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Hearing loss caused by chemotherapy can now be prevented

Hearing loss caused by chemotherapy can now be prevented

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 3 : In first of its kind study, researchers have developed a new treatment that can prevent chemotherapy-induced hearing loss to about half in kids and adolescents with cancer.

The results of the study have been published in Lancet Oncology.

The study found that the greatest benefit was seen in children younger than 5 years of age, who are most susceptible to, and also most affected by, cisplatin-induced hearing loss.

Investigators from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and 37 other Children's Oncology Group hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have determined that sodium thiosulfate prevents cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents with cancer.

Research highlights association between psychological well-being and physical activity in older adults

Research highlights association between psychological well-being and physical

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent research published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, showed associations between psychological well-being and physical activity in adults aged 50 and older.

"Researchers have long studied how physical activity can lead to improved mood and feelings of well-being," said Julia Boehm.

Adding, "however, less well understood is whether being happy and optimistic might actually encourage a person to be physically active."

Physical activity is a key health behavior linked to better physical and mental functioning, as well as reduced risk of the leading causes of death including cancer and heart disease.

Further, psychological well-being is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and mortality.

Free of cost Artificial Limb distribution camp on 'World Disability Day'

Free of cost Artificial Limb distribution camp on 'World Disability Day'

New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 : On the World Disability Day, Narayan Seva Sansthan- a charitable organization that runs one of the largest charitable hospitals in the country for Specially-abled people, in particular polio and by birth disabled, is organising an Free of cost Artificial Limb Donation Camp.

The press conference was held on December 1, at Press Club of India in the national capital, to generate awareness about the camp and the aids that are being provided.

The camp is to be held on December 3, in which 101 aid including 51 artificial limbs and tri-cycles, wheel chairs & crutches and much more will be distributed.

App launched to protect breastfeeding, monitor violations of the IMS Act

App launched to protect breastfeeding, monitor violations of the IMS Act

New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 : Study says that more than 14 million babies in India risk their health as baby food companies flout laws and continue promoting their products in the market.

According to breastfeeding protection watchdog, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), baby food industry has allegedly violated the IMS Act at least 54 times if not more between 2008 and 2016 before being brought it to the attention of the government regulatory authorities.

Hence, a mobile app to protect breastfeeding, was jointly launched by Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, A.V. Swamy, Member of Parliament, and Arun Kumar Panda, Additional Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Mission Director, NHM, Government of India.

Coastal indigenous consume 15 times more seafood than non-indigenous people

Coastal indigenous consume 15 times more seafood than non-indigenous people

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : According to a recent research conducted at the University of Columbia, coastal Indigenous people eat on average 15 times more seafood per person than non-Indigenous people in the same country.

Published in the journal PLOS one, the findings highlight the need to consider food sovereignty and cultural identity as part of fisheries policy and Indigenous human rights.

In the first global-scale analysis of its kind, the study estimated that coastal Indigenous people consume 74 kilograms of seafood per capita, compared to the global average of 19 kilograms.

"This global database shows the scale and significance of seafood consumption by Indigenous people," said lead author Andres Cisneros-Montemayor.

E-commerce portals, Baby food industry unethically market hazardously formula to mothers: Study

E-commerce portals, Baby food industry unethically market hazardously formula

New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 : Study says that more than 14 million babies in India risk their health as baby food companies flout laws and continue promoting their products in the market.

According to breastfeeding protection watchdog, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), baby food industry has allegedly violated the IMS Act at least 54 times if not more between 2008 and 2016 before being brought it to the attention of the government regulatory authorities.

Promotion of any kind for 0-2 years of age of children of baby foods and feeding bottles, including advertisements, inducements on sales, pecuniary benefits to doctors or their associations including sponsorship is banned under the IMS Act.

Restaurants often skip explaining risks of undercooked meat to customers

Restaurants often skip explaining risks of undercooked meat to customers

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 2 : A recent study conducted at the North Carolina State University found that restaurants don't perform an effective job of communicating with customers when it comes to addressing risks associated with eating undercooked meat - specifically hamburgers.

Published in the Journal of Food Protection, the study also found that inaccurate information provided by servers often contradicts science-based information customers need to make informed food safety decisions.

