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Health Ministry to Introduce Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2015

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Draft for the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 for upgradation and introduction of provisions for clinical trials and regulation of medical devices has been released by the Union Health Ministry. The bill is set to be proposed in the Budget Session of Parliament by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, which is expected to commence in the last week of February.The Bill is currently placed in public ...

Budd-Chiari Syndrome (BCS)

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Budd-Chiari Syndrome (BCS) is a rare disorder caused by narrowing and obstruction (occlusion) of the hepatic veins (veins in the liver). This prevents the free-flow of blood from the liver to the heart.

Corneal Tissue Transplantation Exhibits Success Rate

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Abnormal accumulation of liquid in the eye leading to swelling of the cornea, called corneal edema was an implication of a condition, Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy. "I was blind as a bat," said 73-year-old John Basra, resident of Parma, Ohio who suffered from the genetic predisposed disease. "It was like looking through dirty water. Everything was blurry. I needed a bright LED light to read and a magnifying glass. My eyes would develop blisters ...

Scientists Find Eight Exoplanets With Two of Them Earth-like and Possibly Habitable

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Astronomers have found eight new planets in the 'Goldilocks zone' of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface, including two that are the most similar to Earth of any known exoplanets to date. Lead author Guillermo Torres of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) said, "Most of these planets have a good chance of being rocky, like Earth." Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b are the two most Earth-like ...

Fatty Acids Related to Diabetes to Cure Arthritis and Leukemia

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Fatty acids related to diabetes and obesity produced from enzymes can be used to treat arthritis and leukemia, found a new study. The study led by Washington University School of Medicine examined genetically engineered mice, and explained that the same enzymes involved in turning carbohydrates into the building blocks of fats also influence the health of specialized white blood cells called neutrophils. The researchers described that Neutrophils are ...

Lifespan is Determined by Solar Cycles

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The lifespan of people born in periods of solar maximum, interludes marked by powerful flares and geomagnetic storms, was 5.2 years shorter on average than those born during a solar minimum, according to Norwegian scientists. The study authors have linked solar activity to levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), an environmental stressor, known to affect survival and reproductive performance, possibly by causing cell and DNA damage. The solar activity has a stronger effect on ...

Ebola Vaccines to be Reviewed by Experts in Geneva Meet

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Progress on possible vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus will be reviewed when experts will gather at Geneva this week, said the World Health Organization on Wednesday. The international health community is desperately trying to find a vaccine to fight the virus, which continues to rage in west Africa where it has killed more than 8,200 people. Thursday's high-level meeting will be a follow-up to a conference held in October and will provide an update ...

Type 1 Diabetes Mortality Reduced With Early Intervention

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People with type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood glucose soon after diagnosis have better longevity than those who do not, reveals a new study. According to study a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigator, there is a 33 percent reduction in deaths over the past several decades among participants who had early, good control of their blood glucose. Lead author Trevor Orchard, M.D., professor of epidemiology ...

First Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine

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Integrated study, research and patient care in Allopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga will be done in the center of interdisciplinary study of medicine for the first time in Kochi, Kerala under Amrita University. The Amrita Institute of Integrated Medicine and Research Centre is planned as a centre to integrate the holistic vision and therapeutic range of Indian systems of healthcare with the analytical, diagnostic and prognostic proficiency of modern medical sciences. ...

Eradicated Diseases Return in War Struck Syria

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After nearly four years of war having gutted the country's healthcare system, Syria is facing a 'medical and humanitarian disaster' leading to a return of eradicated diseases like polio, tuberculosis, typhoid and scabies, a group of Syrian doctors said in Paris. Lack of doctors, supplies and drugs have plunged the country back into the medical dark ages, as many children are no longer vaccinated and majority of childbirths take place at home. Oubaida Al Moufti, ...

The Only HIV-Cured Person , 'Berlin Patient' Speaks Out

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The first and only man so far cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, has spoken out, giving the first person account of his battle with 12 years of illness. Long known only as the "Berlin Patient," Brown is the first person in the world to be cured of the infection following a stem cell transplant in 2007. He recalls his many years of illness, a series of difficult decisions, and his long road to recovery in the first-person account, "I Am the Berlin Patient: A Personal ...

Neurological Disorders Detected by Noninvasive Methods

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Neurons are the core components of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system. Inactive or overactive neurons in the brain and other parts of the body are the main reasons for a wide variety of medical conditions. Gaining control over the neurons to fire correctly may help treat many diseases. Researchers at Stanford University are hard at work studying how transcranial magnetic stimulation ...

Iron in Sun is Key Inhibitor of Energy Transmission

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Iron in the Earth's Sun is inhibits energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of its radiative band. Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine have been able to determine this experimentally, for the first time in history. This study has revealed that the iron in Earth's Sun is a key to how stars transmit energy. Radiative band is the section of the solar interior between ...

