The Indian government must help bolster routine immunisation coverage and protect more children from vaccine preventable diseases, a global health alliance has urged. 'The case for increasing immunisation coverage is clear - to protect the most vulnerable children from leading causes of death and disease - and India will play a vital role in realising that,' said Seth Berkley, CEO of the …
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Researchers have claimed that a molecule critical to stem cell function plays a major role in determining human hair color. The study describes for the first time the molecular basis for one of our most noticeable traits. It also outlines how tiny DNA changes can reverberate through our genome in ways that may affect evolution, migration and even human history. David Kingsley , PhD, professor …
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Even though you may risk hypertension and heart disease but can't do without that extra pinch of salt in your meal, blame it on your genes for a gene related to taste pathways could be conspiring against you, researchers have found. Salt preferences are related to a DNA sequence variation found on the KCNA5 gene, known to be related to taste pathways in mammals, the findings showed. 'Genetic …
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Work towards setting-up of an AIIMS in each state will be on the 100-day agenda of the health ministry under Harsh Vardhan whose thrust is on ensuring good healthcare facilities at the nearest place to the people. ‘(It is) important that we have AIIMS in all states, so that needy from states get required care and attention in their states,’ said an official tweet quoting Vardhan today. …
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Highlighting the need for preventive measures to tackle the ‘diabetes epidemic sweeping’ the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that better lifestyle, food habits and also Yoga are necessary to control the disease. Stressing on the mantra that prevention is better than cure, the Minister, in a meeting with officials, announced that National Health Mission will have a …
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The National Health Mission brought by the UPA government is in for a major overhaul with new Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying it has been a ‘non-starter’ in urban areas while its rural branch NRHM has been ‘bogged down’ by several problems. The BJP government has decided to bring in experts and streamline the system to ensure effective implementation of schemes such as supplying free …
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Despite his recent knee surgery Liverpool ace Luis Suarez has reportedly been named in Uruguay's 23-man World Cup squad and the striker is hoping to play in his country's opening Group D match against Costa Rica on 14 June. Suarez, who underwent an operation on 22 May to repair meniscus damage, had told his Liverpool teammate Glen Johnson that he thinks he would be 'OK' for the game against …
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Researchers have said that new understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences could lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases like cancer, depression, and hypertension. Knowing why individuals prefer certain food tastes and being able to personalise health interventions based on them will help people age in a …
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A new study has revealed that one's community plays a key role in determining how satisfied they are in their life. Scientists said that their most interesting finding was that, in US counties where obesity is particularly prevalent, being obese has very little negative effect on one's life satisfaction. Study co-author Philip M. Pendergast, from University of Colorado-Boulder, said that being …
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A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report. Yale Cancer Center played a key role in the study, the results of which will be presented Saturday, May 31 at the 2014 annual conference of the American Society of Clinical …
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Researchers have defined a previously unrecognized genetic cause for two types of birth defects found in newborn boys. Lead author Dr. Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor, professor and vice chair for research of urology and molecular and cellular biology at Baylor, asid cryptorchidism and hypospadias are among the most common birth defects but the causes …
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25 percent of smokers who carry a defect in the BRCA2 gene would be developing lung cancer at some point in their lifetime, a large-scale, international study reveals.  The defect in BRCA2 - best known for its role in breast cancer - increases the risk of developing lung cancer by about 1.8 times. The researchers, led by a team at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, compared the DNA of …
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Jordan Sunday confirmed a new death due to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection thus putting the toll at six in the country, health ministry stated. The victim was a nurse who worked at a private hospital in the region, Xinhua reported.  Eleven MERS cases have been detected in Jordan since 2012, out of which six have died. The MERS outbreak has caused panic throughout …
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Blondes have been both prized and mocked by people for their golden locks for ages. There is, however, nothing accidental about their tresses according to a new study, which shows blondes can thank a tiny genetic mutation – a single letter change from an A to a G among the 3 billion letter in the book of human DNA. Therefore, it is now clear that: they do have something special in their …
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