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Possible Debris of MH370 in Indian Ocean Pinpointed by New French Satellite Images

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Latest satellite images from France point towards possible debris in the Indian Ocean even as the desperate search for the ill-fated Malaysian Airline passenger jet enters its third week. Malaysia's Transport Ministry said that the latest satellite information showed 'potential objects' in the southern corridor search zone and that the images. According to the Daily Telegraph, it is the third set of images in a week of possible debris in the area, about ...

First Man-Made 'Living Materials' Developed by Researchers

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Engineers from MIT were able to coax bacterial cells to produce biofilms. The latter can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. The paper's lead author is Allen Chen, an MIT-Harvard MD-PhD student. Other authors are postdocs Zhengtao Deng, Amanda Billings, Urartu Seker, and Bijan Zakeri; recent MIT graduate Michelle Lu; and graduate student Robert Citorik, Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological ...

Man-Turned-Woman Spends Huge Money to Look Like Blow-Up Sex Doll

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Media reports indicate that a massage therapist from Minneapolis has spent an estimated 99,000 dollars trying to look like a blow-up sex doll. 38-year-old Katella Dash told the Mirror that she loves to look plastic, asserting that people's hatred for her extreme appearance fuels her to get more work done. She said that she believes that she is obsessed with undergoing plastic surgery, asserting that over the top and extreme feels normal to her, the ...

'Spreading' Toe Infection Causing Further Concerns for Johnson

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Oz pace tyro Mitchell Johnson is reportedly facing further problems with his infected toe. This infection forced him out of this month's ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh. The infection began from a cut suffered during Australia's series-clinching third Test triumph over South Africa in Cape Town earlier this month. According to Sport24, Cricket Australia (CA) said that the infection, which occurred on his right big toe, had spread to Johnson's ...

NFL Season: Cheerleaders Spring to Life

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About 200 young women and men are hard at work polishing their basket tosses, backflips and dance moves on a Saturday morning at a Baltimore gym. The start of the American football season is five months away, but the Baltimore Ravens are wasting no time selecting the only co-ed cheerleading squad in the National Football League (NFL). "I've been working all year for this," said Ali Tripple, 24, taking a break from rehearsing an eight-step dance routine ...

Tokyo Fashion Week Showcases Hijab Designs

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An Indonesian label's bid to blend a traditional Muslim headscarf with haute couture was a striking contribution at the Tokyo Fashion Week. The twice-yearly show, which wraps up on Saturday, saw NurZahra roll out its autumn/winter collection "Layers of Fidelity", turning the modest hijab into sophisticated fashion. The label -- whose name means "the luminous light" in Arabic and takes from Fatimah Zahra, the daughter of Prophet Mohammed -- wanted to ...

Impact of Technology: Cell Phones bring 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into Modern Age

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The dramatic impact of cell phone technology on a remote Himalayan kingdom known as the "last Shangri-La" is reflected upon by newspaper editor Tenzing Lamsang. "Bhutan is jumping from the feudal age to the modern age," said Lamsang, editor of The Bhutanese biweekly and online journal. "It's bypassing the industrial age." As the last country in the world to get television and one which measures its performance with a "Gross National Happiness" yardstick, ...

Pitt Study Says Integrating Mental Health Services in Pediatric Practices Feasible and Effective

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A new study has found that brief behavioral and mental health programs for children can be effectively provided within pediatric practices. The study was conducted by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health. Behavioral health treatment provided in the pediatrician's office resulted in improved access to care, greater participation by both the child and their caregiver in treatment programs, ...

Path to Safer Drugs for Heart Disease Identified in Massachusetts General Study

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A problem that has plagued a group of drugs called ligand-mimicking integrin inhibitors, which have the potential to treat conditions ranging from heart attacks to spread of cancer, may have been solved by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators. In a iNature Structural (and) Molecular Biology/i paper receiving advance online publication, the researchers provide a structural basis for the design of new and safer integrin inhibitors. Integrins ...

