Four new polio cases have been detected in Pakistani areas bordering Afghanistan, a media report said on Sunday. Three of the cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one in North Waziristan, Dawn online quoted health officials as saying. According to the Prime Minister’s Montoring and Coordination Cell for Polio, the families of the three children refused to have them vaccinated. The …
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Karan Kanwar, 3, starts crying whenever his mother puts him on the ground, hoping one day her son will take baby steps like other children. An extremely weak Karan cannot walk until he is propped up. Karan's poor physical state is shared by most children his age in Aagar - a village in Rajasthan's Alwar district - where almost none of them has been vaccinated against major diseases like …
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A comatose Pune woman with a sudden and total liver failure got a new lease of life thanks to her son who promptly donated his liver. The operation was successful and both mother and son are recuperating at home after having been discharged from hospital, doctors said. Gunwanti Gundesha, 49, was brought to the Global Hospital at Parel here a month ago (May 29), virtually in a dying state with …
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 Asserting that current lifestyles in urban areas increased vulnerability to neurological problems, medical experts called for increased awareness campaigns. Participating in a two-day seminar on neuro-intensive care at a city nursing home, neurosurgeons and neurologists said the rapid evolution of neuro-critical care has enabled a drastic reduction in fatalities in neurological diseases …
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The herpes virus increases both susceptibility to and transmissibility of HIV infection, according to a new study. 'Heterosexual intercourse is usually not very efficient for transmitting HIV, but the efficiency of heterosexual transmission nearly triples in the presence of herpes simplex virus type 2, (HSV-2),' said lead author Don Des Jarlais, professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine at …
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In a path-breaking research which may have implications for those suffering from a decline of their cognitive and hearing abilities, Indian and American experts have established the role of a specific gene in triggering such conditions. Experts of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and University of Louisville School of Medicine stated that the MMP-9 gene plays a major role in causing decline of cognitive …
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Conducting sex determination tests on pregnant women has landed two doctors in Haryana behind bars following raids on their clinics, a health department spokesman said on Saturday. 'Two doctors were arrested by the police after they were found conducting sex determination tests at Kanina in Mahendargarh district and at Charkhi Dadri in Bhiwani district, during raids conducted by the health …
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Researchers, led by Indian origin scientist Ravindra Uppaluri, from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have found a way to predict the aggressiveness of oral tumours in people. The discovery would soon lead to an easily available diagnostic test that could guide treatment, according to researchers. Working on mice, the investigators found a consistent pattern of gene …
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With most people suffering from back pain at some point of time in their lives, researchers have now developed a digital test to measure the functioning of the spine. With a digital spine analysis (DSA), a muscular evaluation of the spine, India's Qi Spine Clinic generated a spine function graph that led to customised treatment and non-surgical therapy for many spine specialists, Qi …
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Menopause is one of the most troublesome phase of a woman’s life. While it is often considered a normal transition in a woman’s life, a new study has revealed that the change in hormone levels during the transition to menopause affects the quality of a woman's cholesterol carriers – leaving her at greater risk for heart disease. According to the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh …
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Besides physical activities, limiting exposure to advertisements of unhealthy foods could be the key to protecting your kids from obesity, suggests a study. The more kids get familiar with logos and other images from fast food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more they are likely to be overweight or obese, the findings showed. ‘Because kids get most of their food …
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The smell of food can be quite appetizing. While certain smells may turn off people others seem to make you hungry. But have you ever wondered how you can identify foods with just their smell? Well, a new study has found the exact reason for that. The study revealed how people recognize foodstuffs like strawberries, coffee or barbecued meat by just with its aroma. Foodstuffs contain more than …
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We all have been told about the importance of sleep, but how important is still a mystery. Well, this might just be extremely sound advice for our ageing population. According to a new study, sleep problems in old people increases as their memory and executive functions get worse. University of Warwick researchers analysed sleep and cognitive (brain function) data from 3,968 men and 4,821 women …
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Your voice may be one of the best ways for people to decipher your emotional state. While this might be true, a new research has found that there is a two-way correlation between vowels and feelings. While it is commonly believed that vocal tones and volume levels can reveal emotions, a German researcher team demonstrated that this is true, but also in reverse. Published in the journal Emotion, …
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