Two more swine flu deaths in Delhi, toll 92

Two more swine flu deaths in Delhi, toll 92New Delhi, Jan 25 :Two more people have died of swine flu in the national capital, raising to 92 the number of fatalities from the viral disease, health authorities said Monday.

Of the two deaths, one is that of a 33-year-old woman and the details of the other casualty is yet to be known.

"A 33-year-old woman died at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital," Anjana Prakash, deputy nodal officer in charge of swine flu control in Delhi, told IANS.

Imported swine flu vaccine will reach India in February

New Delhi, Jan 19 : Imported swine flu vaccine will finally be available in India by the third week of February but these vials are mainly for the high-risk group of medical practitioners. The indigenously developed vaccine will not be available before April, officials said here Tuesday.

"The French pharma company Sanofi Pasteur is at least 15 days ahead of others. The vaccine from this company will be available in India by the third week of February," Drug Controller General of India S. Singh said.

"The company is starting the bridge study (human trials) from Wednesday," he said.

South Korea bans junk-food commercials

Seoul, Jan 19 : South Korea's government Tuesday limited television advertisements for high-calorie foods in a bid to halt a trend toward obesity among the country's children.

Commercials for hamburgers, pizza, instant noodles, chocolate, ice cream and other sweets are now banned from South Korea's television screens from 5 to 7 p. m. as well as from slots on children's television.

In March, the Asian country already banned the sale of such high-calorie foods from schools.

Don't ignore epilepsy, it is 'fairly common' and manageable

New Delhi, Dec 26 - If you find your child suddenly behaving in a disoriented manner, losing focus, for a few minutes and then feeling tired after that, don't brush it off lightly. It could be a mild epileptic attack, also known as absence seizures.

Absence seizures, which last for a few seconds, affect mainly children and can progress to general epileptic seizures.

When Renu noticed her 12-year-old son begin at times to suddenly look distracted and then stare uncomprehendingly at his surroundings, she thought it was one of his pranks.

Vitamin C slows ageing

Washington, Dec 26 - Touted as a remedy for common cold, Vitamin C has also shown promise in slowing down the ageing process. A study has shown that it facilitates output of embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells.

Over the past few years, it has been known that adult cells can be reprogrammed into cells with characteristics similar to embryonic stem cells by turning on a select set of genes.

Most embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs fertilised in vitro in a fertilisation clinic.

Scientists jam bacterial chat to fight virulent infections

London, Dec 25 : An enzyme capable of disrupting bacterial chats offers a novel way of fighting infections, says a new study.

Although bacteria are simple single-celled organisms, they are capable of chatting with one another, by exchanging tiny hormone-like signal molecules.

By means of this 'quorum sensing', activities of a large group of bacteria are synchronised, according to University of Groningen (Netherlands) researchers.

Thus, bacteria can adapt quickly to changes in their environment such as the running out of nutrients or the arrival of rival micro-organisms.

Smoking linked to cognitive decline

Smoking linked to cognitive declineWashington, October 16 (ANI): Studying a population of 1,964 men and women in the Netherlands, a team of researchers has found that people who smoke are more likely to be poorer than those who do not in terms of global cognitive function, speed, and flexibility at middle age.

During the study, the researchers examined people aged 43 to 70 years for cognitive function twice, at the baseline and five years later.

India gears up for ban on smoking in public places

India gears up for ban on smoking in public places New Delhi - An estimated 120 million smokers in India will have one more reason to try to kick their addiction beginning Thursday.

The government is gearing up to enforce a ban from Thursday on smoking in public places in an effort to curb tobacco use, which kills an estimated 900,000 Indians every year, according to a recent study.

Ban on smoking will be enforced strictly from Oct 2


Bangalore, Sep 2 : Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today said that private offices and other establishments can no longer have designated rooms for smoking cigarettes as the ban on smoking in public places would be enforced strictly from October 2.

