria at bay and so is the current government which has launched a National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016-2030 with Health Minister J. P. Nadda reiterating that the country stands committed to “to allocating infrastructure and financial resources to this task.” The launch announcement was aligned with the 2014 regional ...

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