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Placenta, the Short Term Yet, Wonder Organ

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The placenta functions for only nine months but has been taking the science world by storm. Haifa, Israel-based Pluristem Therapeutics, a key player in the regenerative medicine space is banking on the therapeutic powers of the placenta. Pluristem takes cells from human placentas that are donated at the time of delivery, and expand and modify them using proprietary 3-dimensional technology and specially designed bioreactors. The therapeutic ...

Doctors in Telangana Take Shots for Swine Flu

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The Telangana government held Sambasiva Rao, the director of public health for 'mishandling' the situation arising out the swine flu outbreak and sent an SOS to the Centre for 20,000 additional tamiflu tablets. Telangana Junior Doctors' Association (TJUDA) members are buying anti-flu vaccines from the open market ever since five junior doctors contracted swine flu - three at Osmania hospital and two at Gandhi hospital in the last one week. As a preventive ...

PM Modi to Discuss Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Meat Production With Obama: PETA

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been asked to discuss greenhouse gas emissions caused by meat processing with U.S. President Barack Obama. This request came from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Animal Rights Organization. PM Modi has been urged to take up this issue during the latter's visit to New Delhi between January 25 and 27. President Obama was invited by Prime Minister Modi and will be the first U.S. president to attend the Republic Day ...

Student in China University Expelled Over Genetic Blood Disease

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A student in Beijing was allegedly expelled for having the rare hereditary blood disease hemophilia and has sued his university for the same, reports said on Friday. This is the latest case in China's long history of medical discrimination. The student, identified by the pseudonym Zheng Qing, is suing the China Institute of Industrial Relations after he was officially expelled earlier this month, the government-run Global Times reported. He was previously pressured ...

New Vaccine developed for Drug Abuse

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Scientists are developing a vaccine that fades cocaine's psychotropic effects and can potentially favor in quitting its use. Researchers said they used a new approach, which harnesses a bacterial protein, 'flagellin' to trigger an immune system attack on cocaine if it enters the body. Researchers said that this response could dull cocaine's psychotropic effects. Vaccines can be designed to recruit the body's immune system to recognise non-microbial ...

Antibiotics for Travellers Diarrhea Spreads the Superbug

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Taking antibiotics for diarrhea may put travelers visiting developing parts of the world at higher risk for contracting superbugs and spreading these daunting drug-resistant bacteria to their home countries. "The great majority of all cases of travelers' diarrhea are mild and resolve on their own," said lead study author Anu Kantele, MD, PhD, associate professor in infectious diseases at Helsinki University Hospital in Finland. Researchers collected ...

Good Sleep in Younger Years Keeps Memory Sharp in Older Years

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Memory remains sharp after 70 years of age if you sleep well in your younger years, says a new study, that was done to determine if sleep and age-related changes are related. Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., at Baylor University examined 50 years of sleep research to determine whether improving sleep early in life might delay, or even reverse, age-related changes in memory and thinking, and came across studies that showed that sleeping well in middle age predicted better ...

Role of Eating on Behaviour and Brain Health

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Gut bacteria has a significant impact on behavior and brain health, and what we eat is responsible for our gut bacteria, reveals a new study. The new study describes many ways gut bacteria could impact normal brain activity and development, affect sleep and stress responses, play a role in a variety of diseases, and be modified through diet for therapeutic use. In "The Gut Microbiome and the Brain", Leo Galland, Foundation for Integrated Medicine (New ...

Hearts of Mammals Have Limited Ability to Regenerate

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Mammalian heart regenerative capacity depends on the severity of injury, found researchers who used cyroinjury on neonatal mouse hearts. Using cryoinjury, that is damaging the heart through exposure to extreme cold in order to mimic cellular injury caused by myocardial infarction, researchers at University of Southern California found that neonatal mouse hearts can fully recover normal function following a mild injury, though fail to regenerate after a severe injury. ...

Early vs Late Tracheostomy

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A tracheostomy or tracheotomy is a surgical procedure where an opening is created through the neck into the trachea or windpipe to provide direct access to a breathing tube.

Good vs Bad Carbohydrates - Slide Show

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Carbohydrates form an integral component of a healthy diet but there is a lot of discussion about which carbohydrates to consume. The answer to making the right carbohydrate choice is both simple and complex.