New drug may help aging baby boomers get sleep

Baby Boomers SleepWashington, Aug 16 : A leading Tel Aviv University expert has developed a drug that may help aging baby boomers get the much-needed sleep.

Circadin has been developed at Tel Aviv University by Prof. Nava Zisapel, a chemist and neurobiologist from TAU’s George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences.

Junior Doctors Continue Their Strike

Junior doctors have decided to continue their strike for an indefinite Junior Doctors Continue Their Strike period.

Junior doctors from eight government medical college and hospitals across the state are on strike since Monday. The doctors are camping for the increase in stipend. Ten representatives of these junior doctors met Health Minister Surya Kanta Mishra.

Quit-smoking contests fail to induce people to kick the habit

quik smokingWashington, July 16: A new study has revealed that quit-smoking contests fail to induce people to kick the butt.

A systematic review of 17 studies involving nearly 6,300 participants showed that despite incentives ranging from lottery tickets to cash payments, quit smoking contests did not help people to kick the habit.

New no-smoke pill linked to psychotic, suicidal behaviour

NO SmokingMelbourne, May 22 : A new anti-addiction pill that curtails nicotine cravings has been linked to increasing psychotic and suicidal behaviour among smokers.

The no smoke pill known as Champix has been available in Australia since January.

A new research showed that 3000 reports of adverse events including suicides, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and seizures.

US group questions human embryo research, calls for rules

embroyWashington  - A US public interest group has called for the US to set up national bioethics standards and regulations on embryonic research after a group of scientists in New York State produced a genetically-engineered embryo.

One in five German adolescents smokes

One in five German adolescents smokesWashington, April 24 : A nation-wide study in Germany has revealed that 20 per cent of adolescents smoke.

The German Health Interview and Examination Survey of tobacco consumption by children and adolescents covered almost 7,000 girls and boys, aged 11 to 17.

Tobacco use, second-hand smoke exposure during pregnancy may harm mother and child

Tobacco use mother, childWashington, Feb 29 : A new study has found that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy are major health threats in several low and middle-income countries, like India and Pakistan.

Smokers waste a year of work on ciggie breaks

Smokers waste a year of work on ciggie breaksLondon, Feb 28 : An average smoker wastes almost a year having fag breaks at work, a poll has revealed.

Three 15-minute smoking breaks a day cost employers 195 working hours a year for each worker.

That’s a remarkable 8,677 hours in the average 44-year working lifetime – or nearly a whole year smoking instead of working.

Smoking, alcohol don’t change ovarian cancer risk, but caffeine cuts it

CaffeineWashington, Jan 22 : Researchers have taken a step forward in the fight against ovarian cancer by showing that caffeine consumption may lower a woman’s chances of developing the disease, and that smoking and alcohol do not have an effect on the cancer’s risk.

Smoking induces hearing problems in teenagers

Quit SmokingLondon, Jan 3: Teenagers who smoke, or whose mother used to smoke while bearing the child, are at a very high risk of hearing problems and understanding what is being said, says a study.

The study, led by Leslie Jacobsen at Yale University, reviewed 67 teenagers and found that those exposed to smoke had trouble focusing and interpreting sounds when there was a distraction.

Gene defect may be behind smokers’ heart-attack risk

Washington, Dec 20 : It’s genetics and not tobacco that plays the major part in causing a heart attack in cigarette smokers, says a new study.

According to the study, a common defect in a gene that controls cholesterol metabolism increases smokers’ risk of an early heart attack.

The study was led by Ilan Goldenberg, M.D., Research Associate Professor in the Cardiology Unit of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Medicine and the Heart Institute and Neufeld Research Institute at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

Indian study reveals link between domestic violence and smoking

Quit SmokingWashington, Dec 20: A new study based on an Indian survey has found that domestic violence is one of the stressors that lead to smoking.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found a link between domestic violence and adult smoking.

Harmful effects of tobacco use are well known, but there has been little research looking at the stressors linked to tobacco use among Indians.

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