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Asia's first facility for Open Foetal Surgery unveiled

Asia's first facility for Open Foetal Surgery unveiledNew Delhi, Dec 6 - India has become the fifth country in the world to have a facility for Open Foetal Surgery after Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda unveiled the first such facility in Asia at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi.

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Why gut microbes are your `winter buddies

Why gut microbes are your `winter buddiesWashington D.C, Dec 4 - The winter is upon us and with it comes the time to take out the heavy coats and thick gloves, but also the time, if a recent study is to be believed, for your gut bacteria to remodel your weight.

Exposure to cold temperatures is known to mimic the effects of exercise, protecting against obesity and improving metabolic health. The study reveals that the beneficial health effects of cold exposure are mediated in part by gut microbes.

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Live-in offers same `emotional benefits` as marriage

Live-in offers same `emotional benefits` as marriageWashington D.C, Dec 4 - Marriage's emotional benefits may not be as exclusive as people once believed as a new study suggests that moving in with a partner can provide the same level of happiness as married living.

When it comes to emotional health, young couples, especially women, do just as well moving in together as they do getting married, according to the Ohio State University study.

Exposure to violence making you less ethical

Exposure to violence making you less ethicalWashington D.C, Dec 4 - Between disturbing books, blood-soaked action movies, fashionably dark daily soaps and shoot-to-kill video games, we are regularly being exposed to an unprecedented array of violent acts, but can these make us more likely to lie, cheat or steal? A new study shows it may be the case.

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Transcendental Meditation lowers BP, heart and mortality risks

Transcendental Meditation lowers BP, heart and mortality risksWashington D.C, Dec 3 - Since the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the enzyme telomerase in 1984, identifying other biological molecules that lengthen or shorten the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes has been slow going.

Losing fat from pancreas can reverse diabetes

Losing fat from pancreas can reverse diabetes Washington D.C., Dec. 2 - A team of researchers have shown that type 2 diabetes is caused by fat accumulating in the pancreas and losing less than one gram of that fat through weight loss reverses the diabetes.

In the study, 18 people with Type 2 diabetes and 9 people who did not have diabetes were measured for weight, fat levels in the pancreas and insulin response before and after bariatric surgery.

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World AIDS Day: Where does India stand?

World AIDS Day: Where does India stand?New Delhi, Dec. 1 - Today is 'World AIDS Day' and the spread of HIV Aids has become a real danger across the world. The virus launches a direct attack on your immune system and gradually weakens your natural defenses against disease and infection.

Every year, the number of people suffering from Aids is increasing. Every day, medical science is trying to come up with new techniques to counter the virus.

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`Skunk-like` weed risks your brain

`Skunk-like` weed risks your brainWashington D.C, Nov 29 - You may want to avoid smoking skunk-like weed as a new study shows that high potency cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres.

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Western BP guidelines may put Asians at stroke risk

Western BP guidelines may put Asians at stroke riskWashington D.C, Nov 27 - The recent Western blood pressure guidelines may actually boost the stroke risk if used for Asian patients, particularly the elderly, according to an expert opinion.

High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke, but the link between the two is much stronger in Asians than it is in Europeans or North Americans, say the experts.

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Diabetic men `too macho to diet` and live longer

Diabetic men `too macho to diet` and live longerWashington D.C, Nov 27 - Men are more likely to die from masculinity-challenging diabetes, according to a new study.

A University of Copenhagen follow-up study to assess the effects of personally tailored diabetes care in general practice has revealed that such care reduces mortality (both all-cause and diabetes-related), in women, but not men.

How doctors coped with `chilling` Paris attack causalities

How doctors coped with `chilling` Paris attack causalitiesLondon, Nov 25 - In a Viewpoint, a group of doctors from the Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (APHP) describe in chilling detail how they coped with the large influx of wounded on the night of Friday November 13,
2015, following the co-ordinated attacks.

Operating continuously through the night, 35 surgical teams from 10 hospitals across Paris operated on the most seriously injured. Most of the patients were less than 40 years old.

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Higher `resting` heart rate linked to premature death

Higher `resting` heart rate linked to premature deathWashington D.C., Nov. 24 - A new study has revealed that a higher resting heart rate is linked to increased risk of death from all causes, even for those people who are not suffering from heart diseases.