All 50 states in the U.S. have adopted some version of the Food & Drug Administration's Model Food Code, which requires restaurants to tell customers about risks associated with undercooked meat and poultry products.

Scientists identify connection between brain and bone in Alzheimer's disease

Scientists identify connection between brain and bone in Alzheimer's disease

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 2 : In a recent study, researchers have identified a major connection between areas of the brainstem, the part that controls mood, sleep and metabolism and detrimental changes to bone in a preclinical model of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the study was conducted at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.

Along with being the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer's has major social, emotional and financial consequences for patients and their families.

VPS Rockland served as life saviour for patient from Abu Dhabi

VPS Rockland served as life saviour for patient from Abu Dhabi

New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 : Advancement in medical technology has proved to be a boon for almost everyone in their course of lifetime.

An Indian lady, working at Abu Dhabi, experienced the same miracle when she visited VPS Rockland Hospital at Qutab, New Delhi with major complications.

A 34-year-old patient with around seven month's pregnancy consulted a Neurologist in LLH Hospital, a unit of VPS Healthcare at Musaffah - Abu Dhabi. On the basis of investigations and Brain MRI, she was diagnosed with pituitary adenoma with bleeding in the tumor and advised for the surgery.

Owing to her seven months pregnancy the Doctors sensed the complications and referred her to VPS Rockland Hospital, New Delhi, India for further treatment.

New guidelines suggest overweight children should be screened for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

New guidelines suggest overweight children should be screened for non-alcoholic

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 2 : According to a recent set of guidelines published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, a screening test for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is recommended for all obese children aged nine to eleven years.

The new guidelines, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, also outline recommendations for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of children and adolescents with NAFLD, a serious condition that may have lifelong health consequences.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease refers to a range of conditions in which fatty deposits occur in the liver.

It can progress to a more severe form, called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), with inflammation and/or scarring of the liver.

Parent-school relationships key to child's development: Study

Parent-school relationships key to child's development: Study

New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 : Kids digital learning platform found that a majority of parents aspire to provide their children with an environment that encourages learning.

A subscription-based platform for children's curated content, AppyStore.in, has released some insightful findings, based on an extensive survey that examined the relationship between parents' participation in their child's development and the role of the school.

However, most parents are unsatisfied with the steps they take to boost their child's progress, and feel dependent on the school to know what activities and exercises are appropriate for development.

Scientists discover association of rare childhood disease with cancer gene

Scientists discover association of rare childhood disease with cancer gene

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 2 : In a recent research, scientists have discovered an important molecular link between a rare childhood genetic disease, Fanconi anemia and a major cancer gene called PTEN.

Published in the Scientific Reports journal, the discovery improves the understanding of the molecular basis of Fanconi anemia and could lead to improved treatment outcomes for some cancer patients.

According to Niall Howlett, a leading expert on Fanconi anemia, the disease is characterized by birth defects, bone marrow failure and increased cancer risk.

He said the genes that play a role in the development of the disease are also important in the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Scientists develop new device to treat cancer and other ailments

Scientists develop new device to treat cancer and other ailments

Washington D.C [USA], Dec. 2 : In a recent study, scientists from The University of Texas invented a new device that could revolutionize the delivery of medicine to treat cancer as well as a host of other diseases and ailments.

Led by Lyle Hood, the study was published in the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

"The problem with most drug-delivery systems is that you have a specific minimum dosage of medicine that you need to take for it to be effective," Hood said.

Adding, "There's also a limit to how much of the drug can be present in your system so that it doesn't make you sick."

As a result of these limitations, a person, who needs frequent doses of a specific medicine is required to take a pill every day or visit a doctor for injections.

Delhi to host conference on controversies in Dialysis Access Asia-Pacific

Delhi to host conference on controversies in Dialysis Access Asia-Pacific

New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 : The two-day first annual interventional conference on controversies in Dialysis Access Asia-Pacific will begin here on December 10.

Hard hitting controversies surrounding dialysis access will be discussed in the meet as the first Annual Controversies in Dialysis Access Asia Pacific (CiDAAP) will set the stage for debates, discussions and a competitive challenge among interventional radiologists, access surgeons and nephrologists with the goal of improving patient care.

