Being declared an international emergency and the largest Ebola outbreak so far,  the Ebola virus disease has created panic in every part of the world. With the help of experimental therapies and precautionary measures, health authorities are working collaboratively to contain the break, prevent the spread of the disease and create awareness about it. But there are a few people who think that …
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The string of celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge is only getting longer and the latest celebs to join the league are Superman aka Henry Cavill and one of TV's most-loved characters, Homer Simpson.  Joining Henry was her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice costar Amy Adams. The two accepted the challenge after being nominated by different people but did it on their film set in their …
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Cervical spondylosis is the wear and tear -- generally age-related --  affecting the vertebrae and the spinal discs of the neck. The cervical spine is made up of 7 bones, often denoted as C-1 to C-7. The first two bones attach the skull to the spine and allow your head movements. The next 5 bones form the neck bones. These vertebral bones are cylindrical in shape. Between each of these vertebrae …
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Known as durva grass or doob in Hindi, Bermuda grass is considered a sacred plant in India. It is religious for Hindus as they worship Lord Ganesha with durva grass. While this plant known as cynodon dactylon has been used as a traditional herb in ayurvedic medicine, the clinical properties of this grass makes it a popular natural aid for better health. Durva grass is rich in calcium, phosphorus, …
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Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said global food and beverages major PepsiCo is looking to bring down sugar contents in its soft drinks. Badal met PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. ‘In soft drinks they (PepsiCo) are looking at how to bring down the sugar content (but) that same cold drink has the taste but healthy contents in it,’ the Minister said after the meeting. …
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US researchers have come up with a unique glucose monitoring system that gives precise reading of blood sugar levels showing changes in colour as the sugar levels fluctuate. The researchers suggest that the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to use it for automatic insulin dosing, which is currently not possible with current measurements like test strips. …
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According to a new study, passive immunotherapy to repress HIV infection may be helpful in the absence of drug treatment. Passive immunotherapy involves periodical administration of neutralising HIV-specific antibodies (bNAbs) in the infected person to control the multiplication of the virus.  The study was carried out by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious …
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A man from Ukraine, Leonid Stadnyk, who was believed to be the tallest man standing at 8 ft 4 inches, died from brain haemorrhage recently. Stadnyk, who was a peasant farmer in the village of Podoliantsy, had never gotten his height measured for the Guinness World record books as he was too shy, the Mirror reported. The Ukrainian man, who was 21 inches taller than England footballer Peter …
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A new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that high levels of insulin used in treatment of diabetes may contribute to the risk of obesity and its complications in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers from University of Texas carried out the study in engineered mice that were made to lack receptors for a hormone called glucagon. The hormone …
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Update: According to a press release sent in by the Asian Heart Institute, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav underwent heart surgery for six hours and fifteen minutes. Unlike what was earlier planned, the politician had to under go three surgeries, namely an aortic valve replacement, aortic repair and a repair for a three millimeter hole in his heart.  Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD Chief, was recently …
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Everyone’s favourite Twitter personality finally took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but not before stripping off her bath robe and then challenging all three Khans – Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh! The actress was nominated by the radio jockeys of Red FM and posted the video on her YouTube Channel! Why Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor refused the Ice Bucket Challenge Priyanka Chopra and …
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According to a study that appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, energy requirement of brains in kids is much more as compared to adult brains, suggesting that the body cannot afford to grow faster during childhood years. This could probably explain why kids keep demanding sugary foods like chocolates and ice creams all the time. All the energy produced by …
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We’ve seen various versions of the Ice Bucket Challenge – Bill Gates designed a contraption to pour ice-water over his head, Matt Damon used toilet water and Benedict Cumberbatch got doused five times – but Watchmen actresses Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino deservedly take the cake with their attempt! The actresses – who played a mother-daughter crime-fighting duo in the movie – are seen …
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The WHO has issued a long-awaited report on electronic cigarettes that asks for regulations for the devices and their contents, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors. The WHO has asked for a range of options including prohibiting e-cigarette makers from making health claims and also to provide ‘convincing supporting scientific evidence and obtain regulatory …
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