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Autistic kids can identify misbehavior but cannot explain it verbally

Autistic kids can identify misbehavior but cannot explain it verballyWashington, October 18 : Children with autism may recognize socially inappropriate behaviour, but they have difficulty using spoken language to explain why the behaviours are considered inappropriate, according to a research from Carnegie Mellon University.

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South Delhi worst hit by dengue

South Delhi worst hit by dengueNew Delhi, Oct 18 - Upscale south Delhi has the maximum number of dengue cases reported so far this season, according to official figures.

Dengue fever is a communicable disease which is transmitted by mosquito bite.

Out of 551 people afflicted, 207 were found down with the deadly disease in the area of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

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Gluten-free white sauce offers `tasty and healthy` treat for people with celiac disease

Gluten-free white sauce offers `tasty and healthy` treat for people with celiac diseaseWashington, October 18 : A recent study from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has shown how new white sauce formulations are being created to meet the demands for healthy and ready-to-eat gluten and lactose-free food products.

Consumers with celiac disease often find that gluten-free products are of inferior quality compared with their traditional, non-gluten-free counterparts.

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How ovulation function can be restored in infertile women

How ovulation function can be restored in infertile womenWashington, October 18 : In a new study, researchers have discovered the intimate mechanism of the hyperprolactinaemia alterations affecting reproduction in mice.

One of the most frequent is the existence of tumours that induce an over-secretion of this hormone. These women present with chronic infertility due to anovulation.

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Antidepressants `marginally up stroke risk`

Antidepressants `marginally up stroke risk`Washington, October 18 : People using a common class of antidepressants may have slightly increased odds of some strokes that are caused by bleeding in the brain - though the risk is still very low, according to a new study.

For the research, scientists analyzed all of the studies that have looked at antidepressant use and stroke, which included 16 studies with more than 500,000 total participants.

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Cold viruses point way to new cancer therapies

Cold viruses point way to new cancer therapiesWashington, Oct 18 - Viruses that cause colds get a bad rap, but new findings suggest that they could also be enlisted in the fight against cancer. The virus develops tools in the form of proteins that trap and overpower cellular sentries involved in the growth of cancer.

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Scientsts turn fruits into powder for lasting benefits

Scientsts turn fruits into powder for lasting benefitsLondon, Oct 18 - Scientists have been able to convert certain fruits into powder while retaining their health benefits, which can be sprinkled on food or added to milk or water to create a fruit juice.

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Urine jet can indicate prostate problems

Urine jet can indicate prostate problemsLondon, Oct 18 : The force and shape of one's urine jet could show up whether one has prostate problems, a British study says.

Researchers from University of London have discovered that deviation from the characteristic arc-shape of your urine jet could indicate problems with its flow and in turn, the prostate.

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New malaria drug twice as effective as existing ones

New malaria drug twice as effective as existing onesWashington, Oct 18 - Lab tests have shown that a new malaria drug is twice as effective as the best medication against the global scourge and may fight it with just a single dose instead of multiple doses as at present.

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Can plant-based diets remedy chronic diseases?

Can plant-based diets remedy chronic diseases?Washington, Oct 18 - Bioactive compounds in plant foods control genetic and other biological factors that lead to chronic diseases, an American study says, reinforcing the idea that people who consume vegetarian diets rarely fall victim to such ailments.

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Bees can bite victims as well as sting

Bees can bite victims as well as stingLondon, Oct 18 : Bees not only bite enemies that are too small to sting, but paralyze their victims with a snake-like venom, scientists have discovered.

The insects use their tiny mandibles to bite animals that are too small to sting, like the wax moth and the parasitic varroa mite.

Like the snake bite, the bite contains a natural anaesthetic to paralyse the victim so the pest can be dragged out of the hive, the Telegraph reported.

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Mothers selling breast milk on Facebook: report

Mothers selling breast milk on Facebook: reportLondon, Oct 18 - Women in Britain and US are selling their breast milk online, despite serious concerns that it could be harmful for babies, a media report said.

Mothers are using community forums, including Facebook, to make some quick cash out of their extra milk, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

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Missed sleeping hours can erase memories forever

Missed sleeping hours can erase memories foreverLondon, Oct 17 : While skipping a few hours of slumber could be the norm for many people, even two hours of missed sleep could affect our memory power, scientists have warned.

