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Combination Therapy Shows Promising Results in Early Stage Breast Cancer

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A combination therapy of low-dose chemotherapy with paclitaxel and the targeted drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) showed promising results in women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer, according to researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Massachusetts. Women who received the treatment were highly unlikely to see their cancer return. 406 women whose tumors were smaller than three centimeters and had not spread to their lymph nodes were part of the phase ...

UN Blamed for the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

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The United Nations (UN) has been blamed for the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, demolished by an earthquake 5 years back. The UN has denied legal responsibility for cholera outbreak that has killed 8,000 Haitians, but all scientific evidence points to poor sanitation at a peacekeeping base of the UN troops. Victims of the disease are trying to sue for damages in a US court, but the UN and its donor states are hiding behind the legal immunity conferred on it by ...

H3N2 Flu Virus Claims 26 Lives and Doubles Hospitalization Rate in US

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The H3N2 strain of flu virus has claimed 26 lives so far in the United States and has also doubled the hospitalization rate among people over 65 years. Flu typically infects 5 to 15 percent of the population and can be dangerous in those with weak immune systems, including the elderly and children. The hospitalization rate for people over 65 years has gone up from 52 per 100,000 last week to 92 per 100,000 this week. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Liver Transplantation: Non-Adherence to Treatment Regime Linked to Adverse Clinical Outcomes in Organ Recipients

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A new study has shown that liver transplant recipients with less understanding of the treatment may be more likely to have problems following the transplantation. Over the past decade, advances in surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drug therapies have resulted in improved survival rates following solid organ transplants. Unfortunately, non-adherence to post-transplantation treatment results in 15% of graft losses and about 50 % of late acute rejections ...

Staging of Prostate Cancer can be Diagnosed With a New Technique

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Standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate lacks sensitivity in the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer (PCa). A novel, enhanced MRI diffusion technique using restriction spectrum imaging (RSI-MRI) was developed to improve the operating characteristics of prostate MRI in the detection and characterization of Pca. The efficacy of RSI-MRI technique was compared with standard MRI for detecting extraprostatic extension (EPE). 28 ...

Health Secretary Urges People To Donate Blood And Save Lives

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The Health (and) Family Welfare secretary, Mr. Shri Lov Verma, has urged the public to indulge themselves actively in blood donation, stating that a person's contribution in donating blood could save many lives. Mr. Verma shared these insights at the blood camp organized by the Ministry of Health (and) Family Welfare, held in the capital city, New Delhi. The Health Secretary himself donated blood at the camp today. He informed that more than 550 people donated about 378 ...

Patient Care at Closest Reach With Fruit Street Wellness Clinic Solution

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The launch of its Fruit Street Wellness Clinic solution, a new telemedicine platform was announced for healthcare providers by Fruit Street Health (Fruit Street). The new product has been designed specifically for healthcare providers to monitor the lifestyle of their patients and conduct virtual consultations on Fruit Street's HIPAA compliant FDA-registered video solution. Leading wearable technologies such as FitBit, Withings, Jawbone UP, iHealth ...

Quiz on Addiction

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One can be addicted to drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Understanding addiction helps motivate a person cope with withdrawal symptoms to prevent dependency on the addictive substances.

Chances of Infertility in Men Who Use Sunscreen

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Sunscreen use by men should be in moderation if they are trying to conceive, report fertility specialists in the United States. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health's Wadsworth Center in New York conducted a preliminary study and revealed that the chemicals found in sunscreens and other cosmetic products may cause male infertility. Researchers discovered that exposure to benzophenone (BP) type ultraviolet (UV) filters, include ...

News-magazine Releases Top Groundbreaking News of 2014

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A weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, Chemical (and) Engineering News (C (and) EN), has reported the stories that had the greatest impact on the fields of science, policy and industrial landscape. This news, according to the magazine has such potential to influence the course of chemistry in the coming years. One of the groundbreaking news stated by the magazine is the expansion of the genetic code. Also, something that is considered very significant ...

