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Common mosquito can transmit Zika virus too, say Brazilian scientists

Common mosquito can transmit Zika virus too, say Brazilian scientists

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New Delhi: The Zika flavivirus that broke out as an epidemic in Brazil in 2015 and spread to 70 countries in the world, also made an appearance in India in late May this year. With no treatment and/or vaccine available for the mosquito-borne disease, Zika is as strong as ever and…

Get your creative juices flowing with a pint of beer, say scientists!

Get your creative juices flowing with a pint of beer, say scientists!

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New Delhi: The discourse on the negative effects of alcohol on health is a long-standing, never-ending one. Therefore, it always comes as a surprise when studies emphasise the positives of alcohol intake. Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, however, its negative effects on health far outweigh the positives. However,…

SC allows woman to abort foetus suffering from cardiac anomaly

SC allows woman to abort foetus suffering from cardiac anomaly

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed a woman to terminate her pregnancy after the doctors opined that the 24-week-old foetus was suffering from cardiac anomaly and if born alive, the infant would have to undergo surgeries having a risk of high mortality. The apex court relied on the report of…

Saliva may help promote wound healing: Study

Saliva may help promote wound healing: Study

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Washington: A compound in human saliva may promote wound healing by increasing the formation of blood vessels, an advance that could help design better approaches for treating injuries, scientists say. Researchers examined the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis or blood vessel formation, which is critical to the efficiency of…

India among 10 nations accounting for more than 95% of new HIV infections: UN

India among 10 nations accounting for more than 95% of new HIV infections: UN

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United Nations: India, China and Pakistan are among the 10 countries that accounted for more than 95 per cent of all new HIV infections in the Asia and the Pacific region in 2016, according to a UN report. The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, ‘Ending AIDS: Progress…

Some people may be genetically programmed to be depressed

Some people may be genetically programmed to be depressed

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Washington DC: It’s a sombre thought, but it seems that some of us are born more likely to be depressed. A University of Central Florida study found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of getting the blues. People with…

Three pillars for longer life span have been established! – Know what they are

Three pillars for longer life span have been established! – Know what they are

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New Delhi: Avoiding cigarette-smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and saying no to alcohol are the ideal practices and habits one needs to adopt in order to live a healthy life. These three pillars of a good lifestyle have been further established by a study, which says that people whose lifestyle…

Workaholics, take note! Long working hours can lead to heart disease risk

Workaholics, take note! Long working hours can lead to heart disease risk

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New Delhi: People who have a habit of spending long hours at work can be at increased risk of developing heart ailments. The study showed that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were about 40 per cent…

Experimental Zika vaccines protect foetus against infection

Experimental Zika vaccines protect foetus against infection

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New York: Researchers have found that two experimental Zika vaccines given during pregnancy can protect unborn foetus against infection and birth defects. Although rapid and promising progress on developing vaccines has been made with animal models, the finding, published in the journal Cell, is the first to demonstrate that potential…

Babies born big more likely to have weight problems later

Babies born big more likely to have weight problems later

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New York: A high birth weight may put infants at increased risk of becoming obese as children, says a study. By identifying at-risk infants early, doctors could work with parents to prevent weight gain and the health problems it eventually brings. “We are hopeful that these data may help physicians…

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