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Awareness of Lymphatic Filariasis by one of the runners in Mumbai Marathon

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The 12th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, which took place, recently, included more than 40,000 participants. There was one contestant who took the crowds in surprise as he was with a prosthetic inflated foot. Anirudh More, Copywriter at Ogilvy (and) Mather, Mumbai, participated in the marathon to draw attention to a new campaign launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). The campaign aims to provide more ...

Health Care Workers Protest Against Telangana State Government's Order

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The staff, including senior doctors, house surgeons, paramedical and administrative staff and nurses of Government Chest Hospital, Erragadda, launched a struggle to protest the move to shift the hospital to Vikarabad. The Telangana State Government on Tuesday issued a Government Order (GO) to shift Government Chest Hospital, Erragadda, to TB Sanatorium in Vikarabad. Senior hospital doctors said that the TS Government has decided to shift Chest Hospital ...

Use Lessons from Ebola-Fight to Prepare for 'War' Against Global Pandemic: Gates

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The world must use lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease with the help of new technology, says billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. Gates, in Berlin for a donor conference of the GAVI alliance bringing vaccines to poor countries, said the risk of a worldwide pandemic meant it was reckless not to act now. "A more difficult pathogen (than Ebola) could come along, a form of flu, a form of SARS or some ...

Home Remedies for Chapped Lips

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Chapped lips are an eyesore and painful especially during winters, but they can be prevented as well as treated using simple tips and tricks.

Appetite Hormone Shown to Increase 'Sex Drive' in Mice

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When mice received a supplement of ghrelin, an appetite hormone released from the stomach, they showed increased sexual activity and increase in efforts to find a partner, in a new Swedish study. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy conducted the study and also confirmed the effect in a follow-up experiment, where mice that received a ghrelin inhibitor instead decreased their sexual activity. Researcher Elisabet Jerlhag said that it is already known ...

Shopping Vouchers and Cyber-Friends Could help Quit Smoking and Lose Weight

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Latest research has shown that shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight. It was seen that pregnant women who were promised vouchers were much likelier than non-rewarded peers to kick the smoking habit; and people shed more kilos the more online friendships they formed with fellow weight-watchers. The Scottish study offered 612 pregnant smokers in Glasgow, free nicotine replacement therapy ...

Important Points Necessary for Senior Citizen Health Insurance

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Inflation in health care costs is of serious concern for senior citizens. Usually parents don't like to burden their children with expensive medical care, so a health insurance plan for senior citizens is the best option. Most companies have insurance covers to suit the senior citizens though some terms and conditions may differ. The insurance company in its policies for senior citizens, offers to pay ambulance charges along with pre and post hospitalization expenses - according ...

Canned Soup Doesn't Rise BPA Blood Levels Higher Than Expected

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Coating the mouth with bisphenol A-containing food like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, reveals a new research. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is used to make some plastics and to seal canned food containers against bacterial contamination and food, which picks up trace amounts of BPA from packaging, is the major source of human exposure. Health concerns about BPA center on its potential to mimic certain hormones ...

Generic Version of Nexium Approved by FDA

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Generic version of AstraZeneca Plc's Nexium, the drug formulated to treat heartburn, by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd received the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval. The company is the first to win FDA approval for selling generic Nexium. The FDA mentioned that it has approved Teva's production of 20 mg and 40 mg Nexium capsules. Ivax Pharmaceuticals will manufacture the generic Nexium, which is a subsidiary of Teva. Esomeprazole, ...

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

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PET scan helps in the diagnosis of conditions like cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. PET images reveal the functioning of the organs like blood and oxygen flow and metabolic changes.

Diabeto, the App to Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

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The commonly used glucometers by diabetics is simple and profound as they display the latest readings and graphically represent the blood glucose levels. On an advanced note, there are innumerable apps that provide detailed tracking of glucose levels, dietary intake, and physical activity. Data is transferred from the glucometer to the smart phone for in-depth analysis. A new device, which connects glucometers to smartphones wirelessly, awaits its ...

Five Essential Components of Physical Fitness

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Did you know that physical fitness is more important than maintaining your figure or a six-pack? Read on to know more about the 5 components of fitness.

Improving Prospective Memory in Stroke Patients Using a Virtual Reality Technology

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Scientists in New Zealand have developed a virtual reality technology for survivors of stroke. The user can go online and use the technology to improve their memory. "Stroke is the second most common cause of death worldwide and a common cause of disability in adults in developed countries. Stroke is largely preventable, yet about 9000 New Zealanders every year have a stroke. Every day about 24 New Zealanders have a stroke and only half of these are able to return ...

Oatmeal is a Better Choice Than Corn Flakes for Breakfast

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A stomach filling breakfast reduces your chance of over eating before lunch and also for the rest of the day. Lead researcher Allan Geliebter, PhD, explained that according to the results of their research, despite eating the same number of calories at breakfast, satiety values were significantly greater after consuming oatmeal compared to sugared corn flakes. Scientists at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital conducted a recent research on the satiety of ...

Girls Who Consume Lots of Sugary Drinks Start Menstruating at a Younger Age

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Girls who consume lots of sugary drinks start menstruating at a younger age, according to a study published in the journal Human Reproduction. The study findings are important because early onset of menstruation has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in later life. Researchers monitored the health of more than 5,500 American girls aged 9 to 14 years between 1996 and 2001. The average age for onset of menstruation was 12 years and 7 months. The investigators ...

KRAS Pathway for Lung Cancer

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Effective treatment of lung cancer has been challenging despite finding the KRAS gene as a target for treating lung cancer. The KRAS pathway is now explored to find what makes it cancerous. A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center sheds light on the KRAS pathway with a potential target that might have more success at stopping lung cancer growth. The researchers found that a protein called FADD picks up a ...