Enzymes Believed to Promote Cancer Actually Suppress Tumors: Study

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Upending decades-old dogma, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say enzymes long categorized as promoting cancer are, in fact, tumor suppressors and that current clinical efforts to develop inhibitor-based drugs should instead focus on restoring the enzymes' activities. The findings are published in the January 29 issue of iCell/i. Protein Kinase C (PKC) is a group of enzymes that act as catalysts for a host of ...

Sierra Leone Ends 'Risk Allowance' for Ebola Health Workers

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Sierra Leone will stop paying the 'risk allowances' it has been paying to thousands of healthcare workers on the front line of its battle with Ebola. The coordinator of the government's response to the outbreak, Steven Gaojia said, "The payments of up to 500,000 leones ( (Dollar) 118, 102 euros) a week on top of regular salaries would finish by the end of March." This move comes with Sierra Leone seeing a decrease in new Ebola cases across most of its territory. World Health ...

Excessive Salt Intake Reprograms the Brain

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An international research team at McGill University has found that excessive salt intake "reprograms" the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body's arterial blood pressure from rising. While the link between salt and hypertension is well known, scientists until now haven't understood how high salt intake increased blood pressure. By studying the brains of rats, a team led by Prof. Charles Bourque of McGill's Faculty of ...

Greek Health Cuts a Matter of Life and Death

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Greece's economic woes mean that paramedics on the island of Samos are increasingly faced with the terrible dilemma of who to save and who not to. On Sunday, Greeks vote in a general election for the second time in three years, with radical leftists Syriza leading the polls with a promise to renegotiate the international bailout that has imposed five years of austerity on the country. On Samos, paramedic Georgia Tolli has first-hand experience of the ...

Thousands Participate in Energy Conservation Walkathon in Visakhapatnam

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As part of an energy conservation campaign, more than one thousand people from all walks of life participated in a walkathon in Visakhapatnam. India's Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF), 2015 is being observed by several public sector oil companies. OGCF is an initiative of Petroleum Conservation and Research Association (PCRA) and oil PSUs to create mass awareness regarding the importance of energy conservation by involving all sections of the ...

People Tend to Alienate With Friends When Close to Achieving Targets

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A new study has revealed that when people move from the early stages of pursuing a goal to a more advanced stage, they tend to alienate other members of a support group. Szu-chi Huang (Stanford University), Susan M. Broniarczyk (University of Texas at Austin), Ying Zhang (Peking University), and Mariam Beruchashvili (California State University, Northridge) wrote that when consumers start working toward a goal, they often feel uncertain about how to achieve the ...

Jennifer Garner Doesn't Go Crazy About Losing Weight Anymore

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After years of grueling workouts and strict dieting for her roles in Alias and Elektra, Jennifer Garner has revealed that she has put her intense dieting days behind her. The 42-year-old actress, who is married to Ben Affleck, said in an interview that there's always a point in the fitting where she feels like she should have just tried to lose four pounds before wearing any dress, but she just can't, Us Magazine reported. The 'Danny Collins' star added ...

Nearly 2,000 Girls Killed Every Day in India

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Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, India stated that about 2,000 girls are killed every day in the country, adding that it is a matter of national shame. "About 2,000 girls are killed every day in India and this is a matter of shame for any society," Maneka said during the launch of the national programme of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' (Save girl child-Educate girl child) campaign. "It has become a matter of existence of women ...

Willingness to 'Learning' Likelier to Get 'Dream Jobs'

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People who have an attitude to learn will have more success finding their dream jobs than their counterparts, reveals a new study. In the study, Turban and Serge da Motta Veiga, found that people who had a strong learning goal orientation (LGO) reacted to failures by putting more intensity into the search process compared to job seekers who had a low LGO. Additionally, when the process was going well, individuals with a high LGO maintained or slightly increased ...

Better Judgement About Products are Made With Black and White Ads

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Black and white ads are found to help consumers focus on the product's basic features and decide better than coloured ones, claims a new study. According to the study by Ohio State University, black-and-white can lead consumers to focus on the abstract, essential, and defining components of a product while color images can draw attention to the concrete, sometimes unimportant and idiosyncratic features of the product. Companies should carefully consider ...

