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Kids can Score Better in School If They Read in Front of Dogs

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Reports indicate that a new experiment at a UK school has found that when children read to a dog their results soar. At the Hyland School, Chelmsford, Essex, the kids love to read in front of Flossie, a 10-month-old cockapoo, because she allows them to read more fluently without interrupting to correct mistakes, the Daily Star reported. Sue Frost, school's deputy head, said that Flossie is also helping kids learn foreign languages as they teach her commands ...

Deaf People can Make Phone Calls Using New App

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A new app has been developed by an Italian startup for deaf people, which enables them to make phone calls. The four-month-old Italian startup, Pedius, has got an app that converts a text message sent by a user to speech at the other side of the phone call, which is also reportedly accompanied by a clean looking website. According to Tech Crunch, although the app and website are currently available only in Italy, it is set to expand to Brazil, the US ...

First Banknote in Australia Fetches US (Dollar) 310,000

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Officials have revealed that the only surviving example of Australia's first official banknote exceeded expectations when it was auctioned for Aus (Dollar) 334,000 ( (Dollar) 310,000). The 10 shilling note -- one of 100 issued in 1817 by the Bank of New South Wales (now called Westpac) on the day it opened -- attracted bids from around the world, said Jim Noble of Noble Numismatics, which handled the sale. "It's a record for a colonial banknote," he told AFP. "It will ...

Gay Marriage is Now Legal in England and Wales

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Saudi Visit: Obama to Meet Woman Activist

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An US official has confirmed that President Barack Obama will meet a woman activist in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. This visit will happen even as women have pledged to defy a driving ban in the country. He will meet Dr Maha Al Muneef, who was among 10 women honoured by the US State Department for bravery, a senior US official said Friday on the first day of Obama's visit to the kingdom, requesting anonymity. Muneef, a recipient of this year's women of ...

Fourth Metro Line Now Operational in Budapest

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On Friday, Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage Site underground transit system finally got a fourth line. This came about after an eight-year construction period marked by rows between Hungary's warring political parties. Budapest's right-wing mayor Istvan Tarlos refused to invite his left-liberal predecessor Gabor Demszky to the opening, also attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, despite the project starting life under Demszky. Tarlos, a member of Orban's ...

Appeal to Register Gay Marriage Rejected by Taiwan Court

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Activists have confirmed that a Taiwanese court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their marriage. Gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court last year against a government agency that turned them away when they tried to register their marriage. The court on Thursday ruled in favour of the agency, saying it did not violate the law which ...

Watchmakers Set to Meet High Demand at Baselworld Show

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Industry leaders are seeing a rise in global demand despite a sharp slowdown for expensive watches in China at Baselworld, the showcase for watchmakers, which opened on a bright note on Thursday. "We are confident for 2014," Jean-Daniel Pasche, head of the Swiss Watch Industry Federation, told AFP a day before the world's largest watch fair opened to the public. Francois Thiebaud, who heads the Swiss Exhibitors Committee, agreed. "The year ...

Young Women Who Include Lots of Fruits and Vegetables in Diet are Healthier in Middle-Age

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New research suggests young women who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables show significantly lower rates of hardening in the arteries 20 years later. However, men did not appear to benefit the way women did, raising questions about why a heart healthy diet may benefit one sex over the other, according to the study presented at the American College of Cardiology conference. The research was based on 2,508 participants in the government-sponsored ...

High Cholesterol in US Kids Causing Concern Among Researchers

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New research indicates that a third of US children tested for cholesterol have borderline or high levels, thus placing them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease as adults. Researchers studied the medical records of nearly 13,000 kids in Texas aged nine to 11 who were screened for cholesterol as part of a routine checkup. Of this group 4,700, or 30 percent, had borderline or elevated total cholesterol, said the study presented to the yearly conference ...

Having Four or More Kids is Bad for Mother's Heart

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A new study has suggested that having four or more children could be bad for a mother's heart. Plaque buildup, an early sign of heart disease, was far more common in women who had given birth to four or more children than in those who had two or three, according to the research presented at the American College of Cardiology conference. The survey did not say why this may be happening, and researchers did not consider whether stress could be a factor ...

