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Bilingualism Changes Children's Beliefs About World Around Them

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A new research has recently revealed that some bilingualism can change a kid's beliefs about world because they have the ability to understand that "everything was not innate, and so they can learn." The study suggested that bilingualism in the preschool years can alter children's beliefs about the world around them. Contrary to their unilingual peers, many kids who have been exposed to a second language after age three believe that an individual's traits arise ...

Swine Flu Cases on Rise in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

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Swine flu coordinator for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, K. Subhakar has claimed that the situation was under control despite the number of death cases due to swine flu have climbed to 16. A total of 105 cases have been reported so far in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Subhakar said cases reported in the states are stable and there is no need to panic. "The swine flu situation in Telangana state is under control. There is no need for any apprehensions. ...

France Discovers Australia's Exotic Condiment

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French wholesaler Alain Cohen is the gastronomic equivalent of a gold digger, constantly on the lookout for new culinary treasures. When he makes what he thinks is a major find he presents it to French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse - usually to discover Ducasse got there first. With one exception. "The only time I caught him out was with citrus caviar," says Cohen, who specialises in fruits and vegetables. Plucked from the obscurity of the Australian ...

Lavender Aroma can Help Boost Mutual Trustworthiness

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Aromatherapists have stated that scent of lavender can help boost trustworthiness. Aromatherapy has the potential to alter one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being. Researcher Sellaro and her colleagues were the first to investigate whether the calming olfactory fragrance of lavender has a positive effect on mutual trust. Sellaro said, "Mutual trust was the social glue of society and interpersonal trust was an essential element for ...

Kerala Hospital Carries Out the First-Ever Hand Transplant in India

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Doctors at the Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) successfully conducted India's first hand transplant on Tuesday. World over around 110 cases of cadaver hand transplant have been documented so far with less than three per cent rejections. In a marathon 16-hour-long surgery, a 30-year-old youth, who had lost both his hands in a train accident, received the hands of a 24-year-old accident victim. Manu, a resident ...

When Women are Few, Men Settle Down, Says Study

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Women want to settle down while men prefer to play the field, right? Not quite, said a study Wednesday that challenged long-held views of sexual selection. It turns out the dynamics of sex are partly driven by the law of supply and demand: a man's fidelity depends to a large degree on the number of available women. "When women are rare, men respond by desiring long-term committed relationships with a single partner," said Ryan Schacht University of Utah anthropologist ...

Inherited Viruses Considered of No Use Make Us Smarter

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Inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain, reveals a new study from Lund University in Sweden. Scientists have long been aware that endogenous retroviruses constitute around five per cent of our DNA. For many years, they were considered junk DNA of no real use. The new study shows that retroviruses seem to play a key role in the basic functions ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Widens With the Launch of New Products

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GlobalData, a research and consulting firm, reported that the global Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) treatment market value will witness steady growth, from (Dollar) 15.6 billion in 2013 to (Dollar) 19.3 billion in 2023. GlobalData believes that the market expansion for RA treatment over the coming decade will be driven by increased RA prevalence, as well as the anticipated launches of novel drugs. The products include three interleukin-6 inhibitors, four biologics novel ...

Kids Eat More Fruits and Veggies When Recess Preceeds Lunch

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Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Cornell University conducted a study among one to sixth graders in Orem, Utah, near Salt Lake City. The school district was in the process of switching the lunch/recess order in some schools, and the researchers realized that the switch presented an opportunity to see if it made a difference in children's fruit and vegetable consumption habits. Seven schools within the district participated in the study, ...

Health Experts Sound Alarm Bells as Swine Flu Cases Rise in Pune

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Organ Transplant from Cadaver Donors on the Rise

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A young girl who had been declared brain dead at Osaka University Hospital in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, harvested her organs. This is the third organ transplant case in Japan involving a child under the age of 6. The procurement of organs for transplantation involves the removal of organs from the bodies of deceased persons. This removal is preceded by legal requirements, including the definition of death and consent. The girl had a serious heart disease ...

Overcome Bad Mood with Yoga

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Are you irritable or in a bad mood? Learn how you can overcome bad mood with some simple changes to your lifestyle using the basics of yoga.

Celebrating the Festival of Harvest Traditionally

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Festivals are celebrated as a symbol of joy, gratitude or commemoration of any historic event. Lohri/Baisakhi/Sankranthi or Pongal (as it is known in Tamilnadu), is one such festival with unique regional significance. The festival is celebrated all over India mainly in the rural areas and has different names in each region. h3Festival of harvest/h3 As agriculture is the major occupation of India, the produce of the cultivation is notable as a festival lasting ...

