World’s first sexually transmitted dengue case revealed in Madrid: Report

Madrid: According to a report in El Pais, Madrid recorded one of the first cases of sexual transmission of dengue in the world at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital after having unprotected sex with another man during his recent trip to Cuba and the Caribbean.

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Life expectancy higher, but non-communicable diseases spike

The National Health Profile 2019, by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence was released recently. With six major indicators like demographic, socio-economic, health status, health finance, health infrastructure and human resources the report has highlighted the achievements and challenges in India’s health system.

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Odisha may witness 42,000 more deaths annually by 2100 due to heat: Study

Bhubaneshwar: Odisha may witness 42,334 more deaths every year due to extreme heat by 2100, a new study has said. It will be almost five times more than the total deaths the state records due to cardiac arrest every year. The spike in average summer temperature and number of extremely hot days has an impact on mortality, the study revealed. The number of e...

Indians are least active and second-most sleep deprived, says Fitbit study

New Delhi: India has emerged as the least-active country among 18 countries including the US, the UK, Japan, and Singapore, walking an average of 6,533 steps daily, according to a report by fitness solutions firm Fitbit. Indians were also the second-most sleep-deprived after Japan, getting an average night's sleep of 7 hours and 1 minute, the report said o...

Privacy aside, genome sequencing project has serious implications

The Union Minister for Science Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced on Saturday (October 26) the IndGen Genome Project in which Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for 1,008 Indian individuals across different populations will be done. Started by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), it involved the collaborative work of Center fo...

Administration of Nilavembu Kudineer for dengue stirs a debate

Chennai: Whenever dengue plagues Tamil Nadu, the government, its doctors and advocates of alternative medicine, come up with Nilavembu Kudineer, a concoction made various herbs touted as a cure for the disease.

Night time use of BP meds more beneficial than morning intake: Study

Madrid: In the largest ever study conducted of the kind, researchers have found that patients who took their blood pressure reducing medication in one go just before bedtime had nearly half the risk of dying from or suffering heart attacks, myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure compared to patients who took their medication in the morning. Th...

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Potato puree as good as carbohydrate gels in boosting athletic performance: Study

Washington: Consuming potato puree is as good as commercial carbohydrate gels in boosting the performance of trained athletes, according to a study which may help expand the flavour choices available among energy boosting food. The researchers, including those from the University of Illinois in the US, said that potatoes are a promising alternative for athl...

37.7% of processed milk samples fail to meet quality norm: FSSAI study

Chennai/New Delhi: According to an FSSAI study, 37.7 percent of processed milk samples, including major brands, have failed to meet the prescribed quality norm.

More junk food and little activity: Why TN adolescents stand risk of NCDS

Unmonitored consumption of junk foods like pizza, burger and chips and little physical activity are resulting in a section of children becoming overweight or obese in Tamil Nadu. Experts say that while previous studies have time and again raised alarm over the risk of developing non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and hypertensio...

Microbleeds after head injury may worsen outcomes: Study

New York: Researchers have discovered that traumatic microbleeds — which appear as small, dark lesions on MRI scans after a head injury — are a form of injury to brain blood vessels, and may predict worse outcomes, an advance which may lead to a new treatment protocol for such injuries. The study, published in the journal Brain, involved 439 adult partici...

To tackle malnutrition, govt to identify locally available nutritious food

New Delhi: In a bid to tackle malnutrition, the government is planning to collaborate with agricultural scientists to identify locally available nutritious food in different parts of the country that can be grown at anganwadi centres, a source said. As part of the exercise, regional cropping patterns and local food rich in proteins and other nutrients will...

Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

Singapore: Singapore will become the first country in the world to ban ads for the most unhealthy sugary drinks in its latest move to combat rising diabetes rates, the health ministry said on Thursday (October 10). Products deemed "less healthy" must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy ...

Healthy diet may reduce depression risk: Study

Melbourne: Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and lean meat is associated with a reduced risk of depression, according to a study. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that young adults with depression whose diet is usually unhealthy showed significantly fewer symptoms of depression after eating a healthy diet for three ...

New method using viruses to kill bacteria may help fight antibiotic resistance: Study...

