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Beer Ingredient Protects Brain Cells from Damage and Helps Fight Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease

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An ingredient from beer, called xanthohumol, could protect brain cells from damage and potentially slow the development of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, according to researchers of the American Chemical Society. The study suggests that oxidative damage to neuronal cells contributes to the development of diseases that originate in the brain, and xanthohumol has antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties. The ...

Microsoft Head of Research Eric Horvitz Says Artificial Intelligence Does Not Pose a Threat to Mankind

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Microsoft head of research Eric Horvitz said, "Though machines will eventually achieve human-like consciousness, they do not pose a threat to the survival of mankind." Horvitz said, "There have been concerns about the long-term prospect that we lose control of certain kinds of intelligences, but I fundamentally don't think that's going to happen. I think that we will be very proactive in terms of how we field artificial intelligence (AI) systems and that in the end ...

Ebola Virus Could Have Mutated: Warn Scientists

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The Ebola virus that caused the outbreak in Guinea has started to mutate, say scientists who are tracking the epidemic. It might get somewhat less deadly, but more contagious. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak in March 2014, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious, the BBC reported. More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone ...

Rare Respiratory Disease Causes Paralysis in Children in the US

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US doctors fear that there might be a link to a nationwide outbreak of a usually rare respiratory virus after the reported 12 cases of muscle weakness or paralysis among children in Colorado. The virus, EV-D68, is a so-called non-polio enterovirus. Some viruses in this group have been found in a small number of people to cause meningitis, encephalitis or paralysis, as well as infection of the heart muscle or the sac surrounding it. The US Centers for ...

Tests for Asthma

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Do you find it difficult to breathe especially during the cold weather? You may need to get tested for asthma, a respiratory condition that is induced by allergies.

Anti-Leprosy Day: President P.Mukherjee Extends Wishes

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President Pranab Mukherjee extended his best wishes to the Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh (Indian Leprosy Association) on Thursday, on the occasion of Anti-Leprosy Day being held on January 30, 2015. "I am happy to learn that the Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh (Indian Leprosy Association) is observing Anti Leprosy Day on 30 January, 2015 to coincide with the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi," said President Mukherjee in his message. "The Father of the Nation, Mahatma ...

Mummified Buddhist Monk in Mongolia

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Mummified remains of 200-year-old Buddhist monk in lotus position, as if still meditating, was recently discovered in Mongolia, reports Mongolia's Morning Newspaper. The body was found on 27 January 2015 in Songinokhairkhan province, the Siberian Times reported. The report further added that so far there was no information as to where the body was found. The only details were that it was covered with a cattle skin. It was not clear if it was the skin ...

New Approach: Aortic Valve Implantation Combined With Coronary Artery Stenting

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A study published in the iEuropean Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery/i indicates that severe aortic stenosis can be treated surgically at the same time as highly significant coronary artery disease. h3What is Aortic Stenosis?/h3 a href="http:www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/aortic-valve-stenosis.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink" alt="Information about Aortic Valve Stenosis" title="Information about Aortic Valve Stenosis"Aortic ...

Overcoming Peanut Allergy

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A daily dose of peanut protein combined with a probiotic was given to 30 children who are allergic to peanuts, in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. The results of this experiment could pave way for a cure for peanut allergy. Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave around 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period, Stuff.co.nz reported. The ...

Using Mobile Phones to Access Facebook

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Nearly 526 million of Facebook monthly active users are reported to access the social network using mobile phones, marking another milestone in Facebook's shift to mobile. According to Tech Crunch, that's up from 456 million in the previous quarter, and it's an increase of around 78 percent from the 296 million mobile-only users that Facebook saw during the same period last year. It also includes about 38 percent of Facebook's 1.39 billion monthly active users. ...

Temperature of Cow's Nose Indicate Their Moods

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World Animal Protection (WAP) organization found that a cow's nasal temperature can easily tell about its mood and its feelings. They examined 13 cows by stroking the animals to put them in a calm and relaxed state before they measured their temperature and analysed them, the Daily Express reported. The researchers told that emotions like stress, fear and frustration can easily be judged for a cow through its nose temperature, but only till the breakthrough point. ...

Hospital Staff Hastiness End Two Mothers Deliver Babies in Toilet

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Two women had delivered babies in toilets of the labour ward in Civil Hospital, Gurgaon on Tuesday night. The hospital had no gynaecologist around at the time, just one specialist on call duty and is the only state-run healthcare facility in the city. The maternity ward has 30 beds. At the time the deliveries took place, only one general physician, three staff nurses, two support staff and one sweeper was present in the hospital. Both the ...

Highlighting Landmark Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

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The journal iThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery/i will mark its 50 years of publishing groundbreaking scientific research in cardiothoracic surgery throughout 2015 by highlighting some of the most important research published within its pages. A special STS presidential task force selected articles from the journal archives that are considered landmark. Brief commentaries on these landmark contributions will be published in each issue of iThe Annals/i in 2015. ...

Decline in Re-Hospitalization Rates Following Aortic Valve Replacement

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Aortic valve replacement surgery is now safer and the recovery has become easier, as fewer patients undergoing AVR surgery are being re-hospitalized, reveals a study. The article is published in the February 2015 issue of iThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery/i. "Aortic valve disease is common among older people and frequently requires valve replacement," said Karthik Murugiah, MD, from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., who led the study. "Previous ...