Ideal for dialysis access veterans and beginners, CiAADP 2016 will have attendees reassessing their approach exploring innovative devices and contemplating techniques in the placement and management of dialysis access.

Get thyroid gland removed through hidden cut below lip

Get thyroid gland removed through hidden cut below lip

Washington D.C. [US], Dec. 1 : You can now get your thyroid gland removed by getting three small incisions inside the mouth underneath the lower lip.

Team of researchers at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) claimed to have performed the first endoscopic transoral thyroidectomy in New York, and one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Their initial case, which is the first published report in the United States, was recently described in the journal Surgical Endoscopy.

They inserted ports through the incisions, including an endoscope - a medical device with a light and camera.

Once a working space within the neck area was created, lead researcher, William B. Inabnet III, preserved the critical structures and removed the thyroid gland through the largest of the incisions.

Young cancer survivors possess increased risk of suicide

Young cancer survivors possess increased risk of suicide

WashingtonD.C. [US], Dec. 1 : According to a recent research, survivors of cancer diagnosed before the age of 25 had more than two-fold increased risk of suicide as compared to their non-cancer peers.

Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the research was conducted at the University of Burgen.

"From our study, it is not possible to say whether there is a connection between the cancer diagnosis and suicide on an individual level, but what we see is an association at population level," said the lead researcher, Winther Gunnes.

The results are based on a linkage between several national registries, including the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry and the Cancer registry of Norway.

Flavored liquids in e-cigarettes can be hazardous for health

Flavored liquids in e-cigarettes can be hazardous for health

Washington D.C. [US], Dec. 1 : Examining the effects of electronic cigarettes, researchers found what happens to e-liquid flavorings when they're heated inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine-delivery systems.

Published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, the study found that when converted into a vapor, some flavorings break down into toxic compounds at levels that exceed occupational safety standards.

Since electronic cigarettes were first introduced to the market in 2003, health officials have been tracking usage and studying potential health effects.

A 2015 survey by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 3.7 percent of adults used the devices regularly and 12.6 percent had tried them at least once.

Online group therapy may prove as an effective treatment for eating disorder

Online group therapy may prove as an effective treatment for eating disorder

Washington D.C. [US], Dec. 1 : According to a recent study, the researchers have found that online group therapy can be just as effective as face-to-face treatment of bulimia nervosa.

Bulimia is an eating disorder marked by recurrent episodes of binge eating (or eating an unusually large amount of food and feeling out of control) coupled with purging behaviors such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise.

Published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, the researchers launched a new kind of clinical trial eight years ago, to compare the effectiveness of online therapy - delivered through group chat sessions - to face-to-face group therapy for the treatment,

Majority of depressed people get inadequate or no care at all

Majority of depressed people get inadequate or no care at all

Washington D.C. [US], Dec. 1 : According to a recent study, the vast majority of people with depression across the world receive inadequate treatment or no care at all.

Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study was conducted on around 50,000 people in 21 countries by King's College London, Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The research reports that of 4,331 people with depression across all 21 countries, treatment rates vary widely.

In high income countries only one in five people with depression receive adequate treatment.

The situation in the poorest countries of the world is far worse, where one in 27 people with depression receive adequate treatment.

World AIDS Day: Use, share 'Umbrella with Raindrops' emoji to help raise awareness

World AIDS Day: Use, share 'Umbrella with Raindrops' emoji to help raise awarene

New Delhi [India], Dec. 1 : On the occasion of World AIDS Day, sexual wellbeing brand, Durex, have announced ' Umbrella with Raindrops,' as the overwhelming choice in a global poll, to find the safe sex emoji.

Shockingly, almost half of 16-35 year olds think that HIV is not something that could ever affect them, despite the fact that every 30 seconds a young person is infected with HIV.

Whilst more than 60 percent of young people surveyed admitted to being uncomfortable discussing safe sex, 72 percent of respondents surveyed, admitted they found it easier to express emotions using emojis and more than three quarters admitted that they use emojis to discuss sex and relationships.




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