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New Vaccine to Terminate Cocaine's Addictive Buzz

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Researchers have modified a safe bacterial protein called flagellin to boost the immune response to cocaine, which can help terminate cocaine's addictive buzz, according to a study published in ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics. Flagellin has already been safely incorporated in other vaccines. During the study, researchers tested the compound in mice and found that it worked better than a vaccine candidate they had developed previously. The researchers ...

Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes Sense Changes in Concentrations of Exhaled Carbon Dioxide to Know If You are at Home or Not

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Malaria-spreading mosquitoes require minute changes in concentrations of exhaled carbon dioxide to know whether you are at home or not, which then triggers them to land on human skin, according to entomologists at the University of California. The findings could help in designing new types of mosquito control. Females of the malaria-spreading mosquito tend to obtain their blood meals within human dwellings and this mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, spends much ...

Milky Way Galaxy Could be Huge Wormhole and Galactic Transport System

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Milky Way galaxy could be huge wormhole and galactic transport system in theory, according to a collaboration study by Indian, Italian and North American researchers. Paolo Salucci, astrophysicist of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste said, "If the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way was combined with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the universe and the hypothesis of the existence of space-time tunnels, would suggest Milky ...

WHO Says That Falling Number of Ebola Cases Mark 'Turning Point' of the Epidemic

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The World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said that the falling cases of Ebola in West Africa in the three most affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone show a 'turning point' in the crisis. According to BBC, only 8 cases were reported in Liberia last week as opposed to 500 a week in September. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also seen a fall in the number of Ebola cases. The Ebola outbreak has infected 21,724 people and killed 8,641 ...

Central Health Expert Team Calls for Better Hygiene, Pro-active Sample Testing to Reduce Swine Flu Cases in Telangana

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A three-member team of health experts from Delhi has completed its assessment of the swine flu situation in Telangana and called for improving hygiene and pro-active testing of samples. The team comprised of Ashok Kumar and Dr. Pradeep from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Dr. Shashi Khare from National Center for Disease Control. They will submit a report as soon as they return to the national capital. During their visit to Telangana capital Hyderabad, ...

India Celebrates 5th National Voters' Day on January 25

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) is celebrating the 5th National Voters' Day (NVD) across the country on January 25 with the theme 'Easy Registration, Easy Correction'. The ECI's objective through NVD is to increase the enrollment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. The national function will be held at weight lifting auditorium of Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. It will be presided over by former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Awards will ...

California Battles Several Measles Cases Clustered Around the Disneyland Theme Park

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California is battling several measles cases clustered around the famous Disneyland theme park, despite the virus being eradicated in the United States since 2000. The California Department of Public Health reported on its website that 59 new cases of measles had been recorded since the end of December. The health department said, "Of the confirmed cases, 42 have been linked to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Five of the ...

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Appeal to US President Barack Obama for Justice

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Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy have appealed to US President Barack Obama to help bring the guilty to book and secure justice for the victims. Social activist Satinath Sarangi said they have called upon the President and have requested him to make sure Union Carbide responds to its summons by the Bhopal district court. On December 3, 1984, around 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas had accidentally leaked from a pesticide factory owned by US multinational ...

British Ebola Nurse Discharged from Hospital

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British nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer at a British-built Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone was discharged from the London's Royal Free Hospital after having made a full recovery. The Scottish nurse was diagnosed in Glasgow on December 29 before being transferred to Britain's only isolation ward for Ebola patients at London's Royal Free Hospital. Her condition became critical initially but she later showed signs ...

Guinea President Says That the Small West African Nation is 'Still at War' Against Ebola

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President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, said that his small west African nation is 'still at war' against Ebola. The World Health Organization's (WHO) latest update reveals that the total number of Ebola cases is 21,759 with a death toll of 8,688. The latest data from the affected nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are more reassuring, with the frequency of new cases on the decline. In Guinea, there were only 20 new confirmed cases last week against 45 the week ...

