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Saudi King Abdullah Undergoing 'Medical Checks'

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has been reportedly hospitalized for "medical checks". There have been rumours about his deteriorating health. Gulf News reports that the 91-year-old King's absence from the public gaze and frequent hospitalization has raised concerns about the future leadership of the country. King Abdullah was operated upon in October 2011 and November 2012 for "ligament slackening" in the upper back. Abdullah's ...

'Dementia-In-A-Dish' Helps Find Potential Treatment for Dementia

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Patient stem cells that was used to make dementia-in-a-dish has offered new potential treatment for dementia, reveal scientists after a new study. Belgian researchers have identified a new strategy for treating an inherited form of dementia after attempting to turn stem cells derived from patients into the neurons most affected by the disease. In patient-derived stem cells carrying a mutation predisposing them to frontotemporal dementia, which accounts ...

People With Parkinson's Disease can Improve With Regular Exercise

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Exercise may help people with Parkinson's disease to improve their balance, ability to move around and eventually the quality of their lives, observed a new study. The study approached 231 people with Parkinson's disease either received their usual care or took part in an exercise program of 40 to 60 minutes of balance and leg strengthening exercises three times a week for six months. This minimally-supervised exercise program was prescribed and monitored by a physical ...

PM Modi Conveys New Year Wishes to Citizens

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed New Year wishes to the citizens of the country and added that he was hopeful that the year 2015 brings immense happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone's lives. "Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2015! May this year bring immense happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone's lives," he tweeted. The New Year was ushered across the world over with much gusto, with people in India too joining the bandwagon ...

BJP Criticizes Mamta Banerjee for Her Remarks on the Land Ordinance Act

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticized West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's remarks on the recently passed land ordinance act, and terming the TMC chief's stand as against the interest of her state. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the land ordinance act intends to make a fair balance between the interest of farmers and industry. However, Mamta Banerjee has termed the ordinance as 'black ordinance' and urged people to burn symbolic copies of it. ...

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa may Have Been Caused by Bats

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Bats could be the possible reason behind the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa, according to a study led by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin, Germany. The researchers have suggested that the epidemic may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats. Ebola epidemics are of zoonotic origin, transmitted to human populations either through contact with larger wildlife or by direct contact with bats. ...

Commercial Sunbeds Banned in Australia Due to Fear of Skin Cancer

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Commercial sunbeds will now be banned in most Australian states and territories. Cancer Council Australia welcomed the ban as Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. It is estimated that the ban would help to reduce rates of skin cancer, which affects two out of three Australians by age 70. The ban will come into force in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and in the Australian Capital Territory ...

Hong Kong Culls 15,000 Chickens Due to H7N9 Bird Flu Alert

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The deadly H7N9 virus has been discovered in 120 chickens imported from the nearby Chinese city of Huizhou, owing to which the Hong Kong authorities plan to slaughter some 15,000 birds. Hong Kong's health minister Ko Wing-man said, "The rapid testing showed that this batch of chickens carries the H7N9 virus." Televised images revealed authorities will begin the cull Wednesday morning. Poultry imports from the mainland have been banned for 3-weeks. Hong Kong last ...

Thousands Usher in New Year a Day Early in Madrid

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Thousands of revelers jammed Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square on Tuesday, to ring in 2015, a day early. The horn-tooting, hat-wearing crowd roared and jumped up and down as the clock in the 18th century Real Casa de Correos struck midnight, even though the new year was to start 24 hours later. Many followed the Spanish New Year's custom and gobbled a grape on each of the 12 chimes at midnight for 12 months of good luck, while others counted the clangs of the clock ...

Security Forces and Administration Destroy Illegal Marijuana Cultivation in Tripura

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Hundreds of acres of illegal marijuana crops were destroyed in the Jarulbachai district of West Tripura in a joint operation carried out by the Border Security Force, state police, excise department and the state administration. Acting on a tip-off, the forces found illegal marijuana cultivations across the hillocks. They destroyed and burnt the illegal plants which amounted to over Rs. 1 crore. According to reports this plantation was bound for Bangladesh. The ...

