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New Delhi: The healthcare industry on Friday (July 5) expressed disappointment over the Union Budget 2019-20 saying it hardly touched upon the sector and asked the government to consider increasing public spending on healthcare. "There has been no significant announcements pertaining to healthcare in Union Budget. While there was hope that the allocation f...

Human Atlas – an initiative for holistic understanding of human biology

New Delhi: A new human atlas initiative has been launched to create a unified database of molecular network of all the tissues in the human body and to derive a holistic picture of working of human body. The project named Manav has been launched by the Department of Biotechnology and Persistent Systems, a biotechnology company. This mega project will colla...

Obesity leads to more cases of cancer than smoking

London: People with obesity are at an increased risk of suffering from cancer rather than regular smokers, according to a British charity involved in research work related to cancer. Scientists have so far identified that obesity causes 13 types of cancer, it said. Excess weight causes around 1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking in the UK each ...

Artificial intelligence helps identify bat species suspected of carrying Nipah virus

New Delhi: Artificial intelligence helps identify bat species suspected of carrying Nipah virus New DelhiThe recent outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala, which follows one that occurred in 2018, has brought the focus back on bats which are known to host the virus. Using machine learning - a form of artificial intelligence (AI) – an international group of scienti...

Marijuana can be effective in treating pain, insomnia: Study

Washington: Cannabis can treat both pain and insomnia in people who want to avoid prescription and sleep medications, a study has found. The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, looked at 1,000 people taking legalised marijuana in an American state. Researchers in the US found that among the 65 per cent of people taking cannabis for pain, ...

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Electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells, reveals study

New York: US researchers have found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted at youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in brain stem cells. Present throughout life, stem cells become specialised cells with more specific functions, such as brain cells, blood cells, or bone. "Although originally introduced as safer, ECs, such as Vuse and JUUL...

Period pain affects women’s academic performance: Study

Melbourne, Australia: Period pain significantly impacts academic performance of young women worldwide, a study has found. Researchers from Western Sydney University in Australia have found that, regardless of the geographical location or economic status, more than two thirds (71 per cent) of young women globally suffer from painful periods. One in five young women (2...

Vitamin combo may help treat deadly kala azar

New Delhi: A team of scientists from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, have found that a combination of vitamin A and vitamin D3 could be used to treat visceral leishmaniasis or kala azar. The parasite causing kala azar mainly affects liver, spleen and bone marrow. There are only a few drugs available for tr...

Good news: Study finds social media, WhatsApp good for health

London: People who tend to spend more time on social media, especially WhatsApp, feel less lonely and have higher self-esteem, a study claimed. Researchers at Edge Hill University in the UK have found that the text-based messaging app has a positive impact on psychological well-being. "The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to ...

Alcohol causes significant harm to those other than the drinker: Study

Washington: People who are in close proximity or connection with alcoholics can experience harm because of their drinking, according to a study led by an Indian-origin scientist. According to the research, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, an estimated 53 million adults in the US experienced harm because of someone else's drinking in...

Pakistan’s heaviest man undergoes successful liposuction surgery

Lahore: Pakistan's heaviest man, who weighs over 330 kg, has undergone successful liposuction surgery in a hospital here. Noorul Hassan, 55, a resident of Sadiqabad, some 400 kms from Lahore, was shifted to a military hospital here on June 18 after the wall of his house was broken by emergency service personnel with the help of the army. Hassan, who ...

Here’s why 20,000 clinical establishments may shut down in TN

Around 20,000 clinical establishments in Tamil Nadu failed to register under the Tamil Nadu Clinical Establishments Act, 2018 within the May 31 deadline because of high registration fee, disposal of biomedical waste norms and floor space for laboratories. The Act, framed in March 2018, mandates all clinical establishments — public and private — ...