Telangana on High Alert Due to Swine Flu

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Health authorities in Telangana are on high alert over the spread of swine flu and have intensified awareness among people over preventive measures against the disease. According to reports, no swine flu causality has been reported in the past 36 hours in the state, but fresh cases are still being reported. A three-member team of health experts has completed its assessment of the swine flu situation in Telangana and has called for improving hygiene and ...

Five Cases of Ebola Left in Liberia

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Liberia said that it had just five remaining cases of Ebola, confirming it is close to eradicating an epidemic which has left thousands dead. The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe the real toll could be far higher. "We have five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia as of today," assistant health minister Tolbert ...

New Saudi King Rumoured to Have Niggling Dementia Issues

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Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia's new King, is rumoured to be suffering from major health problems, including dementia - the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning. Simon Henderson, an authority on Saudi Arabia and succession issues at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that Salman, 79, can perform quite well for a few minutes, but then he gets muddled and goes off message, the Washington Post reported. Salman ...

Centre's Schemes Improving Lives of Poor in India

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for its achievements and said the schemes launched by the Central government are aimed at improving lives of the poor in India. "To address unemployment, the government has launched 'Make in India' campaign and has set up skill development department. We have launched 'Adarsh Gram Yojna', in which we have asked every MP and MLA to adopt a village and ...

Crows may Not be as Bad as Previously Thought

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A new study has helped demystify the bad reputation of crows. The research suggests that their notoriety is not entirely merited. Corvids, the bird group that includes crows, ravens and magpies, are the subject of several population control schemes, in both game and conservation environments. These controls are based on the belief that destroying them is good for other birds. They are also considered to be effective predators capable of reducing the populations ...

Swine Flu Claims Five More Lives Across India

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Swine flu has claimed the lives of five more people across the country, taking the death toll of people affected by the disease up to 15. The number of people affected by the disease has risen to 199. According to reports, swine flu has claimed two more lives in the national capital, taking the death toll to five in the city, while 26 people were tested positive for the H1N1 virus. Meanwhile, in Gujarat, three more deaths were reported during the last ...

Measles Outbreak Spreads to Six More US States

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A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California has spread to six more US states and Mexico, and an international visitor to the theme park likely sparked the health alert, say officials. Fifty-one confirmed cases of measles have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since late December, the US government agency said in a statement, most in California but others as far afield as Nebraska and Washington states. The ...

New Ebola Vaccine, Drug Trials to Start in West Africa

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Scientists will start the first large-scale tests of Ebola vaccine, one developed in the USA and one developed in Canada, on people in West Africa within a few weeks, announced U.S. authorities on Thursday. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said that scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would partner with the Liberian government to launch a clinical trial of two vaccines. The ...

Toll Free Number for Swine Flu Announced

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The Telangana government has announced the toll-free number to attend to swine flu cases in the state. People can call 104 to get complete information about swine flu vaccines and medicines. If anyone who suspects of attracting swine flu is advised to visit a nearby government hospital. Meanwhile, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is launching a full-fledged awareness campaign and sanitation drive. Children and slum-dwellers ...

Revolutionary Device 'Coupler' Found to Lower Blood Pressure

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Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have invented a revolutionary device that can significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure. i /i The device was developed by ROX Medical and named the 'Coupler'. The device is basically a paper clip sized implant, which is inserted between the artery and vein in the upper thigh, in a procedure lasting around 40 minutes under local anaesthetic. Scientists ...

Samsung Announces Wearable Stroke Detecting Headset

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Samsung has announced that it's working on a wearable EEG headset that can be used by patients themselves to detect signs of stroke as well as for regular monitoring to gauge stress levels, analyze sleep, and other brain health parameters that are often not measured quantitatively. The Early Detection Sensor (and) Algorithm Package (EDSAP) will pair up with a user's smartphone or tablet to display the results of the ECG tests, which, according to the developers, ...

Enhanced Therapy to Treat Symptoms of Serious Stomach Disorder

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Medtronic Inc. has announced that it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE) for the Medtronic Enterra II System. The system is used to treat chronic intractable nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis of diabetic or unknown origin when more conservative treatments fail or cannot be tolerated. Medtronic Enterra Therapy consists of a small medical device called ...