Major Depression Nearly Doubles Risk of Kidney Failure in Diabetics

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A study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) says that major depression may increase diabetes patients' risk of developing kidney failure. Additional studies are needed to determine whether treatment for depression can improve kidney health in patients with diabetes. Individuals with diabetes have a high prevalence of depressive symptoms, which has previously been linked with negative health ...

Research Suggests Autoimmune Drug May Help Prevent Kidney Disease Caused by Diabetes

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New research suggests a drug currently used to treat autoimmune disease may also help prevent the kidney-damaging effects of diabetes. The study appears in an upcoming issue of the iJournal of the American Society of Nephrology/i (JASN). The findings suggest that clinical trials should be designed to test the drug in diabetic patients. Kidney disease is one of the most serious complications of diabetes. Diabetics who develop kidney disease, or diabetic ...

Research Sheds Light on Using Tobacco to Thwart Infectious Disease

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A new generation of potentially safer and more cost-effective therapeutics against West Nile virus, and other pathogens have been developed by an international research group led by Arizona State University professor Qiang "Shawn" Chen. The therapeutics, known as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and their derivatives, were shown to neutralize and protect mice against a lethal dose challenge of West Nile virus---even as late as 4 days after the initial infection. "The ...

New Research Implicates Esophageal Function in Life-Threatening Experiences in Infants

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Research has shown that nearly 1 percent of all emergency room visits are prompted by near-death experiences in infants. These include extended periods without breathing or sudden changes in skin pallor or muscle tone. What causes these frightening experiences is often unknown, but the result can be long hospital stays and neurological impairment. Now, a study of these apparent life-threatening events - called ALTEs for short - suggests that infants ...

Excessive Television Viewing may Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Middle School Kids

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Research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session says that middle school kids who park themselves in front of the TV for two hours or more each day are more likely to consume junk food and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease. "While too much of both types of screen time encourages sedentary behavior, our study suggests high TV time in particular is associated with poorer food choices and increased cardiovascular ...

Antidepressant Effect of Seroxat Enhanced by Acupuncture

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Previous research has shown that acupuncture is more effective than oral antidepressants in improving depressive symptoms. It also produces fewer side effects than tricyclic antidepressants. Despite the continued development of antidepressants and alternative/synergistic therapies, major depressive disorder has not been comprehensively recognized and treatment outcome is often insufficient. An epidemiological study addressing depression showed that poor recognition ...

Stroke Patients Need Customized Palliative Care During Recovery Phase

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A scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke says that people recovering from a stroke should have a well-coordinated medical team to personalize care, optimize quality of life and minimize suffering. The statement is the first in the United States to outline fundamental palliative care for stroke survivors. Palliative care is patient- and family-centered care that improves life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering."The ...

Debate on Whether Whole-Genome Sequencing Should Become Part of Newborn Screening

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Scientists are now debating whether whole-genome sequencing should be used in the public-health programs that screen newborns for rare conditions. The question is likely to stir debate in coming years in many of the more-than-60 countries that provide newborn screening, as whole-genome sequencing (WGS) becomes increasingly affordable and reliable. Newborn screening programs - which involve drawing a few drops of blood from a newborn''s heel - have been in place ...

Scientists Take Huge Strides Toward Creating 'Benchtop Human'

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Major strides have been taken by scientists towards creating "homo minutus", a benchtop human. The details of the research were presented the Society of Toxicology meeting on Mar. 26 in Phoenix. The advance - successful development and analysis of a liver human organ construct that responds to exposure to a toxic chemical much like a real liver- was described in a presentation by John Wikswo, the Gordon A. Cain University Professor and Director of the Vanderbilt ...

Earth Hour Observed Today

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On Saturday March 29th 2014, Earth Hour will be observed across the world from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. People will turn off all non-essential lights to raise awareness about environmental challenges at the specified time. Actor Arjun Kapoor has been announced as the national brand ambassador of the environmental campaign ' Earth Hour 2014 '. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organised by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature ...

