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In UK, obesity overtakes two-thirds of male population

London, Feb 21 (IANS) The obesity epidemic in the United Kingdom has overtaken two-thirds of the male population, leaving less than a third in the ideal weight category, considering that there might also be those with less than normal weight, according to a new finding.

Sex-change surgery available through many US colleges

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) When students head to class at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, this fall, they will find one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in America is offering something new - student health insurance coverage for sex change surgery, also known as gender reassignment.

India's health infrastructure improved: President

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India's health infrastructure has improved due to government's efforts, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday, highlighting that no new polio case has been detected in the country in the last two years.

Gene linked with Alzheimer's plaques found

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) A study combining genetic data with brain imaging has not only identified the APOE gene, tied to the development of Alzheimer's, but has uncovered its link with another gene, called BCHE.

Synthetic ear that looks real!

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) Bio-engineers and physicians have synthesised an artificial ear with the help of 3-D printing and injectable moulds, offering new hope to thousands of children born with microtia.

Hair woes rising, but be cautious of haircare products

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Bad hair day? Well, going by the recent spurt of ads on hair care products, everyone is moaning over hair woes. Thanks to lifestyle changes, hair problems are becoming increasingly common in both women and men, doctors say, warning against being misled by random products bought over the counter.

Scientists engineer unique gel to repair heart tissue

San Diego, Feb 21 (IANS) A less-invasive and biocompatible gel that can repair damaged tissue in heart attack patients has been developed by American scientists.

Quick fix to hangovers identified

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) A tiny capsule that mimics the liver in processing alcohol could provide a speedy cure to hangovers, says an American study.

Sixty more swine flu cases in Delhi, total 570

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Sixty people tested positive for swine flu here Wednesday, taking the total number of those infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus to 570, an official said.

NHRC seeks report on Chandigarh's emergency wards

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission has sought from Chandigarh a report over the alleged malfunctioning of emergency wards in three government hospitals, a statement said Wednesday.

'Pattern of crying reveals baby's anger or pain'

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS) Pattern of crying reveals whether a baby is experiencing anger, pain or fear, according to a Spanish research.

Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists.

Colds too often? Chromosomes responsible

Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) Chromosome structures may help predict one's ability to resist cold, says an American study.

Mouthrinse clears plaque better than toothbrush

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Mouthrinse beats toothbrush in clearing plaque and gingivitis (inflamed gums), more so than brushing alone, suggests a US research.

Horse meat scandal spreads to Portugal

Lisbon, Feb 20 (IANS) Traces of horse DNA in meat products were detected for the first time in Portugal in a pre-cooked lasagne made by Nestle and sold exclusively to hotels and restaurants known as Horeca.

Indian-origin physicians to meet in Chicago

Chicago, Feb 20 (IANS) Over 3,000 doctors are expected to attend the annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical organization in the US, in Chicago May 23-27.

'More youth suffering spinal injuries from road accidents'

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) An increasing number of people in the 15-35 age group are suffering spinal injuries due to road accidents, doctors and officials said here Tuesday.

Botched eye surgery: Chhattisgarh acts against drug suppliers

Raipur, Feb 19 (IANS) Taking a tough stance against suppliers of sub-standard medicines for botched-up eye surgery camps in the state since last year, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday decided to file court cases against them.

Sanofi may launch sub-brands of its well-known products

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Drugmaker Sanofi India, a unit of France's Sanofi, Tuesday said it may consider launching sub-brands of its well-known brands like Avil, Soframycin and Sea Cod in the future.

'Bee venom shots could kill backache'

London, Feb 19 (IANS) Bee venom shots could kill backaches by reducing inflammation, says a British study.

Baby born mid-air, Filipino mother concerned

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) A Philippines national who gave birth to a baby girl out of wedlock on board a flight is worried about her daughter's future.

Drug shows promise in busting Hepatitis C virus

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy against the infection is not particularly effective.

Pre-exam stress can affect performance: Experts

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Stress before an exam is normal. But in excess, it's bad - both physically and mentally - and can adversely impact on performance. With the CBSE board exams just two weeks away, doctors say that students have been approaching them for medical intervention for various stress-related symptoms, which, at times, are very serious.

Spray with marine enzyme to decongest sinusitis

London, Feb 19 (IANS) A new nasal spray from a marine microbe will help clear chronic sinusitis, which causes nasal congestion, difficulty in breathing, pain and swelling around your eyes and cheeks.

Horse meat found in pasta of German supermarket chain

Copenhagen, Feb 19 (IANS) German supermarket chain Lidl in Denmark has found traces of horse meat in a pasta dish, the supermarket has announced.

