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PTEN, the Tumor Suppressor protein, Puts a Break on Autoimmune Diseases

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Scientists have discovered a protein, which suppresses tumor formation, also helps prevent autoimmune diseases and other problems by putting the brakes on the immune response. Researchers showed that the tumor suppressor protein PTEN is essential for proper functioning of regulatory T cells. This small population of white blood cells helps to maintain immune system balance by suppressing specialized T cells called helper T cells that fuel distinct parts of the immune ...

4,000 Participants Given Medical Help During Mumbai Marathon

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Of the 40,485 participants in the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday, around 4000 people required medical aid. One person suffered a cardiac arrest and 13 other participants were hospitalised for convulsions and dehydration. The rest suffered from muscle cramps and minor injuries. Fifty two-year-old Kirit Ganatra's heart stopped beating, close to 500 metres from the finishing line. Ganatra, the resident of Powai, had participated in the half marathon ...

Noted Cartoonist RK Laxman on Ventilator Support

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Noted cartoonist R.K. Laxman, 94, is said to be in a critical condition after his health deteriorated suddenly on Sunday evening. He was admitted to the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune last Saturday. The veteran cartoonist was suffering from a urinary infection and had a multi-organ failure, said sources at the hospital. According to the doctors, Mr. Laxman was on ventilator support and in an unconscious state. Mr. Laxman had undergone ...

Early Onset Alzheimer's Depicted in 'Still Alice'

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Alzheimer's disease has gained significance in movies, books as they bring out the real life incidents. 'Still Alice' is the story of an accomplished Columbia University linguistics professor who discovers that she has early onset Alzheimer's. The story was adapted from Lisa Genova's bestselling book, the tender and occasionally harrowing drama. Julianne Moore plays the lead role and has interacted with patients, doctors, caretakers, family members of ...

Three Days of Fasting Re-Boots the Entire Immune System

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Rejuvenate your entire immune system, just fast for as little as three days. Sounds great! But is that scientific? Well that's what a new study suggests. Fasting is said to trigger the release of new white blood cells. a href="http:www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/benefits-of-fasting-53257-1.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink" alt="Benefits of Fasting" title="Benefits of Fasting"Fasting/a has been considered a natural therapy for so many ...

Chinese Doctors Perform Groundbreaking Spinal Cord Surgery

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Spinal cord injuries remain one of the most difficult medical problems to treat. But a new groundbreaking surgery has been carried out in China, giving hope that paralysed people may one day walk again. The regenerative stem cell treatment follows more than 10 years of research by Chinese scientists. The four hour long surgery was conducted in Tianjin. "This man was paralyzed in his lower body after he was involved in a traffic accident two months ...

Diabetes Care Programme for Elderly Launched by M.V. Hospital

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M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram launched a diabetes care programme for the elderly in commemoration of a decade of being a WHO collaborating centre for research, education and training. Dr.Vijay Viswanathan, Medical Director, M.V. Hospital for Diabetes said, "In March 2014, we launched a north Chennai diabetes control programme. Over the past year, we have realised how essential it is to reach out to senior citizens. Our field workers will go from door to ...

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds have made a splash in the health industry and are now considered to be a superfood. This article will elaborate on the many benefits of consuming this tiny seed packed with nutrients.

Financial Burden of People With Leprosy Brought to Light

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The study conducted to reveal the economic burden of a common complication of the disease in the country reported that households affected by leprosy are being pushed further into poverty as a result of loss of earnings and treatment costs. More than 2,00,000 new cases of leprosy are registered worldwide annually, with 60% in India. Senior author Professor Diana Lockwood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said, "this was the first study to take ...

Risk of Lung Cancer Less in People Living at Higher Altitudes

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Risk of lung cancer is much less in people living at higher altitudes, in both smokers and non-smokers, suggesting that oxygen may promote the incidence of lung cancer, reveals a new study. Controlling for smoking, education, and numerous other variables associated with higher rates of cancer, a new study co-authored by a student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has found that for every 1,000-meter rise in elevation, lung cancer ...

Treating Alzheimer's Disease With Spice Turmeric

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Curcumin is a natural product found in the spice turmeric, which has a potential to treat Alzheimer's disease, revealed a new study. The study indicated that a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. Wellington Pham, Ph.D., said that it has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer's with reduced toxicity Accumulation ...

Long-term Blindness Much More Blinding

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Surgery to restore eyesight cannot entirely undo the brain rewiring caused by long term blindness, reveals a new study. Recent scientific advances have meant that eyesight can be partially restored to those who previously would have been blind for life. However, scientists at the University of Montreal and the University of Trento have discovered that the rewiring of the senses that occurs in the brains of the long-term blind means that visual restoration ...

Guidelines Laid for Health Camps to Ensure Safety

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Odisha Government's Health and Family Welfare Department stipulated that any organisation interested to hold health camps must apply a month in advance. The Health Department stated that applications must be submitted either to the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) or Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) in a prescribed format. Any organisation wishing to hold such events must be a registered entity, as a society or Trust, under Company's Act ...

Birth Control Pills to Delay Periods

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Thinking of delaying your period with birth control pills? First, you should know all the benefits and risks. Find out more about your options here.

Aditi Bhan's Novel Narrates the Story of a Modern Day Career Girl and Her Dreams

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Journalist Aditi Bhan's novel titled 'When Are You Getting Married?' narrates the story of a present day career girl, her dreams, and how they are realized. The 179 page book with 51 chapters has been published by Partridge. This novel focuses on the experience of a young girl named Poornima who wants to make a mark in her career, and hopes to get married to a person of her choice. As depicted in Bollywood movies, she looks forward to falling in love with a person ...

New Genetic Clues in Fragile X Syndrome

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Researchers have found new genetic clues in fragile X syndrome, which is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and seizures. This new study suggests that fragile X results from an inherited genetic error in a gene called FMR1 and the error prevents the manufacture of a protein called FMRP, which causes overactive transmitters that send out too much information. Researchers at Washington University studied a case of fragile X syndrome and found ...

Mali Declared Ebola-Free

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Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda Asks People Not to Panic Over Rise in Swine Flu Cases

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Union Health Minister of India J.P. Nadda has asked the people not to panic over the rise in swine flu cases in the first two weeks of January. He said, "We have to be cautious, alert about it but need not to get panic. The virus of swine flu is activated and that is why very much prevalent in the atmosphere." The minister also said that the hospitals have got all the facilities and that the health ministry is ready to tackle the situation. Nadda said, "Our hospitals ...

Stress is a Major Factor to Find Empathy

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Stress is a major factor to find empathy, according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal. The study suggests that biochemical changes related to stress prevents emotional contagion in the animals. The research suggested that a drug that blocks stress hormones increases the ability of college students and mice to feel the pain of a stranger and that phenomenon, known as 'emotional contagion of pain' is one form of empathy. Researcher Jeffrey Mogil said, ...

National Immunization Day for Pulse Polio was Held on 18 January

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