Retail Therapy can also Remind You of Your Failures

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Retail therapy, in which people buy products to reinforce their ideal self-image, can backfire and lead them to dwell more on their failures, reveals a new study. Authors Monika Lisjak (Erasmus University), Andrea Bonezzi (New York University), Soo Kim (Cornell University) and Derek D. Rucker (Northwestern University) wrote that when consumers experience a psychological threat to how they would like to see themselves, buying products that signal accomplishment in ...

Eating an Orange Better Than Drinking Orange Juice

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Eating an orange is believed to be better than drinking orange juice, explained scientists in a new study that it may not be that clear. Although juice is indeed high in sugar, the scientists found that certain nutrients in orange juice might be easier for the body to absorb than when a person consumes them from unprocessed fruit. Ralf Schweiggert, Julian Aschoff and colleagues note that oranges are packed with nutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids ...

Twitter as Dashboard Indicator of Heart Disease Risk

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A community's psychological well being can be indicated by Twitter, revealed a new study, adding that it can predict rates of heart disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that Twitter can capture more information about heart disease risk than many traditional factors combined, as it also characterizes the psychological atmosphere of a community. They found that expressions of negative emotions such as anger, stress and ...

Swine Flu Worsens in Telangana, Centre Assures All Help

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The swine flu situation in Telangana is taking a turn for the worse despite the Center giving all assurances of help to prevent the spread, said the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Addressing media here last evening, Rao said though all measures to arrest the spread of swine flue are being taken on a war footing and there was no need to panic over the possibility of an H1N1 virus epidemic, there are about 30 persons presently under treatment in various hospitals ...

UN Guidelines on Physical Activity Not Workable for Some People

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A minimum of two-and-a-half hours of physical activity a week is the UN recommendation for good health, but this is unworkable for some individuals, health experts argued Wednesday. In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a "Global Action Plan" seeking to reduce incidence of lifestyle diseases by 2025. It identified four areas where doctors' recommendations to patients could make a difference: smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet and ...

Reimbursement for Primary Care Providers by Medicaid Increases Appointments

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A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers. This has increased new patient appointment availability by 7.7 percentage points without longer wait times. This was revealed in the results of a new 10-state study - co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - published online-first by the iNew England ...

Strides Arcolab Inks Deal With Gilead Sciences for HIV Drug

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Indian pharmaceutical company Strides Arcolab has entered into a licensing agreement with US-based Gilead Sciences to manufacture and distribute latter's low-cost HIV drug, Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF), in developing countries. In a BSE filing, Strides Arcolab said, "It has entered into a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc under which Gilead has extended non-exclusive rights to Strides to manufacture and distribute Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF), ...

Australian Boy Suffering from Diabetes Gets World's First Artificial Pancreas

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A four-year-old Australian boy was fitted with a type of insulin pump that tracks glucose levels and can help prevent hypoglycemia, making him the first patient outside clinical trials to receive the technology, researchers said. The pump mimics the biology of the pancreas to predict low glucose levels and shut off insulin 30 minutes before a predicted hypoglycemic event, according to a statement from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. ...

14-Year-Old Boy With Autism Receives Special Birthday Surprise from a Vacuum Salesman

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A vacuum-loving teen with autism received the birthday surprise of a lifetime this past weekend, thanks to a big-hearted vacuum salesman. "Dylan Johnson was never into normal toys," his mother, Jodie Greene, told CBS 6 in Virginia. His 'toy' of choice since he was 2 has always been the family's vacuum cleaner. Kirby has emerged as his brand of choice. So, when it came time to devise a 14th birthday celebration for the middle-school student, his ...

Mylan Loses Court Fight Over Multiple Sclerosis Drug

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The Supreme Court has ruled against generic drugmaker Mylan Inc. and other firms in their challenge of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' patents for a blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug. The justices ruled 7-2 that a federal appeals court wrongly overturned five of Teva's patents for the drug Copaxone, which generates about (Dollar) 4 billion in annual sales for Teva. The majority told a lower court to reconsider a ruling invalidating the patents. The ...

State to Observe Alzheimer's Awareness Day

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The North Georgia Regional Office of the Alzheimer's Association is hosting two advocacy sessions in preparation for Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the capitol in Atlanta on Feb. 12. The first scheduled program was held last Tuesday at the Rome-Floyd County Library. The purpose of the programs is to discuss pending legislative issues dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related elder care. In addition, those who wish to attend Awareness Day at ...