Anti-smoking Law Focuses on Reducing Involuntary Smoking

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Anti-smoking law was proposed to amendment by the government recommending a ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to Rs.1000 from Rs.200 on smoking in public places as well as recommending removal of designated smoking zones in hotels and restaurants. Health Minister JP Nadda had told Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session that his ...

Insurance for the Disabled in India

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India has the largest population of disabled people - 26.6 million according to the 2011 census. This means 2 of every 100 people in India are disabled. Many Indian families either depend on a disabled person or are responsible for the care of a disabled person. The government has many schemes for social welfare and rehabilitation of those with special needs, but there is a lot to be done in terms of financial independence of the person and his family. Specific ...

Fat-Burning Foods for Men

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What are the best fat-burning foods? Some vegetables like spinach, mushrooms; certain nuts, legumes and lentils help burn fat.

Ebola Epidemic Could End in Liberia by June 2015

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Liberia, struck by an Ebola outbreak with a death toll of 3,496, could see an end to the epidemic by June 2015 if 85 percent of sick people get hospital care, according to researchers at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University. Lead author John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, said, "That's a realistic possibility but not a foregone conclusion. What's needed is to maintain the current level of vigilance ...

People With Asthma Have an Increased Risk for Developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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A new sleep study has revealed that people with asthma have an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study consisted of randomly selected adult employees of state agencies, 30 to 60 years of age in 1988. The study participants had to attend in-laboratory overnight polysomnography and provide health-related questionnaires approximately every 4 years. Researchers found that 22 of 81 participants (27 percent) ...

Decline in Rates of Episiotomy Between 2006 and 2012 in the US

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There has been a decline in rates of episiotomy between 2006 and 2012 in the US, according to an analysis by the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Episiotomy is a common obstetric procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to make it easier for the mother to give birth. Restrictive use of the procedure has been recommended taking into consideration the risks of the procedure and unclear benefits of routine use. Researchers ...

Delhi to Host Tribal Food Festival

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A tribal food festival will be organized from January 16 to 19 by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) on behalf of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan. The festival, which will be open between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., will be inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs. Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Karan Bir Singh Sidhu, Managing ...

Calorie Counting App Insults You into Losing Weight

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Brian Mueller, a Pennsylvanian developer, has designed a new 'talking' smartphone app that shames people into counting calories and losing weight through hideous fullscreen ads and tweets. The CARROT Fit or its latest reincarnation, CARROT Hunger, which sell for 2.99 dollars and promise to "make getting in shape suck so much less," are marketed as a "hilarious talking weight that will inspire, bribe, ridicule, threaten and insult you into losing weight," News.com.au ...

Eighty Pc of Adult Internet Users Own Smartphones

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Around 80 percent of adult internet users own a smartphone, reveals new research. According to Tech Crunch, the research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9 percent report having a smartwatch, and 7 percent said they owned smart wristbands. However, statistics suggest that the usage of PCs is still high with 91 percent of all online adult using computers. Males ...

New App Can Help You Deal With 'Break-Ups'

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Did you just had break-up? Don't worry, because now there's an app to help you deal with the traumatic post break-up phase. Launched by Sara Davison, the UK's leading break-up and divorce coach, the app called 'Seven Steps To A Better Break Up' offers a step-by-step guide to help heartbroken men and women through the early stages of a messy break up or divorce, the Daily Star, reported. Davison said that there were more than 100,000 divorces each year ...

The '1-in-Million' Identical Triplets Born to Montana Couple

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The "one in a million" identical triplets were welcomed by the couple, who were born before their mom reached the 32-week mark of her pregnancy. Cade, Ian and Milo Kinsey were born at Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, on Dec. 5 to Jody Kinsey and her husband Jase, ABC News reported. Cade, the triplet delivered first who weighed in at 3 pounds, 13 ounces, was the first to be released from the hospital and the family is expecting the other two kids ...

Little or No Nutritional Benefit from Energy Drinks

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Nutrient additions to novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks, and novel juices) sold in Canadian supermarkets are not much beneficial to the consumer, reveals a new study. According to the study at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, novel beverages sold in Canadian supermarkets revealed extensive nutrient enrichment. On-package marketing highlighted nutritional attributes such as immune support and antioxidant properties, and some ...

