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Elevated Blood Calcium Levels Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death in Kidney Disease Patients on Dialysis

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Elevated blood levels of calcium and phosphorus are linked with an increased risk of premature death in kidney disease patients on dialysis, according to researchers at University of Washington, in Seattle. The Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program is designed to adjust payments to US dialysis facilities based on their performance on a variety of different quality measures that have been included in the program since its inception in 2012. ...

The Need for Legalizing Euthanasia in India

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Euthanasia has been dicing in and out of the Indian Legal System's scenario for decades now. It is of two types- active and passive, active being doing of a deliberate action to cause a patient to die and passive being stopping life-saving treatment in order to letting the life of patient end its natural way, gradually. The disputation of the controversial theme of euthanasia, the passive type being allowed, the need for allowing active type is in question. Hippocrates, ...

Novel Method That Allows More High-Risk Patients to Receive a Lung Transplant

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Researchers have developed a unique new method to treat a specific group of patients who are at greater risk of rejecting a donor lung, allowing them to live longer after transplant without rejection. This new approach differs from other therapies which treat patients who are highly sensitized or reactive to foreign donor lung tissue with commonly available and well-tolerated drugs in transplant programs around the world, and is begun only when the patient is in the operating ...

Benefits of Breast Cancer Drug Trastuzumab Outweigh the Risk of Harm

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In women with advanced (or metastatic) breast cancer, treatment with the breast cancer drug Trastuzumab (Herceptin (Regd) ) is associated with prolonged survival but also increases the risk of developing heart problems, a new systematic review shows. However, the review, published in The Cochrane Library, concludes that more women benefit from use of Trastuzumab than are harmed. The review focuses on treatment for women with advanced stage breast cancer who ...

Seckel Syndrome

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Seckel syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by an abnormally small head, birdlike facial features, mental retardation, and blood malignancies.

India's First Double Hand Transplant Successful, Say AIMS Doctors

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With the first successful double hand transplant, Indian doctors have registered a rare feat of carrying out the world's first hand transplant of a coloured skin. The transplant was carried out to a train accident victim - 30-year-old Manu, who received both the hands of a 24-year-old road accident victim. The credit for the rare feat goes to a team of surgeons at the Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS). Dr. Subramania Iyer, ...

Concussions can be Detected Accurately by Eye Tracking

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CT scans are used to diagnose a concussion in patients presenting with a head injury. But occasionally, CT scans do not reveal a concussion every time. A new eye tracking technique was presented by researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The technique may one day a standard part of performing a brain injury analysis in the emergency room or even on the sidelines of football fields. Abnormal eye movement is a symptom of brain injury but measuring ...

Brain Remembering to Fear Future Danger: Mechanism Revealed

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The area of brain affected with the first sign of danger has been better understood with a new study. Parts of brain activated to express fear and remembering to avoid danger in the future is also revealed in the study. The research team looked first at the thalamus, the part of the brain known as the "switchboard." In particular, they focused on the paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus (PVT), "an area that is readily activated by both physical and psychological ...

Reacting With 'Ow' Actually Helps You Deal With Pain

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Pain tolerance is longer in people who scream the word "ow", noticed scientists at the National University of Singapore. This is because "ow" is thought to be a distraction, the Daily Express reported. It was also mentioned that not just the word "ow" can help but also other words like "ouch" and the Italian version "ahia". The researchers said all of those sounds are good for vocalizing pain because they are simple noises where the "mouth simply opens". ...

Assured Assistance and Support by the Health Ministry to Tackle Swine Flu

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H1N1 influenza is closely monitored due to the situation arising in some states, reported Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P.Nadda. He assured that all necessary assistance and support is being provided to the states to manage the situation and stated that the present spurt is seasonal. Senior level public health teams are deputed by the health ministry to Telangana and Rajasthan to assess the situation and assist the states in managing the ...

Swollen Lymph Nodes / Lymphadenopathy

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Swollen lymph nodes refer to enlargement of one or more lymph nodes in the body. The medical term for swollen lymph nodes is lymphadenopathy.

Personalised Real-time Sun Protection Advice by 'Solar Cell App'

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The National Cancer Instituite, U.S in contract with Klein Buendel Inc, Colorado, developed Solar Cell app, a smartphone app that provides personalised, real-time sun protection advice. Based on UV Index forecasts and personal information from the users, the app provides sun-protection advice and alerts to apply or reapply sunscreen. David B Buller, of Klein Buendel and coauthors conducted a randomised clinical trial in 2012 which enrolled 604 ...

Smoking May Increase Risk for Prostate Cancer

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The prostate gland, found only in men, is the size of a walnut and surrounds the upper part of the urethra. It produces semen and protein specific antigen that turns the semen to liquid. The prostate glands work under the influence of malehormones, known asandrogens, which includetestosterone,dehydroepiandrosterone anddihydrotestosterone. Androgens are also responsible forsecondary sex characteristicssuch as facial hair and increased muscle mass. h3Prostate ...

Organ Donation: Transplant Coordinators to Receive Training

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The wait can be strenuous for many U.K.-based Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis in need of an organ transplantation. To bridge the gap between demand and supply of organs, the NHSBT will work with the Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation to help train transplant coordinators understand the cultural needs of minorities. According to experts, Asians in the U.K. wait a year longer than people of other races, and also have three ...

One More Death in Gujarat Due to Swine Flu, Taking the Toll to 38

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Gujarat has recorded 39 new positive cases of swine flu in a single day and claimed one more life in Patan district taking the death toll due to infection to 38 so far. Health commissioner J P Gupta said, "The total death toll has climbed to 38 in the state, adding a total of 309 swine flu registered cases so far while 122 patients have been cured." Gupta further said the health department has formed 20 teams of government medical colleges to sensitise ...

Mitochondrial Diseases Have a Remedy by 'Three Parent' Invitro fertilisation

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There has been immense support from the senior government advisers, In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) specialists, bio ethicists and leading academicians from four continents for a change in the law that could prevent babies being born with disorders that often kill them in childhood. Leading experts have said that the procedure should be allowed in cases where there is risk of passing on devastating genetic diseases to their children. The IVF procedure involves the ...

Los Angeles Begins With Its Homeless Count That Takes Place Every Two Years Across the Entire County

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The downtown Los Angeles district is sometimes called the homeless capital of America as scores of tents and makeshift shelters are erected for the night, all along the sidewalks. After dark, volunteers scour the vast region and tally up the number of homeless count that takes place every two years across the entire county. Ana Alvarez, who was helping with the count, said, "We don't get close to them. We try not to disturb them, because a lot of them are already ...

Lead Researcher of 'Birth Control Pill' Chemist Carl Djerassi Passes Away at 91

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Lead researcher of the birth control pill, Austrian-born US chemist, Carl Djerassi has passed away at the age of 91. Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said, "Djerassi died of complications of cancer in his San Francisco home." Djerassi was famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill. 'The pill', as it came to be known, radically transformed ...

African Union criticized Over Poor Record in the Early Stages of Ebola Epidemic

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As Africa's leader meet at the 54-nation African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic. Health workers and cash have flooded in from the United States, Britain and Cuba as part of a UN-led surge to battle the Ebola epidemic which has seen nearly 9,000 deaths in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. However, ...

Tumor-Targeting Agents Show Promise for 'Fluorescence-guided' Tumor Surgery

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Scientists have identified two new fluorescent tumor-targeting agents that seek and light up brain cancer cells, suggesting they may help neurosurgeons to more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors. Researchers at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health evaluated two "tumor-selective" fluorescent agents, called CLR1501 and CLR1502, for their ability to differentiate brain tumors from normal brain tissue in mice. This ...

Centre Closely Monitoring Situation on H1N1 Influenza: J.P. Nadda

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda said that his ministry is closely monitoring the situation arising due to the surge of H1N1 influenza. Reiterating that the present spurt is seasonal, he assured that all necessary assistance and support is being provided to the states to manage the situation. Nadda informed that he has been in constant touch with Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of the affected states on the issue. The ...

