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HIV/AIDS Infection may Indirectly Cause Hearing Disability

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The Human Immunodeficiency virus causes the deadly AIDS infection that directly attacks the human immune system. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Peter Torre III and team from San Diego State University in California, the researchers have found that people who are infected with HIV have impaired low and high frequency hearing as opposed to people who are HIV negative. The study was published in iJAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery/i HIV/AIDS can ...

Strive for the Good Life, We Know the Basics for Sure

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Anthropologist Vanderbilt and World Health Organization well being adviser, Ted Fischer share their thoughts and ideas of how to begin this New Year. Money is not all about it, they agree as people have realised it long back. Fischer is the author of "The Good Life," where he studied German supermarket shoppers and Guatemalan coffee farmers to discover what hopes and dreams they share, and how anthropology can tell us about what the "good life" means ...

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria on the Rise Due to Reckless Use of Antibiotics

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In a shocking study, it has been estimated that about two million Indians are likely to die every year by 2050, by a British economist earlier this month. The reason behind such drastic mortality rates would be the usage of antibiotics as over the counter drugs for even the smallest of infections such as common cold and flu, because of which scientists foresee an imminent failure of these wonder drugs that could treat any harmful bacteria in the past. According to a recent ...

New Year Traditions, Celebrations From Around the World

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New Year is a time to rejoice and each country follows different and very interesting traditions in their own styles. Some may be weird. Yet, some are cultural traditions brought down through generations. One of the first country's to celebrate New Year are the island nations of Kiribati and Samoa. h4Cultural Traditions and New Year Celebrations:/h4 Australia: On New Year's Eve, the Australian cities have events like parades, entertainment and music. ...

Walking For Health and for Recharging Your Device

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Power can be generated to charge devices like smartphones, tablets or cameras with newly developed trainers, by wearing them and walking for one hour. The charging trainers, called the EnSole, can bring over two hours of phone power from just a one hour walk, the Daily Star reported. It collects kinetic energy via a mechanism tucked inside the insole. And the motion of walking spins a generator, which allows power to be built up in an external battery ...

Top 10 New Year's Healthy Resolutions

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Severe Allergic Reactions can be Aggravated by Estrogen

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Allergic reactions can be worsened by Estradiol, a type of estrogen, claim scientists. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that the estrogen boosts the levels and activity in mice of an enzyme that drives life-threatening allergic reactions. The study results may help explain why women frequently experience more severe allergic reactions compared to ...

Avoid Mistakes and Gain in Health Insurance Subsidies

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Federal subsidies make monthly premiums affordable so avoid some common errors while signing up for health insurance. Consumers should research for the right plan before they enroll themselves for a health insurance plan. Open enrollment is open till February 15supth/sup; they should look for a plan which reduces their premium by offering a tax subsidy. Health insurance subsidies are given out to household incomes which typically fall between 133% and 400% of ...

Autistic Man's Family Lodges Complaint in South Carolina

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A mother from Greenville, South Carolina, has lodged a complaint owing to excessive force on her adult son affected by autism. He was arrested on Christmas Eve and a Taser was used on him. According to the Greenville police, they were taking action and responding to reports of gunshots in Sullivan Street on Wednesday night. They had spotted Tario Anderson, 34-years on the street. He was asked to stop but, he didn't stop and ran away from the officers. h4The ...

Paranoia, Memory Problems from Facebook Fibs

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Posting lies on Facebook and Twitter can make people actually believe their fibs and can lead to paranoia and memory problems, found a new study. According to a poll by online diary site Pencourage, two-thirds of web users fib on their online profiles and a fifth of people between 18 and 24 admitted that their profiles had no similarity to reality, the independent reported. The study showed that when people make things up on social media, they fell ...

Neural Code of the Brain Decoded by Researchers

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Brain signals were read by lighting up the genetically encoded activity sensors in the nerve cells. Prof. Hausser and colleagues engineered nerve cells in the brains of mice to read and write brain signals. They engineered the same nerve cells to express light-sensitive proteins and to write brain signals that can be activated with flashes of light. Brain activity was observed and controlled in mice by combining the techniques. "Just as we combine ...

