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Swine Flu Threat: Experts Advise Trivalent Flu Vaccine Shots as Preventive Measure

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After the sudden spurt of swine flu cases in Hyderabad, both government and private health experts have advised high-risk category people to go in for trivalent flu vaccine shots as a preventive measure. The city reported more than 30 positive cases, including six deaths in December and two fresh positive cases on the first day of the New Year on Thursday. The high-risk groups likely to be susceptible to H1N1 include diabetics, post transplant ...

Stone Crusher Unit Office in Kerala Attacked: Maoists Suspected

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Five suspected Maoists attacked the office of a stone crusher unit at around 2.30 a.m. on Friday. Preliminary reports say that the five-member team of attackers was led by a gun-wielding woman. After vandalizing and burning the office, the suspected Maoists placed a few posters on the walls of the office in which the CPI (Maoist) group mentioned its agenda. The New Bharat Stone Crusher unit was functioning near the Chekeri Colony on the Nedumpoyil-Mananthavady ...

Random Stem Cells Mutations Plays Predominant Role in Cancer

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A statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide has been developed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. According to their study, two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues can be explained primarily by 'bad luck', when these random mutations occur in genes that can drive cancer growth, while the remaining third are due to environmental ...

Skin can be 'Infection Free' With Fat

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Fat cells below the skin provides protection from bacteria, proving that all the fat may not be bad after all. Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, professor and chief of dermatology at the University of California, along with his colleagues, uncovered a previously unknown role for dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes: They produce antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens. Gallo said that though it was thought that once the ...

Gel Patch For Monitoring EP Signals

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Over the recent years, there has been an upsurge in the market for wearable electronic devices. Japanese based biomedical engineers have developed a flexible, biocompatible, adhesive gel patch. The gel patch has the capacity to sense the internal and the external electrophysiological biological signals. The adhesive fixes a fine network of detectors to the surface even when it is not static, for ex: an internal organ or a joint. A thin sheet of plastic is printed ...

Being Inactive in Couch for 5 Continuous Days Harmful to Health

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Staying in couch and being inactive for five days in a row can be harmful for your health, claims a new study. According to the researchers, a body needs physical activity like taking at least 10,000 steps per day and Paul Fadel, associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, found that being idle for even a few days causes damage to blood vessels, which takes time to fix, the Daily Express reported. He added that it results in ...

Luck Plays Greater Role in Cancer Than Genes and Environment

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The role of "bad luck" is more in cancer than genes and environment, claim scientists, with a statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide. By their measure, two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues ...

Many Opt for Italian Sparkling Wine to Toast the New Year

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Italian fizz producers ended the year on a sparkling note as many people opted for Italian sparkling wine to toast the New Year. National farmers' body Coldiretti estimated that a total of 220 million bottles of Italian fizz will have been popped around the world by the end of the year-end holiday period. Italian bubbly products range from the grapey, low-alcohol Moscato d'Asti to top proseccos from Valdobbiadene, which are increasingly seen as a credible rival ...

Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Are you experiencing pain in the joints? You might have Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition affecting joints and results in pain and joint deformities. It is diagnosed by radiology and blood tests.

India's National Health Policy Draft 2015 Focuses on Health As A Basic Right

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After thirteen years, a healthy policy is now ready and the draft is seeking comments and suggestions. The issues addressed include universal health coverage, reducing infant mortality and maternal mortality, accessibility to free drugs and diagnostics, and modifications in law to make them pertinent. Countries like Brazil and Thailand have universal health coverage schemes. Many international covenants in which India is a joint signatory have a mandatory rule ...

Top Ten Healthy Winter Foods

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Eating healthy winter foods is necessary to derive all the essential nutrients needed by the body during the cold months. Make healthy winter food recipes using seasonal produce for hearty meals.

FDA's Prescription Guideline Forces Doctors to Write More Legibly

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has directed all doctors practicing in Maharashtra to follow the new prescription guidelines put in place by the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). According to the new guidelines, doctors should furnish a complete detailed prescription by writing legibly in capital letters to ensure there is no chance of wrong medicine/treatment being given leading to patient's death. "As of now, we are doing ...

Public Display Protests Before Hospital After Five Consecutive Deaths Due to Post Delivery Complications

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The Coimbatore Medical College Hospital saw a gathering of about 100 people on Thursday, protesting the death of Revathi Saravanan, a 28-year-old women who died after developing complications following the birth of her baby. The group of people refused to receive her body and demanded an explanation as to the reason why Ms. Revathi died. On Sunday, Ms. Revathi delivered her baby at Sait's Government Maternity Hospital in Ooty. Soon after delivery, she began to bleed ...

Women With Atypical Hyperplasia at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

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Women with atypical hyperplasia (also known as atypia) are at higher risk of developing breast cancer in future than previously thought, according to a Mayo clinic study. The study found that hundreds of women with these benign lesions indicate that their absolute risk of developing breast cancer grows by over 1 percent a year; and five years later, 7 percent of these women had developed the disease; while the number had increased to 13 percent after 10 years; and ...

Experimental Anti-Viral Drug Helps Treat Italian Doctor With Ebola

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A 50-year old Italian doctor has recovered from Ebola after having undergone an experimental treatment for Ebola. The doctor had been working for Italian Charity Emergency in Sierra Leone, West Africa, when he contracted the deadly disease. The Sicilian resident has been in isolation at Rome's Spallanzani institute since he was evacuated from Sierra Leone in mid-November. 10-days ago, the doctors treating him reported that he could breathe, walk and eat unassisted. ...

Universal Protein Can Treat Epidemics And Fatal Diseases: Scientists Reveal

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Treating brain cancers and many other difficult-to-treat infectious diseases is now possible, say scientists. A new method has been discovered in using drugs to attack a protein in cancer cells, bacteria and virus. It is possible to target the Protein called GRP78 and related proteins using drug combinations of Viagra, Cialis and OSU-03012 (AR-12) (clinically tested) in treating deadly diseases like Ebola infection, brain cancer, influenza, hepatitis and infections ...

New Year's Fitness Resolutions: Experts Reveal The Truth

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Fitness, getting slim and having a healthy physic are among the first five resolutions every year. Fitness geeks around the world say that it is best to start today with healthy physic rather than postponing the resolution for some other day or occasion. People set goals only when they believe that something is unrealistic, pressure-filled and difficult to be achieved, says Gregory Chertok, a sports psychology consultant, the American College of Sports Medicine. ...