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Healthy Eating Habits for Children and Teens

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It is important to teach kids what is healthy eating and how to eat healthy. Healthy eating tips for kids must include creative recipes and presentations.

IPCA, Dr Reddy's Health Products Come Under Canada Govt Scanner

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Canadian importers have been asked to quarantine health products made at IPCA Laboratories' Pithampur facility in Madhya Pradesh and Dr Reddy's Laboratories' Srikakulam plant in Andhra Pradesh due to data integrity concerns. The order was issued by Health Canada, the North American country's food and drug regulator. In response to the alert, which was issued on December 23, Dr Reddy's says the company is currently working with the food and drug ...

Baldness Issue may Find a Solution by Stem Cells Activation

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Researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have discovered an unexpected connection between the body's defence system and skin regeneration. They found cells called macrophages are involved. Macrophages are cells from the immune system that fight infection and repair wounds by a process called phagocytosis. Also, they are involved in the activation of hair follicle stem cells in non-inflamed skin, said Mirna Perez-Moreno from ...

Tibial Plateau / Bumper Fracture

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Tibial plateau is a critical load-bearing area on the upper surface of the tibia. Tibial plateau/bumper fracture occurs at the top of the shin bone and involves the cartilage area of the knee joint.

Goodbye Time To Interferon In Treating Hepatitis C Genotype 1

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently granted approval for interferon-free treatment for those affected with hepatitis C genotype 1. The treatment offers a 12-week IFN-free, all-oral course. h4The Treatment:/h4 The combination of 2-3 direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) will be able to result in 90 percent sustained virologic response (SVR) rates mostly in patient with genotype 1 infection. The list includes patients with subtype 1a, ...

Mission Indradhanush Promises Full Immunization Coverage for All Children by 2020

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J. P. Nadda said that his ministry aims to achieve full immunization coverage for all children by 2020 through a Catch-Up campaign under Mission Indradhanush. The Mission Indradhanush, depicting seven colors of the rainbow, aims to cover all those children by 2020 who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases- diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis ...

Ebola Expert Calls for 'Epidemic Intelligence Service' to be Stepped Up in Europe

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Microbiologist Peter Pilot who discovered the Ebola virus has warned that Europe will be 'vulnerable' if it does not regard viruses as a 'national security issue' like the United States. Piot, director of the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, who recently returned from a visit to treatment centers in Sierra Leone, praised the Centers for Disease Control in the United States as a 'formidable force'. He said, "It's time the UK and Europe had a ...

Nurses Treating Ebola Patients on Strike in Sierra Leone

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Due to non-payment of risk allowance by the government for the month of November for treating Ebola patients, about 30 nurses were on strike at Mabenteh Hospital, a public hospital in the town of Makeni in northern Sierra Leone. A spokesman for the nurses, Henry Conteh said, "We are not going to attend to any patients who are already admitted and will not accept any new cases until we are paid. The matter is serious and needs to be settled urgently. No information ...

Sri Lanka Called to Cooperate in Human Rights Abuse Probe : UN Chief

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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, has reiterated his call to Sri Lanka to cooperate with the current UN investigation of alleged human right abuses. Responding to a media query on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterating that he will not participate with outside investigations, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, was quoted by the Lanka Page web site, as saying that the secretary general has always encouraged the Government of Sri ...

Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry to Soon Switch to E-Files

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Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry have planned to store all the official documents on E-Files within three months. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Villas Paswan, to discuss best governance practices on the eve of 'Good Governance Day'. The Ministry has also decided to review public grievances disposal mechanism to further increase the disposal rate which is 89 percent at the moment. While addressing ...

Charlie Sheen Terrified by Cancer Scare

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Charlie Sheen found it "terrifying" when he was diagnosed a pre-cancerous throat problem. The 49-year-old actor, whose last year wasn't that eventful with the broken off engagement, a lawsuit and cancellation of his latest TV show, faced a was horrifying cancer scare recently, Stuff.co.nz reported. Sheen, who's been a heavy smoker for years, had started to have throat problems after which he sought out a world-renowned throat and vocal cord specialist, ...

Secret Behind Transmission of Malaria in Genes Revealed

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The secret behind transmission of malaria in genes has revealed that Anopheles genus are the sole carriers of human malaria. The study conducted by Simon Fraser University (SFU) examined mosquito's chromosomal evolution over the past hundred million years and tried to reconstruct ancestral mosquito genomes through computational methods. The researchers tried to understand how chromosomes evolved and to unravel potential adaptation mechanisms that may ...

Google Provides Song Lyrics Above Search Results

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Google has come up with a new feature to provide the song lyrics right above the search results in North America while the song lyrics would get updated in the Google Play Store. Users will need to append "lyrics" onto the song name of their choice and Google will present a chunk of the words to their selection, directing them to see the full lyrics on the tune's Google Play store page, reported the Verge. A Google spokesperson confirmed the launch of ...

