Tokyo, Oct 11 : Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that radioactive cesium levels found in some dried tobacco leaves harvested in Fukushima Prefecture this year exceeded the company's limit of 100 Becquerel per kilogram.
The company said it will cancel the purchase of some 4.5 tons of leaves found to be contaminated.
London, Oct 9 : British kids are more time watching television than they do at school, a psychologist has warned.
According to Dr Aric Sigman, a child health expert, by the age of seven, a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens.
Phnom Penh, Oct 3 : At least 146 children have died of dengue fever in Cambodia this year, a government report said Wednesday.
The figure was up 147 percent compared to 59 deaths in the same period last year. In 2011, a total of 73 children died in the whole year, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.
Washington, October 1 : Those who smoke and drink heavily may are likelier to develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who don''t, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that heavy smokers with pancreatic cancer were diagnosed around age 62 and heavy drinkers at age 61 – almost a decade earlier than the average age of 72.
Washington, September 27 : Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus.
This is according to first-of-its-kind research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Washington, September 22 : Adolescents who eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages for one year gain less weight than those who don't, a new study has shown.
The new study sheds light on an effective intervention to help combat adolescent obesity.
Washington, September 22 : Adding a couple of servings of milk or yogurt to your daily diet won't help you drop any pants sizes, a new analysis of past studies has claimed.
Some research has suggested that dairy products may help people feel full for longer, or that the calcium in milk and yogurt can prevent the build-up of fat tissue but those remain unproven theories.
New York, Sept 18 : More time spent on social networking sites has been linked with less time spent on exercising, researchers have claimed.
The study also found that fans of Facebook were less likely to play team sports, the New York Daily News reported.
London, Sept 15 : Engineers from Newcastle University have developed a low-cost baby scanner that can be plugged into any computer or laptop to reveal vital information about an unborn child.
At a cost of 30 pounds to 40 pounds to make, it is far cheaper than traditional ultrasound machines which cost 20,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds.
Electronic engineering lecturer Jeff Neasham was inspired to research the idea by his wife's first pregnancy.
London, Sep 14 : New York City''s Board of Health has voted to approve a "soda ban", which would now limit the sale of large sugary drinks within the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed.
Under the measure, people will not be able to buy sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, movie theaters and food carts.
London, September 12 : A 30-pound anti-wrinkle cream is offering a non painful alternative to women who were considering going under the knife.
During tests, the cream is said to have reduced the signs of ageing in just seven days.
That could explain why 60,000 women are said to have signed up for it on waiting lists.
Melbourne, September 12 : Those who play violent games have a 65 per cent greater tolerance to pain than those who do not, according to a new study.
In their study, researchers at the Keele University in the UK found gamers who participated in team-based violent video games show more cooperative and less aggressive behaviour than those who play first-person shooter games individually or against opponents.
Kolkata, Sep 10 : Indian scientists have found a safe orally-administered drug against kala azar, a disease that puts at risk an estimated 165.4 million people in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
Termed by WHO as a "neglected disease", kala azhar or visceral leishmaniasis, the second-largest parasitic killer in the world after malaria, has proved resistant to most medicines.
Shanghai, Sep 10 : A sperm bank in Shanghai, which has been in operation for nine years, now contains over 100,000 samples from a total of 3,289 qualified donors.
The Shanghai Human Sperm Bank, however, says it always lacks volunteers and has had a decline in sperm quality, the Shanghai Daily reported Monday.
New Delhi, Sep 5 : Eleven countries in Southeast Asia region are now on track to declaring the region polio-free as the last case of wild polio virus there was reported in Jan 2011 in India, making a regional polio-free certification possible in early 2014, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Wednesday.
London, September 4 : Use of frozen embryos is more likely to produce successful, complication-free IVF pregnancies than those that are fresh, a study has found.
Bhopal, Aug 25 : Swine flu triggered panic here on Saturday, claiming one more life, as the number of cases are feared to be escalating.
According to media reports, the government has issued an alert in the state following the death of two people.
The Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr. Pankaj Shukla, said the virus has claimed four lives in the past months and a three-month pregnant woman who tested positive, died on Friday.
London, August 22 : Nine Sardinian siblings aged 818, who were recognised as the world's oldest in terms of combined age on Tuesday, have revealed that the secret of long life is minestrone soup.
The oldest member of the Melis family, Consolata, will be 105 on Wednesday, while the youngest of her siblings, Mafalda, nicknamed "the Little One" by her older sisters and brothers, is 78.
Melbourne, August 21 : A 48-year-old woman in Melbourne, who already has 10 children, is due to give birth to quintuplets.
The woman, who is in her 29th week of pregnancy, conceived the five babies without the help of IVF, the Seven Network reported.
Doctors say the chances of conceiving quintuplets naturally is about one in 55 million.
Obstetrician Dr Len Kilman said conceiving a multiple pregnancy naturally over the age of 45 is rare.
London, August 18 : The use of copper to help ease the pain of arthritis has long been debated.
While some sufferers swear by a bracelet, others use expensive insoles.
An 85-year-old man in Britain, however, has found the cheapest aid of all after supergluing two pence coins to the inside of his shoes.
London, Aug 17 : A 60-year-old Briton, who suffered heart failure but was too ill to survive a transplant, has become the world's first to get a heart pump powered by portable batteries.
Barry Wade has been allowed to leave hospital and live at home after tiny three-inch titanium heart pump -- HeartMate II -- was fitted in him, The Sun reported.
The pump is charged by two portable batteries the patient carries in a shoulder bag.
Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Aug 16 : More than ten infant died in a government hospital on Thursday in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, as parents alleged that it was due to the negligence of the hospital authorities. The infants died due to poor treatment and lack of medical infrastructure at of the S V R Ruia Government General Hospital.
Washington, August 16 : A new video article that describes a novel technique to study the interactions between the parasite causing malaria and HIV-1 in cultured human cells, is expected to allow scientists to explore different parameters of co-infection by the two microbes.
London, August 16 : Following the Continental way of introducing children to alcohol early as a way of promoting responsible drinking could actually risk them developing alcoholism in later life, a new study has suggested.
Melbourne, August 9 : Persistent heavy marijuana use damages the brain’s memory and learning capacity, Australian scientists have proved.
They also showed for the first time the earlier people developed their cannabis habit, the worse the damage.
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