Bratislava Croissants Remind People of History and Vibrant Cultural Mix

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Marcel Proust's madeleine recollections: a scrumptious, crescent-shaped pastry filled with walnuts or poppy seeds, triggers a rush of memories for Slovaks. The tasty Bratislavske rozky, or bajgel, as they are also called are making a comeback in Bratislava. This reminds the people of the rich history and vibrant cultural mix of the capital cut through by the Danube at the heart of Europe. The croissants were widely available until the end of World War II. But communism's ...

Kim Kardshian Does Not Smile in Pictures as It may Cause Wrinkles

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34-year old American TV star Kim Kardsahian recently admitted that she does not smile in pictures as she believes that smiling causes wrinkles. The reality star posted her picture donning a cute smile with Shamari Maurice on Instagram and mentioned that she does flash her teeth to the camera on occasion, but not too often because it causes wrinkles. Kim must have captioned the picture in a sarcastic manner as she was seen flaunting her smile and laughing plenty ...

Jessica Alba Finds Diets Boring

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Narendra Modi Assures Nirbhaya's Parents About Ensuring Safety for Women

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The parents of 'Nirbhaya' called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, where the Prime Minister condoled their loss and assured them that the Union Government would do its utmost for safety and security for women. The Prime Minister also appreciated the efforts of Nirbhaya's mother, who now runs the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust for the security and welfare of women. On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally gang-raped ...

5-Fold Increase in Suicide Risk in Kids With Parent's History of Suicide Attempts

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Suicide attempt by a parent increases the odds nearly 5-fold that their child would attempt suicide, reveals a new study. The researchers found a direct effect of a parent's suicide attempt on a suicide attempt by their child, even after researchers took into account a history of previous suicide attempt by the offspring and a familial transmission of mood disorder. David A. Brent, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, said ...

New Year Greetings to Nation from President

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President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the nation on New Year's Eve on Wednesday, with a message of hope that 2015 turns out to be a year of peace, progress and harmony. The official twitter account of the Rashtrapati Bhavan shared the President's wishes via a series of tweets. "I extend warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens for a happy and prosperous New Year. Let 2015 be a year of peace, progress and harmony." "Let us abhor ...

In Ooty, Eight Women Die in a Week Post-Cesarean Section

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After undergoing Cesarean section in Ooty, Eight pregnant women have lost their lives, reportedly due to excessive bleeding. Most of the deaths occurred between December 24 and December 30. Some of the patients, who were referred to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital after developing complications, also did not survive. Relatives said most of them died of excessive bleeding post surgery. Anandraj, husband of a victim Saraswati, ...

Ebola Test Negative in the Two Britains

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Ebola test was found negative in two patients who recently returned from west Africa in Britain on Wednesday. Calls had mounted for a review of airport screening procedures after a case was confirmed this week. The two had been tested separately at hospitals in Aberdeen in Scotland and Cornwall in southwest England. The patients were unconnected to the only diagnosed case in Britain -- Pauline Cafferkey -- a volunteer nurse who contracted the disease ...

Despite MH370, MH17, QZ8501 Disasters, 2014 Named Safest in 111 Years of Flight

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Despite the Malaysian Airlines' MH370, MH17 and AirAsia QZ8501 disasters, 2014 has been named as one of the safest years in 111 years of flight, by the Aviation Safety Network. However, it was announced before the AirAsia QZ8501 tragedy that occurred on Sunday, reported the Daily Star. The number of passenger fatalities was 526 in 19 accidents, 150 deaths below the decade's average of 676 deaths over 32 accidents, according to the ASN. Harro ...

Nation-Wide Monitoring of Toilet Use to be Launched Next Year

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A Nationwide Real Time Monitoring of use of toilets from January 2015 will be launched by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The monitoring system will be unveiled to give a big push to Swachh Bharat Mission, which aims at attaining a 100 percent open defecation free India by 2019, a ministry statement said. People across the country will be mobilized to check and verify the use of toilets in the rural areas through mobile phones, tablets ...