Friedmann - 2015 Japan Prize Winner

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Theodore Friedmann, MD, was named on Wednesday as one of the three recipients of the 2015 Japan Prize, a prestigious international award. The Japan Prize is an international award honoring laureates whose "original and outstanding achievements in science and technology have advanced the frontiers of knowledge and served the cause of peace and prosperity for mankind." Theodore Friedmann is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California, San Diego School ...

Health Benefits of Kale

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Kale is the super green food that is bursting with nutrients. It helps promote good bone and eye health, combat cancer and keep sugar levels in check.

Research Exhibits Brain Pattern of Facebook Addicts

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A new study found that these compulsive urges of some Facebook users have similar brain patterns as drug addicts. A team of researchers wanted to estimate addiction-type symptoms associated with Facebook use, including withdrawal, anxiety and conflict over the site. Questionnaires were issued to 20 undergraduate students and used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the participants' brains. A series of computer images were ...

3 Doctors at Delhi Lok Nayak Down With Swine Flu

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Three senior doctors and an intern working at Lok Nayak Hospital have been diagnosed positive for swine flu. Dr Sidharth Ramji, the medical superintendent, said that all of them are in stable condition and have been put on Tamiflu. "There is nothing to worry about. Swine flu is like any other viral infection and patients do not need to be isolated. Our hospital doctors are in fact recovering at home and did not even require admission," he said. ...

Suction Cervical Retractor Gets FDA Approval

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Suction cervical retractor by Bioceptive, a New Orleans-based firm, won FDA clearance to be introduced to U.S. gynocologists. The device uses suction to tug at the cervix, allowing various instruments to slip in unlike cervical tenaculum forceps. "Bioceptive's suction tenaculum is a truly novel gynecologic instrument that permits cervical traction without tissue penetration. This device coupled with Bioceptive's IUD inserter has the potential to revolutionize ...

Research Proves Hair Growth by Stem Cells in Mice

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Recent study has proved the theory of human stem cells resulting in hair growth for the very first time. Human pluripotent embryonic stem cells are stem cells that are capable of developing into any other cell, were developed into neural crest cells. These are cells that can develop into a variety of cells on the head, including brain cells, cartilage, bone and muscle cells. The cells were enticed to grow into dermal papillae cells, the ...

Ebola Vaccine Considered to be Safe

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The experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be safe in preliminary results from a clinical trial. The Ebola vaccine has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the UN National Institutes for Health. Researchers confirmed the safety of the vaccine on Wednesday. The vaccine also generates an immune response to Ebola, said the early findings from the trial under way at Oxford University, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "The vaccine ...

Unfair HIV-Drug Pricing Found in US Health Plans

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Some US health insurance plans are placing antiretroviral drugs in a high-cost category, forcing the patients to pay more for coverage and discriminating against people with HIV, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine warns that the practice is undermining a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care reform, which set out to end health insurers' use of preexisting conditions to deny coverage to sick people. Under ...

Saving Lives and Money With New Hypertension Guidelines

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Implementing new hypertension guidelines fully can prevent 56,000 cardiovascular disease events like heart attacks and strokes and 13,000 deaths each year, found in an analysis of data. This can be achieved without increasing overall health care costs, reveals the study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The paper was published today in the online edition of the iNew England Journal of Medicine/i. "Our findings ...

Human Ancestors Used Their Hands Just as Modern Humans

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Human ancestors used their hands just as modern humans 3 million years ago, according to anthropologists from the University of Kent, working with researchers from University College London, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) and the Vienna University of Technology (Austria). The research shows that Australopithecus africanus, a 3-2 million-year-old species from South Africa traditionally considered not to have engaged in ...

Majority Primary Care Physicians Believe That Medical Imaging Improves Patient Care

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Majority primary care physicians believe that advanced medical imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), provides considerable value to patient care, according to a study published online in the 'Journal of the American College of Radiology'. 500 primary care physicians were part of the national survey that used an online self-administered questionnaire for assessment. Study results showed ...

Ten Squats can Fetch You a Free Subway Ride in Mexico

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Mexican health officials have installed thirty squat-counting machines at various stations in the Mexican capital's metro system that, in exchange for 10 squats, will tell passengers how many calories they burned and give them a token for a free ride. The machines will also hand out pedometers to the first 80,000 users to help them track their energy output. According to official figures, 70 percent of adults and nearly one third of children are overweight or ...

Psychopathic Violent Offenders Have Brain Abnormalities in Areas Related to Understanding Punishment

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Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment and do not benefit from rehabilitation programs, according to an MRI study led by Sheilagh Hodgins and Nigel Blackwood. Professor Hodgins explained, "One in five violent offenders is a psychopath. They have higher rates of recidivism and don't benefit from rehabilitation programs. Our research reveals why this is and can hopefully improve childhood interventions ...

GAVI Donors Pledge (Dollar) 7.5 Billion to Help Immunize 300 Million Children

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The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) announced that countries and private donors have pledged (Dollar) 7.5 billion (6.6 billion euros) to help immunize 300 million more children, saving up to six million lives, in developing countries over the next five years. GAVI announced that it had just slightly exceeded its 'bold' request for funding for 2016 to 2020 at a two-day pledging conference in Berlin. GAVI board chairman Dagfinn Hoybraten said, "We have ...

World Bank President Warns That the World is Dangerously Unprepared for Pandemics

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned that the world remains 'dangerously unprepared' for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. In a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, Kim said, "The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in terms of lives lost and the loss of economic growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. We need to make sure that we get to zero cases in this Ebola outbreak. At the same time, we need to ...