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Swine Flu Tests in Lucknow are Done Only After Patients Provide Contact Details

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Lucknow has reported 17 cases of swine flu and two deaths after which the health authorities are in action. Isolation wards are prepared for patients affected by H1N1 virus in the two big hospitals, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) and the King George's Medical University (KGMU). Since the fear of swine flu has struck the city, health officials have asked the other government hospitals to prepare isolation wards and ...

Parkinson's Disease Monitored Closely by 'PERFORM'

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Parkinson's disease has no cure but certain drugs and neurotransmitters can manage the symptoms. The symptoms guide the choice of therapies, as far as parkinson's disease is concerned. Researchers at Technical University of Madrid in Spain have tinkered together a body area network of sensors and special smartphone apps to objectively assess Parkinson's patients from the comfort of their home. PERFORM is based on Body Area Network (BAN) of sensors ...

Quiz on Muscular Dystrophy

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Muscular dystrophy is a condition that affects muscles and sometimes causes severe disability. Take this quiz to brush up on the basics of this condition.

Health Benefits of Chocolates - Slide Show

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Chocolate is proved to be good for the heart, brain, and blood circulation. The health benefits of dark chocolate surpass milk chocolate.

Blood Transfusion Causing HIV Infection Needs Alert

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Transfusion of infected blood is one of the causes of HIV. As the number of positive cases due to blood transfusion increases, questions are raised about the quality of blood transfused to patients. In India, Gujarat records the highest, 1,658 cases of transfusion transmitted HIV infections from 2010-11 to 2014-15, says the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). Dr.Rajendra Gadhvi, joint director, Gujarat State Aids Control Society (GSACS), said, ...

New Bio-marker for Detecting Colorectal Cancer Metastases

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A unique metastasis-specific microRNA signature in primary colorectal cancers that could predict prognosis and distant metastasis in colorectal cancer has been developed at the Center for Gastrointestinal Cancer Research and the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor Research Institute. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Distant metastasis is the major cause of mortality and serious morbidity ...

Obama's 2016 Budget Plan to Plow (Dollar) 215 Million into 'Precision Medicine' Research

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On Friday, US President Barack Obama will propose that the government plow (Dollar) 215 million into precision medicine research, which field proponents say can advance the treatment of diseases like cancer and diabetes. This proposal is part of Obama's 2016 budget plan, which would first have to be approved by a hostile Republican-controlled Congress. The funding would be utilized in part to collect gene, chemical, lifestyle and other data from one million volunteers. Researchers ...

Increased Risk of Stroke With Heavy Drinking in Mid-Age

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Consumption of more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age is found to raise heart risks more than other traditional factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. The study led by American Heart Association, sorted out the data they collected from hospitals based on stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and other cardiovascular incidences, and compared them from alcohol and health risks like high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. The ...

Get the Perfect Skin With Slimy Snail Facials

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Getting the perfect skin with slimy snail facial is the latest beauty craze among the ladies across Thailand, it has been revealed. Two Frenchmen opened the first such spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with just 100 of the garden creatures initially but now they have upgraded it with 30,000 snails on their organic farm, the Daily Express reported. In this treatment around 30,000 snails are being used that helps to get a youthful glow and heals all the burns, ...

Organ Donation Rate to Increase in India - MOHAN Foundation Joins Hands With NHS Blood and Transplant of UK

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Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation, an NGO that has been working in the field of deceased organ donation for the past 18 years signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), UK in Chennai on Friday. The objective of the MoU is to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two organizations with the aim of increasing organ donation rates in India and the United Kingdom. UK in the ...

Good Nutrition and Diet Habits for Maintaining Mental Health

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Good diet and proper nutrition is essential in maintaining mental health, claim scientists in a new international study. A new international study led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has stated that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognize and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health. Lead author, Dr Jerome Sarris said that while the determinants of mental health ...

Memory and Cognitive Performance Influenced by Negative Stereotyping

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Negative stereotyping affects memory and cognitive performance of older people, found a research team at the University of Kent's School of Psychology. The team carried out a review and meta-analysis of Aged-Based Stereotype Threat (ABST). The most comprehensive analysis to date of research on the effect of negative stereotypes on older people's abilities has concluded that these stereotypes create a significant problem for that demographic. It was concluded ...

Increase in School Failure Among Teenagers: Internet, Mobile and Video Games

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Use of internet, mobile and video games has been associated with a linear increase in school failure, in a study that analyzed the use of technologies by young users. The study conducted by researchers at the UAB, the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS) and the FPCEE Blanquerna (Ramon Llull University), and which included the methodological support of the Institute for Primary Healthcare Research (IDIAP Jordi Gol), has analyzed the use of information and communication ...

Diabetes Could be Overcome With a 'Probiotic Pill'

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Probiotic has been found to help in diabetes treatment in rats, suggesting that it can lead to human remedy. A strain of lactobacillus was made to secrete a Glucagon-like peptide-1 and given orally to rats. The Cornell University researchers engineered a strain of lactobacillus, a human probiotic common in the gut, to secrete a Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and then administered it orally to diabetic rats for 90 days and found the rats receiving the engineered ...

Tamiflu Reduces Flu Complications and Patients Get Back on Their Feet Faster

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Use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza had been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, earlier this month. This is the year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain. Now, new evidence about a popular antiviral-often criticized as ineffective-shows that it can alleviate symptoms and prevent respiratory complications. Research by the University of Michigan, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical ...