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Wednesday, 13-December-2017



26 weeks ago
Fewer Indians used tobacco in 2015-16 than a decade ago, but only China consumes and produces more tobacco, keeping cancer rates high, according to the latest national health data. Tobacco consumption in India is the highest in the six northeastern states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Assam: On average, 70.7 per cent men in these states use tobacco in some form or the other, according to  data from the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4). This figure is 26 percentage points higher than the national average. The northeastern states also report a higher risk for cancer -- 112 men...

The Bicycle Mayor

27 weeks ago
This one reminds us about the old Abba song… “not the girl you’d remember, but she’s still something special…” Well, the girl in question is not the ‘Nina, pretty ballerina… But she is, well, India’s first Bicycle Mayor. Nikita Lalwani is from Bangalore and she woes… with her mission. An instrumentation engineer by profession, Nikita decided to start cycling to work three years ago, when a flyover construction ended up doubling her commute time for a mere distance of four kilometres. “A month into the construction period and there was no commute that could take me to work without being so much tim...


28 weeks ago
If you are suffering from high blood pressure and prefer to go untreated, you are simply playing with your life. It is a common disease but carelessness can take a life. Gone are the days when ignorance was considered to be a bliss. In case of hypertension this bliss could prove deadly if untreated over a prolonged period. The reason: it can damage the blood vessels in the brain and cause a stroke as per health experts. What amplifies the problem of hypertension is the fact that it often goes unnoticed as it attacks the body surreptitiously, without showing up symptoms of its own. Its prevalence in India is widespread. Acco...


29 weeks ago
Tomato extracts can inhibit the growth and malignant cloning of stomach cancer cells, according to a new study that paves the way for novel therapies to treat the deadly disease. Researchers analysed whole tomato extracts for their ability to tackle gastric cancer cell lines. “Their  anti-tumoral effect seem not related to specific components, such as lycopene, but rather suggest that tomatoes should be considered in their entirety,” said Daniela Barone, researcher at the Oncology Research Centre of Mercogliano (CROM) in Italy. Extracts of San Marzano and Corbarino tomato varieties were able to inhibit th...


30 weeks ago
Deficiency of a protein that acts as a skin barrier is responsible for triggering eczema -- an itchy inflammation of the skin. Atopic eczema is a common skin condition and often found in children in the first year of their life and persists into adulthood with severe itching that has profound effects on well-being and may lead to sleep disturbance. The findings showed that the lack of protein filaggrin impacts other proteins and pathways in the skin, which in turn drive the development of eczema. “We have shown for the first time that loss of the filaggrin protein alone is sufficient to alter key proteins and pathwa...


31 weeks ago
Want to shed those extra kilos? Try avocados, which may help lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) as well as lead to smaller waist circumference, researchers have found. The findings, published in the journal Internal Medicine Review, showed that avocado consumers were 33 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese and 32 per cent less likely to have an elevated waist circumference compared to non-consumers. On average, avocado consumers weighed 7.5 lbs less, had a mean BMI of 1 unit less and 1.2 inches smaller waist circumference compared to non-consumers. Further, avocado consumption may also lead to an ov...


32 weeks ago
The earthquake in Nepal gravely imperiled the royal palace in Kathmandu, the deluge in Uttarakhand badly affected Kedarnath, and the recent earthquake in the North East came as a warning of a catastrophe. Infelicitously, the political catastrophes every so often smeared our legacy of magnanimity and brotherhood. The Indo-Pak relations have harmed the legendary connotation that described Kashmir as heaven on earth. The consequence is manifest that they should be apprehensive about their legacies existence. Especially, the technical measures of its protection and conservation. However scientists have estimated that India will not ...


33 weeks ago
RESEARCHERS have developed a wristband-type wearable sweat sensor that could help diagnose cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases. The sensor collects sweat, measures its molecular constituents and then electronically transmits the results for analysis and diagnostics through a smartphone, Xinhua news agency reported. The study was led by researchers at the Stanford University, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. Unlike previous sweat collectors, the new device does not require patients to sit still for a long time while it...


34 weeks ago
In these times when politics is often taken as a means to mint money a Member of Parliament from Bihar Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has turned his official residence in New Delhi’s Central vista into a virtual hospital with quite a few wards that cater to the needs of poor patients coming from far off places. Patients from not only Bihar but also elsewhere can be found either waiting for treatment by specialists from Delhi’s reputed hospitals, or recuperating, or convalescing  in his sprawling


35 weeks ago
A study aimed at understanding the severity of the Zika outbreak in Brazil suggests that if one is exposed to Dengue or West Nile first, it can make a Zika virus infection worse. “Antibodies you generate from the first infection … can facilitate entry of the Zika virus into susceptible cells, exacerbating the disease outcome,” says virologist Jean K Lim, who along with his colleagues at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, report the results online in Science on March 30.


36 weeks ago
Aiming to improve public health efforts in the North Eastern region of India, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry launched “Swasth Uttar Purva: Healthy North East” initiative. The initiative will help catalyse trained workforce by imparting appropriate training in delivering healthcare. Under the initiative, the PHFI and DoNER will provide technical assistance to the state governments of North East and civil society partners for implementation of public hea...


37 weeks ago
Australian scientists have discovered a ‘key molecule’ which can kill microbes that infect the human liver, and according to some experts, it could help in making a malaria vaccine. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) announced the breakthrough after they tracked cells and discovered a molecule which kills microbes that infect the liver - such as malaria, Xinhua news agency reported. Malaria kills around half a million people every year in warm climates such as in Africa and Asia, but lead researcher Hayley McNamara from the ANU said the findings helped answer questions about the mystery of &...