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Doubles Type-2 Diabetes Risk in Women

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Women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are almost twice as likely to develop type-2 diabetes, according to public health scientists at Columbia University and Harvard University. Researchers analyzed data based on surveys given to nearly 50,000 US women from 1989 to 2011 and found that about half the increased risk for diabetes was attributable to the use of antidepressants (34 percent) and overeating, as measured by elevated body mass index ...

Medgadget 'Belty' Offers Solution to Lose Weight

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'Belty', a smart belt from French-based startup Emiota, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) aims to help people lose weight. The gadget is embedded with sensors and starts vibrating when it determines you have eaten too much, and also sends a signal when you are sedentary for too long. Emiota's Carine Coulm said, "If you are sitting at your desk too long, it will vibrate and tell you to get up and take a walk." The belt loosens when its wearer ...

Kenyan Villagers Angry as 'witchdoctor' Fails to Resurrect a Dead Man

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Several Kenyan villagers were furious as they wasted a day waiting for a 'witchdoctor' to bring a dead man back to life after he failed because he was too tired, reported Kenya's The Star newspaper. The villagers in Kenya's southeastern Kwale district turned up singing and dancing to see the 'miracle'. A village elder, Ndaro Kokota said, "We have never experienced this and want to see it firsthand." The witchdoctor, Kanundu, had boasted he had already ...

Exposure to Cold Increases Levels of Zfp516 Protein Which Helps Lose Weight

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Exposure to cold temperatures increases levels of a newly discovered protein, called transcription factor Zfp516, which is critical for the formation of brown fat, the type of fat in our bodies that generates heat, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Researchers also found that with extended exposure to chilly air, Zfp516 protein also helps the more abundant white fat in our bodies, the kind that stores excess energy, become more similar to brown ...

Consumer Electronics Show Brimmed With Gadgets for Healthy Living

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brimmed with innovative gadgets from bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, thus promising a healthier life. California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris exhibited gadgets that could measure brain activity for reducing fatigue or stress. California-based Neurosky displayed a headset that captured signals emitted by firing neurons and then equated various frequencies to states ...

Parting from iPhone Has Psychological, Physiological Effects Resulting in Poorer Cognitive Performance

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Parting from iPhone can have serious psychological and physiological effects on their users, and could result in poorer cognitive performance on tasks involving involve a great deal of attention, according to researchers from University of Missouri. During the study iPhone users were asked to solve simple word search puzzles. The researchers found a significant increase in anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure levels, and a significant decrease in puzzle performance ...

Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive Increases Risk of HIV Infection

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Women who use of Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive, have a 40 percent higher risk of HIV infection than women who use other contraceptive methods or no method, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Researchers analyzed 12 studies involving nearly 40,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa. Although, authors of the study noted the link between use of medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) and the increase in risk of HIV infection was statistically ...

A Cup of Blueberries a Day Helps Reduce Blood Pressure, Arterial Stiffness

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Having one cup of blueberries daily could help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are linked to heart disease, according to scientists from the Florida State University. During the eight-week study period, 48 postmenopausal women with pre- and stage-1 hypertension were randomly assigned to receive either 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder, equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries, or 22 grams of a placebo powder along with their ...

Accountability of Doctors and Health Officials to be Ensured: PM Modi

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Efficiency of existing mechanisms and schemes have to be substantially improved to ensure accountability of doctors and health officials in order to achieve the desired goal of health for all, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Prime Minister Modi, who chaired a high-level meeting on healthcare, instructed the Health Ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among doctors and health officials in the public sector. Giving an ...

Swine Flu Suspected in 12 People: R.M.L. Medical Superintendent

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Twelve cases of swine flu have been suspected so far out of which three were found positive, two discharged and one died, reported the Medical Superintendent of R.M.L. Hospital, Dr. H.K.Kar on Friday. "So far, we have admitted 12 suspected cases of Swine flu infection, out of which three were found positive, two have been discharged and one died," Dr. Kar said. "The most important part is, this is just like any type of influenza infection. So, whenever ...

Ebola Vaccines Testing on Humans 'About to Begin' in Affected Countries: WHO

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