Breast Reconstruction More Satisfying With Patient's Own Tissues

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Reconstruction of breast is more satisfying with patient's own tissues rather than implants for women who have undergone mastectomy, reveals a study. The study done by Wolters Kluwer Health examined patient satisfaction and quality of life after breast reconstruction and found that women who choose reconstruction with their own tissues were more satisfied with the results. The studies performed earlier have reported conflicting results, ...

Flood Relief Measures With Over 20,000 Sri Lankan Troops

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Immediate relief is provided by more than 20,000 Sri Lankan troops, to people affected by the severe weather and floods in the island, over the past few days. Military spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya was quoted by the Lanka Page web site, as saying that immediate relief measures are continuing with the coordination of the DMC Task force. The task force is headed by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and consists of Secretary ...

Induced Epigenetic Changes may Lessen Severity of Huntington's Disease

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Evidence has shown that environmental factors, such as stress levels, smoking, habit, lifestyle and even finances can trigger changes in gene expression. While the genetic sequence remains unchanged, epigenetic changes can be passed to the next generation and have been linked to conditions such as obesity and autism-related disorders. Epigenetic changes are often caused by DNA methylation, a process whereby a methyl group is attached to DNA, silencing ...

'Heart Emoji'- International Word of 2014

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Heart emoji, written as 3, has been chosen recently as the international word of 2014, revealed reporters. Emoji and other emoticon are driving a radical change in the evolution of the English language as pictographs become ingrained into the world's vocabulary, the Mirror reported. The list was complied by the 15th annual survey of the English language by the the Global Language Monitor which analyses the internet, social media including ...

Baker's Cyst

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Is there a swelling at the back of your knee that is causing pain when you move your knee consider it to be a Baker's Cyst

Antibiotics Are No Longer A Safe Bet - Increased Risk With Over Usage

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming the world's most dangerous and challenging bacteria. It is essential to take antibiotics to kill bacteria that cause infection. But, these antibiotic-resistant bacteria are growing at alarming rates. In the US, annually, more than 2 million people are infected and these bacteria cause at least 23,000 deaths. Estimates made by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide estimates of (Dollar) 20 billion annually on direct ...

Healthcare Worker Diagnosed With Ebola in Britain

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A healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Glasgow. This is the first Ebola case in Britain during the current outbreak. The patient returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arrived at Glasgow Airport around 11:30 pm local time (2330 GMT), on Sunday. She was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7:50 am, on Monday. She will now be transferred to the high ...

Instability of TIAM1 Protein Spreads Lung Cancer

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The routine maintenance processes in a cell detect and remove faulty and worn out cell parts so they can be broken down and recycled. A protein called TIAM1 controls the links by which the cells are bound together. In lung cancer cells where the cell maintenance goes wrong, too many TIAM1 links are scrapped off. "This important research shows for the first time how lung cancer cells sever ties with their neighbours and start to spread around the ...

Cuban Doctor Who Survived Ebola Will Return to West Africa in January

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A Cuban doctor, Felix Baez, 43, who was cured of Ebola after contracting it in Sierra Leone said he will go back to West Africa to fight the deadly virus in January after ensuring he is fully recovered. Baez said, "I was always convinced I would overcome this disease and I told my colleagues 'don't worry, I'll return. I feel very well physically and emotionally. My recovery has been good. I'm resting and enjoying the company of my family." Baez developed symptoms ...

Musical Training is a Real Brain Activator for Children

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A recent study conducted by a child psychiatric team assessed associations that may exist between playing a musical instrument and cortical thickening in the brain. The outer layer of the brain (cortex) changes in thickness as a child grows and is found to be associated with altered mental states. Professor of psychiatry Dr. James Hudziak and colleagues decided to investigate whether positive stimulation in the form of musical training would have any ...

LightMix Ebola Zaire Test Gets Approval from US FDA

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The Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche has received an emergency authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for LightMix Ebola Zaire test for emergency use on patients with signs and symptoms of the deadly virus. Mobile laboratories in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia currently use expensive and time-consuming tests that can take up to six hours. However, the new test can take as little as three hours. The Ebola test, manufactured by German ...