Bone marrow cells helping regenerate bladder

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Two specific cell populations, harvested from a patient's healthy bone marrow, are helping pave the way to bladder regeneration, says a new study.

Caffeine tied to low birth weight babies

Stockholm, Feb 19 (IANS) Caffeine, the primary constituent of coffee has been found to be associated with low birth weight babies and may also prolong pregnancy, says a Swedish study.

A new method to treat kidney failure

Barcelona, Feb 19 (IANS) Patients undergoing dialysis can now benefit from a new procedure that removes additional toxins and may increase their longevity, says a study.

Supercomputers to keep age-related ailments at bay

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Supercomputers are helping tweak antioxidants to stave off age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's, shows a study.

37 more swine flu cases reported in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) A total of 37 people tested positive for swine flu Monday, taking the number of people infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the capital to 457, an official said. There were no further deaths.

Private healthcare can't improve public health: Amartya Sen

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Monday said that there was a "costly misunderstanding" that private healthcare can improve public health in India.

Kids' poor response to stress has link to obesity

Baltimore, Feb 18 (IANS) Children who are prone to obesity can be identified by the way they respond to stress-causing agents, says an American study.

'Formula milk should carry cigarette-style warnings'

London, Feb 18 (IANS) Formula milk should carry larger 'cigarette-style' statutory warnings that "breast feeding is the best" for the new-born child, according to a leading British charity.

Rice with negligible calorie count

London, Feb 18 (IANS) A new variety of rice from the UK is surprisingly low on calories - only 7.7 per 100 grams as compared to 350 for white basmati.

Cutting-edge tool probes lethal viruses at atomic levels

London, Feb 18 (IANS) A cutting-edge technology called synchrotron light is enabling scientists to analyse lethal viruses behind AIDS, Hepatitis and flu at the atomic and molecular level, potentially opening the way to better therapies.

Transportation data key to how pandemics spread

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Predicting how pandemics spread has become a huge challenge, as they no longer follow centuries-old patterns when town after town fell prey.

Researchers model erratic heartbeat in real time

Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.

Mexico decrees health emergency for avian flu

Mexico City, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) Mexican authorities decreed a health emergency due to an outbreak of avian flu in the central state of Guanajuato, where some 582,000 domestic fowl exposed to the virus could be slaughtered to eradicate it, officials said.

Flexible electrodes show promise in Parkinson's

Berne, Feb 18 (IANS) Tiny, ultra-flexible electrodes could be the answer to more successful treatment of Parkinson's, which afflicts an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.

Heart attack? It could be pollution

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Air pollution and ozone levels may also play a role in precipitating heart attacks, warns fresh research from the US.

China mulls curbing minors' online game addiction

Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) Chinese authorities have decided to develop a China-specific criteria for diagnosing minors' addiction of online games, Xinhua reported.

Sixty more swine flu cases in Delhi, 420 infected

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Sixty people tested positive for swine flu here Sunday, taking the number of people infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the capital to 420, an official said.

Students helpline to check pre-exam stress

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A helpline will start from Feb 20 for students appearing in their board exams to provide psychological support and telephonic counselling to check pre-exam stress, a hospital here said Sunday.

HIV/AIDS patients in port cities to be cared for

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) In a bid to target vulnerable groups in coastal cities, the department of AIDS control has teamed up with the shipping ministry to provide treatment, support and preventive care to port workers as well as fishermen, seafarers, truckers and single male migrants.

Aamir Khan in campaign on malnutrition

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor Aamir Khan is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about malnutrition, which is more widespread in India than Sub-Saharan Africa.

Pot of woes: Marijuana addicts get hooked young

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) An MBA student from a wealthy family here drew a lot of attention at a nightclub due to his antics. Minutes later, his unruly conduct led to a brawl and a visit to a police station.

Urbanisation cuts people off adequate sunlight

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Increasing urbanisation is cutting off people from adequate sunlight, which helps the skin produce vitamin D, facilitating the absorption of calcium, says a study.

Manuka honey most effective in healing wounds

Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) Honey suppresses the growth of a quartet of bugs commonly infesting chronic wounds, but according to a finding manuka honey is the best of them for healing injuries.

Darkness could be therapy for vision

Montreal, Feb 16 (IANS) Darkness therapy may help restore vision in patients with the visual disorder amblyopia, says a Canadian study.

EU approves tighter controls on beef amid horsemeat scandal

Brussels, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) The European Union has approved tighter controls on beef within its member states to determine the extent to which horsemeat is being fraudulently labeled as beef and sold to consumers.


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