Higher Risk of Heart Disease in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Heightened risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, mental health conditions, reproductive disorders and cancer of uterus lining is found in women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome than healthy women, revealed a new study published in the Endocrine Society's iJournal of Clinical Endocrinology (and) Metabolism/i. The PCOS is the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility. ...

Treating Post-operative Pain With Morphine can Cause Life Threatening Respiratory Problems in Children

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Treating post-operative pain at home with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who are genetically ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine, and have undergone tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy, according to researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and by McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital. The study showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative. The findings build on a 2009 Motherisk ...

'Jerky Eye Movements' can Help Diagnose Anorexia With 95percent Accuracy

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Melbourne researchers have discovered a new bio-marker that could be used to help diagnose anorexia with 95 percent accuracy. Researchers from Swinburne University, The University of Melbourne and St. Vincent's Hospital found that people with anorexia displayed eye movements called square wave jerks, also known as saccadic intrusion, which only a small number of healthy individuals have. Researchers investigated whether individuals with anorexia and healthy control ...

Larger Aging-Vulnerable Brain Region in People With Longevity Gene Variant

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Larger volumes in a front part of the brain that involves planning and decision-making is associated with people who carry a variant of gene that is associated with longevity, found researchers at UC San Francisco. The finding bolsters their previous discovery that middle-aged and older people who carry a single copy of the KLOTHO allele, called KL-VS, performed better on a wide range of cognitive tests. When they modeled KL-VS in mice, they found this strengthened ...

More Funds for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria: Obama

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Doubling of funds will be requested by President Barack Obama in his 2016 budget for fighting and preventing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the White House said Tuesday. The budget blueprint to be unveiled in February will request (Dollar) 1.2 billion, twice the amount granted by Congress in 2015. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria ...

Detecting High-Risk Prostate Cancer With Targeted Biopsy Technique

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Targeted magnetic resonance/ultrasound fusion biopsy was associated with increased detection of high-risk prostate cancer, compared to standard biopsy technique, among men undergoing biopsy for suspected prostate cancer. The technique also indicated decreased detection of low-risk prostate cancer, revealed a study in the January 27 issue of iJAMA/i. The current diagnostic procedure for men suspected of prostate cancer is a standard extended-sextant biopsy (i.e., ...

People Willing to Donate Tissue Samples to Biobank: Survey

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Majority of people were willing to donate tissue samples and medical information to a biobank for research, in a survey of nearly 1,600 individuals. Most of them were willing to donate using a blanket consent, revealed a study in the January 27 issue of iJAMA/i. Research biobanks are increasing in number and importance, with great potential for advancing knowledge of human health, disease, and treatment. Recruitment of donors is vital to their success and relies ...

Meeting Climate Challenge Will Require Concerted Action by India and USA, and the International Community

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United States of America President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi share a deep concern regarding the climate challenge and understand that meeting it will require concerted action by their countries and the international community. USA and India recognize that global climate change is a profound threat to humanity and to the imperatives of sustainable development, growth and the eradication of poverty. Both the leaders stressed the ...

SoftBank Mobile's 'Pepper' is World's First Robot to Serve Dementia Patients by Recognizing Their Emotions

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A new robot, called 'Pepper', has recently been developed to help take care of people with dementia by recognizing their emotions. The humanoid robot with artificial intelligence has been developed by SoftBank Mobile. It is the world's first robot designed to serve people by recognizing their emotions. Pepper is set to retail for 198,000 yen on the consumer market in February. SoftBank Mobile hopes to develop the robot to act as a conversation partner for those suffering ...

Liberia 'Optimistic' of Zero Ebola Cases by February End

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Liberia, which was the country worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, hopes to have no new cases by the end of February, according to Liberian Commerce Minister Axel Addy. Latest figures reveal that the number of registered cases in Liberia is now just down to five against a peak of more than 300 a week in August and September. The government minister said, "We think we can make it to zero by the end of February latest. We're quite optimistic. 12 of the country's 15 counties ...

How to Unboil Egg Whites?

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A team of Australian chemists at University Of California (UCI) have figured out how to unboil egg whites which could ultimately reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the 160 billion dollars global biotechnology industry. Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology and biochemistry, said, "We have invented a way to unboil a hen egg and in our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and ...

Listeria Breaches the Placenta Using Enzyme Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase Following Activation by Internalin Proteins

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A gut bacterium called Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes), which is often found in soft cheese, is known to present a risk to pregnant women by using distinct tactics to breach the intestine and the placenta, using an enzyme phosphoinositide-3 kinase following activation by internalin proteins, according to researchers at Pasteur Institute in France. Listeria has two proteins, called internalins A and B, that helps it cross mucosal tissue barriers. Both proteins ...

Senegal Opens Border With Guinea as Ebola Recedes

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As the Ebola epidemic is receding Senegal has reopened its land border with Guinea on Monday. The interior ministry said, "People and goods can now move freely by land between the two countries." Senegal initially closed its land border with Guinea in March last year as the number of people infected with the deadly Ebola disease escalated at an alarming rate. The order affected crossings in southern Senegal which were heavily used by traders, particularly during ...

Morphine-like Protein With Analgesic and Tranquilizing Qualities Discovered in Coffee

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French Anti-smoking Association Accuses Four Tobacco Makers of Price Collusion

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A French anti-smoking association, the National Committee Against Tobacco, has filed a case in France accusing makers of Marlboro, Camel, Lucky Strike and Gauloise cigarettes of colluding to limit prices so that smokers would not cut their consumption. Yves Martinet, president of the National Committee Against Tobacco, said, "The companies cited in the complaint agreed to limit themselves to small increases that in reality are adjustments for inflation, (and) which ...