Chromosome Catastrophe Thought to be Cause of Leukemia

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People born with a rare abnormality of their chromosomes have a 2,700-fold increased risk of a rare childhood leukemia, researchers have revealed. In this abnormality, two specific chromosomes are fused together but become prone to catastrophic shattering. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, is the most common childhood cancer. Scientists previously found that a small subset of ALL patients have repeated sections of chromosome 21 in the genomes of ...

Climate Change Predicted to Have Worst Effect on Southeast England

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Scientists are predicting that warmer summers brought on by climate change will cause more deaths in London and southeast England than the rest of the country. Researchers at Imperial College London looked at temperature records and mortality figures for 2001 to 2010 to find out which districts in England and Wales experience the biggest effects from warm temperatures. In the most vulnerable districts, in London and the southeast, the odds of dying from ...

Benefits of Sage Leaves

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Sage is a member of the mint family and has many healing properties. Sage leaves cure indigestion, gas, depression and menopausal problems, owing to the nutrients in them.

Cheaper, Greener Way to Make New Drugs on the Anvil

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A process called bioretrosynthesis is an alternative approach to creating artificial organic molecules. It was first proposed in 2010 by Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Now Bachmann and a team of collaborators report that they have succeeded in using the method to produce the HIV drug didanosine. The proof of concept experiment is described in a paper published online March 23 by the journal iNature Chemical ...

Japanese Mushroom Extract Kills Cervical-cancer Causing Virus

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Japanese mushroom extract active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) kills off HPV, human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer cells, say researchers. In the study cervical cancer cells were treated with AHCC and incubated for 72 hours with sampling every 24 hours. The study was then repeated in two orthotopic mouse models, one HPV positive and other HPV negative control. The HPV expression was eradicated with once daily AHCC dosing for 90 days ...

Tackling Multi-Drug Resistant and Extensively Drug-Resistant TB With a New Consensus

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Efforts are being made to tackle the growing threat of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis by newly developed consensus statements. Published online today (24 March 2014) in the iEuropean Respiratory Journal/i, the statements mark the first time that physicians who treat patients with multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant TB have reached a consensus on important areas of patient management where scientific evidence ...

Current Childhood Tuberculosis is Double the Number Previously Estimated

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Current cases of childhood tuberculosis is double the number previously thought, amounting to about one million, as found by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, and three times the number diagnosed every year. The researchers also estimated that around 32,000 children suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) annually. These findings are published in emThe Lancet/em on March 23, 2014. "Despite ...

Dormant HIV Infection Cannot be Reawakened by Drugs

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Scientists at Johns Hopkins attempted to "wake up" dormant reservoirs of HIV inside immune system T cells, but failed to do so in laboratory tests of such WBCs taken directly from patients infected with HIV. This was a strategy designed to reverse latency and make the cells vulnerable to destruction. "Despite our high hopes, none of the compounds we tested in HIV-infected cells taken directly from patients activated the latent virus," says Robert F. Siliciano, M.D., ...

Ebola Epidemic Now Reaches Guinea's Capital

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After killing dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests, the Ebola epidemic has spread to the capital Conakry, said the United Nations Children's Fund on Sunday. "At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry," UNICEF said in a statement emailed to AFP. Conakry, ...

Ban on Tobacco to be Included in Manifestos: NGO

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Political parties have been requested to include a complete ban on tobacco products, including cigarettes, bidis and chewing tobacco,in their manifestos, by research facility Institute of Public Health. "We have urged all political parties to include a ban on tobacco products in their manifestos for the Lok Sabha polls and fulfill the assurance when elected to power," the institute's assistant director Upendra Bhojani told IANS here Sunday. The demand ...

Gender Violence, Low Education Up HIV Vulnerability

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Low education and high amount of gender violence were found to increase HIV vulnerability in women, says researcher. Stigma and discrimination was also one of the biggest barriers to testing and seeking treatment. Is there a cure for HIV? The success stories of Timothy Brown and the two Boston patients, who rid themselves of the HIV cells through bone marrow transplants, led to hopes that a cure had finally been found. This was further boosted by the fact ...