Alcohol Poisoning Kills Six People Daily in US

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A US government report has revealed that an average of six people die from alcohol poisoning every day in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most of the 2,200 people who die from excess drinking each year are middle-aged white men. The report suggests that American Indians and Alaskan natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people, with Alaska having the nation's highest alcohol poisoning death rate, coming ...

Bariatric Surgery Helps Cut Risk of Death

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Obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery have a lower rate of death, as compared to those who do not go for bariatric surgery, revealed a new study done recently. The research done by Jama Network Journals described that people who underwent bariatric surgery, compared with obese patients who did not have this surgery, had a lower all-cause rate of death at 5 years and up to 10 years following the procedure. It was found that there were a total of ...

Union Cabinet Has Cleared the Neutrino Observatory Which Will be Global Hub for High-end Scientific Experiments

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India hopes to join the global high-end scientific club with the Union Cabinet having cleared the Neutrino Observatory (INO) which will come up near Pottipuram village in Theni district on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. Scientists will be setting up experiments for neutrino double detector and dark matters. The Union Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the project on December 26, 2014, at an investment of Rs. 1,500 crores. The project will be funded by Department of Science ...

Punjab Government Bans Sale of Loose Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

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On Tuesday, in an announcement, the State government of Punjab has said that the state's health department has banned the sale of loose cigarettes as single sticks and loose tobacco. By doing so, Punjab has become the first state to execute the ban. The ban had been enacted as the sale is in violation of Section 7 of the COTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution ...

The Heart Can Be Repaired Using Stem Cell Device: Biogenerator

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The creation of a new Biogenerator stem cell device will aid broken heart. The device has the ability to hold the stem cells produced from adult bone marrow cells. It can be affixed to the heart wall or using a catheter, it can be injected into the cardiac tissue. New myocytes are produced with motivation got from release of proteins and growth factors straight in to the heart. Explanting the Biogenerator at any time can help removing the stem cells. The creator's ...

Chetan Bhagat Is Getting To The Fitness Road: 'Reeboot 100 (and) #8242;

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Fitness brand Reebok has recently initiated 'Reeboot 100' challenge. It is a 100 day fitness program for which Author Chetan Bhagat has consented and will inspire his fans by transforming his physique and becoming 'Fit for Life'. "The decision to take up a fitness challenge was difficult but also exciting at the same time. Being a writer, my profession does not require me to be fit or have a perfectly sculpted body and physique. However, fitness is beyond just ...

Swollen Lips / Lip Edema Symptom Evaluation

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Do you have swelling of lips? There can be alarming symptoms that involve one or both the lips. If progressive, it can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

Johnson (and) Johnson Start Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Ebola Vaccine

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US pharmaceutical giant Johnson (and) Johnson has started human trials on a possible vaccine against Ebola. The company is hoping to move on to studies on large groups of patients by April. The Oxford Vaccine Group at Britain's Oxford University is carrying out Phase I testing of the Ebola vaccine. 72 healthy volunteers are part of the test that will examine how their bodies tolerate the potential vaccine. Johnson (and) Johnson said, "At the end of October we ...

Fitness Secrets of Preity Zinta

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Bollywood actress Preity Zinta shares her secrets to stay healthy. Staying hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water, watching over portion control of food by consuming smaller frequent meals, and limiting one's carbohydrate intake are three things that can make a difference and help one lead a healthy life. She is focused in staying fit and her age clock seems to run slow at 39. A year back, her situation was no different than any other woman. She had suffered ...

Is the Ban on Smoking in Public Places Working?

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The law to ban smoking in public places in India came into force in 2004 and was further amended in 2008 to make it more stringent. Tobacco use accounts for 40% cancers in India and 'The Public Health Foundation of India' estimates that economic costs from all diseases in India in 2011 due to the use of tobacco amounted to a staggering Rs.1,04,500 crore or 12% more than the combined state and central government expenditure on health care in the same year. A ...

Yoga and Homeopathy Shake Hands at Bajaj Auto

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'From Sensation to Synergy' is a mega seminar on homeopathy that will be conducted on January 10th and 11th at Bajaj Auto's headquarters near Pune. It will be chaired by Dr. Rajan Sankaran. He is a global thinker on homeopathic system of medicine. It is expected that about 500 doctors and students will be present at the session. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto holds immense passion for science. He declares with least hesitation that Dr. Sankaran ...

Combination of Radiation and Hormone Therapy More Effective in Curing Prostate Cancer

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Older men with prostate cancer may live longer if they receive a combination therapy of radiation and hormone therapy, but many men do not get the right treatment, according to US researchers. The combination therapy saved nearly 50 percent more lives among men aged 76 to 85 with locally advanced prostate cancer, compared to those who received only hormone therapy. The researchers said that locally advanced prostate cancer occurs when cancer has spread outside but ...