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New app can help oldies live better

New app can help oldies live betterWashington D.C, Nov 21 - A team of researchers has made technology meet the society by coming up with a new app that can help seniors live better.

The new technological solution developed by the University of Notre Dame researchers is aimed at enhancing the physical health, vitality and brain fitness of seniors residing in independent living communities.

Pick up walking pace to be heart healthy

Pick up walking pace to be heart healthyWashington D.C, Nov 20 - Walking a little faster or for a few extra blocks may be good for older adults' hearts, according to a new study.

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Moderate coffee while pregnant doesn`t harm baby's IQ

Moderate coffee while pregnant doesn`t harm baby's IQWashington D.C, Nov 20 - Coffee-lovers rejoice! If you were worried about giving up joe during pregnancy, then relax. A new study has revealed that women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy are not harming their child's intelligence.

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Viagra may help ward off diabetes onset

Viagra may help ward off diabetes onsetWashington D.C, Nov 19 - Taking the male potency pill may benefit the patients at diabetes risk, according to a new study.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers found that the drug sildenafil, sold as Viagra and other brand names, improves insulin sensitivity in people at risk for diabetes.

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UN Ebola chief says priority now is helping 15,000 survivors

UN Ebola chief says priority now is helping 15,000 survivorsUnited Nations : The United Nations Ebola chief says his top priority now that the deadly Ebola epidemic appears to be nearing an end is helping more than 15,000 survivors who need medical and psychological support.

Dr David Nabarro told a press conference yesterday that the survivors should be treated as "heroes" not outcasts.

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Mediterranean diet cuts blindness risk by 26 pc

Mediterranean Diet.jpgLondon, Nov 16 : You may want to start taking Mediterranean diet as fish, vegetables, fruit, olive oil and nuts are powerful enough to help you with the sight loss.

Scientists who made the discovery say their findings show diet is of the utmost importance in the fight against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the Daily Express reported.

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Drug-resistant TB is difficult but treatable

Drug-resistant TB is difficult but treatableWashington D.C, Nov 16 - A team of scientists has successfully treated a child with drug-resistant TB, which is difficultly diagnosed.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center specialists report they have successfully treated and put in remission a 2-year-old, now age 5, with a highly virulent form of tuberculosis known as XDR TB, or extensively drug-resistant TB.

Injection better cure for diabetic blindness

Injection better cure for diabetic blindnessWashington D.C, Nov 14 - A new study has revealed that injection, instead of laser, may be a viable treatment option for diabetic retinopathy.

Among patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, treatment with an injection in the eye of the drug ranibizumab resulted in visual acuity that was not worse than panretinal photocoagulation at 2 years, according to the study.

Potassium-rich diet can save diabetic's heart, kidneys

Potassium-rich diet can save diabetic's heart, kidneysWashington D.C, Nov 13 - Diabetic? You may want to start taking potassium-rich diet as a new study has suggested that it may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Light walking can lower blood pressure in diabetics

Light walking can lower blood pressure in diabeticsWashington D.C., Nov. 10 - A new study has revealed that a few minutes of physical activity can lower blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Author Bronwyn Kingwell of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes said that they saw some marked blood pressure reductions over trial days when people did the equivalent of walking to the water cooler or some simple body-weight movements on the spot.

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Women ignorant of No. 1 killer

Women ignorant of No. 1 killerWashington D.C, Nov 9 - Heart disease may be their No. 1 killer, but it is invisible to most American women, according to a new research.

The research, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2015, stated that most women say they don't have a personal connection to cardiovascular disease.

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Diabetes drug can't help advanced heart failure patients

Diabetes drug can't help advanced heart failure patientsWashington D.C, Nov 9 - A recent study has revealed that a type-2 diabetes therapy is ineffective in the treatment of high-risk heart failure patients.

In an attempt to correct defects in the energy generation that contributes to poor pump function among heart failure patients, University of Pennsylvania researchers examined whether the diabetes drug liraglutide could improve the condition of patients with advanced heart failure.

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RTS,S malaria vaccine's public health impact

RTS,S malaria vaccine's public health impactLondon, Nov 6 - A new study has projected the considerable public health impact for RTS,S malaria vaccine.

The researchers found that over a 15 year time horizon, an average of 116,500 cases of clinical malaria disease and 484 deaths would be averted for every 100,000 children vaccinated under a four-dose schedule of immunizations at 6, 7.5, 9 and 27 months of age.

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