Boston: Researchers have developed a new method to target and kill specific bacteria using viruses, an advance that may help overcome the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. The results of the study, published in the journal Cell, showed that bacteria-infecting viruses called bacteriophages, or simply phages, could kill different strains of the bac...

Daily almond consumption may help reduce facial wrinkles: Study

Los Angeles: Daily consumption of almonds may help reduce the severity of facial wrinkles in post-menopausal women, claims a first-of-its-kind study to examine the effects of the nuts on skin health. Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis in the US found that a daily snack of almonds in place of other nut-free snacks improved measures of wri...

New compound can inhibit malaria parasite growth: Study

London: An international team of researchers has found that a novel compound can halt the growth of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum known to cause malaria - the deadly mosquito-borne disease which kills nearly 500,000 people every year across the world. The study, published in the journal Science, noted that the compound called TCMDC 135051 developed...

Fear of dengue outbreak in Patna, health dept takes measures

Patna: With parts of the Bihar capital still inundated following last weeks heavy rainfall, the threat of an outbreak of dengue and other vector-borne diseases looms large over the city. As per the state health department, around 250 dengue cases have been registered in Patna since September 27, when the downpour began and continued for the next couple...

Health ministry asks MHRD, state govts to be vigilant about use of e-cigs in educatio...

New Delhi: Days after the ban on e-cigarettes came into effect, the Union Health ministry has asked Departments of Higher Education, School Education and Literacy to be vigilant about availability and use of such products in educational institutions. Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan has also written to chief secretaries of all states and UTs asking them...

Monarch butterfly’s toxin resistance conferred in fruit flies: Study

New York: Researchers have made small genetic changes to laboratory fruit flies, giving them the toxin-countering potential that monarch butterflies possess. The study, published in the journal Nature, revealed how the gene editing technology called CRISPR could be used to reconstruct an event that happened naturally by evolution several million years ago...

Diabetes remission possible if 10 per cent body weight lost within first 5 years: Stu...

London: People who can reduce their weight by 10 per cent or more within the first five years of diagnosis with type 2 diabetes have the greatest chance of going into remission, according to a study which suggests that it is possible to recover from the disease without intensive lifestyle interventions, or extreme calorie restrictions. Type 2 diabetes w...

When child welfare homes don’t mean care and protection

Chennai: Getting trapped in child labour, dropping out of school, taking to addictions and violence — the status of children in Tamil Nadu’s child welfare institutions, which have been deinstitutionalised in the last four years, has prompted authorities to rethink strategies for care and protection of children at risk.

Time for men to talk about it. Period

EK Pratheep, a teacher at a government school in Kundiyamallur, Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, had along thought menstrual health was a topic privy to women teachers. Pratheep is not the only one, many like him assume that puberty and periods concern only girls and women. In order to remove the stigma associated with the topic, an ongoing tra...

Tuberculosis cases increased by 16% in India in 2018

New Delhi: India witnessed 16% increase in the number of tuberculosis cases in 2018 against the previous year's figure of 18 lakh even though around eight lakh patients went undetected, according to an official report released on Wednesday (September 25). According to the India TB Report 2019, India accounts for a quarter of the Global TB burden with an es...

Green tea compound may help fight superbugs: Study

London: A natural antioxidant commonly found in green tea may help eliminate antibiotic resistant bacteria or superbugs, according to a study. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, found that the antioxidant epigallocatechin (EGCG) can restore the activity of aztreonam, an antibiotic commonly used to treat infections caused by the...

China planning controls on e-cigarettes amid health concern

Beijing: A state news agency says China is preparing to impose controls on the content of liquid and additives used in electronic cigarettes amid rising global concern about deaths and illnesses blamed on vaping. The China News Service said on Tuesday (September 24) rules will be issued as early as next month but gave no indication what restrictions migh...

IIT grads develop ‘sheet’ that can detect heart disorders, stress when yo...

New Delhi: A team of IIT graduates has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) powered sensor sheet that can be put under the mattress to detect indicators such as heart health, respiration, sleep, and stress with medical grade accuracy. The device works on a technology known as Ballistocardiography (BCG), which involves measurement of the movement of he...