United Efforts Against TB Called for by President

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India can be freed of tuberculosis with united and determined efforts, within a short period of time, said President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday. In a message ahead of World Tuberculosis Day March 24, the president called upon people to unite their efforts to bring an end to the age-old scourge. "It is a matter of deep concern that TB continues to kill one person every two minutes or almost 750 people daily in India," he said. "Our endeavour ...

World TB Day on March 24: Quarter of Global TB Cases Reside in India

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Tuberculosis still remains a cause of concern for India despite having a strong public sector programme, and constitutes nearly a quarter of the global burden of TB, health experts said. Experts said measures which can help strengthen the fight against the disease include involvement of the private sector, more political commitment to create awareness and containing risk factors like malnutrition. "TB is still a cause for concern. It is the sheer numbers ...

Sustainable Development and Existence of Humans Depend on Forests

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Importance of forests in making the earth habitable for mammals has been recognized by a new study and their destruction will lead to decline of all mammals, including humans. The value of forests and tree-based ecosystems extends far beyond carbon sequestration; they are the foundation of sustainable societies. A new report, launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on 21 March - the International Day of Forests - promotes REDD+ and the Green Economy as together ...

Journalists Awarded for Best Reporting on Tuberculosis

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The REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Awards 2014 were presented to recognize outstanding and responsible reporting on tuberculosis (TB). The awards were presented by Dr RS Gupta, Deputy Director General (TB), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Gupta said that India had made a lot of progress in the fight against TB but some challenges remained. "All of us must work together to ensure that those with ...

Growing Kids 'Programmed to Prefer Sweet-Tasting Foods'

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The link between children's tendencies to prefer sweet-tasting foods and their growing bodies has been found by researchers. Lead study author Julie Mennella, a biopsychologist at Monell, said that biology predisposes humans to like and eat calorie-rich sweet foods and sodium-rich salty foods, asserting that this is especially evident in children, whose bodies are still growing, the Independent reported. Mennella and her team tested 108 children aged ...

Uninsured in Utah - Urged to Sign Up Before Deadline

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Arches Health Plan which runs across Utah - America, is imploring the uninsured population to buy health covers under The Affordable Care exchanges before the March 31st deadline. Nearly 40,000 Utahns have health plans on www.HealthCare.Gov - 86 percent of them availing a subsidy to help cover the costs. The online marketplace at healthcare.gov was designed in such a way that shoppers could to find out whether they qualified for subsidies, could receive them ...

Will Power Dispensed by Chocolate Machine!

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A chocolate machine that gives you instructions to brew your drink and also improve on your will power, provided you obey the machine has been developed. A doctoral student Matthias Laschke from Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, has designed a chocolate machine that is part of a gadget series intended to help users break bad habits. The device periodically releases a wrapped round chocolate. You can either eat it - means no ...

A Computer That can Spot Faked Expressions

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A computer system that can spot faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can, has been revealed by researchers. It could also help detect deceptive actions at job screenings, security issues and so on. A joint study was conducted by researchers at the University of California (UC), San Diego and the University of Toronto and the work titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions" was published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. ...

Stem Cells can Now be Created from a Drop of Blood

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A method to generate pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood has been developed by researchers. The method also enables donors to collect their own blood samples, which they can then send to a laboratory for further processing. The easy access to blood samples using the new technique could potentially boost the recruitment of greater numbers and diversities of donors, and could lead to the establishment of large-scale ...

Genetic Cause of Rare Type of Ovarian Cancer Discovered

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Researchers have uncovered the cause of a rare type of ovarian cancer. The findings of the study are published in I Natural Genetics /I. By applying its groundbreaking work in genomics, TGen led a study that included Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center; Evergreen Hematology and Oncology, Children's Hospital of Alabama, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, British Columbia Cancer Agency, University of British ...

Simple Tape Measure Better Calculator for Obesity Than BMI: Experts

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A simple tape measure can help you calculate obesity better than the lengthy and often confusing current body mass index (BMI), reveal experts. Dr Jude Oben, from the Obesity Action Campaign, told Sky News that measuring waist size was a more accurate assessment of someone's fat and less "tedious" than calculating BMI. The fat inside your abdomen is a good indicator of your metabolic risk, and a tape measure can do the measuring, he said. Oben ...