London, Feb 13 : Thousands of 11-year-olds in Britain are leaving primary school with maths skills of kids, who are four years junior to them, a new survey has revealed.
The startling findings came to light after an analysis of last year's SATs results.
They showed that 27,500 students, who were aged 11, were going on to secondary school with the numeracy skills of 7-year-old kids. That is a staggering one in 20 of the total.
Kolkata/Nagpur, Feb. 5 : World Cancer Day was observed in India on Saturday, and saw the participation of cancer patients and locals in different events aimed at spreading a message of fighting against the deadly disease and to promote the undying spirit of life.
In Kolkata, the D S Research Centre organised a rally to spread awareness about the disease and its treatment.
Beijing, Feb 3 : Over 8,324 people in China suffered food poisoning last year, and nearly 137 of them died because of it, a report has revealed.
According to a report by China’s Ministry of Health, the number of sickened people increased 13 percent last year as compared to 2010 figures.
The report posted on the ministry’s website, however, said that the number of deaths dropped 26 percent, Xinhua reports.
London, Jan 26 : Moviegoers may have felt `Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' was more magical than the previous parts because it was the last in the series, according to researchers.
University of Michigan researchers say people often view the `last' moments of an event positively simply because they signal the end of an experience.
Beijing, Jan 23 - A 39-year-old man in China's southwestern province of Guizhou died Sunday from the bird flu virus H5N1, the health ministry said.
The man felt unwell Jan 6. He was taken to hospital in the provincial town of Guiyang Jan 19 after his health condition deteriorated. Despite intensive therapy, the man died, reported RIA Novosti.
Ankara, Jan 22 : Doctors in Turkey Saturday began the country's first ever face transplant surgery on a 19-year-old Turkish national, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The face of a 45-year-old donor named Ahmet Kaya is to be transplanted to Ugur Acar, whose face was almost completely damaged by a burning blanket when he was only 40 days old.
New York, Jan 21 : A 71-year-old man who turned up at an Italian hospital with symptoms of cardiac trouble surprised doctors when it was discovered that he had two hearts.
He had undergone a rare heart transplant seven years earlier in which a new organ was paired with the diseased one. The two hearts had developed independent rhythms and doctors attempted drug therapy to correct the problem.
London, Jan 3 - Millions of people are unaware of the calories they take in their daily meal and thus risking themselves to be affected by diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart ailments due to their uninformed choices in everyday life, a study has suggested.
London, Dec 31 : One should only eat meat on feast days to help tackle obesity, a government food advisor has advised.
According to Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University, London, people should re-adopt the tradition of regarding meat as a treat and only eating it on feast days, such as Christmas.
He also said that dramatically reducing one’s intake of meat would also help prevent climate change.
Geneva, Dec 31 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert to warn that studies undertaken by several institutions, which generate mutations of the H5N1 influenza virus, could pose risks to public health.
H5N1 virus is commonly known as bird flu virus.
Paris, Dec 31 - Health authorities in France have confirmed to have come across at least 20 cases of cancer among women having breast implants of a French brand.
London, Dec 30 : Branding on cigarette packets attracts more youngsters, according to a new report.
It says young people would be less likely to smoke if cigarettes were sold in plain packaging," Sky News reported.
Almost 70 percent of young people surveyed by The British Heart Foundation said they considered cigarette packets to be a form of advertising.
Gurgaon, Dec 27 : A 22-year-old woman suffering from a rare hormonal disorder - Cushing's syndrome - was successfully treated at the Artemis Health Institute (AHI), a doctor here said Tuesday.
London, Dec 21 : A pregnant mother, who had suffered repeated miscarriages, has given birth to a baby girl after lying upside down for three months.
Donna Kelly suffered from a weak cervix and was warned at five months into the pregnancy that she was at high risk of losing another baby.
London, Dec 21 : As French authorities issue cancer alert, thousands of British women have been told to get their breast implants removed in case they are worried.
The French government is to bear the cost for tens of thousands of women to have their breast implants removed, amid fears they are at a heightened risk of cancer.
Washington, Dec 20 : Compounds found in soybean compounds make radiation therapy to treat lung cancer tumours more effective, a new study has revealed.
London, Dec 20 : A woman in UK is now pregnant for the sixth time in five years, despite trying every form of contraception available.
Gemma Potter, 23, has conceived repeatedly despite using condoms, the pill, the coil, progesterone injections and an implant.
She and her husband Glenn, 27, now have three children - Shaun, four, Jessica, three, and Sophie, two - and have suffered two failed pregnancies.
Washington, Dec 19 : Scientists have discovered a way to keep normal cells as well as tumour cells taken from an individual cancer patient alive in the laboratory — which previously had not been possible.
The discovery is a major step that could revolutionize biomedical research.
London, Dec 16 : An average man has nine sexual partners in his entire life, compared to women, who have four, a new study has revealed.
The Health Survey for England found that men reported having 9.3 different partners on average, with a quarter of men boasting of more than 10 conquests.
Mexico City, Dec 14 - Seventy-seven people fell ill in central Mexico after eating contaminated food, Xinhua reported.
They ate the food at a party in El Porvenir town.
Juan Antonio Muro, vice director of sanitary regulation, said Tuesday they suffered food poisoning due to the spread of a bacteria caused by poor preservation of cooked food. (IANS)
Washington, Dec 13 : Exercising harder, but in a significantly shorter amount of time, could provide significant benefits to Type 2 diabetes patients similar to longer, but more moderate, activity, a new study has suggested.
New Delhi, Dec 6 - Seven years after he lost his sight following acute illness, it was no less than a miracle for 62-year-old Carl Stevens when he was able to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal after treatment by an Indian doctor.
An American citizen, Stevens, lost his vision in 2004. He is now recovering his sight in what can be called nothing short of a medical miracle, made possible through stem-cell therapy.
Havana, Dec 6 - Cuba has carried out nearly 5,000 kidney transplants since the beginning of the programme in the 1970s, Prensa Latina news agency reported.
This was a great achievement for Cuba's health sector, said Alexander Marmol Sonora, a senior official of the ministry of health's National Transplant Organisation.
Sydney, Dec 6 - Mary Poppins was right when she said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down -- scientists have now stumbled upon a sugary way to keep heart disease at bay.
Corin Storkey, scientist at the Heart Research Institute, made the discovery while working for his PhD under Carl Schiesser, a professor at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne.
Sydney, Dec 6 - Scientists have closed in on 68 regions of the genome, tied to blood platelet formation, potentially opening the way to better diagnosis of bleeding disorders.
Platelets are vital for healing wounds and clotting. An abnormally high count increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke; too few platelets can up the risk of haemorrhage, reports the journal Nature.
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