Taking antibiotics does not help patients suffering from influenza, a viral disease, but nearly 30 percent of the flu patients who were treated during the 2012-2013 influenza season in the US may have been prescribed unnecessary antibiotics instead of antiviral therapy, says a study. (Read: A drug that can destroy the influenza virus, now on the horizon) 'Continuing education on appropriate …
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Most HIV infections in the past 12 months across the world took place in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to figures released Wednesday. During the period, over two million more people have contracted HIV, bringing the number of people living with HIV to 35 million globally, says a report released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Xinhua reported. The UNAIDS report points …
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The death toll of infants in West Bengal's Malda District has risen to 20. Doctors are now seriously pondering over the issue and are planning to introduce modern healthcare facilities. A hospital in Malda District, which provides healthcare services to the district and other nearby areas, has witnessed a sudden surge in crib deaths. Out of 20, three infants died on Monday night. The gloomy …
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After sugars, it is carbohydrate-rich foods that are thought to be the worst enemy for a diabetic. But this is only partly true, as low carbohydrate diets lack the requisite amount of fibre, vitamin and minerals in them. That said, it isn’t advisable to feast on carbohydrate-rich foods mindlessly. Carbohydrates do have an effect on your blood sugar levels, but turning to low carb diets can …
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What can I eat? This is one of the questions that almost every individual tends to ask their doctor on diagnosis of diabetes. And the answer usually starts off with fruits and vegetables, which acquires a top place (in fact they are the first and best bet), followed by healthy whole grains, lean meats and fish. While, foods that need to be eliminated from the diet include those rich in fats …
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Anxiety is a natural state of mental health wherein a person starts worrying and frequently becomes anxious about too many things. But when the frequency of worry and tension increases and lasts for a longer period of time, it has definitely taken a step further towards the generalized anxiety disorder, where you start worrying and fearing without any major reason to worry. Identify the …
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The prostate is an important gland in the male reproductive system of humans. A nut sized gland present along the front wall of the pelvis, this gland’s main function is to secrete a fluid that preserves and nourishes sperm. Due to its position on the urethra (the tube that brings urine from the bladder to the penis) however, if the organ gets inflamed, it can lead to urinary disorders. …
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A new animal study has revealed that a single injection of the protein FGF1 would be sufficient to balance the blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The Salk scientists discovered that sustained treatment with the protein doesn't merely keep blood sugar under control, but also reverses insulin insensitivity, the underlying physiological cause of diabetes. Equally exciting, …
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Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for as much as 10 years, says a study. Using several standard measures of cancer-treatment success, researchers found that 98.8 percent of the patients survived cancer for 10 years after their surgery. The results are comparable to the more invasive open surgery to remove the entire diseased …
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Irrespective of whether they are suffering from psychiatric disorders or not, cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who do not smoke, a study shows. Researchers at Washington University's school of medicine in St Louis found that smoking itself may increase suicide risk and that policies to limit smoking reduce suicide rates. 'Suicide rates declined up to 15 percent in …
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In what may help treat a rare but devastating auto-inflammatory condition in children, researchers have identified a gene that may cause the disease named STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI). Auto-inflammatory diseases are a class of conditions in which the immune system, seemingly unprovoked, becomes activated and triggers inflammation.Normally, the inflammatory response …
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Kids with asthma who take corticosteroid drugs via inhalers run the risk of less growth, an study suggests. 'Children treated daily with inhaled corticosteroids may grow approximately half a centimetre less during the first year of treatment,' said lead author Linjie Zhang from Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil. In a new research, two new systematic reviews focused on the effects of …
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Men may find it hard to report anything in their breast, even if it is a lump, but the fact is breast cancer is not exclusive to women and though the proportion is small, men too can have it. Knowledge on male treatments and methods is surprisingly limited, but this may soon change as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US is now urging pharmaceutical companies to include men in breast …
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In what could result in specific behavioural interventions to treat obesity, researchers have found that obese women are better able to identify cues that predict monetary rewards than those that predict food rewards. 'What we observed is not a learning impairment, but rather a food-specific impairment present only in obese female participants,' said Ifat Levy from Yale School of Medicine at Yale …
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