Plastic Surgery is Burqa Made of Flesh: Vatican Document

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Undergoing plastic surgery is not at all worth, as it claims that it is a "burqa made of flesh", finds a new Vatican report. The document, 'Women's Cultures: Equality and Differences' explained that cosmetic surgeries are aggressive towards the feminine identity and could also lead to eating disorders and depression, the Independent reported. The document writers mentioned that any non-medico-therapeutic plastic surgeries are completely manipulative, ...

Researchers Discover Key to Preventing Blindness and Stroke Devastation

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Researchers have discovered key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation. Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans discovered gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke. Researcher Nicolas Bazan said that studying the eye and the brain ...

Marco Borges Spill Celebs' Fitness Secrets

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Beyonce's trainer, Marco Borges, has spilled the fitness secrets of celebrities by revealing how celebs eat. Borges, the expert who guided the 33-year-old singer and her rapper husband Jay-Z through their 22-day vegan diet back in 2013, asserted that green juice is popular right now but there's no better way to enjoy the bountiful health benefits of greens than to eat them, E! Online reported. He continued that one of the best things is to eat a plant-based ...

Cure for HIV may Become Possible

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Latent HIV may stay hidden in "quiet" immune cells, suggesting it may become possible to cure and not just control HIV, reveals a new study. Researchers at Rockefeller University showed that drugs for HIV have become adept at suppressing infection, but they still can't eliminate it because the medication in these pills doesn't touch the virus' hidden reserves, which lie dormant within infected white blood cells. Author Lillian Cohn said that it has ...

New Fat-Fighting Tactics may Reduce Global Obesity Rates

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New fat-fighting tactics may help combat global obesity epidemic, reveals a new study. From nutritious foods that fill you up faster to new weight-loss medications to government food taxes, obesity experts predict maintaining a healthy weight may get much easier during the next few decades, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative. More than 2.1 billion people ...

Myanmar Coffee Scene Fuelled by Caffeine High Middle Class

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In downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones. In any other Asian capital it would be a ubiquitous sight. But in Yangon, this is something new. Long absent from the region's booming cafe culture, Myanmar's commercial capital is now witnessing a surge in swish coffee bars providing an alternative to the treacly ...

Vatican Barber Shop to Provide Free Haircuts, Shaves and Showers to Homeless

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Pope Francis's ministry is all set to open a new Vatican barber shop where Rome's homeless will be able to get free haircuts and shaves. The offer comes after a member of the Catholic Church said that he would install three showers for homeless men and women in the public restrooms off Bernini's Colonnade in St. Peter's Square, Fox News reported. Mgr. Krajewski told a publication that their primary concern is to give people their dignity and when a ...

New Breast Imaging Technique Increases Detection Rates of Cancer

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A new breast imaging technique can nearly quadruples detection rates of cancers in dense breast tissues, reveals a new study. Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI), pioneered at Mayo Clinic, is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding dense breast tissue on a mammogram. Tumors and dense breast tissue can both appear white on a mammogram, making tumors indistinguishable from background tissue in women with ...

Google Makes Fake Skin to Test Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles

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Google has made fake human skin that can help test the cancer-detective nanoparticles. The Google scientists have explained that they have build fake human arms with the same auto-fluorescence and biochemical components of real arms for a better research, the Verge reported. Google employee's mentioned in a video that their team will be using light signals to talk to a smart wristband through the superficial veins on the underside of the wrist. It ...

McGrath Foundation Launches 'Online' Cricket Game to Raise Funds

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The McGrath Foundation, one of Australia's leading breast cancer support organizations, has launched an online cricket game in an attempt to raise funds. Petra Buchanan, chief executive of McGrath Foundation, said that everyone taking part in the McGrath Foundation Digital Cup was given a chance to bat, bowl and field their way to victory by signing up as either a 'coach' or a 'player', News.com.au reported. Buchanan further said that they did some ...