Better Health as Adults in Kids With Positive Psychosocial Factors

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Positive psychosocial experiences like growing up in a family that practices healthy habits, is financially secured, etc as kids, keeps heart healthy as adults, says a new study. Other positive psychosocial factors include that the family is a stable emotional environment, and where children learn to control aggressiveness and impulsiveness and fit in socially. In a Finnish study, participants with the most psychosocial advantages in youth scored higher ...

Nearly 40pc of Never-smoking Teens Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Worldwide

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As many as two-fifths of never-smoking teens are exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide, a recent study has revealed. The study at the University of Texas Medical Branch estimated the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure worldwide among teens who had never smoked, and found that one third of those teens are exposed to secondhand smoke inside the home. Lead author Phani Veeranki said that they need to protect never-smokers from being exposed to secondhand ...

Sex is Good for Health, Now Officially Announced

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Sex is good for health as it does not accumulate harmful mutations, a new study has confirmed. Jesse Hollister, a former University of Toronto post-doctoral fellow, said that the findings have allowed them to understand why an enormous diversity of species around the world go through the laborious process of sexual reproduction. For decades, evolutionary biologists found sexual reproduction to be a paradox. Mathematically, asexual reproduction seemed to make more ...

After Comedienne's Death Joan Rivers' NYC Clinic To Lose Accreditation

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After the death of late comedienne Joan Rivers the New York City based clinic that treated him is losing its accreditation at the end of the month, it has been confirmed. Centers for Medicare Services said in a statement that Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the conditions for a supplier of ambulatory surgical center services, CBS News reported. The 'Fashion Police' host died on September 4, 2014 at the age of 81. The city's medical examiner found ...

True Personality Revealed by Facebook 'Likes'

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Your personality judgment can be done by a computer that analyzes your Facebook "likes", than your closest friends and family, revealed a research on Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. Through data analysis, computers can be a better judge of people's personalities and psychological traits, the authors said. "In the future, ...

After Calls for New Drugs, Spain Vows Hepatitis C Action

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New measures to fight hepatitis C has been promised by Spain's government Monday, following protests by patients who complained authorities were denying them the latest drugs to treat the deadly liver disease. A new committee will draw up a proposal within three weeks of examining the extent of the illness and clinical criteria, aiming to "include newly authorised drugs" in treatment plans, the health ministry said in a statement. But it did not specify ...

FDA Approves New Larger Capacity Insulin Pump

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Tandem Diabetes Care, a medical device company, on Monday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the clearance to market the t:flex Insulin Pump. At 480 units, the insulin reservoir of the t:flex Pump has the largest capacity currently available in the United States. "In recognizing that one size does not fit all, the t:flex Pump was developed using Tandem's proprietary technology platform to bring t:slim's ...

Same Proteins Sustain Both Sound Mind and Sound Heart

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The relationship between a sound mind and sound body has been noted for the first time by a Roman philosopher, which the researchers reveal a possible biochemical explanation. The findings of a new Johns Hopkins study offer this explanation. The research, published ahead of print Jan. 12 in the iProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences/i, reveals that a protein already known to act as a natural antidepressant, enhance learning and memory, power nerve ...

Gene Mutations Linked to Colorectal Cancer Identified in African American Patients

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New gene mutations unique to colon cancers in African Americans has been identified by Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. The African Americans are the population with the highest incidence and death rates of any group for this disease. This discovery - namely, that colorectal cancers appear different on a molecular level in African Americans - offers new hope for these patients. With this groundbreaking knowledge, scientists now will seek to develop ...

Benefits Overstated, Risks Understated in Cardiac Procedure

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One of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years is the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. While a boon for many patients who would not have been a candidate for conventional surgery, Penn Medicine researchers have discovered that marketing for TAVR does not accurately portray the risks ...

Statins Do Not Really Impair Memory and Cognitive Function

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Drugs for high cholesterol or statins do not really impair memory and cognitive function, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. From 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations say that labels on statin packaging should warn that the drugs could change users' cognitive abilities, which could include attention span, problem solving, memory, and language or visuospatial abilities. The warning was based on surveillance, ...

Unique Peptide in Fish Fights Heart Disease

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A new study has revealed that a peptide originally found in fish could be used to fight against cardiovascular disease. Professor David Lambert, University of Leicester in Britain said, "We have been working on this exciting peptide for a number of years; it exhibits a very interesting pharmacological profile. Design and evaluation of small molecule drugs has potential for use in the treatment of several cardiovascular diseases." Urotensin II (UII), a ...