Niti Aayog points at falling health of Indian healthcare

India’s think tank Niti Aayog on Tuesday (June 25) released health index scores for states, naming Kerala as the one with the best health parameters. While Kerala’s rank was along the expected lines, individual performances of states raise concerns about the country’s healthcare system.  Niti Aayog’s health index scores indicates that two-thirds...

Music from Indian snake charmers flute may boost preemies brain development: Study

Geneva: Scientists have composed new music on the Indian snake charmers flute that can help boost brain development of premature infants in intensive care. While advances in neonatal medicine now extremely premature babies a good chance of survival, these children remain at high risk of developing neuropsychological disorders. To help the brains of thes...

Gut bacteria based therapy may help reverse food allergies

Boston: Scientists have identified a species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protects people from food allergies and may be used in therapies to reverse the condition. Currently, the only way to prevent a reaction is for people with food allergies to completely avoid the food to which they are allergic. A team from Brigham and Women's Hospital ...

Mobile technology investment key to improving business performance: Study

New Delhi: An increasing number of organizations across sectors like retail, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing are betting on mobile technology to enhance employee productivity, improve order fulfillment accuracy and increase revenues, a report by Zebra Technologies said on Tuesday. Zebra, which offers hardware and software solutions like printe...

Healthcare programmes should be structured appropriately: US official

Washington: As India embarks on a massive healthcare programme, a top US official behind the rejuvenated healthcare system of the Trump administration feels if not structured appropriately, it can take a growing amount of the national budget. Seema Verma, 48, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, serving in the Trump administratio...

Kerala best state on health parameters, UP worst: NITI Aayog

New Delhi: Kerala has emerged as the top ranking state in terms of overall health performance, while Uttar Pradesh is the worst, according to the second health index launched by NITI Aayog. The second round of the health index took into account the period 2015-16 (base year) to 2017-18 (reference year). According to a report by the government think tank...

Vacations are good for your heart: Study

Washington: Going on a vacation can lower the risk of developing a heart disease risk, scientists say. While there has been much anecdotal evidence about the benefits of taking a vacation from work, researchers from Syracuse University in the US reveal the benefits of a vacation for our heart health. "What we found is that people who vacation more frequentl...

Say goodbye to lenses: Here comes eye drops to cure your vision

Chennai: Forget lenses and surgeries; you can soon correct your vision using these drops developed by the researchers at the Bar-Ilan University of Israel. While it is widely believed that 70 per cent of the cases of vision problems among the youth results due to the usage of electronic devices, UNAM Global says this effective alternative will help impro...

Mini robotic capsule may help detect colon cancer

London: Scientists have created a tiny robotic capsule that can take images inside the colon, and could replace the invasive and often painful procedure of endoscopy to detect diseases like cancer. Known as a Sonopill, the device can be manoeuvred inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images, which have the advantage of being better able to identify...

Vardhan assures help to ailing children in Bihar, death toll rises to 93

Muzaffarpur: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday (June 16) visited the families of the children suffering from suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) even as the death toll rose to 93 in the district. Vardhan, his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the SKMCH. "I assure the people of the area, especi...

How internet might change your brain

Melbourne: High levels of Internet use may change the brain in a way which could affect our attention, memory and social interactions, according to a study. The research, published in the journal World Psychiatry found that Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition which may reflect changes in the brain. The r...

Govt issues health advisory, tells people to avoid beverages, stay indoors

New Delhi: Wear loose, light-coloured cotton clothes, stay indoors and avoid drinking alcohol, tea and coffee, the government said on Monday (June 3) in a health advisory issued in view of the ongoing spell of a heatwave in parts of the country. "Heatwave can cause adverse effects on human health, including other sectors," the advisory, issued by the Healt...

Student in Kochi suspected to have Nipah,Ker takes precautions

Kochi: The Kerala government on Monday (June 3) said a college student in Kochi is suspected to have been infected with the Nipah virus but a final confirmation is awaited from the National Institute of Virology in Pune. The Kerala Health Department has initiated precautionary measures to deal with the possible outbreak of Nipah virus. Health Minister ...