Musical Training Improves Focussing Capacity in Kids

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A new theory has revealed that kids learning music tend to have more focus, controlled emotions and diminished anxiety. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found evidence they expected - that music playing altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement and changes were observed in the behavior-regulating areas of the brain. For example, music practice influenced ...

'Protected Cultural Zones' in Syria, Iraq

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To save heritage sites in conflict-torn Iraq and Syria that were at risk of "cultural cleansing", UNESCO chief Irina Bokova on Wednesday called for the creation of "protected cultural zones." Efforts should start with the "highly iconic site" of the Umayyad mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Bokova told a Paris conference on safeguarding the two countries' cultural riches. "I believe that the Umayyad mosque, located within the World Heritage ...

Climate Change can Affect Forests in a Much Greater Way

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Forests around the world are affected by man-made climate change, suggesting that degradation of woods cannot be ruled out for the future, a new study has revealed. Taking a risk perspective, a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) caution that global warming puts additional pressure on some of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. Lead-author Christopher Reyer said that forests are probably more at risk than ...

New Method for Assessment of UTI Risk In Women After Pelvic-Floor Surgery

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A way to assess the risk for developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) following pelvic-floor surgery, has been identified by the researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. These findings were reported in the latest issue of emPLOS ONE/em. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of bacterial infection and have estimated treatment costs exceeding (Dollar) 1 billion a year in the United States. Women who undergo surgery for ...

Celebrated Italian Master Goldsmith's Creation Finally Exhibited

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Diamond and ruby-studded jewellery crafted by celebrated Italian master goldsmiths Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati and inspired by Renaissance great Benvenuto Cellini are to be exhibited for the first. More than 130 pieces designed by father and son, including pearl scorpions, silver chalices as well as silk and gold evening bags, can be seen from Tuesday at the Pitti Palace in Florence, a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio. Mario Buccellati founded ...

Supervised Residents Compared To Attending Physicians Alone in Emergency Department Resource is Being Used

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A study in the December 10 issue of iJAMA/i, a theme issue on medical education, in a sample of U.S. emergency departments, compared to attending physicians alone, found that supervised visits (involving both resident and attending physicians) were associated with a greater likelihood of hospital admission and use of advanced imaging and with longer emergency department stays. A common assumption is that care at academic medical centers costs more than care ...

Tumor Evolution And Drug Resistance In Breast Cancer Enabled by Heat-Shock Protein

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The highly conserved molecular chaperone heat-shock protein 90 (HSP90), long known for its ability to help organisms successfully adapt to environmentally stressful conditions, also enables estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancers to develop resistance to hormonal therapy. This HSP90-mediated evolutionary mechanism of drug resistance, reported by Whitehead Institute scientists in this week''s online edition of the iProceedings of the National Academy ...

Optogenetics: Hottest Tools in Biomedical Research

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Optogenetics, a method that uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins into specific cells, is one of the hottest tools in biomedical research today. This new tool allows researchers to interact with a single cell or a network of cells with exquisite precision. Whereas imaging and other technologies allow researchers to watch the brain in action, optogenetics enables them to influence those actions. With this innovative technique, it is now possible to ...

Epinephrine a Must for Severe Allergic Reaction

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One should know the first line of defense in combating the reaction is epinephrine, if they are among one of the millions of Americans who experiences a severe allergic reaction to food, latex or an insect sting. Unfortunately, not all medical personnel know how important epinephrine is in bringing an allergic reaction under control. According to new guidelines published in the iAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology/i, the scientific publication of the American ...

Ebola Crisis Could Last Till End of 2015: Expert

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The crisis of Ebola in west Africa could last through 2015, says the scientist who helped identify the deadly virus. News 24 reported that Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and part of a team to discover Ebola in 1976, said progress was being made in trying to stop the virus spreading but it would take time to develop vaccines. Piot said that this would be an epidemic "with a very long tail", adding that they ...

Brain Computer Interface to Compose Music Using Eyes

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A Brain Computer Music Interface (BCMI) that uses electrodes plugged into the back of the head has been developed by a team of researchers. The new system, designed at UK's Plymouth University fuses tech and music allowing people to compose melodies using their eyes. Eduardo Miranda, head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research at Plymouth University, said that their brain was producing electricity all the time. Miranda ...

Accidental Discovery of New Assassin Bug

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A new species of assassin bug was discovered by accident, when scientists were working on the nymphs of three known species. Dr. J. E. McPherson, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, was working with colleagues on a key to the nymphs of three midwestern species of assassin bug in the genus Sinea (i.e., S. complexa, S. diadema, and S. spinipes) in 2006 and to test their key for accuracy, they asked several others to check it by comparing ...

Creating Precursors to Human Sperm and Ova from Adult Cells

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Primordial germ cells have been created using a technique developed by researchers. These primordial germ cells are the embryonic cells that give rise to sperm and ova. The research conducted by Weizmann Institute Of Science explained the cause of fertility problems, yield insight into the earliest stages of embryonic development and potentially, and in future, it would enable the development of new kinds of reproductive technology. Dr. Jacob Hanna, ...