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Romans Did Not Benefit from Toilets, Says Study

The Romans, who had introduced toilet 2,000 years ago, including public multi-seat latrines with washing facility, sewerage system and piped drinking water from aqueducts and hot-water public baths, did not yield right results healthwise, say scientists. Despite keeping their town clean and free from excrement and garbage, the intestinal parasites such as whipworm, roundworm and Entamoeba histolytica dysentery did not ...

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Delhi-type Air Quality Monitoring to Extend to Other Cities: Minister

In view of complaints over Delhi pollution and deteriorating air quality monitoring, the Indian government has decided to increase these stations from the present 10 to more cities with 46 million population. Already, reports have highlighted the worsening air pollution in the capital compared to Beijing. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha ...

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Public Spitting Still Main Cause Spreading TB; Time to Spread Awareness?

While TB or tuberculosis is raising its ugly head again, more than its new drug-resistance character, the root-cause has come under focus. The public spitting, a habit indigenous to India since the ancient times, still persists, say authroties and doctors. One of the worst offenders of public spitting are drivers of vehicles and paan-chewing public and no matter what the ...

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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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3D Maps Reveal Genomic Origami, responsible for cancer, other diseases

Human genomes and their folding patterns have been know for years with hidden switches that can turn on and cause deadly diseases including cancer. Now with the help of a three-dimensional (3D) map, scientists revealed a structural basis for gene regulation, sort of “genomic origami” that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells. Using a technology called ...

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Study Offers Fresh Hope to Tackle Signs of Ageing

A study by researchers offer future hope for tackling signs of ageing associated with diseases and conditions after identifying ‘markers’ that could spot old cells in the body. The markers also have the potential to assist with treating cancer. The research, which has shown promise in clinical samples, said that accumulation of old cells (called “senescent”) in human tissue can ...

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