China Reports Another Death Due to Bird Flu

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China has reported the death of a man from the H7N9 bird flu strain. The cases of the virus have accelerated in the year end. The deceased man was one of two recent cases reported eastern China in the city of Yongkang in Zhejiang. The death emerged as hospitals in Hong Kong were put on high alert after a woman diagnosed with the virus was said to be in critical condition. 310 cases were diagnosed from January until December 10 this year, which include 132 deaths. ...

One Session of Exercise can Lower Oxidative Stress

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Just one session of exercise in young people can have protective effects on the body, according to researcher Tinna Traustadottir. The researchers worked with two groups of healthy adults, one was comprised of people aged 18 to 25, and the other was made up of individuals at least 50 years old. They found that exercise had the ability to overcome stress by potentially boosting the antioxidant system. Traustadottir said, "We found that young people got protection ...

American Musician DeFranco Dies at 91 in Florida

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American musician DeFranco has passed away at the age of 91 due to his poor health at a Florida hospital. The Jazz clarinet legend was known for working with Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday and other well-known musicians. DeFranco was a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, and performed at venues around the world for 75 years and also recorded many albums. Leading jazz clarinettist Ken Peplowski said, "DeFranco almost single-handedly was the clarinettist ...

Delhi Shivers at 2.6 Degrees

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Dense fog and cold weather conditions continue in Delhi as the mercury plunges to 2.6 degree Celsius, five notches below normal on Monday. The maximum temperature recorded was 18.3 degree, two notches below normal. Early morning dense fog has affected the movement of trains and flight operations, with visibility of less than 50 meters. According to the last update, over 60 trains coming to the national capital were delayed while 24 trains departing from Delhi were rescheduled. ...

Smoking Groups Accuse Health Officials Over Anti-smoking Adverts

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Smoking group Forest has branded the Public Health England's (PHE) anti-smoking campaign 'poisonous' and accused PHE of making 'exaggerated claims'. PHE's New Year campaign advert shows roll-up cigarettes made of rotting human flesh. It warns smokers that every cigarette 'rots you from the inside out', thus highlighting the damage that smoking does to muscles, bones, teeth and eyes. Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said, "While many were ...

Culture Differences Among Countries Affect the Students' Mobile Communication Habits

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Cultural differences among countries affect the students' mobile communication habits, according to scientists at University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Department of Communication. The study found that American smartphone users were more likely to use their phones for email, texting and social media, whereas Korean smartphone users were interested in entertainment and information gathering. Researchers selected America and Korea due to the high rates of ...

Urban Lifestyle may Make People More Prone to Diabetes

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Increased stress may make people, who relocate from rural areas to cities, more prone to diabetes in developing nations, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). Chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol could raise a person's risk of developing diabetes and other metabolic problems. Cortisol counteracts insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar level and slows the body's production ...

High Exposure to Air Pollution During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Congenital Malformations

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High exposure to air pollution has now been linked to an increased risk of congenital malformations, according to a study published in Environmental Research. This nationwide study is the first to assess the association between different modes of conception- assisted reproductive technology (ART) versus spontaneous conception (SC), and the risks of exposure to air pollution to each. The researchers analyzed data on 216,730 born in Israel between 1997 and 2004, ...

Computerized Brain Games may Not Prevent Dementia

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Computerized brain games that are said to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia may not actually do so, according to Loyola University Medical Center neurologist Xabier Beristain. Beristain said, "Brain-training games require the user to perform certain tasks on a computer and they may make the user more skilled at narrow tasks, but there's little evidence they make the user smarter overall or less likely to experience cognitive decline." He recommended ...

Physical Violence Disrupts Normal Diurnal Cortisol Rhythms in Women

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Physical violence against women by male partners disrupts cortisol levels, a key steroid hormone that opens the door potentially to a variety of negative health effects, according to a study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center. Researchers looked at daily fluctuations of cortisol levels in men and women and found that cortisol levels typically rise as people wake up, peak shortly thereafter and then decline rapidly. When they compared the ...