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Post stroke, babies use opposite side of brain for language

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | New York

A stroke in a baby -- even a big one - may not have the same lasting impact as it could in an adult. Researchers have found that they regain language function in the "opposite side" of the brain if they experience a stroke around the time of birth. About...

Cleaning sprays as harmful as smoking: study

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | PTI | London

Using cleaning sprays can cause a decline in lung function comparable to the damage seen in regular smokers, a study warns. Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway analyzed data from 6,235 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. The participants, whose average age was 34 when they enrolled, were...

Novel stroke treatment repairs damaged brain tissue

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | New York

Researchers have developed a new stem-cell based treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain's natural healing tendencies. The treatment called AB126 was developed using extracellular vesicles (EV) -- fluid-filled structures known as exosomes -- which are generated from human neural stem cells. "This is truly exciting evidence, because...

Scientists develop human intestinal lining on chip

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | IANS | New York

In a breakthrough, scientists have successfully replicated a human intestinal lining using patient-derived cells inside an organ-chip, a finding that has potential to advance personalised treatments for gastrointestinal diseases. The Intestine-Chip, made out of a flexible polymer that features tiny channels that can be lined with thousands of living human...

Scientists discover link between hallucinations, dopamine

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | IANS | New York

People with schizophrenia, who experience auditory hallucinations, tend to hear what they expect an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations. According to the researchers, those with hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms are known to have elevated dopamine -- the main area of...

Household cleaning products may harm lung function in women

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | IANS | New York

Women working as cleaners or using cleaning sprays or other products regularly at home are likely to experience a greater decline in their lung function, researchers have warned. The study found that the lung function decline in the women was comparable to smoking somewhat less than 20 packs a year....

Minimum temperatures improve in J&K

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | IANS | Srinagar

The minimum temperatures throughout Jammu and Kashmir showed improvement on Saturday due to cloud cover, according to the weather office. There would be further improvement in the weather during the next 24 hours, the office added. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 4.5 degrees Celsius while in Pahalgam and Gulmarg it was...

Government begins trial of 'anti-pollution towers' in Delhi

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

In a bid to curb air pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Friday started the trial of "anti-pollution towers", an official said. The anti-pollution towers absorb particulate matter in the air and release clean air back into the atmosphere. "Delhi government has initiated the testing of anti-pollution...

How asthma may affect your chances of pregnancy

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | IANS | Sydney

Certain asthma medication, especially the "quick-acting" relievers, may affect women's ability to conceive, warns a new study. The study of more than 5,600 women showed that asthma patients who only use these short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women. But those who use long-acting asthma preventers...

Hearing loss common after infant heart surgery: study

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | PTI | Washington

Children who undergo heart surgery as infants are more likely to suffer from hearing loss, by age four, a study has found. They are more prone to associated risks for language, attention and cognitive problems, according to researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the US. In a group of...


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Zuma’s downfall gives ANC a final chance

18 Feb 2018 | Gwynne Dyer

Now that Jacob Zuma has finally exited, the African National Congress, which has fallen a long way from its glory days, has one last chance to rebuild its reputation before next year’s election. Whether the ANC is the best bet for South Africans is a different question altogether As a passer-by in the upscale Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold observed, the South African Police would never have raided the enormous, high-walled compound...

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Police recover illegal coal, seize five motorbikes

19 Feb 2018 | SURESH NIKHAR | Bokaro

A police team of Bokaro Thermal police station headed by inspector cum officer-in charge Parmeshwar Leyangi on Sunday morning conducted raids at Ganjutola in Armo forest area here and seized approx 2.5 tonnes of illegal coal along with their 4 motorcycles and 5 cycles,said Bokaro SP Kartik S...

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