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Countries must intensify vaccination delivery services: Experts

Friday, 28 Apr 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Noting immunisation averts 2-3 million deaths every year worldwide, experts on Thursday urged all countries to accelerate action to increase awareness for immunisation and further intensify vaccination delivery services. Terming immunisation essential for healthy development as it prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases, the experts have said that...

CRISPR gene editing tool to help fight arthritis

Friday, 28 Apr 2017 | IANS | Washington

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, researchers have found a way to rewire mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop into cartilage cells that produce a biologic anti-inflammatory drug that...

Yoga may reduce symptoms of menstrual disorders

Friday, 28 Apr 2017 | IANS | London

Practicing yoga may enhance mood and reduce pain in women affected by menstrual distress associated with physical and psychological symptoms, says a study. For the study, the researchers carried out a systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders. Enhanced mood, reduced pain, increased wellbeing, and a...

Eating 'diet' foods can make you fat: Study

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | IANS | New York

The so-called "diet" products containing low or no fat may have higher amount of sugar and consuming them regularly could make you fat, new research warns. The sugar-laden "diet" foods could also lead to liver damage and brain inflammation, said the study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. "Most...

Drinking coffee can halve prostate cancer risk

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | IANS | London

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may reduce prostate cancer risk by more than 50 per cent, show results of a study on 7,000 Italian men. The findings were then validated in laboratory studies which suggested that the coffee substance caffeine might have some protective effect against...

Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | IANS | Bengaluru

In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood). The Dried Leaves Artemisia annua (DLA) trial, which attracted international attention, was carried out a clinic in...

Better, healthier beer in the offing

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | PTI | Los Angeles

Beer lovers, rejoice! Your favourite drink may become better and healthier, thanks to scientists who have sequenced the complete genome of barley - the key ingredient of beer and single malt Scotch. The barley genome sequence helps identify how domestication has affected the genome and optimise genetic diversity to improve the...

Uncontrolled diabetes can damage reproductive nerves: Doctors

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Prolonged uncontrolled diabetes can cause damage to reproductive nerves, said doctors on Tuesday. According to them, prolonged diabetes can lead to a condition where the nerves are unable to control the bladder, "As the problems of diabetes increases, it damages the nerves of the reproductive system. Cases have shown...

Obese kids at four-fold greater risk of Type-2 diabetes later

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 | IANS | London

Children with obesity face four times the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes later, compared to children with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, warns a new study. For the study, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, the researchers examined BMI measurements, diabetes diagnosis records, and...

Eating less salt may not lower your BP, says study

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 | IANS | New York

Contrary to popular belief, consuming less sodium may not lead to lower blood pressure in the long term, show results of a new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years. "We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial effects on...


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Mapping our heritage

23 Apr 2017 | Ananya Borgohain

Author Pilar Maria Guerrieri discusses with ANANYA BORGOHAIN how the maps of Delhi from the 19th century onwards document the evolution of the Capital through the Mughal era, pre and post colonial periods, and the contemporary times Please tell us a little about yourself. I am an Italian but since my childhood, I have seen my parents travel to India...

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River linking proposals are heading nowhere

29 Apr 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The much-hyped river Mahanadi-Godavari (MG) link move is in limbo as the Centre has decided not to undertake these two rivers’ connection in isolation. The MG link issue came up at a recently-held National Water Development Agency (NWDA) meeting, where Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh revealed, “MG link will not be taken up in isolation; rather water from Manas-Sankosh-Teesta-Ganga (MSTG) link will be made available in Mahanadi basin first including...

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