New York, Dec 20 - For even the best of modern hospitals, cranial surgery remains a tough act. So it’s a surprise to learn that medieval Peruvians had mastered the art.
As many as a 1,000 years back, healers in Peru undertook what is called trepanation -- a procedure that involved opening the cranial vault using a drill - to treat injuries to the head as well as other ailments.
Researchers have come to the conclusion after excavating burial caves in the Andean province of Andahuaylas in Peru, according to an article in the current issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
New York, Dec 20 - Rehabilitation therapies that use meditation are likely to have a higher success rate when it comes to helping trying to overcome addiction.
This is the conclusion of a new survey of animal and human studies by a computer scientist who used a computational model of addiction, a literature review and an in silico experiment.
The findings of the survey -- by computer scientist Yariv Levyof the University of Massachusetts Amherst, neuroscience researcher Jerrold Meyer, and computer scientist Andrew Barto -- has been published in the latest issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.
New York, Dec 20 - You all are aware of the plethora of health benefits that regular exercise brings. Now add enhanced intelligence to that list.
According to a new study, fitness has a long-term effect on a wide range of cognitive abilities like reasoning, remembering, understanding and problem solving.
For John Ratey, a neuropsychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, regular physical activity may also play a vital role in enhancing brainpower as we reach an advanced age.
“It’s a really amazing effect,” added David Raichlen, a biological anthropologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, in a report that appeared in the Washington Post.
New York, Dec 19, - E-cigarettes that were launched to let people to kick the tobacco habit have left many parents worried.
Adults are concerned that the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens would later encourage them to use tobacco products.
A poll on children's health by the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital raises the alarm that parents are concerned about their children trying e-cigarettes, which are battery-operated devices that look like cigarettes but don't burn tobacco.
New York, Dec 19 - Several studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption -- such as a glass of wine with dinner -- does improve cardiovascular function and overall health.
Now add the immune system to that list.
A new study claims that moderate alcohol consumption bolsters the body's immune system and helps it fight infections, also improving its ability to respond to vaccines.
New York, Dec 18 - The US Marshals Service (USMS) has justified the "search procedure" of Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, saying it found that her detention was in accordance with their directives and protocols.
The USMS also confirmed that the ranking Indian diplomat was subject to the "same search procedures" as other "arrestees held within the general prisoner population".
The Marshals said in a statement that they had nothing to do with the Dec 12 arrest of Khobragade and they were merely following "standard arrestee procedures".
New York, Dec 16 - A US federal court has given Congress President Sonia Gandhi till Jan 2 to respond to a Sikh body's charges of protecting and shielding party leaders allegedly involved in the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence.
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) had filed an amended class action complaint against Gandhi on Dec 4 citing what it called "specific instances of impunity, promotions and party tickets" to Congress leaders and police officials involved in 1984 violence.
New York, Dec 13 - Manhattan's US Attorney Preetinder Singh "Preet" Bharara, dubbed "Sheriff of Wall Street" by Time magazine, has struck again with the arrest of a senior Indian diplomat on charges of visa fraud and exploiting her housekeeper.
New York, Dec 12 : Human Rights Watch Thursday urged Bangladesh not to execute Abdul Quader Mollah, an Islamist leader sentenced to death for "war crimes" committed in the 1971 war of liberation.
The rights group said it deplored "the fact that he will be executed after an unfair trial and denial of a full and impartial appeal of his conviction".
Mollah was accused of atrocities in the 1971 war of liberation and was originally sentenced to life in prison.
He was later sentenced to death on the basis of the testimony of a woman who was 12 years old in 1971 and had changed her story.
New York, December 10 : Being in a happy relationship is linked with a better body image, a study has revealed.
According to the study, women who are happy with their body image are more likely to be in happy romantic relationships whether or not they were at their "ideal" weight, and vice versa, the New York Daily News reported.
Women who are satisfied with their body weight also had higher self-esteem and lower self-consciousness.
New York, December 9 : Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba have spoken out in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death.
Elba, who portrayed the South African leader in his recent film ' Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', said that he was "stunned" to hear of his death and is in mourning with the rest of the world and Mandela's family.
The 41-year-old British actor added that he is "honored" to be associated with iconic anti-apartheid revolutionary.
New York, Dec. 5 - A UK company is in the midst of developing a technology that will take power plants to skies.
UK-based New Wave Energy is in the process of developing an army of power-generating drone aircraft measuring 20x20m (65ft).
The crafts are going to be fitted with four small propellers that keep it aloft, and a large, flat surface that's covered in solar panels, Extreme Tech reported.
Turbines are also going to be fitted to the drone in strategic locations to generate power from wind.
The drones would be capable of flying at a height of up to 50,000 feet.
New York, Dec 5 - Violence by opposition protestors and use of excessive force by the security forces needs to end in Bangladesh, where national elections are scheduled for Jan 5, 2014, a human rights group based here said Thursday.
"With election sentiments at bursting point, Bangladeshi security forces need to overcome their long history of using unlawful force against opposition protestors and respond in a way that is professional and non-partisan," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
The opposition alliance led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh National Party (BNP) has held large-scale and often violent protests throughout the country for weeks and security forces have at times responded with excessive force, the group said in a statement.
New York, December 5 - A divorce case has turned into New York's first matrimonial pet-custody case as well.
A Manhattan Justice has granting the Washington Heights residents Shannon Louise Travis and Trisha Bridget Murray an oral argument over the custody of their miniature dachshund named Joey, the New York Post reported.
The judge said that people who love their dogs almost always love them forever but with divorce rates at record high, the same cannot always be said for those who marry.
The pair of divorcing women is fighting over who gets sole custody of their 2-year-old pet. (ANI)
New York, Dec 5 - Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has filed an amended class action complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, accusing her of protecting and shielding party leaders allegedly involved in the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence.
The complaint filed Wednesday in a US federal court here by the US based rights group and some victims of the 1984 violence says the US court has jurisdiction over the case under US law.
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