Just two hours of missed slumber is enough to stop the brain from laying down and storing memories, research suggests -- and simply cutting down from eight hours of sleep to six could make the difference, Daily Mail reported.

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Why it is impossible to sleep while travelling if a baby is crying

Why it is impossible to sleep while travelling if a baby is cryingLondon, October 17 : People can't sleep through the sound of a crying baby because it triggers an emotional response in the brain making it impossible to ignore, researchers say.

Even if we have no children of our own, hearing a baby's scream provokes a sudden surge of emotion much stronger than that caused by a crying adult.

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Mother’s touch `may change effects of prenatal stress`

Mother’s touch `may change effects of prenatal stress`Washington, October 17 : Mothers who stroke their baby's body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant's early-life development, researchers say.

Researchers world-wide have been studying whether stress in pregnancy can lead to emotional and behavioural problems in children for many years.

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Heart disease set to spike in India, especially in the south

Heart disease set to spike in India, especially in the southNew Delhi, Oct 17 - India is set to witness a spike in deaths due to heart diseases, far exceeding that of China, with more and more younger people falling victim and a large percentage of patients coming from south India, said an expert.

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Cranberry juice can't stave off kidney infections

Cranberry juice can't stave off kidney infectionsLondon, Oct 17 - Cranberry juice is not likely to prevent bladder and kidney infections, according to a new study in Britain, which indicates that the advantages associated with it for curing such health issues were mythical.

Certain sugars and flavanol compounds in cranberries are believed to prevent bacteria sticking to cells lining the walls of the urinary tract.

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Oral strip offers instant relief for mouth burns

Oral strip offers instant relief for mouth burnsWashington, Oct 17 : Those scalded by a sip of piping hot tea, coffee or soup can now take heart, thanks to a dissolvable oral strip that instantly eases your pain.

Jason McConville and colleagues from University of Texas at Austin, designed the strip for controlled delivery of a local anaesthetic, benzocaine, and a therapeutic polymer.

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Women who go jogging week before period risk damaging their knees

Women who go jogging week before period risk damaging their knees London, October 17 : Women who work out regularly should take it easy in the week before their period is due - as they could be at increased risk of injury during that time, scientists have warned.

Researchers found that the nerve fibres around their knee muscles fired more often during this week than earlier in their menstrual cycle, the Daily Mail reported.

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Childhood trauma can bring on heart disease

Childhood trauma can bring on heart diseaseWashington, Oct 17 - The effect of trauma in infancy and early childhood can saddle one with mental disorders and heart disease later in life, says a new human and animal research.

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Menopause really does create `spare tyre` of fat around waist

Menopause really does create `spare tyre` of fat around waist London, October 17 : Hitting menopause causes women to lose their natural supply of the female hormone oestrogen, resulting a shift of fat storage from the hips to the waist, researchers have found.

This may explain why some older women lose their hour-glass figures and become more apple-shaped, the Daily Mail reported.

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Painkiller abuse next big epidemic in US: Study

Painkiller abuse next big epidemic in US: StudyWashington, Oct 17 : Adolescents' abuse of prescription painkillers (analgesics) like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations, is turning into an epidemic in the US, says a study.

"Prescription drug use is the next big epidemic," said Richard Miech, professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Denver, who led the study.

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Scientists find link between rheumatoid arthritis and dental health

Scientists find link between rheumatoid arthritis and dental healthSydney, Oct 17 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients are more likely to suffer tooth loss due to periodontal disease, which manifests as sore and inflamed gums which weaken the bone and tissues supporting the teeth.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the joints, leading to inflammation and loss of bone and cartilage. This results in a painful condition which impacts normal joint function.

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Vaccination through lungs may be safer than injections

Vaccination through lungs may be safer than injectionsWashington, Oct 16 : New vaccine delivery methods through the lungs offer particular advantages for protection against infectious agents that enter the body through a respiratory track, a new study has revealed.

An added benefit to the technique is the elimination of injection.

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Lack of sleep can kill you

Lack of sleep can kill youLondon, Oct 16 : A new study has suggested lack of sleep could be actually killing us, dramatically raising the risk of weight gain and developing dangerous diabetes.

Even as it is believed that the main function of sleep is to rest the brain, researchers have discovered that even fat cells need rest to work efficiently.

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