Scientists Create World's First Synthetic Yeast Chromosome

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A fully functional chromosome from the baker's yeast has been redesigned and produced by a team of scientists. The synthetic yeast chromosome, which has been stripped of some DNA sequences and other elements, is 272,871 base pairs long, representing about 2.5 percent of the 12-million-base-pair, said the researchers. As a eukaryote, a category that includes humans and other animals, the baker's yeast named saccharomyces cerevisiae has a very complex ...

Good Bacteria That Protect Against HIV Discovered

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By growing vaginal skin cells outside the body University of Texas Medical Branch researchers are able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections. These good bacteria, in turn, create a physical and chemical barrier to bad bacteria and viruses including HIV. A publication released today from a team of scientists representing multiple disciplines at UTMB and the Oak Crest Institute of Science ...

Cancer Chemotherapy Accelerates Molecular Aging

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In patients treated for cancer, chemotherapy can accelerate the aging process. Researchers measured the level of p16, a protein that causes cellular aging, in the blood of 33 women over the age of 50 who had undergone chemotherapy for curable breast cancer. Samples were taken for analysis of molecular age from patients before chemotherapy, immediately following chemotherapy and a year after therapy finished. The analysis showed that curative chemotherapy ...

More Challenging Kindergarten Curriculum Boosts School Performance

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Children who are exposed to advanced content in math or reading perform better at elementary school later on, finds a new study. This improvement is regardless of the economic background of the child. a href="http:www.medindia.net/news/Kindergarten-Friendships-Impact-Behavior-Mainly-for-Boys-a-U-of-I-Study-94130-1.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"Kindergarten/a teachers who cling on to teaching basic content alone are hence, unknowingly, ...

MMA Fighters Receive Worst Head Injuries: Study

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A University of Toronto study has revealed that head injuries suffered during mixed martial arts (MMA) are more severe and fatal than those received during boxing, football, hockey and other martial arts forms. Researchers found that about 13 per cent of MMA ended in knockouts and 21 per cent ended in technical knockouts. They said that concussion rates in MMA were greater than hockey and football and suggested that referees should receive more specialised ...

Cochlear Implant Helps Her Hear Sound for the First Time

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A cochlear implant has helped this 40-year-old woman from Gateshead, who was born deaf, to hear sound for the first time in life. Joanne Milne, 40, from Gateshead, is also a registered blind. She started losing her sight in her 20s due to a medical condition called Usher Syndrome with which she was born. "The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I'm still in shock now. The first day everybody sounded robotic and I have ...

Gulf War Illness Linked to Mitochondria Dysfunction: Study

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Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have found out that Gulf War illness is caused due to dysfunction of mitochondria and not stress. Veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War who are victims of Gulf War illness show a drop in phosphocreatine or PCr, a phosphorus-containing compound in cells, in muscle cells during exercise. These compounds are required to provide cell energy. In case of mitochondrial dysfunction, PCr recovery slows down. Principal ...

Weight-loss Drug Alli Recalled After Complaints of Fake Packages

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In the wake of complaints from consumers, drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has recalled its over-the-counter drug Alli meant for weight-loss in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company found that some packages of the medicine were tampered with as labels were missing and seals were different. The original capsule is turquoise blue. But capsules of various shapes and colours were found in several bottles, according to a statement by Glaxo. Colin ...

Eight Lives Saved Through Organ Donation

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctors saved eight lives through cadaver organ donation. The donor was a 45-year-old woman victim of a road accident who received severe head injuries, and was declared brain dead March 27, the hospital said. The husband and brother of the deceased agreed to sign the consent form, allowing the donation of her liver, heart valves, kidneys and corneas. "The Organ Retrieval and Banking ...

Study Says Marriage is Healthy for the Heart

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Scientists have discovered an association between heart health and martial status. Married people have lesser cardiovascular problems than those who are single, divorced, say scientists. The study is the largest of its kind to show how heart health is linked to marital status, and was presented at the American College of Cardiology conference. "These findings certainly shouldn't drive people to get married, but it's important to know that decisions ...